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Vicki Edwards (#47594137)
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Bio Photo RECENT FAG ACTIVITY (Updated 5 Nov 2016):

My focus this year has been restoring the Sloan Cemetery in Caldwell County, Missouri.

Because I am unable to place this information on the Sloan Cemetery page at this time (my account is not recognized for some reason), I am placing here the information until I can post it to that page.


The Sloan Cemetery was created by my 3X Great Grandparents on 1.4 acres at the southern edge of their land in Rockford Township, Caldwell County, Missouri in 1851.

The cemetery served as both a family burial ground and a place for neighbors and others to bury deceased individuals over the next 80 years or so.

I visited the cemetery for the first time in Oct 2013 and had a difficult time walking in it due to its wild, unkempt condition. Clearly abandoned for many decades, it sets behind a wall of tall, thick trees on the north side of State Hwy D where it makes a sharp right turn about 1.5 miles north of Route 116 (the Prairie Ridge Church and Cemetery is a good landmark on the 116 for State Hwy D).

Because of the uneven terrain, gullies, downed trees, poison ivy, and extremely thick vegetation, I found only 20 graves in 2013.

Early this year (2016), I sought help with a clearing of the cemetery and contacted the Cemetery Researcher at the Caldwell County Historical Society to ask if she was aware of any Boy Scout Troops or other groups that might be available to do such a clearing.

Through her contacts, Hamilton Boy Scout Troop 1836 cleared the cemetery in April. Then in May I went to Caldwell County and worked with a member of the same Troop who surveyed the cemetery with me. Because we could now walk in the cemetery to probe for grave markers (very few were upright due to cattle knocking them over in earlier times), we found almost all of the graves recorded in 1986 (list found on USGenWeb).

As part of the May survey, the cemetery was divided into 6 sections with geographic designations such as NE or SW. Upon completion of the survey, the Scout, Mark Lusk, created a plot map which is posted on the Sloan Cemetery page as a photo. This map shows where graves were found.

The majority of the 70 graves are in the SE Section where the cemetery's entrance is located. Another plot of approx. 12 graves is in the far NW section. Other graves, all non-Sloan's, are scattered in other sections.

After further work in the cemetery in July, Sept., and Oct., it is now more visitor-friendly although areas without graves remain natural/wild. During those visits I cut/removed vegetation and applied weedkiller in the SE section, along a path to the middle of the cemetery and around burial plots. I focused primarily on the SE Section due to the number of graves plus those of my 3X Great Grandparents and some of their adult children and grandchildren are in this Section. I used logs and branches to outline graves to give some semblance of a cemetery. I placed small metal panels around the grave of Andrew Jackson Sloan to help visitors avoid walking on it since it is close to the entrance.

In October, a new combination grave marker was installed for my 3X Great Grandparents, Stephen and Judith Sloan as their original grave markers are almost obliterated. I also had a sign installed at the entrance as the cemetery has never had a sign.

Visitor Info

If you have family buried in this cemetery, I hope you will visit soon as it is likely to be easier to maneuver with the recent clearing. Here are some things to be aware of:

1. Use the Plot Map (photo on cemetery page, you can download and print) to guide you to graves as they are clustered in family groups for the most part. No graves were found in Section 6 (SW).

2. A ditch must be crossed to enter the cemetery by the sign. If you are fully mobile, however, this should not be a problem.

3. Most of the cemetery is still in a fairly wild condition. Biggest things to be cautious of are gullies and uneven terrain; lots of stumps of all sizes, with the very small ones being hard to see and therefore easy to stub your toes on; thorny/spiny plants; and possible toxic plants such as poison ivy and pokeweed/pokeberry (red stems and berries in the Fall).

4. Wear good walking shoes, long pants and shirts, and gloves. I am still learning about ticks and other critters endemic to the area; I used Off spray every day I was in the cemetery.

I hope to have a dedication service for the cemetery in 2017. I am also working on engaging someone or some group who would continue to apply weedkillers to the unwanted vegetation on a periodic basis.

Sloan Cemetery link:

NOTE: Over the course of 2016 I researched all burials. One important outcome was determining 4 errors were made in the 1986 "reading" of the cemetery which is posted to USGenWeb. Unfortunately, the USGenWeb webmaster has not responded to my request for corrections. These errors are:

1. Hiram Sloan: Wrong age in 1986 USGenWeb list (incorrectly stated as 10 instead of 40)
2. Minerva Swigart: Wrong age in 1986 US GenWeb list (incorrectly stated as 34 instead of 56)
3. Frank Stanley Slocum: Wrong surname in 1986 USGenWeb list (used middle name as surname)
4. William Higman: Wrong surname in 1986 USGenWeb list (transcribed incorrectly as Holman)

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TRANSFERS: If you've found a memorial I've created for a person in your family (and not mine), I want to transfer it to you! Please open my Virtual Cemetery called "Unrelated Persons - Ready for Transfer"; if the memorial is listed there, contact me with your FAG # and I will transfer it to you.

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MY RESEARCH: I started researching my ancestry in October 2010. My goal has been to find "the original immigrant to America" for each ancestral line. I believe I accomplished that in 2014 with the exception of one line.

My ancestral lines (to date) are:
--Douglass: Scotland to Ireland to PA to Ohio to Missouri to SW Montana
--Edwards: Difficult. Kansas to Los Angeles
--Ent: Difficult. Virginia to Ohio
--Gannon: County Galway, Ireland to NE England to Pennsylvania to Missouri to Kansas City, Kansas (coal miners)
--Jehle: Line of German immigrants Joseph & Elizabeth Neudecker Jehle to Pana, Illinois (Central IL) to Kansas to California
--Marsh: Early English immigrants from Mass. to Vermont to NE Ohio to SW Montana
--McIntyre: County Longford, Ireland to Lexington, Lafayette Co., Missouri (coal miner)
--Persinger: Switzerland (?) to Indiana to Christian County, IL to Los Angeles
--Rickard: Ohio
--Schmitt: Bavaria, Germany to Allentown, Lehigh County, PA, to SW Montana to Los Angeles
--Sippel: Bavaria, Germany to Allentown, Lehigh County, PA
--Sloan: Scotland to Ireland to SW Pennsylvania to SE Ohio to NW Missouri to SW Montana (farmers/ranchers)

I've also researched somewhat these families as a result of marriages into my "blood lines": Burns, Butler, Coughlin, Ebert, Felder, Gangewere, Griffiths, Holzemer, Neil, Schmidt, Spath.

I am happy to share my findings with others. Please contact me at my gmail address.
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Messages left for Vicki Edwards (125)[Leave Message]
annie o'brien
dear vicki thank you so very much for trassfuring my great aunt annie to me.have a merry christmas and a most happiest of new
Added by on Dec 02, 2016 10:45 AM
annie o'brien
dear vicky,could you please transfer annie o'brien number 157705632 to me as she is my great aunt. thank you my find a grave number is kennedytwin #47121776.
Added by on Dec 01, 2016 11:25 AM
Connie Clark
RE: Thank You - Lola Elliott Photo
Hi Vicki! Wayne actually went out this weekend and took these photos and did such a great job! Best Wishes, Connie and Wayne
Added by Connie Clark on Oct 02, 2016 8:39 PM
James and Rosa Sloan (Crown Hill Cemetery)
Hello Vicki,

You are welcome on the photos. I updated their memorial with a new one and added some information to their memorial.

Added by Michael on Sep 21, 2016 6:35 PM
cynthia staples
Staples in Woodstock.
Thanks for adding the photos. They are excellent!
Added by cynthia staples on Sep 14, 2016 9:27 PM
RE: Edits for Michael & Sarah Edwards
Thank you Vicki! Good luck in your search! Kim
Added by KsCityKim on Sep 09, 2016 4:24 PM
cathy lindeman
RE: Caroline Swigert
I have the parents as Peter Swigert 1789-1864 and Susanna (Susan) Strader 1795-1866 both buried in Union Christian Cemetery , Newtown, Fountain county, Indiana. Supposedly married in Green County, Ohio,in 1822 but I've never found a marriage license.

Jonathan is with them in the 1850 census as well as his sister Eliza A.

You have me intrigued about what you may have found.

Thanks for the help,

Added by cathy lindeman on Aug 27, 2016 9:21 AM
Charles F. Matze, Sc.M
Edwin Charles Moore
After some more research, This moore is not related to my cousins family. I will be transferring it back to you. In ancestry there is a complete workup and pictures of Edwin and maude.

Mine is Edwin W. Moore. and I will have go back to First base. I do hope you will find the obit.

Added by Charles F. Matze, Sc.M on Aug 26, 2016 1:46 AM
cathy lindeman
RE: Caroline Swigert
Peter H. Swigert was the brother of Jonathan Swigert whose 2nd wife was Mary E Mosier. I'm related through Mary. I've been trying to find her in the 1870 census and a son George Swigert. Sometimes tracking down family members helps. I also think it's curious that the person who put the memorials on find a grave knew the birth dates but not the death dates.

This family was from Indiana. They moved to Missouri between 1860 and 1870. They had 2 children Mary E and Jasper N. Peter died between 1800 and 1900. Mary Swigert was still alive in the 1900 census. The children and their spouses are also buried in Prairie Ridge Cemetery. As far as I know other Swigerts from Fountain county stayed in Fountain county, Indiana.

Added by cathy lindeman on Aug 20, 2016 1:59 PM
cathy lindeman
Caroline Swigert
Thanks for the picture and going back to check further. I would think if it were Caroline, Peter Swigert would be buried close to her.

Cathy Lindeman
Added by cathy lindeman on Aug 19, 2016 4:43 AM
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