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Ellen Bishop (#46998865)
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Bio Photo I am a local historian in Rapid City SD, I specialize in finding where people are buried, I have many readings of cemeteries in Western South Dakota I hope post them on this site.
I have a vast number of cemetery readings and obituaries that I am putting on site, I also am a volunteer to look up obits for people, please contact me if you need help in the Rapid City area.
I don't go too far to do pictures, I don't go to Fall River County to do pictures too far away, some places in Pennington are too far away.
I consider my self a scribe of the cemeteries, they are waiting for family , friends or who ever knows about the person and can do a bio to take edit control of them from me.
Don't put obits up where pictures should be, ask me to transfer so you can do the memorial the right way, only so many pictures can go up and using an obit that way is wrong!
Please, please just send your number on edit to ask for transfer that is the only way I want to do it, it so much easier that way.
If anyone has memorials in South Dakota they can no longer manage, please consider transferring them to me, I would be glad to have them.
I lost my husband yesterday, so I have not been as active at this business as I was and will be I expect to resume work on memorials in a few days.
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Thank you for the transfer of Thomas Matthews memorial to my care.
Added by JoLinn on Oct 02, 2015 6:22 PM
Deborah Ridgway
Your loss
Just heard about your loss and I know you are strong enough to over come the future
I pray for you
Added by Deborah Ridgway on Oct 02, 2015 8:42 AM
Thank you for transferring the memorial for Baby Hauf. I really appreciate it.
Added by PENNY on Sep 25, 2015 4:23 PM
Sylvia Hertel
Beth told me about your husband dying last night. I knew he'd been very sick for quite a while.

I'm sorry. I'll be praying for you and your family. It's never easy to lose those closest to us.

Sylvia M. Hertel
Added by Sylvia Hertel on Sep 22, 2015 12:15 PM
Karen Griffin
RE: You will need to tell
I don't think there's a marriage record for Martha Ann McVey and John Allen. If you look at the snippets provided on for A History of South Dakota Century Farms, you'll see that John Allen, with his brothers-in-law, settled in SD. Martha's brothers were Elijah Kelter McVey and John Brown McVey, both of whom remained in SD. Elijah d. in Hot Springs, Fall River, SD, and John 1924 in Spearfish, Lawrence, SD.

In the McVay-McVeigh-McVey Family Archives Quarterly of Dec. 1975 (Vol. I, Number IV), p. 367, there's an outline of Eliel and Mary K. (Brown) McVey's family. It states that, "Martha Ann m. John Allen - mine inspector - went to Alaska, died there." This info was provided by McVey descendents, Marie McVey, Mary Maley and Lucille Linstad. Martha Ann was the eldest child of Eliel and Mary Kelter (Brown) McVey. You can find Martha/Mattie with them from 1850 through 1870 in Mifflin Co., PA, Oliver twp., McVeytown.

You'll note on the 1880 census where John and Martha are in Gayville, Lawrence, SD that the older dau. is adopted. I don't know what became of her. The other dau. was Ethel M. Allen. As best I can tell this story doesn't have a happy ending. Martha and Ethel are in San Francisco in the 1900 census (Martha's birth date is incorrect by ten years; she was b. about 1841 or 1842). On there are records for California State Hospitals or Institutions (I can't remember the exact title), and both Mattie and Ethel were inmates of the Stockton State Hospital and then the Mendocino State Hospital. Sad to read about, but they both seemed to have become paranoid and delusional. I don't know their death dates but, since they were in Mendocino in 1910, prior to 1920 would be my guess.

Let me know if I can offer anything else. I'm not a descendent of Eliel McVey, but of his brother Elijah, and after many years of not adding to my records about the McVey family, I've recently decided to do more investigating.
Added by Karen Griffin on Sep 16, 2015 10:22 AM
Debbie Klotsche
RE: Please to not
I did not orginally creat the memorial as I told you, I just find in last night. I just changed the name right. I have been asked in the pase to delite memorials and I was glad to comply. Since this one in the right place with a headstone which makes since to me.

I chanded the spelling to be correct. The only reason I left it spelled that way is because it is spelled wrong on the headston.
Added by Debbie Klotsche on Sep 11, 2015 11:35 PM
request photo of cemetery
Would you be able to add a photo for United Church of Christ Cemetery, Cherry Creek, Ziebach County, South Dakota, USA? Also, there was only a temp marker for Franklin D. Halfred at the time. When you do go there again, could you check if there is a grave marker/stone now and photograph it if so? No rush. Thank-you for all you do! LaVon Yuill
Added by lyuill on Sep 06, 2015 1:39 AM
RE: Thank you for
You're welcome, Ellen. I plan to become more active on Find A Grave. I think I can help some, especially where Cherry Creek, SD, is concerned. Could kick myself in the pants - was just there last week and did not go to either the Congregational (a/k/a United Church of Christ) or the Episcopal (a/k/a St. Andrew's Episcopal) cemeteries. I know there are some buried with no permanent markers (and some where the temporary markers are now missing). I appreciate that you travel from RC to CC and all the other communities to record these graves. I know how those roads are - have torn up more than a few dirt roads in my little Corolla.
Added by SailorsDaughter on Sep 05, 2015 7:22 AM
RE: About Eler
Thank you very much, Janet McCarty
Added by JM on Sep 03, 2015 10:18 AM
RE: I did delete
I follow the suggestions of the Find A Grave administration. So apparently they think contributors need to hear that.
Added by Gravedigger49 on Sep 01, 2015 5:39 PM
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