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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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Barbara Reid Ruiz
RE: Guy T. Turman
Thanks for adding this photo also!
Added by Barbara Reid Ruiz on Jul 29, 2014 5:13 PM
Beverly Lanning Poole
Combs & Riley at Legion Memorial Park

Joy,

Thank you so much for the pictures you entered at my request for the Combs couple and the Riley couple at Legion Memorial Park. They will be very helpful in my continued search of family records.

I appreciate your good work.

All the best,
Beverly Poole
Added by Beverly Lanning Poole on Jul 27, 2014 6:27 PM
Kathye Snyder-Knight
HEADSTONE PHOTOS
Joy, Thanks so much for adding the headstone photos for Richard Newton "Alando" Parker. It is so much appreciated. The photos are nice and clear... good job.
Added by Kathye Snyder-Knight on Jul 27, 2014 5:20 PM
Sharon
Headstone Photos
Joy, Thank you so much for posting the headstone photos for Charles and Della Entemann. Your help is really appreciated. Sharon
Added by Sharon on Jul 22, 2014 8:50 AM
KM
RE: Clara & John Bradshaw at Liberty Spring
No problem at all. While I was there, I took pictures of most of the other Bradshaw stones there. I've posted them to the appropriate memorials (and added a few).
Added by KM on Jul 21, 2014 7:04 PM
Shirley Smith
RE: Launius at Rehobath
You are very welcome.
Added by Shirley Smith on Jul 19, 2014 8:04 PM
CB
RE: Steeles at Steele Cemetery, Thompson's Station, TN
Hi Joy,

Sorry for waiting so long to reply. I just got finished hunting down the e-mails I was sent back in 2011 or so that had some photos of headstones in the Steele Cemetery. Unfortunately, the only ones I can actually read in the photos are the fairly recently set stones of William and John Steele - Civil War vets.

I can tell in one of the photos that William's military stone was being set right next to his original stone but can't read anything else. In one photo I can see 7 or 8 stones but can't see inscriptions in that photo - not close enough.

I don't know if the Sullivan's keep the cemetery cleaned off or not but kinda doubt it. In an earlier photo it looked very overgrown. Later, when the military stones were being set, it looks cleared off in those photos. It's on a hill mostly surrounded by a rock wall. I've been told the Sullivan's aren't too keen on people coming on their property. Never been there myself - and wouldn't even try unless it was cold weather - chiggers.

I saw that you put in a photo request so, hopefully, if anyone gets permission to go in there they'll take photos of all the stones.

The info I used to add people to the cemetery on Find a Grave came from a transcription - provided to me by a direct descendant of Richard and Mary Virginia Steele. She also sent me the photos - most of which were sent to her by someone else.

I think that answers what you asked me. Wouldn't it be nice if we could see the Public Message we're replying to as we reply? My memory is terrible.

Oh, and thanks for the nice comments.

CB
Added by CB on Jul 19, 2014 2:17 PM
DMcCDN
RE: Catherine Locke's spouse James
Hope you can assist me in making the parent/spouse connections (links) for the Locke family of NC and AL. I've added three burials to the Pickens Cemetery tonight, Hale Co., Alabama.
Added by DMcCDN on Jul 18, 2014 9:19 PM
DMcCDN
RE: Catherine Locke's spouse James
That's the correct JAMES LOCKE, unfortunately the Pickens Cemetery markers are no longer there above ground, although the graves/remains remain underneath in the earth. Evidently several decades ago the gravestones were bulldozed into nearby Pickens Creek upon "clearing" the property/pasture - they are visible in the creek, where they create a small ripple waterfall effect.
When I access the book I mentioned, believe I'll have another grave or two to add to the list buried at Pickens Cemetery.
Added by DMcCDN on Jul 18, 2014 8:28 PM
DMcCDN
RE: Catherine Locke's spouse James
Not sure if the James Locke you found is Catherine Cowan Locke's son JAMES or her husband JAMES, do you know? I believe JAMES LOCKE - her husband - was buried at Prairie Eden in what is now Hale Co., Alabama, but was Marengo Co. at his death. I need to locate the book here where that was recorded for accurate documentation, etc. as unfortunately the graveyard in Prairie Eden may be "lost" now (although I do remember it well from my youth.) Appreciated the tip on the COWAN book, is there any place where I could purchase a copy?
Added by DMcCDN on Jul 18, 2014 8:05 PM
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