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SM (#46597451)
 member for 13 years, 6 months, 1 day
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For over 45 years I have worked on my family histories. Sometimes, as a "get-away" from my own research and frustrations I walk through a cemetery and record my own census of readable tombstones. I record the dates and inscriptions just as they are engraved on the memorial.
So, what I have recorded is usually my own work efforts and research.

Memorials are created with respect and honor and are not intended to offend.

Should you have additions/corrections to my entries or if you would like your family member or friend transferred to your care, please let me know--
If the memorial is not my own relative or close friend, I consider ALL requests for memorial transfers. I'm not going to quibble over the ancestry and how many times removed you are from the person in the memorial. I'm happy to transfer memorials. Likewise, I appreciate similar considerations.
If you have a relative whose memorial I contributed and would like it transferred, let me know!

I don't understand why some Findagrave members are so territorial and won't transfer memorials, even if they aren't related
(And - I'm not in a numbers race to see how fast I can post obituaries or how many memorials I can post)
Seems some entries are made before the family has an opportunity to return from the cemetery!

I wish you success as you look for those who have gone before.

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Carol & Mel Hochstetler
William Fay Hooton
I have deleted my Mr. Hooton as you requested. I also deleted Mrs. Katherine Beatrice Norris Hooton that you also had a memorial for. Sorry the program failed to bring them up when I researched for them before uploading mine. It does make errors from time to time. Thank goodness we can catch them and let each other know. Thanks. Carol
Added by Carol & Mel Hochstetler on Apr 15, 2017 3:49 PM
Kim Schauer
RE: Spouse of Christiana Smith
I hope to learn the story one day, of their connection to St Joseph County, Indiana. If you live there, maybe these notes would help with that connection…

My notes from my grandfather:
Christiana had six children, but only one, Tyra, survived childhood. Tombstones in Van Buskirk Cemetery off Ironwood Road near South Bend list all of the children who died: An infant with no name, Oliver, William A., Mahalla A., Mary A. Most depressing of all is a large stone bearing the inscription: “Christiana G. Smith, Wife of Jeremiah Smith, died April 18, 1850” at an age of “31 years, 11 months and 23 days.”
Grandpa then writes, “After Christiana’s death, Jeremiah joined his brother, John, on an exploratory trip to the West Coast.”

U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880 has:
Name: Christena Smith
Year: 1850
County: St Joseph CO.
State: IN
Age: 34
Gender: F (Female)
Month of Death: Apr
State of Birth: VA
ID#: 197_305722
Cause of Death: CONSUMPTION [Tuberculosis / TB]

Blessings to you!
Added by Kim Schauer on Apr 11, 2017 9:04 AM
Karen K
Maude Ipe, S. Union Cemetery
There are 2 Maude Ipes in South Union Cemetery. These are 2 different Maude's.
Added by Karen K on Mar 30, 2017 9:37 AM
Mary Jo
Thank you for your kindness.
I deeply appreciate you transferring Elaina's memorial to me and it was so kind of you to add the flowers. It really moved me.
Added by Mary Jo on Mar 28, 2017 12:12 AM
Mary Garland Jackson
Elmer Ewing
Thank you for letting me know the cause of his death.
Added by Mary Garland Jackson on Mar 17, 2017 10:43 AM
M. Curry
James Barkes
Thank you for your dedication in helping us find friends and family and the recent transfer.
M. Curry
Added by M. Curry on Feb 07, 2017 11:43 AM
karl pehling
Bernice Pehling
Albert and Bernice Pehling (my Grandparents) had another son, George Robert "Bud" Pehling (1924-1998). He, his wife Frances, and son Bruce are buried nearby in the northern portion of the cemetery
Karl Pehling
Added by karl pehling on Jan 15, 2017 8:27 PM
Wendy Pehling McClanahan
Name change
Bernice (Harbaugh) Margaret Pehling was my grandmother and while her tombstone has her name as Bernice M.Pehling, her birth and death certificates list it the proper way. Unknown reason for her choosing to go by Bernice.
Added by Wendy Pehling McClanahan on Dec 08, 2016 5:28 PM
RE: George Humphries:
Thank you! As you can see, because of you, he is now connected to his family.
Added by Olva on Dec 06, 2016 10:53 AM
RE: George Hun=mphries:
Thanks for the information!!
Added by Olva on Dec 05, 2016 3:13 PM
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