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Stacey (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.

PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.

I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 300+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?

NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.

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Louise Taraba
Ponic Stones
Stacey, thank you for checking for the stones of my Taraba family members. The Ponics may not have stones or they may be in another block. Do appreciate your efforts. Thanks, Louise
Added by Louise Taraba on May 21, 2016 1:49 PM
William "Bill" Belzung
Frances Ann Littrell # 162724587
Thanks for the transfer and for the gravestone photo.
Bill Belzung
Barling, Arkansas
Added by William "Bill" Belzung on May 19, 2016 12:27 PM
Clara Miller
Hi Stacey! Thank you very much for the headstone photo for Clara Miller and her husband. I appreciate your time and help!
Added by Calcat on May 17, 2016 1:11 PM
Thanks for the transfers! Thank you for all the info you've shared with the site. :)
Added by Jen on May 15, 2016 9:40 PM
Louise Taraba
RE: Taraba pic requests-Oak ridge cemetery
Stacey, you are a real jewel. I most appreciate your efforts to photo and post all four of my Taraba stones. Many thanks. Louise
Added by Louise Taraba on May 12, 2016 6:31 PM
Louise Taraba
RE: Taraba pic requests-Oak ridge cemetery
Thank you Stacey. I hope you got Vernon's also. Just checked and I failed to send a request. Thanks, Louise

Added by Louise Taraba on May 12, 2016 5:19 PM
Janice Hollandsworth
RE: William Zimmerman
Amazing! I have had the same thing happen to me when I went searching for someone and had no idea where to look. I am not related to the Zimmerman family but thank you for taking the extra time to get all of them. Someone's research may find your work a link that they were missing.
Added by Janice Hollandsworth on May 09, 2016 9:33 PM
Janice Hollandsworth
William Zimmerman
Thank you for taking the time to get this photo request for me. I appreciate it.
Added by Janice Hollandsworth on May 09, 2016 7:01 AM
Robert G Heatley
Thank you for the photo of the headstone for Robert G Heatley. The cemetery told me that there wasn't a headstone. I really appreciate knowing that there was one after all.
Added by Gloria on May 03, 2016 8:07 PM
Headstone photo
Thank you for the headstone photo!
Added by brknhrt on May 02, 2016 4:56 AM
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