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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2014 Update:
Sixty five years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 58 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty four years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 29 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for nearly 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 23 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 750 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For about 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.

I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!


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Patty Valentino
"Thank You"....

...for visiting Sgt. Manno, and for the very beautiful heartfelt sentiment that you left for was so very touching. Enjoy your weekend, and have a very Blessed Merry Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year.

((Hugs)) and Blessings,
Added by Patty Valentino on Dec 20, 2014 7:38 AM
Love Always, Renee
Merry Christmas to you
God bless you this holiday season.
Added by Love Always, Renee on Dec 20, 2014 6:42 AM
RE: edits
You're welcome! :) Glad to help!
Added by Dorothy on Dec 04, 2014 8:15 PM
Terence O'Brien
Sorry, I am not related (that I know of) to Terry. I came across the memorial looking up other O'Briens and placed a flower. I do not have any information on his wife. Tried plugging some of his history into ancestry for you but I guess its too early for that information to be available on line yet. Perhaps if you went to the Family Search Centre in your area they could help you locate her. I wish I could be more helpful. Good Luck.
Added by Gone on Dec 01, 2014 12:00 AM
Esther Kinder
RE: Blessings...
Thank you so much.
Added by Esther Kinder on Nov 30, 2014 11:05 AM
Debra Lewis
Mary Towson
LOL his face and message are priceless.
I think I found her grand daughter Jennifer Kowalski (#46926350)
Added by Debra Lewis on Nov 29, 2014 9:24 AM
RE: Rob McCarty
Sure thing. I've deleted my entry for him, so you're good to go.

Added by Becca on Nov 28, 2014 5:25 PM
RE: thank you
You're very welcome! I think I do recall us chatting before about your sister living in Missoula. I live about 20 minutes south. I love hearing that these memorials bring love and joy to families' lives. It's so great that your sister is there with you when you had her son's memorial transferred to you. After reading your profile and the losses you've endured, I especially hope your Holiday Season blesses you and your family with peace and joy.

Annie :)
Added by AnnieDuckettHundley on Nov 28, 2014 5:01 PM
RE: Glenn Lee Kirby
Hi history4sure,

I've transferred his memorial to your care. Yes, I do know what grief can do, I'm sorry you do too. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Annie :)
Added by AnnieDuckettHundley on Nov 28, 2014 3:52 PM
Robert in Corvallis Cemetery

I will absolutely transfer him over to you. I apologize for having put him in before you could do so; I entered the entire cemetery record last year, hoping family would find family, so I'm always glad to hear from someone.

Would you rather I deleted the memori so you can create it from the ground up, or would you rather the transfer? I keep all my headstone photos on my harddrive, so I could re-upload that to a new memorial with no problem. Whichever you prefer, I'm happy to do.

Added by Becca on Nov 28, 2014 2:56 PM
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