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Ed Chilton (#47327084)
 member for 4 years, 7 months, 4 days
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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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Cemeteries, stones, etc.
Hello! If you have anything you would like to see done, I could help. Just let me know. Ellinda
Added by Ellinda on Dec 07, 2014 5:10 PM
Theron & Helen Smith
Sarah Cope Vader
I see you left a note saying that you fixed Sarah's tombstone. That is much appreciated. I think it's a wonderful thing that you do...trying to keep tombstones in good condition, and keeping memories alive. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Theron & Helen Smith (great great grandchildren)
Added by Theron & Helen Smith on Sep 26, 2014 8:35 AM
Phyllis Higgins
Removing flowers, etc
Log in; click on flowers, etc. left by you and then it will show: Delete this - click on that, then yes.
Added by Phyllis Higgins on Sep 02, 2014 5:01 PM
Bella Dalton
Memorial for Claudius Lysias Chilton II
I just wanted to pay respects for your ancestor and let you know that we are working to spread awareness for PKD. I too am one of many who are fighting the fight.

Added by Bella Dalton on Aug 24, 2014 1:11 AM
Cal Keinath
Benjamin Beebe
I'm doing research on the Beebe family, and I was wondering if you know who the parents of Benjamin Beebe are? Thanks
Added by Cal Keinath on Aug 21, 2014 12:32 AM
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)
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!
Added by Patty Hall on May 22, 2014 5:00 AM
Patty Hall
RE: John Chilton of Currioman
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 :-)
Added by Patty Hall on May 21, 2014 11:36 AM
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

Added by ANCESTRY DETECTIVE on May 11, 2014 8:27 PM
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