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Lena B. (#47050845)
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Bio Photo I love Genealogy. It has been so rewarding researching my ancestors and finding out all about them. I just found this Web Site and I have been wondering for so long why there wasn't something like this for us researchers before now. It certainly makes it easier to find people.
Now about me: I am a Native Texan and am involved in many organizations with initials: DAR, B.S.A., A.I.S.A. O.E.S., L.O.S, S.O.O.B,and some without initials: Scottish Rite Ladies Aux.and Optimist International. I love doing most crafts, photography and my passion is genealogy.

I am researching the surnames on my Dad's family of: Cherry, Anderson, Adair, Bass, White, Murphy, Moore, Henderson, Greer, Love, Boyd, Brumley, McKay, McKinley, Key, and Sharrock,
And on my mother's side: Brackeen, Littleton, Brown, Gray,Green, Montgomery, Barrett and Hancock.

and on my husband's family: Merk, Dodson, Morrison, Gillock, Gilmore, Nail, Harkins, LeFlore and Folsom.
And family connections of my children: Thomas, Cudd and Johnson.

I am retired now and plan to do more time at the cemeteries looking for gravesites and taking pictures. All of these are my passion and what a joy to find I can now put them all together and to use for myself and any others wanting some help. I encourage everyone to submit their families gravesites to this website. It does help so much when genealogists are researching a name.

Please, DO NOT use e-mails and public messages to request transfers, corrections, links, and/or additions. They DON'T contain the necessary information I need and will be IGNORED and/or DELETED.

If you have additional information, corrections, transfer requests, and/or links, please click the EDIT tab which is at the upper right of each memorial. Select the first bulleted item (SAC) and follow the directions.

Transfer requests should only be for DIRECT relatives within FOUR generations. This would be your spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. When requesting a transfer, please state your relationship to the individual.

Any NON-DIRECT relatives (aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc) ARE NOT REQUIRED to be transferred. For these extended family members, you can create a "Virtual Ccemetery" and keep track of them there.

If I created a memorial for your loved one and you would like to have it transferred to you, please let me know. If you are an IMMEDIATE (within 4 four generations) member of that family, I will be happy to transfer it to you, if it is not in one of my family lines. If I make a memorial and transfer it to you, do not delete it and start over with one of your own. If you do, it will be reported to Find A Grave. If you notice duplicates that I have done, please let me know and I will deal with them. If I place a photo on your loved one's MEMORIAL page and you do not want it on there, please feel free to contact me and I will remove it. I never want to intrude or offend, so please let me know, if I do.

PLEASE do not put obits or documents in the Virtual Flower Section on any of my memorials. They should be in the obit section. I will be happy to add any of those. Send those to me by using the edit tab at the right of the memorials.

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Cynthia Lemmon
Jess Johnson
Jess Johnson (My Great Grandfather) and my great grandmother Bessie split up (I assume divorced) while their children were young. I heard stories that Jess was cruel and Bessie would hide and watch over the son she left behind with him, at least briefly- he may have gone with her at some point. 4 Children names are, James, Nadine, Marquerite, Mary Ruth. I am only just beginning to try to put this side of the family history together. I don't have much information on him because he was quickly out of the family unit. I never heard what he did exactly that ended it all, but they left him and never looked back.

Bessie next married Alexander Ellis who worked for the railroad and during WWII they traveled on the rails. Alexanders job was to paint the signs from town to town so as he finished a job, he would hook his rail car to the next train and move on to the next job.

They is buried in Gordon Cemetery, TX next to him with my mothers stone at her feet.

If you know of any other information, or if any other family members have contacted you and want to share info, please let me know. You may share my info as well.
Added by Cynthia Lemmon on Aug 08, 2017 11:17 AM
Jessica Crawford
Stoppleman family cemetery
Hi, I'm trying to contact descendants of the Stoppleman family to let you know that the organization I work for is starting some work to repair and stabilize the Cavanaugh Indian mound and later this week, we will be rebury if some remains that have eroded out of the mound over the past several years. Just wanted to let you know.
Jessica Crawford, The Archaeological Conservancy
Added by Jessica Crawford on Aug 07, 2017 9:59 AM
Simmons Cemetery, Ben Franklin, TX
First, I would like to thank you for all the work you have done and let you know that my daughter-in-law spent this morning with a group of volunteers at the Simmons Cemetery working to clear it up...weeds were taking over and it will take many more volunteer hours of work before all of the headstones are visible. I was unable to help due to a heart condition and the heat but I am a Find-a-Grave volunteer and will be taking photos of the graves once I am able to get in. We were up there last week and the weeds, vines and seedlings were about 6 feet tall with many headstones impossible to get to. Many headstones are toppled and broken and some so worn by the weather that they can't be read. My DIL, Zogail Miller Smith, has been told that her great grandfather is buried there but none of the family, including a couple of her aunts know much about him as he apparently left his own home about the age of 12 due to his father's remarriage and he didn't get along with the step-mother and lived with another family in Ben Franklin. Last name is Miller and Zogail thought his first name was Joseph, but we are still trying to nail that down along with the dates of his birth and death. There is work being done to list this cemetery on the National List of Historic places and we hope to see this done in the future. Do you have relatives buried there?

We now live in Ben Franklin, son, Steve Smith and Zogail moved here about a year ago, both retired from the Air Force and had been in Benton, Louisiana. Zogail is originally from the area, her mother, Glenice Turrentine lives on the property and I have just moved here from St. Louis. I have a large family tree on which I started a few years back and found Find-a-Grave when researching my family. I'm not an expert but keep working at it!

I am available to get photos in the area if you have the need.

With best regards,
Martha Jayne Allen Smith
Added by CalicoGal on Jun 17, 2017 9:01 PM
Ash Montagu
Felix Gillock

Just saw a reproduction of the front page of a newspaper from Krebbs, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, dated April 11, 1912. Felix wrote a long article running for district clerk and introducing himself. It was on Google.

He said his father served in the Confederate army in Kentucky and moved to Grayson County, Texas ca 1873. He was born in Walnut Bend in Cooke County and educated in Gainesville. He was raised on a farm and moved to a farm 12 miles northwest of McAlester, Oklahoma, and had also been in stock raising and farming all his life. He is on the 1880 census for Cooke County and died in Dallas Texas in 1955.
Added by Ash Montagu on May 05, 2017 8:30 PM
Ash Montagu
Fain Gillock

I am no relation to him. My stepfather's family, the Dodson's, lived in Grayson County, Texas/ His wife was a Dodson.

He is not on my tree. I simply picked up information on him mostly from He is on the 1900 Cooke County, Texas census living with his brother. His WWII Draft Registration in 1942 says he was born in Grayson County, Texas, which is next to Cooke County.

In 1946 he landed at La Guardia Airport in NYC from Toronto, Canada. He stated he lived in New York City and was born in Gainesville, Texas.

His parents are buried in Walnut Bend in Cooke County, His father died there in 1883 and his mother in 1885.

You can enter his name in Google search engine and find a paragraph on him in their books index, There is a paragraph on him in the American Blue Book of Men biographies for 1912. Also other books from that period says the same thing, That he was born in Cooke County and educated in Gainesville.

Added by Ash Montagu on May 05, 2017 8:07 PM
Russell Windle
John Washington Jr. Inccorrect
This is the grave of my great Uncle Jackson Walter Holcombe, he is my grandfather Emmett Clarence's second to the last son> He is named after Emmett's father Jackson Walter. Oleta was his wife. The headstone is correct, the attribution to John Washington Jr. is incorrect.

Jackson and Oleta have one son Danny who lives in Paris TX.

Thought I would let you know

Russell Windle
Added by Russell Windle on May 04, 2017 5:28 PM
Oaklawn Cemetery Delta Co, TX
Hi Lena, Thank you for all your hard work.
Can you tell me where you found the information to put Josie Balden in Find A Grave. I can't find a death certificate for her and can't find a funeral home that may have cared for her either.GZ
Added by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2017 1:32 PM
Stored approved edits
Hi Lena,
All the edit requests you've approved are stored in your profile page. From the page you're reading this on, click along the top tab that says "edit" - it may be grayed out but you can click on it. Next, switch the drop down display from "Edits sent to me that I need to review" to "Edits I have sent that were approved." This will list them all. Unfortunately, it allows no sorting of the fields so it's not practical to find one if you've approved hundreds of edits.
Added by NJRR on Feb 02, 2017 6:43 PM
RE: Ida Runyon Duringer
Lena, Would it be possible to check to see who sent the edit to add the link to Absolom as Ida's father?

I believe her maiden name should be changed to Jackson. Her father, George Jackson died as a result of disease while fighting in the Civil War. Mr. Runyon married her widowed mother, Margaret, in 1866 and raised her and her sister Jemima.

Added by NJRR on Jan 25, 2017 6:47 AM
Ida Runyon Duringer
Hi Lena, I am hoping you can tell me more about Ida's parents. We always thought that Ida was the daughter of Margaret Hudson and George Jackson and that Abolom Runyon didn't married widow Margaret until 1866. Would love to hear what you know. Thanks, Nancy
Added by NJRR on Jan 21, 2017 2:53 PM
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