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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. My transfer policy is very liberal and I transfer outside of the 4 generation guideline.

PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.

I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 300+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?

NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.

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RE: Myrtle Ball FAG# 151459440
Happy Saturday!!! You are wonderful ... thank you so much for the transfer. Have a fabulous weekend!!!


You wrote:
RE: Myrtle Ball Find A Grave# 151459440
Hi Shelly! I just transferred Clifford over to your care and yes, you can definitely use my photos. Thanks for asking and glad I could help. Warm Regards, Stacey
Added by Shelly on Oct 03, 2015 1:14 PM
Myrtle Ball FAG# 151459440
Hi there. I would LOVE to have them transferred to me and very much appreciate the offer. Thank you for creating a memorial for Clifford.

May I ask for your permission to use any photos you've taken of my family grave stones in my files? I have no interesting in using them for anything other than genealogical purposes and in the description I put a statement that I obtained the photo from a volunteer who has given me permission to use the photo and to be respectful and request permission if they wish to use the photo.

Thanks so much for your help and consideration.

Shelly (#47100402)

You wrote:
RE: Myrtle Andrews-Chartier-Ball
Hello! Good to hear from you. I just uploaded the pic of her headstone and created a memorial for Clifford. Let me know if you want me to transfer. Warm Regards, Stacey
Added by Shelly on Sep 29, 2015 5:16 AM
Beth Sparrow
Loren & Clara Cheney
Thank you for the photo of Loren & Clara Cheney's headstone.
Added by Beth Sparrow on Sep 28, 2015 8:21 PM
Debbie B
Stacey, thanks, as always!
Added by Debbie B on Sep 27, 2015 6:12 PM
Myrtle Andrews-Chartier-Ball
Hello. I've seen her middle initial both ways but now that I think about it ... the A is probably in some records to represent the initial of her maiden name Andrews ... I'll change her middle initial to L.

Added by Shelly on Sep 27, 2015 8:02 AM
Dorothea Deese
I showed the photos to Mille and she was very moved and wanted to make sure I sent a thank you from her. Great job.
Added by Dorothea Deese on Sep 22, 2015 6:46 PM
Dorothea Deese
Thank you so much. David's birth date is the 29th and his mom Mille is going to put a flower on the site. She is going to be so surprized. Now I'm going to a cemetary nearby to take photos and post. There is a lot in this area. Thanks again!
Added by Dorothea Deese on Sep 22, 2015 6:56 AM
Ann Burns Picture
HI Stacey,

Thank you so much for the Great picture you took of Anna W. Burns marker, It is much appreciated.

Keep up your great work!

Added by DSON1492 on Sep 14, 2015 11:49 AM
Karen F. Armstrong
Chas. Rice photo
Stacey-Thank you so much for taking the photo for me. I appreciate it so much! Karen Armstrong ~Atlanta
Added by Karen F. Armstrong on Sep 06, 2015 6:37 AM
Carol Hicks
RE: Yocum's in Oakridge Cemetery - Hillside
Thank you.
Added by Carol Hicks on Sep 03, 2015 12:48 PM
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