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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.

PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.

I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 400+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?

NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.

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Elsie Kelly photo
Stacey, Thank you very much for the photo! Judy
Added by Judy on May 23, 2017 8:55 AM
Deborah M Colby
Minnie Colby Meko
Your very welcome. I like to be accurate for hisory's sake.

Added by Deborah M Colby on May 08, 2017 6:05 PM
Michael Stanley Klimczak
RE: Mabel
Yes, I saw that as well. Thanks again Stacey!
Added by Michael Stanley Klimczak on May 07, 2017 5:46 PM
Michael Stanley Klimczak
Hi Stacey! Thanks so much for taking the time to get this photo for me. I also got your email regarding Joseph Sikora. I truly appreciate you sending me that valuable information. I hope it wasn't too much trouble for you. Have a great Sunday!
Added by Michael Stanley Klimczak on May 06, 2017 8:56 PM
JB Phillips
memorial transfer request
Hi Stacy,

I am wondering if you could please transfer my Aunt and Uncle's memorial to me? They are:
Find A Grave Memorial# 130133636 Leroy E Fox
Find A Grave Memorial# 130133636 Phyllis C. Phillips Fox

Thank you for the consideration.

John Phillips
Added by JB Phillips on May 06, 2017 9:34 AM
P. Gayle-Boan
Stacey, thank you so very much for not only the photos, which I so appreciate, but creating Mandella's memorial then turning it over to me. Such a gracious act of kindness. Thank you.Pam
Added by P. Gayle-Boan on May 03, 2017 6:59 PM
Huge Thanks.
You just photographed my Great-Grand parents, and 2x great grand parents! And the date on their graves opened up some other great finds. Thank you so much! This is wonderful!
Added by mgondeck on Apr 14, 2017 8:57 PM
Cathy Moran Truesdale
FindaGrave Memorial 106069922
Hi Stacy,
Thanks for transferring this memorial to me and for the nice message!
Added by Cathy Moran Truesdale on Mar 16, 2017 11:49 AM
Cousin Stacy
Yes we are related through your great-grandmother Myrtle E. Spafford!!!

Myrtle is a 2nd Cousin 3x removed.

Welcome Stacy and glad to know we are related, though don't know through which brother yet.

Wink, wink & lol!!!

Added by Gord on Mar 13, 2017 11:51 PM
RE: Robert J Spafford, Jr. - Will County
Hello Stacey,

Robert Spafford, Jr. is "also" my 1st cousin, 4x removed!!!

I am related through my 4th great-grandparents Moses Spafford and his wife Elizabeth Boyce.

My 3rd Great-grandfather was Elijah Spafford who is buried in Sydenham Cemetery, Frontenac, Ontario.

My own mother Yvonne Mary Burnett died in 1992 is buried in the same plot as Elijah Spafford's daughter Althea Spafford in the same cemetery located a short distance away.

I have also been in touch with dlk from KS (#47327018) who I know is a 3rd cousin once removed of myself and lives in Kansas.

I live just west of Toronto and plan on heading (again) visiting relatives located in Kingston area soon; it is a 2 1/2 hr. drive from here.

I have done a lot of research on Spafford's who settled in Canada including other branches and am actively updating records.

Would love to find out more about you and share the same perhaps by e-mail instead of on a public forum.

Sincerely yours,


Added by Gord on Mar 13, 2017 11:20 PM
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