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William Harrison (#47153789)
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Bio Photo In honor of my mother, Marjorie Valentine (Sims) Harrison, I am submitting her photo with my profile.
I have been working quite hard on my family history information since 1993, beginning with the info that she had entered into my baby book!

I have compiled detailed enumerations for 8 1/5 cemeteries here in Coles Co, IL and have posted most of what I have on 5 of those here on Find A Grave at this time. The names of the cemeteries that I have compiled records for are: Stoner, Adkins/Woodson, Brown's (Unity) Chapel, Mt Tabor, McKenzie, Hurricane, Miller-Coartney, Fudge & Grant.
I've worked some on Kickapoo (Mt Zion), Whetstone, and a few other Cemeteries. I've added links and photos to memorials for all known burials at Mt Tabor, Miller-Coartney Grant and Fudge.
I'm adding family & requested memorials & photos for Mound/Roselawn Cem in Charleston, Bethel and Rest Haven Cems in Lafayette Twp, as well as a numerous others.

NOTE: I just recently obtained a plot map for the Bethel Cem, accompanied by names of lot owners and/or occupants, plus a partial down the row enumeration done by James Heidlebaugh in 1981.

I recently did a detailed work up for the Grant Cem, Hutton Twp, Coles Co, IL. I have photographed all legible grave markers and have posted memorials for each of them with marker photos plus other names which were included in an enumeration done by the Coles Co Genealogical Society.
When I began this new project, there were nine memorials posted on FAG and three marker photos.
As of today (8-1-2015), there are now 83 memorials with marker photos on 80 of them (some memorials have multiple photos).
There are several foot stones with initials only that cannot definitely be linked to a specific person. I have photos, but have not posted them yet.

I also have over 100 Williams family kin in Harmony Cem in Cumberland Co, IL, including 3 generations of direct Williams family ancestors, as well as having made other submissions on memorials in several other cemeteries in IA, IL, IN, OH, WV, and WA.

As a photo volunteer, I actively visit several more cemeteries in this area to search for and photograph markers.

I have purchased bound copies of the enumerations that James Heidlebaugh compiled for Janesville (or New Gordon), Thomas Lincoln (or Old Gordon or Shiloh), and Beals Cemeteries. They are down the row readings and are VERY helpful in locating markers!

I am part of a small group working on cleanup of the Cossell Cem, located NW of Charleston. We are slowly making progress! I was informed that a local Boy Scout Troop had been working on the cleanup, but I spoke with the Scout Master and he indicated that due to his pending retirement and a reduction in the number of available Scouts, he did not believe they would be returning to Cossell Cem.
During the summer of 2015, several work days accomplished nearly complete removal of downed trees, all underbrush, removal of several unwanted trees, and removal of broken down barbed wire fencing. More work remains to be done, but ALL visible markers can now be easily accessed. A future task will be probing for markers which have fallen & possibly covered by sod. Hopefully broken markers can be restored.

I am primarily researching: Harrison, Sims, Williams, Reynolds, Malcom(b), Stotts, McCreery, Stoner, Schnorf, Adkins, Pettit. But of course, there are many MANY more names which I have found to be members of my extended family!

I am also researching my Hardin and Dean family members, who are related to my Stoner family.

I attend the annual Sims Family Reunion at Fox Ridge State Park in Coles Co, IL. I am the local Sims family genealogist.

In 2014, I began searching for information on my wife's ancestry. Names include: Thomas, Elder, Brooks, Blake, Johnson, Pilkington, Miller, Offill, Richards, Elliott, Norman, Davis, Wright, Wallace, Beaman, Dage, Perkins, Clark, Brockway, Cooley, Durfey, Skinner, Goodwin, Hull, Fickle, Slaymaker, Voetgling, Beck, and Tatman. (so far). We usually attend the annual Miller-Elliott Reunion in Dieterich, Effingham Co, IL. She was pleasantly surprised when I informed her that she was directly descended from King Edward I (1239-1307). He is her 22nd g gf!

I firmly believe that anyone capable of finding, reviewing and posting information on FAG does not need specific directives from other volunteer contributors about how to manage the memorials they have spent their time to research and posted. If errors or omissions in content are observed, then a suggestion to the contributor through the Edit process INCLUDING corrections or additional information about names, dates and/or family links should definitely be appropriate.
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Charles Burns
Hi William,

I am Dave Kennedy and my find a grave is DSON now, As for the sources they have been gathered over the last 40 years by some Burns families, When I first started all the work was at the library and court houses and that is where all my data had come from.
My grandma was a Burns.

Have a Great Day

Added by DSON1492 on Jan 16, 2016 6:14 AM
Carolyn Gray
Bobby Lee Yaw
I understand Bobby was never Robert, but did he name his son "Robert?"
Added by Carolyn Gray on Jan 07, 2016 2:30 PM
Roberta Moody
Oakley pic & bio
Great job, Bill
Added by Roberta Moody on Dec 16, 2015 9:31 AM
Roberta Moody
Transfer completed....take good care of him Bill....If we can be of help to you in any way in the future, just send us a note......Roberta and Richard
Added by Roberta Moody on Dec 12, 2015 3:04 PM
Jordan Love
Hi William,

Thank you so much for the photo of Maud Roth Love's grave. I'm writing up a family history and I'll be able to include the photo in our family story! Thanks again.

Added by Jordan Love on Dec 03, 2015 12:25 PM
Family Searcher
Thank you
Added by Family Searcher on Dec 01, 2015 9:52 PM
Dan Curd
Permelia Curd Hutchason
Thank you for your photo!
Added by Dan Curd on Dec 01, 2015 6:52 PM
Bob & Nancy Cannon
Nila Marie Wright Myers Bidle
Because there is not tombstone posted for her, we will leave the name as is unless you know for sure which husband she shares a tombstone with.
Added by Bob & Nancy Cannon on Dec 01, 2015 5:15 AM
Roberta Moody
Hello Bill...We went out to the SFNC today (Sunday) and still no headstone...Will try again the end of the week. We haven't forgotten him.......Best Wishes...Roberta
Added by Roberta Moody on Nov 22, 2015 4:32 PM
Roberta Moody
RE: Memorial for Max Oakley #154836858
Hello Bill...Max was lucky to have a friend who remembers their time spent together as young men. His headstone is on the list for installation in about a week and then we can get the photograph for his memorial as Rich and I try to do for all the vets memorials we create. Please hold on to the obit info you would like to add and as soon as we can get that photo for him I will be happy to transfer his memorial to your care. I won't forget. Again, thanks for asking. ....Roberta
Added by Roberta Moody on Nov 17, 2015 9:28 AM
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