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Debbi (#47012776)
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Bio Photo I was raised in Bunker Hill IL. My parents were born in Madison Co IL however my father's family moved to Bunker Hill when he was almost 14 years old.

My father's side of the family has ties to Madison Co, Jersey Co, Greene Co, Montgomery Co and Macoupin Co IL. The main surnames I am researching in his family are Girth, Pruitt including Preuitt and Pruett, Wyatt/Wiatt/Watt, Griffin, Boschert, Carpenter, Curry, Lucas, Sanford, Phinn, Barber, Bradshaw and Lee. Some allied families include Aldrich, Kelly, Sapp, Jones, Cleary, Seago, Arbuckle and Woolsey.

All 4 sets of my gr-gr-grandparents on my mother's side of the family were German immigrants. Surnames being research are Cooper (originally Kuper), Harms, Dettmers, Frerichs, Wulf and Greve. The Frerichs family includes surnames Johnson, Bertels, Heuer and Oldenettel just to name a few. The Greve family includes the surnames Henkhaus, Hesse and Drexelius and also may include Budde. Other allied family surnames include Heeren, Nickel, Gustine, Arbuthnot and Homm.

My husband Harvey was born and raised in Edmundson MO. His parents were born and raised in Campbell, Dunklin, MO. They moved to the St Louis area in 1943. Surnames include Geer, Skidmore, Lee, Sims, Lamar, Perry, McElyea, Randolph, Royal, Sanders, Polsgrove including the original spelling Pfaltzgraff, Henderson, Robinson, Layton (including Allen, Jones, Stermon and Preciado), Sammons, Fletcher, Bridges, Davis and Lewis.

I am presently working on a special project for St Mary's Catholic Cemetery which is in Dorchester Township, Macoupin Co IL (about 2 miles southeast of Bunker Hill on Catholic Springs Road). This project is being done not only for the cemetery association but also in coordination with the office which oversees the Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Springfield IL. I'm in the process of doing a thorough research of all those buried in this cemetery and I would greatly appreciate receiving any information to aid this project.

I am also working on a burial database for the cemeteries in the Campbell, Dunklin, MO area. Most of the cemeteries in that area do not have records of those buried and are lucky if they have the names of the lot owners. Right now I have over 4,000 burials of which 400 to 500 are unmarked burials. Anyone having information on someone buried in the Campbell area can contact me through this website or privately.

Debbi (Girth) Geer
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Alexander McCambridge
I added your information, plus a little more. Please visit his page. :o)
Added by Undertaker's Gr-Granddaug... on Aug 18, 2016 6:42 AM
Donald Pyatt
RE: Gravel Hill Cemetery (Clay Co AR)
That is one of many reasons why I like going to Gravel Hill Cemetery is it's size, and location on Crowley's Ridge in the middle of no where. I use to take my kids to Pumpkin Hollow every year, loved the place. I have friends that have land from Mr. Dalton to go hunting on because of all the deer and turkey there. I have been going there lately to Spray the Headstones with Spray and Forget to remove the algae and moss off the stones so I can read them better, but it takes about 6 months to a year before the stones are clean enough to take a better picture and post them and remove the older picture that I had posted. It appears to me that not very many people go there that are volunteers for Find A Grave, because I know that I've posted a lot of memorials on the Gravel Hill page. I also like to go there and try to retrace the route of the solders that fought there on the Missouri side and the Arkansas side because I like to metal detect.
Added by Donald Pyatt on Jun 04, 2016 7:43 PM
Donald Pyatt
RE: Gravel Hill Cemetery (Clay Co AR)
I did not photograph all of the head stones at Gravel Hill Cemetery in Clay Co AR. I guess you can say I selected the head stones by the sun shinning on the face of the stones, I try to start photographing a little before midday and continue until early evening. I try to have as much light as I can before I take any pictures. If the stone has so much wear that I can't read the stone then I'll not take a picture. If the stone is under a tree I may take a picture, but if I don't like the picture then I won't post it. I do not live in Clay Co. Ar., I live in Greene Co. Ar. I just like Gravel Hill Cemetery because of the way it's set up and the age and the location. There is a Civil War Battle site near by that I like to visited. Have you ever visited Gravel Hill Cemetery? And from what I can see there is a lot more people buried there then what is listed on Find A Grave.
Added by Donald Pyatt on Jun 02, 2016 5:59 PM
RE: Cemetery Sign Photo
Hi Debbi, feel free to use my photo however you wish.

Thanks for asking,
Laurie Elfrank (Denmother)
Added by Denmother on May 24, 2016 11:42 AM
Hamilton Smith
RE: Wilma English Pruitt
I know that already; however, the information is not factual. My aunt was born in Giles Co., TN. My cousin, Linda, I'm sure - simply doesn't know where her mom was born.

I'm a closer relation to my aunt than you are. She's a project to you. I requested a transfer but it isn't possible since it was already transferred to you.

Accept my apology for being rude but you can't change history. All you have to do is retrieve a copy of her birth certificate from Giles Co., TN.

Added by Hamilton Smith on May 07, 2016 7:52 AM
Hamilton Smith
Wilma Jean Prosser
Why not get a birth certificate and verify my aunt was born in Pulaski, Giles Co., TN to my grandparents...........she was born Wilma Jean Angus. Please get the facts. You can't post everything especially if it's not correct. I'm sorry you knew nothing about Mr. Pruitt. He was your relative. Those two people had a lot to hide.

Barbara Smith Dunn
Added by Hamilton Smith on May 04, 2016 8:00 AM
Honoring Their Lives
RE: Pauline E Balazovic Polsgrove
So happy to be able to help. Helen
Added by Honoring Their Lives on Apr 20, 2016 9:26 PM
Allen Austin

Do you do Facebook? I made a page on there for Milton Cemetery.

Added by Allen Austin on Apr 13, 2016 10:07 PM
On the subject of copyrights a couple posts down, copyright is vested in the CREATOR of the material in question.

If a family member drafts an obit, that family member (not the newspaper or funeral home) owns the copyright.

Obituary photos are almost always provided by family members, and any copyright interest is vested in the person who originally TOOK the photograph.

Added by Mike on Mar 23, 2016 12:54 PM
RE: John Dudley Watson
Someone added Andrea's (actually, Andria Lee Watson) to Find-a-Grave a couple months ago. It's in Woodland Hill Cemetery but likely in a different location, wasn't in my notes & photographs of family graves.

His father John Thomas Watson (WW II flight instructor) died in 2014, buried in Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis.

Once everyone is linked up there should be 6 generations connected, earliest 3 being in Star Hope Cemetery south of Elsberry.

Thanks much for the note.

Added by Mike on Mar 23, 2016 12:43 PM
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