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Wayne Spence (#46960507)
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RE: Location of Cemetery
I sent you an email to your email address. Hope you get it.
Added by Marj on Oct 05, 2016 2:13 PM
RE: Location of Cemetery
That's exactly who we're looking for. Do you have a picture of their headstones? There is an Aden Van Matre 1889-1890 which I'm pretty sure is their son. Is Walter & Josephine near that headstone? Will they be hard to find?
Added by Marj on Oct 04, 2016 8:54 PM
RE: Location of Cemetery
Thanks so very much. That really helps us in finding cemetery. Now if we have good luck in finding the grave we're looking for (Walter Van Matre).
Added by Marj on Oct 04, 2016 6:30 PM
Location of Cemetery
We are going to be in French Gulch and want to go to the cemetery. Can you give me directions as to where it is? We know where main street is in French Gulch but don't know where to find cemetery. Thank you.
Added by Marj on Oct 04, 2016 3:03 PM
Elaine Booth
Parkville Cemetery
Wayne Spence,
Sorry to be so delayed in answering your emails. I will try to answer your questions, from both messages.

James M Barnes (son of James A Barnes Jr and Armintha Billups) was born 20 Nov 1876 in Shasta and died 1 Sept 1901 in Shasta. [Elaine’s notes: Death by Murder. Leo Cunningham gives account. 1898 Shasta Co Voters Record - PO Plateau "farmer" 5'10" Brown hair, Blue Eyes, light complexion. 1900 Census gives birth date as Nov 1875. Living at home unmarried. Buried in Parkville Pioneer Cemetery near Anderson CA.

Ira William Barnes born Sept 1865 in Arbuckle Basin, Shasta, California and died 18 March 1917, Shasta, California – do not believe he was married. (a James Ira Barnes married Francis Irene Cromley – but he is still living in 1920 census. I have never seen a stone for Ira. Family members, more familiar with Shasta, (all now deceased) told us that the sunken hole was Ira’s burial and was intentionally put outside the wall when it was built, because he committed suicide and it had to be placed in unconsecrated ground.

Attached are pictures taken by my dad Robert Chapman about 2008 when he placed the stone for his father Walter Henry Chapman. Walter was the grandson of James and Armintha Barnes (picture of him with grandparents – attached). Walter’s wife Hildred and mother of Robert told the story of Walter as she remembered it:

“Walter’s grandparents were pioneers of Northern California. Walter did not remember his parents, as his father, Jasper Newton Chapman died when Walter was 3 months old and his mother, Anna G Barnes (daughter of James and Armitha), when he was 3 years old. [His parents and other Chapmans are buried in the Inwood-Ogburn Cemetery in Shingletown] Walter told me some things about his early life, being left in the care of his grandparents Barnes until their death, then an Uncle Ira Barnes until he was 15 years old. According to records-Rockridge Lodge F&AM #468 Oakland, Calif Walter was born Feb 27, 1891 in Shasta Co California. Shortly after his death and cremation my husband’s ‘cousin-sisters’ took me and Walter’s ashes to the Parkville Cemetery to place them on the grave of the devoted grandmother who raised him.” [see picture attached of Hildred (far right)and Walter’s ‘cousin-sisters’.

Information on Walter and his parents & grandparents came from personal knowledge of Elsie Mathews of Shasta Co, Calif given in oral interview during her lifetime to Elaine Booth.

Walter’s burial was not officially recorded in Parkville Cemetery for several years after the stone was placed by Robert. I am sure others in the cemetery who had relatives with a shovel could have been buried without being recorded.

I am sure you have figured out that Lydia T Barnes Shamp buried next to James and Armintha with her husband and Carrie T Barnes Tuggle Hatfield buried nearby in the Cemetery are two daughters of James and Armintha Barnes.

If you have other Barnes family members, you would like information on, let me know and I will share. I have done extensive documented research on the Barnes Family.

How are you related to this family?

I do not know how to send you the 18 pictures that I have through this find-a-grave message. Please send your email address to me at and I will attach the pictures and send them to you.

– Elaine Booth
Added by Elaine Booth on Dec 14, 2015 4:32 PM
nancy whipple
Harold Irving Beebe
Would you please add your photo of the grave of Harold to his wife Valera's Find A Grave. Thank you.
Added by nancy whipple on Jul 04, 2015 2:57 AM
Cheri Rusk
RE: Vernie Burton Spence
Wow! It's nice to meet you. I was just in Missouri around the Joplin area looking for some of my ancestors gravesites. The Moss Springs cemetery is in terrible shape. It looks like kids have been partying there and have broken the sign listing the people that contributed to the site development and also broke some of the headstones. It was so sad to see. Thank you for your help with this research.
Added by Cheri Rusk on Oct 18, 2014 6:00 PM
Cheri Rusk
Vernie Burton Spence
I see that you contributed to Vernie Burton Spence's gravesite location. Thank you for the information. Are you related to him? He was my Maternal Grandfather.
Cheri Rusk
Added by Cheri Rusk on Oct 18, 2014 5:13 PM
RE: Mary E. (___) Coy
Thank you.
Added by Tony on Aug 18, 2014 11:58 AM
Teena Smith
Thank you for posting the gravestone photos on Edwn and Fern Smid memorials.
Added by Teena Smith on Jul 13, 2014 4:13 PM
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