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Jim (#47644713)
 member for 4 years, 6 months, 29 days
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Bio Photo The memorials I have created are my attempt to get the information on Find-a-Grave with the hope that others will contribute to its accuracy. All information I have posted on the memorials has been gathered from the headstone, other contributors, books or websites I have found noting such.

If I have added and still manage a memorial for one of your family members just let me know and I will transfer it to you. Of the memorials I manage, there are only a few that I have created for my ancestors. I would love to have the opportunity to reunite the memorial with a family member.

Many times I take several pictures of a grave site or monument to show close-up or expanded views with the hope that the viewer can see the general site or inscription. If you don't want a photograph shown that I've posted to the memorial, please let me know and I will delete it.

While I'm at the cemeteries taking pictures, I try to also update the GPS coordinates of the grave site (if I have cell phone service). I have noticed that many times the coordinates will be off by as much as 50 feet or more. So, please use this tool as a 'general reference'. The coordinates will get you close but it may not be the exact location.

Feel free to use any of the photos I have taken for your use - you have my permission. There is no need to give credit to me if you choose to use the photos.
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Snow CW Marker
Hello Jim,

You have added a photo of a CW marker to the memorial of Elijah Snow - Find A Grave Memorial# 119998737

I would like to suggest that the marker belongs to his son Wesley E. Snow - Find A Grave Memorial# 119999036

I can't be positive of course, but here are my reasons:
-The marker is adjacent to Wesley's stone and not adjacent to Elijah's (although only Wesley's mother is in between).
-Wesley is the right age to have been a CW veteran. Elijah would have been 68 when the Civil War began.
-The 1850 census for Elijah Snow in Athens Ohio lists his 25 year old son as Elijah W. Snow. (The son's death certificate, however, lists him simply as Wesley Snow.)

If you agree that the CW marker more likely belongs to Wesley Snow, would you please move that photo?


Added by wjw on Apr 22, 2016 8:57 AM
Peggy McClanahan
RE: Memorial #153559776 for Andrew Dobbs McKimm
Thank you!
Added by Peggy McClanahan on Apr 08, 2016 5:22 PM
Sharon Rogers-Fabris
Photo request
This is for the photo request you have submitted for a memorial at Glen Haven Memorial in Winter Park Florida. Due to the size of cemetery a garden/ section and if plot # is available is needed. The office will not help unless contacted by family member. It would be my honor to photograph it with at least the garden/section info Please call Phone: (407) 647-1100. When you get the info let me know and I will take care of it soon as possible.
Thanks, Sharon

requested names
James and Garnet Selvidge
Donna Wood
Added by Sharon Rogers-Fabris on Apr 07, 2016 5:24 PM
Peggy McClanahan
Memorial #153559776 for Andrew Dobbs McKimm
Would you be willing to transfer this memorial for Andrew McKimm to me? He is my ggg-grandfather.
member #47853740
Added by Peggy McClanahan on Apr 01, 2016 8:44 PM
Mondra Fazely
John Wroten
Jim, thank you for the picture of John Wroten's headstone.
Added by Mondra Fazely on Apr 01, 2016 9:00 AM
Larry Cook
Mount Union Cemetery
Hi Jim,
All of the information that I posted was from the a list of gravestones from the Ross County Genealogical Society for Union Township. I posted everything that was in the list. I think the stone readings occurred in the 1960's. The cemetery has been severely desecrated over the decades by teenagers and probably some hunters since some of the stones have bullet holes in them. Actually, Union Township does keep the cemetery mowed. They have removed most of the markers out and piled them in the woods. Most of the stones had been knocked over and several broken up.
Added by Larry Cook on Mar 31, 2016 9:24 AM
RE: James Blakely - other info
Thank you, Jim. I should have told you not to look. Donald Lines Jacobus, Genealogist and considered the father of modern genealogy when writing about the Blakeslees indicated Samuel's wife was Ruth Hurd. So everyone has believed that ever since I visited the Hurd House in 1988 and they provided me with a contact for the Hurds. He sent me a copy of a letter from Jacobus in 1955 which says "There is no Ruth Hurd available in Woodbury branches for the wife of Samuel Blakeslee. At the time the Families of Ancient New Haven was written, I had never done any work on the Hurd Family...My original compiled books on New Haven families leave the surname of Ruth blank. Hence, I have no way of knowing how the Hurd name was affixed to Ruth, or when or why." The letter goes on to say it couldn't be a Hurd and Ruth may have been an unrecorded Woodbury girl or she may not have been from Woodbury. That is what I hate about Ancestry and all the errors being continued. There is a woman who has said James and his father were born in "the Netherlands, not Connecticut" and about 45 people have copied her. I want all their trees corrected!!! HAHA I got my great grandmother's memorial and I will have to enter one for her father to connect to James. I'm excited!! Thanks again.
Added by Jan on Mar 30, 2016 5:05 PM
RE: Blakely Cemetery
Thank you. I will try to take good care of James. One question - as far as James Blakely's parents - do you remember where you got the information that James was one of 11 children and the date of the death of his mother of 1797? I am pretty sure that her maiden name is not Hurd - but that is something that has been passed on so long, it is hard to change without another name. Thanks so much.
Added by Jan on Mar 29, 2016 2:13 PM
RE: Blakely Cemetery
Hi Jim:

I am so happy you stumbled across the cemetery. It was so overgrown in 1979, I could not have stumbled on it. Luckily I stopped at a house nearby and the guy had mowed it 50 years before and took me to it. I guess you can see it now from the road?

No I have not managed any memorials. The Blakelys have always been somewhat elusive, but I would be proud to take care of James if you want to transfer him to me. I am sure I can figure out how to add info, etc., as I do know some more about some of the children including my line from James.

Thanks again - what a relief. I was worried that the cemetery would just disintegrate there being so overgrown and unattended and had even thought about what it would take to get James moved into Wilkesville.

Added by Jan on Mar 29, 2016 1:06 PM
Blakely Cemetery
I was thrilled to find your memorial for James Blakely. I was at that cemetery in 1979 - it was completely overgrown with vines and leaves and daisy-like flowers. James' Stone was in good condition but Laura Wells Blakely's was broken. It is great to see that her stone has been repaired and that the City of Wilkesville is caring for the cemetery. I joined the DAR on James Blakely in 1981.

Thank you so much!!!

Jan Downing
Added by Jan on Mar 29, 2016 8:07 AM
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