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The Perplexed Historian (#46589271)
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Bio Photo Hello everyone, my name is David. After more than 10 years as just "David," I decided to change my public name, as I am a perplexed historian. I may go back to David, but for now I am enjoying the change. I am a professor of history and have always loved to research my family history, and to pay tribute to my lost loved ones. Find A Grave is a great way to keep your family history alive. Please check out the memorials for my three departed grandparents. Marian L. Seymour (1915-2001) My beloved grandmother meant the world to me and I am glad she has this tribute, and My two grandfathers Harold H. Seymour (1913-1997), and Raymond Dominic Stallone (1910-1993). Also check out the tribute to my Great Aunt because I made her a promise she would never be forgotten Pauline Burke (1922-2003).

2012, took from me one of my favorite people on the face of the earth, my Gretel. Gretel was the best friend of my Oma(grandmother). Gretel along with four other women constituted my favorite people on the face of the earth. I called them my hummingbirds as they fled their homes in Germany following World War II and created a friendship which formed a family. I thought of these women as superheroes and never thought I would lose one.

Gretel Dzierla (1927-2012).

Please visit the memorial of my good friend Marilyn:
Marilyn Borden (1932-2009).

Please leave me a message if you want to contact me, I no longer will give out my personal e-mail as they are never positive e-mails only complaints. I cannot help on famous memorials I have added, but if you feel you are a relative of mine or you have info I am lacking in one of my memorials, please feel free to leave a message.

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Zoe Tom
John Ralston
I deleted the duplicate memorial, but preserved the info. temporarily, until we find the rest of his children, and I already found one of his missing children.

I am currently dealing with a person, who added Augustus Pearce Ralston with no dates.

Hopefully, that person is still active and will add all the data and then I can help her link that memorial up to his father.

Maybe you can talk her into transferring that memorial to you, if she isn't kin. His or her last name is "Smith", so she might be kin.

Write me directly.


Added by Zoe Tom on Aug 03, 2014 4:20 AM
Frank C
Lois Nettleton


I noticed that Ms Nettleton's photo looks remarkably like Reba McIntyre and not like her. How old was she in this photo?


Added by Frank C on Aug 01, 2014 7:45 AM
RE: Harvey Betz
I obtained the information from the Rose Hill Cemetery Book 1 which contains those buried until 1995. Book 2 is from 1995-2000. Thank you so much for your interest.
Added by DDavis on Jul 30, 2014 10:31 PM
Collins Crapo
Ellen Axson Wilson #2459
In the caption for the photo of Ellen & her daughters, you say she is at the far right. Looks to me like the opposite; she is actually at far left.
Added by Collins Crapo on Jul 19, 2014 5:02 PM
Kay Beucler
The edits have been completed. If you would like to manage them, please let me know. Kay
Added by Kay Beucler on Jul 14, 2014 2:14 PM
Debbie Roepcke
Essie Draper Harrison # 9955120
We are trying to connect family members, please connect Essie to her Ohio family-

Father Willis E. #110107731
Mother Myra Tennery #110107819

Thank you for your consideration-
Debbie #46911311
Added by Debbie Roepcke on Jun 22, 2014 5:22 PM
Linked to parents...thanks so much.
Added by Travelingal on Apr 07, 2014 5:28 AM
Domingue Descendent
Evelyn Keyes
Here is the article in the Beaumont Enterprise Newspaper. Feel free to contact me for any more information... I hope I have added to your information.
Added by Domingue Descendent on Apr 06, 2014 8:23 PM
Domingue Descendent
Evelyn Keyes Photo at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur

Tales From Hallowed Ground: Evelyn Keyes
Posted on April 6, 2014
by Paul Prosperie

Evelyn Keyes

This month, Tales from SETX's Hallowed Ground takes us to Port Arthur for a look at one of our early daughters who achieved fame and fortune but never forgot her roots.

Evelyn Louise Keyes was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on November 20, 1916. The daughter of Methodist minister Omar Dow Keyes and Maude Olive Keyes, her life in SETX was brief to say the least. At age three, her father died, so she and her mother moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where her grandparents resided. In her biography, Scarlett O'Hara's Younger Sister: My Lively Life In and Out Of Hollywood, she tells of her impoverished youth and the hardships that she would overcome. In her teen years, she took dancing lessons, which signaled the start of her journey out of poverty and into what would become stardom.Evelyn in Port Arthur

Discovered by Cecil B. DeMille, Keyes was cast in a few lesser known pictures until she landed the role of Suellen, Scarlet O'Hara's sister, in the movie Gone with the Wind (1939). She then went on to star in other motion pictures, including The Jolson Story (1946), The Prowler (1951), and A Thousand and One Nights (1945), and played Helen Sherman in the classic The Seven Year Itch (1955). She officially retired from acting in 1956 but did take on a few roles in her later years.

Sueellen 1939Keyes' private life appeared similar to that of a Hollywood script. Her first husband committed suicide in 1940. After divorcing her second husband, director Charles Vidor, after two years, she married director John Huston. The couple adopted a boy that Huston had discovered in Mexico while filming The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Unfortunately that marriage failed as well, and they were divorced in 1950. After her retirement from film, she married bandleader Artie Shaw in 1957. That marriage would last 28 years.IMG_1178

In her later years, on occasion, Keyes traveled back to her birth city and donated memorabilia from her career to the Museum of the Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, and at the ripe old age of 91, succumbed to the retched disease at her home in Montecito, California. She died on July 4, 2008.

She now rests in her birth city of Port Arthur, but when scanning the old stones from Greenlawn or the Calvary cemeteries, I found no mention of her. This is because, "it was her last wish that, upon her death, her ashes be placed in a lamp, similar to the one she emerged from when she played a genie in the 1945 film A Thousand and One Nights."IMG_1181

When you visit the Museum of the Gulf Coast, you will find that there is a lot to see. But remember when you are strolling through the Evelyn Keyes exhibit that you are, for all intensive purposes, walking through hallowed ground.
Added by Domingue Descendent on Apr 06, 2014 8:21 PM
Domingue Descendent
Evelyn Keyes Photo at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur
Do you have a photo of her headstone??? I have photos of her display at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur TX.... Her last request was for her ashes to be buried in a lamp like she came out of in the 1945 film "A thousand and one Nights" Can you verify her headstone in that cemetery in California? How can I send you the photos ?
Added by Domingue Descendent on Apr 06, 2014 8:02 PM
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