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Bill Stephens (#47298947)
 member for 15 years, 9 months, 15 days
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Bio Photo If I have entered a memorial for a relative of yours it is because when I was at the cemetery I look for other 'interesting' headstones and something must have drawn me to your relative. I will gladly transfer ownership to you if you e-mail me thru find-a-grave or at and give me your membership number.

I welcome corrections and updates...please use the EDIT tab on the memorial rather than contacting me directly.

You have my permission to use any of my FaG photos for your personal use. You will need to use the images on FaG because I do not keep the original .jpg images after I post...too many pix and not enough terabytes of storage!

I particularly enjoy visiting the remote rural cemeteries. I make every effort to find who is the steward of the cemetery and attempt to get a map of the sections and lot locations. (usually the county clerk at the courthouse has the steward information). Most of these stewards are old and all share a common frustration that nobody wants to take over the responsibility from them when they are gone. They are delighted to learn that FaG has taken the interest to list and photograph graves in their cemeteries.
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RE: Amanda Morris @ Topeka Cemetery
Darn it.

I will keep up the search but cancel the request. Obviously you've done so much. If I could find a death certificate for her it might help, though many of those don't provide a cemetery (or correct cemetery). Sometimes they do provide coroner or funeral home info that is reliable however.

Again, thanks so much! I have sprained my ankle a few times walking cemeteries and it is no fun just trying to look these things up at times.
Added by want2buytheworldacoke on Feb 24, 2017 11:23 AM
RE: Amanda Morris @ Topeka Cemetery
I think then that Maria couldn't be the correct person. She was roughly 40 years younger than Amanda Cozad Adkins Morris.

Is it possible that Amanda wouldn't be in the records for the cemetery? Are you looking through online or WPA records or at local cemetery or county records?

Many Adkins family members in Kansas and elsewhere (her son Sherman U. Adkins and his wife, for example) do not have markers of any kind and confirmation of their burials were confirmed later on by various records, which then produced information on their exact burial plots, etc.

I truly appreciate your taking the time to try and find her and will remove the photo request asap. The plan now is to keep searching in case the newspaper reports are incorrect about where she was buried. I haven't had any luck finding her in any other location whatsoever, for now.

Again, thanks so much for your help and time!
Added by want2buytheworldacoke on Feb 24, 2017 10:22 AM
Curtis gravestones at the Topeka Cemetery
Thank you, Bill, for taking and uploading the four Curtis photographs. I especially appreciate your doing it in this month of February. I lived in Topeka as a kid, and I know it is cold there in the winter.

The headstones your photographed do not have last names carved on them. Is there a stone with the Curtis surname carved on it?

Thanks again,
Jacki in Pittsburgh
Added by JackiMex on Feb 22, 2017 9:07 PM
RE: Amanda Morris @ Topeka Cemetery
Amanda's birth year was 1843. Is there any information on Maria Morris McVicar's age or birth year?

I'm not seeing any information on McVicar being one of her married names at this time. Her middle initial appears to have been an M but nothing I see in documents, directories, or newsclippings refers to her as Maria.

I will keep searching. Again, thank you.
Added by want2buytheworldacoke on Feb 22, 2017 7:04 PM
RE: Amanda Morris @ Topeka Cemetery
Oh my goodness. I will certainly check as quick as I can to see if that is a possibility.

Thanks for looking so hard. Really appreciate it.
Added by want2buytheworldacoke on Feb 22, 2017 6:43 PM
RE: Minerva Newman @ Topeka Cemetery
By chance, do you have a copy of her burial record? The estimated dates that I have are from the census & her will.
Added by Snoop on Feb 22, 2017 2:02 PM
Cheryl White
John M. Fortson
Updated his page in Mount Auburn.
Added by Cheryl White on Jan 18, 2017 8:27 AM
Cheryl White
Wilson L Pursley, again
I did find an obit for Wilson in a Melvern newspaper, and added it to his page at Mount Auburn. When I get a chance I think I'll check the marriage records for Shawnee County to see if Minnie remarried here after his death. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Added by Cheryl White on Jan 14, 2017 6:30 AM
Fonda LoBach
Bessie Barker
Thank you very much for the photo submission.

May the Lord bless always.

Added by Fonda LoBach on Jan 13, 2017 6:28 PM
Cheryl White
Wilson Louis Pursley and Rachel Smith
I have again updated Wilson's page in Mount Auburn, as well as Rachel's. I will be looking for better obits for them in Osage County papers as they were living there in 1920. I still don't know the connection between Rachel and Wilson, but she wasn't his wife. I suspect she might have been his mother-in-law, and the large space on their stone was probably left for Wilson's wife, Minnie.
Added by Cheryl White on Jan 07, 2017 6:10 AM
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