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Joy Steele (#47692968)
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Bio Photo We live in the small town of Cleveland, NC, of western Rowan County, with easy access to Salisbury of Rowan Co., Statesville and other towns of Iredell County, Mocksville area in Davie Co. and most within 20 miles of us. Several cemeteries are within 5 miles of home including a few in our town.
Third Creek Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, maintains a pre-Revolutionary War cemetery as part of its grounds; I've been privileged to help update the very detailed records, totaling over 650 gravestones that are visible. The church is willing to look up information on people with grave sites whether they have a marker or not.
This area is full of historical cemeteries, some of which are still in use. Some are out-of-the-way and others are not. This means being smart with my trips to take photographs in them. Unfortunately, some requests are guesses which can lead to area volunteers wasting fuel and time trying to fill a request. I do my homework and double check the validity in the county cemetery records at our great Rowan County Library History room just to keep that from happening.
Family names being researched for my husband's paternal side are Steele, Chambers, Graham, Knox, Brandon, Cowan, Wilson, Luckey, Locke; and on his maternal side are Walker, King, Quarterman, Way, Winn, Reade. My paternal family side is Hutcheson, Launius/Lanius, Durham, Chaffin, Dudley, Chiles, Smith, and Johnson and maternal side is Ellis, Reynolds, Potts.

After several years of creating family trees for both sides in order to digitize the information from the paper and books left to us, I seem to continually have more data to add.

I will gladly transfer memorials if they are not our family. Please ask for them through the Edit tab on the memorial. And feel welcome to use my memorial photos for genealogical purposes. Just give me credit.
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Suzy & Rob
Octava Martin
Thank you for the tombstone photos for Octava Martin! They are excellent! I appreciate you taking the time to locate and photograph it! Thank you!
Added by Suzy & Rob on Aug 27, 2014 2:23 PM
Wanda Tyus
RE: Sophia Tatum & Ezra Tatum
What other Tatum photos do you have?
Added by Wanda Tyus on Aug 26, 2014 7:29 PM
Wanda Tyus
Sophia Tatum & Ezra Tatum
memorials 115584895 & 115585000. Thanks for adding pics of these memorials!
Added by Wanda Tyus on Aug 26, 2014 6:48 PM
RE: Robert Thomas Johnson
Hello Joy,

We know that Robert Thomas Johnson's father Nathan Johnson was a member of Cherokee Corner Methodist Church in Oglethorpe County, GA.

I was hoping that perhaps I could find an LDS film from an old church if I knew the right one. I'm running out of ideas.

Thanks, Pam
Added by Journey on Aug 17, 2014 8:57 PM
Robert Thomas Johnson
Hello Joy,

RE: Memorial #77710775

In this memorial for Robert Thomas Johnson (1829-1901) it states that he was a long time member of the M.E. Church.

Would you know the full name of this Church?

I am still on a quest to find the origin of his first wife Nancy Elinor Jackson and wonder if this church or another would have any more records on the family?

Thanks, Pam
Added by Journey on Aug 17, 2014 4:52 PM
Joy, you have me mixed up with Joan Viney on the photo request at Bryan Neck Church. But we are from Georgia. Always nice talking with you. Joan
Added by joan on Aug 11, 2014 8:22 AM
Added by joan on Aug 11, 2014 7:50 AM
Sheron Smith-Savage
Marker Photo
Thank you so much for taking the time to find and photograph the marker for Sgt. James Elfoney Summers. Of all the things Find A Grave volunteers do, I think taking photographs of markers is the most important. Thanks again.
Added by Sheron Smith-Savage on Aug 07, 2014 4:25 PM
Joy, Thank you so much for posting the pics of Bobby and Harriett Stevens headstone. You have obtained lots of headstones in western NC that I have requested and I really am grateful to you. Thanks again. Linda
Added by callinvin on Aug 07, 2014 3:31 PM
Haley Foster
RE: Linking Your mother and grandparents
Oh ok. Thanks :)

also, after doing a lil more research today I was left a bit confused.

Grave markers and a census report list James Thomas Hall ( jan 1 1866 - sept 17 1949) and Kattie Isabella Phifer Hall (jun 11 1871 - jan 5 1941) as parents to Allen Hall ( oct 15 1894 - jun 30 1974)....yet his obituary lists his mother as a 'Mollie Catherine Phifer', whom is the daughter of Jacob Wilson Phifer/Martha Jane Hughey (also in the cemetery and grandparents to Bessie Jane Phifer, wife of Alken Hall) and has the same exact birthday as the so called Kattie Isabella.

Can you shed any light of this matter? I can't seem to find anything other than what I mentioned above on these 2 women. I must say im intrigued.
Added by Haley Foster on Aug 07, 2014 12:58 AM
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