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Karin Rice (#46942100)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family history for many years and have visited many cemeteries. My children grew up thinking that a natural part of vacation was visiting a cemetery and reading all the tombstones. The information I have entered in Find A Grave so far has been family, some very distant, but related somewhere down the line. If anyone would like to update an entry that I made, please let me know and I will make changes.



We are the chosen. My feelings are, in each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors.

To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before.

We are the Story Tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as if it were in our genes.

Those who have gone before cry out to us. " Tell our story. " So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.

It goes to respecting their hardships, their losses and building a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.

It goes to a deep and immense never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on understanding that they were doing it for us.

That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.

With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.

That is why I do my family genealogy and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

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Cathy Case Muntz
Lora Lynn Graves
Thanks for adding the obituary for Lora Lynn Graves. I am not a family member, but I feel obituaries are gems of information that future generations will enjoy reading about their loved ones.
Added by Cathy Case Muntz on Mar 27, 2017 8:35 AM
Ben Tilford Calvert
RE: Thank You
You are very welcome. Ben
Added by Ben Tilford Calvert on Jun 18, 2016 7:06 AM
Shirley Hoard
Powell stone transfers
Hi Karin. There is one other grave in the Steckley that the Sandusky, Michigan library has posted as Powell?? It is said to be the Powell house keeper but has no marker. I didn't transfer it in case you didn't want it. Let me know if you want her.
Added by Shirley Hoard on May 23, 2016 2:03 PM
Shirley Hoard
Powell family in Steckley cemetery
These are not in my family so if you would like them transferred to you please feel free to let me know. First names Henry A., Iona P., Elmer A., Herschell C., and Ila.
Added by Shirley Hoard on May 22, 2016 5:50 PM
Paul Johnson
Elijah Spratt Descendant
Hello Karin,

Elijah is my 4thG Grandfather on my Fathers maternal side.

I've been linking the Spratts buried mainly in Platte County, MO that are in my line. It appears as if at least two or three VA Spratt's moved to this region.

I wanted to say hello and I appreciate this "cousin" area. This is the first I've seen of this. So hopefully, after the Admin's approve all of my edits we'll see a few more cousins show up.

Let me know if I can help with anything.

Paul Johnson
Chandler, AZ
Added by Paul Johnson on May 19, 2016 4:11 PM
Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson
RE: Thomas Hays & Rebecca Padgett
Karin I totally agree. I am doing research into my Thomas Hays and Rebecca Padgett. I am hoping to prove or disprove it one way or the other. I will be back with you if I find any smoking guns lol. But I apologize for assuming mine was the correct one.If my Thomas turns out to be the wrong Thomas I shall be the first to admit it. I just want us all to have the correct parents and wife and all for our ancestors ;) you can email me at if you like.
Added by Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson on Mar 23, 2016 6:40 AM
Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson
RE: Thomas Hays & Rebecca Padgett
Thanks Karen. I just that we both have the same marriage. ;)
Added by Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson on Mar 20, 2016 4:34 PM
Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson
RE: Thomas Hays & Rebecca Padgett
He isnt buried in two different places. If you would like I can email you all the proof you need.
This is my ancestor Thomas Hays and his wife Rebecca Padgett:

Name Thomas Hayes
Gender Male
Marriage Date 9 Sep 1784
Spouse Rebecca Padget
Spouse Gender Male
County Prince George's County

The Rebecca Padgett above born abt 1760 Prince Georges County, MD was the daughter of John Padgett and Elizabeth Ward. Elizabeth Padgett died 1778 in Prince George's County Maryland. and her son Hezekiah named Rebecca Padgett as one of her children in Elizabeth's probate records there that you may find on
This is why my Thomas Hayes & Rebecca Padgett Hayes name their son John Ward Hays. Who is buried with his father Thomas Hays in Logan County OH.Also Rebecca had a brother named William Ward Padgett.

Thomas Hays & Rebecca Padgett Hays moved from Maryland to Logan County Ohio Where Thomas died.
Thomas left a Will in Logan County, Ohio 1832.
Furthermore Jeremiah Hays in Montgomery Co MD left a will naming Thomas Hays as his son.
Do have wills on your Thomas??

You should go here where the citations for all the source we have are:

Added by Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson on Mar 20, 2016 2:57 PM
Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson
Thomas Hays & Rebecca Padgett
Hi the memorial you have on Thomas Hays who married Rebecca Padgett is incorrect. Thomas Hayes died in Logan County, Ohio 1832 has a find a grave memorial and even a headstone. I have his probate from Logan Co Ohio. Find A Grave Memorial# 14544512
Added by Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson on Mar 20, 2016 6:58 AM
RE: John Edward Tice
You are so welcome. I'm just glad it was a legible headstone. Many in this cemetery were not. This cemetery is near a friends home, so I stopped on my way to visit.
Added by Deej on Nov 15, 2015 8:17 AM
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