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Joy Steele (#47692968)
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Bio Photo We live in the small town of Cleveland, NC, of western Rowan County, with easy access to Salisbury of Rowan Co., Statesville and other towns of Iredell County, Mocksville area in Davie Co. and most within 20 miles of us. Several cemeteries are within 5 miles of home including a few in our town.
Third Creek Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, maintains a pre-Revolutionary War cemetery as part of its grounds; I've been privileged to help update the very detailed records, totaling over 650 gravestones that are visible. The church is willing to look up information on people with grave sites whether they have a marker or not.
This area is full of historical cemeteries, some of which are still in use. Some are out-of-the-way and others are not. This means being smart with my trips to take photographs in them. Unfortunately, some requests are guesses which can lead to area volunteers wasting fuel and time trying to fill a request. I do my homework and double check the validity in the county cemetery records at our great Rowan County Library History room just to keep that from happening.
Family names being researched for my husband's paternal side are Steele, Chambers, Graham, Knox, Brandon, Cowan, Wilson, Luckey, Locke; and on his maternal side are Walker, King, Quarterman, Way, Winn, Reade. My paternal family side is Hutcheson, Launius/Lanius, Durham, Chaffin, Dudley, Chiles, Smith, and Johnson and maternal side is Ellis, Reynolds, Potts.

After several years of creating family trees for both sides in order to digitize the information from the paper and books left to us, I seem to continually have more data to add.

I will gladly transfer memorials if they are not our family. Please ask for them through the Edit tab on the memorial. And feel welcome to use my memorial photos for genealogical purposes. Just give me credit.
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Sharon Hicks GieseTemplin
RE: Marlins at Third Creek Presbyterian
Thank you Joy,

I would Love to have the Marlins transferred to me if you don't mind.

Added by Sharon Hicks GieseTemplin on Jul 07, 2014 10:05 PM
Headstone Photo
Thank you for posting headstone photo for Charlotte Entemann. Sharon
Added by Sharon on Jul 04, 2014 7:52 AM
Dolbear McDonald Lisa
John Bradley headstone
Thank you Joy for fulfilling my request. I greatly appreciate your help.
Lisa Bradley Vosburgh
China, TX
Added by Dolbear McDonald Lisa on Jun 30, 2014 12:19 PM
Karon Jahn
David Foster
Thank you for your kindness in fulfilling my photo request!
Added by Karon Jahn on Jun 21, 2014 8:11 PM
William Sanders
RE: John Andrews, Thyatira Pres. Cemetery
Thank you for your willingness to take the pictures. I have added John Andrews to the list. Included with his last name were the initials,ESQ, so that hindered the search. Thanks again! Other inscriptions are not necessary at this time.
Added by William Sanders on Jun 06, 2014 2:59 PM
Joy Mays
Thank you Joy for your help :)
Added by Joy Mays on Jun 04, 2014 7:31 PM
Little Marie
RE: Brandons and Lockes
Thanks again. I will keep in touch and will look at your family tree. Little Marie
Added by Little Marie on Jun 02, 2014 5:46 AM
Little Marie
Brandons and Lockes
Hi again. Just read your profile and see where you live. If your husband is related to the Brandons and Lockes then we are probably distantly related as I am also related to those folks. Betsy Brandon, wife of Major Francis McCorkle, is my ancestor and the Lockes are in that bunch also. Many of my relatives are still being named "Locke." Betsy and Maj Francis are buried near Denver, NC and are in my virtual cemetery about my direct ancestors. Thanks Little Marie
Added by Little Marie on Jun 01, 2014 6:08 PM
Little Marie
Eugene Roberson Simons
Thank you so much for the volunteer photo. From your description of the overgrown state of this grave no wonder it was not on Find A Grave before. I knew he HAD to be there as his whole family is there so I called the cemetery and they confirmed his interment. I think his other family members have photos on their memorials. Again thank you so much. Little Marie
Added by Little Marie on Jun 01, 2014 6:03 PM
Kay Parker McCary
RE: George Teague
Thank you so much for taking the time to go and photograph my cousin, Hazel Mayfield Teague's tombstone. I do not have any info on George...I guess he is still living, so that photo can wait. Thanks again!
Added by Kay Parker McCary on May 29, 2014 7:54 PM
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