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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 regularly (as in daily) 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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Brian P
Doris Swinford
Thanks for taking the photo.
Added by Brian P on Aug 16, 2016 9:52 AM
Barbara Wolf
Melvin Richter
Thank you for fulfilling my request for a new photo of Melvin. The one that I was given by a friend was so bad but your new one is great. Have a wonderful weekend.
Added by Barbara Wolf on Aug 12, 2016 8:46 AM
Cindy Cornwell McCachern
Thank You
Thanks for the photo of Ruby and W. T. Madlem's stone.
Added by Cindy Cornwell McCachern on Aug 11, 2016 3:24 AM
Dave Stutesman
Daniel Covert 70069724
Are you related to the Coverts? I am a direct descendant of Daniel Covert 70069724, through his daughter Martha (Patsy) McLean. Her son James McLean was my 2nd great grandfather.
Added by Dave Stutesman on Aug 09, 2016 10:43 AM
Sandra Taylor
Dora Quiggins
Thank you for searching for Dora Quiggins. She must be in an unmarked grave. Bless you!
Added by Sandra Taylor on Aug 08, 2016 9:31 PM
Raymond Sassman
RE: Maude Hill
Mr Harrison I have but no one has ever answered the request.

I saw your name on the memorial I mentioned so I thought I would give you a try.

Thanks anyway
Added by Raymond Sassman on Jul 19, 2016 7:03 PM
Raymond Sassman
Maude Hill
Hi Mr Harrison, I hope you will be able to help me. My request is in regards to Mound Cemetery in Pana. I have a relative named Maude Hil (Charles Hill) supposedly buried there. I have not been able to find the caretaker of that cemetery to have a photo taken of the Hill headstone. Would you help me??

Thank you
Ray Sassman
Added by Raymond Sassman on Jul 19, 2016 6:18 PM
Search Request for Thomas Sherman at Mound Cemetery
Hello, and thank you for searching the Mound Cemetery for the graves of Thomas Sherman and his sister Evaline Alvey. Their obituaries state they were buried there, but these records do get lost and markers disappear. I sincerely appreciate your effort to help me with this. Teri Reed Hjelmstad
Added by TeriHj on Jun 14, 2016 12:07 PM
Sandra Taylor
Eliza J Hayes Quiggins
Thank you for searching for Eliza J. Hayes Quiggins in the Mound Cemetery. I have a copy of her obituary from the Charleston Carnegie Public Library which states she is buried at this location. I also could not find her daughter Rose Alice Quiggins Hanks when I searched for her. Rose was married to my Great-Uncle, George A. Hanks [Find A Grave #84776068], who is buried at Mound Cemetery, Plot Lot No. 3, Section 2, W 1/2. We went so far as to prod the grave site next to him looking for her. I have a Burial Card for Rose [Find A Grave #84776389]; however, I was not able to search while I was in the area. Apparently, some burial records have been lost or misplaced. Again, thank you for you effort. Bless you!
Added by Sandra Taylor on Jun 13, 2016 2:24 PM
Cheryl Behrend
Eversole Photos
Thank you again for all your great work.
Added by Cheryl Behrend on May 31, 2016 6:35 AM
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