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DLMc (#47850398)
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You may use any gravestone photos I've contributed for any non-commercial use (please include "Photo by DL McCready, used with permission" to your posting). This permission does not include photographs of people (I will consider use of those - send me an email).

I am interested in many family names - the most recent generations of whom are Garner, Grover, Stone, Pulford, Wilson Starry, McCready, Thomas (including maiden names and subsequent surnames of relatives).

Strangers coming together to document and memorialize family histories from cemeteries is a wonderful thing.

Please use the Edit Tab (and then click "Suggest a correction or provide additional information") if you spot an error, to provide additional information, or to request a transfer. I will gladly make corrections or transfer your relative's memorial entry to your care (for anyone not in my family). For transfer requests, be sure to include your Contributor #.
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RE: John Leroy Shelly Sr
Yes, that's fine as long as you credit it. Thanks for asking!
Added by BjJ on Aug 06, 2015 1:32 PM
laura e collett
RE: Duplicate Memorials
Another question I had for that group was about adding photos of the actual gravestones to the orgiginal submitters data. The original submitter just had photos of the entry sign for the cemetary. Scratch my previous message that I will fix when I return home from vacation. When I get back to the hotel I can log on to my laptop and try to delete my entries sooner.

Thank you,

Added by laura e collett on Jul 09, 2015 9:42 AM
laura e collett
RE: Duplicate Memorials
This is the first message I recieved. I literally have one mesage, and it's this one from you. My apologies for he duplicates. I took photos, searched the data base and didnt find the names. At that time I started entering those few. When I started my next batch I found matches, found the submitter and read thier message which said they had done every grave at that cemetary. I found the spellings (if I recall) were inaccurate on some that I searched. Being I am new, I asked in group about mesaging to the seasoned submitter and honestly I forgot all about it. When I return home from vacation I will delete my dupilcates. Thank you for your patience.


Added by laura e collett on Jul 09, 2015 9:34 AM
Audrey Taylor Mickle
RE: Photo Request - John Grover
I'm sorry. I mean, of course you can. :)
Added by Audrey Taylor Mickle on Jun 17, 2015 6:44 PM
Audrey Taylor Mickle
RE: Photo Request - John Grover
Yes, you course you can. I'm glad I could help.
Added by Audrey Taylor Mickle on Jun 17, 2015 6:41 PM
Susan Cota
RE: Louis Merle Ammerman
You're very welcome, I was glad to help.
I feel I am taking the photo for you as you cannot, therefore it it is yours to use in your research, both privately and on public sites as you see fit.
Added by Susan Cota on May 02, 2015 9:50 AM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
I wish it could have had a happier ending, but at least you went as far as you go. Was great that you heard back from them. People in that area of the county are fantastic.

Take care,

Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 18, 2015 1:19 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
Good luck! Hope they can help some! If they wish anything document-wise picked up in person, just lemme know. Some funeral homes can be strangely fussy that way. Most aren't tho.

Take care,

Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 16, 2015 3:55 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
P.S. Was Everett or anyone else in their family connected to a church in the area that might still exist & possibly have records? It's much more common in Europe, it's often a long shot in the U.S. but every so often I can out info on someone thru church records.

Take care,

Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 15, 2015 8:38 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
Hi Donna,

No problem. It's generally very enjoyable talking to rural people. And I always learn something.

Just got hold of Craig Rice. He's sexton for both Clinton Townships cemeteries. (There's also a Waterman Cemetery aka North Clinton Cemetery.) So he checked the books of both cemeteries for Everett Wilson.

Unfortunately, no luck either place.

He did concur with the ladies at the Waterman Heritage Society, tho, that it's quite likely he's buried in an unmarked grave whose site was owned by the Starry family.

What he DOES know is that Everett Wilson or any of his family never bought any graves there themselves under the Wilson name. If they had, it would be in his book. The only Wilsons in his book are the ones I sent you in the previous message.

The ladies at the Heritage Society were kinda wrong. In the Johnson Grove Cemetery, he doesn't know the names of the bodies buried there. He only knows who bought and owned the property.

Johnson Grove Cemetery was privately owned. All the people who owned plots there owned the cemetery, kinda like "stockholders" & got together to make all decisions. So the only thing they cared about was ownership. They had a map of the entire cemetery & kept a book just like a plat book as to who owned exactly what property. They turned it over to the township to own when maintenance costs got too high & Craig Rice & the previous sexton have kept good records SINCE then but that began in the 1950s or so.

(Craig Rice himself has been sexton for the 2 cemeteries for 24 years.)

North Clinton Cemetery, on the other hand, has always been publicly owned, so they have wonderfully complete records going back to 1861. It's a shame Everett couldn't have been buried in North Clinton Cemetery.

Anyway, Craig Rice said it's absolutely possible that Everett could be buried at Johnson Grove in one of the Starry gravesites.

He said that he wouldn't know, however, if any of the Starry gravesites were occupied but had no gravestone. He said in the past, families just knew which gravesites that they owned were occupied and which weren't. As time went on, that information got lost & the person digging the grave would have to go slowly as they dug to make sure that gravesite was indeed unoccupied. But he said it was fairly easy for an experienced grave digger to tell because vaults weren't used, so graves tend to cave in somewhat as a body decomposes.

He said that nowadays it doesn't matter because none of those old families are around anymore anyway, so nobody is really ever going to be added to any of those older gravesites. In other words, with the oldest part of the cemetery (the center section), what ya see is what ya get, it's never gonna change. :)

With the new gravesites now being managed by the township, they've got careful records of everything.

Am assuming that you haven't come across any old records/writings/diaries/graveside photos/etc kept by the Starry family themselves to give any indications.

So Healy Funeral Home might be the only idea left to try. I know the funeral home that handled my parents' burials keeps that information. They might be able to tell you who the owner of the burial plot was or even the location of the grave so that you'd know if he was in with the Starrys or not. In the Starry area of the cemetery, there's an awfully lot of room for what could possibly be unmarked graves.

I was surprised when he told me how large the cemetery actually is. It's property extends way to the west & it's still quite active in selling gravesites. But only on the west side. :)

If there's anything else I can help ya with, lemme know.

Take care,

Cyn Plahuta
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 15, 2015 2:11 PM
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