Thanks, Pat. I went back sometime later and had no trouble at all finding the graves of my gg-grandparents and various other of my relatives, including a marker for my great-granduncle, William D. Maynor, whose burial was the first in what is now Pleasant Grove Cemetery. It was their family land at the time. I don't know why I had trouble finding them that first time. Possibly it was because that was before I got into serious "graving" and gained the cemetery skills I now have. (I've submitted more than 44,000 cemetery pictures to findagrave.com -- but all since that first time I visited Pleasant Grove.)
My second trip to Lee and Russell Counties was interesting in lots of ways. Not far from the cemetery I found the house that my gg-grandparents had built and lived in until their deaths (a house still owned by the family -- by some distant cousins I've never met). And noticing the (maiden) name Smyer in the cemetery, I thought about the fact that that's an unusual name and that a good friend of mine in Mississippi, Bill Smyer, was originally from that part of Alabama. I took a picture of the grave and e-mailed it to, and I was right. It was his aunt. We had fun talking about how some of our ancestors had no doubt known each other.
I see that somebody named Liz has added some Elkins pictures to Find-a-Grave. You can see the list here:
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