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Michael Ratliff Lutz (#47625801)
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My mother Nina Mardel Ratliff Lutz (1909-1985) was the family historian and left me with the family bible and most of the family documents. It wasn't until after her death that I began researching our family history and discovered that most of what I thought was family folklore was actually family history. With only a couple of exceptions, all of the memorials under my care are members of my family.

The marriage of my mother, Nina Mardel Ratliff and father, Richard George Lutz created a bit of historical irony as well as me. My mother's great great grandfather was Judge Bowling Greene(1786-1742), friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln during his days in New Salem, Illinois. He loaned Mr. Lincoln many of the books he used to study law. He and his wife Nancy Potter Green(1793-1867) also took Mr. Lincoln into their home when he was despondent after the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge(1813-1835). In 1842, Mr. Lincoln delivered the eulogy at Judge Greene's funeral and stayed with the family a while before and after the funeral.

My great great great uncle, John Jack Armstrong(1803-1857) was famous for his wrestling match with Mr. Lincoln. Jack lost but he became a lifelong friend of Mr. Lincoln. Jack was Bowling's half-brother. Their mother, Nancy Greene Armstrong(1768-1856) was the matriarch of a family who were among Mr. Lincoln's closest friends during his life in New Salem, Illinois.

Jack Armstrong's wife Hannah Jones Armstrong (1810-1890), my third great aunt, lined Abe's pants legs with buckskin to protect his legs from brambles when he worked as a surveyor. A process called "Foxing". Hannah was known for asking her friend Abraham Lincoln to defend her son Duff in the famous "Almanac Trial". Duff was acquitted. She later visited with Mr. Lincoln in the Whitehouse to secure a discharge for her son, William "Duff" Armstrong(1833-1899) who was in a Union Army hospital. Mr. Lincoln wrote out Duff's discharge as he discussed old times with Hannah. It is the only case of a military discharge having been personally written by a U.S. President.

Mr. Lincoln also interceded in the enlistment of another cousin, Pvt Edward Potter(1845-1927)

My great, great grandfather, Eli W. Benway (1827-1897) was wounded twice and enlisted twice during the Civil War. He was a blacksmith who holds patents for some of his inovations.

My great granduncle William Graham Greene Benway (1886-1961) was an early inventor of hearing aid glasses.

On March 22, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed my great granduncle, Congressman Anson Burlingame as our second Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Qing Empire (China). The city of Burlingame, California was named after Anson Burlingame.

There were Revolutionary War heroes like my 5th great grandfather Colonel Israel Angell (1740-1832), the commander of Rhode Island's second regiment, who received gold medals from General George Washington and the Marquis de La Fayette. The gold medal presented to Col. Angell by Lafayette was donated to the Rhode Island Historical Society museum collection in 1938 and my 4th great granduncle Jervis Green(1750-1782), who served under Colonel Daniel Boone at the Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky.

Another cousin, Catharine Caty Littlefield (1755-1814) was the wife of
Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786).

Capt. Stephen Olney (1755-1832) and his company took the first redoubt gun enplacement at the battle of Yorktown.

Col Christopher Greene (1737-1781) commanded the 1st Rhode Island regiment made up of free men of African origin, and slaves who were promised their freedom in return for their service.

There were even well known authors like Lillian Angeline Hinman Shuey Bailey. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a cousin, wrote The Battle Hymn of The Republic.

Theologian Roger Williams (1602-1683, founder of Providence Plantation and the state of Rhode Island is my ninth great-grandfather.

My ninth great grandmother, Mary Morrill Folger (1620-1703) is mentioned by name in Chapter 24 of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". Melville mentions that she was the grandmother of Benjamin Franklin when justifying the morality of whaling as a profession on Nantucket Island. The DAR chapter on Nantucket Island is named after her daughter Abiah Folger (1667-1752) who was the mother Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), my first cousin.

Cousins Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)from Pennsylvania, Gov. Stephen Hopkins(1707-1785) from Rhode Island, William Whipple (1730-1785) and Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795)from New Hampshire, signed the Declaration of Independence



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Tom Glowacki
RE: Alma Gage
Glad to be of help.
Tom
Added by Tom Glowacki on Apr 14, 2015 11:44 PM
Scott McKinzie
RE: Walter Burlingame
Michael,

I just added a photo of Chapel of the Chimes.

Best,
Scott
Added by Scott McKinzie on Apr 09, 2015 2:27 PM
Diane LM
RE: Walter Angell Burlingame
If there are any others you would like, just let me know. I am not a relative
Added by Diane LM on Apr 06, 2015 6:56 AM
Scott McKinzie
RE: Walter Burlingame
You are very welcome!

By the way, Chapel of the Chimes is a beautiful landmark in Oakland. If you aren't familiar with the structure, I encourage you to look it up. The architect was the incomparable Julia Morgan, a legendary figure here in the Bay Area, and best known for having designed Hearst Castle.

Best,
Scott
Added by Scott McKinzie on Apr 03, 2015 11:00 PM
Len Gilbert
RE: Leila Graves McCormac
Of course! You may use it on any memorials or for any of our family research/genealogy/etc.

I just took it to help with the purpose of helping any Cormack/MacCormack/McCormac families as my GG parents were Cormacks from Scotland.

Added by Len Gilbert on Apr 03, 2015 9:01 PM
Michael Bottrell
James Preston Metzker
James Preston Metzker the man that William “Duff” Armstrong, killed was my 3rd great grand uncle. would you happen to know where his grave is? thank you. My 3 times great grandmother was Olive Metzker James sister.
Added by Michael Bottrell on Feb 10, 2015 9:12 PM
Philip J. Burlingame
Burlingame ancestors
Greetings,

I am writing to request transfer for the find a grave sites of my direct ancestors. Included would be Herman Leroy Burlingame (GGF), Hiram W. Burlingame (GGGF), Isaac Burlingame (GGGGF),Josiah Burlingame (GGGGF) and their spouses and children - save those who are your direct ancestors, of course.

Here is the genealogy site I created: https://sites.google.com/site/burlingames1815/descendants-of-isaac-burlingame

And my ID is #48233037

Thank you for your consideration.
Added by Philip J. Burlingame on Feb 04, 2015 11:39 AM
Jennifer D
James W. Angell
Hi, Michael:

Thank you for the offer to transfer James Angell's memorial. I'd willingly take it on. Thanks - Jennifer
Added by Jennifer D on Feb 03, 2015 10:25 AM
maggie e.
James Emery
Sure-I'd consider transferring him to you. He's also my multi-great grandparent through their son Ira Emery. We're distant cousins! So I must ask, are you also a descendant of Ira, or one of Ira's siblings? Maybe we can compare notes. If you'd like to e-mail me directly my address is:
maggieendres@hotmail.com
I look forward to hearing from you-Maggie
Added by maggie e. on Jan 14, 2015 6:44 AM
Rob Juhl
Nancy Green Armstrong
THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SITE. MY SIXTH GREAT GRANDMOTHER IS NANCY GREEN ARMSTRONG AND JACK ARMSTRONG'S SISTER RHODA ARMSTRONG CLARY IS MY 5TH GREAT GRANDMOTHER. SHE MARRIED JOHN CLARY MY 5TH GREAT GRANDFATHER. GREAT HISTORY ABOUT DANIEL BOONE ETC. MY NAME IS ROBERT JUHL. FUNNY THING IS THAT MY RELATIVES ON ONE SIDE ARE CLARY, ARMSTRONG, AND EVENTUALLY BUCKLEY.THEY WERE HERE LONG BEFORE THE JUHL'S. THEN THE JUHL'S COME OVER FROM DENMARK AND MARRY INTO THAT FAMILY AND THE JUHL'S PURCHASED AND FARMED THE LAND WHERE OLD CLARY'S GROVE WAS.
Added by Rob Juhl on Dec 30, 2014 10:18 PM
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