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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2014 Update:
Sixty five years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 58 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty four years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 29 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for nearly 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 23 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 750 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For about 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.


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Our new dog
Hi Sweetie, my husband and I just got another dog. We now have three dogs again. Our new dog is a Yorkie. We named her Rosie. I thought you might like that. Hugs, Renee
Added by Love Always, Renee on Sep 01, 2014 3:16 PM
RE: Edith Pearl
The edit is very much appreciated! Thanks so much, you're always of great help.

Would there be any chance you could find out information on someone by the name of Robert Van Duzen? This is all the information I have:

"VanDuzen Cemetery
Concession 8, Lot 32,
Mount Albion Road, Stoney Creek Mountain,
Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada

There is a single stone standing here, surrounded by a black fence, it is broken and pieces have completely disappeared. It is the burial place of one of the VanDuzen family. The given name is missing from the stone, but I have found the name to be Robert.

VanDuzen, Robert, d. Sep 25, 1873, aged 93 years and 8 months"

I went to said location, no stone there, there are huge houses built right where it apparently was. I went to the nearby Mount Albion cemetery thinking maybe they had moved the stone. Not there either. I cannot find any information on him.

This is the website I got the information off of.

I tried looking on Family Search and I couldn't find anything that I felt was relevant. I don't know.

Thanks in advance.

Added by Morpheus on Aug 31, 2014 1:51 AM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
RE: Help
Shirleen if you are more comfortable in that easy chair, I do not need your help. You take care of yourself first.
Someone is currently working on this one link, because when I first found it the other day, several same marriages to this couple, and the wife had any where from 26 to 32 children. Ouch.
last night the most was 14.
I have found online searches, listing the kids of this guy to as many as 3 wives. The closest so far I have found that makes sense,
though Not VERIFIED the one guy is a different wife then listed. Dates fit better.
There is no LINK info on the one I am trying to find but in { } states had son Daniel, who had son Daniel, who had son James. }
Years ago I found a James Tripp, who I was trying to prove was my Hannah's brother. soooo hmmmmm.
So This give me another possible avenue.

THANK YOU. I appreciate your help every time Shirleen but I do not want you putting helping me before you taking care of yourself.

Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Aug 30, 2014 1:34 PM
Utah Tombstone Lady
John & Elizabeth Criddle
Hello. I am not related but I believe I lived in John and Elizabeth's home for several years in Kaysville during the 1970's. The Criddle's were known to have lived in this home based on the owner at the time. Now mind you I am not 100% positive it is John or Elizabeth's home. I loved this old red brick farmhouse and have pictures of it in the 1970's and later just before they tore it down. Do you know of any photos with your ancestors with their house so I can know for sure? Or do you know someone who would know the address of the Criddle's?Well, because of my interest in this home I went to the Davis County recorder yesterday and looked up deeds. I discovered a deed that Elizabeth sold her land to James Criddle in 1893. I have a copy of that also if you are interested. Please email me at Thanks!
Added by Utah Tombstone Lady on Aug 30, 2014 8:55 AM
RE: Made me cry!
You are so welcome, Shirleen. I understand too well the pain of losing a beloved pet.

I am so sorry that you are having back pain, and I will be praying that the meds will help you and that surgery will not be necessary.

Added by Saralyn on Aug 28, 2014 12:24 AM
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Thanks ever so much for visiting Bubby.
Your kindness is so appreciated.

God's Best,
Added by Diane Miller on Aug 23, 2014 7:11 PM
Angie Knott
RE: Hoover - Boulder Dam
Hi Shirleen, that is so cool. You are the first person I have contact with that had relatives who worked at Boulder Dam. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, moved to Texas when I was 20. I also made a page at entitled "Hoover Dam" if you would like to list your father. Thanks for writing!
Added by Angie Knott on Aug 21, 2014 8:28 PM
Thank you for taking the time out to look up 'family' for me. I will look into it and get back to you. My mom didn't leave a lot of papers behind and suspect she threw out many documents in her later years. Mom told me she was sorting them and she gave a lot to her younger sister. But someone else looked up Wm Livingston and it turns out not his real name. His mom got remarried and he took his stepfather's surname. So with my family changing names, it's hard to find them. My grandfather, according to my mom, hated his name Wm and went by his middle name. So he was known as Ralph Livingston (which is his 1st born son's name). But in reality, his real name is William Ralph Sensabaugh.

It was my pleasure to visit your son. I lost a son too. The void just doesn't go away. Just feels different as the time goes by in my opinion.

Thank you for the information. I deeply appreciate it.


Added by Joyce on Aug 18, 2014 4:18 PM
Biggar Family
Thank you so much for that site, it's working really well for my research on the Biggar family. I've found out everything I was wondering, and I'm sure I can use it to locate other families I am looking into. Thanks again! :)
Added by Morpheus on Aug 18, 2014 2:44 PM
RE: Joseph H. Alexander
You are welcome!
Added by mwbowen on Aug 18, 2014 7:22 AM
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