Deborah Asbell - Sturgeon

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Being raised with a strong sense of family, and the stories of how my great-great grandfather, Moses Asbell, originally homesteaded 160 acres in the late 1800's, I'm very proud of my family hertiage.

My geneological persuit of family records began in 1981, canvassing through microfilm reels at the LDS Geneological Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Today, the technology of computerized records and websites like, it has been a much easier and enjoyable journey.

My contribution to has begun with my own family cemetery, which is so very special to me.

The Asbell Family Cemetery was established in October 1978, for the direct descendants of my grandparents, James Shelton and Ila Watson Asbell, on 80 acres of the original family homestead. It was my grandfather's desire to be buried on the hill, under the large hickory tree that stood near the site of the old house, where he was born and raised.

The cemetery's unique tree design commemorates that old hickory tree, as well as the family's strong Christian roots. My grandparent's grave location depicts the tree trunk, with each of their nine children spreading out in branches. Each child of Shelton & Ila are represented, as memorial markers indicate those who were buried in other cemetery locations.

Deborah Lynn Asbell-Sturgeon


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