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Lois Branch (#46771718)
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Bio Photo I have been researching since the late 1960's. Back when we used manual typewriters, carbon paper and hand wrote many letters. My research can be found at Rootsweb World Connect.
My main areas of research are in Logan, Marion, Wayne and White Counties of Illinois as well as Columbia County, New York.
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Luella Wilber-Merritt Cemetery, Oswego Co., NY

You have a photo request for this person and I photographed what I though was her stone, however when I got home I noticed it doesn't have the same death year as the memorial. I went back to today to double check. There is only one place in this small cemetery where this surname is located, and its blocked in with a small foot-high stone border. There are several Wilber family members within this section, and also a family with the surname McKenzie.

Im not sure if this is another person with the same name and birth year, or if there was some mistake made in the memorial. The stone I photographed says "Luella 1867-1940" Can you please let me know what to do?

Added by Tammy on Aug 06, 2015 6:33 PM
sheila wiseman
RE: Stephen Watkins
Your very welcome! Glad I could decipher what was written for you
Added by sheila wiseman on Jul 26, 2015 9:48 AM
RE: Greenwood Cemetery
Thanks, Lois, I do have that souvenir booklet. Too bad Wilson really doesn't care about its history.


Take care.

Added by Kathy on Jul 05, 2015 4:16 PM
RE: George Ransom
Not a problem, Lois! I'm just glad that I could read his stone.

I'm trying to get as much of Greenwood photographed this summer as I can, before it all disappears. My family back to my 3rd great-grandparents is buried there, and the older parts are an absolute disgrace! The town does nothing - doesn't even make their employee realign stones after he hits them with the lawnmower, so you can imagine what happens when a stone falls. There are so many stones down - it's a race to see whether the inscription gets eaten away by the lichen and the weather before the stone is gobbled up by the ground and sod. When I asked about doing some work there, on my lot, at my expense, using their contractors, the town council said "no way." The town has even turned down Eagle Scouts who ask about helping out there.

And that's my tale of woe!

Take care.

Added by Kathy on Jul 05, 2015 6:59 AM
Alzina Finch
I posted photos of the gravestone for Thomas and Alzina Finch, located in the Friends Cemetery at Rayville, Columbia County, New York.

I suggested an edit to tie Thomas and Alzina's records together, and listed a date that may or may not be correct (it was June 5 1842 on one record I saw, June 5 1840 and another, and June 29 1840 on a third). They're definitely husband and wife per the stone, but use whatever date you might have a record for).

I enjoyed looking for their stones. It's a small but beautiful cemetery.
Added by NorthColumbiaNY on Jun 03, 2015 6:35 PM
RE: Sarah Marriner
I am working on part of my family Tree, but it is the part for one of my cousins. I will relate to him that you have additional information. By the way, thank you for answering so promptly. Usually I have forgotten what I wrote by the time they answer. You are doing a great job for Find-a-Grave by the way. My email for future reference is
Elna King
Added by eking1 on Jun 02, 2015 3:03 PM
Elsie Scharpf Saar
Emma & Freelove Davis
I only add birthdates that are from primary sources. Calculated deaths are mostly incorrect.
Added by Elsie Scharpf Saar on May 20, 2015 1:56 PM
Elsie Scharpf Saar
Emma and Freelove Davis
Please provide sources for their birth dates. Thank you.
Added by Elsie Scharpf Saar on May 17, 2015 6:37 PM
Janis Hendrick
Mt. Erie "Old Yohe" Cemetery
Lois: I know you are interested in the Mt. Erie "Old Yohe" Cemetery in Wayne County, Illinois. We have talked before. You may have noticed the broken down condition of this cemetery. I grew up near Mt. Erie and was aghast at the condition of the cemetery when I went home last August 2014 to attend my Cisne High School reunion. I am planning a restoration project for the cemetery. My family has broken and missing stones [probably laying in back]. We need to preserve the history of this cemetery. I know of at least one Rev War soldier buried there. Do you have any ideas as to how to do a restoration project? Janis Hendrick
Added by Janis Hendrick on Apr 18, 2015 10:09 AM
RE: Found Elmira Roberts
I finally was able to get the right light to take a new photo of the Roberts headstone in Section M, Lot 131. Lo and Behold, Elmira Roberts is, indeed, on this spire-type headstone. It's almost impossible to read, but you can make out she died in September of 1883, 77 years old. The other two legible faces of the same monument have Nina and Jennie on them. Forest Cemetery records show Jennie as being buried in Section M, but in Lot 73 (with other Roberts). I know Jennie is the daughter of George H. and Nina Roberts, but which lot she is actually buried in is unknown to me. I have removed Jennie's photo from Elmira's memorial page and will now put it on her own memorial page.
Added by sjmohr on Apr 02, 2015 12:59 PM
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