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Mary Kirby (#47060304)
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Bio Photo I am an avid genealogist concentrating primarily upon the Kirby surname and whomever the females in that family married. I have worked from my immediate family back to Richard Kirby and Sarah Small from Tennessee and am now working forward from each of their children to the present, a daunting task as my ancestors tended to be very prolific!

My interest in cemeteries started right before I was supposed to retire from the Air Force in 2001 when I took my father to Scottsboro, Alabama to see where his father and grandfather were from and visit his great grandfather's grave. The cemetery where his great grandfather is buried was neglected and in very sad condition. We decided we'd go back there armed with a lawn mower and weedeater and take care of that cemetery at the next opportunity. 9/11 happened so I didn't get out of the Air Force when planned and then one thing after another kept us from going back. Last summer we had planned to revisit the cemetery and do what we could to preserve it. Daddy's health didn't allow us to do that and his death this past September ensured that the two of us would never be able to. I understand now that it may be too late to help that cemetery as loggers have pretty much destroyed it completely. That is very sad considering how long those tombstones had been around (all early and mid 1800's many had even withstood a war) and I am even more grateful for the pictures of them I took when daddy and I were there. Now I'm taking pictures of tombstones for two reasons, one being the obvious, searching for data on ancestors and two being the preservation of history.

Feel free to download any gravestone pictures I have taken and posted.
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Ervin Messer
Hi, Mary...

Thank you for posting a memorial for my maternal great-grand uncle, Ervin Messer. His line of my Messer relatives settled in Oklahoma long before I was born and I had never known where he was buried. Thanks again.

Added by Brenda on Apr 17, 2014 6:38 AM
Jeannie Hanigar
Kirby Family History

The information I found for Cordelia Jane Palmer Kirby was she was born January 25, 1863, Columbia, Arkansas. Cordelia died February 14, 1935 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, in Texarkana, Texas. This were my Grandmother came from when the family moved to Texas then on to Altus, Ok.

Her parents were Junius Powers Palmer (Dec 29, 1831-July 11, 1907) and Mary Evelyn Goodwin Palmer (July 12, 1839-April 16, 1915)and the information I found is they are buried at The Kirby Cemetery in Pike, Arkansas.

Cordelia is my Great Grandmother on my Mother's side of the family. I have a Family Tree on that is open for public viewing.

I saw a Marker for Tobe Kirby with no dates on I came across a Tobe Kirby in my research of family members. May be the same person as the name is unusual. His date of birth was (1830 - ? ) and I show his parents were Joshua Kirby (1796- Jan 1858) born in Surry County, North Carolina

Married Louvina Jane Singleton (1789-1843) on Jan 22, 1824 in Blount County, Tenn

Joshua died in Scottsboro, Jackson County, North Carolina and is buried in Backbone Ridge Kirby Cemetery, Jackson County, AL.

Hope this helps.

Jeannie Baird Hanigar

Added by Jeannie Hanigar on Apr 04, 2014 3:32 PM
Transfer of Nancy Griffith
Thank you for transferring the memorial of Nancy Griffith to me. The family greatly appreciates your generousity.
Added by J.Smith on Apr 01, 2014 7:22 PM
Loneta Boyer
RE: Yandells and Sisemores
Got the email--and sent the reply--Thanks, loneta
Added by Loneta Boyer on Mar 13, 2014 8:26 AM
Loneta Boyer
Yandells and Sisemores
Would you mind emailing me at I have information that I would prefer not putting on the open website--Thank you Loneta Boyer
Added by Loneta Boyer on Mar 12, 2014 3:44 PM
Susan Ann Bean (Kirby)
Hi Mary,

Thank you so much for all your research. It is helping me to find my mother's ancesters and learn more about them, as she did not leave hardly any information before she died. Susan Ann Bean Kirby is my great grandmother. Mother of Cordelia Bean Cole,my Grandmother,and my mother was Leona Faye Cole. So I am guessing that you and I are relatives. This is very fun.
Thank you again. If you have any pictures of Cordelia etc. I would be thrilled to see them.
Larraine Tennison
Fort Collins, Colorado
Born in Amarillo, Texas
Added by LT on Feb 19, 2014 8:20 AM
James Adair
He is in Section F Plot 127 Space 7 if you want to put it on the memorial.
Added by Santos on Jan 12, 2014 5:20 PM
Heartland Volunteer
Kirby Inquiry
I notice you are a Kirby and work on the Kirby family history. Any chance you are related to or know about Kirbys that lived in and around Sulphur, Oklahoma (two or three counties in that area) and also north Texas in and around Fannin County? If so, would love to hear from you.
Added by Heartland Volunteer on Jan 10, 2014 11:42 PM
R Burnett
RE: Thomas Beach
Hello Mary, my mother Glynda Mae Beach was born and raised in Checotah along with her older brother and three younger sisters. My mom's baby sister Jessie Lee "Corkey" Sisco was the only one still living in Checotah, but she passed away last year after several months in the hospital. The only close family I have left there is Corkey's two daughters Roxy and Tammi but it still seems like my second home as i lived there off and on as a small child. My grandparents were Lawrence Beach and Bonnie Burks, great grandparents were George Beach and Myrtle (Gramlich)Beach, Jesse Burks and Maggie (Cooper)Burks
Added by R Burnett on Jan 10, 2014 2:28 PM
R Burnett
Thomas Beach
Thank you Mary for the transfer, and if you ever need any help (photos) or look-ups just let me know. I live in Adair County, OK but lived in McIntosh County, OK when I was very young now the area fairly well.
Added by R Burnett on Jan 06, 2014 10:22 AM
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