I grew up on a cattle ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills, and as an adult have lived in Missouri, Bolivia, Missouri again, Germany, and now for about 20 years in Kentucky. I used to enjoy photography, writing in my blog, sewing and associated crafts, and other pastimes, but to be honest, I've been too obsessed with the family tree to work much on those things lately!
RE: Clarks I am descended from Samuel H. Clark as well--through his son David. I poke around in Ancestry and see various people attached to John Clark as parents and no one provides even a hint of evidence. Some are completely bogus. I have tried to follow some of the alleged names and the hunting just did not make me think there was anything to it. No one has documentation. Of course it does not help when the key people moved so many times in their lives.
I have not turned up an obit or probate record from the Marysville area for John. I purposely put extra info in the Findagrave memorial for John so there could be a slight chance it would help someone else. Just difficult hunting someone with such a common name.
I may be able to photograph more of the Deer Creek Cemetery this coming weekend with a rare trip back home and I can make it be along the route.
Please place this on hold, we are looking at 2 wives. This info I did not have earlier.
There are 2 children sharing the same first name, but it is John.
I do not want to add to the confusion but I believe some of the links associated already with Reubin Martin are incorrect. Too often cousins and siblings were named after the relatives. If I can find the burial place of some of the ones I am doubting I can straighten it out. This will be on my list, but not at the top.
Thank you for contributing to Mary Shourds Pettit memorial Hello, thanks for your info regarding Mary Pettit's maiden name being Shourds. If you turn up any dates or records of birthplace etc., please do let me know. I hate to estimate as there's no way to mark it as such, and people will copy the info as fact.
RE: Military headstone Sorry for the late reply! Yes, the VA will provide a free headstone but you would have to arrange for someone to receive and install it. This can be tricky if the grave in question is somewhere other than a proper cemetery that is still under management. Sometimes you can find local historical organizations that might do it, but you would almost certainly have to still pay someone. You would also need to get permission from the property owner if it's on someone else's private property now.