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history4sure (#46997739)
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I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2016 Update:
Sixty seven years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 60 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty five years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 31 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for over 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 25 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 950 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For over 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.

I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!


PLEASE NOTE: Check the top center of your profile page - if an "edit" tab is there - you need to click on it and check to approve or reject any edits that may have been sent to you - only a few email "edit" notices are coming from fag since this new feature was added.

Sorry, I have to laugh.... recently seen on a gravestone, (wife's, Jo Ann's stone) "DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY, I AM NOT HERE, I DID NOT DIE" ...alongside on the husband's stone, "JO ANN - IF WE DID NOT DIE, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?".... [ I SAID I'm sorry! ]
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Diane Finlinson Miller
Emily Dopp
Thank you so much for passing on this information regarding Emily Dopp. There are other sources
attached on her profile that verify the burial place, so I made that change.

Sounds like she made the wise decision to dump Mr. Wiser and look elsewhere! Take care, Diane
Added by Diane Finlinson Miller on Feb 06, 2016 12:14 AM
Donna Bellanger Gleason
Jessie Rickabaugh
Thank you for the additional info on her name. I've updated her memorial! #39513995

Added by Donna Bellanger Gleason on Feb 01, 2016 11:13 AM
Barbara McCully
Robert Hartschen
I don't have a photo of their stone. I created his memorial from the Ringgold County Cemetery book. It is also listed on the Ringgold County GenWeb page.
I can try to get a photo next time I am at the cemetery, but it may be some time before the weather is fit to do so.
Best regards-Barb McCully
Added by Barbara McCully on Jan 31, 2016 5:29 AM
Herman Weiland
RE: Stockton State Hospital Cemetery
You are probably correct as to burial here but it is not set up as you know. I did add comments about the Death Cert in the Bio section. Thanks for your help with that. I can't add anything further.
Added by Herman Weiland on Jan 31, 2016 2:45 AM
Colleen Sanders Broyles
Harriet Adams
Hi :) Just looked up the memorial for Harriet's mother and I agree there is a discrepancy! I had used family tree records for Serena's name but the "L" sure makes that unlikely...I see there is already a photo request for the stone so hope someone fulfills it so we can see her stone to be certain! I've put it on my list to investigate now as well. Thanks for the heads up on this!

Added by Colleen Sanders Broyles on Jan 28, 2016 10:35 AM
RE: Wayne Kay Harrop
Thank you for checking the information.

I have transferred his memorial to you. I am always happy to transfer to someone who is closer to the family.
Added by mickyo on Jan 27, 2016 8:28 PM
Darcey Slaughter
RE: Parish?
Are you an Oakey descendant? I have been trying to find someone to go over what I have put together on the Oakey family of Gloucestershire, England. Would you be interested. If you are willing to look at what I have, please email me at

Elizabeth Brown Oakey who married John Oakey only had one child, a son John Oakey. The son lived in Minsterworth and according to his will, he only had one child, a girl named Mary. Elizabeth's father left a will that John Oakey took to court after they married. Her son, John Oakey the younger, settled the estate of the last brother who died intestate. Fun stuff and oh so very confusing.

I think I have at least 5 different William Oakey/Okey men who had families in Gloucester.
Added by Darcey Slaughter on Jan 24, 2016 7:50 PM
Darcey Slaughter
RE: Parish?
From what info I have on the family they never lived in Leigh. The Oakey family who lived in Leigh were not connected to this John.
Added by Darcey Slaughter on Jan 24, 2016 5:14 PM
Wayne Kay Harrop
Hello, Thank you for the suggestion to change his name. I certainly would like this to be correct. Can you tell me how you know his middle name to be Ray. It would make sense, as that is his father's middle name, it is listed three times in the obituary as Kay. I am awaiting your reply.
Added by mickyo on Jan 22, 2016 10:39 PM
Don Calhoun
RE: YES...!
I wasn't sure. Thought you were British, something in your Bio, and Cheers! at the end of your messages makes me think that. I was stationed with the USAF near Oxford England 1981-83.
Added by Don Calhoun on Jan 22, 2016 6:12 PM
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