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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. Be aware that spouses can be linked either way, from either memorial to the other, so as long as they are indeed already linked, it is not needed to send a spouse edit on the memorial that is already linked to - doing so creates a duplicate link.

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 - /August 19, 2016 (profile updated)

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Rachel Neece Kinney
Hi! Thanks so much for the edit on Rachel.

Rachel married John Kinney on September 18, 1853 in Guilford County, NC. In the marriage license, she listed her parents as Jacob Neese and Christina Jane Hagney Neese.

Rachel is also listed in the 1850 Census with her parents as living in Guilford County, NC and as being born in 1832.

I hope that helps. I am a distant relative to the Neese family and have been working on family history.

Thanks for your help again. Have a great day!
Added by Coco15 on Dec 02, 2016 11:45 AM
Carol Sherbeck Espiritu
William Edward Trout 129684030
You asked for additional information on this person. Here is what I have found while researching him:
Grandmother's correct name is Elva Bishop.
Parents of William Edward Trout are Paul Edward Puffinbarger 162456101 and Fannie Bell Trout Carter 160497299. Paul and Fannie were not married long as he appears in 1910 census as divorced. William was raised by his grandparents. In Family Search you will find all of this sourced.
Added by Carol Sherbeck Espiritu on Nov 26, 2016 11:19 AM
deanna french
RE: FAG #'s10383444 & 116377802 Gibson & Sheldon FAG Monuments
Thank you very much Richard. Your kindness is appreciated.

Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Nov 20, 2016 5:38 PM
Mary Weigandt
Nancy Gish memorial
Thank you for the additional information added.
Added by Mary Weigandt on Nov 19, 2016 9:33 AM
deanna french
FAG #'s10383444 & 116377802 Gibson & Sheldon FAG Monuments
May I use the monument photo's above mentioned to post on the Vermont Civil War site? ( They are both ,MinoS sheldon and John Gibson , Native Sons of Vermont, and I would love to see them recognized as resting near many of their "Old Comrades".

You will receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration.

Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Nov 17, 2016 6:32 PM
Michael Safonov
RE: Jesse C Ware middle name edit
Jesse Corfield Ware was a son of my 3rd great grandfather Hugh Wear (1775-1817) and a brother of my 2nd great grandfatherJohn Hanson Ware Sr (1808-1887). The middle name Corfield has also been used by several of my cousins who are also descendents of John Hanson Ware. Family history notes developed by various cousins in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's list the name Jesse Corfield Ware. However, perhaps the most compelling evidence is a one page biography of Dr James Corfield Ware published during his life in 1878:

The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self Made Men. Iowa Volume. American biographical publishing Company, 1878 - Iowa - 790 pages

On pages 478-479 of this book appears the following text:

"JESSE C. WARE, M.D., FA W/PP//E/L/D. H E pioneer physician in Jefferson county, Iowa, was Jessie Corfield Ware, a resident of Fairfield since 1840 He practiced here long be fore there were any roads or bridges in the county, visiting his few scattered patients, in some cases, by following Indian trails across a prairie ten or twelve miles wide, sometimes going thirty or forty miles. He was at one time the family physician of Keokuk, then at the Indian agency in Wapello coun ty, twenty miles from Fairfield; was also the physi cian of other Indian agencies. He was appointed physician to the agencies by General Street. When he located at Fairfield, thirty-eight years ago, there were not more than half a dozen families in the place; Cranmore Gage and the widow of Ellis Woods being the only persons, now living there, that were there when he came. - Dr. Ware was born near Blairsville, Pennsylvania, on the 6th of March, 1812, and was the son of Hugh and Rebecca (Hanson) Ware. The Wares are Scotch-Irish, and were an early family in Vir ginia. The parents of Jessie moved to Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, when he was six years old. The son was educated at Oxford College, from which he was graduated in 1831. He read medi cine at first with Dr. McCollum, of Petersburg, and then with Dr. Kirby, of Hillsboro, and attended lec tures in Cincinnati. In 1846, after practicing several years, he attend ed a course of lectures in Saint Louis, and received his diploma in 1846. He practiced two years in Knox county, Illinois, and two years in Saint Louis, Missouri; removed to Iowa in 1837, and after prac ticing three years at Fort Madison and West Point, in Lee county, he located permanently in Fairfield, where he has since spent nearly all his time in gen eral practice. In 1846 he went to Saint Louis, attended a course of medical lectures, and received his diploma. In 1850 he took a trip to California, was absent about eighteen months, and part of that time was in practice at Sacramento. In 1864 he spent a few months at Virginia City, Montana Territory. The doctor is still in practice, doing all the busi ness that a man of his age could reasonably wish for more than he desires. He stands perfectly erect, and is as active, seemingly, as he was at forty years of age. No stranger would take him to be even sixty years old. He has seen Fairfield grow from an embryo vil lage to a city of thirty-five hundred inhabitants, in cluding nine or ten doctors. He has attended to his profession with the utmost closeness, having held only one office, that of marshal, to take the census in 1860, an office almost forced upon him. He has been a life-long democrat, and for years attended most of the state conventions. He is well known all over the state, especially among politi cians. By all classes he is highly respected. On the 5th of July, 1833, Miss Jenny Ware, a cousin, and daughter of James Ware, of Bourbon county, Kentucky, was joined in wedlock with Dr. Ware, and they had one child that died in infancy. He has educated three orphan boys, two of them now lawyers in Dubuque and one of them an edi tor in California, also two orphan girls. He now has a fourth boy, whom he is raising and educating. The doctor is a man of humane and very generous impulses, kind to everybody. His friends are many, his enemies few, if any."

A scanned ebook photocopy of the 1878 book containg the above biography is available online at URL:

Added by Michael Safonov on Nov 08, 2016 9:20 PM
Cathy Lawson
Added by Cathy Lawson on Nov 06, 2016 6:36 PM
Sue Butterfield Picard
RE: Nutting and Hammond edits
I've read your bios on the family and appreciate all the work you've done to update. Thanks.
Added by Sue Butterfield Picard on Oct 27, 2016 3:20 PM
Cindy H
RE: Edits accepted
Yes I did notice that it is a good idea to do that. The edits I sent I got my information from I was trying to find who were Charles Jaques parents. Found them but did not find in Find A Grave. But since I found information on the Jaques family's I added to the family chain, maybe that will help someone else with there search.

Keep up your good work on Find A Grave.
Added by Cindy H on Oct 25, 2016 11:22 AM
Cindy H
Just wanted to say Thank You for doing your edits extra quick.
I have had several people that do not do the edits & wait until Find A Grave does it for them.
Added by Cindy H on Oct 25, 2016 8:26 AM
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