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Joy Steele (#47692968)
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Bio Photo We live in western Rowan County, with easy access to cemeteries within a 15-20 mile radius located in Rowan, Iredell, and Davie Counties.
I try to be smart with my trips out to these areas. Unfortunately, some requests are guesses causing wasted fuel and time for area volunteers. I've learned to double check requests by using the county cemetery records at our great Rowan County Library History room to avoid this frustration. In the process I've accumulated several lists myself.

Family names being researched for my husband's paternal side are Steele, Chambers, Graham, Knox, Brandon, Cowan, Wilson, Luckey, Locke; and his maternal side Walker, King, Quarterman, Way, Winn, Reade. My paternal side includes Hutcheson, Launius/Lanius, Durham, Chaffin, Dudley, Chiles, Smith, and Johnson; the maternal side is Ellis, Reynolds, Potts.

Even 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.

Memorials will be happily transferred unless they are our family. Ask for them through the Edit tab on the memorial, and you are welcome to use my memorial photos for genealogical purposes. Just give me credit.
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Karen M. Freeman
OLIVIA (Tuckerman) AXSON WAY - Tombstone
Karen again,

I just Googled Rowan & Iredell counties and realize you are in NC, not GA! LOL! I thought you lived close to the Walthourville & Midway Cemeteries in Liberty, GA since you took photos there.

My apologies. I'll see what I can do about finding another Find A Grave volunteer to get a full tombstone photo.

Added by Karen M. Freeman on May 04, 2016 4:06 PM
Karen M. Freeman
OLIVIA (Tuckerman) AXSON WAY - Tombstone
Hi Joy,

Thank you for taking & posting the photo of Olivia (Tuckerman)Axson Way's tombstone.
Olivia's tombstone is really very critical to Anita's DAR application as their is some discrepancy as to Olivia's DOB & DOD, but it is inscribed on her headstone.

Olivia is also what is known as a "DAR Real Daughter" as she truly is the daughter of an American Revolutionary War Soldier/Patriot - Samuel Jacob Axson, (1751-1827) of GA, buried Midway Cemetery.

As you noticed, Olivia's tombstone is broken in half. The top half, which states her DOB is covered by the grass and it appears there is a "volunteer" tree or plant growing in front of the lower half.

Do you know anyone(s) who can go with you to the cemetery that can lift the top half and sit it on top of the lower half and hold it while you take several photos to capture the DOB & DOD and the DAR seal/insignia in the lower half? I will be forever indebted to you and your friends or family members who would go to the Cemetery with you to do this.

I'm certain many more DAR applicants will be grateful, too when/if they come across your photo of the complete tombstone.

With much appreciation,
Karen M. Freeman
Cherry Log, GA
Added by Karen M. Freeman on May 04, 2016 4:00 PM
Karen M. Freeman
I'll be glad to...stay tuned, I'll go to the Find A Grave Memorial Page.

Karen M. Freeman
Added by Karen M. Freeman on May 03, 2016 8:20 PM
Karen M. Freeman
Good evening Joy,

I was so thrilled to receive the email with your photos of the marker for ANNIE OLIVIA WAY HARDEN at Walthourville Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Liberty, GA. Thank you ever so much for taking and posting this photo. Did you by any chance take a close up of the marker for her husband, JOHN LeCONTE HARDEN? If so, will you please post that on his Memorial page, too on Find A Grave.

I am helping a descendant of theirs complete her membership application to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and these photos of their headstones may be all the proof of their full names and dates of birth & death that we are able to provide.

Thank you ever so much,
Karen Milner Freeman
DAR # 940561
Sequoyah Chapter, NSDAR
Jasper, GA
03 May 2016

Added by Karen M. Freeman on May 03, 2016 4:59 PM
Dana Garrow
Lois Wilson
Thanks for the great photos! I appreciate your hard work and kindness! Blessings, Dana
Added by Dana Garrow on Apr 21, 2016 7:04 AM
Daniel Willson
James Butler Wilson
Thanks for the photo!
Added by Daniel Willson on Apr 21, 2016 6:58 AM
Hannah Poole marker photo
Thank you so much for posting a wonderful clear photo of her marker.

Added by TWC on Apr 21, 2016 12:53 AM
Oakwood Cemetery
Thank you for the great photos from Oakwood Cemetery. I appreciate how you get such great photos. Thank you!
Added by Lanie on Apr 20, 2016 8:30 PM
Joyce Busenbark
Bill Hartness
Thank you, for taking time to find Bill. Jb
Added by Joyce Busenbark on Apr 20, 2016 7:41 PM
Joseph Barber
Thanks for the info on Joseph Barber not being found at Christ Episcopal Church Cemetery. That is what was on his death record which sometimes isn't correct. I will look into it and I made a note on the memorial.
Added by Lanie on Apr 14, 2016 1:58 PM
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