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breezy (#46585306)
 member for 14 years, 2 months
Pearls of Grace♥

Hi sweetie ....

The first Christmas without your dad is the hardest. Last year was just awful for all of us without my mom. It still doesn't feel like Christmas.

I'm just an email away if you want to chat.
It's on my homepage.

God bless you and yours,
Love, Darlene

Added by Pearls of Grace♥ on Dec 14, 2011 2:16 PM

Pearls of Grace♥

Have a Happy Thanksgiving my friend

With much love, Darlene

Added by Pearls of Grace♥ on Nov 19, 2011 11:04 PM

Laura Ann
Dear Breezy,Just stopping by to say Thank You so very much for visiting my love ones.Have a blessed day.Hug's..Laura Ann

Added by Laura Ann on Oct 06, 2011 8:24 AM

Johnny H Baxter
My father, thank you so much for visiting him and the lovely token you left.. it is much appreciated. With blessings, Pat

Added by Pat on Sep 27, 2011 8:22 PM

Valenciaღ Asiaღ Angel of Mine 💞
¢¾ڿڰۣಌ THANKS ¢¾ڿڰۣಌ
Huge thanks and many hugs for remembering my daughter, your visits are genuinely appreciated, my friend. Blessings always to you and yours, Breezy xoxoxo

Your friend, Yo

Added by Valenciaღ Asiaư... on Aug 28, 2011 1:30 PM

Hi Breezy.....
Thank you so much for leaving tokens for members of my family. It was very thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated.

Added by Mike on Jul 28, 2011 6:27 AM

Cheryl Hanson
Thank You
Thank you so much for visiting my family memorials. I deeply appreciate your kindness.


Added by Cheryl Hanson on Jul 20, 2011 9:06 AM

Thank you so much for visiting my sister Mars and the beautiful token you left for her,
It is greatly appreciated,

Best wishes from Ireland
reilly (Noreen)

Added by Reilly on Jul 19, 2011 2:11 PM

David M. Habben
RE: Inez Clarke
Hi. The memorial entry has been updated.

Added by David M. Habben on Jul 19, 2011 1:25 PM

I send you my sincere THANKS for the beautiful token you so kindly left on my sister Mars memorial,

I greatly appreciate you visiting her,

Best wishes from Ireland
reilly (Noreen)

Added by Reilly on Jul 12, 2011 2:39 PM

David M. Habben
RE: Inez Clarke
Here's what I'll be adding to Inez's entry...

This grave with the statue of a young girl is marked ‘Inez" and "Daughter of J.N. & M.C. Clarke. Born Sept. 20, 1873, Died Aug. 1, 1880." There is also a plaque stating the graves of John N Clarke and Mary C Clarke lie just to the north. For decades the true identity of the girl and of the person buried there have been in question. Based on extensive research it is now all but certain that the girl is Inez Briggs, the daughter of Mary C Clarke from a previous marriage.

Legends of the little girl have been numerous. One states the little girl died when struck by lightening during a picnic or when locked outside during a thunderstorm. From this legend came another legend that the statue disappears during thunderstorms because Inez is so afraid of them (since being stuck by lightening!). One cemetery employee reportedly ran from the cemetery terrified when he found the glass case surrounding the statue empty. Other reports say Inez died of tuberculosis and that the statue has been seen "crying." Inez's spirit has also been reported to wander the cemetery being seen by other children. Visitors often leave toys, stuffed animals or coins on the monument.

Based on research by cemetery historians Helen Sclair and Al Walavich in an article in the Chicago Sun-Times in 2007, these stories are completely untrue. According to the cemetery's records there is no one by the name of Inez Clarke buried in the cemetery. An Amos Briggs is listed as being buried under the statue, next to an infant named Delbert Briggs (remember these names). According to the 1880 census, no one living in Chicago at that time was named Inez Clarke. The Graceland Cemetery files also contain an affidavit issued in 1910 by Mary C Clarke stating her daughter from her marriage to John N Clarke was still alive and neither she nor her husband had any other children. (Remember that, too.)

Sclair and Walavich theorized that the statue was carved by the sculptor, Andrew Gagel, as a sample of his work in order to elicit business. It was originally in an unoccupied section of the cemetery. The information and conclusion that follows is the result of gathering information from death, marriage, census, divorce pension and other genealogical records by author John Binder and historian William Willard.

No one named Inez Clarke died in Illinois prior to 1916. However, an Inez Briggs died in Chicago of diphtheria on August 1, 1880, the same day listed on the monument of Inez Clarke and the "Amos Briggs" noted on the record card. The name "Graceland" was hand written on her death certificate indicating her burial there. Inez might sound like Amos when spoken, and Amos may have been accidentally written on the cemetery record. The cemetery card was transcribed in 1929. Graceland has no record of anyone named Inez Briggs buried there, hence she is not buried anywhere in the cemetery. Also, no Amos Briggs is listed in the Illinois death records before 1916, which adds credence to theory that the name is an error in transcribing the record.

In 1880 the U.S. census shows Inez Briggs living with her grandparents, David R Robhrock and Jane McClure Robhrock, in Chicago. All other sources have the name spelled Rothrock. The Rothrocks are buried next to Delbert Briggs and "Amos" Briggs according to the cemetery records. The Rothrocks were married in 1872. In 1880 there was a fourth person living with the Rothrocks and Inez Briggs; Philander McClure, the son of Mrs. Rothrock from a previous marriage and stepson of Mr. Rothrock. In the 1860 census, Jane McClure and her previous husband, Amos, who died during the Civil War, lived in Michigan. They had a son, Philander, with the correct age and birthplace, and a five year old daughter named Mary. Mary McClure was about the same age as Mary C Clarke.

David R Rothrock was divorced from his first wife, Sarah, in 1872. He claimed Sarah deserted him. Later, Sarah claimed David had run off with Jane McClure who kept a house of prostitution in Lansing, Michigan. He and Jane eventually moved to Chicago. The daughter of Jane McClure, Mary C McClure, married Wilber N Briggs in 1872 in Cook County, Illinois, about one year before Inez was born. The theory that Mary C Clarke is the daughter/stepdaughter of David and Jane Rothrock makes the evidence proving Inez Briggs was her daughter complete. In 1880 John N Clarke married Mary C Briggs. They had a daughter, Beatrice N Clarke in 1881, whose mother's maiden name as listed as McClure. In the marriage record of Jane and David Rothrock they are listed as the parents of Mary C Briggs. In 1882 the city directory lists the residences of both David R Rothrock and John N Clarke as the same. This continues for three addresses over the next years. The fact the two families lived and are buried together (with the word "Mother" on Jane Rothrock's headstone) along with the evidence in the public records proves that Mary C Clarke was formerly Mary McClure/Briggs and the mother of Inez Briggs.

Delbert Briggs, buried next to Inez, is apparently the brother of Inez. However, Mary C Clarke denied the existence of both Inez and Delbert, the reason of which will probably never be truly known. While she stated neither of the Clarkes had children from previous marriages, the birth record of daughter Beatrice Clarke indicates she is the third child of Mary Clarke. Based on the available information, the person buried beneath the beautiful statue in Graceland is almost certainly Inez Briggs.

Thanks to John Binder, author of The Chicago Outfit and the novel The Girl Who Applied Everywhere and William Willard, Chicago historian who has done extensive genealogical research.

Added by David M. Habben on Jul 12, 2011 12:09 AM

David M. Habben
RE: Inez Clarke
Alert! I just got a document from a researcher with some new and interesting information about Inez. I'm digesting it right now and will edit my Find A Grave entry when I have finished it.

Added by David M. Habben on Jun 22, 2011 8:19 PM

Pearls of Grace♥

Hello Lu,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your special friend.

So very young, I not imagine the pain the parents are going through, along with YOU and all your friends.

I am speechless. Thank you for letting me know.

But I am here for you if you want to talk,
you have my email.

God bless you all,
Your friend, Darlene

Added by Pearls of Grace♥ on Jun 17, 2011 1:32 PM

Hi Breezy.....
Thank you so much for leaving a token for my nieces, Denise and April Blaze. It was very thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated.

Added by Mike on May 29, 2011 7:41 PM

Pearls of Grace♥

Hello my friend. I got your email, and I am checking around. I think our mutual friend,
Liberty & Marty can do frames for you if you like.

I do not know how to create them, I'm sorry.

Stay in touch !
Love, your friend, Darlene

Added by Pearls of Grace♥ on May 25, 2011 6:17 PM

RE: Vince Petronelli
You are very welcome, it was an honor to visit your memorials.

Added by Summer on May 22, 2011 9:43 AM

with thanks
Your kind visit to honor my friend Agnes (who left us on Wednesday) is very appreciated. Always one who operated under the radar, she is likely surprised by the many visits of the kind folks on here like you. Thank you for appreciating her.

Added by sr/ks on May 21, 2011 6:49 PM

Thank you
Thank You for visiting my parents memorials. It meant a lot. We learn to appriciate the little things in life.

Added by Ramm on May 19, 2011 4:09 PM

Maggie Mac
Thank you so much for leaving tokens for my newest memorials. It
really warmed my heart seeing that someone had stopped by. It is much appreciated.

Added by Maggie Mac on May 14, 2011 3:24 PM

Cheryl Hanson
Thank You
Thank you so much for visiting my family memorials. Your kindness is deeply appreciated.

Have a great weekend,

Added by Cheryl Hanson on May 06, 2011 6:46 AM

* Thanks so much *
Hello Breezy, stopping by to let U know how much I appreciate UR visits to my family memorials. Your kindness is immensely appreciated, especially the days I was unable to be there. Blessing will always be yours for UR thoughtfulness Best regards!
Ruth McDonald
St.Louis, MO

Added by purple-lady on May 04, 2011 8:45 AM

Liberty ღ Marty
Thank you
For your visits and the beautiful token, It just made me smile, it was so sweet of you.
Take care, and God bless.

Added by Liberty ღ Marty on May 02, 2011 11:01 PM

Diddy & Doodle
RE: Thank you
Blessings to you! Your so welcome and may you find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared with your Dad - and the peace that God will give as time goes by...


Added by Diddy & Doodle on May 01, 2011 10:16 PM

*Thank You so Much*
Dear Breezy,

It warmed my heart to see a new name on my special angels memorials. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit them, most especially my dear friend Ted. It was so kind of you! I appreciate it immensly. Thank you!!

It's my pleasure to meet you and I look forward to seeing you often here! I'm happy to add you as a friend of mine.

May God Bless you and your loved ones.

Your new Friend,


Added by LadyStarlight on May 01, 2011 9:48 PM

He Who is Formerly Known as zenmaster
Hi Breezy
Thanks for sharing your special and loving write up about your dad. God bless him and you too, for giving us a glimpse of your feelings and his good humor and his career. ;-)

Have a great weekend Don

Added by He Who is Formerly Known ... on May 01, 2011 9:46 PM


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