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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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Karen Howard
Nicole Howard Franco
Thank you so much! Nicole was a very special person. I would appreciate a photo of her gravestone. I live in Murphy, NC and don't get back to Central Florida often.
Added by Karen Howard on Feb 10, 2016 11:51 AM
Karen Howard
Several years ago you created a memorial for my niece, Nicole Howard Franco, Memorial# 105223254. I would like to manage her memorial if you would transfer it to me. Thank you so much.
Karen Jowers Howard
Added by Karen Howard on Feb 10, 2016 10:23 AM
Glenda Sheffield
RE: Henry Cooper
Ok, this is a weird one. I looked back at the SSDI on the one I had that died in 1966 and he was born in Alabama. I also had a 1940 census and looked again and it said born in Alabama. The date of birth is March 28, 1886 and that is stamped on his grave marker as well as listed on SSDI. Our William Henry Cooper was born Mar 25, 1866. So the more I looked it was a mix up with the birth dates being so close.

I have deleted from my tree the SSDI and the Findagrave for William H Cooper born March 28, 1866, because I believe yours is the correct one that had the wrong birth date.

I'm glad I found the Find A Grave listing for Henry Cooper so I could get this corrected and also so you could get his date of birth corrected on the grave listing. Win, Win

Thanks so much for your response.
Added by Glenda Sheffield on Feb 09, 2016 10:24 AM
Re: Edith Condon
Have you checked at Lake Worth Cemetery for Edith?
Hillcrest says thry do not have her. I have had different people check.
Added by mellis on Feb 06, 2016 7:09 PM
Stephanie Potts
RE: Info
Wow! Thanks for the quick reply and link to this information.

Added by Stephanie Potts on Feb 06, 2016 2:42 PM
Stephanie Potts
Hey, Thanks for adding this information to the site this past summer. How did you come by the information posted on the page; it says the funeral home? Is it possible to obtain a copy of this record.

Created by: Merf
Record added: Aug 06, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 150265151

Added by Stephanie Potts on Feb 06, 2016 2:10 PM
Infant Johns
Thanks for the transfer. I never knew John & Margaret lost a child. John Pinkney Johns was my grandmothers 1/2 brother.
Added by Janis on Feb 04, 2016 12:50 PM
Mary Elizabeth Garfield Sikes
Hi ! I am a gg grandson of Mary Elizabeth Garfield and William Ashley Sikes. I have been trying to locate where she may have been buried. You list the Parsons Cemetery. I have contacted the Genealogist, Jon Fergerson, for the Southern Genealogist Exchange Society(SGES) who has a book by Lucy Ames Edwards Book Research on the Parsons Cemetery and they have no Garfiels or Sikes' listed. He said that Mary Elizabeth Garfield Sikes is not listed in the original list. The same for Mina Greek Sikes (my g/mother) but I did get a death certificate for her to verify her burial site in the Parsons Cemetery.
NOTE--Mr. Jon Furgerson, genealogist resarcher, reports all cemeteries in Duval County to the Jacksonville City Council.
What proof do you have as to her being in this cemetery ??
Please reply back to me direct at
Thanks, Bob Sikes, Jacksonville, Florida 32224
Added by BOB SIKES on Feb 02, 2016 5:36 PM
Dwayne Crandall
RE: Frederick Eugene Crandall
Thanks. I think I had him only as Fred. DC
Added by Dwayne Crandall on Feb 02, 2016 8:59 AM
Jon Egge
Marie Caroline Chenoweth
thank you for this transfer and your work on find-a-grave
Added by Jon Egge on Feb 01, 2016 9:38 PM
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