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Rita French (#46865303)
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I have just started researching my French/Casteel Family history. This has quickly become one of the most exciting and frustrating things I have done in years. To help in my research I took photos of headstones as a way to remember names and dates. Then, thanks to Frank Irons, Sr., he suggested I do this as well. I use to have a lot of other hobbies: Transferring home videos to DVD, sewing, woodworking, and knitting.
All of those other things have quickly gone to the wayside. This is now an addiction. Somebody HELP!!!
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S. L. Casteel
Thanks for all your Casteel work!
Thanks for all the extra information and personal remembrances you've put on the records for your Casteels; they're a real help to me in figuring out how they're connected! (I suspect my Casteels, in Breckinridge and Ohio Counties, are related to this Casteel family but haven't found a definite connection yet.)
Added by S. L. Casteel on Nov 10, 2015 4:02 PM
Charles and Victoria Metzger headstone photo
Hi... have a question for you.. You took a photo of a headstone for Charles Metzger , 1843-1915, and his wife, Victoria 1850-1946. Photo is on the listed for Mt Hope Cemetery and was taken in Feb 2013. I was just in Ste Genevieve a couple weeks ago, and took photo of the same headstone in Valle Springs Cemetery there. Same stone, names and dates. Could you have possibly placed this in the incorrect cemetery? There is already a memorial for them for Valle Springs cemetery that I planned to put my photo on but noticed your picked and your memorial listed at Mt Hope and wanted to check.

Added by charli on Sep 23, 2015 8:23 AM
Hi Rita! I found your post to Trink J.'s page while Googling names of my ancestors. Nicholas and Isham Pearcy are both my 4x great grand uncles also! Their brother Charles (b. 1770) is my 4x great grandfather. It sounds like you may have some information about Isham and Nicholas Pearcy(?) Anyhow, pleased to meet a distant cousin and if you care to share any info you have on the Pearcy's, I will send my email address.
Have a great day!
Added by Susan on Jan 30, 2015 5:02 PM
Virginia Lovell
Thanks Rita I am so glad we found each other and thanks for all your information I love you now that we found each other I am going try to find the grave for g-grandmother and g-grandaddy Adams I went to the cemetry few days go I didn't have time to wait on the man to help me but I am going back when I have more time and get better they have a map I am hoping he can help keep your fingers crossed hugssssssss you cousin
Added by Virginia Lovell on Jan 23, 2015 5:57 AM
Trink J.
Thanks for Find A Grave Correction: Sallie Scott
Hi, Rita! Thanks for your note with Sally Percy's parents. I did know of them, but when I made this entry, I wasn't doing bios (yet). Sally is my gr-gr-grmo. Are you related? I had not heard that Isham's first name was John, and it isn't on his marker; I added his link to Sally. I have some burial information for Ann Obenchain, but don't actually know where's she's buried. Do you know if she's buried in the same cemetery with Isham, i.e. Presbyterian Cem., Lynchburg, VA? Thanks again for taking to time to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you again. Best, Trink
Added by Trink J. on Oct 13, 2014 12:49 PM
kathleen e lovorn
Calvin Hibbs and Elizabeth Cowley
I am looking for further info John Henry Hibbs and Mary Lucinda Viers, descendents of Calvin and Elizabeth. Would love to hear from you.
Added by kathleen e lovorn on Jun 15, 2014 5:32 PM
Joseph Selby Fenwick
Are you related to this Joseph Selby Fenwick. I am descended from mother Mary Bridget Welch Fenwick, she is my great aunt.
Looking for photos of Aunt Bridget, she was one of nine girls of James H. Welch and Mary Isabelle Grant, and we have very few photos of her.
Thanks. Julia Mitchel 46905166
Added by Juliaom on Jun 04, 2014 11:21 AM
Daniel Drost
Barnabas VanZant
Hello, am interested in the Barnabas VanZant tombstone. I cannot read it in the photo online and wonder if you can give me any more info about what is stated on the birth and date dates. Also interested in the location of the tombstone and maybe other pics of the area (it is a lot but I am excited about this find!). Thanks!
Added by Daniel Drost on May 30, 2014 8:15 PM
Virginia Lovell
French, McElyea
Rita I wonder how you are kin to me my Grandmother was Buleah M French, McElyea was her first husband she had 3 sons by him and they were took away from her and I knew Aunt Virginia French Irons if you are on facebook will you contract me I would love to know more about my daddy's family and I knew a lot of the Irons and visited lots of them and love Aunt Virginia and She called me Jenny too since I had her name or you can email me at and Edward lived with us a while when I was young not sure how old I was He went back to Nashville, TN I think is where he lived at them time and was there a helen or Louise French she had a son not sure if she was a Irons or French or who she lived close to Uncle George and Aunt Virginia in Decatur Al thanks
Virginia Lovell
Added by Virginia Lovell on Mar 02, 2014 1:55 PM
Steve Peters
RE: Barnabus Cahoom
Hi Rita

I think you are correct about the father of Catherine being Barnabus Van Zandt. I also think that a Felix Van Zandt was a son of Barnabus, although others have him as a son of a Van Zandt who died in Tennessee. Naming patterns and the fact that Barnabus Van Zandt died in Ashe County seem add more evidence that Barnabus is her father. I believe I have seen a picture of his headstone, but don't know where. I would love a downloaded copy if you are able to send me one.

Barnabus "Barney" Calhoun is my great-grandfather.

Thanks very much - Steve Peters

My e-mail address is
Added by Steve Peters on Jan 10, 2014 6:21 AM
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