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Richard Parker (#47021994)
 member for 7 years, 2 months, 8 days
Cynthia Boatright Raleigh
RE: Holley info
Hi Richard...sorry it took me a bit to get back with you. I started a long reply to you yesterday and was going to finish it this afternoon. We recently moved and had to get all the car/licensing/registration stuff worked out today. Anyway....I'm so glad you found your Holley family. Name misspellings can really cause havoc, can't they? You did not waste my time, so don't even worry about that at all. Good luck with your future research!


Added by Cynthia Boatright Raleigh on Aug 29, 2015 1:43 PM

Cynthia Boatright Raleigh
Holley info
Hi Richard...don't worry about multiple emails; I certainly do it myself. Sometimes it is easier to send what you have down so far. I will have a couple of things I would like to share with you but they are images. My email is, if you don't mind, can we communicate through email?

Added by Cynthia Boatright Raleigh on Aug 28, 2015 2:08 PM

RE: Elva Jean Morgan
Thank you. I will take a look.

Added by CaliforniaBob on Aug 27, 2015 10:53 PM

Cynthia Boatright Raleigh
P.P.S. I realized after I sent it that I attached the "too young for this" information to Sarah Holley rather than Arminda, but it would apply to my Arminda at any rate. Arminda was born in 1860, after John and Arminda Holley married. I noted on the Illinois Statewide Marriage Record that John's name is given as Gipson, rather than Gibson. Granted, there are plenty of errors where names being taken down and transcribed are concerned, but there are a couple families of Gipsons in the Washington County area within the time frame. Is the online Marriage record incorrect and should say Gibson rather than Gipson?

Added by Cynthia Boatright Raleigh on Aug 27, 2015 1:39 PM

Cynthia Boatright Raleigh
Holley Family
P.S. to the information I just posted. I will try to check on that SC birth site for David. I'm not completely sure where I got that since the notation is not there in my program. All the other information is documented.

Added by Cynthia Boatright Raleigh on Aug 27, 2015 1:08 PM

Cynthia Boatright Raleigh

Richard: It can definitely be a quagmire to sort out. There may be two different David Holleys, or some other explanation, but I have quite a bit of documentation for the information below. I have no Walkers associated with my David Holley. I have no information on the Ariminta Holley born 1810, but I will definitely follow up on it. I’m sure there are other siblings I haven’t included. Here is my information.

I have David Holley, born in SC between 1780-1790 married to Rhoda Unknown, born abt 1785 in TN. I don’t claim to have a full listing of David and Rhoda’s children, but at least two of their children were: Hugh born 2 Mar 1801 in SC and Pleasant John M born about 1810 in TN. This Hugh Holley I have noted, with a photo of his headstone, in Boatwright Cemetery.

The 1850 Washington County census shows David’s son, Pleasant Holley (40 years of age) born in Tennessee abt 1810, with his wife Emeline and children, and also with his widowed mother Rhoda Holley, age 65 born in Tennessee.

David and Rhoda’s son, the 1801 Hugh, married Elizabeth West, born in KY in 1804. They had a son named Pleasant John M Holley, after Hugh’s brother. This Pleasant was born May 1827 in AL. Hugh and Elizabeth also had a son named David, born 16 Mar 1837 in Washington County, IL. There is a memorial, with photo of stone, for David in Boatwright Cemetery.

The 1801 Hugh’s son, the 1827 Pleasant married Mary J Boatwright born 1842 in IL. Mary was my first cousin 4x removed. Pleasant and Mary married on 30 Oct 1856 in Washington Co., IL. This was not a second wife, that I know of, but rather there are two Pleasant J Holleys. Pleasant and Mary had, among other children:

A daughter named Arminda, born 17 Mar, 1860. Arminda married Thomas E Bryant in 1878 in Hoyleton, Washington, IL. Arminda died in 1934 in Union, IL.

A son named Hugh L Holley, born 25 Jun 1865 in Washington Co., IL. There is a memorial, with photo of headstone, for Hugh L in Boatwright Cemetery.

A son named David, born 1871 in Washington Co., IL.

The 1810 Pleasant John married Emeline Davis, born abt 1820 in GA, on 1 Jan 1834 in Marion Co., IL. Pleasant and Emeline had, among other children, the following:

A daughter named Sarah J Holley, born Dec 1834. I do not have a spouse for her, but she would be a bit young, at 12 years old, to have married John Gibson in 1846, and she is still shown on the 1850, 1870, and 1880 censuses living with siblings and unmarried.

A daughter named Rhoda Lee Holley, (born 23 Dec 1838), after Pleasant’s grandmother Rhoda. She married Isaac Newton Boatwright on 1 Sep 1856 in Washington County, IL. Isaac was brother to my 2x Great Grandfather, Irvin Thomas Boatwright.

A daughter named Arminda Elizabeth Holley, born 6 Jun 1852. I have not accumulated more information about her.

The Holleys and Boatwrights lived on property adjacent to each other in Washington County, and this is where Boatwright Cemetery is located. That property belonged to my 3xGGrandfather, John Daniel Boatwright. His brother, Francis Washington Boatwright also lived nearby.

Added by Cynthia Boatright Raleigh on Aug 27, 2015 12:48 PM

J. Bean
Ada Yoes
thank you SO much for the photo for Ada Yoes today. I REALLY appreciate your time and effort on my behalf. Until the photo I never knew of her second spouse. That helps solve a few questions. Thank you again!

Added by J. Bean on Aug 26, 2015 8:35 PM

Cynthia Boatright Raleigh
RE: Sarah Gibson -- boatwright Cemetery
Thank you Richard. Do you have birth/death dates for John Gibson and Arminta Holley, as well as her brother Hugh? I located two Hugh Holley graves in Boatwright Cemetery, one born 1801 and one in 1865, and they are listed in Find-a-Grave. I also have an Arminda Holley, born 1860, in my family tree who was the daughter of Pleasant John Holley, born 1827, who was the son of the Hugh Holley born in 1801. I'd appreciate any information you would like to share.


Added by Cynthia Boatright Raleigh on Aug 26, 2015 2:56 PM

Tom C
Ada Dykes Yoes
Problem fixed thanks

Added by Tom C on Aug 26, 2015 12:52 PM

LaDon Brennan
Arthur L. DeAtley
You have the same photo on dup memorials in different cemeteries. One is Oak Grove Cem, Butler, Bates (# 102403185), whose memorial you entered, and the other is Oak Grove, Oak Grove Cem, Jackson Co MO #79457862 . Do you recall which is the correct cemetery, or were there actually markers in two different cemeteries? His death cert. has death in Van Buren, Jackson Co, with burial in Oak Grove Cem, no location given. His COD was accidental, kicked by horse, and doesn't indicate where his home was.

Added by LaDon Brennan on Aug 26, 2015 12:30 PM

Joseph Craycraft
Absolutely plausible possibilities! I love walking cemeteries and it's always sad to see the damage done. My sister and I are doing what we call a Cemetery Crawl next weekend in Nelson, Mason, and Robertson Counties (KY) to see what we might find and take photos. Graveyards (as you know) are one of the most reliable ways to pin down dates and locations. Thanks to Find-A-Grave, we have lots more clues than we did on our last jaunt down South several years ago. Only yesterday, I found the burial place of my maternal great-grandparents (Grove Hill in Shelbyville) and therefore my g-grandpa's date of death, which I'd never had. So many thanks again to you and all your colleagues. I'll post anything I find on the website.

Added by Emma on Aug 26, 2015 9:18 AM

Thank you for all the work you have done for this website. It's an invaluable tool to those of us researching our family history.

Added by Emma on Aug 25, 2015 4:52 PM

Joseph Cracraft

Info added on Find-A-Grave indicates Joseph Cracraft (my g-g-grandfather) is buried in the Kentontown, KY cemetery. However he is not on the Find-A-Grave list of those interred there. I know you're an expert on this site, so I thought I'd ask whether you knew why this might be? I'm driving down to that part of Kentucky on a family cemetery crawl in a couple of weeks. Thanks very much!

Emily Talbott
granddaughter of Gertrude (Duffy) Craycraft

Added by Emma on Aug 25, 2015 4:49 PM

Leitha Patterson
Thank You for going out and searching for my relatives resting place. It is always sad when there is no tombstone for someone.


Added by Rob on Aug 25, 2015 2:25 PM

Dora King
Thank you for checking and confirming no stone.

Added by Midwestern1 on Aug 25, 2015 5:02 AM

Genealogy Lover
George Smith at Smith Family Cem
George Smith isn't one of your memorials, but I'm curious if he is actually buried in the Smith Family Cemeery -- do you know?

See memorial 149675520, George Smith

Thank you

Added by Genealogy Lover on Aug 20, 2015 6:11 AM

Michael Cummins
Monaghan photos
Thank you!

Added by Michael Cummins on Aug 18, 2015 10:33 AM

Tess Theis
Mary Theis
True, markings would evolve over time, but also erode with time. Thanks so very much for taking the time to explain this to me.

Added by Tess Theis on Aug 14, 2015 1:29 PM

Tess Theis
RE: Mary Theis
Thank you so much, Richard. I guess there was no other information about her included in the records, or you would have posted it on her memorial page.

At least now I understand how you knew about the gravesite. Was it common to bury individals in those days without a gravestone or marker? I guess some families could not afford it.

Thanks so very much for your hard work and contributions to the site....they are much appreciated.

Added by Tess Theis on Aug 13, 2015 9:34 PM

RE: John Zawacki
It is a large cemetery. I was just wondering if he was close to some other relatives we have there. I know there is another man working on getting memorials there as well.

Added by Marianne on Aug 07, 2015 7:07 AM

Phillip H. Hennigh
Hi Richard. As you can see by his tombstone in Appleton cemetery, his surname was spelled HENNIGH, not Hennick. There is also a duplicate posting for the same person in this cemetery which was added 4 years after your 2009 memorial. I pointed out that she had posted a duplicate but she will NOT remove it until you correct the spelling of his last name. Very silly, I know, but there it stands until you correct Phillip's surname to that on the tombstone.



Added by psb on Aug 06, 2015 11:15 AM

Randy G Randol
Enos Randol, Sr.
Thanks you very much for the transfer and for all your hard work.

Added by Randy G Randol on Aug 04, 2015 10:16 PM

Brianna Butler
Francis Virginia Weaver Freeman
Thank you for the transfer of Find A Grave Memorial #57589722

Added by Brianna Butler on Aug 04, 2015 1:57 PM

RE: John Zawacki
Thank you so much for the reply. Can you tell me what section he is in? I am going to send you some edits. His birth year is not correct and I have some other information for him. He was married to my cousin.


Added by Marianne on Aug 04, 2015 10:06 AM

Randy G Randol
33416817 Enos Randol
Does anyone even notice that the picture of the tombstone has NC in error instead of NJ. Has this not been corrected?

Added by Randy G Randol on Aug 03, 2015 11:43 PM


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