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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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Janis Paulding Swanson
You guys are amazing! Not only for all the work you do on Find A Grave but you actually follow through with your written philosophy, which I've found is not always the case. Thank you so much for creating the memorials, photographing the gravestones and transferring the family. Then, you send the cemetery documentation. Again, amazing! Thank you, Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on May 31, 2016 1:32 PM
Janis Paulding Swanson
Technically husband's family. Leonard is his Uncle. That would be great. Again, many thanks! Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on May 31, 2016 1:01 PM
Janis Paulding Swanson
I hate those misclicks!! lol

You are correct. McNeill is her biological father, Lynch her stepfather.
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on May 31, 2016 12:47 PM
Janis Paulding Swanson
Leonard James McNeill
Thanks for removing him as a spouse to Dorothy and changing it to father. Appreciate it !! Janis
Added by Janis Paulding Swanson on May 31, 2016 12:30 PM
Rev. Thomas Brown
Thank you for the additional information about Rev. Thomas Brown!
Added by Libby on May 24, 2016 11:04 AM
Ms. Hummingbird
Viola M.Matthews
Good Evening Merf. Thank you for letting me know about the duplicate .I deleted mine & tranfer my photo to your memorial. Lots Of Blessings .
Added by Ms. Hummingbird on May 23, 2016 7:47 PM
Mary Ann
Carl Jackson Stone
Dear Merf,
Thank you so much for the photograph. Without it, I would never have found where my grandfather was buried since he passed when I was 4 years old. My brother and I have been searching for his burial site recently and I just found this on the web...what a surprise and so thankful! Since the last known address we had for him was Melbourne, FL, we were surprised to find he was buried in Orlando.

Added by Mary Ann on May 22, 2016 9:38 AM
Sandra Nunley
RE: Cannon burials
Thank you so much for your offer. This is a "married in" line and not my direct line. I am related to Dora Isabel Nunnelley that married Thaddeus Robert CANNON. I do appreciate the information provided so far, as it helped me locate marriage information and census information to tie this family together. If I determine I would like more information, I will certainly reach out to you. Thank you again for all that you do to help locate ancestors. - Sandra
Added by Sandra Nunley on May 18, 2016 11:39 PM
Sandra Nunley
Cannon burials
Thank you so much for the information you provided, even though a headstone could not be found. The Undertaker's Memoranda was extremely helpful. I appreciate your time spent on my behalf. - Sandra
Added by Sandra Nunley on May 18, 2016 11:17 PM
Garland Lucas
Thanks for your time and work to get this photo for me.
Added by Garland Lucas on May 16, 2016 5:46 PM
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