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Ken Smith (#46985536)
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Bio Photo I have been interested in genealogy since the late '70s, when a cousin showed me a 1901 genealogy, "The Descendants of William Wood" in which my late grandmother was mentioned. I like this site and have made an effort to try to locate all the ancestor graves I can. I'm always available to take grave photos in the Twin City area, that is, when they're not under two feet of snow.

Feel free to contact me with additional information or corrections. I will gladly transfer any memorial that I created that is your direct family member and not mine. You may use any pictures I add to memorials.

If I send you a biography or information about any memorial that you manage and you are no longer interested in maintaining that memorial, I will be glad to accept a transfer.
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D. Montgomery
RE: Blakeslee Memorial
hello Ken. My last messages were referring to your Aug 21 2013 "flower" left on this memorial. You have a second one dated July 1 2015. Please refer to our early correspondence requesting removal of the duplicate July 1 2015 "flower".
Added by D. Montgomery on Jul 02, 2015 12:55 PM
D. Montgomery
Ebenezer Blakeslee
Hello Ken. I am referring to the same Blakeslee that we have been exchanging 2-3 message about within the past two days and on whose memorial you have been posting "flowers".DM
Added by D. Montgomery on Jul 01, 2015 12:20 PM
D. Montgomery
Blakeslee Memorial
Hello again. Thank you for adding a floral "flower" to this memorial instead of your genealogical ad. The new one looks great and is more respectful. If you could now also remove the original non-floral "flower" from this memorial.we would all be happy. I think perhaps one tribute speaks adequately on one memorial from one person.
D. Montgomery
Added by D. Montgomery on Jul 01, 2015 11:52 AM
Re: Mary (Griswold) Tracy, FAG Memorial# 114365704
Hi Ken,

Great work on so many Find A Grave memorials!

This one puzzles me a bit, though. Almost all the documentation I've seen points to Francis Griswold as the father of the Mary Griswold who married Jonathan Tracy. There's a great deal of dispute about the name of Francis Griswold's wife (I accept that it is unknown), but many have her as Mary Tracy.

Is there a reason that you have Mical Griswold and Ann (Adams) Griswold listed as Mary Griswold's parents?


Added by MaritimeLass on Jun 24, 2015 12:18 PM
Diane Hall
RE: Chlorinda Vanbibber
I did not know that, Ken. I appreciate that info. I tend to leave comments about county/state line changes and dates as footnotes for people.

My direct family line moved from Virginia before the Civil War to Tennessee so I have had no experience with WVA. I am going way back in the early family generations to find new documentation -- if it's to be had -- which led me to this family. Thanks, again, for your help. Keep up the good work!

D. Hall
Added by Diane Hall on Jun 10, 2015 2:40 PM
Thanks so much for the biographies of James and Sarah. I appreciate your work!
Added by J.L. on Jun 01, 2015 6:37 PM
Interesting! Thanks for letting me know you've changed her memorial.
Added by Kay on May 14, 2015 8:38 PM
Todd Whitesides
Roberts & Colepeper
Your additional information has been added. Thanks for sending it.
Added by Todd Whitesides on May 14, 2015 5:26 PM
Debra Larson Tietz
Frank O. Beardsley
son of Roswell F. Beardsley and Philancy Smith Beardsley died in Madison Lake, MN, Blue Earth Co. on October 7, 1904. The death certificate says he is buried at Madison Lake (Cemetery?). I can provide you with a copy of the death certificate if you would like. I think Philancy and Roswell also had another son by the name of LeRoy.

I also found some information on that Roswell served in the Civil War although on the death certificate the person filling it out said he did not serve in the military. I have the copy of that death certificate as well. There are misspellings of the names, etc.

These men are my great grandfathers so I would like to have their information as correct as possible.

Thanks for all of your efforts!!!!
Added by Debra Larson Tietz on May 10, 2015 9:47 PM
Familly Researcher
re: Mary Smith Stratton
Hi Ken

Thanks for the info about Mary Smith Stratton. I did update her memorial with it. I also have a memorial for her husband John that i had posted in December 2012 and i updated that. I see you also have a duplicate of John Stratton too (#113926338), my memorial is #102502363. I will add their add their daughter Hannah to both when you delete them.

I did notice that on John's you have his place of birth as England. I have his birthplace as Watertown MA from a 1725 Smith Family bible that i have owned my entire life. I also came across the Watertown MA place of birth in some records at the NEHGS down in Boston about a decade ago. But i do not believe everything any records ever say. The Smith bible comes from my 10th great grandfather, who was a grandson of Thomas & Mary Knapp Smith.

I will send you an email with some of the info that i have. Ten years ago i spent a few months at the NEHGS in Boston and have loads of info on the Smith family and on many of the families they married into.

Also the town where John and Mary Stratton's daughter died is the next town out from me and i have a friend out there that may be able to find some info on her burial location.

Unlike most people on findagrave i am not opposed to linking people that are "burial unknowns" out here---i have found about more than a half dozen family members through my "burial location unknown"!

I also noticed that you are out in the Twin Cities, well i am into Civil War veterans and may have few you might be able to help me out with. But that's for the email!

Thanks and take care


Added by Familly Researcher on May 09, 2015 2:44 AM
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