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Debra (#47324320)
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Bio Photo "If there is a worse place than hell, I am in it." President Lincoln writing about the Union disaster at the Battle of Fredericksburg. December 1862

2010, I am in the process of gathering the soldiers of the Civil War 85th ILLinois Infantry Regiment into virtual cemeteries.

Please email me if you know the resting place of any soldier I have not yet found.

Origins of Companies
A,C,D,K---Mason Co.
B---Fulton and Mason Co.
E---Menard Co.
F---Tazewell and Woodford Co.
G---Fulton and Schuyler Co.
H,I---Fulton Co.
September 2013. I have started a virtual cemetery for Mason County IL WWI Veterans.

2012 Virtual Cemetery for victims of the Chatsworth Train Wreck in my list virtual cemeteries.
2015 Virtual cemetery for victims of the Peoria 1881 Woolner Distillery Explosion

Please contact me if I enter incorrect info or links.

I enjoy taking and posting photos.

Cemetery walking involves planning, time, gas, bees, flies, gnats, ticks, assorted other bugs, dogs, burrs, briars, weeds, tall grass, snakes, scrapes, cuts, mud, dirt, snow, rain, dust, wind, sun, rutted roads, hills and dales, getting lost, and BUCKETS of sweat.

I had to throw my lunch to a couple wild peacocks headed my way. Seems they have a fondness for egg salad.

I appreciate those folks who list their source when posting my photos to :)

Bert Stuart Odle
Please take a look at this little guy's memorial .
I came across his interesting grave while randomly taking pictures in Springdale Cemetery.
Bert Stuart Odle .

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1881 Woolner Explosion (8)
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Messages left for Debra (541)[Leave Message]
RE: Frances J (Amerman) Gates grave
Thank you you so much....Richard Derrick Amerman is my great-great grandfather....and MY BRICKWALL! I know his parents are Derrick Amerman and Margaret Ranous but can't find absolute proof only pieces of the puzzle. Also need some real proof for Sylvannia's parents Ichabod Hovey and Betsy Scribner.

I requested a death certificate for Richard but Illinois could not find one.

My tree on ancestry is Ansestors of Leona L. Amerman and is public you should be able to view it.

Thanks for taken a look around Cherry Grove for me.
Added by Leona on May 21, 2017 10:57 AM
Frances J (Amerman) Gates grave
Your entry in the above grave states might be related to Richard Derrick Amerman. He died in 1876 and I was wondering if you saw a grave for him at the Cherry Grove Cemetary in Mason City, Ill. Or his wife Sylvannia (Hovey) Amerman. In the 1870 census they were living with Frances who I believe is their daughter, in Mason City.
Added by Leona on May 20, 2017 9:23 PM
Mary A "Mollie" Petri Chapman
Thank you for taking her photo
Added by Jauers on May 16, 2017 4:34 PM
Judith Shepard Higgins
Picture of Richardson headstone
Dear Debra,
Thank you for this picture. How great are all of the Find A Grave volunteers for taking your time to shoot these photographs.

I have done a couple of these pictures and know that it is not that easy.

So Thank you very much.

Judy Higgins
Added by Judith Shepard Higgins on May 11, 2017 2:32 PM
Florence E. Mackert in St Joe Peoria, IL
I hope you like the changes I made for F.E.M. (#174299521). Other suggestions welcome.
Added by wartsnall on Apr 26, 2017 10:45 AM
Carol A Spayer
William and Margaret Rork
I would be happy to maintain the pages for my great-grandparents William Morgan Rork and Margaret Havens Rork, if you are willing to surrender them.

Thanks so much!
Carol Spayer
Added by Carol A Spayer on Apr 02, 2017 1:00 PM
Randy Largent
Archibald Stubblefield
Thank you for the Transfer even though I did not request it. I will happily pass it on if ever requested from me.
Appreciate your hard work on Find A Grave.
Randy Largent
Added by Randy Largent on Apr 02, 2017 10:12 AM
Sheilie Carroll-Altieri
Martha E Clough Carroll

Thank you so much for the information on my great great grandmother. I was told she and my great great grandfather had gone to Canada. I appreciate your time and photo. Thank you again.

Sheilie Carroll-Altieri
Added by Sheilie Carroll-Altieri on Mar 07, 2017 5:08 AM
Abraham Carlock
I am sending you his obit to your email. Watch for it! Pam
Added by MidwestMom on Feb 10, 2017 2:48 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
85th Illinois
Debra, I hope that this little message finds you and your mother doing well. Hey, lets all get together on Soldiers Hill in Springdale sometime. Let me know if you know you're going to have some time some Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Hey I got this little email in December. Though of you immediately. Sorry it took me so long to pass it on to you.
"Mr. Fite,
Earlier today I was doing some winter 'reorganization' of old files and ran across the March 8, 1998 PJS article 'Remembering the 86th'. I am not a historian by any sense of the world but do have great interest in the Civil War. Many, many decades past when I was about 10 years of age and spending some time during the summer recovering from an operation, my mother bought me a copy a 'Andersonville' by McKinley Cantor. I became somewhat hooked. I have since spent some time in the south and lived in Chattanooga for a few years.
Several year ago I acquired 89 letters written by Joseph Anno from 08/21/1861 to 07/06/1864 to his wife in Manito, Il. Also is an original April 15, 1865 copy of the New York Herald referencing Lincoln's death. Anno was a member if the Illinois 85th that I believe was shoulder to shoulder with the 86th.
Joseph Anno enlisted with two of his brothers. Anno's last letter to his wife was on 07/06/1984 and stated 'Rebs were 28 steps away--we can see the steeples in Atlanta--armies on both sides of the river--artillery booming all around---built strong breastworks'.
He was killed on July 19th. His brother Nelson Anno wrote 'John laid on the battlefield 24 hours before they could reach him'.
If you have any interest in reviewing these letters, you are more than welcome to do so.

Farrell Lord
294 Santa Fe Trail
Metamora, Il 61548

309-645-9026 mobile
309-383-3234 home"

Let me know if you go see them and what you learn. Perhaps we can "all" get together in Springdale. Take care!! Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jan 12, 2017 3:19 PM
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