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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo "When God sends forth a special living soul to learn the ways of the earth, an earthly mother's love is waiting; we call this wonder birth. When God calls home a loving earthly soul and stills a fleeting breath, a Heavenly Father's love is waiting; this too is birth, not death."

I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2017 Update:
Sixty eight years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 61 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty six years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 32 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for over 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 26 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 950 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For over 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.

I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!


PLEASE NOTE: Check the top center of your profile page - if an "edit" tab is there - you need to click on it and check to approve or reject any edits that may have been sent to you - only a few email "edit" notices are coming from fag since this new feature was added.

Sorry, I have to laugh.... recently seen on a gravestone, (wife's, Jo Ann's stone) "DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY, I AM NOT HERE, I DID NOT DIE" ...alongside on the husband's stone, "JO ANN - IF WE DID NOT DIE, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?".... [ I SAID I'm sorry! ]
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William McIntyre
RE: Curtis Cadwell
Curtis's stone bay be under a big pike of limbs now.
I will work on that next time. His father is in an unmarked grave at Craigtown.
Do you recall which episode of Gen Project it was?
I did meet up with a cousin who is Curtis and Sarah's GG Granddaughter there in Quincy. Wonderful lady!
I may look into a sign for the cemetery. You can still see the outline of the church built in 1841. There is Avery interesting history about that church, I could share with you.
My email is
Added by William McIntyre on Apr 26, 2017 2:10 PM
William McIntyre
Craigtown Cemetery
Hi, I recently spent a day at Craigtown Cem near Quincy,Ill.
I found the stone of Sarah McIntire Cadwell and her sister Julia Carter.
I could not find Curtis due to the many fallen tree limbs.
Will try again next visit. I was able to excavate the stones for my GGG Grandparents Rood and clean them up.
It a peaceful place but in need of restoration...,
Bill McIntyre
Added by William McIntyre on Apr 25, 2017 4:27 PM
Rebecca Welker Stevens
I haven't figured out how to e-mail you, you offered to send me more information on Rebecca Welker Stevens and her family back in 2013 if I e-mailed you with my e-mail address. It has been a long time but I am still very interested in the information that you have. I appreciate all the work you have done in Find-a-grave and would appreciate getting what information you have on the Welker-Stevens family. Please just let me know how to do this. Thank You
Added by Pauline on Apr 18, 2017 1:53 PM
Renee Wright
RE: Transfer-Maggie
Very happy for this baby to have 'family' ...
there are so many of them in section E at the cemetery ..
Added by Renee Wright on Apr 14, 2017 6:36 PM
Renee Wright
RE: 81236050
I will transfer this memorial to you ...
I am not related to the family ..
Happy for what information you have to be added to the memorial ...
I can remove the photo if you'd like ..?..
I found her on Names In Stone ...
Added by Renee Wright on Apr 14, 2017 4:59 AM
Love Always, Renee
Thinking of you
Hi Shirleen,

I hope you are happy, healthy and safe. I visited Brad today for his Angel Day. I wanted to tell you that I love your poems. The one about the HAT always makes me cry. I just got my first cowboy hat last year for Christmas. I love everything country western. God bless you always. Love, Renee
Added by Love Always, Renee on Apr 11, 2017 6:39 AM
Dave Robison
Lizzie Morley
Thank you for the source for Lizzie Morley. All taken care of. Lizzie was part of a huge project I worked on with John O'Connor over an 8 year period. Since he's "retired," he transferred most of the work to me to continue. There's a huge amount of data to clean up, link, correct.... It'll take years!

Dave Robison
Old Bones Genealogy of New England
Added by Dave Robison on Apr 04, 2017 5:20 PM
Hizer burial locations
You asked me where Frank George Samuel Hizer and his wife Minnie Frances Bell Hizer may be buried. I do not know the answer so cannot help. I do know that Minnie remarried to Alhenen "Allen" P. Hall on 9/30/1896 and they had a son Jackson Albert Hall on 7/14/1897 who died 8/23/1967 and is buried in Placerville Findagrave #77271325. Allen P. Hall died 4/21/1940 in Sacramento Co. but Minnie was not with him after the 1910 census so I am assuming she died soon after that census but she and Frank were in no census after 1880 so he appears to have died before the 1896 date when Minnie remarried.
Added by Goldrush on Apr 03, 2017 3:33 PM
Paul & Sherida Hodel
RE: old timers
Shirleen, thanks for the update on Michael Acardo and for the nice message. The cemetery where Michael is buried is kind of a special cemetery. Originally used for burials by families from the west side of Placerville, it was taken over by the county a number of years ago. When the County Hospital closed down, they stopped using the cemetery there. They then started using Midtown Cemetery for burial of those who didn’t have anyone to bury them. The county used these square concrete “stones” with the metal markers tacked onto them to identify the graves. They also put these markers on graves where the stones had become damaged, or where they knew the name of who was in an unmarked grave. As with many pioneer era cemeteries, the percentage of unmarked graves is high even though a great effort has been put into trying to identify as many of the graves and those in them as possible.
So, the efforts and contributions of folks like you are greatly appreciated. If not for contributions like yours, these people might be lost to the ages. Now they can look down and know that they have not been forgotten. Thank You!
Paul and Sherida Hodel
Added by Paul & Sherida Hodel on Apr 01, 2017 11:00 PM
Marc Thayer, III
RE: 39416705 - Reply

Hi Shirleen,

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have changed the last name to just Davey.


Marc Thayer III
Added by Marc Thayer, III on Mar 28, 2017 1:58 PM
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