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Robin Bradford (#48044745)
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Bio Photo I grew up in the Coal River area (Dry Creek). Although I left the Coal River area in 1979, I will always remember Dry Creek as "My Home". My family ancestors are linked to Bradfords, Burnsides, Jarrells, Ballards, Dickens, Workmans, Abbotts, and Pettrys to name a few. My family cemetary is the Ballard Family cemetary at Dry Creek WV. The cemetaries that I mainly will be looking for and working on are in the Dry Creek, Horse Creek, Rock Creek, Cove Creek, Arnett, Clear Fork, and Naoma areas. My goal is to find my ancestors and enter their name in the cemetaries where they are buried and photograph their markers for future generations. I also photograph other markers in cemeteries I visit. I will make a memorial for that individual in hopes that someone will find a lost ancestor. I am human and I may make a mistake in transcribing dates. I welcome any edits that you may find if you find a mistake. I also like to post pictures I find on memorials so we can put a face to someone other than a piece of stone. I strive for quality documentation and not quantity of markers. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of the memorials that I have entered. I feel its important that our ancestors be remembered and memorials be made for future generations. I don't like guess work. I go into the field (cemetaries) and document the markers and take pictures of them and post on their memorial. Most of the cemetaries I have visited are deep in the woods in remote areas, on mountain tops which are covered with briars, weeds, poisonous snakes, ticks and other wild animals. Those old cemetaries can be hard to find which can be challenging work and many times you have to walk through people's yards to get to them which can be a nuisance. To me it's important that we keep our ancestors memory alive for future generations. I just want to do my part in making this happen.
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David Olsen
Billy Holmes
Thank you so much for the photo for Billy. We both served in the same unit but in different troops. He was one of 133 men from C Troop 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry that was killed in Vietnam. Soon I will have them all back together again where they belong and then my work will be done.
Added by David Olsen on Jul 22, 2014 10:42 PM
Kimberly
BRADFORDS
Hi Robin! I plan to view your Bradford memorials, and I hope you will view mine as well. When I visit a page, I like to leave a flower also. My Grandfather, Earl George Robert ("Bill") Bradford, had 8 brothers and no sisters, so you have 8 Bradfords and one Bennett, the baby half-brother, Freeman Bennett, to read about. I look forward to reading your memorials!And if you get a chance, read about my Dad and Mom...Rev. Lev Shields Bostick and Mary Helen Bostick (my Mom's Dad was Earl Bradford). Takecare!

Kimberly
Added by Kimberly on Jul 12, 2014 6:21 PM
Kimberly
BRADORDS
Hi Robin! I plan to view your Bradford memorials, and I hope you will view mine as well. When I visit a page, I like to leave a flower also. My Grandfather, Earl George Robert ("Bill") Bradford, had 8 brothers and no sisters, so you have 8 Bradfords and one Bennett, the baby half-brother, Freeman Bennett, to read about. I look forward to reading your memorials!And if you get a chance, read about my Dad and Mom...Rev. Lev Shields Bostick and Mary Helen Bostick (my Mom's Dad was Earl Bradford). Takecare!

Kimberly
Added by Kimberly on Jul 12, 2014 6:21 PM
Kimberly
Thanks!
I also wanted to say I really like what you wrote on your bio. I feel the same. I am doing all I can do for my grandchildren's heritage and for others to help people with their family history! Thanks for all you do as well!
Added by Kimberly on Jul 10, 2014 12:51 PM
Kimberly
Bradfords
Hello Robin,

Are you related to any Bradfords that were originally from Alabama or Tennessee? My uncle, Walter Bradford, lived in West Virginia for many years. His wife's name was Minnie Crisp Bradford, and his children were Betty Jo Bradford Grant, Louise Bradford Greenleaf, and son Robert P. Bradford. Just curious!

Kimberly
Added by Kimberly on Jul 10, 2014 12:49 PM
Penny Harris
Rhodes Dahoney Ballard
His great-great grandparents, Phillip & Ann Nancy Johnston Ballard, were my 5th great grandparents. My Ballard line descends down through their son Phillip (1757-1833) rather than Thomas.
Just goes to show its true, all West Virginians are related.
Added by Penny Harris on Jul 05, 2014 7:52 PM
Penny Harris
RE: Dry Creek Cemetery
The info I went with was from his death certificate. Since there are 4 other persons listed as being in Dry Creek Cemetery, I assumed it was either an actual cemetery or a 'virtual' cemetery for folks buried on their own property like they sometimes did back then (under the oak tree usually).
If his grave is unmarked, how do you know he is at the Pettry-Jarrell Cemetery and not the Pettry Cemetery at Dry Creek or Jarrell Cemetery at Dry Creek?
Beautiful photo on the main page of the Pettry-Jarrell Cemetery. Where is the Pettry-Jarrell Cemetery in relation to the other two?
I noticed you added a photo for one of the other folks in the 'Dry Creek Cemetery', Ardelia Gore Pettry. What cemetery did you actually find her in?
Do you think when they put "Dry Creek" on the death certificates, they had a particular cemetery in mind? Or just the general area, like "down at Dry Creek"? I'm running into the same confusion at several other towns/cemeteries, like Mt. Tabor (3 different cemeteries there) and Eunice (Eunice Cemetery is not at Eunice). If you're seeing any kind of trend in the nomenclature, please let me know.
Added by Penny Harris on Jul 05, 2014 7:37 PM
Doris Aliff
Branford
The branford cemetery and the lewis branford have some of the same names in them. do you know if they are the same.
Added by Doris Aliff on Jun 27, 2014 7:21 PM
Ed Elam
Nellie A Rorrer Richmond
Thank you so much for taking this photo.
Added by Ed Elam on Jun 03, 2014 8:35 PM
BeVera
RE: Viola Pettry-Blue Ridge
Thanks Robin. I have pending photo requests if you want to claim some in any cemetery down in the Beckley/Ghent area. Most of my outstanding ones are Blue Ridge. I know it is huge. I've always gone to the east side of Rt. 19 I've never been across the street. The office staff seems pretty helpful when I've talked to them. I only hope they are as helpful when I walk in with my list, but thy told me there is a book I can use to find them myself, so hopefully that will work. Then just give me a map and I'm on it.
Take care and Happy Hunting!
Bev
Added by BeVera on Jun 02, 2014 2:47 PM
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