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Phyllis (Porter) Zegers (#47125324)
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Bio Photo My husband and I enjoy being photo volunteers. I use Find-A-Grave to research my family's genealogy and maintain and/or create their sites when possible. I like to include biographical sketches, family links and photos in hopes that will help others who are researching the same lines. I am researching Porter, VanPatten, Starns, Lewis, Hogg, Lawson, Kolp, Proctor, Childs, McCoy, Aplington, Bruner and more. If you see errors please let me know.

Since 2014 I have been researching people whose unclaimed cremains are being stored at the Oregon State Hospital. After researching their lives I try to find living relatives to let them know where their family member's ashes are. I have been lucky to make many connections.
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Homer Thiel
Dan Feury
Hi Phyllis, I am not related to Dan Feury. Wish I was. Homer in Tucson
Added by Homer Thiel on Feb 03, 2016 7:31 PM
Zegers Family
It's been so much fun talking to you, and I appreciate all the info you've given me so far. I never knew that "Uncle" Ray's birth name was actually Marinus, like his father. I wonder if my aunt knows this. It will be great fun presenting all of the info to her once I have it. I will email you at your regular email address this week and then we can go from there! Thank you again!!! Doreen
Added by dojo on Feb 01, 2016 10:59 PM
Zegers Family
Hi again Phyllis!
Thank you SOOOO much for getting back to me, and so quickly! So, you live in Oregon, huh? I have a nephew that lives there, too, and a cousin (son of the aunt I mentioned before) who lives in Klamath Falls. This aunt I mentioned lives near San Diego. It's funny that you should mention your father-in-law and that he lives near Joliet, IL?? I, too, live near there, about 30 miles northeast of there. And, his name is Vernon Raymond Zegers? My aunt's uncle who lived in the Chicago area for many years was also named Ray. I even remember him from when I was a kid. This isn't the same person, is it? I can't see how it would be because I'm pretty sure my aunt's uncle is deceased. So how are they all related, then ? I'm so happy to have located another branch of the family, and my aunt will be SO happy, too, because she knows very little about them. YES, YES, YES I'll email you directly and THANK YOU SO much for being willing to send me the Zegers information that you have!!! Doreen
Added by dojo on Feb 01, 2016 12:10 PM
Zegers Family
Hi Phyllis-

I saw your name here and that you'd been keeping the information for Wilhelmina "Minnie" Zegers. You stated that you husband's grandfather was Minnie's brother. Minnie was my aunt's mother (my aunt and my mother were mother's mother was Jennie Mastbergen, and their father was Hendrikus (Dick) Teeselink.) What I'm wondering is, then, what was your husband's grandfather's name? My aunt knows very little about this side of her family since he mother Minnie died giving birth to her. So, I'd like to help her build her family tree on that side. We'd appreciate any help you can give us. My aunt is almost 82 years old now, and it would be a joy to present her with this information for her birthday in a couple of months. Thank you SO much, Doreen
Added by dojo on Jan 30, 2016 4:36 PM
Deal Genealogy
RE: George W. Roberts
p. 21 of my Descendants of Elijah Dodson of Yamhill Oregon states that his wife Frances d. July 2, 1883 in Canyonville and that George d. 1922 in Redding CA. This information came from a family member Ralph Roberts. So to answer your question as to his burial I don't know.

Added by Deal Genealogy on Jan 08, 2016 9:39 PM
RE: Merton Sylvan Bissell
No sorry but I am not related. My family bought land from Merton back in 1933. I have no contact with the family except for the letter Frank J. Bissell wrote about Merton.
Added by PonemahPat on Jan 07, 2016 6:51 PM
RE: Merton Sylvan Bissell
I have a letter written June 19, 1933 by Frank J. Bissell regarding property owned jointly by Merton S. Bissell and Charles F. Wallin. The letter mentions Benton and Zabad and other family history. Are you interested in an email copy of this letter?
Added by PonemahPat on Jan 03, 2016 5:04 PM
Sarah Hogg
I am looking for the true burial location of Sarah. I placed her in the Hogg Cemetery using the rule of commonality. However I am told I am wrong. I was thinking of the clan mentality whereas the most prominent son would see to the need of the matriarch. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Val Taylor
Added by emtid4u on Nov 10, 2015 4:59 AM
Mary Cundy
William and James Arrance ashes
Hi Phyllis,

I received William Arrance( find a grave number 66065642) and James Arrance(Find a grave number 66065640 ) ashes and canisters in Sept 2015, they are with family now.

I want to thank you and your husband for doing the work you do with Find a grave. I would also like to say a" Big Thank You" Oregon State and TB hospital and their staff for keeping all these unclaimed ashes, until they could be claimed by family.

The "library of Dust" is a work love and compassion !! Enough can not be said about all the people involved in this project, Thank you to all from the bottom of my heart !!
Thank you,
Mary Cundy Cann
Added by Mary Cundy on Oct 21, 2015 6:52 PM
Mandy K
John Kowalsky
I was playing around with and was going through records for family when I came across the link to John Kowalsky's grave site that you created and was immediately confused. As far as I knew, my great uncle John was buried right here in Auburn, NY. My father, John's nephew, also assumed the same. We had no idea my grandfather had him sent home almost 10 years after he had passed. Thank you so much for this information. While it saddens me that my grandfather did this, I'm glad to know the truth. Thank you again.
Find A Grave Memorial# 118674496
Added by Mandy K on Sep 18, 2015 5:55 PM
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