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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.

PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.

I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 400+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?

NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman, Baird and Reed.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. Shortly after arriving in town, my grandmother died in March, 1852. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams in October, 1852. (I also have a copy of the handwritten document.) Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with my grandfather but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also certain my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From the 1850 census record, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. My assumption is that he was married to James, Jr's mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found have found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with his son James, which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. My grandfather rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby in the same section. I descend down thru one of James's younger sons, Isaac Shaw who married Mary Maser (or Masear) in 1869 in Indiana. They are also buried in Oakwood cemetery, Joliet, IL.

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wayne batz
marker picture
thank you very much . Wayne
Added by wayne batz on Jun 20, 2017 6:57 PM
RE: Barber
That's fine, thank you so much for adding the info!
Added by Abra on Jun 07, 2017 7:08 PM
Joseph Edward Merle
The Samuels headstone photos
Good Morning Stacey:

My apologies for getting back to this late to extend my "THANK YOU" for taking the time to provide the excellent photos of the 'Samuels' headstones. Also, thank you for the transfer of Hannah's Memorial.

Much appreciated.

Have a pleasant day.


Joe Merle
Added by Joseph Edward Merle on Jun 07, 2017 8:22 AM
RE: Barber
It's now the regional airport, so it looks to be in Minnehaha County. My dad was in the next barracks when the accident took place and had vivid memories of it. I wanted to acknowledge the sacrifice these young men made.
Added by Abra on Jun 06, 2017 9:27 PM
Wendy Coultry
Mary Coultry# 179744257
Thank you so much for transferring this memorial to me! Your work documenting these graves is invaluable to all! Thank you!
Added by Wendy Coultry on Jun 04, 2017 9:46 AM
Paula Evans
My Cousin, William H. Kanis.
Hi, Can I please have a copy of the photo of William H. Kanis you posted on for my Family Tree, too? Yep, I'm related to him (my cousin). My email address is: . Thank-you.
Added by Paula Evans on Jun 01, 2017 9:01 PM
Thank you
Thank you for the photos you added to the O'Connor and Fuhrmann memorials in All Saints. Greatly appreciated!!
Added by moc on May 30, 2017 9:28 PM
Emily Jones
RE: Email, Chippianock grave
I'm so glad you guys were able to find him quickly! That can be one intimidating cemetery to find stuff in and the care takers are not very helpful. So I am glad I could help!
Added by Emily Jones on May 30, 2017 10:41 AM
Granny Moss 2
Asa J Milliman Memorial
Thanks to for creatin a memorial to my great aunt Bernice Shepherd Milliman"s husband Bernice was his 2nd wife. I have been able to close some gaps and fill in those brick walls Again Thanks
Added by Granny Moss 2 on May 28, 2017 10:14 PM
Emily Jones
Email, Chippianock grave
I am not positive but I believe that he is in the section that is in a corner surrounded by woods where all of the stones are flat and separate (families not together). It is towards the back on the top of the hill, about 100 feet or so before you get to the Catholic part. I believe that is where this is at as the rest of the cemetery has upright stones.
Added by Emily Jones on May 27, 2017 5:01 PM
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