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Ray (#47188697)
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Bio Photo Feel free to use any of my photos in any way that you wish, especially the older ones. My only purpose in posting them is to share them with those who want them and to help preserve them for posterity, just as many of these were gifts which others (long dead, for the most) once shared so generously with me. History is not for hoarding or profit but for preserving and passing on.

All of my memorials are works in progress, so I'm continually tinkering with them, researching, editing or expanding them. Additions, comments, corrections, criticisms and suggestions are always welcome and considered.

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Margret McGann
Col Isbell
Good morning Ray,

I added the photo from the book. I didnt see any of Dana but I will look more closely tonight when I get home from work. The book doesn't have a whole lot of photos....

Kind regards,

Added by Margret McGann on Jan 27, 2016 6:16 AM
Isbell in Forrest Cemetery
Took all photos in the family plot and added a new memorial/photo for Jesse Hal Isbell. If you want a transfer, let me know. Nancy
Added by NGL on Jan 12, 2016 8:04 PM
John Awbrey
Crestwood Cemetery
If you will call the Crestwood Cemetery office (256-492-5430)and get the grave location, I will fulfill the photo request. The cemetery office charges non-relatives $20 for a location or I would ask them myself. You can email me at when you get the Section number and lot number.
Added by John Awbrey on Dec 17, 2015 5:40 PM
Hazel Inglis
RE: Transfers
Good Morning Ray

Thank you for getting back to me, it was so nice of you. Its always nice to meet new distant relatives no matter how good that meeting may be. One would only hope that it was a good one.

Though I have been on Find A Grave a long time I have not been active in it until about 10 days ago. THAT is when the 6 memorials were transferred to me. I am well aware they need to be attended to and updated. It is of NO REFLECTION on ME but the previous handler !!! Those around the memorials I have also need to be added to and updated. I have decided that those I will try to tackle first. I will offer the information I have to be added to those memorials. I have all the time in the world to fix my own. Since you can't see anything being done with the 6 I just received it does not mean I am doing nothing. I guess its the old "mother instinct" Take care of everyone else"- THEN take care of yourself.

You win RAY... To hell with the memorials of those related above and below the ones I have. I will care for my own. If I look for one and can't find it, I will create it.

Thank you Ray, Have a great day.
Added by Hazel Inglis on Nov 21, 2015 7:20 AM
Richard Pruitt
RE: Odens
Thank you for the message. I had noticed the discrepancy but this clears it up. Actually my Grandmother and Uncle Ralph Bentle had told me the story of the John L Oden's wound at Antietam and escape. They gave me a photocopy from a Masonic Magazine form the 30's. Since it was a Grandfather they could have known, I took their word on it. A first cousin with a very similar name complicates matters!

Uncle Ralph s still alive in Alabama now, but all the rest of his generation are gone. Grandmother died at 99!

Richard B Pruitt
Added by Richard Pruitt on Oct 31, 2015 5:34 PM
Robert Miller
Dear Sir:

Are you related to Mary Alice (Chadick) Eastburn Wife Of Eugune Augustua Eastburn? I am just getting ready to start on Charles William Eastburn buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Mobile, Alabama. I today just received an EASTBURN FAMILY BOOK 372 pages. I do not see Charles William Eastburn at present.

Any info that you can help me, please let me know. I live in Mobile, Alabama, and where do you live?

Hoping to hear from you very soon.

I Remain

Robert Miller

P.S. My Charles William Eastburn married Sarah "Sallie) Rice. Sallie (RICE) Eastburn was C. W. Eastburn Second wife. I can not locate the first wife any info. R.M.
Added by Robert Miller on Sep 23, 2015 9:15 PM
Ellen Brewster
RE: Varian graves
Hi Ray, I also took photos of the stones for James Varian, Elizabeth Cornell Varian and Samuel Varian. Are you also interested in them? Elizabeth Cornell is already up without her married name and I have started to put up the others. Let me know if you want to manage them.
Added by Ellen Brewster on Sep 08, 2015 10:17 AM
Horton family
Thank you Ray for the information. I first found Clyde and they had him w/the nick name of Coy.
But w/continued research, found there was one sibling w/the name of Coy and also Clyde. Coy was about 3/4 years older than Clyde. On Clyde's draft card, he list his full name as Clyde Estella Horton, and at that time, he and Helen were married, living in Harrison. I have also seen some documents w/his middle name w/an A.?
It seems like two different names possibly his
parents. A Willis and then also a William? I know how it all goes, doing research for years and all of the mix ups people assume are the same people. Clyde married Helen Lazarus on July 15, 1939, the marriage is listed in Arkansas. Helen
was the daughter of Mordecia and Parlee. My interest is in Parlee. Louisa Parlee 'Long' Lazarus McWilliams was the daughter of U.S.Grant
Long and his first wife, Louisa 'Farmer.' At times in documents he is listed as Ulysses S. Grant Long and other documents list him as William S. Grant Long, going by Grant. Thank you again for your help, it's always so nice to find
new information on the genealogy tree. Ulysses was my great grandfather's 1st cousin. Have a nice week end.
Added by Phyllis on Sep 05, 2015 11:58 AM
Willis Horton
Would you know if Willis' son, Clyde was married
at one time to a Helen Lazarus? I have a copy of their marriage certificate which states they were married on the 15th of July, 1939, Boone County,
Arkansas. It list his name as Clyde A. Horton.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Added by Phyllis on Sep 04, 2015 1:59 PM
Carolyn Murray Greer
RE: Your son
That means so much to me. Thank you.
Added by Carolyn Murray Greer on Aug 31, 2015 4:59 PM
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