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Monday, November 26th, 2012 08:13 pm
Find a Grave volunteer Larry Hart went back to Union Cemetery in Panola Co., MS, and got the rest of the gravestone photos in what must have been the Conner family plot.

He emailed me to let me know, so I could create memorials for them.

Then he posted his photos.

William Henry Conner, 1808-1858, my 3rd great grandfather.

Elizabeth Curtis Conner, my 3rd great grandmother.

Henry Conner, 1874-1874, and Claudius Conner, 1876-1876, baby sons of James Alfred Conner, one of William and Elizabeth's sons.
And then he sent me the photos he took by email.

You just don't very often run across people like Mr. Hart.

When you do, you've found a real gem.
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Monday, July 2nd, 2012 07:55 pm
I drove 175 miles today on what I was convinced was a sure bet.

I set out to match up a distinctive gravestone with the person whose remains lay beneath it.

It's a turn-of-the-century photo - another unlabeled one from the Williams family photo album.

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I was just sure the grave had to be in Oakland Cemetery in Russellville.

Several of my Williamses, including Maxie and Jo's two daughters, Mildred Imognene, and Katherine Leah are buried there.

Why would we have such a large photo - the photo itself measures about 6" by 6" not including its black cardboard mount - unless this was the grave of someone in the family?

Mercifully, our temp stayed under 100 today - it was only 99.

So my first pass through the cemetery was in the car. And none of the tall monuments matched.

So I got out of the car in selected locations and started looking for a monument that could have been broken off, with other stones around it as in the photo. With a raised concrete border around the plot. Or concrete overgrown with grass.

I looked for the fence surrounding the plot in front of the monument.

Or evidence there had been one at one time.

Nothing. Zip, nada, zilch.

But it wasn't a wash...

Because I found Grace Electra Shinn's grave. She was the daughter of my great grandaunt, Mildred Carlton "Minnie" Williams and Josiah Hazen Shinn.

Grace's grave is with her paternal grandmother's, and her uncle's. Her grandma - Josiah's mother - was Elizabeth Frances Gilpin. After she divorced Josiah's dad, she married Samuel Reed Judd. The stone for the family plot says Shinn on one side, and Judd on the other.

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But the question still remains...

Whose grave is it?
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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 06:45 am
I love it when I see someone roll up their sleeves and tackle a long neglected cemetery - just because it's the right thing to do.

Some folks in North Little Rock, AR have done that, and are saving the old Thomas Cemetery.

I was there a few years ago, and was intrigued by the story on the gravestone for Joe William B Thomas.
To read more, click the link above.
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Monday, June 11th, 2012 08:33 pm
This is the Edmonson family plot at Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock. These are my brother-in-law's maternal ancestors.

Graves in this plot include:
Jonas Smith Edmonson, 1828-1894
Phebe Harris Edmonson, 1835-1903

Their daughter, Mary Frances "Mamie" Edmonson Jordan, 1861-1948

Mamie's children:
Harry Jordan, 1887-1887
Helen Phoebe Jordan Rutherford, 1899-1978

Helen's son from her first marriage to George Ira Brandon, George William "Billy" Brandon, 1910-1927

Helen's second husband, Herbert Hoshall Rutherford, 1899-1930
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 08:34 am
I don't know much about her. She and her husband, James Cash, came from North Carolina to Mississippi, and landed in Clark County just a few short years before they died.

Both of their graves were marked with rocks in the cemetery across the road from DeGray Baptist Church in Clark County.

Someone later added some lettering to this carved marker.

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Amanda Cash was the mother of at least 9 children.
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Monday, October 31st, 2011 05:59 pm
You know how you are out taking photos at a cemetery, and a stone just grabs you?

This one grabbed me.

The photo was taken at Oakland Cemetery in Russellville, Pope Co., AR about 5 years ago.

I know there's a story here.
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T H Ayars, 1830-1905 and Jennie Ayars, 1843-1905

The only thing I have ever been able to find on the deaths of T H Ayars and his wife was this small snippet from the Maryland Sun, published on 30 Jan 1905.

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DIED.
AYARS - On January 28, 1905, in Russellville, Arkansas, Rev. T H AYARS, father of Mrs. F M Killis, No. 916 North Mount street.

AYARS - On January 28, 1905, in Russellville, Arkansas, Mrs. JENNIE AYARS, wife of Rev. T H Ayars.

This is an encore presentation of essentially the same post of 29 Nov 2010, because this one will probably always bug me...
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Monday, August 22nd, 2011 12:59 pm
I went there on Sunday to photograph the graves of Frances Reeve Edmonson and her husband, John Parks Almand.

They are interred in one of the mausoleums, which was locked. I'm trying to contact the cemetery association to gain access, which is proving more difficult than I thought it would be.

Not to worry though...Mount Holly ranks close to the top of my favorite cemeteries, and I never get tired of taking photos there.

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Click here for more... )
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 11:47 am
This is for me one of the more interesting features of Find a Grave...

The online stroll, where you can use the arrow keys on the top of the random record to move back and forth through online burial records that have been submitted to the online stroll database for that purpose.
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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 03:44 pm
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George Washington Pettit was the paternal grandfather of my step-mom.

He is buried in Carter Cemetery, Russell, White County, AR.
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Monday, May 23rd, 2011 05:09 pm
This is one of the churches and cemeteries my cousin and I visited on one of the hottest days last summer in Logan County, AR.

Her dad's family settled there in Logan County the last quarter of the 19th century.

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To see other photos of that trip, click here to see Subiaco Abbey.
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Monday, May 9th, 2011 07:41 pm
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William Cooper Herrington, wife Lillie (Elkins)
and son Joseph Carl Herrington
Clement Cemetery, Grant County, AR
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 10:20 am
A long life...hoping it was a happy one also.

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Carrie Elizabeth Golden, 27 Apr 1897-5 May 1988
Alpine Cemetery, Clark Co., AR
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Monday, April 4th, 2011 05:52 pm
The Moore family plot at St Joe Cemetery, just down the road from my dad's home in Pope County, drew my attention yesterday.

It is guarded by an assortment of four footed sentinels.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 09:07 am
These are the gravestones of my great-great grandparents, Thomas Jefferson Wharton, II and his wife, Rutha Evaline Coleman.

Thomas was the son of Thomas Jefferson Wharton and Sarah Sally Duncan, born on 27 Feb 1832 in Alta Vista, Gainesville, Co., GA. Rutha was the daughter of John Henry Harrison Coleman and Cynthia Cochran, born on 1 Oct 1837 in Caroll County, GA.

They married on 26 Jul 1855 in St. Clair County, AL and were the parents of 9 children I have been able to document.


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Thomas J Wharton


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Rutha E Wharton


Thomas died on 16 Mar 1908, and Rutha on 19 May 1911. They are buried in St. Joe Cemetery, Pope Co., AR.
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Monday, March 21st, 2011 07:51 pm
There's no tombstone for Martha L Dunn of which I am aware. I have no idea where she is buried, and the places I would customarily look have left me empty handed.

I think Martha was the sister of my g-g-grandmother, Mary C Dunn.

As with Mary, and the man I suspect is her brother, Bob Dunn, I can't find her in the census as a child.

Martha L Dunn was married to David Andrew Williams in 1869. According to her obituary, she bore him two children, although I have been able only to account for one.

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Martha L Dunn Williams' obituary as published in
The Southern Standard in Arkadelphia, Clark County, Arkansas
on 11 Nov 1876, on page 3 column 3.


Died,
At Hollywood, in this county, on the 2d inst. Mrs. Martha L., wife of Mr. David Williams, of this city, in the 28th year of her age.

She had been a severe sufferer, with that dread disease, consumption, for the past eighteen months, but bore her sufferings with that patience and fortitude known only to the truly religious, and died in the full triumphs of a well grounded faith. She leaves a husband, two children and numerous friends to mourn her loss.


Getting a generation behind these Dunns is one of my biggest brick walls.
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Monday, January 24th, 2011 04:41 pm
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Ada Lenora, wife of W A Strickland. June 12, 1870 - April 10, 1928. God gave, He took.
He will restore. He doeth all things well.


She was the daughter of Cicero Tiner and Phebe Emmaline Boyd. She married William Alexander Strickland on 1 Apr 1891 in Pope Co., AR, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery at Atkins.
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 04:15 pm
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Calvary Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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112 year old stone, Mt Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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Mt Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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Mt Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, AR
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 05:56 pm
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This was the first grave in Old Baptist Cemetery in Center Valley, Pope Co., AR.

It's the grave of the first infant of James Littleton Burris and Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore.

The baby was stillborn in 1841, about a year after they married, and about two and a half years after they arrived in Pope County from Lawrence Co., TN.
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Monday, December 20th, 2010 05:53 pm

Oakland Cemetery, Atkins, Pope Co., AR


I wish we knew which Burris, Haralson, Matchett and Strickland they were. We have so many of each in the family tree with unknown burial places...
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Monday, December 6th, 2010 06:13 pm
I think the aerial view of the USS Arizona Memorial always has the greatest impact on me.

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