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Linda K (#47400410)
 member for 5 years, 9 months, 15 days
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“Every time an old person dies, it’s like a library burning down.” –Alex Haley


"At a cemetery, lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited, memories are made tangible and love is undisguised. Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.

Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are carved in stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life - not death - of a loved one. The cemetery is homeland for family memorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living. A cemetery is a history of people; a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth remembering - always". -Unknown


There is illness in my family right now. So give me a week at least to try and catch up. It is still fine to go ahead & ask for transfers & updates through the individual memorial edit button. Just know I do not have much free time just now.

If you are a closer relative than I am & would like a transfer, don't be afraid to ask.
I do NOT strictly adhere to the Find A Grave guidelines regarding transfers.

I want to make this more of a family record, than just a cemetery record. On newer records I've tried to keep it more to a minimum. I believe these are for the closer family to decide.

For the generations that came before us & those that will come after us.

A work this large could not be done without the help of others.

I would especially like to thank Karen K.
The cemeteries around Stumptown in Union Township would not be the same without her.

PLEASE if putting flowers on the memorial of the plain people...PLAIN flowers. They led the simple life for A reason.
A few of the young men were drafted & served in the medical corp during the Civil War..again PLEASE simple flowers
ALSO they do NOT celebrate birthdates or death dates of the dec'd
NOR do they celebrate Halloween
ALSO they do NOT have "pictures" of Jesus or angels in their Bibles or in their homes

I do NOT put a military prefix on the name, unless close family wishes that.

Do keep in mind, that the last name of a married woman etched on a stone, may not be the last name that she had when she died.

If you ask for a middle name to be added to a stone & it is not on the memorial stone or on an obituary that you have sent to me to read...
I am NOT going to change it. That is for closer family to decide. That is what they choose for the memorial & that is how it stays.

The same is true for a memorial name. If the stone says William & you want me to change it to John William Doe. Please read the above paragraph.

There are exceptions to the rule on individual basis.

Also note that I have chosen to not put a period after the K on Linda K, the same is true on the memorials. Unless close family would decide to have the change.

Again there are exceptions on an individual basis.

All mistakes are mine & mine alone.

Jeff Gonyea had on his profile the following:

"We don't "own" the memorials we manage - they are not ours. We may create them, we may update them, we may transfer them to others - we are but stewards. They are Find A Grave memorials of human beings, departed.

They are not "friends" on a social media network website to be collected like baseball trading cards. And there's no prize for the one who dies with the most.

The reward (for me) comes from maintaining the most accurate and dignified memorials I can. What we record becomes history, and a record in someone else's family tree. We have a responsibility to do a good job of it. It's a privilege and honor."

Thank you for taking the time to read this


Why Me?

Why me...
This is a tedious task, much work,
Not a great tree, my family,
Not any kind of tree,
A spindly twig...
A sapling of little importance,
No forest giant we.

A pause

Ethereal whispers,
Persuasive, soft and still:
"Daughter, if you don't remember us...
Who will?"

-- Dot Stutter
Victoria, BC, Canada, 1996


The Chosen

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us.". How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it.

It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation.

It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before.

by Della M Cummings Wright; rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson;
edited and reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943
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Carol & Mel Hochstetler
Jacob Wenger
Thank-you for the info on him . . Carol
Added by Carol & Mel Hochstetler on Sep 18, 2016 3:59 PM
Karen Griswold Stroh
RE: Patricia Stump
Your welcome
Added by Karen Griswold Stroh on Sep 12, 2016 10:54 AM
Karen Griswold Stroh
RE: Patricia Stump
Your welcome
Added by Karen Griswold Stroh on Sep 12, 2016 10:43 AM
Delilah Hubbard
You are trying to make someone names Rosa Irene her father. This sounds more like a mother's name to me. Please recheck.
Added by Judyvv on Sep 10, 2016 4:55 PM
Pattie Ford
Thomas Pennington
Hi Linda

Just to let you know I corrected Thomas's father name in bio and got your correction on Capitola's obituary and have corrected that.

You know I am looking for Capitola's younger sister Sarah Alice "Sater" Kline. Lost her after 1920. and I know she died btw 1921- and 1940. Do you have any sites you would recommend?

Added by Pattie Ford on Sep 10, 2016 3:55 PM
RE: Ellen D Dennis 100502436
Please don't decline the request, just hold off, ask for the validation and then decline a week later if not received. I did not know you wanted proof because I do not enter the biography pages of the members simply to add facts. Declinations cannot be removed from my declination page and i hate it when people decline then accept later because the declination stays there glaring at me and making me no longer want to post. Or oten I see people decline and then input it as their own correction. I do have validation, but I would suggest you label your memorial pages to request proof through the memorial email. That would save alot of time. Many people do not desire my emails with the validation (believe it or not, they sometimes become terse if I send them validation emails)

As for Ellen D Gurney Dennis the first indication is the 1900 census on your webpage (which we know are notoriously wrong) but this one happens to be correct, also 1880 census gives middle initial as O,but 1860 census shows the following which appears more accurate.
Name:E Otillia Gurney Age:19 Birth Year:abt 1841 Gender:Female Birth Place:Michigan Home in 1860:Sherman, St Joseph, Michigan Post

SSN Records:Name:Ellen Otilla Dennis gender:Female Race:White Age:60 Birth Date:25 Mar 1841 Birth Place:Michigan Death Date:28 Feb 1902 Death Place:Nappanee, Elkhart, Indiana, USA Marital Status:Married Spouse: W H Dennis

Indiana deaths:Name:Ellen O. Dennis Date:
28 Feb 1902 Location:Nappanee Age:60 Yr
Gender:Female Race:White Source location:
County Health Office, County Health Office Goshen
Father: Walthan H Gurney Mother: Ellen Otille A Gurney "NOTICE THE MOTHERS MIDDLE NAME, which would bear validation through typical naming practices"

Her son Robert's SSN file lists his mother as Otilla Gurney

As for her relationship to nathan gurney, his daughter, seek out the 1870 and 1860 census records for validation. They both list ellen.

Personally, I received her relationship from a family genealogy provided me from my mother before she died. SO I guess that is all the proof I have. Since there is no gravestone picture, I would suggest that the "D" is actually a incorrect transcription of the tombstone or cemetery records. (which happens). :)

I hope this clears up the issue. I am glad you are checking accuracy. It is important! Just wish you wouldn't decline before giving me a chance to validate.

If you feel it is valid, please correct Ellen's middle name to Otilla and connect her with her parents. If you still don't agree, okay then. But either way thanks for allowing me to provide the validation information


Added by Anonymous on Sep 09, 2016 10:20 AM
Memorial #150915897
Extensive text & children list = Not added. However, will include your source, if someone really wants it for genealogy purposes, they know where to find it.
Added by Lin on Sep 07, 2016 11:41 AM
Terry Haun
Joseph G Haun
I just noticed that you have two memorials for the same person, one with a burial location, one without. They are Joseph G Haun (#123540513) buried in Michigan and Joseph G Haun (#123540624) without a memorial location. They, indeed, are the same person. Joseph Grant Haun was buried in Michigan and died Dec 17, 1945. Please delete the one without the memorial location. Thanks for recording all the memorials over the years. You have indeed been a great Find A Grave Volunteer.
Added by Terry Haun on Sep 04, 2016 12:21 PM
John III
Clifford Garver
Hi Linda. I am Clifford Garver's grandson. You have a very nice post for him in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in North Liberty, In, and I appreciate it. However, Grandpa was born in 1907, not 1903 as you have it listed. So sorry to pick nits. Thank you
Added by John III on Sep 01, 2016 8:39 PM
Brendan Lane
Agnes Christophel Shank
Would you please transfer her memorial to me? (75128462) She is my grandmother's grandmother. Thanks, much appreciated!

Added by Brendan Lane on Aug 31, 2016 11:16 AM
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