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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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Willaim Field
I was looking at William's and Waite's memorials, turns out I don't think they are in my Field family line, and noticed that only one child is linked to William. A very good headstone picture is on the memorial which lists other children and I saw that memorials had been done for them. You might be interested in linking them.
Added by DKMac on Oct 01, 2014 6:44 AM
Tyler L.
RE: Mary Maria Monti Benway
Hi Michael,

I just want to let you know I have not forgotten about getting a new picture for Mary Benway #36749326. I do not save most of my pictures so when the memorial was merged my picture was lost. I haven't been up that way since, but before the end of the year I will.

Added by Tyler L. on Sep 26, 2014 7:51 PM
Ralph Davis
RE: Oliver Abell
Your very welcome, have a good one
Added by Ralph Davis on Sep 13, 2014 8:45 PM
dg teter
Eli W. Benway
I posted the photo because I hate to see these old stones with chalk on them. I think some people need to read the rules of F.A.G. Yes I have other photos of the Cem. If you want other
photos let me know. If I don't have them I will try to get them. Thanks
Added by dg teter on Sep 04, 2014 9:42 AM
Martin W Johnson
dr. abner angell
he was a surgeon in civil war at camp douglas.
Added by Martin W Johnson on Sep 03, 2014 8:24 PM
RE: Marie Martha Poyer Monty

I believe that the individual who created this memorial has fabricated it as a hoax. You are well intentioned in wanting a photograph of the resting place for this individual but both you and I would be playing into the hands of the idiot who created this hoax if either one of us tried to contact this person.
Added by Gemeniguy on Aug 29, 2014 5:23 PM
Tyler L.
RE: Mary Maria Monti Benway
Hi Michael,

Find a Grave finally took care of the issue. Mary Benway's memorial has been merged.

Thanks again for notifying me!

Added by Tyler L. on Aug 28, 2014 4:24 PM
B.J. Nelson
RE: Daniel and Molly Nutting
I got their email address from their " Help with Find A Grave" section. They have a section about getting relatives transferred to yourself and they gave an e-mail address. I use it whenever I need to have one of my memorials corrected, usual when somebody else is added something that is incorrect or have added something I just don't want on the memorial and refuse delete; or they put in a duplicate. Find a Grave wants you to contact the person who who added the dup and request it be deleted before they get involved. The email address is "". Just make sure to add the memorial number and name and the duplicate information. I have most of my trouble with our local genealogy society who some how think the manage the site.
Added by B.J. Nelson on Aug 27, 2014 11:58 PM
B.J. Nelson
Daniel and Molly Nutting
I am aware that someone has added duplicates. I contacted the man that added them and requested that he delete them. He also has two other dups that he did not delete. I contacted Find A Grave and they will delete them. I is possible, I suppose that he is not sure how to do the deletion he is a newer member.
Added by B.J. Nelson on Aug 27, 2014 9:22 PM
Tyler L.
RE: Mary Maria Monti Benway
Hi Michael,

I didn't realized that he recreated the memorials. I asked him to delete a bunch of duplicates earlier this summer, which he did, but now I haven't gotten any response from him. Sorry if I sounded frustrated this morning, there is another user that has been posting memorials to wrong cemeteries and it is frustrating to try and photograph a cemetery when people add wrong memorials!
Added by Tyler L. on Aug 27, 2014 3:23 PM
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