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EddieM (#47083914)
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Bio Photo Hello from New Mexico.
I've been excavating and cataloging pioneer cemeteries for over 30 years. In the 1980s I even published a few works on the subject. Like most of you, I'm also an avid genealogist. While I enjoy finding the graves of famous people, I'm more interested in the common soldier and pioneer. Every one of them has a story.

As for genealogy, I am currently working on the surnames Trine, Minter, Dozier, Shackleford and Marquez. I'm also collecting the names and graves of the Maryland 6th Infantry.

I'm usually "on the road," so my photos come from wherever I happen to be. I've had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of wonderful people who share this love for history. Contact me if I can be of any help to you.

ABOUT TRANSFERS: I am happy to transfer anyone who is not my direct ancestor.
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PMS Sillix
RE: Margaret Sillix Photo Credit
Glad you are alright with the photo credit.

I will keep my eye out for your Minter and Lozier updates.

Good hunting and have a happy Thanksgiving, Patricia
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 21, 2016 4:23 PM
PMS Sillix
RE: Margaret Sillix
Good morning. Thank you for the transfer. It is nice that another unknown child is found.

If you look at Margaret in my tree you will see I have added the headstone picture. Is this form of photo credit acceptable to you or would you like something different. It is very easy for me to change.

Havve a good day cousin.

Regards, Patricia
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 17, 2016 10:59 AM
PMS Sillix
RE: Julia Lozier Sillix
Hello Cousin: Thank you for the transfer.

I searched for information on Julia regularly, and only recently found much. Her last name eluded me for years. Now, thanks to you, I know her resting place.

I don't have any information on the child. Their daughter Catharine Elizabeth Sillix Bowen was supposedly born May 1, 1851, but that information came from a death certificate not a birth. I will keep looking.

Back to Mary Ann Sillix Bitner. On several of her children's vital records Mary's maiden name is listed as Hoffman, Huffman, Huff, Hoff.

Thank you again for the transfers, I will take good care of them.

Regards, Patricia
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 14, 2016 4:10 PM
PMS Sillix
RE: Mary Ann Sillix Bitner
Mary Ann Sillix Bitner preceeded her mother Catharine Minter Sillix in death. In Catharine's will she bequeathed Mary's portion of her estate to Mary's children.

Checking census records for Mary I found her with her husband, Tobias, and her children matching that listed in her mothers will.

Bequest to Mary's Children:
1. Daughter-in-law Harriet Nouse Bitner, wife of James Andrew Bitner
2. George W Bitner
3. Lucinda Bitner Weber
4. Sarah C Bitner Homer
5. Son-in-law: Jacob Homer, husband of Sarah
6. Martha Jane Bitner Nouse
7. David Clark “D C” Bitner
8. William Bitner
9. Mary E Bitner Weimer

Regards, Patricia

Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 13, 2016 5:31 PM
PMS Sillix
RE: Catharine Minter Sillix
Thank you for the transfers and the sponsorships. Is is a wonderful gift.

In a prior message I was trying to say that I think both Mary Magdalene Hoffman 1817–1916 and Mary Ann Sillix 1823–1873 were the biological daughters of Henry Hoffman. Henry did not die until February 2, 1824, about two months after Mary Ann was born.

If there is ever anything I can do to aid your searches please let me know.

Regards, Patricia
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 12, 2016 10:39 AM
PMS Sillix
RE: Thomas and Catharine Sillix
I see from your message that much of the Minter information I have found over the years can be attributed to your efforts and research. Again, thank you.

Do your know which Barbara was my gg-grandmother's mother?

Regards, Patricia
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 11, 2016 2:42 PM
PMS Sillix
RE: Thomas and Catharine Sillix
Hello Cousin:

I was going to ask about the excavation; thank you for the information. Your tenacity is truly inspiring.

I have not been able to find where Henry Hoffman was buried. I have linked Mary Hoffman Menchey’s memorial to her mother’s. According to a newspaper notice Henry Hoffman died 2 Feb 1824 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. That death date would most likely make Mary Ann Sillix the biological daughter of Henry Hoffman not Thomas Sillix. What do you think?

Good luck with your battle with Find a Grave. I have been trying for over a year to get them to merge two cemeteries that are actually the same cemetery.

Regards, Patricia
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 09, 2016 1:42 PM
PMS Sillix
Thomas and Catharine Sillix
If you don't mind I would like to add your headstone pictures to my family tree. Regards, Patricia Sillix
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 08, 2016 10:28 PM
PMS Sillix
Could the Dozier surname you are researching also be Lozier? Martin Sillix (son of Thomas and Catharine) married Julia Anne "Juliane" Lozier, the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Magner) Lozier.

Regards, Patricia Sillix
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 08, 2016 10:20 PM
PMS Sillix
Thomas and Catharine Sillix
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was so surprised and pleased to finally know the resting place of my great, great grandparents, Thomas and Catharine Sillix. When visiting a friend in Ohio about 10 years ago I searched the cemeteries in Nashville where I found several relatives, but did not get to the cemeteries in Millersburg. I did find Catharine’s will at the Holmes County Historical Society in Nashville. That find, that proved all the information I had put together on the family, was what really set me on a prolonged search for my family. The link to my tree on Ancestry is:
If you are not related I would very much appreciate it if you would transfer their memorials to me.
Thomas Sillix Find A Grave Memorial 170870171
Catherine Sillix Find A Grave Memorial 170870212
Regards, Patricia Sillix, Find A Grave contributor 46891836
Added by PMS Sillix on Nov 08, 2016 10:13 PM
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