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Fran (#47031624)
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Bio Photo I was born in Jackson, MS and graduated from Gulfport HS.

In 2003 after living in CA for 43 years my husband and I returned to Florence, MS to live.

I became interested in my family history during the early 1990's. As I searched for ancesters in old cemeteries I was saddened to see the neglect and damage to beautiful old headstones and monuments so when I became aware of find a grave I knew that this was something I wanted to do. I get great pleasure in photographing and recording cemetery markers for people on FAG.

The iron marker in my bio picture is in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson's oldest cemetery and was made by Pearl River Foundrey owned and operated by a family member in the late 1800's.

I am happy to photograph headstones and post them to help complete memorials on this wonderful site. I must give credit and many thanks to my husband, Les for his help in searching for markers.

My Family names: Parker, Richardson, Winterstein, Switzer, Bell/Beall, Bradley, and Dorman. My husbands family names: Davenport, Arnold, Davis, and Stinson.
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Polly Terry Day
Margaret Clarke McAdams
The above Find A Grave #143797602 was created by you. Margaret was married to Homer L. McAdams, who died sometime around 1982. I cannot find any record of Homer's burial and didn't find any record at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery. Do you know anyone in that family that I might contact to see if they know where Homer is buried?

Any help you can give me is appreciated. Thank you.

Polly Day
Added by Polly Terry Day on Feb 26, 2017 2:25 PM
jack simon
Bobbie H. Holliday
Fran, the date of birth on Bobbie H. Holliday is wrong. We dated in high school. Her DOB is MARCH 17, 1935, not May 17, 1935 I know because hers is the same as mine!
Added by jack simon on Feb 24, 2017 1:35 PM
Sharolyn Egan
Thank you, Fran
Thank you so much for your genealogical research and for taking a photo of the grave of my Great Grandmother, Find-a-Grave # 33951925. Your efforts and your kindness are greatly appreciated. Sharolyn Egan
Added by Sharolyn Egan on Feb 14, 2017 4:59 PM
George Bragg
RE: Bramlett family
Fran, thank you very much for taking all the Bramlett head stone photos. I will explain why the dates were wrong. I first found a ClarionLedger article on Elkhanah which had his death date but and place of burial. I found articles on widows of CSA soldiers in Hinds Co one in Dec1933 saying that Sallie was a pensioner widow and an article in Sep 1934 saying 4 Hinds widows had died. I assumed she died in 1934. I then called the cemetery and the verified that Elkhana & Sallie were buried there and they gave me the lot numbers. I have Virginia as Alace? Virginia Bramlett (theit daughter) and also another Daughter Daisy Bramlett Moore. Since receiving notice of the photos you posted I have corrected the dates and submitted edits for some of the relationships. Now working on finding Sallie's father's grave (John Lusk a Methodist Ministor) and her mother's, Ann Elizabeth Hurst Lusk, Thank you very much for your help.
Added by George Bragg on Feb 13, 2017 2:53 PM
Ann Berry McNair
Harrison gravestone photos
Fran, thank you so much for getting the photos of the Harrison Family members' gravestone photos. They really helped me with complete dates. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Added by Ann Berry McNair on Feb 13, 2017 1:56 PM
Harold Fisher
RE: The John Berle Smith Family
Thank you Fran for your help. Yes the Smith Couple in the Lamar County Cemetery are the parents of Berle & Byron. They also lost a son, Preston Smith in WW II. His body was left in France. I assume that he was killed in about 1944

You are certainly great to be involved with all of this.

I discovered that I am already a member of the Grave Association. The found my registration from some years ago.

I want to send the Assn a note concerning my 4th great grandparent JOSEPH HARRISON. He was thought to be in an unmarked grave,, in the Natchez Area. But I found a document in Louisiana that stated he was buried in Jefferson County, MS.

Therefore I am 'moving' his record to his son's cemetery in Jefferson County.

Many thanks again.

Harold C. Fisher
Added by Harold Fisher on Feb 11, 2017 8:05 PM
Harold Fisher
RE: The John Berle Smith Family
I should have mentioned that the site which carries JOHN BERLE SMITH's grave data, gives your name, with its address as FRAN.

Of course your address is not printed out in detail.

Many thanks

Added by Harold Fisher on Feb 09, 2017 6:57 PM
Harold Fisher
RE: The John Berle Smith Family
I am awfully sorry that there is something wrong with the cemetery records. Possibly more likely, there is something wrong with my trying to use a computer. 92 Years now

If and when you have time would you make an inquiry on the JOHN BERLE SMITH record and his twin brother PHILIP BYRON SMITH? A third grave contains the remains of young Mr. JOHN BERLE SMITH, JR.

If the system is wrong, I hope that it can be corrected. If I am wrong, then I need to talk myself into getting off the computer.

Again, I am sorry that I have possibly caused an uproar.


Harold C. Fisher
Yazoo City
Added by Harold Fisher on Feb 09, 2017 6:25 PM
Dana Denson
RE: Denson family
Hi Fran,

Thanks for your email. I was actually trying to add them to my father's (James A. Denson's) memorial page. I am new to this.

If you would like to add memorial pages for them, that would be great. I will have additional information to add later.

Thanks so much for all your efforts!

Dana Denson
Added by Dana Denson on Feb 09, 2017 12:52 PM
Harold Fisher
The John Berle Smith Family
Greetings Fran. At least I think that your given name must have been in honor of your mother, Mae Frances Holmes Smith?

Yesterday, I was busy on family research, looking at grave stones in the big cemetery on West Capitol Street.

I stumbled upon John Berle's family, including the grave of Philip Byron Smith.

I met these boys in Jackson in about 1949. We became friends. I moved to Yazoo City in 1952 and we gradually lost contact with each other.

I visited with Berle a few times at his office in Jackson. My last contact with Byron was about 1954. I remember chance meeting with two of Berle's daughters (?) in his office at some date.

I read in the Jackson Paper of the death of Byron death. The funeral was listed as PRIVATE, so I stood away from the ceremony. Berle and your mother walked over to my area, and we had a short visit.

I heard nothing else from them until I saw the obituary of Berle, later, in the Jackson Paper. I think, and hope, that I contacted Mae Frances during that time.

Raising my own family, two sons, John Mark and Thomas. have kept me busy. amazingly, I read about the death of your brother, John, Jr. I was not a subscriber to the CLARION LEDGER, so it was a miracle that I chanced upon knowledge of these three sad events. For a certainty I recall writing your mother concerning your brother's death.

Please update me on Mae Frances and your own children and husband, and on Berle Jr's heirs. Likely they remain in the N/E USA.

I apologize for being so 'wordy.'

Harold C. Fisher
Yazoo City Feb 9, 2017

PS: At age nearly 92, I am a widower. Jane died in 2007 I was born 3/17/25 and the twin brothers were born the following October.
Added by Harold Fisher on Feb 09, 2017 12:30 PM
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