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L Ferree (#47116659)
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Bio Photo My kids think going to cemeteries is what everyone does on vacation. I am a native Pennsylvanian, but have lived in Georgia for over 28 years, minus three years overseas.

Many of the memorials I have created are NOT my family members, but after photographing, researching, and posting, they do begin to feel like family. I have no ancestors locally. Therefore, I have had to depend upon the kindness of volunteers living elsewhere to create memorials or take photos for me. In return, I try to take as many photos as I can locally to post to non-family memorials, hoping to "pay it forward." If I have taken a photograph you would like to use for your personal, private, off-line use, let me know, and I'd be happy to send you one of a larger resolution.

I will *consider* out of guideline transfers of your relatives (who are not also mine) if you are an established, regular contributor to Find a Grave who demonstrates an understanding of the FAQs and purpose of the site. (Don't mean for that to sound judgmental. I am just hoping to avoid potential problems.) Please use the SAC function (edit button) to request transfers, and be sure to let me know specifically how you are related. If you are brand new here, welcome! Folks come and go often, and I like to make sure you're going to stick around and contribute regularly before I transfer. You may want to read the "help with Find a Grave" section to understand the purpose of the site. In addition, folks merely interested in genealogy might well be happier having someone more active to manage the memorials,and use other more-suited sites to build trees. That "virtual cemetery" feature is also useful in sorting out the branches of your tree. In the meantime, please feel free to send me as much additional info as you wish via the edit button on the memorial.
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Johanna DeLony
Cross/Rasbury pictures
Dear L Ferree,

Thank you so very much for locating and photographing these gravesites for me. I truly appreciate it, and can't wait to share this with my family.

Thank you once again!
Added by Johanna DeLony on Sep 29, 2014 7:23 PM
Gerry Hill
RE: Pictures
Thanks, I have added.
Added by Gerry Hill on Sep 29, 2014 4:20 PM
Gerry Hill
I am working on the Gordon family today- children of Malinda Cox in my family, and would like permission to use the two grave picture you have put on of Major Eugene Cornelius Gordon.
While I am working on them, I always enjoy stopping and joining members together, as I gather information.
Like you, I have lived here (Ga-Albany) most of my life, but my family interest covers 37 years, and the whole USA, with all my immideate family coming from the Eastern Seaboard to Ga- and STAYING. I lived in NY a few years----but came home. Thanks, Gerry Hill
Added by Gerry Hill on Sep 29, 2014 12:51 PM
C. T. Lewis
Re: Find A Grave Correction: Elizabeth Swift
My previous note said Lithonia Cemetery and should have said Stone Mountain Cemetery.

Sorry for the confusion; it's late at night.
Added by C. T. Lewis on Sep 27, 2014 1:20 AM
C. T. Lewis
Re: Find A Grave Correction: Elizabeth Swift
Did some more research and found that 140 Rawson St was in Atlanta, Fulton County, GA and less than a mile from the Oakland Cemetery.

Your newspaper item and the tombstone dates certainly fit together. I have now modified the Oakland memorial to fully reflect that she was buried there and have cut the links in the Lithonia Cemetery and renamed that memorial to a Betsy Swift conforming to Franklin Garrett's survey.

Also have sent 4 requests to other holders of her children's memorials to have them linked to the Oakland memorial.

You can see the two modified memorials at:

Oakland Cemetery
Find A Grave Memorial# 75864439

Lithonia Cemetery
Find A Grave Memorial# 9728647

Thanks for all your help in getting these two memorials correct.
Added by C. T. Lewis on Sep 27, 2014 1:11 AM
C. T. Lewis
Re: Found It - Atlanta Constitution, May 1, 1878 page 2,
That's a great find. It certainly confirms that she died as per her Oakland cemetery tombstone date and must mean that the Franklin Garrett listing is not the correct person.

The only remaining question I have is whether the 140 Rawson street noted in the paper was in Lithonia or Atlanta. Believe both towns had a Rawson St. According to the census data, Col. Swift continued to live in Lithonia at least through 1880, so it was likely that Elizabeth died in Lithonia.

Do you have any information regarding where 140 Rawson St was located?
Added by C. T. Lewis on Sep 26, 2014 10:13 PM
C. T. Lewis
Re: Find A Grave Correction: Elizabeth Swift
The DeKalb county, GA US 1850-1860-1870 censuses all show an Elizabeth Swift married to John N. Swift. The three censuses show her to have been born about 1823, 1822 and 1822.

There is also an 1870 DeKalb census for a black woman named Elizabeth Swift living alone with an 8 year old son. This Elizabeth was born about 1820 basis the census. There is no 1850 or 1860 census record for this Elizabeth. Also, there is no 1850-1860-1870 census for a Betsy Swift.

I can't say that Franklin Garrett's survey of the Stone Mountain Cemetery definitely was for which Elizabeth, but his recording of her birth year as 1822 tends to lend support for our Elizabeth, the wife of John N. Swift as the one buried in that cemetery.
Added by C. T. Lewis on Sep 25, 2014 9:25 PM
C. T. Lewis
Re: Find A Grave Correction: Elizabeth Swift
Thanks for your note. I corrected the plot information on FindaGrave as you noted.

However, I must have missed any FindaGrave rules stating that you have to only place the tombstone dates, even though you may think they are wrong. Can you please point me to any such requirement? I have been a member for almost 9 years and haven't seen such a requirement.

If you read the first part of Elizabeth's memorial you will see that I did reference the tombstone date as well as the date that I believe is correct so that anyone reading the memorial will have both dates.

Elizabeth died 14 years before her husband and their Oakland tombstone was placed there some time after 1890. Not impossible, but I find it a little strange that their tombstone states that she was born and died on the same date, April 29.

Also, this April 29 death date conflicts completely with Franklin Garrett's death date of Nov 11, 1876. I find it very hard to believe that Mr. Garrett could have so misread Betsy's Lithonia tombstone date as to get such a completely different date.
Added by C. T. Lewis on Sep 24, 2014 2:01 PM
Rusty Macon Weber
RE: Jonathan Colbert McDonald
Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that the other memorial page was transferred to me - I edited it to include the additional information and deleted the duplicate page.

Thanks for your assistance.
Added by Rusty Macon Weber on Sep 24, 2014 12:12 PM
Rusty Macon Weber
RE: Jonathan Colbert McDonald
Thanks - something to keep in mind. I did send Hutch another message with edit request and told him that I would be happy to delete my page if he would add the additional information, or I would be happy to do it all myself if he wanted to transfer it to me.

He did previously add his full name rather than just his initials, dates and states of birth and death and some basic information, the unit he was in and the fact that he died at Empire House, etc.

The links came from me adding the link to him on his wife's and children's memorial pages.

I'll give him a little time to respond, then contact the admins about a possible merge of the pages if I need to.

Added by Rusty Macon Weber on Sep 16, 2014 4:15 PM
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