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Don Watkins (#46492062)
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Bio Photo Historian, Genealogist, Native American Culture and Heritage, Protector of the Earth and Beatlemaniac.

I'm not a paid historian or genealogist. I simply do what I do because I enjoy it. That being said, in the past I've had a few paid genealogists requesting to take over memorials I've created. Unless someone has documented proof that they're a descendant or blood relation to the deceased I will not grant such a request.

Usually I'm not this to the point, but I've been burned a time or two and I have no intentions of it happening again.

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Brent Gillespie
RE: Melchizedek Crews Question
This is the only photo know of my GGG grandfather John Gillespie. He died the year before Chizzie. John & Chizzie were the 2 tallest people in the Casterville area (later named Leora) John was about 6'1" by looking at the picture Chizzie had to be about 6'5".
Added by Brent Gillespie on Apr 07, 2013 5:15 PM
Brent Gillespie
RE: Melchizedek Crews Question
Yes & his son Issac Henry Crews is the 1st from the left.
Added by Brent Gillespie on Feb 08, 2013 8:20 AM
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Hi Don. Just wanted to check in with you to make sure everything is OK. I've sent several requests & not heard anything back. Just hoping all is well. :)
Added by redheadkelly on Jul 26, 2012 3:21 PM
Erika Sauve
RE: Ethelred & Temperance Wallace
Hiya Donald,

sorry it took so long to reply... aww too bad we dont know what cemetery they are in, so many Wallace cemeteries! Thanks for putting up those pics, I had taken some time off from everything cemetery for a burnt out.. I am refreshed now, and ready to work :)

Erika Sauve
Added by Erika Sauve on Oct 07, 2010 12:04 AM
RE: J E Wallace
Thank you so much.. I wonder, if he even has headstone? That is totally understandable, I would just love to see the picture.
Added by Greene-Shemwell on Aug 13, 2010 12:44 PM
RE: J E Wallace
Do you know if there is a way that you can get a picture of this gun and send it to me? If not than that is alright, thank you.

Added by Greene-Shemwell on Aug 13, 2010 1:40 AM
RE: J E Wallace
Thank you so much. Yeah I would kill to see the pistol that was used in the incident. I have sent a request for a headstone picture to be taken and posted. Since I live in Boise, ID, it is hard to get to where I need to go.
Added by Greene-Shemwell on Jul 29, 2010 12:49 PM
RE: J E Wallace
Do you happen to know where J.E. Shemwell is buried? I have looked and looked but can't seem to find it.. It would be so cool to see the shotgun, is there any way that you can get a picture of it?

Added by Greene-Shemwell on Jul 28, 2010 7:00 PM
J E Wallace
Are you any relation? If so, I am J.E. Shemwell's great great great grandson (the man who killed him)(J.E.'s brother W.P. killed J.E. Shemwell), and I was wondering if you had any information about the Wallace brother's (J.E. and W.P.) Thanks
Added by Greene-Shemwell on Jul 20, 2010 2:18 AM
Geoffrey Roecker
Cecil Graham Lewis
Dear Sir,

I had a relative who was a platoon leader in Able Company, 24th Marines, during World War Two - the same company as your uncle, Cecil Graham Lewis. I have been researching the unit for two years, and thought I'd share some information I found about your ancestor.

He was one of the original members of Able Company, and was with the company at its formal dedication in August of 1943. He was the assistant leader of his rifle squad, and when the leader (Corporal William Quinn) was wounded during the combat landing on Namur, PFC Lewis assumed command. Quinn was hit while in the boat offshore, so PFC Lewis led the squad from the moment they touched the beach in their first combat action.

PFC Lewis was shot February 2, 1944, on the second day of the battle. An eyewitness stated: "I also lost my new squad leader corporal, Cecil Lewis, who was taken out by a sniper. I lost two squad leaders in one morning." On the muster rolls for the Battalion, PFC Lewis is listed as having died of "breast bullet wounds." On February 4, he was buried in Grave 69, Plot 2, Row 3, Pauline Point Cemetery, Kwajalein. I can't speculate as to the rumor that he remains overseas, but if you are curious I would urge you to contact the Marine Corps Historical Archives in Quantico, VA - they have records of every casualty and the final disposition of remains (and they are wonderfully enthusiastic and helpful to boot).

If you are interested, one of his squad mates, Alva Perry, maintains a website here:

and my personal research website may be found here:

If you have any other information (anecdotes, pictures, etc) of PFC Lewis, I would love to hear/see them and add them to my site. I hope to eventually be able to construct a comprehensive history of the company so we may never forget the sacrifices made by men like Cecil Graham Lewis.


Geoffrey Roecker
Added by Geoffrey Roecker on Dec 18, 2008 6:52 PM
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