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Fran Denny (#46545295)
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Bio Photo I am a retired teacher who enjoys genealogy. I was always asking questions about my relatives when I was a young girl...writing down their names, places born, birth dates, etc. When I retired, I found a couple of these lists and started to do research at libraries, court houses, cemeteries, and on line. It is now my daily passion.

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Michelle Holt
RE: Darnell
Montana was a state when he died! My memory was wrong. Argh!
Added by Michelle Holt on May 29, 2016 4:07 PM
Michelle Holt
Joel Darnell
Hi Fran,

One area of confusion when searching for ancestors in Montana is county boundaries and,thus, names changed during the years. Deer Lodge County was one of Montana's original nine counties. It was formed in February 1865. The county seat for Deer Lodge County had various names, but Deer Lodge finally stuck. In 1901 Deer Lodge County had several new counties cut from its original acreage. Powell County was one of these new counties. But Deer Lodge the city was in this new county! So Powell County's seat is the city of Deer Lodge, and Deer Lodge County's seat is Anaconda! Yikes. So yes, Joel would have died in Deer Lodge County. . .and it would have been the Montana Territory. I mention this because several times I have found a lot more information on my family knowing this history.

The Blackfoot City area (Ophir, Washington Gulch, Colorado Gulch, Finn, Nevada City, to name a few) had a least one newspaper. If you Google Montana Historical Newspapers, the list should appear. One that did articles on the area, and I don't remember where it was based, is Rocky Mountain Husbandman.

Remembering Joel and all our veterans everyday, but especially this weekend, Michelle
Added by Michelle Holt on May 29, 2016 11:14 AM
Michelle Holt
Me again...I read all the genealogy you posted on Joel's page. One mining town is spelled incorrectly; it is Ophir. Ophir, another mining town, was located just a few miles from Blackfoot City.

Added by Michelle Holt on May 27, 2016 4:05 PM
Michelle Holt
Ivy Chamberlain

Did you see my May 9th message to you?
Added by Michelle Holt on May 27, 2016 4:02 PM
Michelle Holt
Private Joe Darnell

Sure wish I could send you a photo of his headstone. I hope these photos capture the cemetery, so you can get a sense of where he lies.

Added by Michelle Holt on May 27, 2016 4:00 PM
Jean Boling
RE: Allen Darnell
Entirely possible - but more through vegetation and slumping hillsides than vandalism. I have copies of most of the records from Granite Hill, and am currently going through them [again] while I'm up-dating my database, which currently stands at 18,240 entries. There is a ton of stuff I've never had time to go through, copy and attach until I retired three years ago...but they just keep adding to my workload! Finally hired three high-school minions to do the scut work (at $10/hr because I know how boring it is). Want to have the database "current" when I die, so the hard-drive just gets handed to the historical society ready to go. Use my email address and send me anything you've got on this fellow, and I'll see if I can track him down for you. I'm not in Oregon any more, but I have minions there, too!
Added by Jean Boling on May 25, 2016 12:19 AM
Jean Boling
57865614 Allen Darnell
Do you have any idea where in the cemetery his grave is located? Or any publication regarding his burial there? I have been working with Granite Hill for over 20 years, and have not run across a Darnell anywhere in Josephine County previously. Please, satisfy my curiosity!
Added by Jean Boling on May 23, 2016 7:06 PM
Michelle Holt
Ivy P. Chamberlain

I just had a thought. After reading the family history posted with Joel Darnell--his Deer Lodge, Montana, Find a Grave, The surname Chamberlain stuck out. It's because there is an Ivy P. Chamberlain buried at the Blackfoot City Cemetery--again no headstone, but on county records as being there. Do you think she was a daughter of the Chamberlain relatives in your family? If so, Joel would have been her grandfather, right? The "P." might be for "Prissilla," Joel's mother's name.

I've done a quick search for Ivy and didn't find anything, so maybe if she is in your line, she died as a child and didn't make it on a census.

On the other hand it might be a coincidence or Chamberlain is Ivy's married name!

Added by Michelle Holt on May 09, 2016 5:04 PM
Michelle Holt
Joel Darnell
Hello Fran,
I spent Mother's Day with my husband and daughter driving as close as we could get and then climbing up to the Blackfoot City Cemetery. Few headstones remain, and unfortunately there is not one for Joel. I will post photos of the area. Only 33 gravesites are listed as being in that cemetery. That figure is either wrong or there are more cemeteries in the area. This area and several more nearby canyons were bustling mining towns and must have had folks living there for 30 or more years. Mining accidents, influenza, and all the other causes of death would have certainly resulted in more than 33 dead. It is also possible he died in Ophir (it is Ophir not Ophie) Blackfoot City area and was buried in Deer Lodge. I wish I had a picture of a headstone for you.

Peace, Michelle
Added by Michelle Holt on May 09, 2016 4:45 PM
Michelle Holt
RE: Joel Darnell

Well, by gosh. I will take pics at both cemeteries.
Added by Michelle Holt on Mar 14, 2016 5:12 PM
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