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Susan I. Grills (#47149766)
 member for 8 years, 23 days
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Bio Photo I was born and raised in Atlanta, but have lived most of my adulthood in Charlotte, North Carolina. Coincidentally I ended up right where my roots are on my father's side of the family. Genealogy is my passion and I never met a cemetery I didn't like. I'm also into historic preservation, both of buildings and the lives of people no longer with us.

As the daughter of a general and great-granddaughter of 3 Confederate veterans, I like to note military records of veterans on their findagrave memorials.

I welcome corrections/additions, but will no longer link to a "burial unknown" person. I have found this leads to duplicates.

FAMILIES ON MY FATHER'S SIDE: Irwin, DeWeese, Blackwelder, Babcock, Taylor, Wilbon.

FAMILIES ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE: Bryan, Battle, Pope, Atkinson, Yarbrough, Chappell.
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Gina Morris Watlington
Poe Family
Thank you so much Susan! I really appreciate the information!
I'm wondering if you have any info on Grant Poe's mother Mary Poe and his grandmother Mary Riddle Poe. Thanks again!
Added by Gina Morris Watlington on Jul 18, 2017 4:32 PM
Mary McElhaney
RE: Walter Bruce Leaper
Thanks so much for this information Susan and for your kind words about my mother! Here is a link to her obituary.

I addition to wedding director she was the first female deacon at Sharon and was also an elder (not sure if she was the first). She and my dad were youth fellowship leaders in the 1950's and she was president of WOC at some point. Her ashes will be buried at Sharon with my dad, probably in August. A memorial service will also be held at Sharon but date is still pending.

Thanks again!
Becky McElhaney
Added by Mary McElhaney on Jul 17, 2017 6:06 AM
Sheryl McBride
Anna Hullender Photo
Susan, can you delete the photo of Anna Hulkender in Oakwood Cemetery in Concord NC and post a new one ? The one you have posted on the memorial now is very blurry and someone has requested a new photo. Thanks.

Added by Sheryl McBride on Jul 16, 2017 11:37 AM
Layne Sabert
Harry Sorensen
Hi Susan,
Thank you for all the hard work! Harry was my grandfather (not biological) and I had no idea he changed his name after coming to the US. It's wonderful to learn new things about family members! I am going to upload a photo.

Added by Layne Sabert on Jul 13, 2017 4:06 PM
Cate Daley
Floyd T. Martin
Thank you for the very nice grave marker photos and birthdate information. Your volunteer work is always appreciated!
Added by Cate Daley on Jun 16, 2017 5:26 AM
Jesse Edward Oxendine
Thank you so much for taking the time to photograph his military marker. Your kindness is very much appreciated.

Added by melanie on Jun 15, 2017 4:52 PM
Carolyn Grice Blackwelder
RE: Lawrence M. Blackwelder
Susan, thank you so much for the transfers. I am happy to have them all in one maintenance name. However, I know you care also, being our heroine Blackwelder researcher with all the history you've found and shared! Thank you.
Added by Carolyn Grice Blackwelder on Mar 13, 2017 2:24 PM
Judy Kay Moser Latham
Carolyn Moser Fisher
Susan, thank you so very very much for the picture of my sister's plot in Sharon Memorial Park. As I do not drive that far anymore, it means so much to me to be able to visit with her on this wonderful site and that it was you once again to help me with this. I truly appreciate the work you do and your sincerity and love for it and Carolyn did too as I showed her the site in 2015 and enjoyed sharing our Parents' update that you did for us as well....

sincerely, Judy Moser Latham
Added by Judy Kay Moser Latham on Feb 06, 2017 4:41 AM
Joseph StCloud Irwin
Susan Irwin Grills

I did not know your father but as a retired
Navy Senior Chief in the SeaBees, I would be
honored to think we might be connected as
"IRWIN's" I was a "late" child with very few
living kinfolks and little known family history.
30 years ago I started with a Kansas City obit
of my g grandfather, Joseph Chambers Irwin, and
was hooked on genealogy. It was then I wished
I had asked my folks more about what they knew
from their past. Three years ago I discovered
Find A Grave and have been able to fill in several blanks
in the "Irwin Tree". What is really neat in this
quest is if you go back five generations, there
are 64 names in the tree, but only one is Irwin.
There are 63 other family names some known most
new and unknown. Bottom Line,I am proud to know
some history of your father and rest assured ,
we are related if you go back far enough. We
might even be cousins.-------joseph
Added by Joseph StCloud Irwin on Jan 03, 2017 6:19 PM
Norma Franssen
RE: Lafayette Alexander.
Hi Susan, thanks for answering back. My parent's grave is across the rode from the mausoleum. My brother's is near Lawyers Rd.across from the Post Office in the Veterans section. Lafayette,Sr. was in WWII he wanted his children near him. My brother didn't serve in the military. Lafayette,Jr's nickname was Moose. My two sisters an I will be buried beside my brother one day. Do you list living relatives? Let me if you need more information. Thanks again, Norma
Added by Norma Franssen on Sep 12, 2016 9:09 PM
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