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Bill T. Whitis (#48066287)
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Bio Photo A native-born resident of Marshall, Texas, I have begun researching my family's gravesites in the surrounding areas. From Avinger to Upshur County to sites all over Marshall and towns in and around Harrison County. I work full-time, so I do this research when I can.

I have walked and photographed all the markers in and around Harrison County at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Grange Hall Cemetery, Marshall Hebrew, Andrews Cemetery, Macedonia Cemetery, Saint John Cemetery, Woodley Cemetery, Crockett Cemetery, Grover Cemetery, Marshall Cemetery, Berea Cemetery, Wiley College Cemetery, Gill Community Cemetery, Blocker Cemetery, Ebenezer, Crossroads, Algoma North and South, and others. If the markers are legible, I have photographed them and added them on here if missing. More get added all the time, but as of this posting I have documented what is there.

I am currently working in Powder Mill Cemetery with the caretaker taking photos of headstones, adding GPS coordinates (even to burials with no marker), and adding a map on Findagrave - along with the map plot information to each individual memorial.

I have found hidden and lost cemeteries in Harrison County and added them to this website, like most recently Pace Memorial Garden - preserving our counties cemeteries and history is a real passion of mine.

I also on occasion photograph cemeteries not as close to home like Tatum Cemetery, DeBerry Cemetery, Avinger Cemetery, Grace Hill Cemetery (in Longview) and Oakwood Cemetery (in Jefferson).

I want the memorials for cemeteries in my area, and that my family are in, to be as complete as possible for future generations.
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Nancy Collins
RE: Alice Childress Geddie
Thank you so much Bill - your work is so appreciated. Nan
Added by Nancy Collins on Oct 21, 2014 5:15 PM
Nancy Collins
Alice Childress Geddie
Hello, let me first say in reading your bio - it is wonderful the work you are doing for those of us who aren't able. Your work is extremely valuable.

May I use your photograph of Alice Childress Geddie and other of my family photos you may have taken for my ancestry tree - giving you full credit of course. Thank you again for your hard work. Nan
Added by Nancy Collins on Oct 21, 2014 3:48 PM
Ted French
I am Dr Ted French Thank you for what you do. My mother's people were Staggers. If I can ever help you in terms of knowing medical people in Texas call me . 817 475 0721 ted
Added by Ted French on Oct 20, 2014 8:09 PM
James Gardner
Thank you for providing the photo (and map) of Mr. Gardner's grave. A previous volunteer expressed difficulty in obtaining permission to enter the cemetery. I'm glad you were successful.
Added by DSH on Oct 18, 2014 9:11 AM
RE: Dollahite Cemetery
The Dollahite Cemetery has never been known as the Scott cemetery, however I know about where the Scott cemetery is. Next time you go to to our cemetery stop by the house next door to it and speak with Lonnie Smith. He can give you more detailed driving instruction. He told me to take Joy Lane off of FM450 (beside the travel stop) and follow it until it dead ends then take the road to the right (I think he said). It is off of that road but is all grown up and deep in the woods. Do you know about the old Kimberling and Clark cemeteries just east of our cemetery? They are as old as ours, only like the Scott cemetery, far off of the road (FM 968). I understand it has been recorded and you can locate it by GPS but there is no way to get to it without getting permission from the landowners joining the property.
I can give you information on the Dollahite, now Forrest-Rogers-Dollahite cemetery. The Forrests were my 3x greagrandparents. I have a scrapbook on those interred there. I am also an officer of the cemetery.
Added by bgs on Oct 15, 2014 6:52 PM
Samuel Thomas, Sr - Liberty Cemetery
I'm so sorry for the delayed 'thank you' for taking the photograph of Samuel Thomas, Sr's headstone at Liberty Cemetery. I greatly appreciate the time you take in photographing and researching the cemeteries in your area.
Added by postitnote on Oct 15, 2014 7:16 AM
Bertha Minnieweather
Hi, I'm unable to send you an email back regarding your request for information on Bertha Hurd Minnieweather in Powder Mill Cemetery. My apologies for having incorrect information on her memorial.

She is the daughter of Walter and Mollie (Jones) Hurd. I'm unrelated so I may have gotten the information incorrectly from someone else or typed it in wrong myself. In any case, it has been corrected based on my search on just now.

Thank you again for bringing it to my attention and ensuring that information on this site is correct!
Added by postitnote on Oct 15, 2014 7:14 AM
Dollahite Cemetery
Thank you for listing our cemetery in Find A Grave. As you can see by our entry arch, we have now included the names of the settlers who were among the first to be buried here (Forrest-Rogers-Dollahite)
This 3-acre cemetery is part of the homestead of my descendants, Elisha and Sarah Forrest of which my family has maintained through the years, and is currently continuing to do so. Mr. Dollahite bought the land surrounding the cemetery in later years and donated the front acre tract for a parking area. The two-acre cemetery was already established and was reserved at that time.

I wish I had a photo of Helen Moseley Tansil Jones to post for Jerry H. but unfortunately I don't and have not been able to locate any information on her, other than what is provided on this web page.
Thanks again for the work you do for others.
Added by bgs on Oct 14, 2014 7:27 PM
Ashley (Killian) OBeck
Bobby Moulton
If I didn't already thank you, thank you for Bobby's headstone photo. Much appreciated!
Added by Ashley (Killian) OBeck on Oct 10, 2014 1:22 PM
Joseph Mann
RE: Williams Stevens, Greenwood Cem, N.O.

You're very welcome. I am always gald to help.

As for your question, when I take photos, I include a photo for everybody listed as interred as that site. I also include an individual photo an the names listed on the headstones.

In the case of William Stevens, his name was not on any of the headstones, therefore I could not include the seperate photo.

According to cemetery records, these are the people interred at 9 Mistletoe Magnolia Hawthorne:

First Name Middle Name Last Name Suffix Age Date of Burial

Ada M. Stevens 64 08/18/1953
William Stevens 68 09/06/1957
Edwin W. Mardenbrough 47 11/28/1924
Jane Mardenbrough 80 02/03/1928
Mildred Heath 27 11/06/1951
Annie English 67 11/03/1917
Harry Preston English 69 02/11/1951
Alice Stroud English 2mo 06/21/1884
Graham English mos 3/28/1886
Helen Stevens Drew 79 04/13/2012

I hope this helped.

Added by Joseph Mann on Oct 06, 2014 8:10 PM
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