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Joan R (Prien) Gedeon (#47207496)
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Bio Photo I remember when I was a kid and we would go visiting with various aunts and uncles or they would come to visit at our house. There was a bit of a division between which ones you entertained in the Living Room on Sunday and which ones grouped around the kitchen table. Either way, I was the annoying kid that wanted to be around the adults listening to the stories and remembering them.

In addition, I was fascinated with my great-grandmother, Viola Mae Beatty Nosler Phillips. She had lost both legs to diabetes and was in a wheelchair. This is a woman who was a true pioneer. She was just a baby when the covered wagon she was riding in tipped over. For years my mother would display the baby bonnet she was wearing at the time of the accident. Great-Grandma married William Edward Nosler and together they had 13 children, not all of which made it to adulthood. If she had lived in modern times they would have known that 13 pound babies mean diabetes and she had quite a few that were 13 pounds or more.

Because of my fascination with Grandma Phillips, I decided to see if there was any information out there about where she came from and did I ever get a shock. I have been working non-stop on the Beatty Family Tree, although I take detours once in awhile.

I have always loved cemeteries and I enjoy walking them. It's especially exciting to find my own relatives, however, I have made it my mission to map Section A of the Prairie Grove Cemetery in Fort Wayne (Waynedale), Indiana. This Section is the oldest in the cemetery. Unfortunately, records from before the 1930's were destroyed in a fire, and some of the headstones are impossible to read. I have been fortunate enough to find some Beatty's in this cemetery, although they aren't necessarily my Beatty's. I am also taking as many pictures in the cemetery as I's not as large as some of the others in Fort Wayne, but I find it interesting, nonetheless.

I am doing all of this for other people who can't get to this cemetery and would like to have a picture of a headstone. I am always excited to find a picture online that wasn't there last week and I hope that happens for other people too.

The family names I am researching are: Prien (my maiden name), Wegner, Selmer, Beatty, Nosler, Osborn(e), Brown, Tate, Baxter, See, McMillan, Kennedy, Schmid, and many, many others too numerous to mention.

Joan R Prien-Gedeon
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Duplicates - check the spellings.
In Prairie Grove Cemetery, check the spellings on your Gebhart - Gebhardt listings. Thanks, Gene
Added by Gene on Jan 27, 2015 2:34 PM
Brenda McGaw
Maude Beatty Clifton #53955684
Joan, We are related though our ggg-grandfathers Joseph and David Beaty making us 4th cousins.
Is it possible for you to transfer my direct line, Maude Beatty, to me?
Gratefully, Brenda McGaw
Added by Brenda McGaw on Dec 29, 2014 12:56 PM
Carrie Trendle
Thank you for sending my Gr Grandmother to me. I so much appreciate your dedication to Prairie Grove Cemetery in Fort Wayne, I have many relative there and am working on a family project for marking my grandmothers grave (She is interred with my uncle George W. Trendle Sr.)
Added by MARY HARTMAN on Jun 29, 2014 2:19 PM
Scott Shoup
RE: Rose Chapman Tillison
Nope - not related. Just passing on the information!
Added by Scott Shoup on May 26, 2014 8:00 PM
Scott Shoup
Rose Chapman Tillison
Chapman was Rose's first husband's last name.
Added by Scott Shoup on May 26, 2014 3:24 PM
RE: updates
Thank you so much!!

Added by OPPSheryl on May 15, 2014 10:42 AM
Hi Joan

I have sent some automatic updates and they have not yet been completed. It is a relatively new way to update and perhaps you are unfamiliar with it. The tab is on your profile page in the upper right hand corner. It reads "Edits." You are normally so good about updates so I just wanted to double check.

Thank you in advance,

Added by OPPSheryl on May 14, 2014 5:41 PM
Troy Myers
Hettingers at Prairie Grove Cemetery Allen County Indiana
I am wondering if you are related to this family, they are part of mine if you are not I would love to see if you would transfer their memorials to me so I can update and link them with other family members?

Troy Myers
Added by Troy Myers on Apr 29, 2014 2:41 PM
Cynthia Beverforden
Alma Ellen Souder Beverforden
Thanks for the transfer.

Cynthia Beverforden
Added by Cynthia Beverforden on Apr 25, 2014 9:11 PM
RE: Scott Beatty
Thank you for adding Ruth Wines in the bio section.
Added by J L on Mar 24, 2014 6:23 AM
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