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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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Eldred Pickett
RE: Lyons
You're very welcome - glad to help!
Added by Eldred Pickett on Jun 29, 2016 9:49 PM
Brian J. Ensley
P. S.
I forgot to mention- my daughter and her husband and our grand daughter live in Orlando. A very nice place to visit, but too busy for me. Call hickish, but I like the slower pace of the hills up here in Western, PA (at least until the snow flies).
Added by Brian J. Ensley on Jun 28, 2016 12:17 PM
Brian J. Ensley
RE: Eicheldinger's
Sorry to hear about all your hard work being deleted. When this site first started with a small group of people, it was meant to be a gravesite registration with just the minimum basic info needed to create a memorial.

For me, I treat each memorial as if they were my own family and try to be as complete and accurate as possible. Of course in this case it is my family. The site was very restrictive on what could be added to a memorial.

Since the site has grown, especially since has taken it over, it has become more of a genealogical resource whether the original creators like it or not. Pennsylvania death certificates are public record so I add them to memorials where ever possible, unless the memorial is not mine and the owner states in their profile that they prefer to not have them posted. I try to honor their wishes.

I know this site is touchy about obituaries, such as privacy issues. My feelings are, if you want your info private, then don't include it in an obituary that will be published in a local newspaper, published on-line on the paper's website and the funeral home's website. That pretty much throws any expectation of privacy out the window.

In my opinion, as long as the obit is properly cited to give credit to the publisher, then there should be no issues. There is too much valuable information in these types of records not to post them, especially when people are using this site to work on their family tree. I see arguments both ways, but on a legal standpoint I can argue my point all day without any worries.

So to end my rambling, I think what you are doing is a great service and is a big help. I took the time and expense of sending for a death certificate for Emma Eicheldinger just for it to tell me she was cremated and that was it. Your information told me where her husband and son's cremains where spread so I'm positive her's would have been at the same place. So thanks to you I was able to fill in another piece of the puzzle.

So thank you for what you are doing!
Added by Brian J. Ensley on Jun 28, 2016 12:15 PM
Steve Johnston
RE: Franz Barriere
The Barberes are not relations. Dad took violin lessons from Franz. He said Effie sat in the back seat, and the violin case was in the front passenger seat. After Effie died, Franz was "lost" without her. Afterwards, he carried the violin case in the back seat where she had been.
Added by Steve Johnston on Jun 28, 2016 8:37 AM
Brian J. Ensley
Thank you so much for the info on Frederick Eicheldinger. The only thing about the bio for Harold Rutledge Eicheldinger is that his mother Emma wasn't born in Germany. She was actually born in Somerset County, PA. Her father Chambers Henry Kautz was a Civil War Veteran and my Great Grandfather 3X. I have photos of him. He and many of his family are buried not far from where I live.

I wasn't sure if you were related to this family or not but I do appreciate the information and if you ever find yourself researching Emma's side let me know. Also, great profile picture. Very professional and nicely done.


Added by Brian J. Ensley on Jun 27, 2016 5:48 PM
Betsy Berens
RE: John Hiram Adams
Thanks for the suggestion on transferring this to me. In Memoriam has her messages disabled so I'm not able to contact her.

Any hints on photographing headstones/markers is welcome. We did three yesterday and they worked out but we may need to take some tools to clean them off and maybe an umbrella to provide shade.
Added by Betsy Berens on Jun 27, 2016 7:34 AM
Betsy Berens
RE: Josephine Riley Adams
Thank you so much for all the great information. I was able to update
Betsy Berens
Added by Betsy Berens on Jun 26, 2016 9:12 PM
Betsy Berens
Transfer 104572934
Merf, thank you so much for your work at Greenwood.
I would like to have you transfer Mary Elizabeth Adams to me. I'm her Grandson's wife and I would like to update her information and add a brief bio for her. She was born in 1888 and died in 1982 at 93 years old. She was married to Basil Jerome Adams and he is also in Greenwood.
Thanks again for all that you do for Find a Grave.
Betsy Berens
Added by Betsy Berens on Jun 25, 2016 7:37 PM
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Grace Crooke Perrin
Thank you for the information!
Added by Find A Grave Volunteer on Jun 22, 2016 8:17 PM
Linda French
Wesley Hughen
I just want to thank you for posting the photo of Wesley Hughen. It helps so much to be able to round out a profile with pictures.

Linda French
Added by Linda French on Jun 20, 2016 7:45 AM
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