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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.

PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.

I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 400+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?

NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman, Baird and Reed.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. Shortly after arriving in town, my grandmother died in March, 1852. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams in October, 1852. (I also have a copy of the handwritten document.) Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with my grandfather but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also certain my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From the 1850 census record, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. My assumption is that he was married to James, Jr's mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found have found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with his son James, which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. My grandfather rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby in the same section. I descend down thru one of James's younger sons, Isaac Shaw who married Mary Maser (or Masear) in 1869 in Indiana. They are also buried in Oakwood cemetery, Joliet, IL.

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Thank you so much for getting and uploading the photo for the above memorial # (Etta Wilson Fay). Your time is appreciated especially when people like me barely have time for doing research and organizing my finds into family books to share with my family. I loved reading about your family in your bio...I wish Joliet wasn't so big and I could find a connection. I have been researching a possible brother to my great great grandmother Elsie Williams Jones but am not having such luck. Anyway, Would you mind if I use your photo in my ancestry tree and my family books? Thanks again. K
Added by Kyotie on Oct 13, 2017 11:07 AM
Guy & Nancy Jackson at Glen-Oak
Thanks very much for checking for the Jackson's headstones. I suppose it it possible the grave is unmarked. I'm sorry I never thought of that.

Thanks again.
Added by Ram0955 on Oct 02, 2017 11:15 AM
L Beacon
Thank you so much for taking the time to locate and photograph the memorial for me it is greatly appreciated. I would like to ask your permission to use your nice photo (with proper credit) for a WWII project I am working on I hope you will not mind, please let me know if OK. I know many already give permission on their profile/bio but I still like to ask and make note as profiles can change over time. Thanks again for all your efforts in fulfilling my request, Cheers!
Added by L Beacon on Sep 25, 2017 9:55 PM
Walsted Graves
Thank you so much for fulfilling my request for a photo of the grave of James and Katherine (Christensen) Walsted in the Oakridge Cemetery as well as for the photos and transfers of related Walsted graves. As I live many states away it is so very much appreciated! Do you mind if I use your photographs (cited to you) on my tree and personal genealogy blog? Thank you again!
Added by Melanie on Sep 25, 2017 6:24 PM
Steve J
Frances L Mills
Thank you for the memorial transfer of Frances L. Mills to myself. I misspoke (mistyped?) when i said Frances Beatrice Mills. Frances L. is a new one for me to research! Steve
Added by Steve J on Sep 24, 2017 9:01 AM
Steve J
The Mills Family
Thank you so much for fulfilling my photo requests for members of the Shiloh Robert Mills family and the memorial transfer of Frances Beatrice. It is much appreciated. I assume the close up pictures of their names are inscribed on the opposite side of the Mills marker that you photographed as well? Hopefully i'll finally find the when and where of the death and burial of his father George Mills. Thanks again, Steve.
Added by Steve J on Sep 24, 2017 8:52 AM
J. Edward Ross
RE: Joseph Pesack Headstone Pic - Abraham Lincoln Cemetery
You're welcome.

I enjoy the opportunity to spend time at the cemetery.

Added by J. Edward Ross on Sep 21, 2017 8:42 AM
David McNally
Anna & Elbert Maxwell
Thanks for checking for me Stacey, I appreciate your taking your time to search and let me know.
- Dave
Added by David McNally on Sep 19, 2017 7:43 PM
Brian Scott DONOVAN
Frank McHUGH, Find A Grave Memorial# 182534401
Stacy Shaw,

I appreciate your going to the extra trouble of making the stone more photogenic.

Added by Brian Scott DONOVAN on Aug 26, 2017 8:59 PM
Paula Evans
RE: Photos Requests.
Hi, Are you close to or somewhat close to: Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleums, Calumet City, Cook County, Illinois?

I was wondering due to I have 1 photo request in it since: July 8 this year and nobody even bothered touching it for some reason.

Even though I don't do the phone calling, I find a copy of their phone number on Find A Grave for you. Phone: 708-862-5398.

Maryann M. Jurek - Memorial# 103420019. If they say she don't have a headstone there, I don't mind photos of her empty (non-marked) grave in photo due to I like my Family Tree Timeline tagged-along in photos better the best.

Added by Paula Evans on Aug 26, 2017 12:38 PM
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