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Tony Jeffries (#47471669)
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Bio Photo Tony A. Jeffries,
aka (Tony Allen Hill)
Born in Franklin, IN. Grew up in Fort Pierce, Florida. Returned to Indiana in 1978.

I originally focused on Law Enforcement as a career. I was in Police cadet program in Fort Pierce, FL. I decided I did not enjoy running after people. Corrections would work, they could only run so far... Smiles. Moved to Indiana and switched over to working EMS in early 80's, then Fire-Rescue into 90's. Business owner-operator many years then opted for a slower paced, quality of life type job.

Started working for a Security Company and part-time as a Private Investigator. Currently Township Deputy & Township Investigator for Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana. (Former Township Board Member from 1991-2010.)

During the 70s I was shown a cemetery without any stones. Just bases. The family surname was known but nothing more. I feel at least some type of marker should note these sites. Too often stones are removed or damaged.

In Indiana, Township Government is responsible for the care of abandoned cemeteries. One of the first problems we ran into was that we had to find them first. Many were considered "lost". People would remember when there "was" a cemetery located at some forgotten location. The cemeteries were not lost, people just forgot where they were located.

[Clear Creek Township was the first Township in the Indiana to use GPS Data and post our findings on the Internet.]

I enjoy looking for the "lost" ones. The WPA in 1937-1939 recorded most all of the cemeteries in our county and I am sure many others. All I had to do is connect the dots. The WPA workers did not have GPS and some of the descriptions of the cemetery locations do not match landscape. That is when it is fun to really look at the terrain. Look for the old paths, image wagons trails, look at the tree lines, look at the section lines. Sometimes if you imagine what it was like back in the 1800' - 1930's you can put the pieces together and locate the "lost" ones.

Once you find a "lost" cemetery and help out the family members searching for relatives, your hooked.

I find that compliments our township's information to help visitors with more details to aid in their search for family members.

CONCERNING USE OF THE PHOTOS I POSTED. ANYONE may use any information or photos that I post for ANYTHING but commercial use. Any commercial use I feel must be approved by next of kin or a direct family member.
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Joyce M. Jeffries
Find A Grave Memorial# 167472091
Thank you for creating the Memorial Page for Chadlie "Chad" Kinser. I worked next door to him for several years and we got to be friends.

Thank you for all your contributions to Find A Grave

Joyce M. Jeffries
PS You might be related to me and I think Chad & I were distantly related as well. My Jeffries ancestors came from South Central KY, mostly Hart Co.
Added by Joyce M. Jeffries on Jul 28, 2016 12:27 PM
Brad Manzenberger
Watson's at Kinser
Hi Tony. You posted memorials for some of my ancestors at Kinser Cemetery in Lawrence County, Indiana. I visited the cemetery today and could not find markers for some of them. The two I am primarily looking for are Thornton Watson (Find A Grave Memorial# 68701169) and his wife Elizabeth (Southern) Watson. Could you tell me where you got the information that they are buried there? I want to confirm it and have some sort of memorial marker installed at the cemetery. Thanks.
Added by Brad Manzenberger on Jun 01, 2016 12:11 PM
Jeannie Francalancia
Hi Tony! I am wondering if you could tell me where Pennington-Urmey Cemetery is located in Monroe County? I live in Ellettsville and would like to visit there. Also, have you been there? I am also wondering how you know this is the burial place of William and Eleanor (Nellie) Smallwood. I am a descendant of Eleanor (Nellie) Nolan(d) Smallwood.
Thank you in advance.
Jeannie Black Francalancia
Added by Jeannie Francalancia on Jan 02, 2016 8:18 PM
Robbin Kelly Porter
RE: Wilkie Cemetery, Greene County, Indiana
Thank you. We know about this area and also think that the cemetery is located on farm land or the edge of the woods. We have knocked on the doors of that area and asked about the cemetery but no one seems to know. We just keep asking. Maybe someday someone will know. We also keep asking about who is the father of Leander Milan Porter 1867-1926 but no one seems to know that either. Oh well thanks anyway. Have a good day.
Added by Robbin Kelly Porter on Nov 18, 2015 5:28 PM
Robbin Kelly Porter
Wikie Cemetery
Hi. I am trying to locate Wilkie Cemetery. My husband has family buried there. I think it is someplace in section 30in Greene County Indiana, maybe at the edge of an old. I would be very thankful if you have any information about the location of this cemetery.

Thank you. Robbin
Added by Robbin Kelly Porter on Nov 07, 2015 6:10 PM
Shirley Gragg
Sarah Bowen Hazel
Memorial # 68700057 - is mentioned as 2nd wife for Richard Hazel. I cannot find #1. All children shown on above memorial are Sarah's.

According to "The Genealogy of the Wright Family", there was only 1 marriage. Can you help with the other?

I am a Wright descendant [Richard Wright, Sr.] from whom Sarah is descended.

Added by Shirley Gragg on Aug 03, 2015 2:57 PM
Peggy Craig
Danny Collins
Dear Tony, found the photo that you left for my dear cousin Danny Collins(more like my oldest brother).He lived with my family here in Indiana. We saw him off to Viet Nam and by the grace of god..He returned. Thanks for the misty eyed memories this morning..also in EMS in Lawrence county...20 years. small world.
Added by Peggy Craig on Dec 15, 2013 8:24 AM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser🌷
Tony Pondant
Thanks for the interesting information on Father Pondant. I will add it to the memorial for sure.
Happy Hunting :) Tricia
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser&... on Feb 28, 2013 6:39 AM
Cynthia Fisher
RE: Kinsers, Deckards, Eads
Would you be able to help us find a Alvis Ellis Purtlebaugh? we were told he was buriied in Elkinsville Cemetery and he was in the military I found him on familysearch. org but doesnt give death date or military information. Just birth Marriage and Divorce.
Added by Cynthia Fisher on Dec 14, 2012 1:40 PM
Cynthia Fisher
kinser, deckard
I have been adding a lot of pictures I have from Kinser cemetery and deckard cemetery. I added one for Eli sowders since I seen you had ??? for death date. :) I am orignally from bloomington and I am related to a lot of deckards, eads, and my madien name is purtlebaugh
Added by Cynthia Fisher on Dec 03, 2012 7:20 PM
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