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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 9 years, 9 months, 27 days
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible. Be aware that spouses can be linked either way, from either memorial to the other, so as long as they are indeed already linked, it is not needed to send a spouse edit on the memorial that is already linked to - doing so creates a duplicate link.

Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /August 19, 2016 (profile updated)

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linda persinger
william joseph schaefer
Had several wives For his 3rd wife per Iowa marriage records he married Margaret Delilah Carl Hamilton married 1902.
Added by linda persinger on Jan 20, 2017 6:02 PM
Mary Lardi
Henry Woodworth
Mr. Thompson: I am seeking the obituary of Elijah Woodworth, wherein is mentioned the death of his son Henry. I will be presenting a program in February on City Cemetery in Conneaut, and will be using his stone among several others. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your consideration. Mary Lardi (
Added by Mary Lardi on Jan 17, 2017 9:24 AM
Dianne Caves Carman
Eva Margaret Anderson
You approved an edit request from me and in the bio asked where the father, Sanford A. Anderson was. The mother of Eva is a cousin from my McJunkin line. They did not stay together and on her second marriage she lists widow. However I found Sanford on two other census records and he married again. But I could not locate any data on his death so I only requested a link for her mother.
Added by Dianne Caves Carman on Jan 15, 2017 5:09 PM
RE: Emma Annetta Beatty Machesney edit and updates
Hello Richard,

Thank you for the quick reply and correction to Emma's page. Also a big thank you for adding her obituary as well as her husband and her husbands first wife's obituaries. Your dedication, commitment and hard work are very much appreciated. Thank you for all you do for our families on this site.

Megan :)
Added by WWJD on Jan 04, 2017 8:19 PM
LaRee White Engel
Thanks for your help...
Added by LaRee White Engel on Jan 04, 2017 6:30 PM
Jane Middleton
John Kirkpatrick
I am trying to find some kind person who will venture out into the cold, and likely a little mud and snow to capture a better photo of the gravestone of John Kirkpatrick. The grave is in Gilmer Cemetery, Jefferson County, Iowa. I need a photo which shows a more clear picture of the stone, and shows the first name. Leaves cover this one. I need this for two DAR applications, and they are real stickers about authenticity. I appreciate any help anyone can toss my way. I am too far away to get there.
Jane Middleton
San Rafael, CA
Added by Jane Middleton on Jan 04, 2017 4:57 PM
Pamala Townley
Lillian Elder
I have seen your updates and appreciate it. Yes her name was Lillian Aisley as for the Taylor name. When she past her last name was Taylor not Elder. As for her infant daughter she is buried in Barnsdall Oklahoma and her name was Donna Jean Elder. I will try to find her on here and link it too. If you can please link on your end.
Added by Pamala Townley on Dec 26, 2016 3:27 PM
Pamala Townley
RE: Lillian Elaine Aisley Townley Elder memorial update
Thank you, I will check things out on my aunt. I have also included a picture of her on here. Spent most of my weekend updating my family on here. Lillian is my dad's sister and he is the only one in their family still alive
Added by Pamala Townley on Dec 26, 2016 3:13 PM
Rachel Neece Kinney
Hi! Thanks so much for the edit on Rachel.

Rachel married John Kinney on September 18, 1853 in Guilford County, NC. In the marriage license, she listed her parents as Jacob Neese and Christina Jane Hagney Neese.

Rachel is also listed in the 1850 Census with her parents as living in Guilford County, NC and as being born in 1832.

I hope that helps. I am a distant relative to the Neese family and have been working on family history.

Thanks for your help again. Have a great day!
Added by Coco15 on Dec 02, 2016 11:45 AM
Carol Sherbeck Espiritu
William Edward Trout 129684030
You asked for additional information on this person. Here is what I have found while researching him:
Grandmother's correct name is Elva Bishop.
Parents of William Edward Trout are Paul Edward Puffinbarger 162456101 and Fannie Bell Trout Carter 160497299. Paul and Fannie were not married long as he appears in 1910 census as divorced. William was raised by his grandparents. In Family Search you will find all of this sourced.
Added by Carol Sherbeck Espiritu on Nov 26, 2016 11:19 AM
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