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Joy Steele (#47692968)
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Bio Photo We live in the small town of Cleveland, NC, of western Rowan County, with easy access to Salisbury of Rowan Co., Statesville and other towns of Iredell County, Mocksville area in Davie Co. and most within 20 miles of us. Several cemeteries are within 5 miles of home including a few in our town.
Third Creek Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, maintains a pre-Revolutionary War cemetery as part of its grounds; I've been privileged to help update the very detailed records, totaling over 650 gravestones that are visible. The church is willing to look up information on people with grave sites whether they have a marker or not.
This area is full of historical cemeteries, some of which are still in use. Some are out-of-the-way and others are not. This means being smart with my trips to take photographs in them. Unfortunately, some requests are guesses which can lead to area volunteers wasting fuel and time trying to fill a request. I do my homework and double check the validity in the county cemetery records at our great Rowan County Library History room just to keep that from happening.
Family names being researched for my husband's paternal side are Steele, Chambers, Graham, Knox, Brandon, Cowan, Wilson, Luckey, Locke; and on his maternal side are Walker, King, Quarterman, Way, Winn, Reade. My paternal family side is Hutcheson, Launius/Lanius, Durham, Chaffin, Dudley, Chiles, Smith, and Johnson and maternal side is Ellis, Reynolds, Potts.

After several years of creating family trees for both sides in order to digitize the information from the paper and books left to us, I seem to continually have more data to add.

I will gladly transfer memorials if they are not our family. Please ask for them through the Edit tab on the memorial. And feel welcome to use my memorial photos for genealogical purposes. Just give me credit.
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Margaret Gagliardi
RE: Mary Blaylock
Oh my!. Well I am happy to delete mine also, if they prefer to keep theirs. I am not picky about who 'owns' this one, so just let me know when you hear from them. I am sorry for causing you so much trouble, but I am very happy I have you to work with.
Keep me posted.
Thanks again.
Added by Margaret Gagliardi on Dec 05, 2014 11:39 AM
Margaret Gagliardi
RE: Mary Blaylock
Ok, Mary and William are now at Rock Springs. I completely understand. It is so easy to make mistakes and I certainly make plenty of them myself. Please add their tombstone photos and I really appreciate all your help.

Added by Margaret Gagliardi on Dec 04, 2014 8:35 PM
Margaret Gagliardi
Thanks so much. I just moved them. I would really appreciate photos of their tombstones. I truly appreciate your taking the extra steps to get this corrected.

Added by Margaret Gagliardi on Dec 04, 2014 8:55 AM
Margaret Gagliardi
RE: Cool Springs, Iredell County, NC
Oh Thanks. Yes I will. Now I know which cemetery to move Mary and William to.
Added by Margaret Gagliardi on Dec 04, 2014 8:47 AM
Margaret Gagliardi
Mary Blaylock
Thank you so much for your help with finding the correct location for Mary. However, when I went to move her memorial to New Hope Baptist, there are two of them in Iredell County. One in Turnersburg, and one in Houstonville. Which one is correct?

Added by Margaret Gagliardi on Dec 04, 2014 8:45 AM
Leaton Clark
Millie Ellenberg Shore
Many thanks for posting tombstone photo for Millie.
Haven't heard from husbands burial in Rowan Memorial yet, but, perhaps it won't be too long.

Leaton Clark
austin, TX
Added by Leaton Clark on Dec 01, 2014 6:39 PM
New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery
Thank you for adding the photos from New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. Much appreciated. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.
Added by Lanie on Dec 01, 2014 1:40 PM
Luke Christensen
Luther Bell
thank you!
Added by Luke Christensen on Nov 27, 2014 9:30 AM
Henry Webber
RE: Karl T. Deaton
Thank you so much Joy for taking your time to do this. I don't understand why the cemetery office didn't have record of him. I wonder sometime about how good some of these cemeteries are keeping accurate records. Thanks again so much, Henry
Added by Henry Webber on Nov 11, 2014 12:33 PM
Z. T. Noble
Mary Deaton memorial
Thank you very much for the photo of the marker for Mary Troutman Deaton. Your work is much appreciated!
Added by Z. T. Noble on Nov 11, 2014 5:50 AM
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