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ellejwalters (#47773327)
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Bio Photo I'm interested in genealogy and have worked on our family history for many years. Family surnames include Hosterman, Kivisto, St. George, Thurston, Howe, Etter and on my husband's side of the family is Walters, Larke, Calkins, Brisbin, Brainard and others as well. I like looking for old roses in cemeteries to get cuttings from so I'm happy to take pics of gravestones too. Thankfully my husband indulges me in this hobby as he also likes to drive and explore the fascinating history of North Florida.



*Created memorials for Twenty-three of the Thirty, Holden, Massachusetts Civil War Soldiers along with my FIND A GRAVE friend, Mary (47866465), who took all of the pictures of the gravestones in Grove and Park Avenue Cemeteries and the Memorial Tablets in the Holden Town Hall. She meant with Holden historians so we could get as much accurate information about the soldiers as possible. Her help has been invaluable in this project. Seven of the soldiers already had memorials on FIND A GRAVE. Some of the Holden Soldiers that had Gov't or Family headstones in Grove Cemetery we used for cenotaphs. The others that had unknown burial locations we used the CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TABLETS that are located in the Holden Town Hall for their cenotaphs. Ten of the Holden Soldiers are buried in National Cemeteries. View the Holden Thirty Virtual Cemetery to see pictures of the Memorial Tablets and to leave virtual flowers. My great grand uncle, George Thurston is one of the Thirty. Without his story we would never of started our Holden Soldiers project. Viewing the beautiful, white marble, Memorial Tablets piqued both Mary's and my interest in honoring the other Twenty-nine soldiers with memorials on FIND A GRAVE.
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Andrew
RE: Marcus St. George
Hello,

One of the more edifying ones I've done. I kind of felt like I was giving him his name back when I was digging in the dirt trying to see if there was a number on the broken marker.

If you've never been there, the cemetery is very historic with loads of very ornate stones. Down the back there is a lonely concrete bridge that crosses over a tiny stream through a wall of trees.

On the other side the road suddenly ends and there is this large field with mostly small markers on the right with a few random mementos from family members. On the left is a large field with a number of 18th and 19th century stones laid flat ( think this is where the 4,000 or so bodies were moved to), as you walk way down the back the marker on the right fall into a great state of disrepair, though I was fortunate to find the one that would have been next to Marcus.

On the way out I snapped pictures of the two or three professional stone markers and plan to put those up.
Added by Andrew on Jul 21, 2016 6:23 AM
Sligo
RE: Dunbar Memorial
Hello, it was my pleasure. It wasn't much effort on my end and nice to hear it may have helped brighten your mothers day by offering a needed distraction. I hope she is well.
Added by Sligo on Apr 26, 2016 5:14 PM
MFC
RE: Showers Family
Every time we are in Florida, we promise ourselves that we will make a trip to St. Augustine. this year for sure!
Added by MFC on Sep 07, 2015 11:51 AM
Elizth
RE: Bates-hosteman
If I stand up on the cemented in area in front of Eliza's plot and look down is that the Hosterman area? or can you tell me where abouts it is? elizth
ps in the early 80's a cousin from victoria was in Quebec and took a pic of 3 headstones of family. another cousin went this summer and one of the headstones is gone?? so now if no one had seen that original pic, my 3x gr grandmothers grave site would be lost forever. Thats why we do what we do.
Added by Elizth on Sep 06, 2015 7:06 AM
MFC
RE: Showers Family
They are upright now. Your skills are better than mine. I still do not know how to use the phone to photograph a stone and then post!! We stopped at the Chattanooga Park earlier this year when heading to Florida (our grandchildren live in Orlando and we spend 6 weeks there). Really interesting visit as my husband is a big history buff. BTW....have you found any trace of his other siblings...Catherine and Emily? There were 8 mentioned in the history book I told you about and 6 are now linked to Solomon and Mahala.
Added by MFC on Sep 05, 2015 2:38 PM
MFC
RE: Showers Family
You are welcome. By the way..did you know that the photos you posted on Alfred Showers memorial are sideways? LOL! Nice, clear pics though!
Added by MFC on Sep 04, 2015 3:04 PM
MFC
RE: Showers Family
Found additional information in the "History of Dekalb County" 1885. My neighbor has an original publication and I found reference to William Showers under a paragraph about Gilbert, his nephew. Stated DOD Aug 8, 1861.
Added by MFC on Sep 03, 2015 9:08 PM
Elizth
Bates-hosteman
OMG! I just read you page for Eliza, she was marr to a Hosteman. right next to her on the right is a stone for hosteman, do you have that one? if not put it as a request and next time i go to halifax, i will get pic, if you need that one.
SACRED
To the Memory of Eliza
widow of the (Late?) (Lieu?)
**hn Bates of the (Royal?)
N* who departed this
life **March (!?) 1(&?)14
Aged 41 Years

The light was awful by the time I got there, next time i will take another pic, hopefully earlier in day. this was abt 3pm.
take care elizth
Added by Elizth on Sep 02, 2015 4:37 PM
MFC
RE: Showers Family
You are welcome. When someone transcribed the cemetery many years ago, I think they mistook the foot stone for William as that for Solomon Sr. Easy to do since there were names inscribed on the large monument and then foot stones for those names. I counted those stones and kept on coming up with an extra; so, hence, the research. Sedan is a small cemetery about 3 miles from my home. So when the weather is better, I will visit again and re-shoot. That grey granite is a dickens to photograph because of reflections and the difficulty seeing the inscriptions. I am hoping, too, to photograph some of the older graves in the cemetery that have not been done. By the way, there is a book written in 1885 about the history of Dekalb County. One can find it online at google books. Perhaps there is a paragraph on William and Solomon.
Added by MFC on Sep 01, 2015 4:11 PM
MFC
RE: Showers Headstone pics
Glad you liked. The weather wasn't the best, but I was able to find all the Showers listed. I also added a memorial for William S. Showers. If I have the facts correct, he appears to have been the brother of Solomon, Sr. There was an extra foot stone...Solomon Jr, Father, Mother, Seth, and then William. Did some researching and found the census's from 1850, 60 70 where he was living with the family and then the widow MAhala. I also found a memorial placed in PA but now deleted for a William S. Showers dated 1806-187 something. Do you have any info about any of this? Know the famil came from PA.
Added by MFC on Aug 27, 2015 6:35 AM
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