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Sandra (#46940457)
 member for 7 years, 25 days
Barton's, Cora & Louise
Wow, great turnaround, wonderful pictures. Thanks everso much.


Added by MTB on Oct 18, 2014 8:29 PM

Deidre Badker
RE: Martha Elstina Jensen
You're welcome.

Added by Deidre Badker on Oct 14, 2014 5:13 PM

David Gomer
Henrietta (DeVries) Gomer
Sandra, Thanks for posting. I believe my Aunt Carol wrote the obit. as it's her style, and like her I forgot to put the 's' on the end of Siebrands. I did make a correction on her Horseman, to Horstman.
I don't think Harm Siebrands born in 1890 is a brother to Elsie, as I don't think she had family in USA? Harm DeVries was born in 1890. Curious coincides? Elsie came to the USA in 1890 (1900 Census could have the wrong date), marrying Henry in May 1890, and Harm DeVries born in Jun 1890? Anyway, thank you so much for all your help. Dave

Added by David Gomer on Oct 10, 2014 3:50 PM

Steve & Nancy
RE: Mattocks
Sandra, Thanks for the photos, they are clear and easy to read, and thanks for the photo of the two headstones, I love seeing all the old stones. Again, we appreciate all you've done to help us. Nancy

Added by Steve & Nancy on Oct 10, 2014 8:17 AM

David Gomer
Elsie (Siebrands) DeVries
Thank you so much for all the wonderful work you have done for our family. It would be wonderful, if you would do a Henrietta memorial. I have a digital copy her obituary, headstone picture and photos of her. Don't know how I can send it to you using this public message system. My e-mail is
With that 1900 census, it's "quite possible" both Helen & Harm were step children? Older family members were hush hush about it and passed away with the secrets. Records have Helen born in Germany 1885 (parents?), Henry DeVries coming to USA in 1886, Elsie coming to USA in 1890, marrying May 1890 and Harm born Jun 1890. (Harm would of been born a 6-1/2 month premature infant if he was Henry's child) This would suggest and support the step children therory.

Added by David Gomer on Oct 09, 2014 11:55 AM

David Gomer
Elsie (Siebrands) DeVries
Thanks, for finding and adding the small obituary. Two of Elsie's children have find-a-grave numbers: Helen #116499930, Harm #17239106, but Henrietta Deoris (DeVries) Gomer 1899-1993 does not. She is buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Sauk Centre, Streans County, Minnesota.

Added by David Gomer on Oct 09, 2014 10:32 AM

David Gomer
RE: Elsie DeVries
I saw that, thanks! We didn't know where in German she came from. Her husband Henry, we did. Her first name, in the records spell it different ways. The family pretty much went with Elske or Elsie. Believe Elsa would of been a pet name. Understand in German they all meant Elizabeth? That would nice to add her children; Helen (DeVries) Horstman, Harm DeVries, and Henrietta (DeVries) Gomer. I believe, they all can be found using Find A Grave.

Added by David Gomer on Oct 08, 2014 4:32 PM

David Gomer
RE: Elsie DeVries
Sandra, Thanks, I would say she probably doesn't have a stone either. I don't know what happen between Elsie & Henry, but He ended up keeping the kids. According to my Grandmother, Elsie packed her bags and she went her own way. My Grandmother, if she knew what happen, kept it a guarded secret all her life. I seen some Iowa Census that had an Elsie as a servant in a boarding house, but unsure if it's our Elsie. She probably passed poor and with no ties to the family. Curious for the records saying, 'Husband: Henry' as if she still carried a tourch for him? If she does not have a stone, it sounds like it would be impossible to locate her grave site? Thanks again, for all your help. Dave

Added by David Gomer on Oct 06, 2014 4:35 PM

Iowa Ray
Link to parents
Hi Sandra,

You may want to link James Jefferson Otis #89658698 to his parents, William Hosea Otis #66955247 & Lovina Otis #72928857.

Regards, Ray

Added by Iowa Ray on Oct 06, 2014 3:38 PM

David Gomer
RE: Elsie DeVries
Sandra, Thanks. The cemetery says it has 802 graves so it will be a search! If you ever get a few more clues on Elsie, Helen or Henry, when in Germany ... please think of me. Thanks. Dave

Added by David Gomer on Oct 06, 2014 2:11 PM

David Gomer
RE: Elsie DeVries
Sandra, Thanks for the quick reply and info on Elsie! Does the Cemetery Records have a gravesite location, i.e. plot or grave number, row? My cousin or I could do a check for a headstone in our travels.
Our Great Grandfather Herny DeVries has been a man of many mysteries! We finally found him buried in his third wife's first husbands grave plots. With more German records becoming available on Ancestry, we may find out more of first daughter born in Germany a year before coming to America? and a first wife? I had to interpret that Census Record, as the recording person had problems with broken German/English. Eleen is Helen, first daughter and half sister to Elise's two children she had with Henry. Herman is Harm and Yetta is Henrietta (my Grandmother). For reasons unknown, Elsie and Henry broke up. Elsie seemed to just disappear. I found some possible hits on Iowa census, but just not sure. Kids married or left losing contact and/or didn't want anything to do with each other. When Henry married his third wife, Ida (Evers-Manlick) DeVries with her 5+ kids/step kids, nobody had anything to do with each other. Again Thanks for your help.

Added by David Gomer on Oct 05, 2014 9:52 PM

David Gomer
Elsie DeVries
Sandra love your work, as it was unknown where our Great Grandmother Elsie (Siebrands) DeVries was buried. Sunnyside Cemetery, Lake Mills, Winnebago County, Iowa. Thanks to you, and Find A Grave, that mystery seems to be solved.
I am curious if there is a headstone for her, as you added a note "Husband: Henry", or was that gotten from the Cemetery records?
My e-mail address is

Added by David Gomer on Oct 05, 2014 1:21 PM

Steve & Nancy
OK, so is Rebecca Ann Mattocks Curtess buried there and just has no headstone? As we originally thought or do I need to keep searching?

It seems clear from what you posted on Jane Arbuckle Mattocks memorial that "Jake," James G. Mattocks is her son, I think my sister and I need to make a trip to Pennsylvania and do some Mattocks research.

Thank you so much for all you have done to help identify and locate our Mattocks family members, the Oakland cemetery looks so beautiful in the photos, it must be a wonderful place. God bless you and your family, Nancy.

I wish I could return your kindness, please if I could ever be of help to you, just call on me. ;)

Added by Steve & Nancy on Oct 02, 2014 11:39 AM

RE: Johnny Milroy Barker
A really puzzling entry. I know Forest City has a fine file collection of cemetery records in their genealogy museum but not sure it goes back to 1870. If you saw the photo of the gravestone, you can see why I had the question about his name. Barker is not mentioned. Perhaps Barker was a relative who bought the lot and it got confused but will need more research. Thanks for the reply.

Added by Merikay on Sep 30, 2014 8:01 PM

S. A. Hauge Gravesite
I guess that he didn't get a stone despite his wife's massive one #92878257. Thanks for trying.

Added by J's on Sep 25, 2014 2:33 PM

Hi again, Sandy!
Have yu received my email that I sent you earlier today? I did receive your emails, all of them, I just cannot seem to send anything out!

I have someone who is going to get my email problem resolved tomorrow morning, so please don't give up on me, ok? I am soo very very grateful for all the information that you have sent to me in the last couple of days!! I really do have the genealogy bug..... it bit me hard and I cannot seem to let go of it. But that is all right, it keeps me out of mischief and doing something for someone else.

I will hopefully be able to send emails by the end of the day on Thursday!

Thanks again for all you do, girl!
Vikki C.

Added by Vikki on Sep 25, 2014 12:25 AM

Peter Weins Parents
Hi again Sandy,
I do not have a site where Peter's parents and grandparents are buried yet.

Added by Vikki on Sep 22, 2014 1:54 PM

Peter Weins Parents

Added by Vikki on Sep 22, 2014 1:52 PM

Weins, Adams, Smith, Hayes Family Trees
Hi Sandy!! I have been hoping to hear from you! When I sent you my email to answer your question, it came back to me as not being able to send? I don't seem to have any problem receiving your emails but I cannot send them.

The information I have for you is Peter Weins married Rachel Asleson, he odopted her two girls and they had 2 sons together. I have a listing for her parents a listing of Olaf T. Asleson and mother as Olive Asleson, but that could be a relative? Her and Peter are listed in the 1930 census as boarders with Olaf Asleson...

I wish that my email could send ! I don't know what the problem is. Anyway, I will call my provider today and find out what the problem is.

Once again, I am soooo grateful to you for helping me with my ancestors.
Sincerey yours
Vikki(Weins) Carter

Added by Vikki on Sep 22, 2014 1:50 PM

Weins Family
Hi Sandra, I tried to send an email to you earlier and apparently my email is not working as to sending; however, I am still able to receive.
I don't have the information that you said that you had for Peter L. Weins. I would very, very much appreciate it if you could send the information to me. I will look into my I cannot send any emails out later on tonight if at all possible.
It can be frustrating having to leave a public message for you, I am sure. Please know how very much I appreciate all that you are doing to help me with my genealogy lines!!! As I have said before, I feel as though someone is pushing me to get this work done for them.

Sincerely yours
Vikki C. (Weins)

Added by Vikki on Sep 21, 2014 8:32 PM

RE: The Weins gravesites
Hi once again, Sandra!
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly on this matter. My grand uncle, Peter Lawrence Weins, was born in Iowa to the best that I have as far as my records go. He died on 04 Oct 1953 in Hennepin, Minnesota, USA. The gravesite that shows this is in Glenville, Freeborn County, Minnesota at the Round Prairie Cemetery. You had added this on this site on September 1, 2012, along with his two sons, Robert Weins and Donald Frederick Weins.
I do hope that this information helps you. I am still looking for more information on the lines that I told you about before. I am so very grateful for any information that you could send to me Sandra I have what they call the "genealogy bug" and I feel this pushing from somewhere to get their work done.
Anyway, thanks for all that you have done so far and I hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely yours,
Vikki C. (Weins)

Added by Vikki on Sep 21, 2014 3:21 PM

The "Weins" gravesites
Hi Sandra,
I see that you have taken the time to find 3 gravesites that are in my family tree. Peter L. Weins is my grand uncle and the other 2 sites are of his children.

Would it be possible to find out any other information regarding the gravesites that you found?

I have been doing my genealogy for about 3 years now and the "Weins", "Smith", "Adams, and "Daum" side is on my father's side and I have not been able to get too far in their line.

Thank you for all the time you have taken in doing these gravesites as they are a valuable tool in searching for the right names to match the dates, etc.

I can be reached at " and my name is Vikki (Weins) C.

Thank you very much

Added by Vikki on Sep 21, 2014 1:17 AM

Adoph C Tombstone Photo
Thanks again for another photo. It is appreciated.

Added by J's on Sep 17, 2014 6:00 PM

Dick Rierson
corrections & additions
i have taken numerous photos of the gravestones in salem memorial cemetery north of lake mills iowa & in west prairie cemetery by Leland,Iowa. if you agree please accept the changes. thank you, Dick

Added by Dick Rierson on Sep 17, 2014 9:12 AM

Mary Months
Gale W Lane
Dear Sandra,
Thank you so much for going to Memorial Park Cemetery and taking the photo for the headstone of Gale W Lane. I appreciate the time and effort that you took. Thanks! Mary

Added by Mary Months on Sep 16, 2014 6:03 PM


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