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Merf (#47064479)
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I live just blocks from Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, Orange County, FL. It's beautiful, and I'd be happy to take a photo if one is needed. I LOVE going to the cemetery!

I have been actively photographing and documenting the older sections of Greenwood. I am currently going through all their records to make sure we get everyone on findagrave.

I'll gladly transfer management of memorials upon request, no matter what your relation (unless they are my relatives - but I will transfer a relative to a direct descendant if I am not one). I create every memorial with the hope that their family will find them. Every transfer request I receive makes me know its worth it.

Please let me know if you find any errors or I've duplicated a memorial, I'll fix it! It's so important to have dates correct and names properly spelled - but we all make mistakes, and sometimes the markers are very difficult to read.

Feel free to use my photos (with credit to me - Merf works) for your personal genealogical project. My photos are of public places, and of no artistic (I can guarantee that!) merit. I don't believe I "own" a simple snapshot of someone else's grave marker. I volunteer here to SHARE and to make sure memorials are as accurate as possible. HOWEVER, photos of people - such as my relatives that I have posted...I do require permission prior to use or visible credit to me and that they came from findagrave.

My mother and I are researching our family who settled in Lee, Phillips and Monroe County, Arkansas.

In particular, we are desperately searching for parents and siblings of Thomas Trotter Bonner, who settled in Spring Creek, AR. He married Elizabeth Shackelford Bonner in 1834 in Marengo Co., AL.

Current projects:

Assisting my mom and the Annie H. Darracott UDC Chapter out of Lakeland, Polk Co, FL in the documentation of Confederate Veterans.

Completing FAG entries for Greenwood Cemetery using various sources including cemetery records and undertaker records. I'm only concentrating on the lettered, older sections.

Would REALLY appreciate ANY information on Daniel M Bonner (b. 1789), son of Col. Thomas Bonner and Margaret Jones. We think he's the father of our "brick wall" person based on DNA testing.

Family surnames: Allen, Allred, Bonner, Coble, Estes, Gaines, Garrison, Gearhart, Gower, Hale, Harris, Higginbotham, McGee, Mauney/Mooney, Ottertail, Raymer, Redditt, Waldron, Walker, Whitfield
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Debbie Reimer
George Bradley
Hello Merf!

Thank you soooo much for taking the time and effort to go to the cemetery and take this photo for me. You have just made a lot of happy people!!

Take care!
Added by Debbie Reimer on Jul 26, 2016 1:54 PM
Major Hal T. Vigor
Dear Merf, Thank you for providing information about Hal Vigor, who was briefly married to my beautiful Aunt Lelia before she tragically died young from a burst appendix. To me he was always a romantic figure (I have a decoration from his uniform). I hope that he and his second wife Elizabeth had a long and happy marriage. Tigress aka Janice
Added by Tigress on Jul 24, 2016 8:38 AM
Allie G. Hatcher Memorial# 121723059
Is it possible this lady may have married Matt Hatcher and lived in Walker Co., AL. She had one child that died a few months old, the Uncle Matt was killed by a huge bolder falling on him in the mines. I have a photo of the three of them and have looked forever.

Thanks, Winnette Stinson

Name: Allie Hatcher
Birth Date: 1902
Death Date: 2 Mar 1954
Death Place: Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USA
Cemetery: Greenwood Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA
Has Bio?: Y
Father: William Edward Golden
Mother: Lula Estelle Golden
Added by Winnette on Jul 22, 2016 4:17 PM
Heaven-leigh Hope
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 77106189
Thank you so much for the transfer of the Gilchrists! I passed your message onto my father and he sends a big thank you as well. I'm happy there are people like you doing such generous work for those of us too far away to see the graves of our loved ones.
Added by Heaven-leigh Hope on Jul 21, 2016 4:19 PM
Mary Rose Weber
Frieda Vincent
Thank you for the pic.
Added by Mary Rose Weber on Jul 19, 2016 1:50 PM
Virginia Brown
RE: Sallie & Orlando Hannan
I appreciate the info Merf. I'm hoping to complete their bios sometime by tomorrow.
Thanks again,
Added by Virginia Brown on Jul 17, 2016 7:19 PM
Virginia Brown
Sallie & Orlando Hannan
Thank you VERY much for not only honoring my request for Orlando, but including his wife as well. You have made my day. I will enjoy adding information in their bios. I hope someone does something nice for you in return.
Wishing you the best,
Added by Virginia Brown on Jul 17, 2016 3:46 PM
Les Bailey
Mary Rainwater
Hello Merf,
Your July 15, 2016 msg to me was:
"I've sent an edit removing her mother, Elizabeth, because it's the incorrect Elizabeth Morris. Her mother was Elizabeth Virginia Calhoun Morris, and the one she was linked to is Elizabeth Sheets Morris. These two EM's have been confused by pretty much everyone out there."

My reply:
Herein lies the problem, I believe. In March 2013 the Find A Grave memorial #11363126 was for Elizabeth Virginia Calhoun Morris, with a birthdate of Jan 16, 1848. The photo of the tombstone, which I had added earlier, said her birthdate was 1834, so I added that discrepancy note to the memorial page.

Now, as you have noted, that same memorial, #11363126, has the name as Elizabeth Sheets Morris, but with a birthdate that agrees with the tombstone. The page has obviously been changed by the original contributor (D & L).

One possible reason for the discrepancy is that maybe I added the tombstone photo of the wrong Elizabeth Morris, although the death date on the stone and on the memorial page (Dec 30, 1911) has always matched.

I look forward to any other input you might have. If you'd care to communicate to my personal email as you did before, that would be fine with me.

Added by Les Bailey on Jul 17, 2016 9:02 AM
Regina Rigney Deters
RE: thank you
Love your bio photo, keep up the great work.
Regina Deters
Added by Regina Rigney Deters on Jul 16, 2016 6:06 PM
Heaven-leigh Hope
Find A Grave Memorial# 77106189
Hi. I was wondering if you would transfer the memorial for James Malcolm Gilchrist Jr (1917-1959) to me? I'm his granddaughter. If you wouldn't mind, perhaps his father and mother as well, James Malcolm Gilchrist Sr and Sallie B (Justice) Gilchrist. Thank you for finding them and adding their information. My father got teary eyed when he saw my grandfather's headstone.
Added by Heaven-leigh Hope on Jul 15, 2016 8:26 PM
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