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Christie Marie Shepherd (#46791473)
 member for 12 years, 3 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo I currently reside in Gurdon, AR. I now suffer from poor health and don't have the stamina to walk around cemeteries too often anymore. But I'm still doing research on my own family and historical events (like the New London disaster) that touched my heart.

I firmly believe that no one, no matter how "minor" he or she may have been, should EVER be forgotten.

Some of my close relatives:
My Father:
Brad Shepherd
My Grandparents:
Nelva Jean Shepherd
Aaron Beene
Frances Beene
My great-grandparents:
W. O. Beene
Ida Beene
Jasper Sheffield
Stella Sheffield
F. L. Shepherd
Helene Shepherd
Edgar Thurston
Opal Thurston

My young friend:
Teresa Walczak

If you have any additional information on any of the people whom I have added, or would like me to take down any of the people whom I do have so you can add that person yourself (no one knows family better than family!) please let me know. I will be happy to comply with your requests.

Thank you to everyone who has left flowers for my family and the others I have added. I appreciate your remembrance of them, and I'm sure they would appreciate it, too.
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Hello! Was looking at the Peshtigo Fire entries, and noticed this young (14 yrs) man appears to have a "spouse" aged about 4 yrs. Perhaps his little sister?

Thank you for all you do with FindAGrave!
Added by Yetigirl on Aug 26, 2017 8:07 PM
RE: Ira Terrell Key and Florence Myrtle Clower Key
Thank you for getting back to me. Interestingly enough, one person said I couldn't use Find A Grave as a source, and another said I could. I can see why the links shouldn't be used as proof, but a photo of the grave marker? When it includes her maiden name, no less? I was dumbfounded because I dont know their rules and regs. Meanwhile, thanks again!
Added by Rajordan on Apr 16, 2016 6:21 PM
Permission Please?
Hello Christi,

Ira Terrell Key and Florence Myrtle Clower Key are my great grandparents. They are in my line all the way up to a Revolutionary War Soldier. I would like your permission to use the photos you took of their grave markers to help document their existence in my DAR application. (Heck if I know that it would help, but maybe.)

May I please download the photos you took of Ira and Flo's markers to use for my personal benefit? Personal file at home and a National DAR Application?

Thank you for your consideration.
Added by Rajordan on Apr 11, 2016 9:56 PM
Another research is saying Twyla,or Twilia, could be their sister, however as I said the book and a few news articles are saying she isn't
Added by pkstracy on Dec 15, 2015 9:25 PM
Twilia Ruth Philips
Doing research, and reading the book Gone At 3:17, Twilia is not the sister of James Henry Philips and Virgil B. Philips, James and Virgil's sister is Camilla, who survived.
Added by pkstracy on Dec 15, 2015 9:12 PM
Barbara Powell
Pleasant Hill Cemetery Rusk co Tx
Hey Christie Thank you for the work you do. I am asking about the three Smith children, my cousins who were killed in school exploison 1937. Abner Lavelle was the boy- If the graves are not marked how would one know where they are buried? Where would one put a marker with their name- This is the wish of the aging only sibling, a brother born soon after the explosion. Thank you so much. If you have any contact info for the cemetery I will call. I live in MS but have been to the museum in New London.
Added by Barbara Powell on Oct 10, 2015 10:14 AM
Karen Dunbar
Ruby Reed
Thank you for documenting my grandmother's neice's burial and the information you listed. Her name is Ruby Reed and she died in the New London School Explosion in 1937. My grandparents, Charles R. and Allie B. Sory were teaching there that day also. They had taken in Ruby and were raising her at the time of the accident. So very tragic and changed their lives forever.
I'm sorry to hear of your poor health and hope you are better soon. Once again, her family thanks you for your time and concern for those who have passed on. May God bless you!
Karen Dunbar
Added by Karen Dunbar on Jun 25, 2015 8:44 PM
Ron O'Rourke
New London School
By a strange coincidence, this story was being told on Modern Marvels (H2 channel on cable) as I was typing the previous message. Small world.

Ron O'Rourke
Added by Ron O'Rourke on Jan 29, 2015 9:56 PM
Ron O'Rourke
Cye Arthur Thurston
Have found some information about his wife, Lillian. She was born Lillian Hammerton in 1874 in New York, USA.. She died in San Diego County, California on 21 Jan 1933. According to the 1910 Census, both of her parents were born in England.
Hope this helps you fill in a few gaps.

Ron O'Rourke
Added by Ron O'Rourke on Jan 29, 2015 9:54 PM
D & N Kirk
Garrett Kirk Beene #13696277
Thank you for the transfer, I know his son was a blacksmith. His lst cousin, my ancestor, was a blacksmith and they lived close in Marion County, Tenn. This gets another child linked to his parents. Thanks again, Don Kirk
Added by D & N Kirk on Jan 15, 2015 4:17 AM
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