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Ancestral Sleuth (#48171177)
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Bio Photo Updated: September 2015

Chief Petty Officer, US Navy, retired.

Enjoying the fruits of my labors - children and grand children - to the best of my abilities.

Recently purchased an RV and traveling around North America.

If you have a problem with something I posted, please email me or click on suggest a correction instead of posting it on my contributor page. I will address the issue as quick as I possibly can.

The purpose in life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead. ~ Benjamin Franklin

To Err Is Human, To Correct Divine. If you come across any errors or have additions to the memorials I maintain, please let me know. I strive to provide accurate information and will be happy to make any changes necessary.

So many questions, yet, so few left to ask.


The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. ~ Herbert Spencer

Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. ~ Unknown

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. ~ Anonymous

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." ~ Author Unknown

"Lest they be forgotten."

"May they live forever."

"When an old person dies, a library burns..." African proverb


Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely, in a well-preserved body. Rather to slide in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming.."WOW, that was a Great Ride!"
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RE: PVT William Williams #18416007
Sorry for my previous abrupt message, but what is the argument/reasoning for the earlier memorial in a different cemetery? You can't just have the Front Royal memorial deleted because it at least constitutes a cenotaph. Does the earlier cemetery still exist, or was it built over by construction? If he was/is really buried in the other cemetery, why is his marker in Prospect Hill/Front Royal?
Added by AlPol on Nov 28, 2015 8:05 PM
RE: PVT William Williams #18416007
The memorial #9728271 is indeed earlier, but it seems to be based on fantasy -- it is not where he is buried, and that makes all the difference in ... Find A Grave. The memorial #9728271 contributes nothing and should be deleted.
Added by AlPol on Nov 28, 2015 7:09 PM
James E Heidlebaugh
Adah Agnes Wyatt
Adah is how her first name is listed on her death rerods in California. As for Margaret Harmon Anthony 5260793 I don't know. Someone linked George Harmon Beckham to her but their mother was Margaret L Harmon, not Margaret C Harmon. So I don't know. Our Margaret was born in Apr 1867 Her father was Jacob Isaac Harmon and her mother was Mary Burges. I have no record of her marrying an Anthony although William Caswell Beckham Had a child by his second wife Florida in 1910 so his first wife was gone then.
Added by James E Heidlebaugh on Nov 15, 2015 10:14 PM
Sperry photo rqst for Roselawn Cemetery
the backside of the Sperry monument shows Williams and Lorenzi. You can see the back and side pictures on Memorial# 78754262.

Is this applicable for your Sperry graves? Should I post the picture, or simply note a reference to Memorial# 78754262 ?

Added by kandota on Nov 15, 2015 6:36 PM
E. Nicoll
RE: Brookville Cemetery
I do live near it and plan to go back for other requests. I should get the email requests from find a grave if you put more it so I can add them to my list.
Sorry it took so long but I have just found a copy of where the individual graves are.
Glad I was able to help you.
Added by E. Nicoll on Nov 15, 2015 3:00 PM
Robert Huffman
Adam Washington Ballenger
You have his daughter as Minne Ballenger. This is incorrect. His daughter was Mamie Ballenger. She married a Poole. Mamie Ballenger Poole and is buried in Campobello S.C. At first Baptist church. Could you make the change please. THanks and have a great day.
Robert Huffman.

Adam Ballenger is my Great Great Grandfather.
Added by Robert Huffman on Nov 12, 2015 2:20 PM
William Dickey Memorial
I am a Dickey descendant and was wondering if you or your wife was the relative of the Dickey line. William Dickey's revolutionary war service was put into question back in the 1980s and any new submittals either in the DAR or SAR haven't been accepted since. The DAR changed their acceptance criteria and with the new measures the Virginia service didn't pass their requirements for new member acceptacnce. Two years ago I submitted a 'corrections request' with DAR. I spoke with them in advance and they said with the new proofs I have gathered that the hold should be removed once the 'corrections request' is reviewed. Unfortunately, for the 'corrections request' to be reviewed, it requires an active DAR member submittal request for William Dickey. SAR is subservient to DAR so until DAR corrects the file I am unable to submit. I am hoping that you might have a female over 18 in your family that would submit for William Dickey. It is a long shot, I know but thought I would ask. Btw, William Dickey's service record was actually from South Carolina. All that remains of his military records are a few scraps of paper that refer to him getting his military back pay in 1784. If you wish more info, my email address is
Added by CJ on Nov 09, 2015 1:21 PM
RE: Ruth Amelia Conrad Zimmerman Schull
Your welcome, had trouble finding it until I checked and seen her first husbands name was Zimmerman.
Added by WHB45 on Nov 08, 2015 6:16 PM
Daniel John Weller
I am sorry, but mine is not the duplicate. You moved yours to the cemetery after mine was made and I have the google cache page showing you had him in Crown Hill. As mine was placed in the correct cemetery first, please delete your duplicate. Thanks!
Added by Diana on Nov 08, 2015 5:50 PM
JT Griffith
Hello - I saw the flowers you left for Jonthan T Griffith, as your 4x great grandfather. He is also my 4x great grandfather - Hello cousin!

Saw that you're full timing RV -- we're probably going to do this within the next year or so.

If you're ever in No. California, PLEASE get in touch!

We're a Navy & Army family too. One neice is still in the Navy!

- Paulette
Added by bestweb on Oct 29, 2015 10:02 PM
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