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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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Geniereese
Charles Clem Hunt
Thanks so much for the better pic of the gravestone!!! Please leave it.
Added by Geniereese on May 16, 2017 5:03 PM
Annie Dearing
RE: Skinner Forbes Families
Oh okay thanks
Added by Annie Dearing on May 14, 2017 11:24 AM
Annie Dearing
Skinner Forbes Families
Hello djtruitt,

I am wondering if you're related to the above families? I am looking for family to both my husband and I.
Thanks, Ann
Added by Annie Dearing on May 13, 2017 12:26 PM
Phyl Desy
George and Irene
Thank you for the surprise of transferring George W and Irene Grissom Allen memorials to me. They are my 3x great grandparents. My mother, daughter, and I all have a DNA connection to both of them via ancestry DNA matches.
Added by Phyl Desy on May 13, 2017 11:35 AM
Taegu99
Paul Keith Allen
Thank you very much for the photo of his headstone. Thank you for being a photo volunteer.
Added by Taegu99 on Apr 24, 2017 9:55 PM
Alice
Paul Kliegle
Thank you so much for the great photo and information. I truly appreciated being able to fill in another blank in the family history.

Alice
Added by Alice on Apr 18, 2017 4:22 PM
Jennifer Salstrand
Charles West headstone
Thank you so much for getting this photo for me. I appreciate all of your help. It's especially nice when you take time out of your day to help others
Added by Jennifer Salstrand on Apr 15, 2017 10:06 PM
PassingTime
Sarah Williams
I just checked it out. The photo is on the wrong memorial ... I have contacted the contributor who placed the photo and ask her to move it to the other "Sarah Williams." Thank you!
Added by PassingTime on Apr 04, 2017 7:38 PM
Michele
Thank you
Thank you for all your hours of work putting into running and updating all the information out there.
Michele
Added by Michele on Apr 04, 2017 12:42 PM
"IRISH EYES ARE SMILING"
Eliza Jane Stillwell
My guess is that if there is a stone; it is probably in the -0- section.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Mar 21, 2017 2:23 PM
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