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Bonnie Morris Conrad (#46480766)
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Bio Photo I was born in Morgan County, Mo, down the road from Hopewell Cemetery. From the days of my first memory, my grandparents and parents took me to visit the little grave yards in Morgan county. I played among the stones and listened to the remembrances of the family who lay beneath, whose souls soared above. As my parents said, "Now is the time to honor their memories, lest we should neglect to repeat who they were and how much they changed their little corner of the world." As a pebble drops and changes it's place, it also creates it's own space and so have the pioneers who carved out a place and changed the world forever." Morgan County is full of people whose ancestors migrated from the East and became one with the land. They were great pioneers whose ancestors and they themselves fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Mexican War, the Indian Wars,the War for Texas Independence, the Civil War on both sides and World Wars l and ll. My goal is to honor as many as I can.

I have lived all over the US and traveled abroad. I have five children,ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

I am a DAR member, Museum Guild member, Bay Area Genealogical Society member, Morgan County Museum Society member,
Cole County Historical Society member and I do cemetery restoration. I also transcribe and take pictures of cemeteries. I am working on a book for Family History.

I have more than one copy of all the pictures I have posted so if I can help anyone by sending them a picture, please let me know? I also have death certificates on many and family information.
I love helping other researchers and posters but if you use my info or pictures from my posts please cite me as the source. It causes researchers to hit blank walls when they don't have original sources and it is also considered plagerism and is an ethics issue. Thank you so much.
I want to add to my bio after all these years a great big thank you to all the researchers and
find a grave volunteers who have helped me and continue to add to the site and the memory of so many in cemeteries all over the US. You are remarkable and I appreciate every one of you.

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RE: Friedley Friedly /Berkstresser
I have sent you a email per your email address
Added by mmrairq on Sep 07, 2014 8:42 PM
RE: L A Friedley
My Great Great Grandmother was Rebecca Jemima Berkstresser Rumans,one of Rebecca's daughters was my great grandmother. Ila Russell Friedly was her niece and since she was born on 20 Oct 1889 and died 19 Oct 1896, she should have been in the 1890 US census but since that census burned up there is no way to be sure and the fact she died before the 1900 US census. That why you did not find her in the US Censuses. I got my information from family records that were passed down to me from family members and I made a promise that I would not give the documents to any one or tell where I got the information and documents from. She was the youngest child of Adam D Friedly and Barbara Jane "Jennie" Berkstresser Friedly, both of who are buried at Mount Nebo North Cemetery, Versailles, Morgan, Missouri. You can also find Ila Russell Friedly on
Here is a question for you, how are you related to Ila Russell Friedly?
Added by mmrairq on Sep 07, 2014 6:03 PM
Linda Dukes
RE: Wm. Groshong
I realize it says they were married 41 years, but if you look at census's often you know it is a common mistake...I guess that first marriage year just sticks in their brains...Don't worry I am not willy nilly, just put anything to get a memorial posted. I try all resources and check before I post. I am not saying that I have never posted a duplicate or posted incorrect info, Of course I have, We all have... BUT I really try hard to post accurate info to all memorials, and always welcome additions/corrections. I do not rely on family trees, BUT I check the census records and find them a valuable tool...Probably over 70% of my postings are in Missouri, and I find the Missouri Death Certificates, a wonderful resource also.
Added by Linda Dukes on Sep 07, 2014 12:06 PM
Linda Dukes
RE: Groshong
1860 Benton Co MO page 3 of 12
1870 Benton Co MO page 24 of 35
1900 Morgan Co MO page 1 of 24
Added by Linda Dukes on Sep 05, 2014 11:02 PM
Linda Dukes
RE: William Groshong Glensted Cem.
from census records,, and family trees.
the date March 1 1862 is his date of enlistment, for the Civil War.
Added by Linda Dukes on Sep 05, 2014 2:55 PM
Dawn Higgins
RE: Frances Nelson...nee: Coburn
Bonnie, I am a direct descendant of Benjamin J Nelson(1833-1869) and wife Rebecca. I have been to the Nelson Cemetery on the Champaign-Douglas Co line in IL, and plan on going to the Nelson cemetery in Madison Co, Richland Twp in October. my gtgtgrandmother was Medora Belle Nelson, married Lowell Mason Higgins in Tuscola, and moved to the Yuma Co area. How are you related? I have been researching since 1998, and have made several "genealogy vacations" to IL, IN, VA, NC, NE and CO. I live in Albuquerque, NM. My documentation comes from family sources. Thanks, Dawn
Added by Dawn Higgins on Sep 03, 2014 6:55 PM
Leanne Wiese
RE: Hugh Lynch
Hi Bonnie!
Thank you for your kind and complimentary E-mail. You made my day! I've had a passion for genealogy for most of my life and got serious about it in the early 1990's. I have been an Internet correspondent for the Hathaway Family Assocciation since 2001, after designing their website:
I love watching "Who Do You Think You Are" and learning anything and everything about how to do research. I have done trees for most of my friends and have even discovered several shared ancestral connections. (One of my amazing discoveries was that I am a 7th cousin of the father of my daughter-in-law!) I would love to be able to work on getting a DAR application done one day too and am hoping you might be of help with that.
Thank you for sharing your connection with the Slocum family too. Do you have a tree on Ancestry? I'd love to see it if you do.
Leanne Wiese
Added by Leanne Wiese on Aug 25, 2014 9:37 AM
Leanne Wiese
RE: Hugh Lynch
Hi Bonnie,
Thank you for adding Ellen Shannon as the mother for Mary Lynch Slocum. Yes, I definitely believe Hugh Lynch was her husband. I have the following as their children:
1. Hugh b. 1835 DE, d. 18 Mar 1902, Morgan Co., MO
2. Bridget b. 1837 DE
3. Catherine "Kate" b. 28 Feb 1839 Wilmington, DE, d. 10 Jul 1908, Morgan Co., MO
4. Mary b. 25 Jan 1842 DE, d. 17 Nov 1920, Morgan Co., MO
5. John b. 1843 DE
6. Thomas b. 1845, DE
7. Bernard "Barney" b. 1847 New Castle, DE d. 11 Jul 1899, AZ
8. William b. 1849, DE
9. Ella b. 1851 New Castle, DE d. 10 Sep 1913 California, Moniteau Co., MO
10. Elizabeth b. 1853 New Castle, DE
11. Francis "Frank" Patrick b. 14 Sep 1856, PA, d. 7 Jun 1928, Florence, Pinal Co., AZ

Here is a quote from our Lynch Family History that I used to continue the search for the Lynch family progenitors:
Written by Jean Kingsley Lynch
"We have been unable to trace the Lynch parents who were born in Ireland. They came to an unknown town in Pennsylvania, where we know Frank Patrick Lynch was born, September 14, 1856. His parents moved to Versailles, MO, probably in the late 1840's. They were farmers and were are currently looking for deed or tax records in MO. They were devoted Roman Catholics, so there are most certainly baptism and conformation records in the unknown town in Pennsylvania.
Barney Lynch was a soldier and fought in the war with Cuba in 1898. He contracted malaria and supposedly died in AZ. Hugh Lynch also visited in AZ with Barney. Francis Lynch Lillie visited with Mary Lynch Slocum in MO, and saw the Lynch family farm and the large two story home. (Mary Lynch was married to a man by the name of Slocum.) Francis Lillie also visited in Los Angeles with the two sons of Charlie Lynch. Charlie was a policeman and Frank was a barber. Mary Slocum was older than Frank Lynch and there is the possibility that some of the older children could have been born in Ireland."
Thank you again for creating the memorials you have on FindAGrave that have helped me in locating our ancestors.
Leanne Wiese
Added by Leanne Wiese on Aug 22, 2014 9:06 PM
Leanne Wiese
RE: Mary Slocum Versailles Cem
Hi Again,
Here is the 1870 census for Mary's Family:

Name: Hugh Lynch
Age in 1870: 58
Birth Year: abt 1812
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1870: Moreau, Morgan, Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Versailles
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Hugh Lynch 58
Eland Lynch 55
Hugh Lynch 35
Barnet Lynch 22
Eland Lynch 16
Francis Lynch 12

Leanne Wiese
Added by Leanne Wiese on Aug 22, 2014 1:27 PM
Leanne Wiese
RE: Mary Slocum Versailles Cem
Hi Again,
Here are Mary's parents in the 1860 census:
Name: Frances P Lynch
Age in 1860: 5
Birth Year: abt 1855
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Township 37 Range 20, Hickory, Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Black Oak Point
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Hugh Lynch 51
Ellin Lynch 50
Hugh Lynch 25
John Lynch 17
Thomas Lynch 15
Barnard Lynch 13
William Lynch 11
Frances P Lynch 5
Elin Lynch 7
Katherine Mullin 17

The Frances P Lynch is my husband's great grandfather, Frank Patrick Lynch.
Leanne Wiese
Added by Leanne Wiese on Aug 22, 2014 1:24 PM
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