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Joan Buchanan West (#47164528)
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Born in Bartow, FL; raised in Tampa, FL. 1949 graduate of Hillsborough High School, Tampa, FL. Mother of 3 sons, grandmother of 5, greatgrandmother of 11. My age is 79. Ardent follower of Find-a-Grave. Widowed in 2004, from the love of my life since I was 9 years old and he was 12. My heart was crushed but as Celine Dion sang "My Heart Goes On", so I will be happy to take cemetery photos in my area, Lakeland, FL, for anyone whose needs I can meet. Thank you.

Joan Buchanan McCawley West
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Carol Adams Rowlands Hays
RE: Conrad Pinder
Good morning Joan:
My e-mail is:
I've been unable to find the gravesites for Christopher and Jane. He died in Tampa in 1903, however, she died earlier in Key West in 1901.
The 1900 census notes her as "married" and she's living with daughter Euterpe and Euterpe's husband Augusto Lafe and their children. Christopher "Ridley", however isn't living there with them and I've been unable to locate him on a 1900 census. I really need to go back and search some more. I'm guessing that she is buried in Key West. I really need to make a phone call to the Key West City Cemetery and see if she's there. They are very helpful. I did go there 3 years ago this summer and the office still has "burial cards" for almost everyone there. The card evens notes what was the cause of death. Since he died in Tampa, he could be there, but he could also have been sent back to Key West to be buried with her. (Not sure how much it would have cost in those days, but there were boats traveling back and forth rather frequently).
I didn't know that Esteban had a son, Roy. I only have the 3 daughters (Nina, Floy and Madeline). I have all 3 of them buried in Woodlawn and have photos of their headstones on my tree.
I've never been to Woodlawn. It's sad what's happening in so many cemeteries. When I was at the Key West City Cemetery, the same thing was happening there. My eldest sister and I have paid to have a couple of the stones "re-done" on some of our relatives. It's quite expensive.
However, in my volunteering with Find A Grave, and taking photos at other cemeteries in the Tallahassee and South Georgia areas, I've seen an additional marker placed with the original one(that's in disrepair), giving the pertinent information. I'm sure these can't be very expensive. However, cemeteries individually have their "rules", and might not allow this.
You can go ahead and send any e-mails to my address given above. I'll then give you my phone number in case you want to talk.
Please tell me about Roy Parodi.
Best to you too.
Added by Carol Adams Rowlands Hays on Apr 20, 2013 9:13 AM
Carol Adams Rowlands Hays
RE: Mary Elizabeth West Strong
I received an e-mail from Colleen Burnette, Find A Grave volunteer, yesterday. She was all over the cemetery. Apparently there isn't a headstone for Esteban.....that's why you haven't been able to locate one. There's some confusion on the spelling of the last name. I'm sure it's Parodi, however, there are several Parodie's (with an "e") buried there in the same general vicinity. Colleen believes that Esteban is one of the ones noted with an "e". She has taken a photo of the Parodie sight and has attached it to Esteban with a notation. You might want to check it out.
My great grandfather, Conrad Pinder, was blind before he died. However, I believe the blindness came from cataracts.
I've accounted for all the siblings except for Euterpe. She married a man by the name of Augusto LaFe. Both of them were also living in Hillsborough County. I can't find death information on either of them. The Mormon site, does have a lot of information that doesn't seem to have, or perhaps since the "search" input is different, I'm able to find more.
Where do you live? I'm in Tallahassee.
Added by Carol Adams Rowlands Hays on Mar 16, 2013 8:56 AM
Carol Adams Rowlands Hays
RE: Mary Elizabeth West Strong
From what I understand is that a lot of people left England for religious freedom. If you weren't loyal to the King, then you could find yourself in jail or worse. I believe they selected the Bahamas for the tropical climate, something quite different than England's climate. Of course, in the Bahamas, you have to "live off the land". It was especially hard work and resources were limited. So, Key West and Florida in general wasn't that far away, so they then journeyed to the U.S. where they figured they'd have a better life (more jobs, food and bettr housing).
Lilla Belle Pinder Parodi's brother, Conrad Pinder was my great grandfather. So, we are cousins, no matter how distant. Some of the same blood flows in our veins!
Not sure whether you got the "hint" or not, but a photo has just been added to Lilla Belle of her final resting place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Tampa. (I had requested the photo and it was recently taken).
Also, the volunteer is going back to the cemetery today and taking photos of all the Parodi's in Woodlawn - this should include Esteban, Lilla Belle's husband.
Let's keep in touch!
Added by Carol Adams Rowlands Hays on Mar 15, 2013 9:02 AM
The Perplexed Historian
This link may be easier
Henry Abbott West
Added by The Perplexed Historian on Mar 03, 2012 3:54 PM
The Perplexed Historian
RE: My Husband who was cremated
I do not know how you found me or why you thought I could help, but he is in the system: just click on this link:
Added by The Perplexed Historian on Mar 03, 2012 3:51 PM
Fleming Family

Your recent work with find-a-grave indicates a knowledge of the Fleming families of Alabama and Florida. I'd like to create a memorial for Rubin A Fleming, born about 1858/59. However, additional information is needed.

I don't know his date of death; but I do know he married Margaret Ann Adams in Coffee County, Alabama, on May 3, 1879. I thought you might be able to tell me something about Rubin A Fleming.

Thanks, AAdams; Tallahassee, FL
Added by AAdams on Aug 09, 2011 2:05 PM

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