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Diane Gravlee (#47083760)
 member for 7 years, 4 months, 2 days
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Bio Photo I am always happy to transfer a memorial to a family member closer in relationship than I am. Just let me know which ones, using the edit tab in the upper right and then under "suggest a correction" ask for the transfer of the memorial and include how you are related.

I have been doing genealogy for 45 years and have published family history books for my parents, my husband's parents, my daughter-in-law's family and my son-in-law's family. I am a retired librarian and have traveled with my husband as we volunteered to help build Habitat for Humanity homes all over the country. We have visited all of the cemeteries of known direct ancestors for all our families; I have loved adding them all to this wonderful website.

My genealogy is downloaded to the World Connect Projects link at I have 7 gedcom databases, accessed by typing in the database name in the "jump to specific database" box or by searching by name and looking for my entry with one of the database names below:
gravleesellers, druinlewis, macyblair, barchliger, lewisadams, rudisilltrigg or fieldmasser.
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Bobbie O'Barr
RE: Noel Skelton
Thanks, Diane. I do wonder why a farmer in rural Greenwood County was buried in a mill cemetery. Perhaps he had stopped farming and gone to work at the mill, or maybe his wife worked there. But I don't intend to do any more research on this, my aim was to have his memorial in the correct cemetery. I feel like I've done this. - Bobbie
Added by Bobbie O'Barr on Apr 30, 2016 7:59 AM
Bobbie O'Barr
RE: Noel Skelton
I did some searching and found out we were both wrong. His death certificate is quite clear to me, it reads "Grendel Mill." I found that there was, indeed, a Grendel Mill in the early 1900's.

"Grendel Mill opened in 1897. During the 1920's, James C. Self, president of Greenwood Mills, acquired the Ninety Six Cotton Mill and later purchased the Grendel Mill Number 2 in Greenwood, which he renamed MATHEWS MILL.

"After the war, the company initiated a comprehensive restructuring and modernization program. Mathews mill and Ninety Six mill were incorporated into the restructuring effort, and a new plant named in honor of J.B. Harris was built close to the Mathews facility. This expansion was achieved without incurring any debt. At the same time, Self arranged for the construction of a living community for employees of the Harris plant. Comprised of well-built brick homes, a school, and a shopping center, the Harris Community was the last mill village planned and constructed by management for company employees in the United States."

So Noel Skelton was buried in the Grendel Mill Cemetery, which later became Mathews Mill Cemetery. Noel did not work in the mill, he lived on RFD #5 in rural Greenwood County, and he gave his occupation as "farmer" on his draft registration.

I have moved Noel Skelton's memorial to the Mathews Cemetery. - Bobbie

Added by Bobbie O'Barr on Apr 29, 2016 2:10 PM
Bobbie O'Barr
RE: Noel Skelton
You advised that Noel Skelton's memorial should be in Hillcrest Cem. instead of Greenwood Cem. His death certificate actually reads "Grendel Mills."

Not finding a cemetery by this name, I contacted someone in Greenwood to find out more. That was so long ago that I don't remember, now, who I corresponded with. I may have contacted the library, or the funeral home, I just don't remember. But they advised me that Grendel Mills no longer exists, and the graveyard was incorporated into the Greenwood Cemetery.

How sure are you that he is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery? Would it be possible for you to take a picture of the grave? That would clarify where he's buried.

You sound quite sure of your information but so did this other person. I'm not sure how to proceed here. - Bobbie

Added by Bobbie O'Barr on Apr 28, 2016 4:35 PM
Bob R
RE: George Walmsley photo
You're welcome. I don't believe that this is George's original burial site as the cemetery was established in the 1880's and he died in 1854. The granite stones appear to be of late 1800's vintage. I also added two other family graves not previously listed: Lucy M (161703624) and Edith F (161704670).
Added by Bob R on Apr 27, 2016 9:43 AM
Don Ort
RE: Emmett Y. Dishman Headstone Photo
Diane, I really appreciate all you have done to support Find A Grave and all the researchers that count on you and others like you to provide information that supports their research. While I have genealogical interest in the Dishman family and have many as aunts, uncles, and cousins, I really don't want to take over the memorials. If it is important to you to get rid of a few I will be happy to take them. A review of your contributor page shows you have done your share and a couple other people's also. Thanks again Diane. You are a jewel.
Added by Don Ort on Mar 22, 2016 1:10 PM
Neil Hawkins
RE: Walton Cem & Eells burials
Thank you for the Eells photos, Diane. I didn't really expect anything so readable given that Hannah died before 1820. Fantastic! Samuel and Hannah are my 3rd great grandparents. And thanks for adding the other photos and memorials. You've filled in a lot of holes! Thanks again.
Added by Neil Hawkins on Sep 12, 2015 8:14 PM
Bob Carter
Bio photo
Love your bio photo . . .wish more people (including Find A Grave members) would take the time to uncover hidden or partially hidden graves. I keep tools in my car for this very purpose and have pulled many weeds with my hands to preserve them.

Added by Bob Carter on Jul 27, 2015 3:49 AM
Olive Oyl
McMillan at nettleton
Hi Diane,

Thanks so much for posting the headstones for Nancy and James McMillan. You did a fantastic job with those beautiful old headstones. Thanks again and happy photographing.
Added by Olive Oyl on Mar 31, 2015 6:44 AM
Mary Months
William Ligon
Dear Diane,
Thank you so much for finding the Fuller-Ligon Cemetery and taking the photo of William Ligon. I really appreciate your time and efforts in photographing and posting this photo. Thanks! Mary
Added by Mary Months on Mar 20, 2015 4:57 PM
Carrie S Arnold Moreland
Thank you so much for fulfilling my photo request for Carrie's grave stone. I appreciate your willingness to take the time to travel to the cemetery, take the photo, and then post it on Carrie's Memorial. It's sad to see that the stone has fallen but I'm thankful to have the photo before the stone completely disintegrates.

Thank you so much!


Added by marelle44 on Mar 06, 2015 9:46 PM
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