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history4sure (#46997739)
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"When God sends forth a special living soul to learn the ways of the earth, an earthly mother's love is waiting; we call this wonder birth. When God calls home a loving earthly soul and stills a fleeting breath, a Heavenly Father's love is waiting; this too is birth, not death."

I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2016 Update:
Sixty seven years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 60 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty five years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 31 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for over 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 25 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 950 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For over 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.

I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!


PLEASE NOTE: Check the top center of your profile page - if an "edit" tab is there - you need to click on it and check to approve or reject any edits that may have been sent to you - only a few email "edit" notices are coming from fag since this new feature was added.

Sorry, I have to laugh.... recently seen on a gravestone, (wife's, Jo Ann's stone) "DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY, I AM NOT HERE, I DID NOT DIE" ...alongside on the husband's stone, "JO ANN - IF WE DID NOT DIE, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?".... [ I SAID I'm sorry! ]
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Charleen Spalding
RE: Vernooy
You are most welcome. Good luck in your search. I believe you are correct with the name.
Added by Charleen Spalding on Jun 22, 2016 5:12 PM
Charleen Spalding
RE: 93434777 LaFevre V. Styles
I suspect that the middle name of Vernooy is correct but since the information I posted was from the newspapers and records, I'm reluctant to change the name. But, I will make a note of the name in the bio on the memorial.

As for FindAGrave rules about duplicate memorials, I believe that the removal of a grave and relocated in another cemetery is hardly a duplicate. I can just see a little old lady going to the cemetery where she may have attended the burial and getting very upset that the grave was no longer in the original plot. But, with a little bit of research on FindAGrave the little old lady would have the full story about the removal.
Added by Charleen Spalding on Jun 22, 2016 12:26 PM
RE: potots & edit
You are welcome. Glad I could help.
Added by kwhitco on Jun 19, 2016 4:25 PM
Renee S Carolan Hopper O C
Thank you what you do.
Added by Renee S Carolan Hopper O ... on Jun 12, 2016 8:56 PM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
I forgot to add a Thousand PLEASE.

Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Jun 11, 2016 7:08 PM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
IF YOU ARE BUSY Just get to it when you can.

Hi Sweetheart.
I HOPE you and yours is ALL FEELING A GREAT as Possible.

IF you are NOT BUSY, could you check your magic hat for a
Burial Place: Parish Of Southwick, Durham, England

Every Southwick I can find in England is all over BUT Durham.
There is not a Southwick in County Durham????? IF I am in the right spot to create a new cemetery on Find A Grave.

Hope you all are doing well.
Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Jun 11, 2016 7:07 PM
Mark Steffenhagen
Evansville Graveyard
Hi Shirleen,

The information and photos I posted for Evansville Graveyard are consistent with the research done by historian Dennis Au. As you know the area has changed a lot, and there is no marker for the graveyard. Dennis has tried to have a marker made several times. I suggested to him that it would make a great Eagle Scout project for someone.

There was another small graveyard downtown about where SW Mental Health is now located, a couple of blocks from where I currently live. I dont know what that graveyard was named. All those burials were (hopefully) moved to Oak Hill Cemetery in the 1850s.

Added by Mark Steffenhagen on Jun 10, 2016 10:11 AM
Barbara McCully
RE: Robert Hartschen
Well, it's taken me a long time, between work and weather, to try to find his stone. I can not find it where the Ringgold County Cemetery book says it is, so I am going to delete the memorial. He must have had a plot there at one time. Sorry it's taken so long to confirm-Have a great day-Barb
Added by Barbara McCully on May 30, 2016 2:37 PM
Kenneth Gilbert
Fancher Cemetery
I noticed you were talking with Mary May about Fancher. I'm also a researcher there. Basically. the township got lazy and merged both cemeteries' records together a long time ago (they are across the street (Fancher Road, actually) from each other). But the site (Find A Grave) has said that if they are separate, with separate signs (as here--I've been on site a number of times) then they should be listed as separate. So in many, many cases the DCs are WRONG. I've been trying to fix this mess for years. My wife has kin including her great grandparents in Fancher and other kin in Maple Grove. If you need more info, give me a shout and I can help out.

Added by Kenneth Gilbert on May 29, 2016 8:44 PM
Barbara LeClaire
Beatrice Hadden White
She is not listed as same cemetery as son. There is on listed near Blue Jay. Will look see
Added by Barbara LeClaire on May 28, 2016 8:58 AM
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