It is with grateful thanks that I share with you the names of those who provided particular information vital to completing this research document. Even though we have almost limitless sources from where to find our information, there is nothing like first-hand knowledge, or people who are willing to go the second mile by making some of the personal contacts one always needs to complete a project like this.
They deserve special mention, and if they are visiting these sites, this is my personal "Thank You" for their contributions.
Carole Dutton Malisiak was the first person who gave me an introduction into the Quakers (The Friends Society) and Rootsweb's Quaker-Roots Mailing list when I began asking my first questions. She encouraged me to pursue my project, and I am so grateful for that.
Ken Wardell is one of my cousins out in Ohio whom I have never met. When I was nearly at the end of the story, I received in my mail box some correspondence from him that turned out to be deed records for my missing information, and his description of jumping fences to read grave stones. This is second mile service.
Alice Hayhurst Morton, Freeport Township Historian, was very generous when I visited her on two occasions out in Ohio. She has kept in touch regarding things we have talked about concerning Freeport Township. That personal touch, especially a photo copy of the two-story log cabin was very valuable. Mrs. Morton died November 16, 2009.
Jeff Ferrell, Freeport Trustee responded to my written request for information about Greenmont Union Cemetery. When his letter came I was surprised to find a rubbing of the Bronze Plaque which is a memorial for all the old pioneers. Another packet was a real surprise: six photos of the Quaker cemetery (Section 2) on the grounds of the Greenmont grounds.
Seth Hinshaw, on Rootsweb's Quaker-Roots Mailing list, shared history from his collection of notes and Quaker minutes referencing Freeport Township, as well as offering a photo of the 1817 brick meeting house that replaced the original log Meeting House. This generous sharing of old relics enhances a report of this type and is appreciated.
Jeffrey Bryant furnished his personal ancestral file which provided records of the Whealdon family.
Andrew L. Moore compiled, in 2001, "Andrew L. Moore's Cadwallader Report." He was very gracious in sharing this Cadwalader/Cadwallader genealogy because of my dilemma about which Cadwallader owned the property on what eventually became the Sears farm on which the first Quaker cemetery, school and meeting house was built.
Ann Winder took the time to respond to my queries concerning the land records of those who provided property in Freeport Township in what is now the second Quaker cemetery located in what became the Greenmont Union Cemetery. I hadn't expected that. It helped to complete some land records for both cemetery sites.
John Simpson provided a segment of his history of old Route 8. I had no idea something like that could be found, but it was a perfect touch for the end of the story of the local-township-county-state-national event that changed the physical layout of Freeport Township forever. His records are so good you might want to visit his complete Unofficial Ohio State Highway Web Site.
Lyle W. Gunning took the time to correspond with me when I was trying to find a copy of his mother's book which, at the time of my writing of " Two Quaker Cemeteries," the only thing I could get was pages copied at the library for the pieces of information I needed. He has since published a second edition of his mother's book, "The History of Freeport, Ohio From 1810 to 1900," by Margaret Gunning, Second Ed., (Lyle W. Gunning, 1991).
Harry Liggett is known for his presence on the Internet for Rootsweb, Tuscarawas and Harrison County genealogy. He took the time to answer a few queries I had for sources I needed to document some of the information I couldn't find. He had some good ideas that I hadn't thought of, and some of them led to good information for this story.
The late Louise Westhafer Mellor for her photo of her visit to the site of the former Cemetery on the Sears farm east of Freeport, and her drawing of the placement of the Sears Farm.
Isaac G. Speck, author of "The Genealogy of the SPECK and BENJAMIN REED Families from 1754 to 1900 was the grandson of my fourth great grandparents, Godfrey and Sarah (Townsend) Speck who were buried on what became the Boone-Sears Cemetery. He left a very good account of their resting place which you can read in Chapter 1, "Old Facts In a New Light."
Last, but not least, 26 of my cousins across the USA, whom I have never met, searched right along with me, sending URLs, reading material, library and court record information, all of which makes this story viable.