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djtruitt (#47746502)
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Bio Photo I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and I have lived here all my life. Pictured here is my cat and findagrave assistant, Dolley Madison, sitting in my childhood dolly high chair, and listening intently to me talk about findagrave. On October 12, 2015, Dolley and I accepted management of several thousand memorials in Shaul Cemetery here in Ottumwa. I would like to thank my findagrave friend cemgems, who originally created these memorials. Cemgems spent several months entering Shaul Cemeteryís database into findgrave and also made two cross-country trips to photograph gravestones in Shaul, in an effort to help others find their family membersí graves.

I am updating these memorials as time permits, using information available both on the internet and in our local resources here in Wapello County. I would also like to thank my friend Bill Haseltine who has researched and helped me update several hundred memorials since January 2016.

If you are a findagrave member, and you have edit suggestions, please send them through the regular findagrave edit system. If you 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, 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 guessed 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 that had not passed on yet!
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Nancy Patterson
Minnie V. Doser

I believe Minnie's mother's name is Hattie M. Brooks. has Eugene W., Emma B. and Minnie V. Drake as their mothers name Hattie M. Drake with the father listed as George W. Drake. George's second wife was Mary E. Drake if you look on the 1900 Census George and Mary were only married 4 years then. Mary E. was not their mother.

Nancy Mills Patterson

By the way my parents are from Bloomfield and Hedrick, I was born in Ottumwa. I have family still there.
Added by Nancy Patterson on Oct 13, 2016 5:47 PM
Nancy Patterson
John A. Doser
John's middle name is Abner. He was my father's great uncle.

Nancy Mills Patterson
Added by Nancy Patterson on Oct 12, 2016 12:02 PM
Wanda L
Harvey F Shull
Hello djtruitt

Thank you for the photo and all your hard work on Find A Grave

Added by Wanda L on Oct 11, 2016 7:20 PM
Sandra Trent
RE: Cora Blount
I'm sorry. Your right. I've been kinda scatterbrained doing geneology research. Thanks for telling me.
Added by Sandra Trent on Oct 08, 2016 11:07 PM
John Charlton

Thank you for replying in French, but there was no need as I'm English. The St Mihiel Cemetery is only a ten minute drive from our daughter's house, so whenever we go to see her we always pay a visit, it's a beautiful cemetery and extremely well cared for. This time when we visited we actually took notice of the photo requests and took 46 headstones in all. I shall continue to do this every time we visit.
Added by John Charlton on Oct 08, 2016 2:33 AM
Sandra Burtness
Aubrey Gravestone
Thanks for the photo of the Aubrey's grave at Shaul Cemetery.
Added by Sandra Burtness on Oct 06, 2016 2:40 PM
Leslie Moots
Ida Mason
thanks for the photo
Added by Leslie Moots on Oct 06, 2016 5:39 AM
Lawrence Brown photo
Many thanks for adding the photo to Lawrence Brown's memorial. Much appreciated.
Added by NHagen on Oct 06, 2016 12:04 AM
Harold L. Dodge
Hello again,

Thank you for taking the time to take a photo of Harold Dodge's headstone and posting it. It is much appreciated. You are a great asset to

Added by M M on Sep 25, 2016 8:38 AM
Lemonds, Orman
Thank U so much for taking your time to take and post the picture of Orman's stone, it helps so much.
Thanks for your work in Find A Grave, its fabulous.

Added by Nancy on Sep 23, 2016 8:29 AM
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