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William Harrison (#47153789)
 member for 8 years, 2 months, 12 days
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Bio Photo In honor of my mother, Marjorie Valentine (Sims) Harrison, I am submitting her photo with my profile.
I have been working regularly (as in daily) on my family history information since 1993, beginning with the info that she had entered into my baby book!

I have compiled detailed enumerations for 8 1/5 cemeteries here in Coles Co, IL and have posted most of what I have on 5 of those here on Find A Grave at this time. The names of the cemeteries that I have compiled records for are: Stoner, Adkins/Woodson, Brown's (Unity) Chapel, Mt Tabor, McKenzie, Hurricane, Miller-Coartney, Fudge & Grant.
I've worked some on Kickapoo (Mt Zion), Whetstone, and a few other Cemeteries. I've added links and photos to memorials for all known burials at Mt Tabor, Miller-Coartney, Grant and Fudge.
I'm adding family & requested memorials & photos for Mound/Roselawn Cem in Charleston, Bethel and Rest Haven Cems in Lafayette Twp, as well as a numerous others.

NOTE: I have obtained a plot map for the Bethel Cem, accompanied by names of lot owners and/or occupants, plus a partial down the row enumeration done by James Heidlebaugh in 1981.

I have done a detailed work up for the Grant Cem, Hutton Twp, Coles Co, IL. I have photographed all legible grave markers and have posted memorials for each of them with marker photos plus other names which were included in an enumeration done by the Coles Co Genealogical Society.
When I began this new project, there were nine memorials posted on FAG and three marker photos.
As of today (8-1-2015), there are now 83 memorials with marker photos on 80 of them (some memorials have multiple photos).
There are several foot stones with initials only that cannot definitely be linked to a specific person. I have photos, but have not posted them.

I also have over 100 Williams family kin in Harmony Cem in Cumberland Co, IL, including 3 generations of direct Williams family ancestors, as well as having made other submissions on memorials in several other cemeteries in IA, IL, IN, OH, WV, and WA.

As a photo volunteer, I actively visit several more cemeteries in this area to search for and photograph markers.

I have purchased bound copies of the enumerations that James Heidlebaugh compiled for Janesville (or New Gordon), Thomas Lincoln (or Old Gordon or Shiloh), and Beals Cemeteries. They are down the row readings and are VERY helpful in locating markers!

I have been part of a small group working on cleanup of the Cossell Cem, located NW of Charleston. We are slowly making progress!
During the summer of 2015, several work days accomplished nearly complete removal of downed trees, all underbrush, removal of several unwanted trees, and removal of broken down barbed wire fencing. More work remains to be done, but ALL visible markers can now be easily accessed. A future task will be probing for markers which have fallen & possibly covered by sod. Hopefully broken markers can be restored.

I am primarily researching: Harrison, Sims, Williams, Reynolds, Malcom(b), Stotts, McCreery, Stoner, Schnorf, Adkins, Pettit. But of course, there are many MANY more names which I have found to be members of my extended family!

I am also researching my Hardin and Dean family members, who are related to my Stoner family.

I attend the annual Sims Family Reunion at Fox Ridge State Park in Coles Co, IL. I am the local Sims family genealogist. For 2017 I will be the Sims Reunion President.

In 2014, I began searching for information on my wife's ancestry. Names include: Thomas, Elder, Brooks, Blake, Johnson, Pilkington, Miller, Offill, Richards, Elliott, Norman, Davis, Wright, Wallace, Beaman, Dage, Perkins, Clark, Brockway, Cooley, Durfey, Skinner, Goodwin, Hull, Fickle, Slaymaker, Voetgling, Beck, and Tatman. (so far). We usually attend the annual Miller-Elliott Reunion in Dieterich, Effingham Co, IL. She was pleasantly surprised when I informed her that she was directly descended from King Edward I (1239-1307). He is her 22nd g gf!

I firmly believe that anyone capable of finding, reviewing and posting information on FAG does not need specific directives from other volunteer contributors about how to manage the memorials they have spent their time to research and posted. If errors or omissions in content are observed, then a suggestion to the contributor through the Edit process INCLUDING corrections or additional information about names, dates and/or family links should definitely be appropriate.
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RE: Sam Irby
Thanks William! We went to Mattoon/Charleston a few years ago on a long weekend and searched out family at cemeteries but we missed this one. If we were closer we would be out there with our lawnmowers & weed whackers! George
Added by George on Jul 07, 2017 4:30 AM
Sam Irby
Thanks for trying to find Sam Irby's grave at Old Kelly Cemetery. If you are ever there again please send me a few photos of the area in Old Kelly Cemetery. It would be nice to see where my wife's great great grandfather is buried. I would appreciate it.

Added by George on Jul 04, 2017 7:20 AM
Hi Mr. Harrison,
You have been a great help to me in my research for the Reat family. In July about the 10th my husband and I are finally making it to Charleston. If you are available we would like to take you to lunch or dinner as a thank you for all your help.
My email is
Added by Genealogygerri on Jul 03, 2017 4:03 PM
Sharon Palmer
Paul Conrad Brannon # 17943810
Thank you
Added by Sharon Palmer on Jun 29, 2017 8:23 PM
Sharon Palmer
Clifford Brannon # 17943689
Thank you for your effort to locate the grave of Clifford Brannon, I do appreciate it. Sharon
Added by Sharon Palmer on Jun 29, 2017 8:45 AM
Sharon Palmer
Paul Conrad Brannon # 17943810
Thank you for the photo for Paul Brannon. I appreciate the time and effort that it takes. I would like to use the photo for my family tree, I will give you credit and list the Memorial #. Please let me know if this is alright. Sharon
Added by Sharon Palmer on Jun 29, 2017 8:38 AM
Steve Trudgeon
Roselawn Cemetery - Photo Requests
Thank you for the photos of the Hutchinsons. I really appreciate the favor.

Steve Trudgeon
Added by Steve Trudgeon on Jun 28, 2017 6:15 PM
Betty Mathes
Thank you for taking a photo of James Daughtery and his family's headstones. You did a great job!
Added by Betty Mathes on Jun 28, 2017 3:05 PM
Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airborne
Mound Cemetery
Thanks for the Grave Marker photo for Paige and Nora Dora.
Added by Jerry Reiswig-82nd Airbor... on Jun 05, 2017 10:16 PM
Donna Kuhlman
RE: Burley Stoner marker photo
I remember Burley from Cummins, years ago. He was a really cool guy!
Added by Donna Kuhlman on Jun 01, 2017 7:43 PM
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