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Neal Underwood (#47580240)
 member for 5 years, 11 months, 12 days
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Bio Photo I have been researching the family history since 1985, learning the old-fashioned way: BC (before computers). Too long of a story to tell here. At least for now. I began posting my family information on the web in 1997 and have been adding and updating continuously since. See "Update" at end.

My interest in Find-A-Grave at this point is finding and adding information and connections for reasonably close family and certain descendant lines I am researching. I generally only request a transfer for persons who are at least very close cousins or who are part of a line I am working on and for whom I have a significant additional information to enter or likely will in the future. Thanks to all those who have transferred memorials to me and I hope I have been able to make worthwhile contributions to them. I will gladly transfer back any memorials to those who are more closely related than I am and will take proper care of them, even if outside FindAGrave guidelines. But you must state your relationship.

Updates and corrections are greatly appreciated. I will always err on the side of inclusion and attempt to explain. Sometime around the first quarter in 2014, Find-A-Grave implemented a new method where additions and corrections can be submitted through a data entry form. The form is accessed through the memorial's "Edit" tab. Proposed changes go into a holding area where they can be accepted or declined. Those accepted are automatically and immediately applied. In either case, a confirmation email is sent to the submitter. Previously, correction suggestions had to be sent through a text message and required re-entry. However, memorial managers do not receive email notification when changes are submitted. I don't always remember to check this pending folder so apologize in advance if it takes a while for them to be accepted. Though not officially stated on the website instructions or FAQ's, edits for Name, Dates, or Relationships (or inscriptions or plots), the edits will just be on the tab on the manager's home page in a waiting area who will have three weeks (21 days) to accept or decline the edit. If the edit is not accepted or declined, it will be applied automatically after 21 days. Any other type of edit will remain open for 30 days to accept or decline, and these edits are not automatically accepted.

My personal website is now at
There is a page for each family surname I am researching along with locality and miscellaneous research information. The previous copy of this site was at
[sic - misspelled due to historical 8-character DOS file name limit.] but these personal websites were discontinued and deleted by the greedy corporate drones at Comcast. The pages for that site have been archived at the Wayback Machine at and can be viewed by searching the above URL. Prior snapshots, the latest being October 2015, should be there forever. The Awardspace copy, which will be maintained after December 2015 should eventually be archived there as well. Not all pages or images/graphics may be available, however.

A current project is to identify the burial locations of blues musicians who are buried in the Chicago area. These are shown in one of my "virtual cemeteries" lists: "Chicago blues legends at rest in Chicagoland." Another list "unknown" is the subset for whom I am still looking for the cemetery. More information at my website: Any further information about those unknown's is greatly appreciated.

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Mary Huston
James M Huston
My husband's great grandfather James Mason Huston buried in Old Alexander cemetery . I notice you have his parents listed as James Houston and Casandra Alexander. I have been Searching for years for James M's parents and I also came across James and Casandra and immediately eliminated them. They were divorced shortly after marriage because of her accusation that he liked to "lay" down with men. Do you have other information?
Added by Mary Huston on Mar 22, 2017 4:51 PM
Janet Wind Nixon
RE: Elizabeth Ellis Smith (1802-1877)
Hello Neal,

Information came from family files of Helen Alberta Sledd Thompson (1921 - 2011) of Elberry and Silex, Lincoln County, Missouri. Helen was gggrandaughter of Elizabeth Ellis Smith. No other verification, but for Helen's years of genealogy research and being born on/near the same property of the Ellis/Smith family.

Thank you for double checking. It makes it better for all.....also makes us recheck our sources. Call it as you see it to update the information on Elizabeth Ellis Smith's memorial.

Added by Janet Wind Nixon on Feb 28, 2017 8:55 PM
Chuck Kearns
Rosetta Maxey Howard
I called Burr Oak Cemetery to confirm that she is buried there, but she doesn't show up in their records. Have you been to her grave ? Do you have a plot location for Rosetta Howard (1913-1974) ?
Added by Chuck Kearns on Feb 27, 2017 1:58 PM
Allen Austin
RE: Thomas McFarland gravestone
Your welcome.
Added by Allen Austin on Jan 07, 2017 9:12 PM
RE: Henry Robert Vaille, Jr
All set-thank you
Added by Cheshire on Sep 17, 2016 3:40 PM
Randal nichoalds
Bellefontaine Cemetery, St Louis, Missouri
Posting pictures for Leila and Collier Berry tonight. They are located in Holmes plot which is very large and will get photo's posted tonight. Just to let you know if she is a family member.

Added by Randal nichoalds on Aug 16, 2016 12:22 PM
Carole J. Gardner
RE: Shuck's at Normanda Cemetery
Hi Neal,

I assumed that Eddie died at birth. There is only one grave marker at Normanda and William is listed on the index for the Cemetery. If Eddie did die four years earlier, he might be buried in another Tipton County Cemetery.

You might check to see where the family was living at the time the twins were born.

Let me know if I can help in any way.


Added by Carole J. Gardner on Jul 09, 2016 7:58 PM
Carole J. Gardner
RE: Shuck's at Normanda Cemetery
Hi Neal, I guess I am confused. I saw that you had created a Find A Grave Record at Normanda for Eddie Shuck. From you original message, I assumed that Eddie Shuck died at birth, and only his twin, William E. Shuck lived to be age 4.

Also, since Eddie is not listed on this Normanda Cemetery listing, I'm not clear as to how you know he is buried there? Sorry to be such a bother to you.

Added by Carole J. Gardner on Jul 05, 2016 10:40 PM
Carole J. Gardner
RE: William E. Shuck
Hi Neal,

My source for the changes to the date of death for William is an old listing for Normanda Cemetery. It indicates the boy was 4 years old at death and lists the date of death as 1/24/1890. Here is the website for the listing, if you want to check it out.

A few years ago, I photographed a great deal of the graves in Normanda Cemetery. Since that time, I have been going through this listing and updating/completing as many of the records as possible. That's how I came to the entry for William.

Before making these changes, I verify as much of the information as possible, and have found the list to be very accurate.

In the margin of the listing, many of the entries provide names of spouses and parents for the deceased and often the obituary is filmed on the listing. For this child, however, there were no notes in the margin.

If you prefer to leave the date as is, that is fine with me since we can't further document the change, however, I would make a note in the bio section to that effect. My thoughts were that since the person making the list added that the child was age 4, the date is probably correct. If just the date was shown, I would have possible thought it was a typo error based on your information on the Find A Grave posting.

I do not know when this Normanda listing was complied.

Please let me know if this isn't clear or if you have additional questions.
Added by Carole J. Gardner on Jun 30, 2016 4:20 PM
111219896 Howard Elwood
I added headstone photo
Added by LyndaBentz on Feb 08, 2016 10:53 AM
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