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William Harrison (#47153789)
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Bio Photo In honor of my mother, Marjorie Valentine (Sims) Harrison, I am submitting her photo with my profile.
I have been working regularly (as in daily) on my family history information since 1993, beginning with the info that she had entered into my baby book!

I have compiled detailed enumerations for 8 1/5 cemeteries here in Coles Co, IL and have posted most of what I have on 5 of those here on Find A Grave at this time. The names of the cemeteries that I have compiled records for are: Stoner, Adkins/Woodson, Brown's (Unity) Chapel, Mt Tabor, McKenzie, Hurricane, Miller-Coartney, Fudge & Grant.
I've worked some on Kickapoo (Mt Zion), Whetstone, and a few other Cemeteries. I've added links and photos to memorials for all known burials at Mt Tabor, Miller-Coartney, Grant and Fudge.
I'm adding family & requested memorials & photos for Mound/Roselawn Cem in Charleston, Bethel and Rest Haven Cems in Lafayette Twp, as well as a numerous others.

NOTE: I have obtained a plot map for the Bethel Cem, accompanied by names of lot owners and/or occupants, plus a partial down the row enumeration done by James Heidlebaugh in 1981.

I have done a detailed work up for the Grant Cem, Hutton Twp, Coles Co, IL. I have photographed all legible grave markers and have posted memorials for each of them with marker photos plus other names which were included in an enumeration done by the Coles Co Genealogical Society.
When I began this new project, there were nine memorials posted on FAG and three marker photos.
As of today (8-1-2015), there are now 83 memorials with marker photos on 80 of them (some memorials have multiple photos).
There are several foot stones with initials only that cannot definitely be linked to a specific person. I have photos, but have not posted them.

I also have over 100 Williams family kin in Harmony Cem in Cumberland Co, IL, including 3 generations of direct Williams family ancestors, as well as having made other submissions on memorials in several other cemeteries in IA, IL, IN, OH, WV, and WA.

As a photo volunteer, I actively visit several more cemeteries in this area to search for and photograph markers.

I have purchased bound copies of the enumerations that James Heidlebaugh compiled for Janesville (or New Gordon), Thomas Lincoln (or Old Gordon or Shiloh), and Beals Cemeteries. They are down the row readings and are VERY helpful in locating markers!

I have been part of a small group working on cleanup of the Cossell Cem, located NW of Charleston. We are slowly making progress!
During the summer of 2015, several work days accomplished nearly complete removal of downed trees, all underbrush, removal of several unwanted trees, and removal of broken down barbed wire fencing. More work remains to be done, but ALL visible markers can now be easily accessed. A future task will be probing for markers which have fallen & possibly covered by sod. Hopefully broken markers can be restored.

I am primarily researching: Harrison, Sims, Williams, Reynolds, Malcom(b), Stotts, McCreery, Stoner, Schnorf, Adkins, Pettit. But of course, there are many MANY more names which I have found to be members of my extended family!

I am also researching my Hardin and Dean family members, who are related to my Stoner family.

I attend the annual Sims Family Reunion at Fox Ridge State Park in Coles Co, IL. I am the local Sims family genealogist. For 2017 I was the Sims Reunion President.

In 2014, I began searching for information on my wife's ancestry. Names include: Thomas, Elder, Brooks, Blake, Johnson, Pilkington, Miller, Offill, Richards, Elliott, Norman, Davis, Wright, Wallace, Beaman, Dage, Perkins, Clark, Brockway, Cooley, Durfey, Skinner, Goodwin, Hull, Fickle, Slaymaker, Voetgling, Beck, and Tatman. (so far). We usually attend the annual Miller-Elliott Reunion in Dieterich, Effingham Co, IL. She was pleasantly surprised when I informed her that she was directly descended from King Edward I (1239-1307). He is her 22nd g gf!

I firmly believe that anyone capable of finding, reviewing and posting information on FAG does not need specific directives from other volunteer contributors about how to manage the memorials they have spent their time to research and posted. If errors or omissions in content are observed, then a suggestion to the contributor through the Edit process INCLUDING corrections or additional information about names, dates and/or family links should definitely be appropriate.
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Photo for Glassco #179605031
Thank you so very much! That answers the questions I had. You are a wonderful person for spending your time to do these things!!
Added by Della on Oct 16, 2017 2:31 PM
Darla and J.R. Simmons
RE: Margaret (LaRue) Easton
Thanks for the information. I'll be using it to check further.
Added by Darla and J.R. Simmons on Oct 16, 2017 9:28 AM
Heber History
Fletcher cemetery
For every monument photo I tried to find a death notice or obit.

If there are anymore in Fletcher you would like added email me a list. I am trying to add them now. I work with the cemetery trustee of Fletcher.
Added by Heber History on Oct 12, 2017 1:33 PM
Heber History
joseph garbry-miami county ohio
I have the obit of Joseph from 1891 would you like me to add it on findagrave to go with the monument photo you have
Added by Heber History on Oct 11, 2017 7:30 PM
Photos of Louis Abeln's Monument
Thanks for posting the photos of Louis Abeln's monument.
Added by HDAbeln on Oct 11, 2017 5:58 AM
Lori Stevens Nielsen
RE: Metzler Family in Coles Co, IL
We are distant relatives then! George Harrld Metzler Sr (1879 - 1938) is the father-in-law of the uncle of the husband of my 3rd cousin 2x removed.;)

I've been doing research on my Dad's side of the family (Stevens) trying to take the direct Stevens line past 1810. My 4th Great-Grandfather, Frederick Stevens was born in 1810 in Pennsylvania, married and had a family in Ohio, moved to Illinois after his wife died in 1853, was still living in Illinois in 1860, and died in an unknown year or location.

Family records say he went to live in Oklahoma with some Indians and was never heard of again. Through my research, I found that his stepdaughter married a Cherokee in Illinois and they moved to the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Oklahoma. As a result, I've been trying to build the family tree down from Frederick's many descendants to see if I can find any records mentioning him.

If you can't go back, work your way forward and who knows what you may find. Hopefully other family who have records that contain the answers you are looking for.

Thank you for helping me in my search.
Best wishes,
Added by Lori Stevens Nielsen on Oct 09, 2017 10:02 PM
Lori Stevens Nielsen
Metzler Family Headstones
I had no idea there were other family members buried there. Thank you so much! I will send in edits and connect this info and pics to my account.
Added by Lori Stevens Nielsen on Oct 08, 2017 9:58 PM
Lori Stevens Nielsen
Thank you for taking Wayne Metzlerís Headstone picture for me!🌺
Added by Lori Stevens Nielsen on Oct 08, 2017 9:00 PM
RE: Sam Irby
Thanks William! We went to Mattoon/Charleston a few years ago on a long weekend and searched out family at cemeteries but we missed this one. If we were closer we would be out there with our lawnmowers & weed whackers! George
Added by George on Jul 07, 2017 4:30 AM
Sam Irby
Thanks for trying to find Sam Irby's grave at Old Kelly Cemetery. If you are ever there again please send me a few photos of the area in Old Kelly Cemetery. It would be nice to see where my wife's great great grandfather is buried. I would appreciate it.

Added by George on Jul 04, 2017 7:20 AM
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