One of the best sites I've ever seen...of course, being a Hardesty, and having come from four generations that lived in Hamilton county...I'm not biased...darn nice page....dick
I found your website very interesting on Broughton and the Gholson cemetery. I hope this site will expand. Charlene Bonner Bosley in Plano Texas
My name is Ryan Gholson, and I live in Shreveport Louisiana. Having a slow day at work, and on a whim entered my family name on a general search just to see what would happen.  My uncle (also John Gholson) is very big into our family history.  I stumbled across your page and found it very interesting and informative.  We're descendents of John Samuel Gholson.  At any rate, I just wanted to e-mail a comment, and say hello to a fellow "Gholson" Enjoyed the web page.
Thank you very much for putting the Associations pages on the web.  I have two ancestors, Wilson Henderson and Chester Carpenter (who was married to Wilson's daughter, Sarah), in the association and it was great to see them.  In the ordinary course of events I would probably have never found the minutes and know I can add a precis to my history of the two men. Shaunee Power
GREAT WORK, JAMES!!  Thanks so much for providing us with great read and for your hard work. Carol
Thank you sooo much for publishing the minutes of Muddy River......... I am ecstatic to see clear evidence of the life and times of John, Robert, and Wilson Johnson..... all my direct ancestors. I was just back to Illinois and Little Springs for vacation in July and heard there were minutes of the church being held somewhere near Belleville.... (wouldn't it be great to get those online sometime). Although these are different minutes, I feel a step closer to what was happening with the church life of our people just knowing the names and dates of their friends and colleagues! Thanks again heartily!.................... Denee
john, i visited the broughton web site, thank you for all the time and effort you went to make this available for all of us. keep up the good work. silvetta  parsons
Mr. Gholson,

I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed and appreciated all the work you have done on the web site about Broughton. My name is Terry Bealmer, and my father, Howard Bealmer, was born and raised in Broughton. He was born in 1912, and will be 90 years old in October. I have heard him tell stories about his childhood growing up in southern Illinois during the depression, and now that I have looked at some of the photos and read the stories, I feel that I have a better understanding of the town where he was born.

He had the opportunity to visit his old hometown ayear or so ago. He said that there was not much left that he remembered, but he said that a house that he once lived in was still standing. He also visited the Post Office and the lady working there (clerk/postmistress?) told him that her sister might remember him. He had a great time visiting.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I appreciate the hours and hours of work that you have done putting together the web site. I especially love looking at the old photographs. My grandfather, Joseph Carl Bealmer, is buried in Hickory Hill Cemetery.

Thanks for your time.

Terry Bealmer

I found your site and I must say it is one of the most organized sites I have ever been on.  I am related to the Douglas, Young, Minor, Allen, Keasler, Delap and many other families in the area.

Thank you for a beautiful and helpful site.

George Kirk


Dear Mr. Gholson

I would like to express my appreciation for the wonderful website that you have put together---I never thought it would be possible to find photographs of my family members because I'm from the part of the family who moved west, and we haven't kept any connections with our family back in Illinois. I couldn't believe it when I found pictures of 8 different relatives that I thought I would never know anything about. Thank you for all of the time and effort you have put into making these pictures available to the public.

Victoria J. Essary


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