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Brad Melton (#48152425)
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Bio Photo Retired Army nurse; still work part time as an RN and still enjoy walking the hills, hollers and creek beds where my Dad's family has lived going into the ninth generation now.
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Julie McLaughlin - Wilson
RE: Memorial# 16918855

Not sure why 16918349 didn't pull up for you, it came right up for me....maybe a wrong number was entered? Thanks for the memories about Van; he was a cousin of mine - I'll add the memory to my tree if OK with you. My Grandmother was a Moore and grew up on Moore's Bend, Cedarcreek. I've discovered that I'm pretty much related to every "old" family in that area....(Yandell, Crouch, Haworth, Stallcup, Cobb), probably you as well!

I'd love a cleaner copy; I'll send you an e-mail and I'll make sure to credit WRVHS....I have gotten ALOT of information from them, they are a fantastic resource.

Thanks again,
Added by Julie McLaughlin - Wilson on Jul 03, 2015 4:08 PM
Julie McLaughlin - Wilson
Memorial# 16918855

Concerning the photo you posted to this Memorial; would you mind if I posted this photo to the memorial of my relatives: Harry and Jesse Moore....or could you post (#26733226 & 16918349)?

Added by Julie McLaughlin - Wilson on Jul 03, 2015 9:28 AM
RE: Willis Kissee
Brad, I haven't seen a photograph of Willis. I cleaned the lichen off of his tall stone and found the birthdate. His stone is one of the early sandstone varieties, locally made. They are beginning to disintegrate here in our harsh climate. I'm going to check our local papers and see if there might be another version of the shooting. I suspect this is one of the stones that was moved from one of the first two cemeteries. The cemetery where he is buried did not begin until 1887 with burials. The Riverside Cemetery, also called the Boulevard Cemetery was south of town about one mile or so. Until 1994, when the old cemetery was accidentally uncovered by the Mill Tailing cleanup project, we didn't know exactly where this old cemetery was located. All evidence of burials there had long ago disappeared. I was a member of the historic preservation board when the evidence of 36 graves was accidentally uncovered by dozer work. The graves were only about 3 ft. deep. As the Western History Librarian, I had led a project to index the first 5 years, 1880-1885, of our historical newspapers. We were able to identify one of the graves as a mother and baby buried together. The ground pattern was 6 rows by 6. Sixteen of the graves were disturbed by the dozers, but the ground sonar showed the rest of the graves, so we were able to fence this portion and plant wild grass. There were no tombstones. All the burials were in pine boxes, as would be expected in that day and time. I have been able to prove by the old newspapers that one of the civil war soldiers was buried in the Riverside Cemetery, yet his stone is in the present cemetery east of town. So, this is why I say that the Kissee stone was probably moved from the old cemetery. We also know that there are graves under one of the airport runways, close to where these 36 graves were uncovered. When the museum opens at the end of this month, I'll check and see if they have a photo of him. Thanks for the message. Loline Sammons
Added by L.Sammons on May 13, 2015 10:39 PM
Rita McDermott
I just found out that Loline Sammons has done a lot of research concerning Willis and may have some additional info you might be interested in. Her contact info is FindAGrave #47211136 L.Sammons, or she just left a message on my message board.
Added by Rita McDermott on May 12, 2015 2:32 PM
Rita McDermott
RE: Willis Kissee
I don't think the newspapers at our local museum go back to 1884, so I don't think I can be of much assistance with a photo.
Added by Rita McDermott on May 06, 2015 3:58 PM
Rita McDermott
RE: Willis Kissee
No, I haven't see a photograph of him. My only connection to the memorial is that I work for the Gunnison Cemetery. Are you related?
Added by Rita McDermott on May 04, 2015 6:51 PM
Ann Hamill
RE: Ellin Callin
So sorry for the long delay...Missouri Ellen was not of African descent as far as I know. Her mother was Matilda Frances Bethel and her father was Silas Fisher Lindley. She was my great-grandmother.

Ann Hamill
Added by Ann Hamill on Apr 26, 2015 2:37 PM
John L. Cook
I have traced our family back to Missouri but this one served in massachusetts.
Added by Tina on Feb 02, 2015 2:12 PM
John L Cook #21799944
I had to sent the picture through your e-mail it wont let me reply, hummm
Added by Tina on Feb 02, 2015 2:08 PM
John L Cook #21799944
Hello,You added a picture to that memorial. we have had a civil war soldier's original picture in the family all the years, the back has John L Cook on it. (Missouri state) We don't know who it is.
Added by Tina on Feb 01, 2015 11:21 PM
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