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Ramon (#46860486)
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Bio Photo Since the mid 1990s I worked in a contracted position for NASA at MSFC, Huntsville, AL. However, I consider myself a native of Bakersfield, CA.
My "Hill" (paternal) family tree begins (1830s) in Ohio & West Virginia, moves to multiple points in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and westward (ca. 1908) to Los Angeles & Bakersfield, CA.
My Wharton (maternal) links begin (1850) in St. Louis & then on to northeastern MO.
My wife's family (Fuqua) started out in VA (1630-ish) and now are mostly in Ralls and Marion counties in northeast MO.
I now consider myself to be 'retired' and I am living in the Tampa. Florida area.
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RE: Gray Cemetery
that is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for posting the pictures.

Added by Sherry on Aug 28, 2011 3:22 PM
RE: Gray Cemetery
I understand the condition of the cemetery, all I ask is if you look at her husband's memorial #16717850 you'll see a picture of the Cemetery. I would like a picture like that. I won't copy his picture as I don't want to take credit for something someone else did.
Added by Sherry on Aug 28, 2011 1:26 PM
Sherri McClure-Harris
Thank You!
Thank you so much for the photo of Matilda McIntosh's headstone! Hope you didn't get the snow that was predicted, it did not get as bad here this weekend as expected. Thank you again!
Added by Sherri McClure-Harris on Jan 09, 2011 11:19 AM
RE: Elverton N. Hill
Yes, it's been in tough shape for a while, but things have improved a little recently. It's still under some sort of court supervision, but at least the records have finally been returned to the onsite office and regular hours (tho' limited) have been established. Fortunately, I've been able to make some good contacts with folks that work there through another troubled cemetery where I volunteer.

I don't normally cover Woodlawn, but if the photo requests get too backlogged and mouldy, I'll make another trip down there in a few months.

Good luck with your ongoing family research!

Added by svh77 on Jul 24, 2010 8:45 AM
RE: Hills @ Woodlawn
You're welcome, glad to be able to help!

There was also an Elverton N. Hill in the GAR plot, 9 spots east of Edmond. I made a page and posted the photos. With such an unusual first name, it seemed like he must be related to this group.

Let me know if he is and I'll be glad to transfer the page to you.

Added by svh77 on Jul 23, 2010 6:50 PM
Dana Miller Jackson
RE: Mary D Lenon pic
Your very welcome. If you find anyone else that is around this area let me know and I will be happy to help any way I can.
Added by Dana Miller Jackson on Feb 22, 2010 8:25 AM
RE: Hill-Bertha
Hi Ray...
I was glad to help. I'll keep you in mind if I need the favor returned.

Added by alsport on Feb 16, 2010 11:31 AM
Doug Woodruff
Henderson Holding grave marker

Thought you might want to include a comment about the RCF inscription. I found this from Arkansas....

"Arkansan Creates African-American Organization

HELENA - The years between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the beginning of the Great War in 1914 became a time of great advancements as well as setbacks for African Americans in the Arkansas Delta. From slavery to emancipation to citizenship, some would emerge in this period as politicians, ministers, educators, and business owners.

W.E.B. DuBois, scholar and founder of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, believed this educated group, the "Talented Tenth," could save American blacks both culturally and economically.

One member of this group from the Delta was Richard A. Williams, physician and founder and Supreme President of the Royal Circle of Friends of the World.

Dr. Williams was born in Forrest City on September 13, 1874. He completed his course work in the public school by the age of 12. At the age of 19, Williams entered Walden University-Meheny Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. The college was one of five predominately black medical schools in the country. It was associated with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Williams received his medical degree in 1902 and three years later, he and his wife moved to Helena, Arkansas, where he set up his medical practice. Helena then had a population of 5,550 3,400 of whom were black. Six African American physicians and surgeons practiced there.

In September of 1909, Williams founded the Royal Circle of Friends of the World. The fraternity's primary goal was to promote the moral, physical, intellectual, and material welfare of its members.

By 1911, the organization had grown to a membership of more than 9,000, with 300 lodges in rural communities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

The success of the Royal Circle was partly due to blacks' mistrust of government and white owned banks. The Royal Circle of Friends offered great returns for small investments, with the support of friends, neighbors, churches, and respected black business leaders.

The fee for joining the Royal Circle, including a medical examination, was $2.50. Members then paid $1 per quarter, which paid $300 to the beneficiary after the member's death.

For years to come, in rural black cemeteries loyalty to the Royal Circle of Friends was indicated by the distinctive headstones that displayed the organization's symbol of the majestic lion and letters RCF."

One you have to get special access to the Inman Cemetery at Redstone?


Doug Woodruff
Added by Doug Woodruff on May 04, 2008 6:15 AM

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