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Phil & Kathi
RE: Peter Ervin grave Harrison MO
We have surveyed and completely photographed the entire cemetery and have no record of a Jacob Ervin anywhere in Harrison County.

I can make a note and see if I can find anything the next time I'm at the genealogy library, but their cemetery records aren't that much better than mine.

If he's at Kidwell, he's either in an unmarked grave or the stone is now unreadable.

I'll let you know if I come up with anything.


Added by Phil & Kathi on Apr 17, 2014 4:19 PM

Jim and Mindy Gibbs
RE: Pinson Cem Photos
Your very welcome! I wish I could have found all the headstones,, but maybe as more of the cemetery is uncovered from the vines and brush, more headstone will appear.

Added by Jim and Mindy Gibbs on May 17, 2012 8:28 PM

RE: Your photo requests at Pinson Cemetery
I sent that news to several people who requested photos from Pinson Cemetery. One of them checked and reported to me that Missouri has a law similar to the one we have in Texas. This means that a person who is determined to go there can do so, if the local sheriff will help. After what I saw happen there between 2006 and 2007, I hate to think of what the determined person would see, after they obtained access. If someone does go there, and if any markers remain, and if the heavy brush cover has been thinned out, than I hope they can locate your markers.

Added by Bourbon on Jan 30, 2012 4:48 PM

Your photo requests at Pinson Cemetery
I just saw your photo requests for Pinson family members, at Pinson Cemetery, in St. Francois County, MO.

I checked my material posted on Find-a-Grave, for Pinson Cemetery, and I looked through all of my photos from Pinson. Now I am certain that every one of my photos of a Pinson marker is posted online. I am sorry that yours are not among them.

I live in Texas, and my only visits to the Pinson Cemetery were in 2006 and 2007. At those times, we were still able to access the cemetery by walking from one of the private dirt roads that went off from Highway CC. I do not know any of the people who live near the cemetery, but I do know a lot about the character of some of them.

If you look at the three photos I posted on the Pinson page at Find-a-Grave, you will see the condition of the cemetery in 2006. If you click on each of those photos, you will see my descriptions that go with the photos.

In 2006, I found Pinson to be abandoned and very heavily overgrown. A number of markers had fallen over, or were pushed over, and many graves were sunken in, leaving rows of grave-sized depressions. There was also clear evidence of vandalism.

When I returned in 2007, with three of my first cousins, the cemetery was a depressing sight to see. Old iron fencing had been stolen, as had many markers. An ATV trail ran through the middle of the cemetery. It was obvious that people were deliberately destroying Pinson Cemetery.

I learned last wek that local landowners are now denying access to Pinson Cemetery and it is posted with "no trespassing" signs.

I regret that I was unable to photograph more markers in 2006, but most of the ones that were standing were in the middle of dense vegetation and I could not get to them. It would have been a multi-day task, and I only had an hour or so. When I returned in 2007, with help, and a little more time, we found the place virtually destroyed. I am sorry that in 2006 I did not see or photograph your markers.

Texas has a state law saying that people have authority to visit any cemetery where they have family or ancestors buried, even if it is located on private land. (Obviously, the visitor should seek permission from the landowner, and should respect the owner, and the place.) Most Texas landowners freely honor that right. If one does not, then the local sheriff is charged with escorting the person to the cemetery, and informing the landowner of his or her obligation.

I have no idea what the law is in Missouri, concerning access to cemeteries on private land. It does not matter for me anymore. I would never return to Pinson, even if the Missouri National Guard escorted me.

I apologize for going off like this. My great grandparents, Francois (Francis, Frank) Bourbon and Mary Sansoucie, are buried at Pinson/Blackwell, in unmarked graves. A few of my cousins and I wanted to place a marker there, in memory of them. Now there is no way we can do that.

I hope someone is eventually able to fill your photo request at Pinson Cemetery.

Added by Bourbon on Jan 29, 2012 4:15 PM

Margy Granger
James A. Hutchins
I'm almost sure that memorial #3027632 is a son of James and Margie Myrtle. Perhaps a bio link can be done.


Added by Margy Granger on Apr 12, 2011 9:56 AM

Judy Young
RE: Virginia Brame
You are welcome.

Added by Judy Young on Apr 02, 2010 10:54 AM

Connie Stockton Schmidt
I had just taken pictures of that lot a couple of days before and had not gotten everyone listed and pics on. Glad that I could help.

Added by Connie Stockton Schmidt on Apr 01, 2010 11:28 PM


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