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"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.
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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|josella O"Conner Kendall||RE: Hannah Butler|
Thank you I will take care of her memorial and try to get down to see her headstone. Daniel Butler got kicked by a horse and died on Valentines day.
I saw the Van Buskirk at Family Search but eventually discovered that Anna Marie Van Buskirk Ronk was Walter Allen Yount's wife's mother, not his mother. I can understand the informant on the death certificate being confused - I don't know that Walter had any children by his first marriage so his step-children would not have been familiar with the details. I have 1874 as the death date for his first wife - I saw that somewhere but failed to make a note of it and now can't find it again. He married Delia on Christmas Day, 1893, at the age of 43 and adopted her six children, the Noels. I know it is confusing - I had a hard time figuring it out myself!
|Jeff Blakley||RE: 180155393|
I sent a message to an Ancestry tree owner for a Jacob Yount who is an ancestor of the Julian Yount buried at Palms Memorial hoping that he might be able to figure out the relationship between Julian and Walter. Julian and his wife did not come to Homestead until 1949 and Walter died in 1927 at his step-son's home in Miami. The reason he is buried in Naranja is because his step-son was an early resident here and he had a burial plot available. The other Younts (who came in 1949) are buried in a different section of the cemetery.
|Jeff Blakley||RE: Walter Yount data|
That is indeed Allen's wife! I sent an edit to the owner of the Landon T. Yount memorial and added her as the mother of Walter on my memorial. Thanks for the help. I would imagine that Allen Yount is also buried with his wife - I'll add a photo/memorial request to the cemetery. Maybe someone will create a memorial for him.
|josella O"Conner Kendall||RE: Joseph Samuel Butler|
Thank you I would love to have her memorial.
|josella O"Conner Kendall||RE: 75586655|
Thanks for putting the other Children on for John and Hannah Butler. I thought I lost my Great
Grandfather Joseph Butler.
|Shryl Kirkbride||RE: Hi Cuz-in-law!|
Yes. That would be awesome. Thanks
|Barbara Jean Lewis||RE: Willard friend|
Shirleen write me back using my e-mail (on my site) I've lost yours. I may have that NBI at home. I'm at the FHL in SL now.
|Jennifer Fierro||James Houston 1776-1841|
I was wondering if you ever came across additional information regarding James. He is my 4th great grandfather and little is known about this side of my family.
Hi Shirleen, I corrected the memorial for Henry Hians. His Mother was definitely Catherine (Ortt) Hians. I rechecked some birth records to be sure.Thanks for pointing it out. I have Etter Ancestors as well. Benjamin Etter and Mary (Bessonett) Etter is my line. She was his first wife. Loyalists but you probably know that. Their Daughter Eliza Etter married Thomas Hosterman, 3rd Greats. I wonder if we share Benjamin Etter or his Father, Peter as common Grandparents? That would make us DNA Cousins if so. Let me know if we have a connection. I just had our Hosterman Lot restored at Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax. It was in poor shape with stones down. One was missing and is lost. They were cleaned, releveled, vegetation cleared. All spruced up now and looking good! Hosterman is my maiden name.
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