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meet Virginia (#47100960)
 member for 6 years, 7 months, 22 days
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Bio Photo "Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?" ~Edward di Lorenzo

Southern girl with a morbid fascination of genealogy and old cemeteries

"Taphophilia" is described as an abnormal love for graves and cemeteries. Hearses are nice, too (especially 1960/70s Cadillacs). Classic funerary art can be breathtaking. Angels and mausoleums are my favorite. Every stone tells a story.

My mom said I got hooked when I became infatuated with my third great aunt's sparkly, pink casket when I was seven years old. It really set in when my high school English teacher assigned a tombstone rubbing project.

My great aunt, Agnes Bihn Terry, bit me with the genealogy bug. She traveled all over the place during the 1960s, looking for anything she could find in libraries, court houses, and cemeteries. Not only did she compile all of the names, dates, and places, but she wrote her own memories and old stories she had heard. What an amazing, beautiful gift she bestowed upon my family. I believe my job as a genealogist is to make our family's history an interesting read and not an endless list of "begats" (as my mother calls it) because names and dates and places can get terribly boring.

My favorite burial ground is Magnolia Cemetery in the city of my birth, Beaumont, Texas. Eventually my remains will be buried there with my maternal grandmother and her grandparents in the Bihn family plot.

Someday I hope to visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise in Paris, Highgate Cemetery in London, Lycian Tombs in Turkey, Sedlec Ossuary (the Bone Church) in Prague, the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy, and the hanging coffins of Sagada in The Philippines.

You can see which families I'm researching in my virtual cemeteries. I'm always interested in learning more about my favorite ancestor, Maj Daniel Leonidas McGary of Texas and his great grandfather, Col Hugh McGary Sr of Kentucky.

PLEASE don't hesitate to correct me, add additional information, or request the transfer of an ancestor or other loved one by clicking "Edit" and then "Suggest a correction or provide additional information." It may take me years (if ever) to find information left via the flowers link. Please let me know if you've added a photo so I can thank you and possibly obtain more information from the tombstone.

I'm not strict about FindaGrave's transference guidelines, so as long as you have a personal connection and can add more to the memorial than I can. My ancestors and other relatives are not up for grabs unless you're more closely related than me.

Also... Please be patient with me! I am a single mother of THREE daughters. I often have to take a break from FindaGrave to concentrate on LIFE (and not DEATH), but I will get back to you, I promise! I love graving more than anything, so if you're missing me, I'm missing you, too.

If you'd like to use any of my information or photos for your personal family research or other FindaGrave entries, I'm more than happy to help. Credit is optional, but it would be nice. Proper credit is definitely required for use of my photos and biographies in professional publications.

Some fellow gravers have asked me how I format the text in my memorials with hyperlinks and bold/italics text. It's really pretty simple. Google an "html" tutorial.


(The dancing girl in the photo is the coolest lady I ever knew, my sweet, little Grandma Marthagene Rutledge 1919-2003). I miss her SO much.

meet Virginia
Oak Ridge North, Texas
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I Found You a Relative
I've just been asked to modify the memorial of Raymond Baker. The contributor is new and didn't realize you are the contributor she should talk to about updating.
She is somehow related through the Baker side I thought you'd like to know.
You can see her messages on my profile. Her name is Vibella Baker McIntosh.
Added by on Aug 29, 2015 10:17 AM
Memeorial 35219748 Jonathan McGary
In regard to memorial 35219748 Jonathan Mcgary
Please link to parents memorials
father 136778017
mother 136778842
Added by fourtime on Jul 18, 2015 9:50 AM
Nina Paul
RE: Maglietto/Balsano
Hi Virginia - I don't know if I replied to you or not - it's been so long - I'm the one who published the Maglietto reunion book you have from 2001. So...the only info I need is... who were you married to in the Balsano family and... what information can I give you for your daughters?
Added by Nina Paul on May 19, 2015 11:11 PM
Active or not?
Trying to find out if you are still active on Find A Grave or not?

I sent you an old 1912 obit for the name of Emma Maxey Grigsby which you maintain. The obit was sent to me by another person who wished it added to her bio.
Added by Deb on Apr 13, 2015 4:09 PM
Shirley Hunsucker
Frances Elizabeth Satterwhite
Find a grave states that she married Wm Leonides Gary on 01 Nov 1924, but she died on 04 Apr 1888, buried in Tuskegee city Cemetery.
Added by Shirley Hunsucker on Mar 20, 2015 7:57 PM
Emma Maxey Grigsby
I sent you the 1912 obit/news article for Emma Maxey Grigsby memorial# 43603089 - did you get it? Please be so kind as to add it to her bio area, or if you don't wish to fool with it, transfer it and I'll gladly add it for you. It was sent to me by another person who found it and wanted it added to her pg.

Thank you!
Added by Deb on Mar 20, 2015 2:23 PM
Amanda Robson
Find A Grave Memorial# 42544823
Hi Virginia,
Thanks for adding my cousin "Bill". and thanks to Virginia for adding his photo.

Bill was my only male cousin on my Mother's side. His mother "Myrtle Ann Peacock Roberts" is also buried at Cauble in Burnet County.

He was very much into drama. He moved to Texas to attend Baylor from Perth New York where his Father "Jim" went to work at the Postal Service.

Jim is buried (I believe) in New York.

Bill died with hepatitis infection that he suffered from food born hepatitis.

My youngest (of three sons) is named after "Cousin Bill" Tyler William.

Again, thank you both, I was very happy to see his photo here. I haven't been on Find A Grave quite long enough to figure all this out.

Mandy Cox Robson
Added by Amanda Robson on Feb 01, 2015 7:22 PM
Dorsey Plantation Cemetery
Good Afternoon,
I live in Anne Arundel County MD and would like to fulfill the request for a photo of the grave of Sarah Dorsey, but find no indication of where the Dorsey Plantation cemetery is located. Do you have any information that will point me in the right direction?
Added by wayneslyhouse on Dec 21, 2014 2:46 PM
Stu Haley
Thank you!
I am a direct descendent of Edward Dorsey, the elder, and was so happy to see that you have an entry for him. Again, thank you so much!
Added by Stu Haley on Nov 06, 2014 5:43 PM
Lindan S Caldwell
Artha Daniel
Take a look at Granny Blue on Facebook,We credit Artha Daniel for the Granny Blue Day inspiration. Nov 7-8 2014
Added by Lindan S Caldwell on Oct 26, 2014 12:44 PM
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