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Karen (#47163797)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family history and its many branches for more years than I care to remember, and have always had a love of cemeteries! Now into my sixth decade, I live in the great state of Nevada, and am looking forward to posting my research info on this site. I would also like to add that I am relinquishing in advance any copyright claim to the photos and information that I have taken or posted on this site, and that my photos and information may be added to any other database or website (please just properly credit the Find A Grave database)
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Leslie Van Gorkom
I'm updating the Chemainus Cemetery Records and Lavina Mary Travers Howe has 2 identical entries,one under Howe and one under Travers. Could you delete one, please? Thanks!

Leslie van Gorkom
Added by Leslie Van Gorkom on Oct 18, 2014 9:30 PM
Judith Suzanne Sparkes Kennady
My mistake, that was not her obit. If you do run across that I will be happy to add. Thanks again!
Added by Tabby on Sep 15, 2014 8:54 PM
Judith Sparkes 123352839

You sound like a very special friend. Thank you so much for sharing some thoughts about Aunt Judy - I'm so happy she had such wonderful friends. Thank you for looking after her grave site and for transferring to me - although it is really not necessary - it was obviously in good hands. I found an obit on line that I will add. Take care!
Added by Tabby on Sep 15, 2014 8:50 PM
Judith Sparkes 123352839
Hello, can you add relationship to my Aunt Judy's memorial? Her father is 35399020, Julian Sparkes. Thank you in advance!
Added by Tabby on Sep 14, 2014 7:34 PM
RE: Re: Retha and Norman Howe
Karen you are so very welcome ... I count it a joy to be able to help. Lord Bless You
Added by DeeAnn on Sep 13, 2014 8:36 PM
Betty Frank
RE: Re: The Murdocks
Here is the reply that I received from my historian friend:

Betty: from all of the following information, I believe that James & Catherine Murdock are buried in Vernon Twp. Cemetery, Isabella Co. Clare, Michigan

1880 Isabella Co. Census - Vernon Twp.
# 2835 James Murdock, age 70 , farmer, born Scotland
# 2836 Catherine Murdock, age 69, keeping house, born Scotland
# 2837 Duncan Murdock (son) age 48, laborer

Vernon Twp Cemetery did not keep complete records when they first started burials in their cemetery. Because they lived in Vernon Twp. In 1880, I believe that they were are buried in this cemetery in unmarked graves.
According to Mrs. Josephine (Murdock) Callum of Clare - she had a sister Syzania Callum that died in Feb 1871 and she couldn't find the grave when she went out in the spring to look for it (From the Vernon Twp Records)
Murdock marriages:
1. 30 Dec 1885
John A. Murdock Bigfield Co. Wisconsin, age 27,
(Note: in 1885, many Clare lumberman followed the lumbering
Business to Wisconsin because the lumbering was slowing
Down around Clare.)
Josephine Cullum Clare, age 19 of Isabella Co, Vernon Twp,
Witnesses: Gertrude Murdock & A. C. Gordanier.
2. 5 Apr 1880 in Mt. Pleasant
Barbara Murdock, age 46 of Clare, born Restichough NB Canada
John Davis age 48, of Vernon, born Ireland, a farmer.
3. 22 Jan 1881
Mary Murdock, age 37 of Vernon Twp, Isabella Co, b. Restichough BC
Edgar Stevens of Clare, age 38, born Pittfield Ohio
4. 15 Oct 1886
Duncan C. Murdock of Vernon Twp. Age 54 farmer
Mary (Hubbell) Turnbull of Vernon age 35.
Murdock deaths
1. Duncan C. Murdock, married, age 67, cause Quick consumption, b. New Brunswick, farmer, parents unknown
2. Nancy Murdock, widowed, age 88, of Mt. Pleasant cause old age, b. New
York, parents Ejia & Clorasa Penwell.
3. From Isabella Co Web site: "Deaths A-F" Mrs. John (Murdock) Gordanier,
Had first funeral in Clare."

Me now: Since Duncan has a headstone in Cherry Grove, I'm not at all sure this is helpful...but it's the best I can do for you.

Added by Betty Frank on Jul 30, 2014 7:10 PM
Betty Frank
RE: James and Catherine Murdock
More sad news on the Murdock front... I looked for their obits again on CONDOR, the Central University of Michigan website that I use and There just wasn't a newspaper to be found for January 1890 or first three weeks of May 1890. So there is no obit for either James or Catherine. My historian friend hasn't gotten back with me yet.
Added by Betty Frank on Jul 28, 2014 6:59 PM
Betty Frank
RE: James and Catherine Murdock
Sad news...Some of the city clerk's cemetery records were destroyed by fire. There was a walk through done to re-create the records. A walk through can only record what can be read on the headstone. Since I have been trying to add obits, I've run across interments that have no headstone or perhaps one that can't be read. I do add those people here. I'm trying to make as complete a list as possible. Not all the newspapers were saved on microfilm... I will check with a local historian friend to see what she can learn about James and Catherine. I'll get back with you as soon as I can.
Added by Betty Frank on Jul 28, 2014 2:49 PM
Loretta (Willis) Rainey-Fones
RE: Re: Sarah Rinehart Vinson
Thanks Karen, but no, I'm not related either. Loretta
Added by Loretta (Willis) Rainey-F... on Jul 09, 2014 8:11 PM
Al-Melia Anda Dickinson
RE: Welcome
Thank you Karen,

I hope that I am able to honor my father and keep up with his memorial as he would wish it to be done. I do plan on adding as much as possible to it for others to be able to research, find information and also find comfort as I am.

Thank you so much for doing/starting my father's memorial. It is greatly appreciated.

Added by Al-Melia Anda Dickinson on Jul 09, 2014 1:23 PM
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