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Steven Houghland (#47456821)
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Bio Photo Good evening to whomever reads my message.

Admittedly, records and pictures are scarce, often non-existent. When my ancestors, without realizing, moved to the backwoods or crossed the Alleghenies, they created more problems, not just for me, but for most, by not leaving a paper trail. Consequently, I have to use what I have and speculate as to the rest. I often have to take a strong set of circumstances as evidence, even when I do not have a document and picture to support the connection.

It's a great hobby to keep searching and visiting the graveyards (that's if I know where they are); somewhere, there is that shred of hard evidence that will make several strands of confusion suddenly form a pattern.

There are some gaps in my charts/pedigrees. Inaccuracies, incompleteness, and often just plain guesswork can be easily corrected with the help of people thru the Internet. I notice that there are families who lost contact with their parents or don't bother pursuing contacts. Andrew was 3 and Albert was a fetus when their father died. No role model around. His brother went east and my grandfather went the opposite way, in the flurry, after 1 divorce and 2 divorces, respectively. They only talked to each other over the phone. Once my aunt overheard them arguing about how their last name should have been spelled Hoagland or Houghland. This is the generation when many of us lose the thread in the fabric of our genealogy.

When sites are transferred to me, the purpose is to add bio info (if possible) & family links so that others may find/read about them.

As per rules no links will be made to "unknown burial sites".

Some believe that "family links" are distractions but I strongly disagree. Our families all meant a great deal to each other during their lifetime and so not to "join them in death" would be most uncaring and would not respect their lives. We all have tough lives; why make it harder for them.

"In every conceivable way, the family is our link to the past, our bridge to the future." Narrated by Alex Hailey, "Roots"...

Many early ancestors were buried in unnamed cemeteries on private land. If the death is recorded and burial is listed as "private land", this means that it is a "known burial". I believe that this site is for finding graves, not finding tombstones. Sadly, many known headstones may still contain incorrect data due to drunkard engraver or sexton. At four places I went to were demolished by vandalism and/or environmental deterioration called "Climate Change" and his/hers were there! Three Civil War veterans got their marker applications approved but.....

I don't bother about being a "number person". What amazed me is that I admire those of the F.A.G. volunteers who attempt to handle more than 4000 sites, 20,000 sites, even some are way beyond 100,000! Unbelievable, I don't see how you/they do it. I emailed to one guy in Indiana with 30,000+ sites and we swapped pictures. He doesn't care about the numbers, too, but labeled himself "ADDICTED" and got time for it.

I know how important it is to bridge the distance between ourselves and our ancestors - anything I can do to help others, I will do it - for fun. Every entry made deserves it be included/edited and posted; so that there won't be skeleton in the closet...

Best of all, I thank God for the Internet. You and I can easily get connected and we shall keep on searching.

All the Best, Steven
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Donna Schauss
RE: Polly
You're not confused. I was just sending fyi info. After I sent the 2nd info abt a marriage I realized the 1st info abt a marriage was probably the same person as the 2nd info & couldn't be right. Just delete this & other message I sent.
Added by Donna Schauss on Apr 21, 2017 12:10 AM
Sandra Nobles
Mary Polly Hoagland
Hi Steve,so elated to see your write up as well as your pictures. My relationship to your like is thru Mary Polly Hoagland married to Rev. Edmund McGinnis from W.Virginia. They traveled to Texas as ministers of the Methodist/Episcopal church. Do you live in W. Virginia still? Would love to chat with you one day.

Sandra Nobles
Added by Sandra Nobles on Mar 08, 2017 7:08 PM
Jimmy Sweet
Graham family
I saw your memorial of Robert Francis Graham Jr. I am descended from his uncle Eli Saxton Graham. I have quite a bit of information on Eli, his siblings, and parents. Let me know if you would be interested in exchanging information.

Jimmy Sweet
Added by Jimmy Sweet on Jul 12, 2016 8:18 PM
RE: Mayo Padgett
An interesting uptick in this situation is that the woman who requested the picture of Mayo in the first place is not reachable! The picture I posted was to the memorial you created and I went to message her to let her know that there were 2, with different pictures no less, and she has disabled any messaging capability to contact her! Interesting! I did go in and add a caption to the photo I posted, indicating that there was a second one and what the memorial number was. I suspect that the search capacity for Find a Grave is just 4 names long. It cannot seem to "see" a fifth name. I had a similar situation show up recently with a different request. I searched for 3 days and finally put in just one of the woman's last names. I scrolled through over 60 names in various spellings before I found it! Interesting.
Added by Eileen on Jun 02, 2016 10:23 PM
Mayo Padgett
Hi Steve!

I have just fulfilled a request for a photo of Mayo's headstone from another Find a Graver and I have discovered that there are two memorials here for what appears to be the same lady. I see you set one up on 03/19/2016, but there is another one with the Find a Grave number of 74973955, created in 2011, who I believe is the same person, slightly different arrangement of the last names. You may want to take a look and perhaps consider melding it together and deleting the extra one. Have a good afternoon! Eileen
Added by Eileen on Jun 02, 2016 2:14 PM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 104248480
Not sure if her stone is there or not. There was a lot of vandalism in that cemetery years ago, so it may be missing.

Added by Anna on Mar 21, 2016 7:33 AM
Allbery memorials in Waterford
I have transferred Hattie to you. I then moved my photo of John's gravestone to your memorial and deleted my memorial. You already had so much work done on yours, so no need to keep mine.

You can now link Hattie and John.

If you don't want the photo of the gravestone on John's memorial that I added just let me know and I will delete it.

Added by Anna on Mar 20, 2016 5:57 AM
Annie Peek
Houghland's in Elma, WA
No problem Steve. I have already transferred Grace to you, so you would have to delete it. Just look for Houghland in the Elma Cemetery and you'll see them. I see you have pictures and links in the different memorials so it will be a little clean-up, but worth it. Have fun with the grandchildren! Annie
Added by Annie Peek on Mar 17, 2016 7:22 PM
Annie Peek
Houghland's in Elma, WA
I have transferred Albert to you, as requested. I went ahead and transferred Grace Houghland to you as well, but now see you have since created a duplicate of her account (actually, you have 2 of them, now 3 total :) ), so I'll let you clean that up and delete whichever ones you choose. Happy Hunting! Annie
Added by Annie Peek on Mar 17, 2016 3:12 PM
diane saxton
your Houghland history record
WOW..Thank you so much for your additions to Find a Grave. I come from the McGuire line and have been to Marietta and Barlow Twp. searching several times but your reminiscences are very valuable to tracing this family group. I live in Chillicothe, Ohio where Thomas and Hannah Houghland (Hoagland as they spelled it) were at least until 1930 when this Thomas died. I followed his widow to Ft. Madison Iowa where she died in 1860. I won't elaborate more but please know how much I appreciate your information. Thank you so much. Diane Groom Saxton (

Added by diane saxton on Aug 28, 2014 1:07 PM
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