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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.
PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.
I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 300+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?
NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.
FAMILY INFO & BIO
The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.
My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.
After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on Ancestry.com) whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.
I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.
My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.
My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.
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|Judy Butler Mitchell||Bottcher Headstone|
Thank you so very much for the photo of John, Marie, & Louise Boettcher's headstone. Our family really appreciates your kind attention to our request.
All our best,
|James Hartwig||Grace Morgan|
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[Send Reply] RE: Grace Morgan Watts Brown
The only thing I can tell you for sure is that she is listed in the official Cemetery Records, kept by the City of Harper. I hope this helps, and if there is anything more I can do, just let me know.
Thank you for the photos and for transferring the memorial pages to me.
Added by Pat on Jun 21, 2016 8:59 AM
|Carole T||RE: 107178720|
Stacey, Don't know where my head was at on my first note for you! Her maiden name is Mueller. They are just family friends so I am find leaving them with you. I could add that her husband was Arvin Brackmann - Find A Grave Memorial# 107178685, If you want to make that link as well. What prompted my even looking at this this weekend was looking at some old photos. Thanks Stacey
[Send Reply] RE: 107178720
Hi Carol! Sure no problem but I'm not sure what her maiden name is since she's not connected to her parents. I'll gladly add it if you let me know what it is. I also searched legacy.com for an obit but couldn't find one. Also, since you knew the family, if you would like to manage hers or any of the Brackmann's memorials, I'd have no problem transferring over to you. I don't mind managing but I didn't know anyone in the family nor am I related. Either way, it's up to you. Warm Regards, Stacey
Added by Carole T on Jun 20, 2016 6:46 AM
Stacey, would you please add a maiden name to the above memorial for Jeanette Brackmann. She was one of my mothers best friends and we grew up with the family.
Thanks so much
Carole OEtke Townsend
Added by Carole T on Jun 18, 2016 2:25 PM
|Susan||RE: Grace & Harold Branston Edits|
I am of the Stewart line and am trying to link all of their descendants as I find them. (Beginning with Jane Ann Wallace Stewart & WIlliam J Stewart (and their 15 children). Children: Eva, Anna, Grace and Daniel Murphy, are 1st cousins 3x removed, I would love to have any of the Steward line (and spouses) that you manage transferred so that I can continue linking and updating them. Thank you for the offer.
Added by Susan on Jun 14, 2016 6:43 PM
|Christina Dunigan||RE: Ida Vierow|
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I get so much spam that sometimes it takes forever to plow through to actual emails.
I have added the burial information to my memorial for Ida. I'd like for you to review it to make sure it's complete before you delete yours.
Thank you so much for the burial information!
|Nancy Garbero||Thank you|
I wanted to send you a warm thank you for transfering my family member. You created a beautiful memorial and took the time to take the photo of his tombstone. I am so grateful for your work and helpfulness. The gravesite was of Walter McGraw, a 19 yr old young man.
Thank you once again,
Nancy Mears Garbero
|Scott Braddy||Ina and Hugh Ferrier|
Thanks so much for the photos. I've been waiting a long time for this.
|rschramsr||Curt Larson Photo|
Stacey - Thanks for the photo. He was a friend and co-worker with my dad. I was reminded that there was no photo when I posted, on Facebook, a 1954 photo of them getting ready for Elmhurst Memorial Day parade, in their WWII Army uniforms.
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