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Dona McPhillips (#47087008)
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Bio Photo I started the genealogy trail back in 1967 but got sidetracted by work etc. Only with my retirement,(2008), did I restart this passion. I trace my family, paint, write. In 2011, I traveled from state to state visiting the family graves. In spring of 2012, I finally made it to Ireland.
I am particularly focused on doing findagrave biographies with photos of relations and getting them all linked.
My surnames are;, McPHILLIPS,LYNCH, SULLIVAN, McCABE, BOLSINGER/BALSINGER, ARMSTRONG, KERNAHAN, FISHER, CRAFT, HIGGINBOTHAM, KEENER, CANTRELL, CHASTAIN, HAYES/HAYS, and WHITEHEAD. I've been helped by so many seasoned genealogy hunters across the states. What a great bunch of people do this!!!

If someone wants to copy my pictures I would like credit as being the source for them and it would be nice to have a heads up so I can check the facts that are presented about them. These people are my family so I appreciate this coordination and teamwork. Thank you.

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George McDonald
Holy Assumption
Dona- The name of the church/parish WAS Holy Assumption. The land was more or less donated by John Smith who was from County Monaghan, Ireland as were the majority of the Willow Springs Irish. He sold it to the Dioscese for the amount of one dollar to make it legal. Smith came to the area early and eventually bought up quite a bit of land. When the Great Hunger occurred in Ireland many of his relatives and their neighbors came from County Monaghan, and quite a few of them bought their land from Smith. As to where the church sat, if you imagine the layout of the cemetery, it is in the shape of an inverted "L"...the church sat inside the lines of that shape. I don't know when it was razed, but I never remember it.
Added by George McDonald on Mar 01, 2015 7:41 AM
Talitha Cloud
Greetings: I am working on a family tree for a friend, and have collided with an apparent controversy regarding the marriage (or not!)of Talitha Cloud and Isaac Thornton Cantrell. At Talitha's find a grave memorial, I saw a post by you where you mentioned marriage records that showed they indeed were married. I have been unable to find anything on this. If you have a moment I would appreciate information where to find such records, or if you could provide a link or best of all copies? I'm just striving for accuracy and it seems plenty of opinions abound on both sides of this controversy. My contributor # is 48472676. Thanks much for any help!
Added by robstreanderjr on Jan 05, 2015 12:13 PM
Sam Dibert
Dibert memorials

I noticed you added and manage a lot of Dibert memorials. Thank you very much for all your work on those. Many of them are my relatives. (Jacob Charles Dibert is my 2nd ggf, Samuel Dibert is my 3rd, and others).

You don't list Dibert as a surname. Would you be willing transfer management of some of these memorials to me? If you do have a family connection, I'd be very interested to hear about it. Feel free to contact me at


Added by Sam Dibert on Dec 16, 2014 8:24 AM
Kaleb Williams
James Henry Hays
Dear Dona

My name is Kaleb Williams I have recently started chasing my tree again and came across your contribution for James Henry Hays. He is my 3rd Great grand uncle. I would like to use your bio for him on my tree. I will obviously give you all the credit. I just wanted to touch base with you before hand. Thank you for the valuable information. You are a great find! Keep up the fantastic work.

Best Regards,
Kaleb Williams
Added by Kaleb Williams on Sep 23, 2014 7:51 AM
RE: George & Hattie Balsinger/Bolsinger
Dona; You're welcome and God Bless.
Added by PhilKel on Sep 19, 2014 4:38 PM
RE: George W. Bolsinger/Balsinger
Hi Dona; I deleted my memorial for George W. Bolsinger/balsinger. I thank you for the heads up on the memorials. God Bless and keep the history of all parted friends and relatives alive. Phil
Added by PhilKel on Aug 27, 2014 4:06 PM
John Gillmartin
RE: Richard NEWTON Craft
Got your messages ... I understand ... I just recently got into the Crafts ... am continuing to cull and verify available info ...

Yes, I have "jgillmartin et al" for my family; my wife Rita has Rita Redemer's Family Tree for hers.

Let me know how I can help when you're ready ...
Added by John Gillmartin on Aug 26, 2014 12:08 PM
John Gillmartin
RE: Sarah Radcliffe Craft
Donna - just noticed your message for the first time this morning ... I'm really humbled for not responding before now ... are you still needing help for your Sarah Craft?

The Crafts/Radcliffes I have have two or three Daniels and a couple Sarah candidates ... one in particular is my 6th GGM Salome Sarah Radcliffe Craft (1791-1877) m. to my 6th GGF, Colonel Benjamin Oliphant Craft (1790-1876) ...

Again I am sorry for not noticing your message, pls. let me know if I may be of any help.

Added by John Gillmartin on Aug 22, 2014 4:08 AM
Richard K Thompson
Sarah Ann Wilson Parsons memorial update
I've just updated the memorial for Sarah Ann Wilson Parsons, # 123815784) and have chosen to keep the memorial in Lacky cemetery at least for the time being. I've put in some notes on her memorial explaining the uncertainty of which cemetery she is buried in. Although I suspect that she is most likely in Fell cemetery, I think that keeping the memorial where it is with the notes added will be sufficient.

This sort of 50/50 burial location question doesn't happen very often, but I try to respect the contributions of other contributors like you.

Added by Richard K Thompson on Aug 07, 2014 8:12 AM
Mary D
Elizabeth Cantrell
I checked with the cemetery and they have no record of her burial at Sunset Hills. Are you certain that she is deceased? I ask because the person who originally created memorials did so based on a combination of stones and burial records. I have found that some of the memorials are for people who are still alive. I am uploading a photo with her name on it, but I don't think she's buried there.

The lot location is Devotion, lot 119A, space 7 D/D. The D/D means double depth. When she passes, she and James will be buried one on top of the other. She is listed as the owner of the plot.

If there's anything else I can do for you, please let me know. Have a great day.
Added by Mary D on Jul 21, 2014 5:03 PM
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