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Ray (#47188697)
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Bio Photo Feel free to use any of my photos in any way that you wish, especially the older ones. My only purpose in posting them is to share them with those who want them and to help preserve them for posterity, just as many of these were gifts which others (long dead, for the most) once shared so generously with me. History is not for hoarding or profit but for preserving and passing on.

All of my memorials are works in progress, so I'm continually tinkering with them, researching, editing or expanding them. Additions, comments, corrections, criticisms and suggestions are always welcome and considered.

I write biographical and genealogical information on many of my memorials. Most people who contact me appreciate informative biographies although there are some who do not. I receive far more complimentary and positive comments on these memorials than negative ones, however, though some people say that such information belongs on Wikipedia or in a gedcom or on some other website. I appreciate finding helpful information myself on a free site such as Findagrave, and so that's why I put it here. Not everyone subscribes to or other pay sites. Long-lost relatives and unknown branches of my family have contacted me through my postings on Findagrave, more than any other website. I have also enjoyed being contacted by historians, writers and biographers, three of them now good friends, and even a couple of television producers. Be sure to watch the Angevine episode on PBS' "Tracing Your Roots" hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. to air next Fall 2015.

I see a lot of my biographies copied by various researchers on and other genealogy websites, sometimes with attribution and oftentimes not. I really don't care one way or the other; it's flattering either way. But please bear in mind that these sketches are continually updated and revised, thus evolving, so please check back for the latest version, especially if you credit me.

My non-family memorials were created to help me in research of some other individual or family for some other reason, as well as to make it possible for their family members to find them, so please don't be shy about asking for transfer of your family member. I believe their memorials belong in your care.
That said, I do have a huge family myself and I'm related in some degree to around 2,000 of the people whose memorials I've created or received in transfer. And as I continue researching many of these families, I hope you'll understand that I don't intend to transfer many of those and give up all work on them. I've transferred too many already only to see nothing at all done to them afterwards, not even the additions of links or notes when I suggest them -- for memorials I created in the first place.

I have received numerous requests from strangers wanting me to transfer my ancestors' memorials to them. These people claim to be descendants of the same ancestors and thus distant cousins I don't know. I donít intend to transfer any more of my ancestors to anyone else unless I decide that this person might do a better job. In most cases, that's unlikely. But I still look at other memorials maintained by those requesting transfers before I make a final decision. When I see a lot of memorials with no family links or biographies, Iím even less inclined to transfer additional memorials to people who are just collecting names.
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Armistead and Ada Lippitt at Berryville
Hi Ray, I came upon your memorials for Armistead and Ada Lippit at Grace in Berryville in which you express some doubt about which cemetery they are in. I'm doing some work at Green Hill, and believe I have come across them there with a grave marker. I just posted the picture. The cemetery has them on their rolls in Section S, Lot 245, along with many other Lippits. Take a look and let me know what you think. Maybe we can merge them together somehow. Dick Belle
Added by dickbelle on Mar 23, 2015 11:05 AM
Nancy Cornelius
Zachariah Taylor Dowdy and Nancy
I am confused, which is not hard for me to do sometimes. Someone has posted a picture of Nancy and Zachariah's stone like the one you took and posted for them in another cemetery by the same name. The other cemetery is up toward Arab. I don't feel like they have the right cemetery. There are many cemeteries in Marshall and DeKalb with the same name making it very hard to post your memorial to the right cemetery. Thought you might want to know. My daughter's husband is the great grandson of Ruth Dowdy who died this time last year in DeKalb Co. AL. I am also interested in the Martin family that, I believe, their daughter married. Thanks for all the bios that you place on your memorials. It does help a lot.
Added by Nancy Cornelius on Mar 20, 2015 5:26 PM
Rich Dohm
"Uncle Ben" Reynolds ~
Hello Ray. I have kin at the Mount Ida cemetery, and noticed THIS memorial of yours. You should ask to accept him as famous... after all, who alive has never heard of Uncle Ben? If I was you, I'd add Uncle Ben in the nickname field too.
Added by Rich Dohm on Mar 10, 2015 2:41 PM
Karyl Lee Rodabough
Perry Cemetery Mix UP!!
Please be aware, there are 2 Perry Cemeteries within walking distance of each other in Grenada County, Mississippi. The one furthest to the North, just south of the Browns Cemetery, is the Williams-Perry-Rosamond Cemetery. The other one is located a little south/west, west of Bennett Road and just South of the fork in the Wildlife League Road. There is not a legend on this map so I can't give exact measurements. The map can be found in the Cemeteries Section of "Family Maps of Grenada, Mississippi"; FHL/SLC US/Can 976.2635 E7b, page 146.

There are different people buried in each Cemetery, so this needs to be corrected to show 2 Cemeteries. A - Williams-Perry-Rosamond Cemetery, and B - Perry Cemetery.

Be careful where you put your family!
Added by Karyl Lee Rodabough on Mar 04, 2015 1:08 PM
Gene Baumwoll CSW
Cornelius Ryder
Thank you..I will accept your suggested add as fact and include it in his bio
Added by Gene Baumwoll CSW on Mar 01, 2015 6:53 AM
Deborah Ridgway
Franklin Conklin
Thanks for the info...Are you related
Added by Deborah Ridgway on Mar 01, 2015 6:09 AM
Diane Gravlee
Gaines Family Cem
Just wanted you to know that I found a local man who knew exactly where the Gaines Family Cemetery is in Stateline and directed us there on a trip to Texas. I have added grave marker photos to the 3 burials and will add cemetery photos and new coordinates tomorrow.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Feb 24, 2015 9:22 PM
West/ De La Warr
You have done and awesome job with my Ancestor's Memorials! Thank you, and by the way I love the biographies!
Added by RevMcK on Feb 22, 2015 3:35 AM
mike reeves
Mt. Ida Reynolds & Oden Family Cemeteries
The Heritage Hall Museum here in Talladega had a good digital photo of an oil painting of Maj. Walker Reynolds which I have posted to the memorial you created for him at Mt. Ida Family Cemetery. You had recently mentioned Cpt. Henry P. Oden, 15th Alabama, having been buried in Vicksburg. I saw the excellent photograph of the Oden-Bledsoe-Kelly Plantation home you posted to his memorial and was hoping you would also post it to the "Oden Family Cemetery" listed in Talladega County. His father, Alexander Oden Jr., is buried there and I have submitted a familial edit request to link their memorials. The Oden Family Cemetery, sadly, was said to have been destroyed in the Upchurch county cemetery compilation published in 1989, but they did quote tombstone names & transcriptions from Carolyn Lane Luttrell's field work there during the 1945-'55 period.
Added by mike reeves on Feb 02, 2015 9:17 PM
Mary Tompkins @ Oakwood
I'm going to try and find her for you. Her husband is in L242 so I will look there. She, however, is not listed in the burial log. Are you sure she is there?
Added by scotdeerie on Dec 30, 2014 11:05 AM
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