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Kevin Avery (#47024642)
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Bio Photo If you know of any one memorialized here who served aboard the USS Melvin DD-680 in the Pacific Theatre during WW II, please let me know.

I'm a transplanted New Englander. My parents are Paul Oscar Avery(1921-2003) and Betty Wheaton Avery(1925-1992). My mom's and aunt's interest in family history was passed to me. I have been doing family history research for over 25 years, most of which has been in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine.

I am retired, and live in The Villages, Florida, and would be happy to find and photograph cemetery stones of your friends or family in the Sumter - Lake - Marion County area.

If you find some pictures or monuments I haven't included, I'd love to hear from you when you post them. And corrections or additions to my postings are welcome. All suggestions are responded to within 48 hours unless I am out of town. If you supply me with additional information, I will always research and double check it before posting it to a memorial. There is simply too much inaccurate information out there.

I have completed projects on all cemeteries in Hawley, Buckland, Colrain, and Charlemont, Massachusetts. And another in Sears Cemetery in Barnstable County. Current projects include the Jenks Family in Rhode Island, the Groton Avery Family, and Shelburne, Franklin Co, Mass cemeteries. If any of my entries connects to your ancestors, let me know.

Please use the EDIT button on the memorial to initiate correspondence and recommend updates. I am no longer able to respond to emails that do not provide quick and easy access to the memorial in question. Also, if your e-mail is not provided on your profile page, I won't be able to respond to you if a response is needed. The public messages are not appropriate for back and forth discussion.

There are so many "orphan" memorials here on Find-A-Grave, many of which have been posted en masse and then forgotten. So many need identification and linking so we know who they were! After posting a memorial, please take the time to research, identify, and link the memorial properly..... it will go along way toward further establishing the credibility of this site.

Regarding transfers outside guidelines..... I will consider transfer to those who have a proven track record of collaboration on FindAGrave.

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Erin Bohannon
Edits for Calvary Cemetery
Thanks for the edits! I have been trying to add memorials for all the burials in Calvary, since most of the graves are not yet listed on findagrave. I apologize for the I get memorials added, I will try to go back up and get some better photos, and clean up a lot of the flat markers that have become overgrown. I am very grateful to have people send edits...especially when they add info not on the stone. Feel free to send me as many edits as you can make...and if any memorials are family, I am also more than happy to transfer. :D
Added by Erin Bohannon on Jun 24, 2015 9:49 AM
Eric Weber
RE: Elisha Wing
Another interesting thing about that stone: the two numeral "7"s that appear on it are actually upside-down "2"s! Download my close-up of the inscription, rotate it 180 degrees, and see whether you agree. The stone carver must have lost his outline template for the numeral 7 and figured that 2 would work about as well. It doesn't really, but it'll do in a pinch. Good enough for old Elisha Wing, anyway -- he'll never know!
Added by Eric Weber on Jun 12, 2015 11:55 AM
Eric Weber
RE: Elisha Wing
Those ants must have colonized the whole underside of the stone, and what they'd dug out was on top of it. I just scraped the dirt (and the ants, but only for a moment) off with the edge of my aluminum clipboard. The fact that the dirt was as much as three-quarters of an inch deep in places, just from the ant activity since our torrential rains of a few days ago, tells me something about how stones that fall down can get to be buried several inches underground very quickly. I'd never really thought about that before.
Added by Eric Weber on Jun 12, 2015 11:41 AM
Richard Poirier Stetson
thanks for info!
best regards
Added by Anonymous on Jun 07, 2015 2:48 PM
Ephraim Winship
I am so excited to find this memorial - Thank you for your wonderful and much appreciated work!

Added by Amanda on May 20, 2015 11:21 PM
Anne Pratt Slatin
Elizabeth Avery Darbee
Kevin, I added your information to Elizabeth's bio. Thank you for the update.

We are related - Elizabeth Avery was the mother-in-law of my 4th great uncle, Abijah Paul, who married Elizabeth's daughter, Elizabeth Darbee.

Abijah was a great Presbyterian abolitionist who helped run the Underground Railroad in Erie County, NY, south of Buffalo. Abijah and Elizabeth both are buried in the Griffins Mills Cemetery, in Griffins Mills, NY (just south of East Aurora).

All the Vermonters who moved to Western NY lived in the Town of Aurora, and most are buried in the Griffins Mills Cemetery. They came from Middletown Springs, Wells, and Tinmouth, VT, in Rutland County.

I have a lot of info on these folks. e-mail me if you are interested.

Added by Anne Pratt Slatin on May 19, 2015 11:35 PM
Steve Miller
RE: Benjamin Minor
Glad to have helped. I went there about seventeen years ago - back when nobody had photo up. Half a dozen of them are my direct line so, after getting lost a few times, then hopping the gate and hiking down the road, there they were.

Benjamin is my 1st cousin, 10 times removed.

People get uptight about chalk these days, and I agree now too, but back then it was all the rage in the "rubbing" community. I was actually far more concerned that all the colonial era tombstones would disintegrate before they were photographed. Many of the sandstone monuments I saw were already quite unreadable, and I wasn't about to just take a photo which would never be readable, so I developed a technique of smearing wet chalk on the face of the stone with my hand, taking care not to rub hard enough to damage the monuments.

These days I use mirrors and time my photography so that the sun shines in the correct way, etc., but I wouldn't be beyond dusting the stones with powdered chalk if it really called for it.

Added by Steve Miller on May 16, 2015 10:54 AM
Sharon Martin
John Avery and Pamelia Cutler
John and Pamelia were married 10-16-1834 at the Frist Presbyterian Church in Watertown Jefferson County New York by the Rev. Boardman. Church records dated 1803-1896. Early Settlers of New York State, Their Ancestors and Descendants, extracts from vol.3, No. 11 (May 1937) has between 1832-1834. Pamelia was a member of the Church 1831 and they moved to Syracuse New York in 1834 ,from church records.
Added by Sharon Martin on May 07, 2015 8:15 AM
Sharon Martin
Helen Virtue Avery
I thank you for your input on Helen, but I would like a source for her birth date. I see a lot of people on ancestry have the same Aug 29 but no source, do you have one. I'm almost sure she was born in Adrian, do you have a source?
Thank you for your help with this

Added by Sharon Martin on Apr 27, 2015 12:48 PM
Thank you
Thank you for Charles Leonard dunn county wi connections

His obituary is available UWStout if you are interested dollar is their usual charge.

Posted this on his memorial
Added by WJH on Apr 27, 2015 8:07 AM
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