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imatarheel (#47120798)
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Bio Photo The attached photo is from 411 N. Wilmington St. Raleigh NC, my mother's childhood home. A home which no longer exists along with many others in the surrounding area between Peace College and the State Capitol.

I have primarily been researching ties to Wake County families and their intertwining branches for the last six years. My surnames include Carver, Gill, John Davis d Aug 1829, Dunn, High, Horn, Moring,and Taylor(Nash Co) maternal line.

Surnames in Rockingham and Caswell Co include Alcorn AKA Alcon,Betts,Fitzgerald,Mills,Nunnally,Powell,Robertson,Stubblefield paternal line.

A resident of Somerset Co, NJ for 28 years.

I've posted many photos from the NC yearbook collection which are available on at line at The vast majority of photos I have used are from 1930 and earlier yearbooks. After contacting several schools over the use of these photos and copyright law, I have been told as long as I'm not profiting from them and have listed the source, I'm in compliance with the law under the guideline of fair use. As of early 2012 and ancestry including yearbooks on their website, the issue of photos and copyright issues would appear to be a mute point. If a family member wishes me to remove any photo I have posted, just let me know.

Many of the memorials I have added have been to Oakwood & Montlawn. Genealogy is my first love. I enjoy finding the elusive badly transcribed records that help document a family. I think the 1940 Wake census on ancestry may be the worst yet. Memorial's are based on a combination of death, census and the Oakwood database itself for those deceased prior to death records. The memorial's and photo's I add are done so with much respect to that individual, their family and the history of North Carolina. The majority of the memorials will be part of my Wake County "Six Degrees of Separation" Tree. Visits to Oakwood in Aug 2012, Aug 2013, Aug 2015, & Aug 2016 to take photos. As of Apr 2017 I have 102,000+ individuals with 6,500+ documented at Oakwood and 4,500+ at Montlawn

My findagrave wish list would be a paper scroll symbol to signify there is a paper document which would leave the portrait symbol for actual pictures of people.

I do like to link and if I have not, it is just an oversight on my part. Thanks to all that help with my suggestions/requests and the new edit feature which makes that so much easier now.

My memorials are frequently revisited and updated especially since finding additional records at which ancestry does not have. These records are available to all researchers. Their records include death certificates 1931-1994 and a marriage collection thru 1979. May I respectfully suggest, anyone posting current deaths without a birthdate revisit your memorials and get the birthdate from the social security index which is also available on

PLEASE refrain from death certficates on my memorials. It should not be necessary in most cases.

MAR 2015-I'm now using News Bank to further my research. They have obituaries from the News & Observer starting @ 1991. I have been able to access this online thru my library. Other NC papers are also available.

OCTOBER 2015-This month Family updated one of their NC marriage collection records. You can now view the document & many will include the parents names. These new documents will be invaluable to many researchers.

SEPT 2016-I'm seeing a lot of sideways photos lately. I was having the same problem after my most recent trip to take photos at Oakwood. I solved the problem by going to photo edit. If you need to rotate do that and then you only have to crop the tiniest bit,save and it should solve the problem and upload in the correct orientation.
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Thank you for the Taylor info. Yes, would you please add the reference photo of parents graves to the memorial for the infant - Find A Grave Memorial# 127884469. I think that would be useful for the family in the future. Thanks for all you do!
Added by Lanie on Aug 16, 2017 9:40 AM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Pauline Powledge
Thanks for the info - great information for the memorial!!
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Jun 24, 2017 1:54 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Chester White
Hi There Friend!

Thank you so much for sending valuable information for his memorial, you are always wonderful about sharing information. This will be a huge asset for future generations......Hope all is well with you.
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Jun 22, 2017 1:27 PM
Jeannie Nelson
RE: Katie Groff
Hello! I referenced the North Carolina marriage records for "Katharine Adams" and "Boyd Herman Jones", married 29 Dec 1920 by Minister J. Lee Johnson in Middle Creek Township. Here's the link:

Here is a copy of the actual marriage license:

Added by Jeannie Nelson on Jun 01, 2017 2:10 PM
Edward L Wilson
Raiford and Columbia Pearce
The listing for Columbia Mooneyham Pearce at Oakwood has info on her husband Raiford Pearce, my GGGF (lineage thru his first wife). He's not in Oakwood.
I'm mainly curious about the naming of his parents John and Sallie Pearce, because I couldn't get any solid conclusions in my own search for his parents. Was this info passed along by daughter Pauline Watkins?

Thank you-
Ed Wilson
Added by Edward L Wilson on May 21, 2017 11:16 PM
J. Murphy
Add father/sibling

My name is Jean Murphy. I am the great niece of Sterling Card (134322554). I am currently attempting to link all of my family. Would you please add (or transfer to me so that I might) his father, Charles Card (158994180) and his sister Minnie Card Ray (114793180). I see that his mother and brothers have already been added.


Jean Murphy
Added by J. Murphy on May 14, 2017 10:01 AM
Marie Lofton
RE: Don P Johnston
Thank you for the input on Don Porter Johnston... i figured it out... there is a separate branch that is PARKHURST and it's connected to the Porter family. I was able to verify with another distant cousin. Thank you for your reply! i corrected my page and changed the middle name to Porter. It was the internet website that had it wrong.
Added by Marie Lofton on May 08, 2017 11:35 AM
RE: Lilly Spears
since I am not doing this for any reason other than my own research (and I am German therefore very detail oriented) this was the name I had for her ..... you can choose to put that there or not I guess. If it is my choice I always feel that the real names are important spelling and all. :)
Added by REALTORINAZ on Apr 27, 2017 10:17 AM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Hi Danna,
I've been sick for quite a long time. Getting better slowly. Regarding the Riddle's, I have deleted the memorial as you asked. I have no excuses except that I take so many medications I just might blame some of this on them! Seventeen meds a day!

Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Mar 31, 2017 12:33 PM
Susan Evans
RE: Riddle family
Hi, Thanks for the message. I actually don't know how to do anything with Find A Grave. I was looking at an ancestor on FamilySearch last night and the Find A Grave link popped up, and when I saw it I was surprised at how much information was there. I looked through the information and saw some of it was wrong and tried to correct it myself the way I can do on FamilySearch, but I see my information actually went to someone (you). I'm about to go out of town so I don't have the time right now to do anything, but I would be interested in learning more about Find A Grave later. Frances Riddle Loveless is buried with her husband at an Army base in Sierra Vista, Arizona where they moved around 1960-ish. I didn't understand what you said to do about John Herman Riddle and Thomas Peyton Riddle but I hope I can learn more later. Thanks, Susan Riddle Evans
Added by Susan Evans on Mar 30, 2017 7:55 PM
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