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Beth in Colorado (#47321605)
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Bio Photo I cannot believe I have to say this, but....
People, I have a life. It is not always pleasant. Life is sometimes just that way. Someone has recently castigated me because I didn't change their family information on their family's memorials within a week. Within that particular week, I did an emergency run to Oklahoma due to a family death (14 hour drive one way). I came roaring back to Colorado to emergencies at work. I don't own a laptop, so I could make no changes while gone. My husband would like my attention periodically, as does the garden, etc. Please, PLEASE respect that we are all volunteers, unpaid folks who do this for the joy and love of family, cemeteries, or a boatload of other reasons. Give me A MONTH to make changes. I know that seems like for forever on your part, but on my part, at times, that's 32 seconds. Blessings, Beth

You have my permission to use my photos of Headstones in your own genealogy. It would be nice if you'd give me a little credit, but, let's get real, how am I to know? "Photo of headstone courtesy of Findagrave Contributor Beth in Colorado (#47321605)" works for me!
Oh, yes, I have kept the original photos, so if you want a larger picture, just e-mail me and I'll get it to you. I went and bought an external hard drive just to save them all, and am currently in the process of organizing everything. (7/11/2012)

I just got back from vacation in Missouri, July of 2014. It is just beautiful country with all kinds of "Weeeeeeee" Hills. Amish Folks trotting around in their carriages. "Why would anyone leave here?" I ask myself. And then 100 degrees that feels like 115 in the shade. With humidity. I am very, very happy to be back in Colorado. I didn't finish the Masonic Cemetery. I'll try to get back there in a year or so. With something for snakes. I hate snakes.

I love looking for family, no matter how far removed. It's just flat fun! My main interest, however, are Geer's, Hodge's, Hampton's, Cargo's, Walker's, Simmons', Sala's, Snyder's, and any attachments of said families.

I've recently become a little hooked on taking pictures out in Union Highland Cemetery in Florence, Colorado. I do so love UHC. One day I'll have photos of every Headstone out there up on Findagrave, and will have connected my peeps buried out there to each other. It was the Little Ones who got me hooked. "Where's your Momma, Baby? Where's your Papa?" Drove me nuts, so I started trying to find Momma's and Daddy's. I'm now a lost cause.

How on Earth other contributors input 100,000+ Memorials into Findagrave's data base is beyond me. I'm not a big fan of data input; however, Courtney B. (Contributor # 47335873) and I created Memorials for the approximately 15,000 Folks buried out in Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City. It took from October 2012 'til the end of July 2013. This is no piece of cake.

All of this with a full-time job that I'm on-call for 24/7, bowling on Thursdays (which I really suck at, but somebody's got to be the Team Handicap), gardening (both flowers & veggies), and riding bikes with my husband, John, in the mountains on my beloved Harley, Pookah.

Enjoy! And I hope I've helped you in your own searching.


So, this is how I get started on tracking and linking the Folks in Union Highland Cemetery.

1. I notice the Vahldick's and Cowperthwaite's are buried in the same Lot. Gee, why is that?

2. There's only one other Vahldick in the Cemetery, Miss Sadie, and, why lookie there!, her grave is right next to Edward & Mary Ann Cowperthwaite. Two separate Vahldick's by two separate Cowperthwaite's. Bet that means something.

3. Harold's father was born in Illinois; his mother was born in England. Sadie Vahldick was born in England IF she is a Cowperthwaite.

3. In the 1910, 1920 & 1930 census', Mr. Harold Vahldick is living with Mr. David R. Davis. Harold is David's nephew. Oh, gee! Mr. David R. Davis's Lot is right behind Mr. Harold R. Vahldick's plot. Nephew, huh? That means Mr. David R. Davis is married to Harold's mother's sister.

4. Mr. David R. Davis is married to Miss Joan. I'll bet Miss Joan is a Cowperthwaite, etc. etc.

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My great-grandmother was Capatola Viola Menefee. My mother told stories about her (her grandmother), and she's somewhat of a legend in our family. My mom, who is no longer with us, said Capatola had five husbands, which I believed as a child, but never dreamed, as a family genealogist, that I might confirm. It turns out that I was able to find records for FOUR of them! It's not even impossible there was a fifth, although I never found one. Her fourth (or fifth?) husband was Roy Menefee, who is also buried at Lakeside, and I also got his obituary through your work. Those two obituaries provide me with the name of a "foster" daughter, but whose biological daughter she might be, I have no idea. She could be a lost sister of my grandmother, but could also be the daughter of one of Capatola's husbands, which is more likely. In any case, it's all quite interesting, and I would not have the name without your help. Thank you again!
Added by Kecia on Feb 01, 2016 8:53 AM
Beth, you are wonderful! I have researched my great-grandmother for years and never found the obituary that you provided along with her grave, although I had taken the trip once to visit and take pictures. Just fabulous that you found this and shared it. I have all kinds of new information to collate and digest. Thank you. Bless you!
Added by Kecia on Jan 26, 2016 9:04 AM
Dennis Hardin
Transfers of Ira and his son Lawrence
Thank you for transferring their memorials. I appreciate you for your time and effort.
Added by Dennis Hardin on Jan 05, 2016 8:44 PM
William P. Morton
Thank you, I appreciate your help with the memorial for William P. Morton.

Added by Jay on Dec 25, 2015 9:30 PM
Peggy Bargen Duey
RE: Bernice McMurphy Prator Bakerink
Thanks!!! I saw the note on her memorial but decided that you had a lot of things going on and would get it done when you had the time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Dec 23, 2015 9:26 AM
Lavinia Marceleen Comer Tatro
Could you please add this to bio for Lavinia- thank you

2nd husband Christopher Tatro

Link to memorial:

Added by CCC on Dec 14, 2015 10:07 PM
Diane Payne
David Randall & Randle
Hi Beth,

Thank you for all the wonderful contributions you make to Find A Grave.

There is a duplicate and not sure how to handle it.

John Randall and is wife Mary Randall are both listed in the Lakeside cemetery, with a headstone photo. However, the stone has the surname listed as Randle.

Not sure if you and the other contributor can merge them? Or leave yours with a note See John Randle See Mary Randle

Thanks again for everything!!!
Added by Diane Payne on Dec 08, 2015 4:23 PM
Pierce Allman
Again with Pierce Allman (21334289). Are you sure this is the correct stone? I can't read the name but I can read "CO G, 4 IA CAV". This man was too young to be in the Civil War (if that is a CW headstone). Don't mean to step on toes, just wondering.
Added by SMG on Dec 04, 2015 10:48 PM
Odd flower
"A garden of Peace for you, Mr. Pierceon."

Thought this was an odd flower since his last name is Allman.
Added by SMG on Dec 04, 2015 10:25 PM
RE: Trulove

Thanks for the reply. Maybe I should have messaged the "Creator" instead? Didn't think about that!
Added by UNICORN1950 on Nov 29, 2015 1:47 PM
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