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Kellie Walton (#47055882)
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Bio Photo It is not my desire to keep any memorial from a family member that wants to manage it. Most often I'm quite happy to transfer to relatives. Please be aware though that I don't do "mass transfers" - please submit your request for each memorial on the "Edit" tab of the memorial. Do not send them via my posted email address.

I am researching several lines:

McGill, Van Valin, Verveelen, Riker, Haring, Chatfield, Ide, Wallack, Iverson, Phillips, Armstrong, Betcher, Norris, Miller, Lake (Leja), Huiras, Schumacher, Kohler, Moses, Hemmelgarn, Heckendorf, Regabski, and Burbidge.

The majority of the memorials that I maintain for those related to me (blood or marriage) list my familiar relationship in the comments. (Not all, but most.) I do this for several reasons - mainly as a way to pay my respect but also as "cousin bait" ... I would LOVE to share trees and photos with anyone having a connection. Feel free to contact me at

Please feel free to use my images for your genealogy project - both online and off. Credit is expected and greatly appreciated.

If we are related, please say hi!

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care,
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I'd exist,
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago -
Spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
~Author Unknown

A few additional things about memorials I create and/or maintain:

* If I am in a cemetery photographing my family grave markers - as time allows, I often photograph other stones in the cemetery. This doesn't mean I have any further information on the person other than what is posted - but often I will look up that person on ancestry or footnote to verify a dob, dod or familiar connection. All the information I obtain will be posted - that is all I have, but hopefully it is useful to you. Again, I post everything I have at the time the memorial is entered. If I do not post a photo of a grave marker - it's simply because I don't have one.

* Sometimes I will post a photo of a grave that already has a photo posted - this isn't an error. It's usually because my photograph is clearer, has additional information or is what *I* deem more genealogically (is that even a word?) "worthy". Basically, it's just the photo I prefer. It's not done to offend the person who took the first photo - I assure you. Another reason I may add an additional photo in a memorial is because when a memorial starts to deteriorate - the entire look of the memorial can change very quickly - I think it's important to see an accurate representation of what a stone looks like "today" ... or as close to today as possible. I try very hard to get a good clean shots of a stone - sometimes this can be quite difficult, but I try. If I post photos from different angles - it's because sometimes multiple shots are needed to view all the engraving on the stone.

*When I photograph a cemetery - I will always do my best to find a transcribed roster or listing which I will post. This CAN and DOES lead to duplicates ... it happens, no one is perfect. If I've made a mistake, duplicate or omission - I can promise I didn't do so intentionally. Please let me know. Also, before you request that I delete a duplicate memorial - make sure MY memorial wasn't created first. I will not delete a duplicate memorial if mine was created first - regardless of the fact that the new memorial may have additional information or pictures. I would suggest submitting that additional information to the FIRST memorial through the "Edit" tab.

*If I post a name with no additional information or image, it's because I have no additional information or image. If I run across a cemetery listing or roster, I will post that information. *Some info* is better than "no info" ... a name is better than no name. Rest assured, I am not holding additional information hostage (yes, I was *actually* accused of that once! lol) - I post the information I have. Please don't email asking for additional information - if I had it, it would be posted. If a cemetery is local to me, I do try to get back there and photograph the names I've previously posted, but this is not always possible. If there isn't a photo posted on a memorial I created or maintain - you can request one by clicking on the "Request A Photo" link on the memorial.

"The history of the family is as important as the history of the world." Adalbert Stifter, 1862.

PS. If you leave me a message or send me an email, please don't be demanding and crabby. Actually, please don't be demanding OR crabby. I swiftly delete requests that are demanding, crabby and/or weird. I get a lot of them - they all get deleted, (except the weird ones ... those I post on facebook before I delete). I will *always* respond if you're nice, I promise. And I will try to do so on a timely basis. Please play nice and don't run with scissors.
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helen ringer
Fred Ringer
You have left a message on Frederick Ringer buried in Grant Co Ind. Estates of Serenity. how are you related to him. Thank you Helen Ringer his wife.
Added by helen ringer on Sep 23, 2016 4:42 PM
helen ringer
Fred Ringer
You have left a message on Frederick Ringer buried in Grant Co Ind. Estates of Serenity. how are you related to him. Thank you Helen Ringer his wife.
Added by helen ringer on Sep 23, 2016 4:41 PM
I notice that you are researching the Chatfield line. I, too, am descended from Jesse and Freelove and their son Rausel/Roswell. I have not found definite proof that Olive Chatfield is the daughter of Rausel and Sarah. Only circumstantial and a handwritten copy of Bible records, that doesn't give the complete date of Olive's birth. I am not sure this would be accepted by DAR.
Have you found any information that I may use?
Any help would be most appreciated.
Pat in Michigan
Added by genibuff on Sep 21, 2016 2:31 PM
Leeann Boone
Elihu Grant In Dunbar Cemetery
Are you related to him? I have Grant's from the area but not sure if he is one of them?
Added by Leeann Boone on Sep 11, 2016 9:23 PM
deanna french
Adams Co. Wisc; Thomas freeman;Civil War Soldier
I am a Vermont Civil War buff,and am working on a project to identify the last resting places of many of our "Old Soldiers"that had ties to Vermont. May I use the photo that you contributed to the Memorial page for Thomas Freeman, or others that had roots/ties to Vermont, to post on the Vt.Civil War site? (
You will receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration.
Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Aug 25, 2016 8:10 PM
Janice Casselman Chancey
Centre Burial Ground Foxborough MA
I was able to find both of your requests quite easily. I will be in Foxborough MA until Sept 2 if you need any more pictures from here. I am from Florida but I come up here with my husband for a school he has to go to for work every couple of years. Disregard the issue I posted as both these headstones with in the Centre Burial Ground and hadnt been moved.
Added by Janice Casselman Chancey on Aug 24, 2016 10:48 AM
Richard H. Goms Jr.
Betcher Graves
Thank you for your help with the Morris/Betcher issue
Added by Richard H. Goms Jr. on Aug 11, 2016 4:30 PM
Richard H. Goms Jr.
RE: Betcher Graves
Thank you. I have traced the Morris line back to a young boy, John Morris, the only survivor of an Indian massacre on the New York/Pennsylvania state line. His parents and siblings came from Wales and landed in Newport, Rhode Island where he was born in 1773/4. One of his sons, John F. Morris, born in McKean County, Pennsylvania was a Sergeant in the Union army from Valparaiso, Indiana. He had four boys and a girl by his first marriage. After the war his first wife divorced him and he later married Emma Brown Wilbur of Falls River, Massachusetts, in Kansas and had two more boys, John Morris and Wilbur Morris in Kansas. Both boys ended up married with children in Wellesley, MA. John F. Morris died in an Old Soldiers Home and is buried in the national cemetery in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. I have dates of birth, marriage and death of everyone and have personally visited all the places they lived. I have not located the dates of death and burial of John and Wilbur, as well as their wives and children. I have the dates and places of birth of John and Eva's children especially those who became known as Betcher.
Anything you can find from your side of the research would be very helpful. I am also a collector of family photos.
Added by Richard H. Goms Jr. on Aug 02, 2016 10:59 PM
Richard H. Goms Jr.
Betcher Graves
There has been a big mistake on the marking of these graves. The second marriage of my great grandfather, Sgt. John F. Morris, was to Emma Brown Wilbur. They had two sons, Wilbur and John Morris. John Morris married Eva Louise LaPoint and had six children: Wilber John, Frances Pearl, Edward Cooper, Emma Christina, John and Mary Hazel Morris. I have their birth records from Eva (LaPoint) Morris married Charles Paul Betcher in 1913 Chicago. Apparently he adopted Pearl, Edward, and Emma, changing their names to Betcher, but their birth parents were John Morris and Eva LaPoint. Can you add this to their bios?
Added by Richard H. Goms Jr. on Aug 01, 2016 3:52 PM
Malvern Ellis
I also have a photo of Margaret B. Ellis (1900-2002) if you would like me to post that as well. Thanks

Added by Zeke on Jul 28, 2016 12:31 PM
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