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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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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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Mark McVey
George W & Rosa Ann Richardson
Rosa Ann Keiser (#97745042) is the 2nd wife of George W Richardson (#97743817).

I say 2nd wife of George W as he has a daughter, Beulah P Richardson, living with him (1900 and 1920 census) that does not appear to be the daughter of Rosa as she her birth location is Ohio and birth year (1884) make it very improbable. George W and Rosa appear to have been married in 1895.

Rosa Ann Keiser was married and divorced from Watson W Webster (in Rock Island County, Illinois) prior to her marriage to George W. She had two sons, Watson Winter Webster (who is buried in same cemetery # 127749145) and John B Webster.

Rosa's father Jacob Keiser is also buried in this cemetery #110366412

Added by Mark McVey on Apr 18, 2016 2:18 PM
Bridgeman memorials
Thank you - thank you for the information, location and edits on the Bridgeman memorials. I appreciate all you do-

Cheers from Edmonds, WA-

Added by Tami on Apr 14, 2016 10:20 AM
David Wilmering
John Regester
This may help you in his actual death date:

Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990
Name: John Regester
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Occupation: Farmer
Race: White
Age: 75
Birth Date: 1820
Birth Place: Wash. Co., Penn.
Death Date: 6 Mar 1895
Death Place: Fairfield Twp., Jefferson Co., Iowa
Burial Date: 8 Mar 1895
FHL Film Number: 969376
Reference ID: 53
Added by David Wilmering on Apr 09, 2016 12:49 PM
Genni A Heffron
RE: Vanna G. Orris maiden name
I have not been able to locate anyone who knows who Vanna's dad was. Her mother is listed as Sarah Ellen Ginkens. There is no record of her being married to the father of her oldest 2 children, Vanna and Erk.

Vanna's brother Erk Ginkens is my great grandfather.

From what I can find, both Vanna and Erk were raised by their mother but in the home of their grandparents, Jesse Gum Ginkens and Susannah Ginkens.

Vanna's death record does say "Genkins" which is a common misspelling.

Thank you,

Genni (Ginkens) Heffron
Added by Genni A Heffron on Apr 07, 2016 3:53 PM
Bruce and Wendy Linz
Albert Roth

There is no marker for this soldier in the Memphis National Cemetery. If he is buried there he has a headstone marked "Unknown U. S. Soldier". If you would like I can put a photo of one of those markers on his memorial. Please let me know.

Semper Fi,
Bruce Linz
Added by Bruce and Wendy Linz on Apr 01, 2016 4:26 PM
Grandma Jone Culp
Thank you.
Again, Thank you Richard

Added by Grandma Jone Culp on Mar 25, 2016 7:04 PM
d huddleston
RE: Edit clarifications appreciated
Oh, I understand the challenge of editing that many memorials. I don't mind being asked for clarification. I would rather our information on Find A Grave be accurate for future generations. I appreciate your thoroughness and dedication!
Added by d huddleston on Mar 21, 2016 8:23 AM
d huddleston
RE: Dempsey memorial updates
The obit is different than the Texas Death Certificate. See

The death certificate states "suicide by overdose" so the obit must be his home and the certificate lists a hospital location. Maybe he was rushed to the hospital?

His WWI registration card lists his name as John Ernest Dempsey. See here:

Winifred is listed as "Winnie" on the 1910 actual census page. See here:

Thanks and hope this helps.
Added by d huddleston on Mar 20, 2016 8:22 PM
Photo for Christina Freeburg Nelson
# 90694866
Thank you for the excellent picture of Christina's grave stone. By the way, I noticed the inscription appears to be born Dec. 3 or 9th. I sent you a copy of her birth record with her date of birth as Dec 5 and date of baptism as Dec 9th.
Added by Joan on Mar 20, 2016 2:59 PM
David Clark
RE: John Edward Roth spouse edit questioned
Hey Richard, and thank you for the response. I have some very precise genealogy from my grandfather, Henry Morse Clark, who had the names of the children, birth, death and marriages up to 1946 of the Kerr clan. John Edward Roth, my grandmothers father of Fairfield, IA, married Mary Jane Kerr, 4/7th child of Matthew Kerr Jr and Julia Ann Thompson, on 10/16/1890 (second wife).
I can send you a pic of that period family tree if you contact me at
Mary Jane's father was Kerr & Co, and director of Columbia National Bank.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Added by David Clark on Mar 19, 2016 5:31 PM
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