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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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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
Mary Hamill
RE: Flora Carpenter
While doing genealogy research on my Carpenter family, I found her on the 1920 census as an inmate of the Oregon State Insane Asylum. This was quite puzzling to me as she was born in Princeton and lived all her life there. When I researched the Oregon State Insane Asylum I stumbled on to their project to return the "abandoned" cremated remains of inmates to their family. In fact a documentary called Library of Dust was made about it. Here's the youtube link to the trailer:
I found the webpage of the Oregon State Hospital, contacted them and confirmed that their Flora Carpenter was my great grand aunt. They sent me her complete files and then shipped the remains to me.
Added by Mary Hamill on Sep 01, 2015 5:26 PM
Mary Hamill
Flora Carpenter
I see your maintain the information on the Find-A-Grave page for Flora A. Carpenter. I am her great grand niece. The State of Oregon shipped her cremated remains to me and I will be interning them tomorrow in the Carpenter family plot in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton, Illinois. I hope to have headstones made for her and her brother Wade in the future.
Added by Mary Hamill on Sep 01, 2015 8:40 AM
Cathy Alton
RE: John Alton at Oregon State Hosp
Yes, Dona is the one trying to get the picture for me. We can't get John now as the cemetery is having problems with the lot. Apparently more people are buried there then they thought. So I wanted to at least get a picture of the metal plate. Thanks so much for all your help!!
Added by Cathy Alton on Aug 28, 2015 6:45 PM
Cathy Alton
John Alton at Oregon State Hosp
Hi Phyllis,
I see that you posted pictures on some of the memorials that have a name and date of death. It looks like they are off the urns. I'm trying to get one for John Alton. Do you have access for that? Thanks!
Added by Cathy Alton on Aug 28, 2015 6:16 PM
Kathleen Dixon
RE: Henry S. Ferguson
Thank you. My husband is his great-grandson. (Roy's grandson)

My mother-in-law (Roy's daughter--Florine) actually got a call about the ashes recently. She has been in touch with another relative to decide what to do with them.

She also just told me a little more information if you're interested. Roy S. Ferguson was adopted by people with the last name Adams, from Monmouth, OR. As a girl, she was given a wicker rocking chair from "Grandma" Adams...I think it had been Roy's. We've taken pictures of her great-grandchildren in that chair! Roy and Linda Toevs (his second wife) were married in a double wedding with Linda's brother (Fred Toevs and his wife Catherine...sp?)

One last thing...Florine was close to her cousins Murial and Nellie (Charles Ferguson's daughters) but she says there were two more daughters (twins) named Carol and Carolyn. They played together as girls. She remembers Alford, but didn't really know any of the others since they were dispersed when they were farmed out to different families after their mother died.

Added by Kathleen Dixon on Aug 25, 2015 6:28 PM
Kathleen Dixon
Henry S. Ferguson

Thank you for the great information on Henry S. Ferguson. How sad to be put in a mental institution for senility.

I have an addition and a correction about his son Roy S.

Roy married Linda Toevs. They had one daughter, Florine Ann, and lived in Dallas, OR.

He died of cancer, (not pneumonia), when Florine was 3 years old.

Added by Kathleen Dixon on Aug 24, 2015 11:22 PM
Pam Wagler
Daisy Fern Walker Wegner
Thanks, Phyllis. We are so grateful for all you did to help us receive our relatives cremains. I hope you know that it was worth all the effort.

I was wondering if you'd be willing to turn her page over to me? I will continue to research her family and see if I can connect her to her parents and or siblings.

My #: 47575962

Again, thank you so much!!!

Pam Richardson Wagler
Added by Pam Wagler on Aug 21, 2015 7:03 AM
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