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Donna (VanArsdall) Hoffman (#47278693)
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Bio Photo I was introduced to Find a Grave about 2000 by a cousin. Together we tried to add as many members of our family as we possibly could. It wasn't long before my cousin became the subject of his own memorial page. Eventually, I realized that there was more I could do than just search for my own family. So, I began trying to add photos whenever I could. Recently I became involved in a cemetery project in my area. A friend and I began searching through the hills, bushes and briers for long abandoned cemeteries, adding what we find to Find a Grave.
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Mindy Maines Kannianen
Uwriah Ravenscraft
Hi, Donna. I haven't been able to get back down to Rocky Springs Cemetery to look for this headstone that you photographed. Would you mind if I use the one you posted on F.A.G. on my Ancestry page? I will give you credit for the photo. I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
Added by Mindy Maines Kannianen on Oct 08, 2015 7:15 PM
Diane L. Webb
RE: David F. Mefford
I found a biography on his son Dr. Walter T. Mefford that gave a lot of information.
Diane Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Oct 03, 2015 12:55 AM
Diane L. Webb
David F. Mefford
Thank you, Donna for the transfer. I just found
Dr. Walter T. Mefford biography in "Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri Biographical Record, 1896
s/o David F. Mefford and "Pasty" Martha Samuels.
Diane Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Oct 02, 2015 10:24 AM
Kathy Thompson
Cades Cove
I asked Findagrave to remove the photo years ago and they didn't. You are not the first to tell me this. Maybe you can ask them also. I do appreciate you noticing and I wish it were gone from there.Thanks
Added by Kathy Thompson on Sep 11, 2015 1:46 PM
Elaine McNally
Owen and Scott County cemeteries
Hi. I haven't been doing genealogy research for very long, but I am finding myself hooked now that I've started! I don't live in Kentucky, but I noticed that you have provided photos from Owen and Scott County cemeteries, so I thought that you might be close to that area. I would like to know if all of the headstones in certain cemeteries have been recorded. Specifically, I am wondering about Caney Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Long Lick Baptist Church Cemetery, and Southworth Family Cemetery. Also, just in general, in that area, have people found everything that there is to be found yet? Are there still little family cemeteries that are on private property that haven't been recorded in Find A Grave? I am wondering because I am missing death information for quite a few people in my family tree. I can't find death records or burial plots or Find A Grave entries or obituaries or anything! I even bought the book "Gone, Forgotten, Now Remembered: Scott County Cemeteries," but I have had no luck on a few people. It's frustrating. I'd love to hear any information or feedback that you have on this area. Also, I'll throw out a name, just in case you ever see it on a headstone...Carrie Belle Leach Hile(s) is someone that I am looking for. She was born in 1879 and died some time between 1904 and 1909. I have her on the 1900 census, as a young married woman. She was married to Lawrence Hile - - he was from Long Lick. She probably was too. I have a little photo of them when they were married in about 1899 - it was taken in Omega, which was somewhere between Owenton Rd and Sutterville Rd. It had a post office at the time they had the photo taken. I think that Omega is probably on someone's farm or just a little shack along a dirt road now... It's sad to me that I can't find Carrie Belle anywhere and I don't even have a death record on her. Lawrence and her children ended up in Whittier, Ca (along with my great grandmother, who was related to Lawrence). But I don't think that Carrie Belle died in Ca. I think she died in Kentucky.

Anyway, thanks for reading this message, even if you can't help me! I might need to make a trip out there myself some day.

Elaine McNally
Added by Elaine McNally on Sep 07, 2015 1:51 PM
George Paul Farris
Mefford Cemetery at Biddle

Dear Donna:

At first I would like to thank-you for the work you do in recording and preservation. It will reach over time and provide important data to those yet unborn.

I am in the process of preparing a proposal to preserve Mefford headstones. Would you be interested in assisting in that regard? At a minimum would you grant use of your photo of the Mefford Cemetery near Biddle in Scott County, KY? It has an unforgettable impact!

With much anticipation I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,
George Paul Farris
A Mefford Kinsman
Added by George Paul Farris on Aug 22, 2015 9:13 AM
Diane L. Webb
RE: Mary C. Munson Hampton
Her son James Hampton's Death Certificate says the same thing. Burial in Hampton Cemetery. I think this cemetery was on the family farm in Hessler Pct. Owen Co., KY.

No, still haven't got the Death Certificate from you. Did you send it to

If a problem I can go onto and try
and find it.

Diane Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Aug 13, 2015 10:21 PM
Diane L. Webb
RE: Mary C. Munson Hampton
Sorry didn't get the Death Certificate on her.
Here is my home e-mail.
Diane L. Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Aug 13, 2015 8:12 PM
Diane L. Webb
Mary C. Munson Hampton
I am thinking she was buried on their Farm Land
and they called it Hampton Cemetery?
What do you think?
Diane Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Aug 13, 2015 2:48 PM
Diane L. Webb
RE: Mary C. Munson Hampton
Would you mind putting that Death Certificate
on her Memorial Site?
I would appreciate it. I can make a disclaimer
don't know Hampton Cemetery.
Diane Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Aug 13, 2015 2:43 PM
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