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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 9 years, 3 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible.
Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /October 15, 2015 (profile updated)

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Kay Kluck
Catherina Agatha Frick Burkhardt #106832566
Hi Richard,
I was excited to find Catherina Frick. I am related to her older brother, Ferdinand Frick who moved to Dakota Territory in 1866 with his family and father. The Frick's are on my father's maternal side of the Mitchell family. There are so many spellings of "Burkhardt" that I have had trouble finding this family. Catherina is twin sister of Mary Frick Burkhardt also buried in the Antioch Cemetery. I am hoping that you can provide a name I can contact for descendants of the Frick family. There were 8 siblings and now that I have found the twin sisters, I am only missing info on two of the brothers: Martin and Joseph. Can you help with a contact name? Thanks for all the work you do. Kay(Mitchell)Kluck
Added by Kay Kluck on Jul 23, 2016 9:51 AM
Nellie Hopkins
Thank you so much for taking time from your day to get this grave photo.
Added by Lorna on Jul 17, 2016 12:30 PM
Evelyn Linger Thorn
Jacob Wesley Bonnett
Thank you for the information given on the memorial #28058328 Jacob Wesley Bonnett. You have the memorial for his father referenced. His mother was Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Linger, born 1786 in Hardy County, Virginia and died 10/30/1881 in Lewis County, West Virginia. After the death of Lewis she married Isaac Dix. Have not been able to find her burial place.
Added by Evelyn Linger Thorn on Jul 16, 2016 2:03 PM
Mary Hughes
Richard, on the memorial for Joseph Parsons (48167911), you ask if anyone knows the eventual whereabouts of his wife Mary Hughes Parsons - do you have any documentation about their marriage? I'm wondering if this was my great grandma's first marriage, the time and place mostly fit - the Kansas reference throws me a bit; my mother says it ended in divorce but has no clue to Mary's first husband's name; my Mary's mother's name was Frances, which could explain the spelling on the headstone for Robert Frances; and if her only surviving child from her first marriage died at 19, would explain why we're not aware of any cousins - of course, the circumstances around the divorce could also have done that, I imagine. I don't have enough to definitively conclude anything at this point, and as you can likely imagine, researching the name Mary Hughes has not been easy... This could be a dead end, but if you have anything to help me either confirm or deny the relationship, I'd appreciate it.
Added by SusieMariacle on Jul 12, 2016 7:24 AM
Dorothy Hon-Bradberry
Barry Joel Czap
His birth date on the record should be 6 Nov 1939 not 1919 and death date should be Dec 3, 2002. Do you know if his headstone has been added to the cemetery or not. As of 2013, it had not. Barry is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Thank you,
Added by Dorothy Hon-Bradberry on Jul 11, 2016 9:04 PM
Tom B
Frank S Templetpon
Please remove the photo gravestone on this person (#9293316). It is not correct.
Added by Tom B on Jul 05, 2016 11:19 AM
Janet Mercurio
RE: Ollie and Harley Bradford inscriptions
Richard - Thank you for clarifying this. Yes, as the day went on and I found the burial of brother Harley who died the same year as she, I realized that the inscription must have been "Children of.." Thank you for verifying this. I appreciate it.
- Janet
Added by Janet Mercurio on Jun 29, 2016 7:48 PM
Leon Stebleton
In the first paragraph, the dates for his father Solomon Stipelton are (1790-1866).

Jacob Stebleton is my great-grandfather.

Thank you. Leon
Added by Leon Stebleton on Jun 29, 2016 7:31 PM
Janet Mercurio
# 161357027
Richard - Thank you for the photos of the grave of Ollie Mae Bradford. I'm curious about the text on the grave that gives the initial of her parents. You say that it says "Child of O.O. an M.M." but it looks like that first word is longer than the 5 letters in "child." Might it say "Daughter" of, instead? I just couldn't make the photo legible enough to read it clearly. Thank you for any clarification you can offer me in this regard.
Thank you very much - Janet
Added by Janet Mercurio on Jun 29, 2016 2:59 PM
Jerry Nelson
RE: Effie Fellinger headstone photo
Richard: I see that you've listed Larry as a child of Effie. His name is Jerry George Fellinger, born Jan 1935 in Iowa. He apparently had a naval career as he was at least a LtCDR in the 60's.
Added by Jerry Nelson on Jun 27, 2016 12:27 PM
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