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Stephen P. Burke (#46559280)
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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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charles baumann
RE: Henry Baumann
I do have a question for you, just where was Janet + Henry married at in March of 1941 ?? was it in Michigan or Iowa ? Charlie .
Added by charles baumann on Jul 08, 2015 6:27 PM
charles baumann
RE: Henry Baumann
Yes I am. I am the oldest grandson to Henry + Janet Baumann. Just ask me what you want to know, and I will let you know what I do know of my grand parents. Charlie. P.S. You can email me at as well.
Added by charles baumann on Jul 08, 2015 6:24 PM
Claire Vertrees Freeman
Nathan Bradbury Vertrees
Thank you for the information that you sent to be added to my great grandfather's memorial. Please tell me how you came across the info that you sent, and do you know what years he was a Knight Templer of Delta Commandery # 48? I'm always interested in learning anything further about my ancestors. Thanks for your time.
Added by Claire Vertrees Freeman on Jul 07, 2015 10:04 AM
think these are duplicates
Stephen, I'm sorry I didn't get the write numbers but I was trying to ask you to take a look at memorials 60005461 and 61572477. I think they are both Jessie Hattie Yeager Banister and I think these are duplicate records. Maybe one record could be created that had information from both.
Added by maplehill on Jun 24, 2015 3:03 PM
is this a duplicate entry
I'm writing to ask if this is a duplicate entry of the record you have of Jessie

They are both listed, can they be combined into one?
Added by maplehill on Jun 23, 2015 10:55 PM
Jacki Klawonn
Sending Edits
I am sending some edits to you for plot location of some memorials in Andover Township cemetery.
I am in hopes that with these plot locations listed, it might cause a little less confusion for relatives looking for ancestors in the Andover cemeteries.
Thanks for bearing with me on this and thanks for everything else you have helped me with.
Added by Jacki Klawonn on Jun 15, 2015 4:57 AM
Jacki Klawonn
RE: Clara Peterson Lofgren
It was no problem. I'm just glad that she's been found.
Added by Jacki Klawonn on Jun 13, 2015 3:30 PM
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
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