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John & Retta Waggoner (#47083614)
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Bio Photo Known as The GraveWalkers we have been photographing & transcribing cemeteries for over 15 years. We love old cemeteries and appreciate when information is correctly presented. Find A Grave has been very important in our research.
We are always happy to help with cemeteries in our area and are pleased for you to use our photos for your family files. You do not have to contact us for permission to use our photos but we would appreciate credit for our effort.
It is our goal to provide a photograph for family members who are not able to travel to our area to view the final resting place of their loved ones.




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TNhomegal
Julia Bridgwater
Sister of Nannie Martin Bridgwater Goodall, 1858-1930
Added by TNhomegal on Dec 21, 2014 9:07 AM
PAMELA TULLIS
William "Billy" Newby Photo
Hello John & Retta,
Thank you for your photo on my GGGG Grandfather William "Billy" Newby's entry. I am very appreciative.
I have a mystery to solve. I found you, Bobby Newby and Wayne & Betty Newby through "Fallen Gravers, Memorial For" virtual cemetary by julia&keld. I just randomly clicked on a familiar name (Newby) in a long list of dedicated gravers to pay my respects.
Just by chance, I may have found long lost cousins. :)
Here is my Newby family history with the mystery to follow.

My Great Great Grandmother was Mary E. Newby Tullis Birth: Mar.8,1834 White County, Illinois, USA Death: Aug. 15, 1915 Springerton,White County, Illinois, USA, Shrewsbury Cemetery, Millshoals, IL, USA, on 1 January 1850 in White Co IL, she married Alexander Wilson Tullis Birth: Mar. 9, 1826 Cupar, Fife, Scotland, Death: Dec. 31, 1898 Springerton, White County, Illinois, Shrewsbury Cemetery, Millshoals, IL, USA a School Teacher in Millshoals, IL.
Her parents were John Newby(1798-1843)Sumner, Smith County, Tennessee, USA - Newby Cemetery Millshoals, White County, Illinois, USA & Rebecca Simpson Newby (1802-1900) Henry County, Virginia, USA - Shrewsbury Cemetery, Millshoals, White County, Illinois, USA.
John Newby's parents were William "Billy" Newby (1774-1844)Amherst County, Virginia/Newby Cemetery (photo), Grant(Smith County)County, Tennessee, USA & 1st wife - Nancy Pryor Newby (1777-1799)* Louisa County, Virginia/Newby Cemetery, Grant(Smith County)County, Tennessee, USA.
2nd wife - Nancy Hankins Rowland Newby (1785-1865)* Pennsylvania, USA/Newby Cemetery, Grant(Smith County)County, Tennessee, USA.
*There are three "Unmarked" Crypts. It is thought that they contain William, Nancy & Nancy's remains - Newby Cemetery, Grant(Smith County)County, Tennessee, USA.
William's parents were Whaley Newby (1721-1796) Lancaster County, Virginia/Warren County
Tennessee, USA. Burial: Unknown Specifically: Burial In Tennessee & Elizabeth Thomson.

While compiling my Newby info to share with Wayne Newby, I discovered a mystery to solve.
There are 2 photos of Newby Cemeteries, White County, IL & Grant(Smith County)County, Tennessee, USA, one on John Newby's entry (WC, IL) & one William "Billy" Newby's entry (SC, TN) on Find A Grave. One is 3 stones on the ground grouped together (John's entry) (WC, IL) added by: Epy & the other (William's entry) (SC, TN) is a recently uncovered hand chiseled field stone bearing the name "W Newby" (backwards N) added by: John & Retta Waggoner.
This has me confused. The photo of 3 stones on John Newby's page is not labeled.
I have never heard of Newby Cemetery in White County, IL and am wondering if John Newby (photo of marked stone) is actually buried in Shrewsbury Cemetery in Millshoals, White County, IL.
I am also wondering if the photo labeled (Hand engraved fieldrock Newby Cemetery
Smith County, Tennessee) of the stone "W Newby" (backwards N) on William "Billy" Newby's entry is actually his Father, Whaley Newby's grave, with William being buried where originally thought, with his wives Nancy Pryor Newby & Nancy Hankins Rowland Newby, in the three "Unmarked" Crypts.
This has put me on a mission.
I plan to contact the posters/keepers of the entries & photos and a cousin who lives next to Shrewsbury Cemetery to see if I can shine some light on the mystery.
I also plan to go there myself, gather info and take photos to add to existing family entries. Wish me luck. :)
My question for you is - Is there any way you can check into the possibility of the 3 unmarked stones and whether the stone you posted the photo of being Whaley Newby instead of William Billy Newby?
Thank you :)
Added by PAMELA TULLIS on Dec 10, 2014 3:19 PM
Bob Trapp
Henry Bernice Cantrell
On my memorial Find A Grave Memorial# 113297570 you posted two pictures. Can you please move them to Find A Grave Memorial# 69239453 as mine is a duplicate and I need to take it down. This movement of the pictures will be most appreciated.
Added by Bob Trapp on Dec 06, 2014 12:23 AM
Joyce Parker
Jane McCall Ray Photo
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 137096672

Thank you so much for attaching a photo of Jane McCall Ray's gravestone. She is my 3rd great-grandmother. I live in Arkansas and very rarely get to Tennessee and would have difficulty finding the cemetery. I really appreciate your efforts.
Thanks again,
Joyce Parker
Added by Joyce Parker on Nov 30, 2014 7:11 PM
Jacque Leehy-Dunning
Sarilda Coffelt
The Waggoner's

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day in taking my photo for me. It is very much appreciated.

Jacque
Added by Jacque Leehy-Dunning on Nov 26, 2014 11:38 AM
Judy Draper
Draper and Forkum
Glover cemetery.

Hi John, it has been some time since we have communicated. Thanks for trying to take the pictures I requested. I found the information for the deaths and burials in my husband's grandmother's Bible. The two Drapers are her sons and the two Forkums were her brothers I believe. Anyway I will email Fay and ask her to say in their bio that they have no stone with a name on it.

Judy Draper
Added by Judy Draper on Nov 25, 2014 6:11 PM
YVONNE BILGIN
GLADYS JANSS
THANKS fro the foto and your time and effort, is it ok to use your fotos on my family tree pls???
Added by YVONNE BILGIN on Nov 21, 2014 4:21 PM
Lynn
Loftis West Cemetery
You'll have to visit Arthur Baugh Chaffin's memorial again. I worked with Joyce in improving it and in having the duplicate memorial in the so-called "Chaffin/Loftis on Morrison Creek" cemetery emptied. Actually, I asked that it be eliminated; but findagrave left it emptied. The duplicate memorials for Laurina J. Loftis, and Hickman P. Loftis have also been eliminated. But, but, I never would have started this process except for the fact that you alerted me that something was wrong. Once again, I appreciate all the work that you and Retta do for the cemeteries and memorials of Jackson County.
Added by Lynn on Nov 17, 2014 8:40 AM
news4mom
Memorial# 39012257
I see you took the photo for Memorial# 39012257 at Lauderdale Family Cemetery (Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA).
I have begun fulfilling photo requests in Sumner County. I need the address for the Lauderdale Family Cemetery to take three photos requested.
Could you send me the address?
Thank you.
Added by news4mom on Nov 16, 2014 6:19 PM
Scottie1
RE: Col. James Webb Smith
Thank you
Added by Scottie1 on Nov 11, 2014 6:43 AM
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