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Michelle McKenzie (#47086929)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family since 1992 and have created several websites for various branches. I enjoy visiting area cemeteries and usually take some extra photos in the hope of helping someone else.

If you're interested in who my ancestors are, you can look under my virtual cemetery for the link to "My Ancestors". These are my direct line ancestors only, but will give a good feel for the surnames I'm researching and why.

Please feel free to use my photos for your personal, non-commercial use. I appreciate being given credit.
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Eva M Shiland-Arnott
Did anyone from the family of Eva Shiland-Arnott move to Australia? I am wondering because I recently purchased a book from a Salvation Army store in Sydney Australia inscribed:

Eva Shiland

Christmas 1887

from Auntie
Added by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2015 9:13 PM
Linda Cason
Thank you for the photos of the Benway memorial. Antoine and Helen were my great grandparents. They had a daughter Helen Rena who married Thomas B Maxwell. Helen's daughter Agnes was my grandmother. Helen died when Agnes was 2 years old and she was raised by her sister Lillian. Agnes and Thomas are burried at Moss street Cemetery. Thank you again. Linda C
Added by Linda Cason on Jul 27, 2015 1:46 AM
M Backus
Again, thank you very much for the transfers of my Decato third great grandparent's memorials. This will be a big help in our ongoing work.
M Backus
Added by M Backus on Jun 08, 2015 6:08 AM
M Backus
Thanks very much for the transfers of my Giguere 3rd great grandparents, and for your research and photo, as creator. The memorials are an important addition to our family history project and your help is an example of the best practices of Find A Grave contributors.
M Backus
Added by M Backus on Jun 04, 2015 10:09 AM
Arthur Nott-Hopkins
Transfer Request
Hi Michelle

I am also descended from a McMillan (Emma G.) Her husband is Samuel Johnson Searing, whose memorial I would like to request you transfer to me. I looked in your Virtual cemetery and did not see him as a direct ancestor of yours. I would also like his wife, who is Emma G McMillan. I think I can add some more information and link them to their children, of which there were 7.

He is as follows:
Find A Grave Memorial# 95330465

She is as follows:
Find A Grave Memorial# 95330905

I am as follows:
Arthur Nott-Hopkins (#47319442)
Added by Arthur Nott-Hopkins on May 28, 2015 3:40 PM
Richard Rieck
Thomas Small
Thanks for the attribution and the information about the cemetery being newer than Small's death. Richard
Added by Richard Rieck on May 13, 2015 8:40 AM
Richard Rieck
Memorial #51523086, Dr. Thomas Small

While en route overland to California on May 8, 1849, James M. Daigh made an entry in his diary dealing with the death of Small. "That evening we passed the Indian Agency and camped on Agency Creek. Here beneath a large tree was the grave of a Dr. Small from New York who had died on the day before at the age of twenty-five." Daigh was writing near what is now Highland, Kansas, about 20 miles west of St. Joseph, MO.

On May 7, 1849, Henry S. Crandall wrote in his overland diary "Today we had the terrible misfortune to lose our much esteemed physician, Dr. Small, of the Schaghticoke Co. He died of cholera after a sickness of but twelve hours." Crandall and Small were both in the Washington County & California Mining and Trading wagon train.

Because the grave was observed by the diarists, it is clear that he was actually buried in Kansas. By the time word was received in NY (at least several weeks later) the remains would have been in no condition for exhumation and transport back to Cambridge. When families became aware of a trail death they quite often erected a cenotaph or memorial marker in a hometown cemetery. Over succeeding generations this information was lost and although the stone seems to imply his remains are beneath, it is almost certain that Small is not buried in Cambridge but rather where he fell in Kansas. Again, such situations are fairly common in eastern cemeteries.

Thought you might be interested.

Richard Rieck
Added by Richard Rieck on May 09, 2015 1:37 PM
Thank you Michelle, it was so very kind of you to transfer Benjamin to me.
Added by crissy on Apr 26, 2015 8:04 PM
Transfer Request
Could I ask for the transfer of #58292883 Benjamin Guitar. He is my 1st cousin and today we lost his twin brother. I would like to link him to his family and add Bio information. Thank you kindly ~~ Crissy
Added by crissy on Apr 26, 2015 3:39 PM
Polly Whelden Hill, Woodlands
Are you sure you've linked Polly to the right parents? The gravestones and probate (see Giffords in Methodit Stump Cem.indicate that the last name is Whelden, not Wheldon, and it was Ruth Gifford Whelden, not "Polly Gifford Wheldon."
What is your source for the names of Polly's parents?
Added by AAW on Apr 19, 2015 10:39 PM
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