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Barbara Melcher (#47498613)
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I'm a 73 yr old lady, and want to apologize to ones who requested photos at the cemetery in my home town. We have had cold, wet, windy, weather and the black flies are eating me up. If/when the weather clears, I will again check for photos needed, take the photos, then claim and fulfill them. I'm sorry. Barbara
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 • 31 Memorials Added
 • 31 Memorials Managed
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Arthur Allen "Art" Moore III
Christ and Sophie Schluneger.
You will have to contact each memorial owner for the children and request they connect to the parents...also provide the Find A Grave memorial # for them of the parents. This is done by request on the "edit" tab "Suggest a Correction" on each child's memorial. Hope that helps.
Added by Arthur Allen "Art" Moore ... on Apr 27, 2013 4:51 PM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
Linking them together
it's much easier to link everyone if you can copy and paste the findagrave # into the boxes.. If you don't know how to use the copy/paste function of the mouse, let me know and I will send you directions..

or I will have time late fall and winter to link them for you.
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Apr 23, 2013 9:53 AM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
Willoughby stones in Colfax
there are tons of McNeilly's in Colfax.. our project is coming along. I just took pics of both Masonic sections and am in process of finishing up loading pics for IOOF Original. then on to Masonic sections..

Kirsten is working on Blocks 5,6,7 (that area on the west side, between the road and the cemetery border, then I just have perpetual care to do..

then we get to start on the paperwork part. locating and identifying the locations of those with no markers..
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Apr 23, 2013 9:51 AM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
RE: William A. McNeilly
Block 1, Original is now completed... I took photos of all headstones in that section and added them to findagrave.. tons of McNeilly's !! and probably more scattered throughout the rest of the Colfax cemetery... we are working on completing the entire cemetery. we will then go back and add memorial pages for those without markers..
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Mar 17, 2013 9:19 AM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
RE: re David Loren Taylor
I had Brenda delete it.. findagrave is messing up on uploading the databases.. usually they don't duplicates through...
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Mar 16, 2013 10:00 PM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
RE: re: Anna Taylor
shoot ! do you have a copy of my message ? I don't remember what i sent... what is anna taylor's Find A Grave # ???
is she in colfax ?

Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Mar 16, 2013 9:52 PM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
RE: William A. McNeilly
I added a bunch of McNeilly's this am.. and have another bunch to add...... :)
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Mar 16, 2013 9:21 AM
Gary Mowrey
Carroll Family
Hello Barbara,
I am trying to find more information on the Carroll Line.
You have several memorials in Colfax Cemetery. Thank you for the work you have done.

Carroll, Arabelle McNeilly 69304725
b. Apr. 23, 1884 d. Aug. 28, 1956 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, Barbara Ann 70432386
b. unknown d. Jan. 12, 1952 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, Jesse Kneale 64109870
b. Aug. 25, 1895 d. May 2, 1942 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, John Wilburn 69600017
b. Nov. 6, 1852 d. Jan. 14, 1917 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, Merit W 69304757
b. May 1, 1883 d. Jul., 1965 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, Minnie Z. McCracken 64109912
b. Jan. 15, 1874 d. Mar. 29, 1948 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, Russell Merritt 64110010
b. May 30, 1917 d. Jun. 19, 1939 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, Sarah J. Kneale 64110536
b. Feb., 1861 d. Oct. 5, 1928 Colfax Cemetery

Dayton, Lewella V. Carroll 64185257
b. 1902 d. Jan. 2, 1951 Colfax Cemetery

Tretner, Rena Myrtle Carroll 70734802
b. Feb. 26, 1893 d. Jun. 22, 1941
I requested a photo of the headstone for:
Carroll, Merit W 69304757
b. May 1, 1883 d. Jul., 1965 Colfax Cemetery

Carroll, Arabelle McNeilly 69304725
b. Apr. 23, 1884 d. Aug. 28, 1956 Colfax Cemetery

They are husband and wife.

I was wondering where you got the information for this family.

I received this notice from Find A Grave.

"Greetings from Find A Grave,

We are writing to let you know that a Find A Grave volunteer has reported a problem with your photo request for Merit Carroll.

The general problem they reported is:
I searched the entire cemetery and could not find the grave.
They also reported, specifically:
Merit Carroll was not found in the 3 days I spent searching for him and others in the Colfax Cemetery.
He is not listed in
If you can fix the problems that were reported or have additional information that might help a volunteer photographer."

Are they in your family?
Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You,
Gary Mowrey
Added by Gary Mowrey on Jul 12, 2011 9:50 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
Sergeant William Gosney, Co. H, 86th Illinois
Dear Barbara, I was very excited to see your message a couple days ago and am looking forward to working with you on the biography of Sergeant William Gosney. I have been searching for the men of the 86th Illinois since 1985 when the re-enactment unit that was a part of started doing a Union Impression. Up to that time, we had only done a Confederate Impression. I was born here in Peoria, but I had family on both sides of the conflict and am proud of them all. But, we finally decided that we should be representing and reminding people of the sacrifices made by some of the Peoria area boys as well. So, after doing a lot of research the 86th met the criteria that we had set for the unit we wanted to portray. Before long, the 86th was about all we were doing. I quickly became the Historian for the unit and I started tracking these guys down. In the last 26 years, (with a lot of peoples help) I have located 849 burial sites of the 992 men who served in the 86th. I have also tracked down hundreds, if not thousands, of descendants, and started early enough that I even got to sit down with grandchildren who told me stories that they remember hearing from their grandfathers as they were sitting at his feet or on his knee. I have also been fortunate to have acquired copies of hundreds of letters written by these guys during the war as well as a half dozen diaries. During this 26 years, I have accumulated thousands of pages of information about these guys, as well as hundreds of pictures of these guys, most taken during the war, showing them in uniform. I wrote columns in two local papers over the years, but during all of this time, I have been looking for some place to put all of the information that I have accumulated where the public might benefit from it. Then last year, I found out about Find A Grave. Find A Grave gave me a place to put my information where everyone can access it. But, it also did something for me that I thought I would never see happen. As I found out where all of these guys were buried, I made note of where they were buried and through the years, as we traveled on vacations, I tried to make short stops here and there to walk through the cemeteries these guys were buried in in hopes of being able to photograph their graves. Through the years, I was able to photograph a little over half, probably 450 of the graves myself. My wife and children LOVED ME DRAGGING THEM THROUGH CEMETERIES ON OUR VACATIONS!!!! Oh, how they LOVED it!! NOT!! Well, needless to say, I always KNEW that there were many tombstones of these guys that I was NEVER EVER going to see in person and that I would most likely NEVER even see a picture of. There were just too many scattered all over the country in too many little towns that I was never going to find anyone the same sickness that I had, CEMETERYITIS. Then I found out about Find A Grave and discovered there were thousands of people all over the country with CEMETERYITIS. In the last year, I have seen over 100 pictures of tombstones of veterans of the 86th, like the one of Sergeant William Gosney, of Co. H, of the 86th Illinois, that I KNEW that I was NEVER EVER going to see in person and that I almost certain NEVER EVER even see a picture of. I can't begin to tell you what that means to me. Through the years, I have ordered 6 tombstones for veterans of the 86th who never got tombstones and thanks to the wonderful volunteers that work for Find A Grave, I have found out that the graves of about 6 others were ever properly marked. I hope to have proper markers on their graves as well.
Well, to bring all of this to a halt, I could go on forever about these guys, I have a lot of work to do yet, In the last 15 months or so since I found out about Find A Grave, I have added sites for all 849 men, if they didn't already have a site. I have added several hundred biographies (I am really working on all of them at once, as I have something about almost all of them on their site, and as I get time (AND MY WIFE WILL ALSO TESTIFY THAT I'M SPENDING WAY TO MUCH TIME DOING THIS!!!) I add to them.), have added over a hundred pictures so far to their sites and am going through their diaries and letters, adding information as I go. So far, Thanks to a number of people, I have added quite a bit to Sergeant William Gosney's site and hope to add A LOT more. I wish I had this much on all 992 men, but unfortunately some I will never find and some I will find little information about, outside of the time they spent in the service. Will close for now. I would love to have your help in filling in some of the blanks that you see in Sergeant Gosney's biography an expanding on it if you can help me. I saw you have his pension records. If there is anything in those records about things that occurred during his time in the service, even simple things like time spent in the hospital or leaves that he may have been given, I would love to get a rough outline of when he was present with the 86th and when he wasn't and about his activities. Together we can do so much more than individually. I am not directly related to a soul in the 86th, but I have met some of their grandchildren and great grandchildren, I have read their diaries and letters and have seen their photographs. I have walked most of the battlefields they fought on and have slept in some of the places they slept. I have worn their uniform and even have carried the same rifle that they carried. I love these men and we all owe them so much. Have you ever read the poem WHEN THE BOYS IN BLUE ARE GONE. If you haven't, Google it. I have written about these men, I have spent time in the schoolrooms talking about these men, and do a lot of living history telling people about these men. I will tell their story until the day I die. We owe them so much and we must not forget them. I'm sure this is the longest message on Find A Grave that you will probably ever get. I see you've been a member of Find A Grave for 4 days. Thanks in advance for all that you will do for Find A Grave and for the people who use it. Again, I am looking forward to learning more about Sergeant William Gosney and working with you on his biography. When I get done with all of these, I hope to turn them all over to family members like you who care. Sincerely, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on May 01, 2011 7:58 AM

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