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Stephen P. Burke (#46559280)
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I always been interested in cemeteries, and family history. My work on my family history started in 1978. I worked most of my life in manufacturing, starting in Production and eventually ending in Quality Assurance. I retired in 2010, after working for 40 years and doing a tour in the United States Air Force, during the Vietnam War. Enjoy checking out cemeteries and working on my family history. On father's side is: Banister, Bracken, Burke, Mappin, Rogers, Williams. On my mother's side there are Peterson, Johnson, Johannesson, Petersdotter, Sill, Swanson, Edwards, Holmes, Schumacher, and Sundlop, just to mention a few. These families are a mixture of Irish and Swedish, which makes for some interesting times. I was inducted into the "Sons of the Amercian Revolution" in May 2012. I also do volunteer work for "", a veterans organization.
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E. Sweeney
Maybelle Burns, Cypress Lawn
Cypress Lawn online database shows the only other person in this niche with Maybelle is Charles G. Burns, no dates given.

Added by E. Sweeney on Sep 17, 2017 8:31 PM
Stephen Cantrell
Mary Hazen 176166758
Please supply documentation for your suggested place of death, which I cannot confirm.
Added by Stephen Cantrell on Sep 15, 2017 2:37 PM
Barbara Stein
John Burke
Hi Steve,

Do you know if John Burke's parents were divorced? They are in 2 different cemeteries?? Thank you.

Added by Barbara Stein on Sep 10, 2017 5:22 PM
RE: Allnutt genealogy
Mr. Burke, thank you for your very generous offer, but no, I am not related to the Allnuts. If I have a memorial that the photo(s) could be added to, please feel free, or I am happy to transfer the memorials to you if you like.
Added by Deb on Aug 23, 2017 6:39 PM
Carrie Burke #67598269
The edit you sent me to link Carrie to a spouse was to Carrie herself, so I rejected it. I assumed you wanted her linked as spouse to Thomas F Burke #67598238, and I have done that.
Added by CWhite on Aug 13, 2017 3:40 PM
Anna M VanMeter Smith -- (1883 - 1975)
Hello, Stephen

I'm responding to your message to me on Aug. 9th concerning Anna. I am researching the VanMeter family, too. I am distantly related to Anna. She is a 5th cousin 3x removed of mine. I do not know where she died. I was able to find three children born to Anna and her husband Charles:

1. Maxine Dorothy Smith Pieper. Born 23 Sep. 1913 in Iowa. Died 19 Jun 2004. Buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL. Spouse: John H. Pieper, also buried at Greenmount Cemetery.

2. Malcolm I. Smith. Born 09 Jan. 1918 in IL. Died 21 Sep. 1955. Spouse: Dorothy. Buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL.

3. Elaine Bland Smith Dreasler. Born 31 Aug. 1922. Died 11 Dec. 2007. Buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL

Good luck in your family search.
Added by jos1234 on Aug 10, 2017 9:27 PM
RE: Joseph Reeves VanMeter - FAG #76494755
Joseph Reeve VanMeter was married to my Great Aunt Mayme Lilly. They were married in Colorado then moved to Los Angeles, California. Not sure how much information you have on him?
His brother Harry Lawson VanMeter was a stage actor that I think encouraged him to move west.
Added by Diana on Jun 30, 2017 1:39 PM
Karen Beenblossom Bree
RE: John Sheets
Stephen, thank you for your prompt reply!

I didn't have an exact birth date for John Sheets, but he married my 2gr-grandmother Mary Catherine Detrick on Nov 4, 1866 (according to county records). They were married less than 2 years when he died, and she married my 2gr-grandfather James Hiram Hering on Jan 27, 1870. The other John Sheets' were both born after Mary married James Hering. That's why I'm fairly certain the John Sheets in Hamilton Cemetery is the correct one, her first husband.

Clarence Oscar Hering/Herring (spelling seemed to be interchangable) in Hamilton Cem was only a few days old when he died. The family appeared to have a custom for children having 3 given names (i.e., Clarence Oscar Gilbert). His parents were James Hiram and Mary Catherine Detrick (Sheets) Hering, my 2gr-grandparents... One of the other Clarence Hering's in Good Hope Cem, called "Cephas", was the son of Lydia Frances Jida Detrick Hering, Mary's sister. I haven't figured out how the third Clarence is connected yet, but he was born in 1904 and died in 1979, so I know it's not the infant son of James and Mary... My grandfather Clarence Hering was the son of Clarinda Jenetta Eselda Hering, born in 1895. He's buried in Washington County, Iowa.

Any obituaries or other information would be greatly appreciated, if you have the time to look for them. I'm planning to order probate records for two of my ancestors (Jacob Detrick and Erastus Herring), but haven't yet gotten it done. If it would be more convenient for you, feel free to contact me via email:

I think I'll bypass trying to visit Hamilton Cemetery, at least for now. It doesn't sound very promising, and there's so much else I need to try and accomplish!

Thanks again for all your hard work and dedication!

Added by Karen Beenblossom Bree on Jun 29, 2017 3:50 PM
Karen Beenblossom Bree
Hamilton Cemetery Book
Hi Stephen,
By coincidence, I was researching Hamilton Cemetery yesterday at the same time Elena was. I went to send you a message and saw Elena's asking about the Hamilton Cemetery Book. Yesterday afternoon, I discovered the 18-volume "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois" by Duane Lester. Is that the same book you've referenced?... My main question, though, is when I'm home (in Burlington, Iowa) next month, I was going to try and locate the Hamilton Cemetery. Reading your notes and those of another researcher, I'm thinking it wouldn't be worth the time and effort for me to try and locate it. There are two graves I wanted to locate: one if Clarence Oscar (Gilbert) Hering, who died at 11 days old, and is my gr-grandmother's younger brother. I'm pretty sure my grandfather was named for him, as his name was Clarence. The other is John Sheets, my gr-grandmother's first husband, who died only a little over a year after they were married. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for the time you dedicate to helping others preserving our history! --Karen
Added by Karen Beenblossom Bree on Jun 29, 2017 12:49 PM
Elena Johnson
Hamilton Cemetery Book?
Hi, Stephen,

I've been reading your entry about Durham Creel, who was my 4th-great grandfather, and noticed that your source for much of his family information came from the Hamilton Cemetery Book. Can you tell me about the Hamilton Cemetery Book? Is it available to view somewhere? There is a grave on our family's property which I believe may be Durham's son Cager's resting place--but I need to know Cager's date of birth to try to verify I have the correct information. Perhaps the Hamilton Cemetery Book has more information.

Thank you for providing so much helpful information on Durham's page!
Added by Elena Johnson on Jun 28, 2017 11:10 AM
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