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Ed Chilton (#47327084)
 member for 5 years, 10 months, 1 day
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Bio Photo Update February 2014

Hello. My home is in Bay City, Michigan. After retirement from the workforce, I was open to new experience and activities. In 2011, after snow melted, I toured local cemeteries, found them full of winter debris, and began their volunteer cleaning. As I did so, I began to notice the pathetic condition of 19th and early 20th century grave sites and grave markers. Clearly, many needed rescue and maintenance due to natural forces and time, or damage caused by vandals or neglect by cemetery personnel. Two local cemeteries are ownerless and abandoned. The grave sites there first earned my sympathy and help, 2011-12.

Across the past three years I have rescued roughly 300 grave sites and markers in Bay and Tuscola couties. As I did that work, I documented my activity on a special website: I followed this physical work by basic genealogy for the grave sites, and made an entry here on Find-A-Grave. As I conducted this heavy outdoor work my age went from 68 to 69 to 70. When I recently turned age 71 my medical condition took a nose dive. I am doctoring for diabetes and multiple heart conditions. I modify this bio-sketch in sad awareness that I will not be able to continue grave rescue activity or volunteer cleaning this year. My efforts will be limited to photographic activity, and my common advocacy as a "Speaker For the Dead". My web site remains operational but I have removed much material. If there's something you want, write me.

I continue to receive suggested changes in entries I have made, and place this in priority with other uses of my dwindling time. My membership on this website has introduced me to fascinating people all over the USA, and I enjoy my e-correspondence with them. If you are among them, thank you for contacting me.

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Elva Esckilsen
Just wanted to tell you that I believe you are the most honest man on Find A Grave. It is nice to know not all people steal other people's work.
Thank you for being you. I deleted all of my Find A Graves due to the total disrespect from people that believe it is perfectly alright for them to just take what they want, bio's, photo's, flower's and even the Red Hearts we pay for to sponsor our loved ones. I am so totally threw with Find A Grave and am hoping to find another site where our hard work is respected. Thank you once again for removing that big bush from my Aunt Elva Esckilsen's headstone and inquiring as to whom she may be related to. You are a good man.
Added by Digger on Jan 28, 2016 8:12 AM
Elva Esckilsen
Just wanted to tell you that I believe you are the most honest man on Find A Grave. It is nice to know not all people steal other people's work.
Thank you for being you.
Added by Digger on Jan 28, 2016 8:09 AM
Wendy & John Corcoran
Thank you, Ed.......
for your awesome dedication to our families.

I have to ask how did you get Find A Grave Memorial# 24381731 -the photograph to "pop" with such tiny detail and clarity?

The one below is typical. But yours, hands down is the best!

Big hugs for your gentle soul, and take one day at a time...its crap to grow old...we are, all doing it!

Wendy with a smile of encouragement to focus less on the physical and more on the spiritual
Added by Wendy & John Corcoran on Oct 05, 2015 5:07 AM
Could you please transfer # 128142590 and 128140932. These are my ancestors. I forgot to give you my member number (#48757983). Thank you
Added by jsommer on Jun 28, 2015 7:50 PM
Could you transfer # 128142590 and 128140932. They are my ancestors. Thank you.
Added by jsommer on Jun 26, 2015 11:02 PM
Alan Naldrett
RE: Sorry for this mess
Hi Mr. Chilton!
I just discovered your message from last year. I am confused though. Was this in regards to an entry I made? Which one?
Added by Alan Naldrett on May 25, 2015 12:17 PM
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Sarah Cope Vader
I saw that you fixed her gravesite a couple of years ago! Thank you so much for caring and all the actual labor.
Great great grand daughter
Added by Adventure Rider on Mar 09, 2015 6:03 PM
Adventure Rider
Sarah c
Added by Adventure Rider on Mar 09, 2015 6:01 PM
Barb Szabo
Green Ridge Cemetery
Thank you for finding and unearthing the graves in Green Ridge Cemetery, especially those of the Wagner family. I appreciate your caring and hard work
Barb Szabo
Added by Barb Szabo on Mar 05, 2015 2:59 PM
Cemeteries, stones, etc.
Hello! If you have anything you would like to see done, I could help. Just let me know. Ellinda
Added by Ellinda on Dec 07, 2014 5:10 PM
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