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Todd Bolen (#47618409)
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Bio Photo I have been involved in family history since 1972. I authored several family books and I am a past president of the DuPage County (IL) Genealogy Society.

Dad's family surnames:
Barb, Bolen, Carlile, Cox, Davis, Dunham, Fidler, Fout, Fry, Haines, House, McCrary, Oberlin, Patrick, Randall, Rea, Skidmore, Wait

Mom's family surnames:
Boyer, Corrick, Ensminger, Gillard, Hyde, Koberstine, Marteeny, Montgomery, Mills, Robb, Syfert, Young
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Joseph Robb
Esther Robb Gillard
Hi Todd, my question is regarding the Robb family that are buried in the Lyonsville Cemetery in Illinois. On your bio you have stated that you have done genealogy and two of your mother's surnames are Robb and Gillard. I believe that you are referencing Esther Robb Gillard at Lyonsville. You have it shown that Esther is the daughter of Alexander Robb. That would make her a relative of mine. Unfortunately I can't find anything linking her to my family. Could you please let me know how or what documents you came across that link Esther to Alexander Robb. Any help that you can provide would be extremely appreciated. Thank you, Joseph Robb.
Added by Joseph Robb on May 30, 2015 6:03 PM
John O'Leary
Thank you for the information for John O'Leary.

Do you know where his parents are buried?

Added by TJG on Jan 04, 2015 4:42 PM
Suz Lew

We've got her all right and tight in Fredonia now.

Happy Halloween
Suz Lew
Added by Suz Lew on Oct 25, 2014 5:13 PM
Honoring those who have gone before
Drusilla Bolen

The best way would be to transfer your memorial you created to Fredonia. Scroll to the section where the cemetery is named, and there is an edit button. Click that and then change the cemetery name from what is it now to Fredonia, you can just enter a few letters of Fredonia, and Illinois, Marion county ... Find A Grave will bring up the cemetery link. Click yes. Then your memorial the true and rightful memorial will be at Fredonia. Jane will repost her photos to your memorial. Doing it this way will not create a big deal with the children links, the parental links nor the link between Drusilla and Nelson. Once it's all connected, then we will delete mine.

One step is better than asking three other members to change their links. Not impossible but this is way quicker and easier.

Jane has agreed to repost the headstone photos.

Suz Lew
Added by Honoring those who have g... on Sep 23, 2014 3:34 PM
Honoring those who have gone before
RE: Nelson and Drusilla Bolen

Jane went to Fredonia today. She's photographed both Nelson's (127852588) and Drusilla's (127852587) headstones.

Would you like to transfer your memorial over to the Fredonia Cemetery? We'll have to ask Find A Grave to merge them, or I can ask Jane to repost the pictures to your memorial.

Suz Lew
Added by Honoring those who have g... on Sep 22, 2014 2:04 AM
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Nelson and Drusilla Bolen
Yep, there is a notation in the Marion County Cemetery Book 1, that Nelson and Drusilla Bolen are buried side by side, page 407. List was compiled in August 1970, attributed to Frank Brinkerhoffís transcriptions of headstones and/or church records.

Row H, grave 8 is Nelson, d. 14 Nov. 1876, aged 66 yr 10 mn 7 da
Row H, grave 9 is Drusilla Bolen, b. 1825, d. 1878.

Nelsonís Find A Grave # 127852587
Drusillaís Find A Grave # 127852588

Now I know that Frank Brinkerhoff is and was considered a truly exceptional genealogical researcher, but I have found errors in his work. I am just concerned that if stones were transcribed in 1970, at Fredonia Cemetery, what would be the purpose of placing a headstone if she wasnít buried there?

I created the memorial for Drusilla the same time as I did Nelsonís. I just havenít done the linking portion of editing Ö I submitted the memorials in a spreadsheet to save time.

Also I could request a photo of the stone, but it doesnít appear that there are too many cemetery crawlers that visit it. Looks like the 10 or so photo requests date back to 2007.

Iíve a friend in the area, but Fredonia is a bit of a drive from where she lives.

In a quandary. Either way, your memorial for Drusilla is an earlier version and youíre probably would have to decide if you wanted to move yours to Fredonia Cemetery.

Honoring those who have gone before
Suz Lew
Added by Honoring those who have g... on Aug 18, 2014 2:12 PM
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Drusilla Bolen and Nelson Bolen

Do you think that the cemetery book is wrong? Is there a stone over in Clay County for her? Oh and do you have a year of marriage on that memorial for Drusilla? Like I said I don't have any connection to the Bolen's and am relying on you for accuracy.

Accepted Nelson's other wife ... AND was a year of marriage included on your request?

Honoring those who have gone before.
Suz Lew
Added by Honoring those who have g... on Aug 18, 2014 12:44 AM
Honoring those who have gone before
Nelson Bolen

Links accepted, if you are interested in a transfer, please feel free to ask. Most of my Fredonia memorials that have no photo, were just transcribed from cemetery records.

Honoring those who have gone before.
Added by Honoring those who have g... on Aug 02, 2014 11:07 AM
Margaret Oberhart
I have a Margaret Oberhart in Wheaton who is next to her husband and you sent me an edit and that Margaret is in another cemetery with a different stone. Will the real Margaret Oberhart stand up? Thank you.
Added by Ruth on Jul 21, 2014 10:14 PM
Christine Rea
RE: Rea Family Photo
That is very cool. When I started doing family history in 1971, I sent a letter to the Logan County Vital Statistics office. Edna happened to be walking through and the clerk told her the letter was from her family. She sent me copies of what she had on my direct ancestors. Since that was the first thing I attempted in genealogy, I was very cool to receive a letter from her right away.
Added by Christine Rea on Apr 23, 2014 2:00 PM
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