I am a library media specialist at a public high school. During my studies as a graduate student I practiced my research skills by working on all branches of my family tree.
My surnames include but are not limited to Cottrell, Stipe, McPheeters, Nelson, Riechard, Hollenback, Jennings, Bucher/Booker, Campbell, Lemon, Robards, Roach, Riley, Laird, Spry, Farr, Lynn/Linn, Eaton, Ogden, Watkins, Cornelius, James, Cook, Hodgson/Hodson, Mackie, Pabst, Wright, Bowater, Underwood, Wells, Swanson, Willis, Hinish, Peck, Hovey, Wadsworth and Donahue.
Although I am not related by blood to the Tompkins or Lear families of Ralls County, Missouri I research these families in honor of my Great Aunt Mallie Pearl Tompkins Laird. There are no descendants for her husband, herself or any of her siblings. My goal is that her family not be forgotten. The surnames I work on for my Aunt Mallie's family are Tompkins, Lear, some Strode and some Maddox.
RE: Nelson and Ethel Wilson I believe it. Wilson is a pretty common name, but I expected that ones who were buried so close were probably related. Hopefully, the memorials will be of interest to someone else, someday.
If I don't hear back from you by the weekend, I'll make the inquiry myself, and let you know.
PS - Missouri is beautiful. One of my favorite states.
RE: Helen A. Hiscock Hello! Bitley Cemetery is actually a very nice little cemetery. It is in a little town called Branchport and is easy to get to, but not exactly easy to locate, if you aren't looking for it. If you use the F.A.G. app, believe it when it tells you the location, as it is just a little side road, marked rather indiscreetly. It is well maintained, but shows its age too. I think that, if you like cemeteries, you'll enjoy it. The grave is very easy to locate and in good shape. If you have any other requests in this area, you are welcome to let me know who and where and I will see what I can find for you before you get here. Any excuse to find a new cemetery is appreciated! :) I hope you have a great visit!
RE: Jeffries/Cottrell Hi Heather....first of all, I live near Galveston Texas...so not doable to meet at the nearest Starbucks to share info!
My ties to the Cottrells are thru my maternal great grandmother. Burton (elbert) Thomas Jeffries b 1876 Mo d 1955 Mo married Cyrilla "Rilla" Cottrell( b 1881 Mo d 1961 Mo). I don't know when they married but had 2 boys: Robert H b 1901 Mo and Samuel B b 1906 Mo d 1977 Mo (he marr Catherine V Nunn)
I think Rilla's parents were Wm S and Sarah Sallie Lemon. In 1910 Mo, Wm Cottrell(b 1843) was living with Rilla and Burt, and the 2 boys. I can follow them thru 1940. Have a copy of Rilla's death cert. (on line copy).
That is all I know. I am not going any further into Rilla's line because I am overloaded! with Jeffries stuff. If I can help with more specific dates etc, let me know. Do you know what happened to the 2 boys? I loose Robert after 1920 and Samuel has wife in the 1940s. One thing I am wondering: in the 1930 census, Samuel B as a Jr shows .....I cannot understand why he is a Jr.
Wm Grant I think you are correct Wm is NOT AT THE BOTTOM the stone. I will have to go back and study it more carefully.
I will take the picture down on Find a Grave.
I recently probed for more stones and had no luck in the Grant or McDaniel section. They are just one row apart in the back center of the cemetery. There are obviously unmarked graves on either side of Phoebe McDaniel and in the line with Susan Grant and the Birgs.
RE: Elgin R. Jennings If I remember right Elgin was cremated. His ashes are under the marker. I remember him. One of the Frankford "Jennings Clan" Funny guy, but one not to be messed with if you made an enemy of him. Kinda small in stature, wirey. Good man, but his smoking put him where he is now. My mother's sister married into the Jennings family when she married Ivan Dewey Jennings. He ran the Opry in Frankford for many years. He lives with Aunt Edna in Nashville, TN. now. He is in poor health as well; diabetes is doing him in.
RE: Avis L. Conner Avis was born in Illinois on Feb 1, 1912 and died there on August 7, 1981.
She was enumerated with her parents at Banner (Fulton County) Illinois in the 1920 Census.
She married Roy Carlos Conner son of Charles Monroe Conner & Charlise Olive Hodson. Roy was born Feb 17, 1908 and died July 3, 1978.
They had children: Gerald (c1931), Charlotte (c1933) and Rodney (c1936).
In the 1930 Census, Roy (22 Ill) was enumerated at Joshua (Fulton County) Illinois with wife Avis L. (18 Ill), father Monroe C. (57 Ill), mother C. Olive (47 Ill), brother Sheldon S. (15 Ill) and brother Gordon M. (14 Ill).
In 1935, Roy, Avis and Gerald were living at Keithburg, Illinois.
In the 1940 Census,. Roy Connor (32 Ill) was a blacksmith enumerated at 352 Cass Place, Canton (Fulton County) Ohio with wife Avis (28 Ill) and their three children.
Avis' Champlin lineage was: Jeffrey (1), William (2-3), Joshua (4-5), Thomas (6), Clark (7), Mahlon (8), Hermis (9), Frederick (10), Avis (11).
RE: Woollen Two Harbors is 26 miles East of Duluth. It is a lovely town. I work for the CN railroad that services both the Two Harbors Docks and the Duluth Docks, as well as the mines in Northern MN.
Old New London is just to the west of the on- ramp to HWY 19 from Hwy 61. There is a grove of trees just off the ramp with the power lines, DOT right of way, cable TV, telephone, and whatever else buried right through it. When they made the right of way for the power, they bulldozed the stones out of the way and laid them in the fence row. Some are visible from the on ramp, but you have to go slow and know where to look. It is disgraceful. I'll let you know how the campaign goes.