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I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and I have lived here all of my life. On October 12, 2015, I accepted management of several thousand memorials in Shaul Cemetery here in Ottumwa. I am updating the information in these memorials as time permits, using information available both on the internet and in our local resources here in Wapello County. |
If you have any information you would like to have entered into these memorials, let me know either through the findagrave edit system, or through my e-mail. If you are a findagrave member and have not provided a way to get in touch with you to discuss a discrepancy I might have with your edit suggestion, please understand if I don't feel I can accept it. I will provide the best explanation I can in the space provided if this happens.
If you are not a findagrave member, and you have questions about or information on any of the memorials that are for your family members, feel free to let me know. If you contact me by e-mail, please include a link to the memorial you are writing about.
Also, please keep in mind that a person's last known address on their Social Security Death Record may not be where they died. Many people who lived in Ottumwa died in Des Moines, Iowa City, or VA Hospitals around the state. Also, many of them went to stay with their children in another state during their last illness and died there. I will research the places of death when I receive edit notices to verify what is correct, as I know everyone wants accurate information.
For those who might still be reading this, I would like to mention another helpful hint: If you believe that someone died between census years because a husband or wife stated that they were a widow or widower on the next census, that does not necessarily mean that was the case. I have found that years ago, many divorced people gave their marital status as widow or widower rather than state they were divorced. I have spent hours looking for people who allegedly died and found that they actually had remarried and still lived here or had moved away. I imagine at the time it was easier just to tell the census taker that their spouse had died, as it probably didnít seem like it really mattered. Who would have dreamed that 100 years later, there would be such a thing as an internet where their records would be available for all to see, and descendants would be frantically searching for a spouse's grave because they claimed they had died when they hadn't!
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Thank you for the information and for all that you have done.
|Sandra Burtness||Opal Ruby Major & Hale Major|
Thanks for the great photo. Such a nice stone.
Thank you for getting a picture of Uncle Chris's stone.
Added by MarkC on Jun 17, 2016 4:38 AM
|Dan Walker||James McDonald edit|
I've completed the edits requested from you for linking James McDonald to his parents. Thanks for the heads-up.
former Ottumwa resident
I deleted my memorial and you don't need to transfer yours. Will just use your information as my Grandmother Nancy Ruby Ingle. Thanks Karen
Added by zoey on Jun 15, 2016 4:37 PM
|"IRISH EYES ARE SMILING"||George Albert Payne|
No I am not related.
|Melissia Mason||Great work!|
I'm researching families for a friend of mine and came across your listings for the Ploschentz family (his 2-greats grandparents). I just wanted to say thank you for your work on this... not just calculating dates from the headstones but also taking the time to cross-reference, look for obits, etc. You are appreciated!!!
|Kathryn Maxwell||Clara Smith 1847|
Correction, This Clara Smith was not my mother-in-law's cousin.
|Kathryn Maxwell||Clara Smith|
Clara was a cousin to my mother-in-law. Thanks.
|Rainbow||RE: Anna Reese|
Thank you very much.
Added by Rainbow on May 31, 2016 4:12 PM
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