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Nancy Meadows (#47219916)
 member for 6 years, 11 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo Update January 2015:

After being a member for several years, the following are my own personal "guidelines":

Anyone may copy any photos I have posted for personal use - no credit required. It does my heart good to see them included in someone's family tree since the main reason I try to do my part in this is to help people who have passed on be remembered.

I will usually transfer memorials for those outside my own family lines, even to those who are not within the Findagrave four generation policy, including people who may have been just friends. However, please be sure that you intend to actually add something to enhance the memorials. It's frustrating to transfer an entire family to someone, only to later discover that nothing has been done with them. I check for Edits almost daily and usually accept them quickly.

I am guilty of adding duplicates, but none are intentional. Most of my memorials come from photographing an entire cemetery, and though I try to search for each one before adding it, sometimes duplicates happen. There is no need to be rude, just a friendly notification like This is a duplicate" will be enough to have me delete mine. I am also guilty of typo's, for which I apologize. I regret not being more careful.

When I photograph a cemetery, I try to take both a distance shot and a closeup shot. I frequently add the distance shots to memorials that already have a closeup. This is not meant to imply that the first photo is not good enough. My only intent is to hopefully help future visitors to the cemetery be able to locate a grave they wish to visit. If any photos I post offend anyone, I will gladly remove them at the creator's request.

I have started virtual cemeteries for military veterans buried in Boone, Chariton, Howard, Macon, and Randolph counties. These are far from complete, so if you know of a veteran in those counties, please let me know if I don't already have them.

For those contributors who take it upon themselves to be the Findagrave police, adding a please and thank you would go a long way.

Thanks to those who help make Findagrave such a pleasant, fulfilling labor of love! Wishing you all a blessed 2015...

Update Feb 2014:
I've been told that people have hesitated to contact me since my step-son's death in September. Please feel free to do so, as I am still working on Findagrave almost daily. It has been a saving grace, and I very much appreciate the kindness and caring of the Findagrave community.

Update October 2013:
Please visit my virtual cemetery for "Jake the Great", created for my step-son lost to a series of circumstances resulting in him taking his own life on September 10, 2013. Jacob's bio contains a letter written by his father, and it is our hope that it may help prevent this from happening to another family. Please pass it on to whoever you think may benefit from it. Thanks, and God Bless.

Since 2007, I have been dedicated to locating, listing and photographing all the Randolph County, Missouri cemeteries I am able to get to. I have completed listings, with photos of each stone, of about 155 cemeteries so far, mainly to provide the county historical societies with updated listings and accurate locations. I am just starting to put these on findagrave, and in the interest of saving time, have only entered the name and years for now. I have more info for most of these memorials, which I hope to add and link as time allows. It is my thinking that having just the names and dates posted may help someone find their relatives. I am very willing to transfer memorials to relatives, even distant ones....just ask and let me know how you are related. I will be glad to fulfill photo requests as I am able to, so if you are looking for someone in a particular cemetery, please feel free to contact me.

Please use the Edit/Suggestion tab to send info or to request transfers. Thanks!
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Sam Hampton, Jr
RE: Hendrix edits
Thank you Nancy.

I have not received the links yet from Find A Grave.

Find A Grave is supposed to send me an email when "Accept" is clicked.

Best regards,

Added by Sam Hampton, Jr on Dec 01, 2016 8:33 AM
RE: Help!
Hi, Nancy, good to hear from you. Howell Finnell did have a daughter named Martha, but she was born in 1866 and married a Phelps and then an Owens. I'll keep looking. You must be busy now that the leaves have fallen and exposed their treasures.

Added by DVF on Nov 29, 2016 1:49 AM
C. Coy
WWII veteran addition
Could you add the following memorial to the WWII memorial list.
Find A Grave Memorial# 5629060

Added by C. Coy on Nov 23, 2016 8:24 AM
Deanie McAlpin
RE: Reeds Corner
Nancy, I'm just now seeing this message...sorry!!! Yes, I did work at Reed's corner. If I saw your face I would probably recognize you!!! Helen is still around somewhere, Frances passed away and not sure about Dorothy. Getting older and hard to keep in contact with the old gang from there. Sorry it took so long for me to reply!!!
Added by Deanie McAlpin on Nov 17, 2016 7:13 PM
Frances Tracey
Nancy, Thank you for the info! It has been added.
Added by Anonymous1 on Nov 07, 2016 2:18 PM
David Sharp
RE: Bradley Cem on Atkins Farm, Howard Co
Hi Nancy. Susan and I took photo's of all the stones in the cemetery, there weren't very many, and I posted all of them. The cemetery is on the south side of Rt O about half way between Bunker Hill and Rt HH. You have to drive up a lane to the last barn and then walk about 200 yards to the cemetery. the Lat and Long are 39.14110 by 92.67830. The people there are real nice and don't mind helping you. Take care, David and Susan
Added by David Sharp on Oct 29, 2016 10:07 AM
My gr-gr-gr-grandfather Haden and his part of his family is attached to the wrong cemetery. I really don't want to offend the person who posted them in the wrong cemetery. I also wold need her to change the name of the cemetery. there are three Haden ( William, Turner and John) cemeteries in Ralls County. Only two are listed. i'll approach this very carefully.
By the way, my mother's name on her tombstone in Grand View in Ralls County. the main cemetery in Hannibal, Marion county is over the county line in Ralls. Anyway, her stone is a case in point of the living wanting a change on their stone. Mom was born Orpha Lorene Patton. Her stone reads (showing her married name of course) Lorene O. Hamilton. My granduncle, Van Buren Patton (Grandpa's brother) who was called Boose, reads Bruce (Daddy Boose) Patton. Bruce is what his second wife called him. Luckily I had him connected to his parents. I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to ask for a footnote as to his correct name, Van Buren? Thanks so much.
Added by GRFtraveler on Oct 29, 2016 7:55 AM
RE: Aunt Kate
I think Bartley and Issac Newton are cousins, but I've not found real proof. Their fathers will would be nice. A biography sates Newton is the son of John Switzer and Roseanna Couldwell. I'd like better proof than that.
I've just started to request connects on Find a grave. So Lewis may not be connected to his parents Martin Van Buren Patton and Mary Jane Fifer. Going backward, I have Martins parents, Joseph Pattton and Elizabeth (Looney.) grave unknown. Mary Janes parents are Nimrod Fifer and Mary Jane Wood. He is buried at Phillips near Duncan's bridge. Mary Jane wood Fifer died in Merimac near St. Louis. Minor married Mrs Mary Jane Walker. Confusing, yes. Nimrod parents are buried somewhere in IN. Mary Jane wood Fifers parents survived her. They are John w. Wood and Jane Parker. They are buried at Phillips. The day I stood by my Mary Jane and Martin Van Pattons grave and saw the line up of all those generations, I nearly cried.
So from Maritn and Mary Jane Patton , to Lewis and Huldah Patton to Derby Reed Patton and Effie Jones, to O. Lorene and James O. Hamilton, jr. To me . More later. I can use some advice on how to add a cemetery and make correction. Not on any lines in Macon but inRalls county. Thanks for your wonderful work. Gayle
Added by GRFtraveler on Oct 28, 2016 9:45 PM
Aunt Kate
About 10 years ago I found in a Botetourt County Marriage Bk the marriage of Sarah Catherine Reed and Bartley Switzer and also the marriage to Samuel Crawford.I suspected the marriages but couldn't prove them. Finding Bartley's tombstone on FindAGrave really was a happy dance moment. The amazing items I found are those that new and sometimes old researchers over look...deeds. One happy day in the Macon County courthouse and with the help of my cousin, I found a deed recorded in Macon County for land in Botetourt, VA and a part of the land in Macon County. A treasury warrant deed, 1838, had been confirmed in that Botetourt county to Alexander Crawford, Cary Switzer and Bartley Switzer for 500 acres along the waters of John's Creek, a branch of Craig's Creek, Botetourt County, VA. I found a whole list of family in that deed!! There are other deeds and a lawsuit over some land in Macon owned by Switzers in VA. Finally the Will of Samuel Crawford lists his heirs from his first marriage living in VA. There are a few families I've not been able to connect, but those deeds were an amazing find. Oh..I think Sarah Catherine went back to VA to clear up the estate of her husband Bartley.
Added by GRFtraveler on Oct 28, 2016 12:20 PM
RE: Aunt Kate
Hi Nancy,

So here goes. It would have been my g-grandparents, Lewis & Huldah, who decided where Sarah was buried. She lived with them and in her second (1903) will deeded her property to Huldah Patton. The first (1892) will listed her brothers and sister who she did not want to receive anything.
Jacob Reed died before his wife, Nancy, who died in 1858. Nancy lists her living children in the Botetourt County Will abstracts, Will bk K p 237. They must have been buried somewhere in Botetourt County, VA.
Ready for a long tale? William B. Switzer son of Newton and Mary E. (Reed) Switzer married Mary Lewellen (She my big brick wall). They have one child, Mary E. Switzer. Mary Lewellen Switzer dies 2 days after the birth of her daughter in 1856. William remarries to a Aga Martin, but on the 1860 census I cant find Aga or baby Mary. William is a boarder in 1860 in Clarence. In 1863 he marries Mary E. Galbert and has two children. William is a prosperous merchant, so much so that he can buy his way of serving in the Civil War. In the fall of 1864, several men in the town also bought their way out and William was appointed custodian of this money. He deposited the money in the bank. a few days later a group of robbers call at William's house and demand the money. He is murdered. Oh, my. There's not a will in Shelby County, There was a bond posted but nothing, no inventory, nothing. I've been to Shelby so many times, I'm convinced there's no will there.
Where's little Mary Switzer?I find her in 1870 living with her aunt Sarah (Kate) Crawford!! in 1872 Sarah is appointed the ward of guardianship of Mary Switzer. Not her grandparents Newton and Mary Switzer, but Aunt Sarah Catherine. I need a clearer copy of Newton Switzer's will but i can't see Mary Switzer listed as an heir. In 1874 Mary Switzer marries Alexander Sanner. They have two girls Huldah (my Gr-grandmother) and Lillie. Aunt Sarah Catherine is living with Alex and Mary in 1880. Baby Lillie died in Feb of 1880 and Mary(Switzer) Sanner dies in November of that year. Aunt Sarah (Kate)raises my gr-grandmother Huldah and lives with Huldah & Lewis Patton until her death. Aunt Kate raised my 3rd & 2nd great grandmothers. Ill make another post.
Added by GRFtraveler on Oct 28, 2016 11:24 AM
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