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David P. Wilson (#46887005)
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Bio Photo I've extensively researched both sides of my family, and had two well-received books professionally published relating to my maternal-side research. My roots on that side are in Baltimore, MD and west-central Poland, while my paternal roots are deep in Sussex Co., DE, and, earlier, in what is today known as the United Kingdom. Needless to say, I'm a "friend" of cemeteries, and have visited many.

My definitely known paternal side ancestral families of direct personal descent are (on my late dad's paternal side) WILSON, PALMER (originally Par[r]imore), JOHNSON, REYNOLDS, and WALLS. Those families were settled throughout the territory from the area of today's Sussex Co. Airport (located two miles to the east of Georgetown) through, eastward, into Lewes, with some members settled, or at times having resided, northward to in and around Milton to Milford, and others southward to in and around Millsboro. On my dad's maternal side, which features my known direct personal ancestral families KNOWLES, KIRBY, and MORGAN, they were settled in Broad Creek Hundred, Concord through, westward, Blades, and to in and around Woodland, also, many members, as time passed, immediately northward into adjacent Seaford, and some to as far southward as to in and around Bethel. Except for the Kirbys, who crossed in to western Sussex from the neighbouring portion of MD during the late 1800s, all other listed ancestral families were solidly settled in Sussex by the time of the American Revolution (several since decades prior). These truly were pioneer Sussex Co. families, who worked immeasurably to help clear and settle the area, not to mention - VERY significantly - to populate it.

To date I've created around 375 memorials for decedents with no family connection to me who are interred in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Cemetery, Blades, DE. That project remains very much a work in progress, and my documentation of many of the now-memorialized decedents buried in that cemetery will be significantly improved over time.

With the exception of the bulk of decedents I've memorialized who are interred in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery (which is where I'll personally someday be laid to rest, and where the very first burial therein was of my own parents' godchild, a baby, in 1950), most others whom I've created or maintain a memorial for are people with some sort of family and/or personal connection to me, and/or people bearing this or that of my ancestral family surnames whose precise relationship to me - if any - may not yet be, in every case, known, but hopefully will at some point be determined. I strive always to handle each departed soul with dignity, and to be as thoroughly accurate with all presented details as possible; I quadruple-check all name spellings and entered dates, etc. before signing off on a memorial I've just created, or any memorial that I've newly taken over management of. If you view one of my memorials, rest assured that it was carefully and conscientiously completed.

As much as I conveniently can, I like to add whatever extent of a biography for a decedent. It's always wonderful when a person, particularly one who passed long ago, can go from, rather than being just a name and birth/death dates (often just years), in a generic Find A Grave memorial, to having whatever extent, if only just miniscule, of a presented family context and/or personal story. Numerous memorials I've created (mainly several of those from the first two or so years when I was beginning on the site) remain still just the person's name and dates, though I fully intend to, as time passes, eventually significantly improve the documentation in as many of them as possible.

A gentle reminder and request to my fellow Find A Gravers: Please keep in mind that the decedents we're presenting and documenting may have been the parents, grandparents, other type close family members (any generation thereof), or however else loved ones of, or with close personal association to, people who may view their memorials eventually. We are creating "virtual" graves, that people throughout the future will be visiting. Please handle tragic or unsavory deaths, and any potentially embarrassing and/or upsetting biographical details, with sensitivity and discretion. Thank you.

I welcome contact from anyone who views any memorial I've created, or any floral note I've added somewhere, and realizes I'm their relative, or who otherwise would like to share or ask/discuss anything. If e-mailing me, please be sure to put something like "I saw one of your Find A Grave memorials" in the Subject line, so I'll know your message isn't spam. Thanks.

Anyone who may wish to, I invite you to visit the memorials for my parents, BENJAMIN T. WILSON (1916-1988) and STELLA E. WILSON (1916-2012), both interred in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, and leave them flowers or some other nice graphic. I'm sure they'd like and appreciate that very much.
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carole taylor puntenney
i agree
David, I am with you... the auto siblings LINK is so cool I just got the NEW bug... and I agree that if they only would add the SUFFIX Jr/Sr/ etc to the search form...sure would help and to be able to search both maiden with the married name for us ladies.... cool too..
Added by carole taylor puntenney on Apr 17, 2014 2:58 PM
Laura
RE: Find A Grave search options
It would be nice to have the option to enter links when you create a memorial, or at least look them up so you don't have to have the number! Let me add that to my list!
Added by Laura on Apr 17, 2014 7:08 AM
Laura
RE: Bessie Archibold Knowles Mumford
I wonder if that's something that's in the works? Another thing I'd like is to be able to search by year of birth or death by each cemetery. And better search options when you go to enter a person, like when you enter a new memorial have it automatically check against all other entries. Boy I could make quite a list of demands!

The Easter bunny is going to freeze his tail off!
Added by Laura on Apr 16, 2014 6:37 PM
Laura
RE: Bessie Archibold Knowles Mumford
I think Find A Grave should have a way to search previous married names as well as current married names and maiden names. They need to work on that!

I bet you are breathing some COLD air this morning! Can you believe this?!! 80 degrees to SNOW?! What in the world!!
Added by Laura on Apr 16, 2014 6:28 AM
The Navigator
Cywinski Family
Dave,
Sent along the Cywinski family. I'm still praying for some sign of warm weather, but I'm not having much luck.

Have a Wonderful Easter
Kathy
Added by The Navigator on Apr 15, 2014 2:58 PM
Patricia Brittingham Secrest
RE: Question about Wm. Murray Joseph (1909-1983)
Hey!
I don't have conclusive proof, but I believe you are right. William Murray Joseph was my father's uncle. Please give me a few days to see if I have information which may be of help to you. I am in the process of reviewing my ancestry.com family tree and that of another ancestry.com member with whom I have been in contact in the past. Her tree shows the three spouses you have mentioned and some children's name.
Thank you for contacting me, I will contact you again in a few days.
Patricia Brittingham Secrest (member #46936403)
Added by Patricia Brittingham Secr... on Mar 01, 2014 4:25 PM
gennie
Mcc
Dave, I forgot:

Milford Community was bought by the city of Milford lots of years ago.....they have since bought Oddfellows Milford, and so sometimes the funeral people will list Milford Comm and sometimes they say Oddfellows New.....they transcribe names.......ten to one if you see a listing in Milford Community Cem that was listed by Corey/Douglas....its the REAL place they are in.....Corey had cemetery records that he goes one by one in person to add to that cem.......not just going by a book or list..he does HANDS ON.......so I ALWAYS trust if he says its in MCC IT IS!!

I agree, picture this: you have done all your work on YOUR relatives, we aren't talking ones you just added with no history as a relative........YOUR REAL RELATIVES.....some id comes along, sends edits.....you don't give them the edit they want as it conflicts with what you know as YOUR TRUE INFO ON YOUR TRUE RELATIVE..findagrave changes it to what the ID WANTS.........regardless of where you stand on what YOU KNOW IS TRUE!
Added by gennie on Feb 23, 2014 7:18 PM
Russ Pickett
RE: Military marker question.
And the answer is ....

Elijah's marker was made in "November, 1957" in Pittsburgh, PA. It was ordered by a Mrs. Monroe Adams who lived on Cannon Street, in Seaford, Delaware.

Noted on the order is that he enlisted on August 16, 1780 and was discharged from the service on October 31, 1780. Also, he was noted as passing away between September 22 and December 3, 1813. (guess they didn't know the exact date of death).

Hope this helps my friend. :-)

Russ
Added by Russ Pickett on Feb 14, 2014 1:30 AM
Jim Henwood
RE: Markowski
Ok They are in same location about 2 or 3 rows toward Richie Hwy.
Added by Jim Henwood on Nov 13, 2013 2:52 PM
Jim Henwood
Markowski
Correction, It's the second intersection not the third SORRY if you go there send message & I'll meet you there. Jim
Added by Jim Henwood on Nov 13, 2013 2:12 PM
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