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Lynn (#47138895)
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Bio Photo One of the best features of Find A Grave is that it provides a forum where years of genealogical research can be shared with others. Please let me know if you have additional biographical or statistical information for any of my memorials, as it is always welcome. The wealth of knowledge that others have sent to me through Find A Grave is astounding.

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Lois Hendricks
RE: Elizabeth Sylvester Deckard
A simple change in spelling a name can make a long lost relative hard to find. But the detective work in genealogy is what makes it so addictive to me. Now I'm searching for James and Mary Polly's parents.
Mary Polly's picture of her tombstone isn't very clear on Find A Grave so when I get her stone more readable I will add a better one I hope.
It has been so nice messaging with you. So glad we got to meet even though it was just on line. I guess we are distance cousins. If you should ever get to visit Smithville I live just 2 miles north of the cemetery, in Sanders. You will have to stop by and see me. I live in the house my grandfather Martin Chambers built in 1900. My folks are also buried in Smithville Cemetery. If you should happen to do face book you can friend me if you like, Lois Ridge Hendricks is how you'll find me. I have a thistle as my picture.
Added by Lois Hendricks on Sep 20, 2017 9:31 PM
Lois Hendricks
Elizabeth Sylvester Deckard
Thank you Lynn for your quick response.

Ok, I think we are getting things on the right track. I could not find a George either and removed him as a sibling from my notes, so we agree there.

I thought Elizabeth and Adam Deckard was divorced only when I thought she was "Eliza". But now believe she died and Adam just remarried.

I was able to make more connections from your updates on most of the siblings of Eliza. But I couldn't find Ellen on Find A Grave. I believe you have her as Ellen Sylvester Burkhart on your updates.

So, for Elizabeth since she matches the census and marriage licenses I would like to add her to Find A Grave with her remains not found and as a daughter of James and Mary Polly Sylvester. I truly believe that she could be in the Deckard Cemetery located in Clear Creek Twp. on Mt. Ebal Rd on the edge of the Pointe Gulf Resort without a marker. Or she could have been in any of the cemeteries they moved because of Lake Monroe without a marker.
But I don't want to ad her as James and Mary Polly's daughter without your agreement. And I don't want to ad her just yet as I have found her listed as M. Elizabeth and as Mary Elizabeth in a few places and would like to research her name just a bit more.

I am a member of the Monroe County History Center Cemetery Committee and have been cleaning the Sylvester, Jacob Deckard and Eliza's tombstones. We are hoping to have a work day at Smithville Cemetery this year and clean and straighten some of the stones in the older part of the cemetery. We thinking of set up at the Farmer's Market at the old Smithville School with information about the MCHC Cemetery Committee and maybe recruit some help. The church no longer cares for the cemetery and the County Trustee just doesn't have the man power or money to do more than mow the grass.

Thanks so much for your help and input.
Added by Lois Hendricks on Sep 20, 2017 4:07 PM
Scott McKinzie
RE: Frederick Peters #108236164

Thank you for your kind and gracious words! We need more good people like you doing good work.

Added by Scott McKinzie on Sep 20, 2017 9:43 AM
Lois Hendricks
Elizabeth Sylvester Deckard
Hi Lynn,
I found some more information about the Sylvester genealogy at the Monroe History Center. A paper written by someone at the Allen County Genealogy Center states the ACGC was in the process of writing a book on the Monroe County Sylvesters. I can email you a copy of this paper if you wish to contact me at It has a lot of information but is not signed or dated. I hope to contact them in the near future.
To summarize the important part it says that James M Sylvester Sr and his wife Mary "Polly" Howard had 7 children: Elizabeth, Margaret, Eliza, Ellen, Ransom, Foris "Farr", and James Jr.
If this is true then Elizabeth and Eliza were sisters. And that would be where the common mistake is made that Eliza was Elizabeth Deckard Shields' mother. Eliza is the name on Eliza's tombstone in Smithville Cemetery. Also, Lizzie is usually the nickname back then for Elizabeth not Eliza and Liza was usually the nickname for Eliza.
Do you have a list of James and Mary Polly's children?
Thank you so much for all your help.
Added by Lois Hendricks on Sep 20, 2017 8:48 AM
shay emahiser farnsworth
Minnie Daly
Hi! I'm wondering where you got the pictures of Minnie? She was my great-great-grandma and I would LOVE to find more information on her and her family. Also, where did you find the marriage info? I need it all! :)
Thank you!!!

Added by shay emahiser farnsworth on Sep 19, 2017 3:12 PM
Diana Estep
RE: Juanita Milton Brokaw
Without what you had I did not have all the info on Juanita. It goes to show that working together is the best way ((((hugs))))
Added by Diana Estep on Sep 16, 2017 1:14 PM
Diana Estep
Juanita Milton Brokaw
Thanks to your write up I was able to put better dates for Juanita and able to connect her parents.

She was the mother-in-law of my 3rd cousin thru her son
David Lee Brokaw
BIRTH 10 APR 1942 Alton, Madison, Illinois
DEATH 13 JUN 1999 Hudson, Columbia, New York
Find a grave memorial ~ 93044434
David married
Sandra Jean McLean
BIRTH 2 OCT 1947 Miles City, Custer, Montana
DEATH 1 JUL 2012 Delmar, Albany, New York
Find a grave memorial ~ 93044317
They had 2 children

Again thank you for your write up!!! I had gone in and edited her putting her maiden name last night and your write up was not there so we must have been editing her at the same time.

Added by Diana Estep on Sep 16, 2017 5:48 AM
Diana Estep
Juanita Milton Brokaw
Find A Grave Memorial# 100961528
Juanita Milton
BIRTH 19 JUN 1916
DEATH 1970

She was married to
Garol Dean Brokaw.
BIRTH 12 OCT 1916 Madison, Illinois
DEATH 25 NOV 1984 Wood River, Madison, Illinois

You have her married to Carol but his name was Garol. Thank you for all you do.

Added by Diana Estep on Sep 16, 2017 5:31 AM
Have A Heart
RE: Dr. Otto Heller #47582168
Added by Have A Heart on Sep 13, 2017 9:20 PM
Lula Degase
RE: Sarah Ann
My parents were John Ellsworth and Martha Neff, John's parents were Wm Walter Ellsworth and Anna Estella Stafford, Wm's parents were Rufus Ellsworth and Marticha Flora, her parents were George Flora and Mary Butcher, Mary was a sister to David Henry Butcher. and so forth. So I guess we are related in some way. Ha,

Lula Degase
Added by Lula Degase on Sep 07, 2017 8:07 AM
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