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Fran Denny (#46545295)
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Bio Photo I am a retired teacher who enjoys genealogy. I was always asking questions about my relatives when I was a young girl...writing down their names, places born, birth dates, etc. When I retired, I found a couple of these lists and started to do research at libraries, court houses, cemeteries, and on line. It is now my daily passion.

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Rita D Redfern
Lorenz family
Hi Fran
I have been researching the Lorenz family in England. I have them back to AEMIL BRUNO LORENZ
Birth abt 1836 in Mesleburgh, Prussia.
Death Jan 1905 in Beverley, Yorkshire East Riding, England. His father was Golfrict.

As you have such similar Christian names in your Lorenz family I wonder if they are related. I do know he went to New York in 1873, presumably to find work, but soon returned to England.

My daughter has married a Lorenz.
Added by Rita D Redfern on Jan 09, 2015 4:08 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
B. S. & R. C. Walter, Co. F, 86th Illinois
Fran, Thanks to you, we have a picture of Bowater on his site. As he never made it to Nashville, I doubt very much if he ever sat for a portrait in uniform, but, you never know for certain, as I do have copies of two pictures of men from the 86th what sat for pictures in uniform just before they left the Peoria area. However, R. C. made it though the whole war. And he was a Corporal. I would almost bet my next paycheck that he sat for a portrait during the war. So somewhere out there, perhaps not even in the family as well, there may be pictures of him in uniform. Right now, I'd be thrilled to see a post war picture of him. So, as in "Mission Impossible", one of your missions in 2015 is to find a picture of R. C. Walter and get it on his Find A Grave Memorial. What do you think? Take care and Thanks!! Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jan 08, 2015 5:25 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
Pictures of the "Boys" of Co. F
Fran, Over Christmas, I finally found the time to go through all of the attendance records for the reunions. For some reason, the "Boys" of Co. F seem to have not really gotten into attending the reunion. Most likely, it was just that none of the men from Co. F. who did find out about the reunions didn't have the time or interest in taking the time in trying to track down all of the men he had served with and letting them know about the reunions. Of the approximately 100 men who served in Co. F during the war, only 16 of them attended at least one reunion or more and Co. F never had more than 7 men show up at one reunion at a time. They were the only company that didn't have at least one reunion that they didn't have at least 11 or more show up at at least one reunion. So there aren't going to be many pictures out there of Co. F "boys" at reunions. However, one I want you to know about who could have pictures out there is R. C. Walter. R. C. attended two reunions, that of the 1891 and of the 1900 reunions. So there could be pictures out there of him from the reunions. In each of those reunions, he was able to spend time with two other members of Co. F, in 1891, he attended with C. W. McKown and with Lt. John Hall. At the 1900 reunion, R. C. was there with C. W. McKown again and with Albert Smith. Keep an eye for pictures they may have swapped as well. Thanks, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jan 08, 2015 5:18 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
RE: Relatives of Co. F 86th Illinois
Fran, We owe our veterans so much!! You know I am not related to a soul in the 86th, yet, I feel like I have knew these guys. I got started on this project of finding these guys 30 years ago in the winter of 1984-85. Since then I have learned so much about them. I got started early enough on this project that I was able to locate a number of their grandchildren and I, literally, sat at their feet listening to stories that they remembered their grandfathers telling them while they sat at their feet. I look forward to the day that I can sit at the feet of these veterans of the 86th myself, listen to their stories first hand and tell them how much their service and sacrifice was appreciated. When we do take the time to remember them, I like to think that they Lord allows them to see that they are being remembered by their descendants and that their service and sacrifice was and Is still GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Thanks for all you have done. I hope the New Year is a GREAT one for you and your family, hope you are all staying warm and hope that the Lord allows you many hours to do the things that you love to do.
One thing I want you to remember this year. Besides trying to locate the burial sites of the last 85 or so veterans of the 86th that I have yet to locate, I am really concentrating on trying to let all descendants know that I am really wanting to see pictures of all 992 men on their Find A Grave Memorials. Now I know that's not possible because I know there were a number of men who died early in the war, before they made it to Nashville, that had probably never sat for a portrait. However, the large majority of the 932 men of the original 86th made it to Nashville and I really believe that the majority of these men took the time during the nine months they were stationed in the Nashville area took the time sit for a portrait for their mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers and even for their tent mates, who they swapped pictures with like school boys. So their are pictures of these guys, not only scattered through their descendants families, but also through their tentmates families. I found one granddaughter, who had the collection of pictures that her grandfather had and she had pictures of 25 of the men of Co. K, a quarter of the company. She allowed me to copy them all, thus allowing me the opportunity to give many descendants copies of pictures of their grandfathers in uniform that they had never seen before. I really want to find all of those pictures. And if I can't find pictures of them as young men, then I just have to be happy to see pictures of them as old men as they looked when they were attending these reunions. So please keep an eye out and an ear listening for any mentions of pictures of these guys, not only your ancestors, but of their pards as well.
Well, I had better close for now. Thanks again!! Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jan 08, 2015 4:50 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
Private Joel Darnell
Fran, I got the information transferred and have deleted the site that I set up to work on. Your original site for Joel is yours again. Thanks for letting me borrow him. I still hope we can find out for certain where his mortal remains were laid. Hope this finds you well and staying warm. I still continue my search for the missing veterans of the 86th. I am down to the last 85 or so. I orginally never dreamed of finding this many. A few years ago I began to think I might find all but 50 or so. Now I am beginning to think these last 85 or so are never going to be found. I will undoubtedly, though, keep looking until the day I die.
Thanks Again for all you have done!! Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jan 07, 2015 4:46 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
Private Joel Darnell, Co. F, 86th Illinois
Dear Fran, I hope that this little message finds you well. Over the last year or so, I have added quite a bit of information to the biography that I had set up for Joel Darnell that I was able to work on. I think it's time, I get rid of my duplicate site, as much as I like to work on it. Would you consider deleting the current biography we have on your original site for Joel, then copy the biography that I currently have on my site and transfer it to yours? If you can do this or if you want me do it, I would be glad to do that. Let me know when you get it done or if you decide to let me do it. Then I will delete my site. Thanks for all you have done to preserve the family history. I wish we could get someone out there to check out that cemetery for us and let us know if there is anything there in the cemetery for Joel. Well, better close for now. Again, I hope this finds you well and staying warm. Sincerely, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jan 03, 2015 5:22 AM
RE: Heartley
You are welcome and pleased to do so. I feel family no matter how far back should be able to have theirs all together.
Added by JKMartin on Aug 22, 2014 6:49 PM
Rose & Dale Svitak
RE: Herr
You are very Welcome.
Added by Rose & Dale Svitak on May 28, 2014 11:35 AM
Charlie Powers
RE: McCain
You are very welcome. Glad to help.
Added by Charlie Powers on Apr 25, 2014 8:33 PM
Jane Carpenter
Nancy Olinger
Fran: Nancy Olinger (1799 - 1835) Her daughter, Elizabeth was born in 1810. That makes her 11 at the birth! Can you correct this?
Added by Jane Carpenter on Jan 10, 2014 9:16 PM
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