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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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Leah Wilson Greeley
Robert & Thomas Wilson
Hi Merf,
Forgot to thank you for creating the memorials for my uncles Thomas & Robert Wilson and for transferring them to me.
You're wonderful.
Leah Wilson Greeley
Added by Leah Wilson Greeley on Apr 30, 2016 5:44 PM
Grant W. Sullivan
RE: Funeral Home burial tickets
Thanks very very much Meradith for the link to Syvia's funeral home ticket. It is much much appreciated. I'm going to download it, and add it to my own private database. I had intended to upload it to Sylvia's Memorial, until I read your story further, and found it would be a bad idea.

This ticket has a very sad implied story in it, so it was very hard to explain her death to my spouse. Her death left behind a child of only 4 years old. Her husband Moses Anderson seemed to have disappeared after her untimely death, so this child, a son, was left to be raised by his Maternal Grandmother - the 1st First Lady of Eatonville, FL (i.e, the grandmother was the Wife if the 1st Mayor). The Last First Lady of Eatonville was a direct descendant of the 1st First Lady.

I think this record is more important than a Death Certificate, especially as I have yet to find one for Sylvia.

It is so sad that all your work was destroyed, and most have been of great disappointment to many genealogist and family history searches. Was the decision by Find A Grave people to destroy your work caused by the funeral home still being in existence today? Who can say, but I very much applaud the effort you put into uploading those 100 Years Old records. I am so saddened by what those in power did to your most-valuable work.

Ever grateful,
Added by Grant W. Sullivan on Apr 29, 2016 12:28 AM
Grant W. Sullivan
Funeral Home burial tickets
Hi Merf,

I am a genealogist for the Boger / Crooms families of Eatonville, Florida, and married into the Anderson branch of the Boger family.

Originally associated with the FindAGrave memorial for Sylvia Anderson in the Eatonville Memorial Cemetery was a photo of a Burial Expense Ticket for Sylvia. Based on that photo, I was able to provide a little biographical data, which you then added to Syvia's Memorial. Today I find that photo is missing! It is an extremely important document, as it explains in part how she died. I should have downloaded it when I found it. Unfortunately I didn't, and now a year has passed and I need that document again. Since you created her Memorial, I'm guessing you may have also provided that photo. A number of other Memorials in this cemetery had similar Burial Expense Ticket photos, which is an incredible find for anyone doing genealogy research.

If you have that photo, could you please upload it again, and let me know that has been done? Email:

If you don't have that photo, or were not the person who originally posted it, please direct them to me. A family member near me is planning on visiting that cemetery within the next month to collect documentation. I understand there is no gravestone for Syvia, so the existence of other documentation of her existence is very important.

Thanks very much,
Grant Sullivan,
Genealogist for the Boger / Crooms families
grandson-in-law of Syvia (BOGER) Anderson
Added by Grant W. Sullivan on Apr 28, 2016 11:34 PM
Leah Wilson Greeley
RE: Ruby Price 110149259
Thank you, Merf. As always, you're a great help.
Added by Leah Wilson Greeley on Apr 28, 2016 10:20 AM
Edgar Ryan

Thank you for the additional information on Mr. Ryan.

Added by MMarkwell on Apr 27, 2016 2:12 PM
Leah Wilson Greeley
Ruby Price 110149259
Hi Merf,

Ruby Price was my mother's sister. I remember my mother bringing me to the Sanitarium in Orlando to visit her, only she left me with my grandmother in the gazebo that used to be at the end of the dock while she went inside. Would you please transfer her memorial to me? Thanks so much for posting this.
Leah Wilson Greeley
Added by Leah Wilson Greeley on Apr 27, 2016 12:09 PM
Find A Grave Correction: Florence Sampson
This has been approved:
Added by treerpgmo on Apr 26, 2016 2:18 PM
S Zeller
Jennie Tabor Sebring
I made those edits to her memorial. Thank you for the additional information!
Added by S Zeller on Apr 26, 2016 7:27 AM
RE: Marvel Cemetery
We love the Edwardian Inn. OUr church's Ladies FEllowship has had our retreat there for many years. It has gone through many owners. Joel and Amber Tipton own it now and they are going gangbusters remodeling (they just completed the third floor). They are also hoping to pump up the business community. Joel told me about Maple Hill cemetery when we were there in January. We had a great time exploring there. In fact 6 of the confederate soldier buried there were first buried in their back yard and moved to Maple Hill in 2002! Thanks for the tips on places to eat. We have gone to Southbound Pizza both times my husband and I stayed there.
Marvell is still a nice little town. The police officer helped us find our way to Eventide Cemetery and while we were there a lady came to check on what we were doing in the cemetery wondering if we needed help finding a particular grave. She also told us there was a local genealogical society.
We live in Coldwater, MS
Added by Pattypop on Apr 25, 2016 3:34 PM
RE: Marvel Cemetery
You are welcome. We went to a motorcycle rally in Helena and my husband had mentioned a large cemetery he had noticed during one of his work trips. I looked up cemeteries in Marvell and saw this one had 53 requests. Turned out to be a different cemetery than the one he was talking about. We found 39 of the requests! I still have more of your requests probably. Stay tned!!
Added by Pattypop on Apr 25, 2016 2:00 PM
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