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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.

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.

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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Henry L. Harris
Hi Merf,
Just got your message via my email account. Although I appreciate your wanting to adopt Henry L. Harris' memorial, I would like to keep him since he is part of my family (refer to my responses on 12 Sep. and 15 Oct. of last year). I remember your mentioning cases in which some of the older graves lack registration/documentation. Besides the Florida Death Index, the only verifying document of his death (not burial) is the Carey Hand card that you were able to find and upload to his memorial. Another is a copy of his death certificate written out on "" (GS Film no. 2116759, reference ID: fn 15606) which does state his burial at Greenwood. I haven't had the ability to order it via the local family center. When I am able and get more supporting information, I'll contact you. I realize this isn't the answer you need, but it's the best I can do right now.
~ Jennie
Added by Jennie on Aug 20, 2014 1:56 PM
RE: C. Scott, Greenwood, Orlando
i was not paying attention or i would not have made the request. my mine and my fingers were not in sink. thank you. J
Added by J on Aug 19, 2014 4:41 PM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
P M Lewis 56946329
The funeral home record you left on this memorial enabled us to link him to his wife's grave in SC. Thanks!
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Aug 11, 2014 1:17 PM
John Brewer
RE: Bonner
Many thanks for your reply. This adds some info to my Thomason tree. My parents lived in Earle, AR 1927-1939 and knew Milton Thomason, who was a cousin, and most likely Rachel. I've often wondered if there was a Marengo County, AL connection. My great grandfather F. M. Thomason was a brother to Milton's father Thomas Thomason. F. M. settled in Pulaski County AR. abt 1866.

In your work have you come across a Benjamin Franklin Thomason? He was an uncle to Milton and settled in Lee County or nearby but I have been unable to find any information about him.

After digesting your Bonner info I will most likely have more questions.

Added by John Brewer on Aug 10, 2014 7:14 PM
how nice of you to let me know about family link. I just love to see them all 'reunited' again! thank you!
Added by genieresearcher on Aug 10, 2014 3:31 PM
John Brewer
Do you have a Rachel Bonner who married Milton Gatewood Thomason in your family line? The Thomasons were from Marengo County, AL. Left for Arkansas abt 1866. Some settled in Lee County, AR

John Brewer
Added by John Brewer on Aug 10, 2014 9:39 AM
Elaine Roach Taylor
RE: Annie Gissendaner #107861233
Thank you so much for all your efforts.
I know of some cemeteries in Texas and here in Oklahoma have had stones removed. That is why I thought that had happened there as well.
I will try to find the cemetery records.
You are so kind to help me.
Added by Elaine Roach Taylor on Aug 05, 2014 4:12 PM
Elaine Roach Taylor
Annie Gissendaner #107861233
Hi, My name is Elaine Roach Taylor. Annie Thomas Gissendaner, #107861233, was my GGrandmother. Would you consider transferring her memorial to me? If you are family I would love to make contact with you.
Also, would you happen to know if there is a stone for her? I contacted someone via email at the cemetery several years ago to find out. A man said he would check in the vault the next day. I emailed several times after that and got no response. I just thought the stone was no longer there. That does happen. When you are there sometime would you check for me? I would appreciate so very much.
Thank you
Added by Elaine Roach Taylor on Aug 05, 2014 2:26 PM
Steven Whitehouse
RE: Whitehouse
Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I believe his name may be Ferdinand G. Whitehouse, but I am not sure it is the same person. I am trying to find proof linking Ferdinand to this person, but at this time I do not have any conclusive evidence.

Added by Steven Whitehouse on Aug 03, 2014 4:21 PM
maria calderon
RE: unmarked grave?

Thank you so much for taking the time to look
up the information on George Willis. Actually
he had been quite a wealthy man in Connecticut
and Ocala, he owned lots of land and grew
oranges and pineapples but lost it all due to
weather I guess. I'm surprised that his Son
Earl who paid for the burial plot did not at
least put a marker on his grave.
thank you again
Added by maria calderon on Aug 02, 2014 10:42 AM
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