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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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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 300+ 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.


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 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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Carolyn Troupe Stoll
RE: Tourtellottte
Just got your message any Tourtellotte's you find are my family. Hope the weather gets better soon
also. Most of the snow here in Hudsonville MIch
is all most gone, just cold and windy, I live
25 miles from Lake Mich
Added by Carolyn Troupe Stoll on Feb 11, 2016 9:02 AM
Carolyn Troupe Stoll
Thank you for the transfer. Will you be able to take photos of the other stones for me?
Added by Carolyn Troupe Stoll on Feb 11, 2016 8:55 AM
Carolyn Troupe Stoll
Hi Stacey,
You have taken photo's of Stephen Henry and wife
Jennie E. # 150411613 & 150411596. There is a
stone behind their grave stones and I see a piece
of grave stone just like theirs. I am a cousin
and was wondering if you could take a photo of
the large stone and any other of their family
stones for me?
Thank you for any help.
Carolyn 47697510
Added by Carolyn Troupe Stoll on Feb 09, 2016 7:26 PM
Dorothy Michele
Thank you
Thank you for fulfilling my photo request.
Added by Dorothy Michele on Feb 07, 2016 5:09 PM
Thank you for the Watier photo.
Added by Pat on Jan 27, 2016 3:03 PM
sharon stevens
Lester R Stach
Hi, In don't know what to think, I know my 2nd cousin was married to Lester W. Stach and that they had a baby boy who was born Nov 20, 1940. The baby died two days later and when I looked at the death information they have him listed as Joseph Stack. His mother was Martha Honath Stach and his father as Lester W. Stack. The dates and cemetery are correct. I think his parents were divorced sometime after they lost the baby. I live in Washington State now and don't know when I'll be able to get back to Illinois and the cemetery to check this out. Thanks for letting me know what you found. Did you happen to get a photo of the grave site?
Added by sharon stevens on Jan 26, 2016 1:51 PM
RE: Thiele Family Edits - Oakridge Cemetery
Thank you Stacy, but it's not necessary. You are handling these memorials very well! Thanks!
Added by Kyzyl on Jan 16, 2016 2:03 PM
Marlene Chaney
RE: Young - Bond Pic Requests Oakridge Cemetery
Hi Stacey,

Regarding the photos requested for the Young family at Oakridge, I think waiting until Spring is a good idea. After all, if one is going to do something, best to do it right the first time.

I know about your weather in Chicago. I'm almost a neighbor - I live in Minnesota - but I've been through Chicago many, many times in all kinds of weather.

We're in a bit of a chill down right now but this too shall pass. I'm already thinking SPRING!!!

Thank you for your help.

Added by Marlene Chaney on Jan 15, 2016 5:15 PM
Joe Frerich
Julia Rudd Robinson
Thanks for the quick response with the links! I'm in no way related......just trying to link family members whenever I add a memorial. That's half the fun!
P.S. Love your upbeat enthusiasm!
Added by Joe Frerich on Jan 13, 2016 4:43 PM
RE: Christine Emery
Thanks for getting back to me. I appreciate your help in this matter. Bonnie
Added by Bonnie on Jan 13, 2016 8:32 AM
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