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Stephen P. Burke (#46559280)
 member for 12 years, 6 months, 1 day
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I always been interested in cemeteries, and family history. My work on my family history started in 1978. I worked most of my life in manufacturing, starting in Production and eventually ending in Quality Assurance. I retired in 2010, after working for 40 years and doing a tour in the United States Air Force, during the Vietnam War. Enjoy checking out cemeteries and working on my family history. On father's side is: Banister, Bracken, Burke, Mappin, Rogers, Williams. On my mother's side there are Peterson, Johnson, Johannesson, Petersdotter, Sill, Swanson, Edwards, Holmes, Schumacher, and Sundlop, just to mention a few. These families are a mixture of Irish and Swedish, which makes for some interesting times. I am a member of the McDonough County Genealogy Society, and was inducted into the "Sons of the Amercian Revolution" in May 2012.
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Mary Simonelli
RE: Caroline White Council
Stephen, First, thank you for letting me take stewardship of Caroline Council's memorial. It is very kind of you. I wish you had kept the credit for your original memorial and done a transfer - you were the first memorial, and your name should have remained.

I was planning to consolidate the information from the two memorials, then delete mine, so your name remained on the memorial. I did find Caroline's parents' memorials, who I had not put in her memorial yet, and linked them to her. Did you have other information on Caroline (for example, any bio information)?

Thank you again, for your generosity! Mary

Added by Mary Simonelli on May 20, 2015 10:46 AM
Mary Simonelli
RE: Joseph Culver Council
Joe is not a blood relative of mine, but I knew him personally when I was a child. He was my aunt's father, and my aunt, Norabel Council Russel, and her husband / my blood uncle, William Gallaher Russel, lived next door to Joe and Caroline Council, Norabel's parents. My father and brother are buried near WGR and Norabel and her parents in Oak Ridge. My family and I clean off their graves there when we visit. Joe died when I was 11.

I just noticed, last night, that there was no Find A Grave memorial for Joe, so I made one and put in a picture I had of his headstone. I forgot to check Find A Grave for Caroline; I assumed she had no memorial either, so I made one. I just found out, this morning, that you already had put a memorial up for her.

I suspect we are probably not related, except through marriage, unless you are connected to the Russel, Nicol, Gallaher, Neat, or Leib families. My family does have roots in central Illinois going back almost 200 years.

Let me know what you want to do about Caroline's memorial. Your memorial does say Carolina, but I think her proper name was Caroline, as it is on her headstone.

Bye for now. Mary
Added by Mary Simonelli on May 18, 2015 9:02 PM
Mary Simonelli
Caroline Council
Hi! I added a memorial for Caroline last night, after seeing there was no memorial for her husband, Joe. I did not see that there was your memorial there - forgot to check. Caroline is my aunt's Norabel Russel's mother, and I would love to keep her memorial in my family group. Would you consider a transfer? I could consolidate the information and pictures. I would remove my new memorial and add my information to the transferred memorial, keeping your name as the creator of the memorial.

If that is unacceptable to you, I will edit my information into your current memorial. Let me know. Thanks. Mary
Added by Mary Simonelli on May 18, 2015 11:38 AM
RE: FAG 91719903
I do have Rhoads/Rhodes relatives. I will transfer to you if you would like so you can add info. I don't know why I don't get written edits through my email.
Added by Rives on Mar 29, 2015 2:24 AM
RE: FAG #6827684
Thank you for your note. I am aware of the discrepancy. The drop down does not allow for me to enter DOB as having occurred in Shepherdstown, Frederick County, Virginia. Find A Grave is set up so that entries can only be made for currently existing locations, so that people can find the graves. I realize that interferes with historical accuracy, but I can do nothing about it, except make a notation in the bio section. I will be happy to do that for you. Thanks, again!
Added by HJ on Mar 26, 2015 4:16 PM
RE: John Orendorff
Thank you! :)
Added by BjJ on Mar 21, 2015 5:04 PM
#6974672 John Henry Kincaid
...was raised to the degree of Master Mason ...
Added by NickTrack on Mar 08, 2015 11:26 AM
Steve ... Have you been able to prove the Swedish town where Annie M. and your Sophia Christina (and Maria, Nels V. and their mother, Cecelia) were born? Thanks.
Added by NickTrack on Mar 08, 2015 11:17 AM
James Peterson
Emma Eldora Van Meter
William Featherstone Blades is my Great Grand Uncle. I have information on his ancestry in England back 4-5 generations but nothing further on Emma (not being my relative except by marriage). They did have 7 known children (Frank (died WWI), Myrtle (Jack Cameron), Leona (Dr David Hankin), James, Wilfred, Bessie (Andrew Campbell),and Mable (Rod Carmichael)). If you want any details on what I have, email me directly at
Added by James Peterson on Feb 26, 2015 5:56 AM
Col. Harold T. Babb
Lt. Colonel Harold T. Babb
Dalton, Georgia
Commanding Officer of the 460th Bombardment Group
September October, 1944

Lt. Col. Babb is a veteran of thirty-five bombing sorties in the European-African-Middle East Theatre and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and is entitled to wear the American Defense Ribbon, the American Theatre Riibbon and the European-African-Middle East Theatre Ribbon with five battle stars.

I found the above paragraph on the official history page of the 460th Bombardment Group:
Added by Saralyn on Feb 20, 2015 11:39 AM
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