I am an avid geneologist and enjoy helping others locate their ancesters and possible info found on gravestones. I live in Clark Co Illinois and would prefer to only recieve requests for Clark County. Lately I have been getting requests that are very far away. My close friend, Judy Bucher worked with me for findagrave. Since her passing last year, it is harder to find friends willing and/or able to help me. I am a retired special education teacher and have been involved in Wabash Valley Geneology Society and several other groups. I believe in keeping very active and walk several miles each week. This keeps me in shape for travel and for findagrave.
RE: bio changed Barb, I don't have much in Clark Co., IL other than Hungerford and Moore families. My Moore family was there. He was he was a Methodist minister there. He was converted in Clark Co. and was married there. It was Rev. Wm. H. H. Moore and he was in Clark Co. from about 1830 to 1850. All his children were born there except his last daughter, my great great grandmother, Julia Moore Byerly. His wife was Julia Hungerford, dau of Edmond & Clarissa Griffith Hungerford. I can fill you in more if needed.
Children born there: Thos. W. Moore; Charles E. Moore, Olive who died as an infant (where buried?); Mary Moore Reed; twins William E. Moore & James S. Moore; Robert E. Moore (who later became Mayor of Lincoln NE).
RE: bio changed I know exactly what you are talking about, Barb. I get lots of suggestions and if they seem logical I do add them, as you do. I question them only if they seem out of whack with dates or something. I often do a bit of my own research at that point before I reject the suggestion, or retain it.
Yes, I am related to the Hungerford's through my father. The Nixon Evans & Clarissa Hungerford Evans thing can be confusing. I was following it up on Ancestry with what family information I had also. Nixon's obituary on Find A Grave states it correctly and Minerva's first name is Emily, Emily Minerva Bartlett Evans, which I did not know...and she was wife #1 for Nixon Evans. Clarissa Hungerford Evans is wife #2.
Rev War Patriots Hi Barb, Harriet and Sarah are descended from two Rev War Patriots who have markers at Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County, Ky. Their father is descended from William Alexander and their mother is descended from Jeremiah Phillips. I arranged special ceremonies honoring their service.
RE: Are you Philis Hi Barb- The Joseph Layton is son of Thomas Layton and I believe that John Layton was the next older brother of Andrew Layton (my line). John was "Adam" Layton in 1850 census records. His wife, Catherine died at about 1851 or 1852; he remarried to Elizabeth Crocker, and was seen as John Layton thereafter. Elizabeth Crocker was the sister of Richard Crocker who married Angeline Squires..they had a son Jesse Crocker who married Rosetta Layton, Andrew Layton & Mary Ann Squires youngest daughter. The Squires & Crockers intermarried with the Laytons several times. So I would be very interested in what you find out on him! Thanks much for what you're doing! Phylis
Reta Pafford Her maiden name apparently was Leatherman. My surprise cousin, Mark, grew up with them (H.L. Leatherman and Family Co, Martinsville, Illinois).
Reta was nearly 5 years older than my uncle, Ernest Maitland Pafford, DDS, who went to dental school in Illinois (Northwestern, probably). He died when he was 62 from "kidney failure" but more likely as a result of the fact that he drank so much. He looked horrible then but had been a VERY attractive young man.
Even though Mark was born just 16 days after I was, no one (except my uncle and maybe my grandfather) knew he existed until he called my mother in 1978 and she gave him my phone number (we lived in Mass. at the time). He came out on the bus from Illinos to meet us; I was nervous that I wouldn't recognize him, but he came off the bus looking JUST LIKE his "alleged" father. I would be very ticked to find out about that marriage (probably less than 9 months before Mark was born, I am guessing !) and/or if the funeral home has heard a word from Reta (or received Reta !) THANKS !
RE: Reta Plafford Whatever you can do and whenever it works for you would be wonderful.
My first cousins (who never even knew of Eric Mark, their 1/2 brother until he was over 30) haven't been given ANY information about him. I was born 16 days before he was and my mother (his aunt) never knew about him until he called her out of the blue in 1978.
Mark and his 1/2 sister, April, went to our grandfather's door and were told to come back later (when no one answered the door !)
My grandfather changed his will and left Mark $1. My grandfather died in 1986 and Mark's last letter to me stated "I want my $1." Mark died in 1987.
So, although I know the chances of finding Reta alive are slim; but if that stone is still blank without her death date, I'm going to keep looking for her so MAYBE we can find out what the real truth was. THANKS !