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Gay Hobt Morton (#47996589)
 member for 4 years, 2 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo I began with Find a Grave by using it as one, of many tools, to find the graves of Civil War soldiers for the "In Death Not Divided - Tombstone Survey and Burial Places of East Tennessee Civil War Soldiers," the new registry at the East Tennessee History Center. I volunteer there. As I discovered that many of the soldiers did not have photographs of their graves, I began making photo requests. From there my husband and I, or someone else, goes out and takes photos of the old soldiers and adds them to their memorials, or in some cases add the soldier to a cemetery. Once there we fill all current requests. It can be hot, dirty work, or cold and freezing in winter, but I love it. It is my way of contributing. My husband enters this on his Find a Grave page, which is why I have so many photo requests and so few memorials, other than my family.

From the search for Civil War soldiers, I added trying to find my family and writing their biographies. I use Find a Grave as a way to add photographs and the details of their lives to the people I have researched for over 40 years. My maternal grandfather, Almon James Sims was a professional journalist and a genealogist and published his book, "The Pariss Sims Family and Related Families 1765-1965" long before the internet. I grew up hearing about his discoveries. Through listening in, I learned how to search out the old records. I would encourage anyone to collect their family's oral histories and written records. Most of my family are from Tennessee and Ohio. Some of the names are Clark, Fain, Jackson, Sims, Davis, Hobt, Mullineaux, Watt. It is a wonderful hobby.

I like to help with photography, write biographies, and add memorials when I find new people for Find a Grave. I would encourage others to find a way to get involved in Find a Grave. If I can help you in anyway please contact me.
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Mountain Traveler
RE: CW soldiers
Technically the John W. Byerly in Rheatown Cemetery did have a marker and that was the problem. It was just going to be come unreadable and was broken at one time and reset with the date of death no longer on the marker. If I fudged it and said there was no marker they (VA) wanted proof of burial. There isn't any. I felt between a rock and a hard place. John is not a direct relative of mine, but is in my extended family lineage. I felt that if I did not mark it with a better stone nobody would. I did research and did come up with one lady who is a descendant who had some interest, but this was after the fact and the stone was already placed. Well, it's done and I'm glad it is. Next time I will try out talking to our Congressman.
Added by Mountain Traveler on Feb 24, 2017 6:20 AM
Mountain Traveler
RE: CW soldiers
You said, " When we get through with Greene Co., anyone should be able to identify all unmarked soldiers." How can you identify unmarked graves? That baffles me.
Added by Mountain Traveler on Feb 23, 2017 7:05 PM
Mountain Traveler
RE: CW soldiers
That is good to know. I tried getting a gov't marker for my distant relative in the Rheatown Cemetery who was a Confederate soldier, John W. Byerly, and since he had a stone there (broken & old) they would not let me get a stone. There are no records for that cemetery other than the markers, so I could not say it was not marked as I would have to come up with proof. So I went to the local camp of the Sons of the Confederacy and they took up a collection for the marker (and I paid for the rest) and he now has a new marker. There are so many that I am sure are not marked at all. In that same cemetery there is rumored to be a mass burial of CW soldiers.
Added by Mountain Traveler on Feb 23, 2017 4:24 PM
Mountain Traveler
RE: Francis M Britton
I think it is always good to have a name connected to a source, so I will do that, but otherwise I am not one to be looking for credit.
Added by Mountain Traveler on Feb 23, 2017 2:44 PM
Mountain Traveler
RE: Thomas Kennedy Alexander
I broke my ankle last August and am just now getting back to getting into the cemeteries. I corrected a memorial last week that might be of interest to you. Here's the link:

Francis M. Britton had been listed with the wrong initials previously (T. M. Britton) and did not note that he was a CW soldier. His middle name might be Marion, but not sure. The error was not caught until I read the marker, did some research, and spoke with someone related to this family.
Added by Mountain Traveler on Feb 23, 2017 12:45 PM
Mountain Traveler
RE: William Moody
Find A Grave has still not merged these, but eventually they will and I HOPE they put it back in the right cemetery or it will be another wait for them to get it right. I'm glad I could help out.
Added by Mountain Traveler on Feb 23, 2017 12:40 PM
RE: Chattanooga National Cemetery
You are very welcome. I am trying to go through the requests by section so I'll eventually get to all of them.
Added by LuvFlowers on Feb 22, 2017 10:03 AM
L. Stoneturner
RE: William Morrison
I removed my request for William Morrison photo.
Thanks so much for your help!

L. Wood

Added by L. Stoneturner on Jan 26, 2017 9:23 PM
L. Stoneturner
RE: William Morrison
Yes, I am the open request on file. No one has responded, so when you left a notation on his memorial I thought maybe you could do it not realizing you weren't local.

That would be great if you could find someone, thank you so much.
Sincere thanks,
Added by L. Stoneturner on Jan 24, 2017 11:41 AM
L. Stoneturner
William Morrison Grave
could you please provide a photo for the Grave of William Morrison in Mosheim, Greene County, Carters Station.

Added by L. Stoneturner on Jan 22, 2017 11:03 PM
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