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John Whalen (#46511699)
 member for 15 years, 25 days
Alycia K
RE: Robert Terril Grave Photos
Why thank you! I also got photos of Mortimer and Ellen's stones.

Added by Alycia K on Jun 29, 2014 9:14 AM

RE: Find A Grave Correction: Robert Terrill
Glad to do it. It may mean something to someone one day.


Added by Saratoga on Jun 24, 2014 4:48 PM

RE: Find A Grave Correction: Robert Terrill
The information came from the library at Yale for the obituary records of graduates for 1927. See the following;


Added by Saratoga on Jun 24, 2014 4:10 AM

Doc Wilson
RE: Find A Grave Correction: Richard Storrs
Regarding Richard Storr's death date: There are many, many soldiers buried at in Saint Mihiel and the other American cemeteries abroad, as well as Arlington National Cemetery, whose d.o.d.'s are listed from November 12 well into 1919. They died of wounds or disease, mostly influenza or pneumonia -- we3 tend to think of the "Spanish" flu pandemic as being a 1918 phenomenon, but there was a recurrence in 1919 as well.

Added by Doc Wilson on Apr 21, 2014 9:26 AM

Doc Wilson
RE: Find A Grave Correction: Richard Storrs
I am as certain as certain can be that he is buried in the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery in France (source: the American Battle Monuments Commission website,; click on the 'Search ABMC Databases: World War I' link). I am also certain that the other two entries are memorials, cenotaphs -- one (Find A Grave #6833567; your entry) has the words "In Memory Of," which rarely if ever appears on a marker when the person is actually buried under it, as well as "Buried in France"; the other (Find A Grave #11177631) just says "Buried in France." Why he should have two memorial markers stateside, I have no idea. It's obvious why there should be one in the same cemetery as his parents are buried, but I wonder if the other one is part of a larger plot with other military markers for local men?

Anyway, taken all together I think it's pretty clear he was buried in France and he has two monuments stateside.

Added by Doc Wilson on Apr 19, 2014 4:05 PM

RE: Find A Grave Correction: Robert Terrill
My pleasure John. I have had similar problems and know what you went through. It doesn't happen too often, but when it does it's a mess. I've had my share of duplicates. You think you remember to look for dupes before creating a memorial, but sometimes I think I did, but really didn't.


Added by Saratoga on Apr 11, 2014 5:48 PM

Ronald E. F. Hoskins
RE: Sponsorship of Memorial
Hello, John...
I just found your note to me.
I very much appreciate it.
Ronald Hoskins

Added by Ronald E. F. Hoskins on Apr 06, 2014 10:24 AM

Doc Wilson
RE: Find A Grave Correction: Richard Storrs
I understand your position re: sourcing. I am working almost exclusively with updating info on WWI soldiers. When I send a request for an update, you can be assured I have checked it, first against government documents like draft card registrations, census records, and data from the American Battle Monuments Commission, then only secondarily against family trees posted on If everything lines up, then I make the request. If there's something that doesn't, then I don't. (My PhD is in Theatre, not History, but my dissertation director was rigorous in attention to detail in documentation. I try never to make assumptions in posting info on F.A.G.)

Added by Doc Wilson on Mar 03, 2014 4:16 PM

Billie Jasper
Work and Transfers
Thank you so much for the work you have done and your willingness to transfer to relatives. Billie

Added by Billie Jasper on Feb 05, 2014 4:48 PM

Gordon Brett Echols
Rev Johnson Graham
If you are not related to Johnson Graham would be be willing to transfer him as he is a 5GGFather of mine and I would like to do a bio and link him to other family memebers...thank gordon

Added by Gordon Brett Echols on Jan 29, 2014 5:47 PM

Carrie Pierce
RE: Hannah Fabrique
I have documented proof this is a relative, not just from - I always validate for "proof" myself from at least 3-4 different sources before posting to my family tree.

I am in the process of honoring all my family members by linking their parents and family to their Find A Grave memorials

I only ask for my "immediate family" to be linked to me directly so I may manage them

i.e. - my grandmother's or grandfather's & their children only..

Carrie (Ellwood) Pierce

Added by Carrie Pierce on Oct 21, 2013 3:02 AM

The Acadien
RE: RE; Mary Doran
Thanks for adding that link, John.

Added by The Acadien on Sep 25, 2013 6:52 PM

RE: Find A Grave Correction: Stephen Crane
yikes!! sorry that happened to you.

Added by Kat on Sep 13, 2013 6:25 PM

RE: William Metzler
Found this in my "Draft" box. Thought I had sent it.
I can only relate to you oral history. He was electrocuted in an industrial accident and it was in a brass-works company in Ansonia. His accidental death may be in an obit. somewhere.
He left behind a pregnant wife; Martha Helwig Metzler. Their daughter is my 89+ year old mother-in-law. Martha then married a Clarence Wentworth and had no children.
I was in Ansonia and surrounding cities in the late 90's looking to see where my wife's family (and there were a lot of them) spent their lives. My mother-in-law married a Joseph Clifford of and in Ansonia/Derby. A very nice looking place to live.
I live in a 1880's victorian in San Francisco and was digging about 3 feet down in the back yard when I discovered a partially corroded pocket watch. I cleaned it up a bit and it has a label that says "Ansonia Clock Co. New York, U.S OF AMERICA PAT. APRIL 17, 1888" OMG!! as they say.~rp

Added by rp on Aug 25, 2013 2:30 PM

RE: Pine Grove Cemetery
I agree about the spreadsheets. I have done a few here in the NW area, near Seattle. Thankfully I have not yet had any post twice.
I admit, I had to smile when you said you would be a permanent person on Find A Grave!
By the way, love your photo. THANK YOU for your service to our country! I come from a long line of military persons!

Added by SilverRose on Aug 24, 2013 7:33 PM

Pine Grove Cemetery
I am looking at family (Buswell) in this cemetery and notice that you have duplicates for most of them. I think it happened when you added the photos, but not sure. You may want to check.

Thank you for taking the time to do all the work and add the memorials and photos!

Added by SilverRose on Aug 24, 2013 4:46 AM

Re: William Metzler
John, I noticed there are two memorials for wm. Metzler in Ansonia.
I too am a photo. volunteer and have to add sites occasionally so I know errors always creep in.
If you wouldn't mind; I'd like to request the management of William's memorial. He is my wife's grandfather. I just got off the phone with his daughter (my wife's mother) who will be 90 in Feb.. She was born after he was killed at the Brass Works. Thank you so much!~rp

Added by rp on Aug 09, 2013 5:58 PM

Pamela Estep
RE: Birth years
Are you on Facebook? I have some pictures you'd probably be interested in having copies of.

If so look me up my name is Pamela Estep I'm from Steele, Pike Co, KY. Send me a friend request.. If not, I can email the pictures to you.

Added by Pamela Estep on Mar 09, 2013 12:59 PM

Pamela Estep
RE: Birth years
John, email me and I'll send you Aunt Sarah's line. She was your mother's 4th cousin. Thanks for the correct date..

Added by Pamela Estep on Mar 09, 2013 12:56 PM

Pamela Estep
Birth years
Dear John,
I was wondering about the birthdates you have posted for Patrick & his sister Mary (Miriam) June Foley Whalen. You have Mary June b. 09 Jul 1915 and Patrick b. two months later, 07 Sep 1915

Is this correct?

Thank you very much Pamela Marlene Estep. I am researching for 2 of my cousins whose mother was related to you. Her name was Sarah Ann Wright d/o James Wright Sr and Minnie Gilliam.. you and Sarah are related thru her father's line.

Added by Pamela Estep on Mar 08, 2013 6:27 PM

Jan Breshears Thomas
RE: David and Elizabeth Davis
John, Your explanation is wonderful. I wish I had thought of that idea myself. Thank you for what you do. Jan

Added by Jan Breshears Thomas on Jan 23, 2013 4:36 PM

Susan Barrow Spaulding
RE: Find A Grave memorial for Betsey Spalding
Mr. Whalen,
I have been a member of find a grave for several years. I have also been researching the Spalding/Spaulding family line, but also other family lines for over 15 years. I appreciate your concern and the fact that you don't want any crazed emails. In all those years, I have never rec'd any crazed emails. I pride myself that I am willing to work with anyone that needs assistance in their research. I have collaborated with several people and where there has been a question regarding where I've found information etc, and if needed and through cooperation, made corrections to my work or theirs which ever the case may be.
I interpret your note to me informative (I appreciate that), I also feel your hesitation with the suggestions that I've made. That being said, as you created the memorials you should leave remain as is and I will make notes in my tree as to where the family's resting place is.


Added by Susan Barrow Spaulding on Jan 03, 2013 8:01 AM

Michael Ratliff Lutz
RE: Captain Titus Hinman
Hi John,

I have family documentation, but I have descended from another Hinman lineage. Maybe the link below will be helpful.


Added by Michael Ratliff Lutz on Nov 20, 2012 1:38 PM

Gary Boughton
Daniel Down

Thanks so much for adding the link to his parents, it is much appreciated.

Gary Boughton

Added by Gary Boughton on Oct 11, 2012 5:09 AM

Charles Price
Benjamin Franklin Sanford in Spring Grove Cemetery
I made the change to the birth date. Thanks for the information.I don't think he is family. That was from 2009. I may have done the memorial for someone else. I'll check my old files and let you know. Thank's again.

Added by Charles Price on Aug 15, 2012 11:00 AM


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