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SM (#46597451)
 member for 13 years, 10 months, 28 days
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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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kathy garcia
Smilie Ransom Beardslee
I'm just becoming familiar with Find a grave...
Smilie Beardslee is my 3rd grandfather as well.
Added by kathy garcia on Oct 10, 2017 7:26 PM
Fern Lea
William Beckwith Clark
Thanks for the amazingly fast correction to my relatives information.

Added by Fern Lea on Sep 20, 2017 1:01 PM
Thrasher transfer
Thank you again for the transfer.
Added by Hoosierboy on Aug 17, 2017 2:02 PM
Leigh Miller
John Brenneman-New Danville
The memorial you consider to be a duplicate is in fact a different John Brenneman. My posting with correct photo is John Brenneman 1787-1843 (date shown on headstone)& his wife Charlotte (1789-1869) Her obit states she was widow to John. Your memorial for John Brenneman #10338883 lists his dates as 1698-1747. I believe an incorrect headstone photo was attached to yours. Hope that helps!
Added by Leigh Miller on Jun 29, 2017 11:11 AM
Hobbs memorial transfers
Thank you very much for the memorial transfers. It is greatly appreciated.
Added by Hoosierboy on Jun 07, 2017 1:54 PM
Memorial transfers
Hello. I have a few family members whose memorials i would like to have transferred to me, if no relation to you. They are Edith & Earl Hobbs and William Dale Hobbs. #14318897; 14318935 and 32966424. Thank you.

Added by Hoosierboy on Jun 06, 2017 12:40 PM
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
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