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Del Groves (#47084264)
 member for 8 years, 1 month, 26 days
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Bio Photo Research of my families encompasses a wide-ranging list of surnames and locales. My primary focus is (paternal) Fortney, Groves, Knapp, & Summers and (maternal) Armstrong, Boylen & Fawley all of whom eventually ended-up in West Virginia including those who migrated early-on from Maryland, Pennsylvania & (old) Virginia.

The majority of memorials I have created are of my relatives. However, I have created some memorials for unrelated folks whose headstones I just happened to photograph while visiting a particular cemetery. If I have created a memorial that you'd like transferred to you, please send a note via normal channels under the 'Edit' tab of the memorial with a comment stating your relationship to that person.

Headstone Photos: permission is hereby given to relatives to use my headstone photos for their personal use. You can right click on a photo and select to Save to your computer.

If you are or think you are related to me, please contact me by email and/or visit my website.
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Messages left for Del Groves (270)[Leave Message]
Vickie BYRUM Schley
RE: James Nathaniel Summers
Hi, is your memorial, Nathaniel Summers, James N. Summers father? If yes, is his mother Sarah ROGERS Summers buried in the same cemetery as her husband? Is Lula Summers, James wife, buried in the Lucerne cemetery?
Added by Vickie BYRUM Schley on Feb 24, 2017 5:46 PM
Judy Grubb
RE: Opal Leona Atkinson Casteel #145785731
Del, Thank you for the info. Opal was my 5th cousin. I don't have very much info on her or her family. If you are willing to share I will gladly add that to her site or whatever info you are willing to share. She comes from the Ferguson-Barnard lines of my family. Am so happy to have her burial place confirmed. Thank you again.

Added by Judy Grubb on Nov 01, 2016 4:57 PM
Betty L. Bitner
Eva Margaretha Wuest Bittner
Dear Del,
I am so grateful for the information you emailed me about my 4th great-grandmother Eva Margaretha Wuest Bittner. I have credited you in the bio of my 4th Great-Grandmother. When I opened the hyperlinks you provided, I learned that Moden Creek later became Muddy Creek Fork. I also learned when York County was formed from a part of Lancaster County August, 1749.
Thanks so much,
Betty L. Bitner
Added by Betty L. Bitner on Oct 27, 2016 1:24 PM
Michelle Fortney Woodall
RE: re: Kenneth Thayer Fortney
Hello, my name is Michelle L. (Fortney) Woodall. Daughter of Ralph Wilson Fortney and Chiqueta Juanita (Albright/Fortney) Hayes. Yes my father was son to Gay Willis Fortney and Kathleen Virginia Downs Fortney. By my family stories, yes Kathleen was married to the two brothers Gay and Kenneth. I do not believe that Kenneth had any children. By my records Gay and Kathleen had 7 (Mary, Willard, Ellen, Ralph, Janet, Florence and Gerald) children. The only ones living are Florence Lorraine Fortney ( I believe she never had children and lives somewhere in the Preston county, WV area) and Gerald T. Fortney (I believe he was married and recently lost his wife and he was living in Texas near Abilene). I do not know if this will help you in your searches. I am not on Find A Grave very often these days, but please feel free to respond with any stories or questions and I will get back with you when I log on. Thank you for your searching... Michelle
Added by Michelle Fortney Woodall on Sep 25, 2016 8:52 AM
Judi and Marie
RE: Memorial# 102193520 Lucinda Ann Pyles Fortney
My sister Marie and I are also descendants of the Fortney, Our grandmother was a Fortney.
Do you have the Fortineux-Fortinet Family (Fortney, Fortn, Fordney, Furtney) In America

Thank you for your work and I will go to your Web site.
Judi of Judi and Marie
Added by Judi and Marie on Sep 20, 2016 7:30 PM
Judi and Marie
Memorial# 102193520 Lucinda Ann Pyles Fortney
First and Foremost, Del, Thank you for all your work and dedication to Find A Grave, you have helped put so many peoples families together. Thank You
There is a gravestone on her memorial and it shows the dates as 1852-1931, do you have some other documentation for her birth date as 1855.

Again Thank You
Judi and Marie
Added by Judi and Marie on Sep 20, 2016 11:32 AM
Linda Hughes Hiser
RE: Hallie D Frum Summers
I deleted my record.
Added by Linda Hughes Hiser on Sep 19, 2016 4:04 AM
Terry Magyar
Catharine AULT Phillips,
Good catch, regarding her three memorials.I suspect the senior memorial, with the photo, was simply posted to the wrong cemetery.

I contacted the manager of the senior memorial and recommended he transfer it to the Bethal Cemetery, in Key, OH.
Added by Terry Magyar on Sep 18, 2016 7:16 PM
pamela hernandez
Memorial #96228540
Hello was wondering how you were related to Ella Mae Butcher Morgan and Kenneth J. Morgan....Ella Mae was my grandmother's sister...Ella Mae was the middle girl of 3 girls and an older boy...their parents were David R. Butcher and Mahalia Elliott (have a photo of them) Also have a baby pict of Donald D. Morgan her son. Would be interested in sharing info with you to add to the memorials if you would like. I have all my grandmothers info and her husband and family plus like i said i have picture of David R and Mahalia Elliott Butcher and will share it also...Could be a wedding photo not sure of that though just my thoughts...thank you you can email me at and i can up load a gedcom file or word doc. thanks Pamela
Added by pamela hernandez on Sep 12, 2016 7:47 PM
Patty Jo Strahin Markley
Sorry Del,I have no other info.
Added by Patty Jo Strahin Markley on Sep 12, 2016 7:49 AM
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