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Roger H. Vartabedian (#46794830)
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I currently live near Tacoma, Washington having moved here from Sacramento, California and have been intrigued with my own genealogy for several years.

I am retired from the U. S. Air Force and now retired from the State of California and drawing my Social Security. Now my hobbies are fishing and genealogy researching.

I have located some very famous people in my mother's lineage (Aaron Burr, General John Bidwell and some others) and this makes looking at history a bit different. On my mother's side I have lineage going back 32 generations in Wales. Still much more investigating to do.

I enjoy looking for the smaller and older cemeteries to photograph and enter information into Find A Grave. Many in my new area are over 150 years old.

When I do locate a cemetery I attempt to photograph ALL the markers - not just those that might be requested. When I find a photo of a marker that has no information, I enter the information. If you find a memorial I have created and there is no photo then it is possible that I have not yet added the photo as all the memorials I create are created from a photo. I recently photographed the 8,000 internments of the Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Enumclaw, WA. As always, genealogy is a work in progress.

Please email me of any corrections needed of friends or transfers of your family members. Please use the transfer request format when requesting transfers.

Please feel free to copy any of my photos if you need to.
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Hokey
memorial 38416207 and 8
William Harrison Holcomb and John Flavel Holcomb are cousins.

William was born in Simsbury Hartford County CT circa 1812/1813 according to US census records for CA. In 1835 at Batavia Geauga Trumbull County Ohio he married Sarah Anne Thompson the daugher of William and Elsie nee Hampton Thompson. She was born circa 1816 Sussex County New Jersey.

Sarah’s sister Antoniette was the wife John Flavel Holcomb who was William’s cousin.

They had 5 children: Charlotte b. 9/1/1836 d. 4/8/1893 San Franciso CA; Ellen b. 1838, Georgiana; William Thompson d. 8-9-1862 age 19 at Eugene City Oregon which is reported in the Mountain Messenger; and Penbroke b.1841 They were all born in Trumbull County Ohio.

When Sarah died circa 1849 at Vernon County William sent his eldest daughter Charlotte then 14 to live with John Flavel Holcomb then residing in MO. and his other 2 daughters to live with his sister Janette then residing in Rockford ILL.

William H. Holcomb was enumerated in the 1850 Msopotamia, Trumbull Co. OH, federal census.

At some point John Flavel and family moved to CA taking Charlotte with them. No later than 1860 William and his 2 sons also moved to CA to the township of St. Louis, Sierra County.

On 6/2/1860 for $600.00 William purchased a store located on Main Street that he had been managing for some months. Deeds Sierra County Book D p.766 He also purchased a home which he homesteaded located nearby which he shared with his young wife Cynthia surname unknown. No record of their marriage has been found. According to the 1860 US census Cynthia was then age 26 which was 22 years younger than William. According to this census she was born in Ohio therefore they may have married there.

About a year later William became seriously ill. His doctor advised him to move to a healthier environment which he did and sold his store on 4-17-1861 and thereafter moved to Indian Ranch a foothill in Keystone Valley La Porte County which was nearby his cousin John’s farm. William’s health did not improve but rather declined rapidly; he did 7-16-1861 at age 49. He is the first to be buried in the Keystone Cemetery in the John Flavel Holcomb’s family plot. His marker simply reads Cousin Harrison the name the family called him. Register of Graves Keystone Cemetery Row 4 Lot 18. His cousin John died a week later and his grave is next to William’s. See a Grave provides a photo of the marker.

All the above info unless otherwise indicated is taken from the “The Road Thru Rabbit Creek-The Search for Gold in Old La Porte, author Emma Barham Callaghan the grand daughter of William’s eldest daughter Charlotte. All dates she states are based on the Barnham family bible. Book published 1999 Great Basin Press Reno Nevada.
Added by Hokey on Sep 26, 2016 5:37 PM
Ms. Clyde
Ben Braun
Looks like you have 2 memorials for him, same cemetery: 37305362 & 38280860

Please check & combine.
Added by Ms. Clyde on Aug 18, 2016 3:03 PM
Laurie Bates
Gary Gene Marquard
Hello Mr. Vartabedian,

My name is Laurie Marquard-Bates. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw my husbands gravestone on this website.

I read your comment about the name Strehlow and thought I would fill you in.

Gary's parents were divorced when Gary was a small child. Thomas Strehlow was an amazing man who married Gary's mother when Gary was 12. Tom supported, raised and loved him and his five siblings until the day he died a couple of years ago. I chose to honor that relationship by putting his step fathers name on the stone since all during his childhood, he went by Gary Strehlow.

Thanks for the work you do. Even though Gary has been gone almost 24 years, I still miss him and seeing his headstone brings a peaceful feeling to my heart

Laurie
Added by Laurie Bates on Jul 23, 2016 9:41 AM
V. E. Luebke
Please delete
Please deleted 86828497. I created a new memorial. Thank you.
Added by V. E. Luebke on Jun 13, 2016 9:53 AM
W.Wm.McLeod
Roy Charles Moody #61747684
Hello Roger,
I am asking that you accept that Phil Moore Biggs #159770271 & Malinda Lowrance #164027840 are the parents of Roy C Moody. His sister Edna Biggs had paid for the headstone for her brother, as in 1911 Phil's wife died leaving him to rear the 4 small children. Walter McLeod
Added by W.Wm.McLeod on Jun 06, 2016 4:06 PM
Judy Wilson
Albert Bogdan
Thank you for setting up this memorial for my uncle. Sadly , some of the date information is wrong. How may I provide you the corrections?
Added by Judy Wilson on May 19, 2016 9:37 PM
Kim Hartwick
Ruby Ruth Burdick Talbott Dodds
Hi, thank you for the great job you have done for the grave of my grandmother Ruby Dodds. I would love to add to it and actually take it over if possible. I have information fro her 2nd husband Graham M Dodds who is buried without a stone next to her. I am working on getting a stone for him too. Somehow it was just forgotten. I remember that sad day (1977) at the cemetery burying him, he had been sick so long and died at our home from cancer 11 years after Ruby. Love that you found the marriage cert. for she and Charles Talbott. They had two children before they split up. (Eva Louise and Raymond) Charles died in 1927, the cause?? Have not found that out for sure though. With Graham she had 4 more children Robert, David, Virginia (my mother), and Dale.
Thank you for your time,
Kim H
Added by Kim Hartwick on Apr 27, 2016 4:42 PM
Ruthe
Olaf and Minnie Erickson
If you are not related to Olaf or Minnie, could you please transfer them to me. They are my husbands Uncle and Aunt and I would like to link them both to their parents. If you are related, maybe we can connect and find out how.

Thank you very much for entering them in Evergreen Mem. Cem. Their #'s are

Olaf Erickson 106235753
Minnie Penny #106235752

Thanks and God Bless, keep up the good work.

Ruthe
Added by Ruthe on Mar 28, 2016 7:15 PM
Juliane Montgomery Burbach
RE: Edits
I agree, so many people don't check and it can take up to a month to clear, FindAGrave will do the edit after a month has passed. We are neighbors as I live in Tacoma.

Happy New Year!

Juliane
Added by Juliane Montgomery Burbac... on Jan 07, 2016 8:25 PM
~Judy Calhoun Bresch~
RE: FLORA SHAFFNER
If you will kindly use the transfer format utilized by Find A Grave I will gladly do it. Having to look up all sorts of information is time consuming and the transfer program already in place is great. Please use it.

The transfer format only shows on the screen of the person managing the memorial. Only you see it, I do not see it from my end. I have had other memorials transferred to me this week and no one has referred me to a "transfer format." Thank you in advance for transferring my great grandmothers memorial to me.
Added by ~Judy Calhoun Bresch~ on Sep 06, 2015 9:32 PM
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