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Lynn Marie Vint (#47138895)
 member for 5 years, 7 months, 21 days
Robert Schmidt
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn: Here is what I wrote about John Minesinger

By the early 1870ís he began his most ambitious engineering feat, that of building a railroad trestle across the Mississippi River at St Louis. Another Hoosier engineer from Lawrenceburg, IN, James B Eads, was also working on that river at the same time on another bridge across the river at St Louis. Eads was also a self-taught engineer. Perhaps they knew each other. The famous Eadsí bridge was completed in 1874. Unfortunately James Minesinger was fatally injured by a fall off his bridge trestle and died on Sep. 1, 1870. The St Louis Democrat reported:

"Late Saturday evening, Mr. John Minesinger, civil engineer, in charge of the construction of the trestle work between the island and main shore for the Belleville and Southern Illinois, in walking over the work, stepped on the end of a loose plank; the plank tipped up and he fell a distance of twenty-seven feet. The unfortunate man was picked up by other employees of the road and carried to his boarding house. The best medical aid possible to obtain here as well as over the river, was called in and every effort was made by Mr. Broughton, Superintendent of the road, to relieve the sufferer, but to no purpose. He lingered till Sunday, when he expired. The deceased leaves a widow and family, all the children grown up, residing near New Castle, Indiana, as well as a host of friends to mourn over his sudden death. The deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and the body will be escorted to the cars today by a delegation of that order to send it home for burial."

His body was returned to New Castle and he was buried in South Mound Cemetery in the city. His wife Mary died six years later on Jun 27, 1876 and was also buried there.

Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 27, 2015 8:57 AM

Diane & John
Re: Lizzie Minesinger/Elizabeth Blaeser

Thanks for your information on this one. I really think the Lizzie Minesinger should remain in Fieldon Cemetery since there definitely is a stone there for her with her 1st husband even tho she's not physically buried there. I asked Julie Goheen to add a note in the Bio with a link to the memorial in Oak Grove Cemetery. I did the same for Elizabeth Blaeser linking back to Lizzie Minesinger. I hope that's not too confusing to people!


Added by Diane & John on Jan 25, 2015 9:51 PM

Robert Schmidt
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn: Holy Cow! You have done more research than I ever hoped to get on my inquiry. You raised the same questions and speculations that I considered but surely wouldn't have expected you to investigate as you have. I applaud you effort. I suspect too that James SR and his wife are buried there but like your question what happened to the rest of the family? I investigated through Ancestry but came up with zero.
Are any of the Minesingers in your family line. I am writing an article for The Hoosier Packet about John Minesinger(James Sr older brother). He died in St Louis when he stepped on a plank that was not secured on the railroad bridge he was building across the Mississippi. I would be glad to send a copy of my work to you if you have interest.
Again great detective work. That tombstone might be for James Sr.
Bob Schmidt

Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 25, 2015 9:31 PM

Robert Schmidt
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn: I like what you have done with James and William. You have added a lot of additional info as well. Be sure and change the words for the daughter Martha as well. I really appreciate working with someone who gets the job done quickly

I don't know where James Sr And Elizabeth Booth are buried but assume it is there in Illinois as well James Sr's brother John back in Indiana is who I am following FG # 37038230.

Bob S

Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 23, 2015 10:38 AM

Robert Schmidt
Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn, I am doing research on Canal Engineers in Indiana. This has lead me to this memorial:

James was married to Elizabeth Booth. The Minesingers moved from Pennsylvania to Calhoun County, Illinois in the mid to late 1850's. Their daughter, Sarah, was born there in 1858. All the children who were older than her were born in Pennsylvani

I believe this statement is incorrect and I would like for you to investigate. James Knox Polk Minesinger Sr was born around 1817 and his wife was Elizabeth Booth. Their son was James KP Minesinger Jr and that is who Sarah belongs to and yes she was born in Illinois but she is the daughter of James JR not Sr. You can see this when you look at the sons like William who was born in 1839 5 years before James Jr was born. Martha 43377598 has a mistake stating that her mother was Elizabeth Booth. It was Elizabeth ? but not Booth. Review this data and I believe you will agree that something is not right. The reason is that there were 2 James KP Minesingers. The person I am investigating is the grandfather John Minesinger who engineered the Hagerstown Canal in Indiana. It was part of the Whitewater Canal.
Let me know what you think
Bob Schmidt Pres Canal Society of Indiana

Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 22, 2015 3:10 PM

mary giera
Amanda (Carroll) Smith Love
Thank you for all you have placed on Find-a-Grave. I appreciate your work.

Added by mary giera on Jan 16, 2015 4:05 PM

Info on Joseph O. Taylor 64074547
Hello Lynn,
I was very surprised to stumble across your memorial to Joseph O. Taylor. I believe that I am related to his daughter Alice Taylor. I was wondering if you would be able to share some of your sources for the information in Joseph's memorial. I have run into a dead end in my research, and could use a little help. I love the time and effort you put into this. Thanks for your help!

Added by BrianK on Jan 15, 2015 12:42 PM

Hi Lynn Marie: I just wanted to wish you a happy and healthy 2015 and again thank you for such wonderful, informative, and honoring memorial pages that you create for find a grave. You are a true blessing to the site.

Added by N.B.B.O.O. on Jan 14, 2015 2:42 PM

Susan Ing
RE: Wehmeyer photos at New Bethlehem Cemetery
Section 10


Added by Susan Ing on Jan 14, 2015 4:13 AM

sherry kuhn
roland cobine
U have some pics of my dad u posted i would like copys of

Sherry cobine kuhn

Added by sherry kuhn on Jan 13, 2015 8:03 PM

Paul Mills
Stike Sisters: Clara & Viola
i thinks they may be buried in New Lorimer Cemetary, I Remember the grave yard being in amongst Cape Girardeau near residential homes and a large building mad of light tan small brick. It may have been a chapel on site or Masoleum. It seem to be a 7 blocks east of US highway 67 or Broadway

Added by Paul Mills on Jan 12, 2015 2:09 PM

Rebecca L Smith
Strackeljohn family
Please contact me if you are related to this family. I am interested in research. Becky Smith

Added by Rebecca L Smith on Jan 06, 2015 1:20 PM

A Van Meter
RE: Virginia Van Meter
Hi Lynn, I'd like to request a transfer of the memorials of all three of my Van Meter in-laws...

Virginia A. Kramer Van Meter: # 49948663
Russell Leroy "Lee" Van Meter: # 49948665
Cheryl A. Van Meter: #49948664



Added by A Van Meter on Jan 01, 2015 1:17 PM

RE: Azubah Gates Brainerd 1838-1921
Thank you for your response. You pretty much covered all my research and conclusions. Azubah Gates could very well have been a "cousin" to her first husband, whether 1st or 2nd it's impossible to tell. I'll make a note of the Glascow name in case it comes up again.


Added by ms1952 on Jan 01, 2015 6:11 AM

Azubah Gates Brainerd 1838-1921
Memorial # 108032415

Hi, You are requesting a change to her maiden name from Gates to Glascow. Can you please give me your source for her maiden name as Glascow? Mine gives it as Gates. Thank you, Elena

Added by ms1952 on Dec 31, 2014 2:19 PM

Kathy Mudd
Shumates at Fee Fee
I want to thank you for providing both the photo and the information for Walker D. Shumate. However, Mary Louise Dorsett Massey who was Walker's third wife was not married to Matthew Strong Massey. At first I, too, thought that Matthew was her husband but then I received some family information saved by an elderly cousin. She was the wife of John M. Massey who died in 1847. I have a page from the family bible on which my ggggrandmother wrote his death date as November 26, 1847. I also have some court documents from Saint Louis which list him as John M. Massey and they are settling his estate in 1850.

Again, I thank you for your efforts!

Added by Kathy Mudd on Dec 30, 2014 5:17 PM

Judy Morgon
RE: Nettie Wadlow
Thank you for the information.

As far as Baecht - there is nothing to do. The good dr and his wife did the right thing. His great grandson was completely surprised and, more importantly, unprepared. I was surprised too but the information does not effect me as personally. I'm simply excited to find a branch of my tree with new cousins who I would never have found any other way.

Added by Judy Morgon on Dec 30, 2014 10:37 AM

Clinton Slayton
Slatens in Jersey Co IL
I agree with you about the sellout to Ancestry, they are responsible for abandoning our MyFamily and YDNA websites that were devoted to the Slaten families.
You have some research posted that indicates an interest in these families. I have been attempting to send edits to a member known as Maxim Diversions, and get no responses. Do you have any knowledge of who this person is? The account does not appear to be active, but one of my contacts, Joan Farmer, told me that Salem Cem was being systematically destroyed, and I have been interested in the mems and images since this came to light.

By my theory, Rev George Slaten who came to IL from GA is my 1st cousin by perhaps six removes. His descendant Willard "Gene" Slaten volunteered DNA which is 100% match for my and my extended family group.
Since your mems are well-maintained, I have no intention of asking for a transfer, you may be closer in connection than I, but I am interested in some that were entered by Maxim Diversions, so I was wondering if you knew anything about this (or perhaps were this person).

Thanks for any attention you can give to this.
Clinton Slayton
Slaton Slatton Slayden Family Project (on SPOKT.COM and FamilyTree DNA)

Added by Clinton Slayton on Dec 25, 2014 1:07 PM

Gene Funk
re: Marie Borger
Hello Lynn,

Thank you for adding her headstone to her memorial. I would appreciate it if you would update it when her death date is added.

Marie is my wife's aunt. Her mother's eldest sister.


Gene Funk
Find A Grave# 47995499

Added by Gene Funk on Dec 18, 2014 8:28 PM

Reuben Harrell
Lynn - while looking at New York newspapers, I ran across the Harrell Christmas Eve shooting. I have to know, is the Laura Jones in the article the Laura Johns that Reuben married?

Added by kim on Dec 18, 2014 3:17 PM

RE: Transfer Request
Thanks Lynn for transferring. There were some errors in the bio so I am editing it. I have taken it down but will get it back up in the next few days. I am in contact with another descendant in Missouri who will help me with it.

I appreciate the work you do - many thanks.

Added by dhouserdavis59 on Dec 14, 2014 7:48 AM

Transfer Request
Hi Lynn, I am requesting management transfer for Thomas Butler Houser memorial # 65544636. I am the daughter of Claude Allen Houser, son of Claude Lee Houser, son of Franklin Gerome (Jerome) Houser, son of Thomas Butler Houser.

Also can you tell me the source of the bio on this memorial?

Donna Houser Davis

Added by dhouserdavis59 on Dec 13, 2014 7:40 PM

McGinnis graves
Hi, and thank you so much for posting this family's gravesites. I am related through Julia H. Cheaney who married Strother Sisson in Henderson Co., KY. They are both buried there in Smith Mills Cemetery. I also have a tentative death date for Strother McGinnis, but not a cemetery. If you are related, I'd love to know how. If you want any of the info I have, please let me know.

Susan Jones

Added by sdjones on Dec 10, 2014 4:59 PM

Margaret Gurgol
RE: Darwin Lesseg
Hi Lynn:

Thanks for your note. I didn't know the protocol for listing names. I don't think my aunt or cousins would mind their names listed.

It is great you are doing so much of my family's geneology. My uncle George still lives in Brussels. He and my aunt Allegra (deceased) were the only two of my mom's siblings that stayed in Calhoun County.

Nice to find a cousin I didn't know about.

Wishing you all the best. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Love, Margaret

Added by Margaret Gurgol on Dec 10, 2014 10:22 AM

Thank You For Transfer
Thank you for transferring Otto D Fink Jr. Memorial record to me.
God Bless,
Jeremy Gore

Added by jgore6194 on Dec 06, 2014 10:21 AM


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