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Paul & Sherida Hodel (#46636795)
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Bio Photo I am an enthusiastic genealogist and got into graving when I started looking for my ancestors. I have since branched out and started doing graves of non-family members. Graving has turned into my second obsession. I am an active volunteer with the cemeteries here in El Dorado County and love every minute of it. I am the FAG County Keeper for El Dorado County, CA and am really enjoying it. Unfortunately, many of our graveyards throughout this country are suffering from disuse and neglect. I've found that Find-a-Grave is a great way to help preserve graves and cemeteries and also provides a way for people to visit their ancestors or friends even though they can't visit the graves in person.

I recently married a wonderful lady named Sherida, who, it turns out, is also great in cemeteries. We now have a partnership in Now isn't that a wonderful match?

To error is human, so if you find any errors, or if you have additional information on anyone I've entered into Find-a-Grave, please contact me via the "Suggest a Correction" tab so I can correct it. Thank You.
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Jeff Darrell
Sincere thanks for your work
I wanted to sincerely thank you for your efforts in photographing the gravesite of my 2nd Great Grandfather, Elisha Prescott (His stone is only labeled ‘PRESCOTT”) in Old Uppertown Cemetery in Placerville. Because of your efforts, I was able to locate his resting place and the photos make the site and him come alive for the family. I have submitted a research request to the Historical Society there to try and get more detail but again would not be able to have done so without your efforts. I have submitted a Suggest A Correction and don’t know how long that takes and I have also left an info memorial on the Findagrave site for him, but I wanted to get you the information directly as well.

I also asked the historical society of any recommendations for hiring some gravesite cleanup and trimming services as it looks a bit forlorn. :) I am happy to share more family genealogical info if that is helpful or of any interest.

Elisha Prescott;
b. 16 AUG 1822 in Thomaston, Maine. Married Elizabeth L Hall (b.7 NOV 1847; d. 26 AUG 1917) His daughter Laura Abigail Prescott Bryant (Bryant-Adopted Father’s name-Elizabeth Hall Prescott’s 2nd marriage in 1855) (b. 24 MAR 1849; d. d. 22 AUG 1926.) He was a Ship’s Carpenter and set out to help his family by sailing to CA and making his way to search for gold; applying for his passport on 5 MAR 1849. He met his demise under unknown circumstances in November of 1850. He is not forgotten.
- Jeff Darrell

Once again, thank you very much for your efforts in graving. It is clear that in spite of not knowing these people, you are aware and appreciative of the fact that they were real people with real stories and loved ones. I am grateful for how much your efforts have helped me in filling in this important gap in my family’s history


Jeffrey Darrell
Added by Jeff Darrell on May 23, 2017 11:31 AM
Sara Haney
Floyd Wesley McCoy
Thank you ever so much for updating little Floyd's info on his memorial and for linking him to his mother. I truly appreciate it. :) Sara
Added by Sara Haney on May 01, 2017 8:43 AM
Foy edit
Thank you.
Added by Mika on Apr 28, 2017 9:01 AM
Utah Quilter in D.U.P.
Find A Grave Memorial# 69919 Royal Terry
Duplicate: Can you please, move all the pictures to the older one. Thank you.

Royal Terry

Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

Hinckley City Cemetery
Millard County
Utah, USA
Plot: 06 19 01

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Imported from: UT State Historical Society
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 69919
Royal Terry
Added by: Paul & Sherida Hodel

Royal Terry
Cemetery Photo
Added by: David Mower
Added by Utah Quilter in D.U.P. on Apr 21, 2017 11:40 AM
Sorry Paul - I accidentally sent the name "Aselmo" on his memorial, so I have resubmitted it correctly and added the nick name he used.
Added by history4sure on Apr 07, 2017 10:37 AM
old timers
Hi Paul & Sherida - haven't talked with you since before your happy union! I'm that history nut who used to live in Calaveras Co. about 30 years ago! Anyway - I love your old timer's stones, so have been researching their stories.

I hope if I send a short bio & edits, you will copy & paste some, because I only use official sources, such as military records, immigration, DC, etc.

I'm sending one now on Michael Acardo - have documented it all. - Cheers, Shirleen
Added by history4sure on Apr 01, 2017 7:54 PM
William J. Fowler 116031858
Hi Paul,
I accepted your edits for William's memorial but as yet, some 15 minutes later, they haven't shown up, would you please resend.
Thanks, Eileen
Added by Eileen on Feb 03, 2017 2:57 AM
Pearl Bobb & Johnnie Bobb
Thank you for the transfers!
Added by neverforgotten on Nov 22, 2016 7:19 PM
re: # 150359791 Cora HEDRICK
Hi, I sent email using addy listed here - was returned.
While updating my MECHLING family, found 3 items on Cora & her mother Louise,
Please write me at:

Caral (FaGr # 3288427)
Added by Caral on Sep 12, 2016 3:45 PM
Rolaine Grant King
Llewellyn was a Petty
Llewellyn was son of second husband, Robert C Petty and not of first marriage as in the New Harmony remembrances of LaVerna Taylor Englestead who was descendant of Mary's sister Julia Aner Carbine with whom she shared Julia's husband William Warren Taylor and had 3 additional sons.

Llewellyn was lost on trail west from Winter Quarters as noted in Woodrow Woodruff trail diary. Some histories have tried to bend Llewellyn into Ella but Ella was Eleanor.

From family search:


! MARRIAGE: 30 Aug 1850 Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska !Int. Soc. Daughters of UT Pioneers 27 SEP 1995 !WAGONTRAIN: came to Salt Lake valley with Wilford Woodruff Company 14 Oct 1850 . At Council Bluffs Husband Robert C. Petty was appointed Captain of 100. from Elder Woodruff's journal 7 Sep 1850 camped under Independence rock at that time it was territory of Utah now it is in WY. 23 Sep 1850 camp on green river 27 Sep 1850 camp Fort Bridger now in WY abt 30 miles from UT. border 2 Oct 1850 Wed. camped bear river 10 Oct 1850 camp at canyon creek on to Salt Lake arrived 14 Oct 1850. !CENSUS Utah 1851 census @ FHC SLC FILM # 924039 fILM ITEM 3 PAGE 156 !Postmaster at New Harmony Utah for many years. Pay was determined by amount of postage sold and in those days a postcard cost 1 penny From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996. Story Written by Daughter Emily Adelia Grant Neilson Mary Adelia Carbine was born Feb 29 1824 at Cairo, Greene, New York. She was a graduate of a girls seminary, and began teaching in her fifteenth year. She continued in that profession until her fiftieth year. Ever a student aiming to learn some new fact each day of her life. I was unable to obtain the exact date of her joining the Latter Day Saint Church, but some time in her early teens, She with her father, mother, a brother, and sister Julia joined the church and moved to Nauvoo, where she met Amos Northup, and soon after they were married in the Nauvoo Temple. Her oldest daughter Eugena, was born just before the saints were driven from Nauvoo. Shortly after they reached Winter Quarters, Mary's young husband was murdered by an unknown assaliant, on Christmas day, until her death she grieved at Christmas time for her first and greatest love. Left alone, and not knowing where to turn, she married Robert C. Petty, just before the saints left Winter Quarters. He was made Captain of the company of which Wilford Woodruff was in command. To Mary and Robert Petty were born three children . Llewellyn the first was left in a grave by a lonely trail. Later came three little girls, Adelia and Ella, and Eleanor. There were many trials, and privations, thrilling and almost unbelieveable experiences--Indians-- wild cattle--camping on buffalo trails--fording turbulent streams but ever looking forward with faith to the end of the trail, which was to them a veritable promised land. Shortly after they reached Utah, Robert Petty was called on a mission. The oldest girl Adelia, was about three years old, and Ella a babe in arms. His mission was in what was known as Indian territory, There he died in 1856, which fact Mary, his wife, did not learn until some six months later when an emigrant party arrived. Later she Married George Grant, to them were born two children. A little girl Francesca who was scalded to death in infancy, and a boy Edmund Carbine GrantLess
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Added by Rolaine Grant King on Jun 03, 2016 11:34 AM
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