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Amy (Decker) Veenendall (#47104012)
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Bio Photo I have been doing family research since 1999.
My direct family lines are Surnames : BABCOCK, BRIEGEL, BURNS, CRAWFORD, DE LA VERGNE, ESSELTINE, HILLS, HUNTLEY, KIMMER, KRAUS, MASTERS, MONROE, PEABODY, ROLLER, Van Fleet/Van Vleet, WATERS, WEBB, YAUDES/JAUDES and a few extras. Trying to figure out brick walls of some of the family tree has pushed me to even do more research than I had expected to do when I had first started. It's very addicting. If you see **** on a memorial, that means I have an obituary and need to add more information to that memorial.

I have contacted the Marshall newspaper and asked if I may add the older obituaries to findagrave. They said it was fine as long as I give credit to the paper I found them in. The older obituaries have helpful information in them. They list other family members, their locations at the time of the family members death, funeral home information and interment location. For some researchers, obituaries can make the difference and point them in the right direction of where to search first.

Please don't duplicate the memorials we've created in Oakridge. It makes it difficult if there is a duplicate when we try to link family together. Contact one of us with the additional information you have and we can add it or get the memorial transferred over to you.

We are trying to input all the burials for Oakridge Cemetery and make each memorial as complete as possible. There are over 15,000 memorials for this cemetery alone. There are several individuals working together toward completion of our goals. Our main goal is to find homes for each one of the memorials that we've input (that we are not related to).

Any information that others may have or any corrections, please feel free to email me with them. We have burial listings for Oakridge Cemetery from 1839 to 2011. Thank you Bill Kinney, Kate Keller, Tara, and Keith Burkhead, Fraya, Deb and many others for taking the time and helping with adding/updating information, obits and taking photos of the memorials.

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Dale Ayres
Yes, absolutely post the photo. Thank you!
Added by imagal49 on Oct 09, 2015 4:13 AM
Philip Jay
RE: Lawrence Jay in Oakridge
Yes. You may transfer my grandfather to me. And, thank you for linking his parents as well. This will be my first file to manage. Cheers.
Added by Philip Jay on Sep 16, 2015 8:00 AM
Philip Jay
Lawrence Merton Jacobs
My grandfather was born in Sturgis, Michigan the son of Marion Jacobs and Sarah Hanna Blue. He changed his name (not legally) and my father and uncle both have the last name JAY. I realize the grave stone has JAY as does his death certificate. Marion, his father, died in April 1933, and is buried in Marshall, Calhoun County, MI.

Just for the record.


Philip R Jay
Added by Philip Jay on Sep 14, 2015 10:37 AM
Christine Dobbertien
Fred Popenhagen
Thank you for the article on Fred Popenhagen. Kate Keller added it to his memorial. I added it to my genealogy info. Thanks again!
Added by Christine Dobbertien on Sep 08, 2015 2:21 PM
Mary Catherine Guile
She was the daughter of Stephen BarthOlf and Hanna HOPPER

Graves #19135137 (Stephen) #19135131 (Hannah)
Thanks, Ree
Added by ReeT on Aug 27, 2015 7:02 PM
Thanks for the info regarding Lucy Stringham at Olivet City Cemetery.I was able to confirm and add more info to her memorial.

Added by Treeclimber on Aug 10, 2015 10:22 AM
W. Warder
RE: Daniel Gray
Excellent! Thanks again!
Added by W. Warder on Aug 10, 2015 8:25 AM
W. Warder
RE: Daniel Gray
Thank you so much for the offer!

These 4 are my direct relatives:


James B Gray (79338860) might also be a relation. He's in the plot with Josiah. I need to do some research. If you want to transfer him to me that would be great, too.

My ID: 48674604.

Thanks so much for the fantastic job you are doing!

Added by W. Warder on Aug 09, 2015 8:59 AM
W. Warder
Daniel Gray
Sorry one more thing...

Josiah and Daniel's father is also in Oakridge # 79338755.

I sent you an edit for the birthdate already, but I have the death date as 09/24/1840 which is the same as the interment date listed in your bio although the death date is listed in April of 1840.

Something interesting: (I found this on the web and my explain why all my NY ancestors came to Michigan during this time)


"In the early summer of 1830, New Yorker, Sidney Ketchum rode along Territorial Road until he reached the community we now know as Marshall. Sidney acquired land claims in the area and returned to upstate New Your and New England to recruit settlers. He recruited merchants, doctors, lawyers, ministers and other professionals for his new settlement. In 1832 a schoolhouse was built, since most of the first settlers came from educated communities. Before the Village had even a dozen children of school age, a Miss Brown was summoned from Ann Arbor to teach."

Anyway, just thought I would share this with you.

Be well. Have a great day!

Added by W. Warder on Aug 08, 2015 10:39 PM
W. Warder
RE: Daniel Gray in Oakridge Cemetery, Marshall, Michigan

I am related to the family. Josiah Gray also buried in Oakridge is my 5th great grandfather. Daniel is his brother. Their father was Daniel Gray 1781-1840 who was married to Lydia Bevier.
They had 6 children and all the boys moved West while the girls, Permelia and Theodocia stayed in New York. Josiah and Daniel ended up in Michigan. Barzillai landed in Kansas and Reading in Indiana.

My source for the edits came from my grandfather, Benton Arthur Warder, who had researched the family (his mother was Florence Gray). I believe he may have hired a genealogist - I am not sure, but he gave me a tree (oh, lordy, typed on paper!), which has really been quite spot on with the records that I have been able to confirm with and/or GenealogyBank.

I really appreciate your taking the time to ask me. Really keeps Find A Grave a quality site for those of us trusting in the authenticity of the records.

Regardless, of your accepting my edits, thanks for all the work that you have done.

My best to you!

Added by W. Warder on Aug 08, 2015 10:17 PM
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