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Brad (#47031073)
 member for 9 years, 3 months, 2 days
We Are Family
Yes, we are Kellogg cousins. This Wynot Cemetery has been such a big job. It was originally started when another cemetery flooded. Headstones and bodies were lost. So what could be found was moved up here on the hill. So some lots are headstones with no bodies and some are bodies with no headstones.
Then there was a mess with the records. Then the high winds took headstones and fences. So slowly but surely, we have been working at this. The fence is new, most of the headstones repaired, trees and stumps removed and a new flag pole and center was done this year. Now the grounds look really good.
So now we are digging deep into the records. Specifically trying to identify where we need headstones, as the records show burials but no markers. We know we will need funding to buy markers once we identify who is where. Fundraising is another big job.
All of this is, of course, done on volunteer labor. None of us are really great photographers. I noticed you had taken photos here, so if in anyway you would consider photographing these stones for find a grave that would help tremendously.
As this is a Pioneer Cemetery, there is very little family left living here to claim these memorials. So once the memorials are up to date with the information we have, which can be very little, then we will need to try to research who these people were. I am hoping researchers will find them and claim them to their histories but frankly am expecting many will never be found. Especially the babies that were never named and the families moved on.

Added by We Are Family on Aug 10, 2017 8:12 AM

We Are Family
RE: Photos
I know you have and did amazing work but you haven't given permission to transfer those photos to find a grave. I wouldn't take them without that!

Added by We Are Family on Aug 10, 2017 7:40 AM

Debbi Galyen Bennett
Lindahl & Hannah Olson graves
I just want to reach out and thank you for taking the time to take these pictures!!! My grandmother would be daughter to Hannah and granddaughter to the Lindahls. Hannah died when my grandma was probably 2 years old. She was adopted and till I joined Ancestry I did not know her actual birth name. It was just something that was not talked about!! But the individuals that rest there are a part of how I came to be! Again Thank you, thank you! Have a great and safe 4th - Debbi

Added by Debbi Galyen Bennett on Jun 30, 2017 3:07 PM

Esther Jackson Muno
RE: Knoxville Cemetery
Hi Brad. I got that name from her death certificate. Since I don't live out that way I made an assumption. Suggestions?

Added by Esther Jackson Muno on May 23, 2017 9:34 AM

Valerie Lawrence
Thanks for the photo!

Added by Valerie Lawrence on May 15, 2017 10:56 AM

Marvin Ruzicka
Hi Brad....didn't see a headstone picture, but I'm not surprised as I have looked there a time or two myself! Hope you're doing well! Bob

Added by Bjensen on Apr 10, 2017 11:25 AM

Today I received notice that you had posted 5 photos for Findagrave requests that I had made.

Thanks, I am always pleases when I come across your name while doing my research.
Harry H. Wagner

Added by hhwagner on Mar 10, 2017 12:39 PM

Erickson Family
at Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion, SD. Thank you so very much for the pictures of the families headstones. I really appreciate you taking them for me! Helen

Added by Helen on Dec 17, 2016 3:55 PM

Kathy Solem
Thanks Brad
Thanks for fulfilling my request for Aust, Ovesen, and Nygaard family's. Hope you have had happy holiday's this winter.

Added by Kathy Solem on Feb 21, 2016 7:23 AM

Greenwood Cemetery-Wayne
You've been busy at the Greenwood Cemetery! Thanks for getting all the photos for me! Cindy & I are in the middle of 5 weeks in Germany right now, visiting some family and touring. Take care! Bob

Added by Bjensen on Jan 28, 2016 11:53 AM

RE: Binkley
"John Henry Binkley aged 72 years, died of dropsy, at the home of his daughter...., Mrs Frank Reed, near Hubbard, after a long illness The funeral will be held today from the Lutheran Church at 1 o'olock. Interment in the Emerson cemetery."

I can only go with the information in the obituary. I can't "move" him to a different cemetery with out a lot more information [I did check before I posted the memorial; and there are a number of references to an "Emerson Cemetery" contemporaneous with the year of his death.] You mention the first names of a number of people; unfortunately none of those names appear in his obituary. Perhaps his remains are where you believe they are. However, it's also not uncommon for a person to have their name [if this is indeed the case] in a cemetery where their body is not [for example, a man whose name is on his first wife's stone but who ends up being buried, and named, next to his second wife.] It's also not uncommon for cemeteries to be renamed or merged. But since I'm not on-site, I can only go with what the obituary says.

I know that sometime we all write things that convey a tone we don't really mean. I understand that you were upset. However, I can't help wondering if some things are better expressed in a private message. We're all in this to help each other, after all.

Thanks for your interest, and your help.

Added by Starfishin on Jan 23, 2016 10:28 PM

We Are Family
I am sorry I can't get it together to leave only one message!! I must need more coffee this morning. I checked the cemetery records and they say it was the Halverson parents and two daughters. But I don't find this information reliable as it was added by a non-family member years after. The sequence in the deaths, Mathilda & Baby Martin, Christpoher's mother and then Christopher makes the most sense to me. I also have two leads on living members from the Halverson family and am following up on those.

Added by We Are Family on Sep 01, 2015 8:45 AM

We Are Family
RE: Halvorson
Clearly states four burials. There is a lot of work to be done here as Mary Halvorson married Jake Flom. These connections need to be made. Many of them are in the Maskell Cemetery. I am puzzled that Mary & Jake Flom had a baby, Anna, who died at age 1. Where is she buried? I can't find her in Lime Creek, Lime Grove or Obert cemeteries. She would have been born around 1897. Maskell wasn't a cemetery yet.

Added by We Are Family on Aug 28, 2015 2:57 PM

We Are Family
I have the family history book. It was composed in 1977. It has the Fred Vogle & Christopher Halverson & Fred Miller Families in it.
A copy was left in the Obert Church. It includes family stories and quotes from Family Bibles.
This clearly states that Mother is Christopher's mother. It even tells of their first meeting when she too immigrates from Norway.
It was Mathilda who died along with Baby Martin during birth.
"Mathilda passed away in childbirth, as the result of the intoxicated doctor, who cut away the womb which came with afterbirth, of her son Martin. She bled to death. Her husband was left with 6 children" The first children were:
Marn, John, Christina, Mary, Carrie, Anne & Tillie. Christina had died in Chicago previous to this birth. Another baby died before and was buried at sea.

Added by We Are Family on Aug 28, 2015 2:41 PM

Janet McMaster
RE: Gilmer Family
Thanks for getting back to me Brad.

The Cummings you are talking about could very likely be the son of Cummings Gilmer b. 1779 and in the 1860 census Russell Co., Va. The census shows a son of Cummings,Sr. and Mary (Polly) (Browning)Gilmer: Cummings,Jr. b. 1844. Did you find in your research that being the year he was born?

Thanks for letting me know about the book. I will have to see if I can find it.

Again, I appreciate you posting your research for all to benefit from.

Added by Janet McMaster on Jul 06, 2015 5:43 AM

Kathy Solem
Martin Ustad
Thanks for taking pictures and posting them at Roseni. I went by the copy of burials they gave me and also found allot of mistakes. I do hope the stones are right or do I believe the paper on the dates and spelling of names? I think I should go by the stone.

Added by Kathy Solem on Jun 30, 2015 5:41 AM

carol harvey
RE: Braunesreuther Cemetery
Thank you
Can you also take a picture of the cemetery also, if you can find this place.
I just had a cousin buried their in 2015 so the cemetery is still being used.
Thank you again so much.

Added by carol harvey on Jun 16, 2015 8:06 AM

Molly H.
RE: Robert N. Smith
Hi, Brad, that was amazingly kind and helpful of you! I cannot thank you enough!! Thank you so much for the photos.

I am descended from Robert Smith's younger brother, Walter Aaron Smith. Their parents were Edward F. Smith and Mary Elizabeth Foreman Smith, both born in Lincolnshire, England. They had nine children, all born in Lincolnshire, and the whole family immigrated to the U.S. together in the 1850's and settled in Harrison County, Iowa, where most of them remained for the rest of their lives.

Robert seemed to wander quite a bit more than the rest of them. You can read what I know about Robert Smith's adult life in the bio I put on his memorial, which is his obituary.

We know some things about many of the siblings' lives, but basically nothing about Robert's brother Edward, who is also buried in Concord. I don't know why Robert or Edward moved to Nebraska or who moved first.

I have not met Ron Rader in person, but I've communicated with him quite a bit on line. He does a tremendous amount of volunteer work for Find a Grave, and it happens that he created many of my family memorials in Harrison County and also has taken photos of many, many of my family graves. Since I discovered Find a Grave recently, he has been incredibly helpful in answering any questions I have and finding information in Harrison county. He truly knows those cemeteries like the back of his hand and takes great care of the graves.

I am so grateful to you for driving to Concord TWICE to take the photos, Brad! Let me know if you need any other information.

Added by Molly H. on Jun 13, 2015 4:48 PM

Molly H.
Robert N. Smith
Hi, Brad,
The Confederate veteran marker right next to Jane's grave is definitely Robert's!
Even though he lived in Iowa, he was apparently taking a barge of merchandise down the Mississippi river to New Orleans and was recruited into the Confederate Army. He surrendered to the Union Army in 1865. He met his wife Jane in Virginia while he was in the army.
The fact that the marker is next to Jane's is good, meaning they are buried together and the Smith monument refers to him, too.
If you could add the Confederate marker to Robert's memorial, I would truly appreciate it so much!
Do you have any other Smiths (like Edward) in your alphabetical database, or did you already check that?
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help and your volunteer work! Thanks for getting back to me so quickly and letting me know about the Confederate stone!

Added by Molly H. on Jun 12, 2015 7:47 PM

Molly H.
Jane's stone says "Wife of R. N. Smith" on it, and he is buried in Concord, so I think he must be right next to her?

Added by Molly H. on Jun 12, 2015 5:32 PM

Molly H.
Robert N. Smith
Hi, Brad, thank you SO very much for attempting to get a photo of the graves of Robert N., and his brother Edward, Smith.
Could you tell me if Robert N. is buried right next to his wife, Jane E. Smith? You took the photo of her monument and added it to her memorial.
From looking at her memorial, I think that when he purchased it when she died, he meant it to be the monument for both of them, because the name SMITH is so prominent at the top.
Apparently no one thought to carve his name and dates into it or to add small markers for both of them when he died.
What I would like, if he is buried right next to her, and if you would agree, would be if you would add the photo of her monument to his memorial. I will add an explanation right at the top of the bio explaining that he must have purchased the monument for both of them but that no one bothered to mark it for him when he was buried.
Let me know what you think.
The other question i have is whether you got a photograph of the place, the grave, where his brother Edward is buried. Simply a photograph of the grave would be nice even if there is no marker. (I understand you may not have thought of that! If you didn't, and if you are ever at Concord photographing again, I would love to have at least photographs of the burial place.)
Again, thank you SO very much for all of your volunteer work, and for attempting to photograph his grave. It is VERY much appreciated.

Added by Molly H. on Jun 12, 2015 5:19 PM

Kathy Solem
RE: Arnold Johnson
I added him to Find A Grave but did not put in a photo request yet. You told me he buried here. I will put in a request.

Added by Kathy Solem on Jun 11, 2015 8:23 PM

Ron Rader
Smith and Quist
Thank you so much for fulfilling my two photo requests. I really appreciate it.

Added by Ron Rader on Jun 11, 2015 3:44 PM

Gloria Barnes
Hi Brad - Thank you so much for taking & posting all the photos for me! Gloria

Added by Gloria Barnes on Jun 10, 2015 4:23 PM

Valerie Lawrence
You have a book!!! How did I miss this?? How do I get a copy??

Added by Valerie Lawrence on May 28, 2015 12:33 PM


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