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Please be patient after sending your edits in. I've got some personal things going on right now that require my attention so I'm not able to log in here everyday like I was before. I will get to them as soon as I can. Thank you!
Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.
PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.
I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 400+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?
NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.
FAMILY INFO & BIO
The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.
My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.
After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on Ancestry.com) whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.
I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.
My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.
My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.
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|Messages left for Stacey (192)||[Leave Message]|
I appreciate you approving my link of John Post with his mother, Margaret Jane (Woods) Post...thank you!
|Anne Oppegard||THANK YOU|
Sending heart-felt gratitude for the photo of the Joseph S. Masterson family marker in Oak Ridge/Glenoak that you posted back in January. Joseph is a brother of my great-grandfather. To be able to see the family marker from my vantage point in South Dakota is truly a gift. Thanks again, Anne.
|MaryWS||Kendall/Westcott at Oakridge|
Thanks so much for your photos of the Kendall/Westcott family in Oakridge! Also thanks for the transfers, a nice surprise. :) I also appreciate your adding the section info.
Added by MaryWS on Jul 29, 2016 10:11 AM
|Sandra Keegan||Memorial# 164524205|
You have done such a huge amount of work, thank you!
Reference the above memorial, I'd like to ask some questions but haven't figured out how?
|Scott McManimen||Sally King|
Thank you....looks great!!
|Rebecca & Paul||John Shrode|
Thank you so much for taking pictures of my Uncle John's marker. I am grateful!
|Joy Kettell-Clarridge||Re: pic of Ossman headstone|
Hello Stacey, You have a pics of Albert Ossman #144215788, wife Lila #144215814 & son Kenneth #144215835 that I would love to input on my Ancestry tree. May I copy them? I'll input your name as original.
I'm not asking for a photo request however have you come across any other Ossman's buried there at Oak Ridge? I can't find Albert's Mom Alice Baughman Ossman who died in 1940. If you haven't don't worry about it.
In closing these are all cousins.
Thank you for your time,
Joy Kettell Clarridge
|Debbie B||Brandenburgs at OakRidge|
Stacey, thanks for trying. I'll take down the two requests. Sorry you came up empty-handed (hate that when that happens!). Thanks, as always, for all you do for Find A Grave!
Added by Debbie B on Jul 01, 2016 2:43 PM
|Judy Butler Mitchell||Bottcher Headstone|
Thank you so very much for the photo of John, Marie, & Louise Boettcher's headstone. Our family really appreciates your kind attention to our request.
All our best,
|James Hartwig||Grace Morgan|
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Peggy (Short) Wilson
[Send Reply] RE: Grace Morgan Watts Brown
The only thing I can tell you for sure is that she is listed in the official Cemetery Records, kept by the City of Harper. I hope this helps, and if there is anything more I can do, just let me know.
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