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Sherry (#46585091)
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Bio Photo <-- My sons, Sean and Eric, and myself, several years ago.

The older you get, the more deaths it seems, or maybe I was just too young to know the difference. I wanted something to memorialize members of my family and friends.

My cousin found out that in our Scovill line we come from three Mayflower passengers; John Howland, Elizabeth Tilley, and Richard Warren.

The majority of the memorials I made are family and some are very close family friends.

For all those that took my family pictures and used them on Ancestry, it would have been nice for anyone of you to say "Hey, I used your picture on my family tree!" I would have replied with something like "Lets see how we are related!"

Discovering who your ancestors are is one thing, but reading about them even if its just an obituary tells you something about them as a person, not just another leaf in the tree. Seeing their final resting place is a type of closure for me.

I'm looking for any information on Scovill, Hill, Gear, Parlett, Lawton, Shields, Weilbacher, Frierdich, Murrah.

Just to clarify, my mother does a lot of work on here with me since she knows the older family better than I do. If a memorial has many links, they are probably in my family.

If you add a picture for one of my memorials, please let me know so I can see it instead of stumbling on it later! Thanks!

If I've left flowers on a memorial, that doesn't mean that I know them. It could be that I was flowering random names, or I got there by following links from other memorials. I've flowered over 30,000 memorials, and I probably only knew a very small percentage of those people.

I do transfer out of guidelines, so if the memorial isn't for one of my family members, chances are I'll transfer it to you if you ask.

**I've sent out a lot of edits lately. I didn't single anyone out or intentionally pick on anyone, I'm just looking through family names in various counties. If I can see things that can be put on the memorial to make it more complete, then I send an edit. I added death certificates to those people I'm not related to. If I transfer a memorial to you and you don't want it on there, I will be more than happy to remove it.**


This was posted in the forums, and I think it pretty much sums up how most of us feel about graving and looking for our ancestors.

Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
you died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spread out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

By Walter Butler Palmer (1906)


By Thelma Greene Reagan

Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where other cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.


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Paul Lemuel Bowden
RE: Scovill
Dear Sherry,
Thank you for creating a page for my Grandfather, Elmer Henry Scovill. I have added a short bio and picture too it. I was wondering if it would be possible to create a similar page for his wife:
Esther Eleonore (Bermon) Scovill
birth November 30, 1890
death November 3, 1982
and buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in Detroit.

The obituary I have for Orrin B. Scovill (Elmer's father), comes from a Utica NY newspaper but doesn't mention where he was buried, only that he died in Utica, where he lived at the time.
Added by Paul Lemuel Bowden on Feb 23, 2017 11:53 AM
Paul Lemuel Bowden
RE: Scovill
Dear Sherry,
I don't know how to create a memorial. How much information does one need?

I have my grandfather Elmer's birth (July 27, 1886) and death dates (Feb 26, 1956) and know he was buried in Gethsemane cemetery in Detroit.

For my great grandfather, Orrin, I know he died in Utica NY in 1907. For his birth year, there is a discrepancy between his obituary (1853) and other information (1850).

Through Sarah Plumb, who was married to Lemuel Scovill, I also get into the Hinsdale family - another one of those genealogy books - who were in New England in the mid 1600s. So I felt the odds were good that I had ancestors on the Mayflower.
Added by Paul Lemuel Bowden on Feb 22, 2017 9:25 AM
Paul Lemuel Bowden
I am attached to the Arthur Scovill tree through my mother.
Orrin S. Scovil 119600269 was my great great grandfather. Unfortunately they don't have pages for his son Orrin Benjamin Scovill, who died in Utica in 1907, or my grandfather Elmer Henry Scovill who died in Detroit in 1956 (Gethsemane), up on findagrave. I noticed that you left flowers on my uncle James Scovill's 92639104 page.

So we are related to people on the Mayflower, now I can be a real snob. lol.
Added by Paul Lemuel Bowden on Feb 20, 2017 6:51 PM
Barbara Blum
Denzel Myers
Deleted. Thanks.
Added by Barbara Blum on Jan 24, 2017 7:29 AM
Mary Achterhof
Find A Grave Memorial# 8907992
I found this article about the death of this gentleman. It gives the date and place. I see you have a question on the memorial. I hope this article helps clear it up.

Article appears in the Abilene Daily Reflector, Abilene, Kansas, 10 January 1889 reads...


Kansas City, Missouri, January 9 - James Hunter, a prosperous farmer who resided a short distance south of Grain Valley, was struck by an engine on the Chicago & Alton Railway track at 9:30 o'clock last night and instantly killed. The accident occurred one-half mile east of Grain Valley, which is a small town in the county ten miles east of Independence on the Chicago & Alton Railway.
Added by Mary Achterhof on Jan 19, 2017 9:20 AM
RE: Gravitt Family
Thanks for your reply and thank you for the work you do on Find A Grave.
Added by MWG2 on Jan 08, 2017 2:25 PM
Gravitt Family
Hi, Sherry. Are you related to the Gravitt family? I am just wondering if we might be related.
Added by MWG2 on Jan 07, 2017 11:05 PM
Jo Bengtson Sivley Bledsoe
Thanks for the obit
I added it!
Added by Jo Bengtson Sivley Bledso... on Jan 05, 2017 2:03 PM
Mary Ann Scovill

Thank you so much for your note. I also found Mary Ann Scovill's obit this week because I just signed up for a subscription to genealogybank too!

This is the oddest thing. Her husband was not Hiram Scovill. Her husband was Tunis Scovill, whose father was Hiram Scovill. Tunis also had a brother Hiram Scovill Jr. I think I have figured out the confusion. Mary Ann (and Tunis) had two grandchildren, George T(unis ??) Scovill and Anna May Scovill Baxter. George was the informant on the death record of one of their uncles, and Anna May was the informant on another. They both reported that Hiram Scovill was the father of these men, and Mary Ann was the mother. I think there was some confusion because Tunis Scovill died between 1878-80, and they probably didn't even know him.

I have on my list of things to do to sit down and figure this all out and report my findings on their Find-A-Grave memorials. I will start with when I found Tunis living with his grandmother in Ann Arbor MI in 1850, and then when I found him with Mary Ann and the first four or five children in Ann Arbor in 1860 or 70 (info in my notes throughout several notebooks), and go from their. Her husband was definitely Tunis Scovill, not Hiram.

It really does my heart good when I hear from someone on Find A Grave who has the follow-through and kindness to contribute information for the people who can no longer speak for themselves! This is exactly why I feel it is so important that I thoroughly explain that Mary Ann's husband and the father of her children was Tunis Scovill, not Hiram.

Thank you and Happy New Year,
Raleigh in Michigan
Added by Raleigh on Jan 03, 2017 6:19 PM
RE: James L Spears
Made the change - didn't catch it while reading it. Thanks so much for sending! It's been added to the memorial...with credit! :) Kim
Added by KsCityKim on Jan 02, 2017 7:58 PM
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