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Debra (#47324320)
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Bio Photo 2010, I am in the process of gathering the soldiers of the Civil War 85th ILLinois Infantry Regiment into virtual cemeteries.

Please email me if you know the resting place of any soldier I have not yet found.

Origins of Companies
A,C,D,K---Mason Co.
B---Fulton and Mason Co.
E---Menard Co.
F---Tazewell and Woodford Co.
G---Fulton and Schuyler Co.
H,I---Fulton Co.
September 2013. I have started a virtual cemetery for Mason County IL WWI Veterans.

2012 Virtual Cemetery for victims of the Chatsworth Train Wreck in my list virtual cemeteries.

I generally try to add whatever additional bio I can find when I enter a memorial, military or otherwise. I use , marriage and census records, and other similiar types of search sites.

Please contact me if I enter incorrect info or links.

I enjoy taking and posting photos.

Cemetery walking involves planning, time, gas, bees, flies, gnats, ticks, assorted other bugs, dogs, burrs, briars, weeds, tall grass, snakes, scrapes, cuts, mud, dirt, snow, rain, dust, wind, sun, rutted roads, hills and dales, getting lost, and BUCKETS of sweat.

I had to throw my lunch to a couple wild peacocks headed my way. Seems they have a fondness for egg salad.

I appreciate those folks who list their source when posting my photos to :)

"They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days."
~ Garrison Keillor

Bert Stuart Odle
Please take a look at this little guy's memorial .
I came across his interesting grave while randomly taking pictures in Springdale Cemetery.
Bert Stuart Odle .
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RE: Elgin
You are certainly welcome, Debra. Once again, I would have never found so many of my own ancestors so easily without all of the hours and hours of work that you have put in to establish memorials on Find A Grave. are so prompt to respond! You are a role model for all of us on Find A Grave.
Added by Farmgirl on Oct 08, 2015 11:54 AM
RE: Clark Primus Victor Young
Thank you for the transfer. Have been looking for him for many years. Couldn't find him in any census records after 1880.
He was listed as Primas V. in the 1880 census and didn't think to find him on this site.
I probably wouldn't have know it was him. My cousin called me and was at Springdale Cemetery the past few days and mentioned that he was there was a Clark P.V. Young in the Springdale Cemetery book. When I looked, THERE HE IS, right in front of my nose, all these years, I've been on Findagrave.
Thank you for all the work you've done on this site. I have lots of family buried in Springdale Cemetery. This site keeps me closer to them, when I can go to their sites any day knowing where to find them.

Added by Gina on Oct 02, 2015 7:21 PM
Laura Hickle
Abraham Carlock - bio
Hello Debra,

I write a history column for the Astoria South Fulton Argus, in which we have reprinted old articles from the Argus and the Astoria Search Light. I ran across an interesting article about Abraham Carlock finally receiving his War of 1812 monument that was published in the Argus-Search Light on Oct. 6, 1915.

I noticed you have included a nice bio of Abraham on his memorial; would you be interested in having your information added to a feature article on Abraham? We could have it in a sidebar with your byline. I would also like to include your photos of his monument, if you would give permission. I have typed up the article from the Argus-Search Light into a text document, and would be happy to email you that file if you wish.

You can either reply to this message or contact me separately at our newspaper's email address,

Hope to hear from you!
Laura Hickle
Added by Laura Hickle on Sep 30, 2015 7:22 AM
John H Cloyes
This is a great grandfather by name in my family. Can you tell me where the picture came from. I have a family photo from about 1876, but have seen no other photos.

Thank you for sharing.
Added by kay on Sep 18, 2015 11:47 AM
Ralph Hammond-Green
Harry H. Koch
Thank you for taking & posting the photos of his grave marker & for the photos for his wife.
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on Sep 04, 2015 4:39 PM
Shirley Proctor
Phinney & Proctor graves
Thank you for the pics on Marcellus Phinney, I knew he was buried at Cherry Grove but could never find a gravestone, Elizabeth had one tho, this couple is my husbands gr gr gr grandparents.

Also Arthur Proctor, never knew where he was buried, parents are in Mason City Cememtery, no one in family seemed to know either.

Marcellus & Elizabeth Phinney have 5 children, Marcellus Perly, Martha Elizabeth, Sylvia A., Mary Orilla,(married to Wm H. Proctor), Moriah Jennie (Jennie). Arthur Proctor is the son of Mary & Wm Proctor. Wm & Mary Proctor are my Husband gr gr grandparents

Appreciate all the work you have done on our family, sure helps me finding family.
Added by Shirley Proctor on Sep 02, 2015 3:43 PM
What do You Think?
Sorry about previous non-message - I have a person at Springdale named Mary Monroe - the same as yours - she was born Dec. 14, 1834 and died Oct. 3, 1897 - just a couple days different from yours - should I put her monument up? Do you think they are the same person?
Added by Shawdau on Aug 29, 2015 6:24 PM
Don Kearfott
RE: Ernst
Yes, George & Theresa Ernst is my wife's Great Grandparents, and Edna is her grandmother.
If it is possible I would like them transfer over to me, let me know what I have to do.
Added by Don Kearfott on Aug 21, 2015 1:48 PM
~Pam Miller~
Birdie Kroeten
Thank you so much for the transfer of Birdie Kroeten's memorial.

Pam Miller
Added by ~Pam Miller~ on Aug 13, 2015 8:39 AM
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!
Hi Debra,

Oh my goodness, your work helped me so much!! I've been looking for my direct relatives of the Garrett family for quite awile - they are my paternal grandma's people. Also for Lucy Thompson whose on my paternal grandpa's side.

Just wanted you to know that I was able to fill in a whole branch of my tree that had previously been almost BARE! And, while filing in the branch, I found a couple of new intersections of the Shields and Thompson families (both Great Grands X3 on my Dad's side) as well as the first intersection of the Mallott and Shields families (my Mom's and my Dad's ancestors).

I also found a living cousin that does huge amount of genealogy research.

Thanks for the help! Your work is making huge contributions to many!
Added by jmtho1501 on Aug 02, 2015 1:10 AM
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