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Rich Vance (#47818065)
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I'm originally from Ripley in western New York state. My Vance, Maguire/McGuire, Wright, & Messenger ancestors were from McKean and Warren Counties, PA.    My Hopkins, Alday/Aldag, Drake, Gatchell/Getchell,
& Rater (spelled at least 6 different ways) ancestors were from Erie County, PA and Chautauqua County, NY.     I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1993 after a 22-year career and now reside in Las Vegas.

My Father: Harold Paul Vance
Step-Dad: Arthur James 'Jim' Tustin
Mom: Still alive & kickin' at 89 yrs. young
Grandpa: Lamont C 'Monty' Vance
Grandma: Genevieve Martha Getchell Vance
Grandpa: Lee Bloss Hopkins
Grandma: Iva Jane Alday Hopkins
Great-Grandma who made it to 100 years:
Nettie Belle Rater Alday

My Profile page in the Find-A-Grave Forums: Lost_Wages

I'm happy to transfer any memorials of people I'm not related to.
FIRST please read the FAQs here: Transfers
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial and then click
"Suggest any other correction or addition". This will generate an e-mail from Find A Grave with links to the memorial and your member page... less chance for errors this way.

I'm only human and I make mistakes (especially when my "Coffee Low-Level Warning Light" is blinking); so any Edits or additions are gladly welcomed. ^_^

For corrections/additional facts for a memorial,
see here: Corrections
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial. It's easy to make edits to Dates/Places, Family Links, Name, Plot/GPS location, and Marker Transcription. For Bio info or to notify me of a duplicate, you still need to click "Suggest any other correction or addition".
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RE: Re: George Beavis edit declined
That is too bad. I think it is wrong to strip someone of their rank after they have sacrificed to serve for us.
Added by S.R.F. on May 24, 2017 2:02 PM
RE: John Sheakley photos
Thanks for the hint! Usually I catch duplicates but I missed this one.
Added by SheWolf on May 07, 2017 5:44 PM
RE: Munson
It is good to hear from you again. I've not been doing much lately with the family trees. It's interesting that you have Munsons in your tree. My Great, Great Grandfather Lemuel Munson came from Hartford Conn and settled in Portland. He had my Great grandfather Reuben who also resided in Portland NY. My grandfather Arlington, settled in Dewittville Chautauqua county. I haven't found any that were in Northern PA.

It would have been very interesting if we could hav e been related.
Added by FoundU on May 07, 2017 8:53 AM
RE: Arthur Shelgren's Mom
No problem! I missed it to.
Added by SRGF on May 07, 2017 3:43 AM
Martin L Rankin
Thanks Rich
I will check Mt Washington Cemetery, to see if John W Shannon has a headstone.
Added by Martin L Rankin on May 04, 2017 6:11 AM
Mary Denzinger
RE: J. D. Semple photo request
You are very welcome! Glad I could be of help once again. If I can be of assistance please let me know.
Added by Mary Denzinger on May 04, 2017 12:40 AM
Martin L Rankin
Hi Rich, I see you have added the Shannon name to different cemeteries in Mercer County.
Where do you get your information from. To know which cemetery they are in? I live in Hermitage, Mercer County. I also see you have added different names to Mt Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Twp. I am about 2 miles from that Cemetery.
Added by Martin L Rankin on May 03, 2017 7:07 AM
Joel Scowden
Hi Rich - Thank you for your nice note and understanding of that date "situation" : ) You know how that goes, obviously : ) Also, thank you for your many years of service to our country and also thanks to your dad in heaven for his bravery and service in WWII.
Added by Calcat on Apr 19, 2017 12:51 AM
Melinda Trayer Nobles
RE: Sorenson Cemetery
Nice description on how to locate cemetery :)
Glad I could help.
Added by Melinda Trayer Nobles on Apr 18, 2017 10:53 AM
Ted K
Brian Scouten
Hi Rich, thanks for info. I deleted mine and put in edits for the other one.
Added by Ted K on Apr 17, 2017 3:11 PM
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