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Joy Steele (#47692968)
 member for 6 years, 3 months, 29 days
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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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Henry Webber
RE: Karl T. Deaton
Thank you so much Joy for taking your time to do this. I don't understand why the cemetery office didn't have record of him. I wonder sometime about how good some of these cemeteries are keeping accurate records. Thanks again so much, Henry
Added by Henry Webber on Nov 11, 2014 12:33 PM
Z. T. Noble
Mary Deaton memorial
Thank you very much for the photo of the marker for Mary Troutman Deaton. Your work is much appreciated!
Added by Z. T. Noble on Nov 11, 2014 5:50 AM
Henry Webber
Karl T. Deaton
Thanks for checking but the cemetery book list him as Karl T. Deaton buried in Section G. There are other Deaton buried in Section G and his parents and others are buried in Section D. Don't know why they don't have him. Thanks so much, Henry
Added by Henry Webber on Nov 08, 2014 9:05 PM
thank you
ty for the pic of my great uncle that I never knew
Added by debbie on Nov 08, 2014 7:33 PM
Leigh Atkinson Stulack
Henry A. and Elinor Lazenby

I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your day to photograph these stones for me. It means the world to me and my family to have these. My mother's Lazenby family came from Maryland and settled in Iredell County. We only recently learned of where they were buried. My mother is advanced in age and I look forward to sharing these with her.

All the best,

Leigh Stulack
Added by Leigh Atkinson Stulack on Nov 08, 2014 5:04 PM
Elizabeth Hudson
Thank you so much for taking the photo! It's always reassuring to see the actual dates and inscriptions.
Added by Nuckolls on Nov 08, 2014 9:38 AM
Back Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery
I just saw the pics you added from Back Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Thanks for ALL you do!
Added by Lanie on Nov 07, 2014 5:06 PM
The Lone Ranger
Martha J Parks McClelland
Thanks for your time and effort
Added by The Lone Ranger on Nov 06, 2014 9:38 AM
Terry and the Pirates.
James Robert Connell
Thank you Joy for these wonderful photos.

Added by Terry and the Pirates. on Nov 05, 2014 10:08 AM
Janet Hickman
Amos Wright
Thank you so much for getting this picture to me. You are really fast on this.
Added by Janet Hickman on Nov 05, 2014 6:02 AM
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