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Tree Leaf (#47481781)
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Bio Photo Edit: I have been ill lately but promise to update pages very soon, please, bear with me a bit. Thank you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, to everyone at this site who is here to help others. Those of you who post people's ancestors and transfer the pages willingly when a relative claims it. Those who are glad to help no matter how the request is posted! You all really are saints, in my eyes. I can never express my thanks deeply enough. And this type of person seems to be 99.9% of the fellow members here. Which is wonderful!

I am not doing this for any kind of 'glory' - if that were the case I'd be using my real name. That is not the reason I am particular about accuracy or provenance.

It is my wish to honor my ancestors by caretaking their pages. If I am not related to the person and/or if it is not important to me as a family member or family line, then I do not ask for a transfer. If I have nothing new to add, then I do not ask for a transfer, either. I admit, I think pages should ideally be with 'family'! I also think everyone should consider a page an honor and a sacred trust, to maintain. Mistakes that sit untouched, and gossip on a memorial page, make my teeth chatter.

I have been working on the genealogy for my entire family very hard for a while now. I do not take research lightly, including yours. I will never erase someone's page, your name will always be on the page as first to post it. Therefore there can be no worry about transferring any page to me.

About copyright: Now that and are owned by the same company, I'm not as concerned about the obituaries or biographies I write for this site "showing up" mysteriously there. There should be less need of that, now that pages here are automatically linked to However, if someone still is tempted, I hope people will ask me to upload a biography, instead. That way, I can edit in new information in the future, if new facts are found. (If you upload it as a story, I cannot edit it at all. There are some I wrote, on Ancestry now, that contain errors I cannot fix, because I didn't upload it. It is vital - for accuracy - that I be able to update things as needed.)

Sometimes, people still want to download things for their blog or publication. So, the usual copyright rules apply. Basically: Anything original in content (written) is automatically copyright.

(And by the way if you have a special reason to ask - a family reunion or something - it is very likely I'd be happy to write something up for your occasion, if asked. And I could try to tailor it to the occasion. Not all things are appropriate here that might make a good story elsewhere, you know? And vice versa.)

Photos often have limited permissions (please check the captions.) Some were loaned to me on the condition they not 'appear' anywhere else. When in doubt about 'borrowing' something - just ask. It only takes a moment.

The reason this is important, aside from it simply being the law (at least in the U.S.), is: in genealogy, provenance is important. If you upload something elsewhere under your own name, the chain is broken. You'll forget where you found it, and others will have no idea who to ask if they have any questions. If your aim is to be of help to others, please don't break the chain. This is even more important now that things can be copied so quickly on the internet. The source must be kept on record, or the real meaning of photos and information is invalidated for future generations. Think about it. And this way, the owner of a written piece, or image, can try to keep track of 'where things are going.' Think of an anonymous lending library and the problems that could create as things are 'borrowed' endlessly - that's the internet.

People have already found their ancestors' photos 'borrowed' by strangers, completely wrong names put with them, on other websites. This is another reason it's good to keep track of where things go, if possible. Not everyone cares about accuracy, some will borrow anything to fill out their tree. One day how will we prove who those photos really are, if there is no chain of attribution?

Biography corrections: If you are a relative of the deceased, and a member of the site here, and wish something added to their biography, please tell me. It is very important to me to try to tell their story, accurately and (when possible) vividly. To me that is why the Biography section exists. To tell their story. To try to bring something of the person to life on the page. The location information is so we can honor their memory with a visit one day, or virtually. But it's nice to know who we are 'visiting.'
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RE: Joanna Annie Hastings Rogers Smallwood

1910 United States Federal Census about Anna Southwood
Name: Anna Southwood
[Anna Smallwood]
Age in 1910: 67
Birth Year: abt 1843
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1910: Keokuk Ward 2, Lee, Iowa
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Roomer
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Allen Martin 72 Should be Ellen)
Anna Southwood 67 (Should be Smallwood)
Added by Glenda on Sep 28, 2014 8:29 AM
RE: Joanna Annie Hastings Rogers Smallwood
The 1910 census has her born then.
Added by Glenda on Sep 26, 2014 6:58 AM
Joanna Annie Hastings Rogers Smallwood
It this John Hastings wife?

Mrs Annie Smallwood
Birth: unknown
Death: Jul. 18, 1918
Lee County
Iowa, USA

According to her obituary she was married three times but had no near surviving relatives. (see obituary)

Buried on Jul 20, 1918 by Crimmins Funeral Home.

Oakland Cemetery
Lee County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Potters Field

Created by: Thomas
Record added: Nov 24, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 120755526
Added by Glenda on Sep 23, 2014 10:05 AM
Mary Elizabeth Fairchild.
father is linked. Thanks for the info.
Added by Glenda on Sep 23, 2014 6:55 AM
RE: question
I think it must have been 42745349. You wanted the mother removed but I think it is correct the way it is. Kay
Added by kpet on Sep 21, 2014 12:48 PM
Mary Clarkson Turek
RE: Thank you
You are very welcome!
Added by Mary Clarkson Turek on Sep 14, 2014 2:23 PM
Patricia (Gooding) Thomas
Pearl Marie Sparrow
I'm new to find-a-grave as a member (only 8 days in)

I'd be honored to have Grandma's memorial transferred to me - but again I'm new to this system. Not sure how to get her data to you - I have four pages scanned and can e-mail them to you - or however the information gets onto her memorial. One of her daughters (still living) has a headstone by her Elizabeth (Kinman) Topper (we call her Libby). A grand daughter and daughter-in-law are also buried at New Providence. Grandma has a few other siblings buried at New Providence as well. I just got her sister, Ruby (Sparrow) Maas added to Calvary Cemetery in Quincy, Il and liked to the parents.

I've covered New Providence cemetery several times when I've been "back home" and need to go through the pictures and get more people added to New Providence and other cemeteries in the area.

Pearl and my grandpa McCants had three other children who died in infancy. Two of the sons are listed as being buried at Camp Creek Cemetery (McDonough Co. IL) where Grandpa McCants is buried - at least in the cemetery book but Mom (Wanda McCants Gooding) thinks they are buried at Denson Cemetery at Ursa. Years back, grandma and her sister Ruby found the cemetery before it had been cleaned up (was in the middle of a corn field). I've been to Denson and there are no headstones. My uncle Bud (son of Pearl) says he took Grandma to Denson once to visit the babies graves. I'd like to find out where they are actually buried and make note of this. Grandpa McCants died when mom was about three years of age - so she doesn't remember much about him. How sad.

Just never enough time to get everything done as soon as I'd like to.

The find-a-grave site is a wonderful way to make sure as many people as possible are memorialized for generations to come!
Patricia (Gooding) Thomas
Monroe, Michigan
Added by Patricia (Gooding) Thomas on Aug 25, 2014 9:49 AM
Patricia (Gooding) Thomas
Pearl Marie (Sparrow) McCants Kinman
I see you have the info for Pearl at New Providence Cemetery (Adams County, Ill). I have her obituary if you would like to add this to her page. Pearl was my grandma and an absolutely wonderful lady and role mode. Her words of wisdom are with me today and often passed down to my kids and grandkids. My parents are Wayne Gooding and Wanda Lee McCants.

Thanks for all your work!
Added by Patricia (Gooding) Thomas on Aug 24, 2014 4:40 PM
Reply to Your Letter..... :)
Dear Tree Leaf, Thanks for Your lovely letter. I would be Happy to transfer any McCants memorial(s) to You as I know that each of them would be in your loving hands :) I want to also "Thank-You" for mentioning the 2 poems that are on my profile page. I am So Glad that You also Enjoy them. They both touched my heart in separate ways & I decided that my profile page was the Perfect place for them to be. I wanted to pass this little story along to You also...when I first read your 'Tree Leaf' name I was very much jolted in surprise! When I first started on Find A Grave, my Aunt & I decided that we wanted to place the inhabitants in the little country cemetery surrounded by my family farm onto this website. I have spent many hours in this cemetery both as a child & as an adult. While putting these inhabitants onto Find A Grave, I ran across a man whose name was Green Butterfield, but his nickname was 'Tree or Leaf', or 'Tree Leaf' . So when I first received a message from you, it brought back memories of working on this gentleman's memorial. I think it was a bit of deja vu for me & I thought that You might also enjoy this little bit of reminisce on my part. In the event that You would like to see this memorial, it is Find A Grave # 73943431. Have a Blessed Day & take some Time for Yourself. I firmly believe that We spend So much time 'Doing things' that We don't spend Enough time 'Enjoying Things' ! Your Find a Grave Friend, Skeety # 47532462
Added by Skeety on Aug 22, 2014 9:13 AM
Pam Witherow
James E Sparrow
Thank you for sending me his mother's first name--appreciate your help!!!
Added by Pam Witherow on Aug 10, 2014 6:54 PM
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