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Rick Waggener (#46893334)
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Bio Photo I have been working on my family tree since the mid- 1990's. Most of my family tree is accessible on Rootsweb at:

I also have a tree at

Most of my Find a Grave entries are ancestors or kin, and I would be interested in contacting anyone who also is a descendant or kin.

I have added a whole bunch of unrelated entries from the Lochalsh Cemetery in Ashfield Township, Ontario. Since I suspect some of these may also be kin, or ancestors, I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has more information about them. I have also added a few apparently unrelated folks memorials, from cemeteries I have been to. I haven't really tried to "cover" any of these cemeteries, but while I was there walking, I snapped photos of graves that caught my eye. When I determined these weren't relatives and no one else had created a memorial for them, I did. I would be happy to transfer any of these memorials to anyon interested.

Also, please feel free to use any of the photographs I have taken, for any purpose you desire.
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Laura Avakian
RE: Gamel Cemetery, Festus, MO
Hi Rick,
Thank you for your quick and helpful reply. It is nice to meet a cousin (or something like that)! Emma Mary (Kenner) and William A. Gamel were our great grandparents and actually lived with my grandparents (Mary (Evens) and William Bertram Gamel when our mother, Elizabeth McClary (Gamel), was a child.

Re the cemetery geography, we have responsibility for the fenced in portion which is designated as available burial space for the direct descendants of Robert and Elizabeth Gamel. At some point, the Gamel farm donated portions of the farm to the Christian, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches of Festus, and those 3 churches maintain those grounds still today. We have a separate caretaker for the fenced in portion.

We wonder if you know of any living relatives of those buried in the private cemetery? We are new to this kind of research so any leads would be helpful. Two sisters -- whose great grandmother was Lucy (Gamel) Buren, sister of William A. Gamel, -- are on our board of trustees. As far as we know, the Buren descendants and the grandchildren of William B. are the only persons alive who have interest in being buried there or supporting the cemetery (which we do completely though donations).

Thank you again. We look forward to continuing to read your posts and to learning more about the cemetery. By the way, if you are not familiar with it, you may want to check out the book "Our Jefferson County Heritage" by Zoe Booth Rutledge. It contains a wonderful description of the founding of the cemetery when the Gamel boys were killed there in 1862.

Warm regards,
Laura Avakian and Jane Oakley
Added by Laura Avakian on Jul 10, 2015 11:44 AM
Laura Avakian
Gamel Cemetery, Festus, MO
Hi Rick,

I came across your photos of some of our ancestors today as my sister and I were researching the Gamel Cemetery in Festus, MO. It is a family cemetery that is on the property of our great great grandfather, and the burial ground originated with the murder in 1862 by "northern hirelings" of two of the Gamel brothers on furlough from the Confederate Army.The cemetery is a nonprofit entity now, and I serve as president of its board.

The board is interested in registering the cemetery as an historic site. We are completing an application which requests information about the deceased as well as photographs. We will use some of your photos, if okay with you. And we are curious whether you are related to anyone buried there or how you happened to be interested in the cemetery.

Thank you very much.
Laura Avakian and Jane Oakley
Added by Laura Avakian on Jul 09, 2015 12:26 PM
gail scaramuzzo
James Roy Sullivan

My name is Gail Scaramuzzo. My grandfather is Luverne E. Hanson who was married to Helen Cecelia Thornley.

Luverne and his first wife, Laura Mae Wilson had 1 child, my mom Gloria Jean Hanson.

I was wondering the cause of death of James Roy Sullivan.

I am assuming Helen and Luverne's son James Roy Hanson was named after her half brother.

I am also trying to find James Roy, or as I knew him, Roy Hanson.

I think he ended up in Ohio with Helen after Luverne died.

Anyway, thanks for all you do.
Added by gail scaramuzzo on Jun 30, 2015 6:42 AM
Ben Tilford Calvert
RE: Waggener graves
You are very welcome, sorry I could not find them. Thanks for the acknowledgement. Ben
Added by Ben Tilford Calvert on Jun 20, 2015 7:38 AM
Sarah Swink McNutt
I have transferred Sarah's memorial to you so that you can manage. I would prefer to keep George. His grandfather was also George McNutt who came from Rockbridge Co., VA and had a farm in east Knoxville. I grew up on that farm and have been researching the McNutt's for years. If you have any further information on George, Sarah's husband, that you would like for me to add you can send it along and I will be happy to add the information and give you credit for its addition. Blessings
Added by Lexie on Apr 30, 2015 6:44 AM
RE: Lucinda Dulin Latham headstone question
The City of Dublin replaced them in 2013. I am not sure where they got the date, though.
Hope this helps
Added by Sean on Apr 11, 2015 3:43 PM
Sandra Hunter
RE: Gladys Reynolds
Hello Rick and it is nice to meet you. I must apologize for the significant delay in replying to your message. My computer died on Oct 17 last year and my husband has had some medical problems that have required attention and it has only been a few days ago that I was able to purchase a new computer and to get back on the internet. Gladys and Andy Reynolds are my maternal grandparents. I can remember when I was quite young that we would get a Christmas card every year from a man named Merle Ald but I was to young to be interested in genealogy @ the time and I honestly do not remember what relation my mother told me he was to us.I remember getting Christmas cards from my Uncle Harley Climpson. I believe that he and his wife had 3 boys and a daughter. I'm sure you are aware that my Grandma Reynolds had a sister named Geraldine Arens who passed away several years back and she had 2 children (David and Joni) Please feel free to add any info that you have to the site for my grandparents. including pictures. I'm not sure if you would want or need this information but my mother Guinevere M Reynolds Durre was born on June 9, 1921 and passed away December 21 1982. Her Brother Charles Gail was born May 16 ( I am unsure of the year but I'm thinking 1935) and he passed away in December 1993. His wife's name is Patsy Medler Reynolds and I do not know if she remarried or has passed away. They have 2 boys and I believe they both live near Chicago. Andy Guy Reynolds and Scott Reynolds. I hope this information is helpful to you. Again please forgive me for not responding sooner.
Added by Sandra Hunter on Apr 01, 2015 8:40 AM
Rae Armstrong
Waggener Kin
It is not to often I run across the same exact spelling of Waggener, but I am finding more and more with the same spelling in the last 5 years. I have been searching for relatives with that spelling as I am a descendent as well. My grandfather was a Waggener from Litchfield. His family came west in the early 1800's and most from that side are buried here. His father and ancestors came from McCracken County, Kentucky, but I have not been able to find information other than that they came from Germany and it stops there.

Added by Rae Armstrong on Mar 12, 2015 11:34 AM
Diane Darby
Albert and Lelia Waggener
Obituaries added. Thank you.
Added by Diane Darby on Mar 10, 2015 12:53 PM
David Sharp
RE: : Waggener s in centralia
I took the pictures of the ones in Centralia, all the others I got off the State of Missour,i Death Records Web Site" Glad to transfer and Help, David Sharp
Added by David Sharp on Mar 04, 2015 12:46 PM
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