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Ed Chilton (#47327084)
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Bio Photo Update February 2014


Hello. My home is in Bay City, Michigan. After retirement from the workforce, I was open to new experience and activities. In 2011, after snow melted, I toured local cemeteries, found them full of winter debris, and began their volunteer cleaning. As I did so, I began to notice the pathetic condition of 19th and early 20th century grave sites and grave markers. Clearly, many needed rescue and maintenance due to natural forces and time, or damage caused by vandals or neglect by cemetery personnel. Two local cemeteries are ownerless and abandoned. The grave sites there first earned my sympathy and help, 2011-12.

Across the past three years I have rescued roughly 300 grave sites and markers in Bay and Tuscola couties. As I did that work, I documented my activity on a special website: Gravefixer.org. I followed this physical work by basic genealogy for the grave sites, and made an entry here on Find-A-Grave. As I conducted this heavy outdoor work my age went from 68 to 69 to 70. When I recently turned age 71 my medical condition took a nose dive. I am doctoring for diabetes and multiple heart conditions. I modify this bio-sketch in sad awareness that I will not be able to continue grave rescue activity or volunteer cleaning this year. My efforts will be limited to photographic activity, and my common advocacy as a "Speaker For the Dead". My web site remains operational but I have removed much material. If there's something you want, write me.

I continue to receive suggested changes in entries I have made, and place this in priority with other uses of my dwindling time. My membership on this website has introduced me to fascinating people all over the USA, and I enjoy my e-correspondence with them. If you are among them, thank you for contacting me.

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Annie
General
I just have to say ... You have gone far above and beyond being a truly wonderful, special and caring person.
What an amazing undertaking.
THANK YOU for being so very special! You have a special place in our hearts.
On a scale of 0-10 you rate a 20 for Extraordinary
Have a blessed day (everyday)
Annie
Added by Annie on Jul 21, 2014 12:53 PM
Farison-Fruchey Roots
Edwin E. Dunn, Midland MI
You could go to the top of the memorial to the edit tab, click on Suggest A Correction... and submit the information that way. Happy to add it to the bio.
Added by Farison-Fruchey Roots on Jun 07, 2014 5:59 PM
Patty Hall
RE: John Chilton of Currioman
Just transferred John Chilton grave management to you. Enjoy--it is one of my all time favorite, beautiful headstones!
Patty
Added by Patty Hall on May 22, 2014 5:00 AM
Patty Hall
RE: John Chilton of Currioman
Ed,
Thank you for the history on John Chilton's grave. My son has a History Masters and will especially appreciate the detail.

Your ancestor's grave is near my father-in-law's home on the Northern Neck of VA. It is a beautiful grave as evidenced by the photo. It is also on the property of land deeded to a lumber company. My family has been watching them clear the land to be sure that they don't harm the gravesite. My son notified a local historical society. The picture was taken, I am happy to report, after they cleared the land so they appear to be respecting the gravesite.

While I love history and the documentation of gravesites, I do not have any particular need to manage sites that I discover when they are not a relation. If you would like to manage your ancestor's grave, I am happy to turn it over to you. I have enjoyed the beautiful photo enough :-)
Patty
Added by Patty Hall on May 21, 2014 11:36 AM
ANCESTRY DETECTIVE
George Delois Seaman
Thank you Ed for the quick transfer, appreciated you taking care of the memorial of my family member and all the work you do, take care & thank you

K
Added by ANCESTRY DETECTIVE on May 11, 2014 8:27 PM
Rick
Find A Grave Memorial# 78554528
I Came by this site of James Birney III1817--1888 with information of his wife Amanda S. Moulton 1819-1886 Married Jun 01-1841 Conn.
Children: James G. IV; Sophia H.; Arthur M.
- Residences:
... 1866-83, 1005 Tenth, cor. Grant, Bay City
... 1884-?, boarded at Fraser House (hotel).Judge Birney spent most of his youthful years from 1819 to 1933, on his father's plantation near Madison City, Alabama. This was followed by a short stay in Kentucky before settling in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1835. On May 8, 1888, James died. He was buried at the cemetery he founded, Pine Ridge, along side his wife, Amanda who proceeded him in 1886. If this is your family I have a lot of information if you want it . The picture of James on his site I have a picture that looks better . I just came by this & saw you have the site so if you want more information I can send it to you if you like . Rick
Added by Rick on May 09, 2014 8:47 PM
Barbara Johnson
Heavenly Rest Cemetery
Hello Ed, Prayers are with you concerning your recent health issues. Thank you so much for donating time & energy towards keeping this cemetery in good condition. RE: grave of Alonzo Hildebrant, I have posted 2 additional pictures. One is the family stone, one of his & wife Mary's stones & the other is for Ruel & Olive Hildebrandt. Alonzo & Mary are my grandparents & Ruel & Olive are my great-grandparents.
Added by Barbara Johnson on May 08, 2014 8:57 AM
ANCESTRY DETECTIVE
RE: George D. Seaman
I did see a few Seamans family members I recognized in doing my research. It's sad when you find out not so nice things about your ancestors. I was interested in my g g grandfather William Lewis Seamans and his wife Martha J Tunnell Seamans Martin. I have yet to find any listing for them for a final resting place. I was only interested in George because he is his brother and though someone may have records of what happened to the location of William and Martha. That's great that volunteers are taking care of the cemetery. I just recently started doing my grandmothers family tree. Her mother Verona Seamans died when she was very young so she didn't have much family info herself. I was hoping for some family photos of the family in Idaho too. Thanks for your help.
Added by ANCESTRY DETECTIVE on Apr 20, 2014 2:30 PM
ANCESTRY DETECTIVE
William Lewis Seaman
I'm pretty sure George Delois Seaman is William Lewis/Louis Seamans brother because William named one of his sons Dennison Delois Seamans.
Added by ANCESTRY DETECTIVE on Apr 20, 2014 2:22 AM
ANCESTRY DETECTIVE
George Delois Seaman
I have William Lewis Seaman listed as his brother,
I have yet to find William Lewis Seaman or
his wife Martha J Tunnel Seaman Martin.
William is my great great grandfather.
His son William Louis Seaman was my great grandfather
He was my grandmother Dorothy Seaman Nixon's father.
Do you have any documents that list William Lewis Seaman In this family?
He was born around 1832, between George's sisters Merrietta and Eliza Jane.

Thank you
Added by ANCESTRY DETECTIVE on Apr 20, 2014 2:18 AM
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