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Val Lovelace (#47525955)
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Bio Photo Daughter of Evelynn Grace Beebe Lovelace (Allen) (83822715, Hennessey, OK Cemetery) and Ralph Lovelace (6037350, FT Snelling National Cemetery, MN). My beautiful little sister is here: 84143742. I am very interested in genealogy of Lovelace, Neighbors, Watt (and associated Michigan families), and McCullough, Lynn, Gregory, and Beebe (and associated Oklahoma) families.

I am a veteran (U.S. Navy, Retired), as was my father. I pay respects to all whose markers I photograph, but I have to say there is a soft spot in my heart for those who served. I love finding veteran markers and trying to learn more about those individuals.

My current project is photographing old cemeteries in and around coastal Lincoln County, Maine. When I was researching my mother's family, I found it very helpful to have websites available where people had posted historical information and photos from a variety of sources, and that's how I feel about Find-a-Grave and doing this work.

Maine is a state rich in old history and there are a lot of avid family historians looking to websites like Find-a-Grave to piece together the fabric of who they are and where they have come from. I love walking these cemeteries, photographing and trying to read old stones, and finding bits of historical information, such as shipwrecks and such. I find it so interesting some of the things people have put on the stones of their loved ones.

One of the most poignant so far, from an old slate stone in Evergreen Cemetery, Wiscasset, Maine:

"Erected by parental affection to the memory of Mr. James Whittier, son of Capt. Ebenezer Whittier & Elizabeth his wife, who died April 17th, 1798, of a consumption on a passage to the West Indies, Aged 25. The disease which terminated his existence originated in the death of his fair and betrothed friend who lies interred near this monument. In life they loved, in death they are not divided." (Sadly, the other stone is no more, so I never discovered his "fair and betrothed friend.").

It means a lot for me to contribute to Find-a-Grave so people can learn about their families or conduct research.

I do my best to be as accurate as possible with the records and photographs, following the naming conventions and guidelines of Find-a-Grave. Please contact me if you have questions about the information I've posted. I'm happy to make corrections and additions on anything I've uploaded, and I'm happy to transfer your family members to you, however, PLEASE USE THE "EDIT" BUTTON and "SUGGEST A CORRECTION". I will gladly respond if reached via this method.

Thanks...and...Happy hunting!

Feel free to email me at chicahua1958[at]
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Joyce Gaddis
RE: Togus Nat Cem
Thanks Val. Sorry to bother you with all this. I had to cut my stay short today but I will be returning to Togus again Monday. The added time just gives me a chance to compile a longer list of photos to take.

Thank you for all you do.
Semper Fortis
Added by Joyce Gaddis on Aug 25, 2015 5:18 PM
Joyce Gaddis
Togus Nat Cem
Hi Val,

I am printing photo requests in preparation of my visit to Togus VA hospital tomorrow. There seems to be a discrepancy with William Allen.

Memorial #115911013 was created on 22 Aug 13 with the incorrect date of death. This memorial has a gravesite photo attached to it.

Memorial 116370595 was created 1 Sep 13 with the correct date of death and there is a photo request for this memorial.

Added by Joyce Gaddis on Aug 24, 2015 4:09 PM
Two James F.s
Thanks for that. Yes .. confusing; and I had #'s wrong also.
I posted the Togus record for the James F. actually buried Togus Cem.
James Franklin died at Togus, but was buried in Starks with his family.
There is a 3rd James F who served CW from ME, buried in Chalmette National.
Added by cw-sawyers on Aug 04, 2015 6:12 AM
James F Sawyer 120064301
This is likely typing error. (grave 3833 for grave 3822)
The James F Sawyer who died at the Togus Home in June 1891 is buried here --
Find A Grave 118728886 --
The Home record for this James F does not list a burial in the Home cemetery.
His nearest kin was "B A Sawyer, Stark, ME" [younger brother Benjamin].
His widow [Carrie] was living in Chicago.
His other widow [Addie F] was living in MA.

The James F Sawyer in Togus grave 3822 was b. 1840 in Troy, ME and d. 1921.
Togus grave 3822 -- Find A Grave 116373301
Added by cw-sawyers on Jul 19, 2015 4:15 PM
RE: 36411794 and others...
Thank you for the kind words! You take the pictures, and I'm happy connecting families and adding what I can from 35+ years of researching.
Added by MLPBailey on Jul 18, 2015 8:31 PM
Scott Dean
RE: 115911089 Photo
7 months late in reply shows how I have neglected things, Val. Yes I would appreciate you transferring my Uncle Bob Anderson to me. Since I work and have a lot of duties in the Masonic community I am lax on this site. However, a direct email to me will get me to search for someone. Thanks, Scott Dean
Added by Scott Dean on Jul 18, 2015 11:23 AM
RE: 120064588 Bio
You are welcome. I like when our Civil War vets that died in the various National Hospitals decades later away from their homes have something more than just their names listed :-)
Added by FrancisMattesonLine on Jul 17, 2015 12:10 AM
Old Soul
RE: McDougall 109766195 and Stirling
Thank you very much, it's greatly appreciated!
Added by Old Soul on Jul 06, 2015 9:11 PM
Lynne Herbert 💔
RE: Thank You
Hi Val 🇺🇸

Thank you so much for your sweet message. Loved the things you told me. I worked at MCRD, married a Marine, Vietnam Veteran. My favorite work placement was at North Island NAS. In those days the Coronado bridge was not there. I got to ride the ferry twice a day in my little VW. So great! My brother is a Navy Veteran. Served on the carrier Hancock during Vietnam. Has injuries from loading bombs on the jets, and others due to the flight deck. He retired last year after his civilian career, with the Navy, at 32nd street. He was in charge of supplying all of the ships/ carriers before they deployed. He loved it. As I'm sure you would say, and your Dad as well.......all of the men in my family would serve all over again if they could. My Dad said it all of the time, and even two days before he passed away. Our home was always open to military personnel, they were away from home. We had the greatest holidays, Sunday's, and anytime. Lots of good food, fun, and fellowship. We still hear from many of them. I'm sorry for rambling. When I talk about our military, and San Diego, I don't know when to stop talking. I still can't believe that NTC is no longer what it should be. So shameful. Thank you again for your service 🇺🇸
Added by Lynne Herbert 💔 on Jul 01, 2015 11:18 AM
Lynne Herbert 💔
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Good Morning Val 🇺🇸

Thank you so much for your service to our country, and for your precious Dad's service to our country. I left tokens of love for your Dad, Mom, and sister. Bless their hearts. The military is my heart as well. All of the men in my family served in all branches of our great military, dating back to WWI, and Civil War. I am from the greatest military city, San Diego, and worked on two of the bases. Thank you again for your dedicated service, and sacrifices, as well as your Dad. God bless and be with you and your family 🇺🇸
Added by Lynne Herbert 💔 on Jul 01, 2015 10:35 AM
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