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Lynn (#47138895)
 member for 8 years, 4 months, 16 days
RE: Ray Fisher
Thank you so much for adding everything. I did a memorial for Harry Fisher and sent you the edit to add him as Ray's father.

Added by Ravenwolf on Oct 13, 2017 2:26 PM

Kathy Sloan
Find A Grave Memorial# 49478857
Hi Lynn,

I believe this entry name needs to be corrected to Louise per the grave headstone NOT Louisa.
Can you tell me what records you have that indicate her name as Louisa?

Thank you,

Added by Kathy Sloan on Oct 08, 2017 12:13 PM

Mark Atterson
RE: Jordan Family
No problem at all. Thank you so much for your responsiveness Lynn.

Mark Atterson

Added by Mark Atterson on Oct 04, 2017 3:08 PM

carol jones
Cooper Bennett McClellan
Hi Lynn, I have a question about Cooper Bennett McClellan #345681680 I am searching for both his wife and his parents. His wife and his mother's names are very similar on the memorial. Would you be related to him? Can I ask where you found this information?

Copper's great great granddaughter
Carol Jones

Added by carol jones on Oct 03, 2017 10:07 PM

Jennifer Steckley
RE: Photo of Solomon Butcher
Thank you for your prompt reply, Cuz! I suspect you are right; Katherine's marker is probably lost to time.

I am descended from Solomon and Katherine's daughter Nancy Jane, who married a Robertson. My father's mother was a Robertson.

Looking at the number of children these early pioneers produced, the number of people we are related to is astounding!

From which of Solomon and Katherine's children are you descended?


Added by Jennifer Steckley on Oct 03, 2017 8:49 AM

Jennifer Steckley
Photo of Solomon Butcher
Hi Lynn, I see that you are the owner of the findagrave record for Solomon Butcher, # 20924450. Solomon is my three times great grandfather. If possible, I would love to see the entire photograph with Solomon cropped for the record. Also, I assume Katherine, his wife isn't buried next to him... or at least with any kind of marker. If you can share the full photo, I would love to see it.

Added by Jennifer Steckley on Oct 01, 2017 8:38 PM

RE: Massey
I agree. It keeps the brain from stagnating! Thanks again.

Added by Dabombmom on Sep 30, 2017 8:53 PM

Thanks so much for the heads up! I've been adding names to Find A Grave for years, and never realized that. I'm seriously very pleased that you took the time to mention this!

The death date for Massey is wrong, too, but that is not your problem.

Have a great rest of your weekend!


Added by Dabombmom on Sep 30, 2017 8:46 PM

Thanks for replying. I wasn't sure who left it, so I contacted both of you.



Added by Dabombmom on Sep 30, 2017 6:00 PM

Judith Hurt
Harold Drummond
Thank you so much for putting up such a lovely memorial for Harold Drummond. His 1st wife, Mable, was my aunt. I appreciate the effort you put into it.

Added by Judith Hurt on Sep 30, 2017 2:32 PM

Vicki Gowen
RE: Edna Westbrook #126712057

I asked one of the Dunn relation to submit an Ancestry DNA sample earlier this summer. That has since come back.

If I find addditional information on the Dunn-Westbrook connection, I will try to remember to send it along!

Happy hunting!

Vicki Gowen

Added by Vicki Gowen on Sep 28, 2017 10:00 AM

shay emahiser farnsworth
Charles Jones
Hi! I've been doing a lot of research on the Jones family. Minnie Daly was my great-grandma. I don't know how often you go to Fee Fee Cemetery, but I was wondering if any of Charles Jones children are there? According to her death certificate Empo is supposed to be there. Her other siblings were Lee, Theodore, Ralph, Cecil, and I believe Leo, though I'm still trying to figure if Leo is separate from Lee. Any help would be appreciated. Ty!!!

Added by shay emahiser farnsworth on Sep 26, 2017 8:06 PM

Lois Hendricks
RE: Elizabeth Sylvester Deckard
A simple change in spelling a name can make a long lost relative hard to find. But the detective work in genealogy is what makes it so addictive to me. Now I'm searching for James and Mary Polly's parents.
Mary Polly's picture of her tombstone isn't very clear on Find A Grave so when I get her stone more readable I will add a better one I hope.
It has been so nice messaging with you. So glad we got to meet even though it was just on line. I guess we are distance cousins. If you should ever get to visit Smithville I live just 2 miles north of the cemetery, in Sanders. You will have to stop by and see me. I live in the house my grandfather Martin Chambers built in 1900. My folks are also buried in Smithville Cemetery. If you should happen to do face book you can friend me if you like, Lois Ridge Hendricks is how you'll find me. I have a thistle as my picture.

Added by Lois Hendricks on Sep 20, 2017 9:31 PM

Lois Hendricks
Elizabeth Sylvester Deckard
Thank you Lynn for your quick response.

Ok, I think we are getting things on the right track. I could not find a George either and removed him as a sibling from my notes, so we agree there.

I thought Elizabeth and Adam Deckard was divorced only when I thought she was "Eliza". But now believe she died and Adam just remarried.

I was able to make more connections from your updates on most of the siblings of Eliza. But I couldn't find Ellen on Find A Grave. I believe you have her as Ellen Sylvester Burkhart on your updates.

So, for Elizabeth since she matches the census and marriage licenses I would like to add her to Find A Grave with her remains not found and as a daughter of James and Mary Polly Sylvester. I truly believe that she could be in the Deckard Cemetery located in Clear Creek Twp. on Mt. Ebal Rd on the edge of the Pointe Gulf Resort without a marker. Or she could have been in any of the cemeteries they moved because of Lake Monroe without a marker.
But I don't want to ad her as James and Mary Polly's daughter without your agreement. And I don't want to ad her just yet as I have found her listed as M. Elizabeth and as Mary Elizabeth in a few places and would like to research her name just a bit more.

I am a member of the Monroe County History Center Cemetery Committee and have been cleaning the Sylvester, Jacob Deckard and Eliza's tombstones. We are hoping to have a work day at Smithville Cemetery this year and clean and straighten some of the stones in the older part of the cemetery. We thinking of set up at the Farmer's Market at the old Smithville School with information about the MCHC Cemetery Committee and maybe recruit some help. The church no longer cares for the cemetery and the County Trustee just doesn't have the man power or money to do more than mow the grass.

Thanks so much for your help and input.

Added by Lois Hendricks on Sep 20, 2017 4:07 PM

Scott McKinzie
RE: Frederick Peters #108236164

Thank you for your kind and gracious words! We need more good people like you doing good work.


Added by Scott McKinzie on Sep 20, 2017 9:43 AM

Lois Hendricks
Elizabeth Sylvester Deckard
Hi Lynn,
I found some more information about the Sylvester genealogy at the Monroe History Center. A paper written by someone at the Allen County Genealogy Center states the ACGC was in the process of writing a book on the Monroe County Sylvesters. I can email you a copy of this paper if you wish to contact me at It has a lot of information but is not signed or dated. I hope to contact them in the near future.
To summarize the important part it says that James M Sylvester Sr and his wife Mary "Polly" Howard had 7 children: Elizabeth, Margaret, Eliza, Ellen, Ransom, Foris "Farr", and James Jr.
If this is true then Elizabeth and Eliza were sisters. And that would be where the common mistake is made that Eliza was Elizabeth Deckard Shields' mother. Eliza is the name on Eliza's tombstone in Smithville Cemetery. Also, Lizzie is usually the nickname back then for Elizabeth not Eliza and Liza was usually the nickname for Eliza.
Do you have a list of James and Mary Polly's children?
Thank you so much for all your help.

Added by Lois Hendricks on Sep 20, 2017 8:48 AM

shay emahiser farnsworth
Minnie Daly
Hi! I'm wondering where you got the pictures of Minnie? She was my great-great-grandma and I would LOVE to find more information on her and her family. Also, where did you find the marriage info? I need it all! :)
Thank you!!!

Added by shay emahiser farnsworth on Sep 19, 2017 3:12 PM

Diana Estep
RE: Juanita Milton Brokaw
Without what you had I did not have all the info on Juanita. It goes to show that working together is the best way ((((hugs))))

Added by Diana Estep on Sep 16, 2017 1:14 PM

Diana Estep
Juanita Milton Brokaw
Thanks to your write up I was able to put better dates for Juanita and able to connect her parents.

She was the mother-in-law of my 3rd cousin thru her son
David Lee Brokaw
BIRTH 10 APR 1942 Alton, Madison, Illinois
DEATH 13 JUN 1999 Hudson, Columbia, New York
Find a grave memorial ~ 93044434
David married
Sandra Jean McLean
BIRTH 2 OCT 1947 Miles City, Custer, Montana
DEATH 1 JUL 2012 Delmar, Albany, New York
Find a grave memorial ~ 93044317
They had 2 children

Again thank you for your write up!!! I had gone in and edited her putting her maiden name last night and your write up was not there so we must have been editing her at the same time.


Added by Diana Estep on Sep 16, 2017 5:48 AM

Diana Estep
Juanita Milton Brokaw
Find A Grave Memorial# 100961528
Juanita Milton
BIRTH 19 JUN 1916
DEATH 1970

She was married to
Garol Dean Brokaw.
BIRTH 12 OCT 1916 Madison, Illinois
DEATH 25 NOV 1984 Wood River, Madison, Illinois

You have her married to Carol but his name was Garol. Thank you for all you do.


Added by Diana Estep on Sep 16, 2017 5:31 AM

Have A Heart
RE: Dr. Otto Heller #47582168

Added by Have A Heart on Sep 13, 2017 9:20 PM

Lula Degase
RE: Sarah Ann
My parents were John Ellsworth and Martha Neff, John's parents were Wm Walter Ellsworth and Anna Estella Stafford, Wm's parents were Rufus Ellsworth and Marticha Flora, her parents were George Flora and Mary Butcher, Mary was a sister to David Henry Butcher. and so forth. So I guess we are related in some way. Ha,

Lula Degase

Added by Lula Degase on Sep 07, 2017 8:07 AM

Lula Degase
Sarah Ann "Sallie" Flora
Hi Lynn,
I saw on Sarah's information was added by you. Do you happen to be related to the Flora family?
Matthew was my 4th great grandfather. If you are related I would love to talk to you. Thank you for all you do for Find a Grave.
Lou Ellsworth Degase

Added by Lula Degase on Sep 06, 2017 6:46 PM

jeff blair
Boje Family Line

Thank you. The direction to find the 1900 Census record. I've got it now and It was what I needed to piece together my research sufficiently.

Helen is the second wife of Andrew Jackson Thomas. They can be found in the 1920 (Magdalena, hence Lena in 1900), 1930 and 1940 Census (Helen), and as I indicted by 1940 Helen's father John has passed away and her mother Anna lives next door to Andrew & Helen Boje-Thomas. I had seen Fred on a number of Boje death certs as the informant, as well as his own, so I assumed the connection, but the 1900 census puts him together with the rest of the family nicely. Neither Fred nor Helen are with the family in the 1910 Census. Fred is easily located, but I have not located Helen. Her future husband Andrew Thomas is married to his first wife Jane (Coudy) in the 1910 census. She dies in 1912 and sometime after that Andrew remarries Helen. They have a son, Lawrence together who is 5 in the 1920 census, so the marriage is between 1912 and 1915. It is possible that Helen is married also to someone else in 1910 and that is the reason I can't locater her.

Thank you again for the help. I live up north of Chicago but have made a couple trips to St Louis for research. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.


Added by jeff blair on Sep 04, 2017 8:12 AM

Lois Hendricks
RE: Elizabeth Sylvester Trisler #67755167
Hi Lynn,
Thank you for your reply on Find A Grave 67753489. You may very well be correct. I will do more research.

I have been researching the Deckard/Sylvester line at the Monroe County History Center and the Deckard books in the Indiana Room at the Monroe Co Library.

I did make copies of the same marriage licenses you mentioned and some notes from a folder at the MCHC.

I couldn't make the connection until I found notes in either the Deckard or Shields folder at MCHC. Can't find my copy of that note so may have to go back and get another copy.

I don't rely on census as I have found many errors on them. I have even found errors on certified death certificates from the Monroe County Health Office.

I was under the assumption that Elizabeth Sylvester and Adam Deckard (m. 13DEC1846) were divorced. As I found Adam's 'second' wife and both are buried in Greene County, IN. Elizabeth was a very popular name back then. I will do more research.

So sorry I can't tell you more at the moment. I'm hoping I can get back to you by the end of the week but I threw my back out this morning so it may take me longer.

Just to give you some info on myself, I am the great-granddaughter of William Charles and Elizabeth A. Deckard Shields. They are buried in Allens Creek Cemetery after being moved from the Shields I Cemetery because of Lake Monroe. I was born and lived most of my life in Sanders which is near Smithville.
Thanks so much.

Added by Lois Hendricks on Sep 02, 2017 8:27 PM


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