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Stacey Shaw (#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. My transfer policy is very liberal and I transfer outside of the 4 generation guideline.

****Joliet Illinois Area****
I am also available for research should you be looking to obtain copies of obits or other news articles from the old newspapers that are on microfilm at the Joliet Public Library. They have most of the City's newspapers dating back to 1848. My hourly rate is very reasonable. Please email me if you're interested.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons and Dishman.
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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RE: Geo & Kate Kenney - Oak Ridge Cemetery
hi Stacy! i got the burial plots from the cemetary. My relatives are interred at Oakridge Glen Oak Cemetery

Sect 23
Lot 398

I just copied and pasted it from an email they sent me. I have no idea if they have grave markers:( i really hope they do because its more pieces to the puzzle. I dont know much on George Kenney.
Added by Breyes on Jul 29, 2014 6:06 AM
Kris Young
RE: Lewis's - Mount Olivet Joliet
That would be great. Yes All family great grand parents and the Godparents. Their only daught Carol should be around also.

If you are upto challenges I am trying to find my 5th great grandfather William Green (b1790) who died in 1899 at the age of 110!! I have a article that told me where he was buried and his story but the cemetary said they can't find him. In St.Patrick's cemetery. His daughter Jane (née Green )Lewis is there (also missing her husband Alexander Lewis b1836 a policeman).

Also I read your bio that you had a relative that was a wagonaaire? Me too, G G grand uncle Nicholas Engels in Wilmington and his parents came to America from Prussia in 1844. He was born after in amerca I think. Nicholas Sr (b1806 d 1870) and Mary/Marie Engels (b1821 d1899) are buried somewhere in Joliet. I keep thinking St. John's. They were very German and helped establish a Catholic Church.

What would your rate be?

Thank you for all you have done. Brings my mother and I closer together.

Added by Kris Young on Jul 21, 2014 12:21 PM
Forget me not!!
John Stacey
Thank you for the photo of his gravestone, can you tell me what cemetery he is buried in....
Added by Forget me not!! on Jul 08, 2014 10:43 AM
Vickie Smejkal
William Joseph Dobes - Find A Grave
Hi Stacey,

Thank you once again for a great headstone photo.
And thank you ever so much for the obit information. Great information. Nice surprise. Super!

Vickie Smejkal
Added by Vickie Smejkal on Jul 05, 2014 4:28 PM
Anita Maxwell
Samuel G. Maxwell
Thank you so much for helping Harry Miller to find my great uncle's gravesite. I'm assuming it may have been a pauper's grave since no headstone or marker. Seems strange since his family had money and family plots in his home town of Woburn Massachusetts. But thanks to you I am able to finish his section in my book. Then I'll start my father's maternal side the Fiedlers. They are buried in Graceland in the family plot. It gets quite involved after a while. But great interest as I write their stories. Again, thank you.
Anita Maxwell
Added by Anita Maxwell on Jul 05, 2014 4:25 PM
Vickie Smejkal
Kenneth Dobes - Find A grave
Thank you Stacey for the the headstone picture of Kenneth Dobes. Wonderful!!

Vickie Smejkal
Added by Vickie Smejkal on Jul 03, 2014 11:15 PM
Harry Miller
Samuel G Maxwell
Stacey,,Thank you for your tireless efforts in finding his gravesite even though there was not gravestone to be photographed. The information and the photograph will become a part of his history being recorded in a book being written by a Maxwell family member in Washington State.
Added by Harry Miller on Jul 03, 2014 1:19 PM
Patti Jo
RE: Photo Request - Edward Kerstann - Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery
Please try section 12 grave 3? I am working from a cousin's old information. Thanks, Patti Jo
Added by Patti Jo on Jul 01, 2014 6:28 PM
Lillian Falciglia
lillian schackner
HI, The site said you created the page for Schackner. If this is true, what else can you tell me about Lillian?
Added by Lillian Falciglia on Jun 26, 2014 12:45 PM
RE: Photo Request Msg
I only wish I could include the Mission Impossible theme music with the message. : - )

I hope you have a great week!

Added by Ace on Jun 23, 2014 1:55 AM
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