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Larry Spencer (#46891140)
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My wife and I have been involved in family history work for several years. We have visited several cemeteries and taken many photos of family members headstones. I thought this was a good way to share with many who may be interested.
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kim jackson
William Robert Lay Jr
thank you for your time. I was wondering if there was some way to update my great grandfathers find a grave. He has more siblings that have passed away and I would like links to those also. Please let me know how to proceed.

Thank you Kimberly Jackson
Added by kim jackson on Oct 25, 2015 1:51 PM
Gary Mowrey
Blue Valley/Gilis Brief History
Hi Larry,
Thanks again for sharing.

I was wondering if you may have more photos of the area there. I would love to see them if it isn’t too much trouble.

My email address is

What are the names of your family there? Blue Valley and Gills were small. Perhaps we connect somewhere around there.

I also have Spencer names in my tree as well. Who would your grandparents or great grandparents be? I probably wouldn’t have anything after them. Just curious.
I think my most recent would be Austin Jabez Spencer, Jr. & Mary Emma (Pierce) Spencer. Austin died 2004 you re-took a couple of photos for me in February.

I found this. Thought you might like it if you haven't seen it.

History - Blue Valley, Wayne, Utah later to become Giles, Now a ghost town -

In the early 1880s, several settlements in Wayne County were started by Mormon farmers under the leadership of Hyrum Burgess. By 1883 some Burgess family members had moved to the Blue Valley area, constructing a dam and irrigation canal by 1884.
The land along the Fremont River was fertile, and the growing season longer than in western Wayne County. The valley's farming potential soon brought other settlers. The settlement was known as Blue Valley for its blue-gray soil, colored by Bentonite clay and Mancos Shale. The town was built on both banks of the river, but most people lived on the south side. A footbridge connected the two halves. A school building was erected in 1888, but a proper town site was not laid out until June 1895. At that time residents renamed their settlement Giles, in honor of the late Bishop Henry Giles, who had been one of Blue Valley's most prominent residents. The crops in Giles grew well, and by 1900 the population had increased to 200. A new meetinghouse went up in 1901, said to be the largest in the county. There was a sawmill in the nearby Henry Mountains the town included a grocery store, blacksmith shop, and boarding house.
The early 1900s brought frequent devastating floods of the Fremont River. The flooding in 1909–1910 was so severe that local church authorities gave up on trying to maintain a permanent dam. Unable to irrigate their crops, the residents began to leave.By 1919 Giles was a ghost town.
Two rock buildings still stand at the site, and numerous foundations and old corrals show where the town once was.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is just a portion of what is on a couple of sites. Gary Mowrey)
Added by Gary Mowrey on Oct 04, 2015 9:25 AM
Gary Mowrey
Gilis Cemetery Photo
Gilis Cemetery - Caineville, Wayne, Utah.

Hello Larry,
I wonder if I could have your permission to use the photo you took of Gilis Cemetery.I
assume that is your family with the car.

You took the headstone photos as well. Great photos.

Is Gilis the town that was originally,Blue Valley, Now a ghost town?

Thank You for all you have done to help others.
as for me, "What A Find"

Added by Gary Mowrey on Oct 03, 2015 7:57 AM
L Despain
RE: Rachel Neyman Tanner
Larry, I'm probably not the best person to assess that. I could only look at the resemblance to this one image. Have you tried or
Added by L Despain on Jun 10, 2015 4:58 PM
Gary Mowrey
Austin Jabez "Jay" Spencer Jr
Hello Larry,
Austin Spencer
My request was for an updated photo. The photo that is there doesn't have Austin's death date. He died 3 Oct 2004 the memorial page and photo was placed when he died and the photo didn't have his date of death it was only three days after the death.
Gary Mowrey
Added by Gary Mowrey on Mar 02, 2015 9:20 AM
Gary Mowrey
Gloyd LaRue Spencer
Hello Larry,
I know Gloyd has a memorial page with photo.

My request was for an updated photo. The photo that is there doesn't have Gloyd's death date. He died 11 Jun 2008 the memorial page and photo was placed when he died and the photo didn's have his date of death it was only two days after the death.
Gary Mowrey
Added by Gary Mowrey on Mar 02, 2015 9:14 AM
Doris Christensen
RE: Freeman Nickerson
Sorry - I didn't know there was a memorial as it os in a virtual cemetery, not in the Chariton Cemetery, thus doesn't show on any listings.
I will contact the contributor of Freeman's memorial and ask him to move it to the Chariton Cemetery and then I will be more than glad to add the photos of the memorial stone and delete my memorial.
Thanks for letting me know. I do not like duplications and definitely never intentionally enter any! Appreciate your catching this.
Added by Doris Christensen on Aug 10, 2014 7:36 AM
Mary Murphy
Jensine #113236
Thank you for finding the memorial and the offer of putting the picture with your information. I am not sure how to do this so just let me know what I need to do. I will delete the memorial I opened when you think I should. Thanks so much
Added by Mary Murphy on Jan 14, 2014 12:45 PM
RE: Conrad Cote
I am married to the youngest son. Let me know what information they are interested in.
Added by Moberry on Dec 11, 2013 10:21 PM
Linda Poppe
RE: Jensine Madsdatter Jacobsen
Do you know who has the picture that is on the memorial?
Added by Linda Poppe on Sep 09, 2013 6:16 PM
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