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Debra (#47324320)
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Bio Photo 2010, I am in the process of gathering the soldiers of the Civil War 85th ILLinois Infantry Regiment into virtual cemeteries.

Please email me if you know the resting place of any soldier I have not yet found.

Origins of Companies
A,C,D,K---Mason Co.
B---Fulton and Mason Co.
E---Menard Co.
F---Tazewell and Woodford Co.
G---Fulton and Schuyler Co.
H,I---Fulton Co.
September 2013. I have started a virtual cemetery for Mason County IL WWI Veterans.

2012 Virtual Cemetery for victims of the Chatsworth Train Wreck in my list virtual cemeteries.

I generally try to add whatever additional bio I can find when I enter a memorial, military or otherwise. I use , marriage and census records, and other similiar types of search sites.

Please contact me if I enter incorrect info or links.

I enjoy taking and posting photos.

Cemetery walking involves planning, time, gas, bees, flies, gnats, ticks, assorted other bugs, dogs, burrs, briars, weeds, tall grass, snakes, scrapes, cuts, mud, dirt, snow, rain, dust, wind, sun, rutted roads, hills and dales, getting lost, and BUCKETS of sweat.

I had to throw my lunch to a couple wild peacocks headed my way. Seems they have a fondness for egg salad.

I appreciate those folks who list their source when posting my photos to :)

"They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days."
~ Garrison Keillor

Bert Stuart Odle
Please take a look at this little guy's memorial .
I came across his interesting grave while randomly taking pictures in Springdale Cemetery.
Bert Stuart Odle .
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85th IIL Infantry Co D (69)
85th ILL Field and Staff (22)
85th ILL Infantry Co C (86)
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85th ILL Infantry Co A (81)
85th ILL Infantry Co B (73)
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Thank you Thank you Thank you!!
Hi Debra,

Oh my goodness, your work helped me so much!! I've been looking for my direct relatives of the Garrett family for quite awile - they are my paternal grandma's people. Also for Lucy Thompson whose on my paternal grandpa's side.

Just wanted you to know that I was able to fill in a whole branch of my tree that had previously been almost BARE! And, while filing in the branch, I found a couple of new intersections of the Shields and Thompson families (both Great Grands X3 on my Dad's side) as well as the first intersection of the Mallott and Shields families (my Mom's and my Dad's ancestors).

I also found a living cousin that does huge amount of genealogy research.

Thanks for the help! Your work is making huge contributions to many!
Added by jmtho1501 on Aug 02, 2015 1:10 AM
Michael Cummins
Susanana issue
Thanks for the reply. It seems we are relatives! I am a descendant of Susan's husband George Kirby Armstrong and eventually to my Mother's Reindl Family.
I have noted now that you use Susan in the top part of your Bio!

Michael Cummins..a Senior in Minneapolis
Added by Michael Cummins on Jul 25, 2015 11:53 PM
Dora Kelly transfer
Hi Debra!

Thanks for transferring Dora Kelly to me. I will take very good care of her. And thanks again for all your contributions to Find a Grave! Your work is providing valuable information to so many of us ancestry seekers.
Added by jmtho1501 on Jul 24, 2015 3:57 AM
Dan Ryan
RE: Showalter
I'm in the 1st week of a 2 week shutdown from work & needed to get out of Peoria County for the day, but I'm always happy to help you out in any way I can.
Hope you (& mom) are having a great summer!!!
Dan R.
Added by Dan Ryan on Jul 09, 2015 9:30 PM
Becca Crandell
Thank you for the transfers :)
............. Becca
Added by Becca Crandell on Jun 02, 2015 6:15 PM
Co H 85th IL Volunteer
Another family member located that was a union soldier in the 85th - Michael Rodgers - buried at Greenwood Cemetery. Find A Grave Memorial# 30927346. Thanks for your great work!
Added by jmtho1501 on May 31, 2015 7:30 AM
Welker Family Transfers
Thank you Debra for the transfers of these siblings. Your work on this site is amazing!
Added by Farmgirl on May 20, 2015 5:21 PM
Randy Jobe
RE: Sarah Lincoln Armstrong
Thank You!
Added by Randy Jobe on May 18, 2015 6:43 AM
david thomas
Sebastian Blumenshine Co. K
His lengthy bio. can be found at google books, "Portrait and Biographical Album of Sedgwick County, Kansas," page 746.
Added by david thomas on May 13, 2015 12:21 PM
James T McNeil
Thank you so much for your dedicated efforts! I have benefited greatly! Excellent work and much appreciated.
Added by jmtho1501 on May 10, 2015 4:00 AM
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