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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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Christopher & Jane [Gillespie] Graham
Thank you for taking the photographs of the tombstones for Christopher and Jane [Gillespie] Graham; who are buried at Third Creek Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, North Carolina.

Joy, it is thanks to individuals like you; who volunteer their time to bring ancestors closer together, even if it is only through a photograph of their final resting place. This will help future generations in our family to know a little more about their ancestor. ~ with appreciation, George Gaston
Added by GMG on Apr 17, 2014 3:33 PM
Kathy Margrave
RE: Malcolm & Annie Smith-g. grands
Always glad to transfer family :) Kathy
Added by Kathy Margrave on Apr 12, 2014 6:04 PM
Thank you for all you do. Your pictures are so good! You rock!
Added by Lanie on Apr 10, 2014 9:24 PM
Oliver Horton
Joy I have linked Mr. Horton to his parents. Thanks for the info and have a great evening. Joan
Added by joan on Apr 09, 2014 6:31 PM
HI Joy,
Would you mind adding the grave photo that you took of Harold Henry Collins Find A Grave Memorial# 126008142 to that of his wife Vivian's memorial - Find A Grave Memorial# 126007140. They share a grave marker. Thanks so much for all you do!
Added by Lanie on Apr 06, 2014 11:59 AM
Thank you so much for the photos of James & Nan Ward and Milton & Mary Ward!!
Added by LoriH on Apr 04, 2014 9:57 PM
Thank you for the great photo
Farmington Community Cemetery
Effie Jonas Allen
Added by Michael on Apr 02, 2014 5:27 AM
Old Fourth Creek
Thanks for the Simonton photo. What an awesome cemetery.
Added by Laurie on Apr 01, 2014 10:45 AM
New Perth Cemetery
Thank you for adding the Neill family grave photo from New Perth Cemetery. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Apr 01, 2014 9:13 AM
Kathryn White Walker
Thank you for adding the lovely photo of her marker to her memorial page. I was not sure where Raymond was buried, but your photo answered that question for me. I added a memorial page for him and would love for you to add the photo to his page also. Thank you for all your work on findagrave!
Added by TWC on Mar 28, 2014 8:59 AM
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