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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: 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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RE: Elias C. Seeley
Wow I did not know all of that. I do not live very far from Andersonville Do you think the prison kept records. Please let me know what I can do to get the appropriate markers for him. Thanks so very much.
Added by Markham on Apr 09, 2014 7:17 PM
RE: Elias C. Seeley
Wow I did not know all of that. I do not live very far from Andersonville Do you think the prison kept records. Please let me know what I can do to get the appropriate markers for him. Thanks so very much.
Added by Markham on Apr 09, 2014 7:11 PM
Elias Seeley
Thank you for the wonderful photograph of one of several great grandfather's grave. I live far away and without your help I would have never seen his grave. May I please use your photo to add to my family tree. Thanks Mark
Added by Markham on Apr 05, 2014 4:20 PM
Marsha Holder
Harold Glenn Barnett
Hi Ed, I saw a comment you made about someone born in 1909 would not have served in Vietnam. I am a Vietnam Veteran and part of a team working on a book about the women who served in Vietnam that were not nurses. The first WAC sent to Vietnam was born in 1908. She was Lt Col Anne Marie Doering and she served from March 1943 to April 1967 and was stationed at Saigon, Vietnam working in the Intelligence Division of MACV Headquarters 1962-1963. I have created a Virtual Cemetery for those women who served in Vietnam that have passed and among them are 18 ladies, including Lt Col Doering, born between 1908 and 1921 that served during WWII, Korea and were in Vietnam. All outstanding ladies. Just some history for you information. Thanks for remembering our Veterans. Cricket
Added by Marsha Holder on Feb 17, 2014 8:18 PM
mary knoerl
Ernest Ballard
Ernest was my Great Uncle. Was wondering where you found the info for your story. I have been researching my family for a while now and haven't run across that info. Have the death certificate and the news clipping. There is no grave marker. I'm hoping to place one soon. Thanks, Mary Knoerl
Added by mary knoerl on Oct 10, 2013 12:40 PM
Joann Geybels
RE: Additional photo
Thank you so much for the new photo for Henry and Mary King. Much appreciated!
Added by Joann Geybels on Aug 25, 2013 8:24 AM
Sherry D Chilton
Sarah Johnson Rescue
You do amazing work Ed in this cemetery. I'm in awe of the extent to which you go to physically rescue, preserve and restore the memorials of all these folks to whom you are related only through your humanity. Thank you.
Added by Sherry D Chilton on Aug 17, 2013 8:23 PM
Agnes Freel
Thanks for posting the clearer picture.
Added by MaryK on Aug 10, 2013 8:42 AM
Fredrick Beyer
Thanks for the photos. I really appreciate it!

Added by Amy@Life'sTraveledPath on Jul 25, 2013 6:40 AM
John Gough
Hall grave in Bay City
Dear Mr. Chilton,

Thanks so much for posting this picture for me, It is not likely that I will ever get to Bay City. You are a wonderful man for the good work that you are doing on these grave.
Once again, Thanks
JG in Kansas
Added by John Gough on Jul 24, 2013 11:45 AM
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