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Bobs your Uncle (#47427192)
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Bio Photo Just trying to track down my roots and help others on my journey.

I am a volunteer at the Historic Sacramento City Cemetery, and spend most of my time photographing it and the Masonic Lawn and Odd Fellows Lawn Cemeteries which are next door. The volunteers at the City Cemetery are in the process of entering all the cemetery records from various books into one searchable database. They are just starting out with the lot deeds and sales, and will move on to the burial locations as well as histories and photographs of the more notable residents. There were over 30,000 burials at the cemetery. The Cemetery used to have 50 acres, including the property where the Masonic Lawn and Odd Fellows Lawn now sits. So many of the burials were originally part of the City Cemetery are now apart of the other two. Also to add to the confusion, there are a few smaller cemeteries that reside within the City Cemetery. One of them being the Firemen's lot, which the Fire Dept. still maintains. Also during the great floods, the New Helvetia Cemetery was damaged from flood waters and many coffins floated up and away. The entire cemetery was relocated within the City Cemetery and some of the relocated people could not be identified. There were also mass burials from the Cholera epidemic. The project underway is a tremendous effort to organize the piles of old records and deeds. Please be patient if the volunteers can't give you much information on a person right away. It is not a simple thing to just pick up a book and find the name, there are many, many volumes of books spanning back over a century. And some are not in order by name.
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Josiah Ballinger
Sorry, that is Isle of Wight.
Added by Ginny on Nov 29, 2015 9:35 AM
Josiah Ballinger
Maragaret, I am so appreciative of you information on the Ballinger family. I have the book 'Three Centuries of Ballingers in America' with a page of updates. I only recently looked at the update information. The book clearly shows Josiah Ballinger married to Mary (Wright) Ballinger and does not show any mention of the name Bowater. (As you have stated many times.) The book indicates that Mary Wright was the daughter of James and Mary (Davis) Wright. Here is the interesting part, and you may already know this, the update page shows the ancestors of Mary (Davis) Wright to be Jamestown settlers. And not just any settlers. Mary (Davis) Wright's Great-grandfather was Capt. James Davis. It refers the reader to the book 'Isle of Wright, Va' by John Bennett Boddie. Are you familiar with this information? If so will you share (or vise versa.) This is so unbelievable I am having trouble believing it is accurate. Any information you may have would be appreciated.
Again, thank you for your previous posts and all the work you have and are doing.
Added by Ginny on Nov 29, 2015 9:32 AM
Brenda Headley Brown
Mary Davis? Bowater?
Is Mary Davis and Mary Bowater the same person?
Added by Brenda Headley Brown on Oct 14, 2015 11:29 AM
Donna Mann
RE: George Ehrhardt
Margaret, My apologies for not responding sooner. I only just saw your message today. My Great Grandfather's name was George Ehrhardt. I understand from a family bible that his father's name was Jacob and mother's name was Anna. Jacob did not come to the US, but George (who was born in Bauer Russia) did. George settled in Ramona, Marion County, Kansas with his wife Eva Elizabeth Langhoffer where they had Samuel, Solomon, Jacob, Isaac, Daniel and Phoebe.
In my investigations, I have discovered that another "shirt-tail" relation also lived in the area. I believe these relations are the ones you speak of. It just so happens that as my side of the family moved to LODI I'm the 1920s...this other tail of the shirt moved to Sacramento. My father is Ed Ehrhardt (who was a police officer and photographer in Lodi for many years). If he knew you were related...he most likely sent you a Christmas card. So if you have one of those photos...I'm the little girl in those pictures. My dad was #2 son of Sam and Lizzie (Hanschu) Ehrhardt. There was also Ezra (whose oldest daughter's name was Virginia Gayle); then dad, then Herb (whose wife's name was Virginia), then Pearl (the first 4 born in Kansas), then Benjamin and last Richard.
Now the Sacramento Ehrhardt's that I met ALSO had a Ben Ehrhardt only he was a lot shorter than our family. Most of our family is 6 ft or taller. This gentleman (one of the second or third cousins as dad referred to him) was like 5'6" or 7". In my investigations I have connected with some of his grandchildren who now live in Washington only a few miles north of me in Oregon. I'm hoping we can get together soon. I will need to look up their information for you so that perhaps you can compare details. I'm sure you are very likely cousins.

I do have a Frederich in my background from Russia...but alas...his last name was Hanschu, who sponsored my grandmother's trip to America. I was not aware of an Ehrhardt.

I will try to stay in touch.

Donna Ehrhardt Mann
Added by Donna Mann on Aug 17, 2015 6:11 PM
Sandra Wincek
James and Mary (Bowater) Wright
Yes, I understand why you created a duplicate memorial for Josiah Ballinger. There is a lot of bad information out there, and it is not helped along by family history books that are full enough of errors.
However, you might want to take another look at the Bowater "theory." There was some excellent research done on Quaker marriage certificates; and it makes a very strong case for Mary Wright's maiden name. It is too long to explain here, so I am including a link to the web page for Mary Bowater Wright, on my family tree at The details of where this study was published is listed there. I ordered the pages via an ILL, and I think that the author is correct. Here is the link:
Even if you decide not to change anything on findagrave, it might be worth including this in your family tree.
Sandy Wincek, 7th-g-granddaughter of James and Mary Wright
Added by Sandra Wincek on May 12, 2015 7:18 PM
The Ballinger Family
My Grandmother's maiden name was Ballinger and I have been working on the family tree (on and off) for several years now. I want to thank you for the corrections you have made to some of the memorials on find a grave, it has help me keep the information straight and accurate.
Thank you,
Added by Ginny on Apr 18, 2015 3:19 PM
Larry & Helen in Ok.
Mary Wright
Hello. I was reading your flower and I did comment to Tonya letting her know that I have a Mary Bowater (Davis) Wright 1689-1764, my 7th Great Grandmother.
Larry L Wright. ps, Have a Merry Christmas
Added by Larry & Helen in Ok. on Dec 22, 2014 8:24 PM
PJH / Angelbird
RE: Gen Alfred Redington
Hi Margaret - All in all, it sounds like the best thing is to leave as is. You have added a ton of info and photos that I'd hate to see lost. From my viewpoint, a Find A Grave duplicate isn't the worst thing in the world. Gen Redington probably wished at times there were two of him. :o) Your decision. Have a good holiday. Regards, Phyllis
Added by PJH / Angelbird on Dec 09, 2014 8:36 PM
Amanda Cuffle
I have a question to ask...
Its regarding the Linda Anne Castro grave that you added, I'm hoping you can help me, if you can or might be able to answer it, i"m trying to find out if this is my grandma, please send me a message.
Added by Amanda Cuffle on Nov 15, 2014 1:47 PM
Chester Clark
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate the transfer : )
Added by Calcat on Nov 07, 2014 1:13 PM
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