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Mike Gourley (#47400716)
 member for 3 years, 4 months, 6 days
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Bio Photo Do you ever wonder why some folks are on this site? Is it ego, boredom, or a desire to be helpful? Some folks create memorials, some like taking pictures and some do both. For some folks it is all about genealogy. As for me, I started posting at the request of a member on a hiking site. You see, my thing is hiking. My area of particular interest is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A few years ago I became intrigued with cemeteries of the National Park. As you can tell from my profile picture I seek out old home places of those that once settled in what became the national park. I continue to venture into places long forgotten by most visitors to the park. Many of the cemeteries in the national park are lost or very rarely receive any attention. Some of those cemeteries I have created and posted pictures on findagrave. It saddened me to know that some of these hard working people would someday be forgotten and their memories just dust in the wind. Some of them already are. So I do the best I can to visit these places and share what I do know with others. I write blogs that I hope leave a blueprint for future generations. Someday the settlements of the smokies will be buried beneath the dirt and leaf litter. The chimneys fall and graves stones crumble. One day they will be nothing more than a memory. A friend of mine told me about a couple graves he found on a ridge above an old home place. If not for the Boxwoods that had been planted behind the stones one would not even think them to be burials. The headstones are now enclosed by the boxwoods. The two footstones indicate that these were adults. It is off trail and a hard hike to find them. I am not even sure the Park service knows they are there. I only know because of the blood and sweat of a friend who found them and knew I would be interested. I just did the hike myself and can attest to the blood and sweat as you fight the rhododendron and feel the bite of the briers to reach this place. So why am I on here? Because I do not want those mountain people to be forgotten. Much is left to speculation about these places. Everything is subject to revision. So if I have made any errors on this site be rest assured none were made in malice. My only reason for creating a memorial is because of my belief that no one should be forgotten. My hope has always been that someone would request a transfer of management. I want and desire them to be managed by family members. My life situation today is one in which I do not really have time for upkeep so please feel free to request transfer.
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Jesse McWhirter
Find A Grave Memorial# 46088961
Mike do you remember when you took this picture if his wife was buried next to him Sarah/ Sadie L. Dunlap Cannon.
Added by Jesse McWhirter on Feb 25, 2014 11:27 AM
Gloria Jennings Lowrey
Just wanted to let you know that I "moved" the two Enloe memorials which you were kind enough to transfer to me. I moved them to the ENLOE Family Cemetery rather than ENTOE Cemetery where you originally had them. It appears that someone else has inadvertently created duplicate memorials for Abraham and Sarah Enloe. I have notified this contributor of the duplication. She probably wasn't aware of your memorials since she would not have known to look for them in the ENTOE cemetery. I just didn't want you to think that I had deleted your memorials.
Added by Gloria Jennings Lowrey on Feb 05, 2014 8:44 AM
Gloria Jennings Lowrey
Thank you so very much for transferring the memorials of Abraham and Sarah Enloe. I sincerely appreciate it.
Added by Gloria Jennings Lowrey on Feb 05, 2014 7:49 AM
Robert Kuhmann
Memorial# 12453149
Thank you for honoring my request - the portrait and image of his ancestral home (National Registry of Historic Places) have been uploaded, both from PUBLIC DOMAIN sources.
Added by Robert Kuhmann on Jan 18, 2014 3:12 PM
Robert Kuhmann
Memorial# 12453149
Kindly remove the 2 gravestone photos (both duplicate photos which were already uploaded by others), and prevent me from adding: a "portrait" of the gent, plus a vintage "drawing" of his childhood "plantation" home.
I rarely ask that of anyone. Hope you won't mind ...thanks in advance. If agreed, pls let me know once completed.

Robert Kuhmann (#46567652)
Find A Grave member for 10 years, 11 months, 1 day.
Added by Robert Kuhmann on Jan 18, 2014 9:51 AM
Shelley Boring
RE: Headstone photo's
Thank you very much Mike.
Shelley Boring
Added by Shelley Boring on Jan 16, 2014 5:12 PM
Shelley Boring
Headstone photo's
Hi Mike,
My name is Shelley Boring and I am also on I am filling in Burial info and wanted to know if I may use your headstone pics in my info. I do and will give you source credit.
Sincerely, Shelley Boring
Added by Shelley Boring on Jan 15, 2014 7:10 PM
Thank You
you still have my e-mail?
Added by Whaley on Jan 08, 2014 2:25 PM
Alexander Whaley and Mary Boyd Whaley
Hi Mike, I have not heard from you for a while..Ever find anything on Alexander Whaley(birth abt 1813) son of William M Whaley 1788
Added by Whaley on Jan 08, 2014 11:27 AM
Annette Shaw
Lost Tennessee Cemeteries
Hi Mike,
I would like to email you about our Tennessee Gravestones Project.
Will you check it out? Looking forward to hearing from you.
Kindest Regards,
Annette Shaw
Added by Annette Shaw on Dec 24, 2013 10:38 AM
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