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Della M Shafer (#47045656)
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Bio Photo My husband Melvin* and I have been active in our own family genealogies for about 35 years and active in Sumner County, Kansas history and genealogy for almost 30 years. His roots are in the Milan area and mine in the Conway Springs area. We read, recorded and made books for the Milan Cemetery, the Spring Hill Cemetery and the Amish Cemetery in 2000, the Conway Springs Cemetery and the St. Joseph Cemetery in 2002, and the Mulvane Cemetery in 2005. We also enjoy doing lookups from the many transcriptions and databases we have done regarding Sumner County history and families.
I welcome being contacted about any errors found in the records I've posted and I will be happy to transfer ownership of memorials to those who are family members (or closer family members) of the deceased.
*Melvin passed away on April 7, 2009, so I'll be carrying on by myself now. We were married on May 28, 1950.
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I found Theadore on the census taken on the 9th & 10th of May 1910. Possible is his date of death wrong?

Added by CHARLENE CASTLE GIBBONS on Oct 09, 2016 10:35 AM
Make Me A Taco
I did see the marriage record no help ther. I also saw a Census record for the year 1850 in Goshen, Tuscarawas, Ohio, USA. I also found another tree that connects your William to Reason Watkins. I do not find any connection to a Joseph or a James in the documents I have found. Not so far at least :)
Added by Make Me A Taco on Sep 14, 2016 10:44 PM
Make Me A Taco
I have added a copy of the Reason Watkins will to his memorial. I can not explain why other people do not have all of the children listed on their trees. But all of them are listed on his will and on my tree which is of course private. Have a nice day.
Added by Make Me A Taco on Sep 14, 2016 6:44 PM
Make Me A Taco
Do you have a death certificate for your William? I will check through the census to see if the folks you mention have a head of family with the name you mentioned. I have already found all the other people from Reason's family just looking for his missing William.
Added by Make Me A Taco on Sep 14, 2016 5:55 PM
Make Me A Taco
Well I do not think you will ever have perfect proof. All hard copy documents are open to interpretation. Do you have any DNA proof of your family line? I have found that a DNA study only costs a few dollars.
Added by Make Me A Taco on Sep 14, 2016 2:43 PM
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William Watkins
Ifg you have Ancestry .com account you can see his father's will with all the children listed. Are you wanting DNA proof?
Added by Make Me A Taco on Sep 14, 2016 1:02 PM
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William Watkins
Added by Make Me A Taco on Sep 14, 2016 1:01 PM
Judy Llamas
Hello from one of Melvin's cousins
Hi, Della,

I'm so sorry to read about Melvin's passing. He sounds to have been a wonderful and generous soul. It must be at least 20 years ago that we first corresponded (hand written and mailed with a stamp) about the Putman-Shafer connection. It was so exciting to be the first ones to do the research - way before it became an obsessive American pastime. Anyway, I'm still at it and hope you are well and enjoying life and your family. Regards..... Judy
Added by Judy Llamas on Aug 04, 2016 12:20 PM
Jane A (Hainsworth) Norris
RE: Transfer of Memorials
Will do, Thanks!
Added by Jane A (Hainsworth) Norri... on May 01, 2016 7:22 PM
Jane A (Hainsworth) Norris
Transfer of Memorials
Della - I am requesting the transfer of several Memorials you manage. They are my Great Great & Great Great Great Grandparents & Aunt's gravesite in the Pioneer Cemetery in Wellington KS.
They are:

Benjamin Hainsworth & his wife Anne Atkinson Hainsworth - who were the original Hainsworth immigrants for our family line from England!

Two of their children are also buried next to them-
Rebecca Hainsworth &
Craven Hainsworth (my Great Grandfather).

My father is deceased, so my generation is the closest living relatives in Wellington & I am the only one of my siblings active on Find A Grave.

Thank you, Jane A (Hainsworth) Norris
Added by Jane A (Hainsworth) Norri... on Apr 30, 2016 7:47 PM
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