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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo "When God sends forth a special living soul to learn the ways of the earth, an earthly mother's love is waiting; we call this wonder birth. When God calls home a loving earthly soul and stills a fleeting breath, a Heavenly Father's love is waiting; this too is birth, not death."

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.
2017 Update:
Sixty eight 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, 61 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty six 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 32 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 26 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!

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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!

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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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Judy Ames
RE: 54257502
Thank you for the nice note! My husband and I sometimes explore the small, local cemeteries to see what we might learn about community history and to try and fulfill photo requests. The Bemis Cemetery was recently cleaned up by the Antwerp Masonic Lodge. It was just luck that we chose that cemetery to visit!
Added by Judy Ames on Jan 23, 2017 9:43 AM
Don Calhoun
RE: 139600677
Shirleen,
I don't usually go too deep on pedigree research, we gotta leave some work for the real relatives.
But....If I run across a glitch, I'll send a memorial for you to do some intense research.


Added by Don Calhoun on Jan 20, 2017 8:26 PM
Don Calhoun
RE: 139600677
Shirleen,
I spent all summer long reshooting 55% of Washington Heights Memorial Park in Ogden. Now I'm replacing all of the original stones (if) I think there is a significant improvement.

Nobody has polished the stones. I have done the re-shoot in full sunlight and wet down all of the metallic stones. It's been alot of work. I usually go thru 10 gallons of water during a 100-200 shot photo run.

Unfortunatly, my wife thought that 57 was too young to retire, So.... I'm working full time again. :(

If you left click on a stone multiple times, it will Zoom 1, 2 or 3 times.

Added by Don Calhoun on Jan 20, 2017 7:37 PM
Love Always, Renee
Ryan Family
Hi Shirleen,

Thank you so much for the recent information you sent me. I am sharing it with my brother Mark who has sons who will also appreciate this. I am so impressed with the research you have done. I will be checking out the memorial numbers you supplied. I can't thank you enough for all you have done and continue to do. God bless you always. XoXo
Added by Love Always, Renee on Jan 20, 2017 6:45 AM
Love Always, Renee
RE: Mabel (Harrison) Ryan
Thank you so much for your dedicated research. I am sorry you are having computer troubles. My husband got tired of fixing our big computer and got me a kindle fire pad computer. I can now sit in the recliner with our three dogs and be online. I guess I am spoiled. Lol I look forward to seeing what you have found. Hope you have a nice weekend. We are going to try to go to the national cemetery where my parents are on Sunday. I am hoping the wreaths that were placed by volunteers are still there because I want to get some photos taken. XoXo. Renee
Added by Love Always, Renee on Jan 13, 2017 7:39 AM
Love Always, Renee
Henry Rae
Hi Shirleen, you do have the correct Henry Rae born in Scotland. My Dad's Mom came to America with her family when she was a young lady. I remember my Dad telling me that she did glass blowing in Scotland. It is exciting to read about the information you have found. I hope you get your computer fixed. How nice to have such a helpful Grandson. Thanks for anything and everything you can share. It is appreciated. You are a true blessing.
Added by Love Always, Renee on Jan 10, 2017 7:10 PM
Bonnie Sisson Manning
RE: 126140563-Pink Whitlow - Thornton
Posted pictures
I haven't heard anything from Miss Genevieve - her husband recently died. I'll wait a little while.
Added by Bonnie Sisson Manning on Jan 09, 2017 6:49 PM
Bonnie Sisson Manning
RE: 11067900 Pink Missouri Whitlow
I also added pictures of the girls and William to Pink's memorial.
I also updated what I could
Gave you as reference.
If you find out more - please let me know.
Miss Genevieve not home right now
Miss Genevieve is kin through Bettie Bell Rolfe
Added by Bonnie Sisson Manning on Jan 03, 2017 1:41 PM
Bonnie Sisson Manning
RE: 11067900
I went ahead and added Pink as a 1st wife of William Mosley Whitlow.
If Miss Genevieve doesn't remember "Pink" , I'll remove.
Thanks a heap!
Added by Bonnie Sisson Manning on Jan 03, 2017 1:02 PM
Bonnie Sisson Manning
RE: 11067900
OK - looked up William MOsley Whitlow - those pictures were given to me by Mrs. Genevieve White McDuff. I'll call Miss Genevieve and see if she can give me more info.
Added by Bonnie Sisson Manning on Jan 03, 2017 12:58 PM
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