October 2015 Update: We are pregnant with our 6th child! Our other five are still ages 5 and younger, so I have sparse time for Find A Grave nowadays. Nevertheless, I will continue to process corrections and research requests as as I find time on holidays, etc. Also, please request transfers for any profiles (generally unrelated to me) that you want to make extensive updates on. Thank you meanwhile for your patience!
If you are interested in attending the Shipley Family Reunion which is held every two years at the end of July near Chehalis, WA, please leave a message on my profile and I will contact you with info. Our next reunion is Summer 2016. ----------
Married to Kiara L. Shipley of Maryland. Father of: Aythan Zane Shipley Ravenna Kiara Shipley Lilya June Shipley Weston Thurin Shipley Abel Axton Shipley
Graduate of Dallas Baptist University (English, 1996) and Oregon State University (Environmental Science, 2006).
Fond of antique toasters, black liquorice, coffee 'black as midnight on a moonless night', the Graveyard Poets, gothic literature, old books, Africa (visited Kenya, May 2008), The Bible, archaeology, economics, cemeteries (Emily Brontė eat your heart out), waterfalls, the Ocean, black basalt, obsidian, corvids, pronghorn, highland desert, and the NFL Patriots.
A 21-leaf collection of incunabula (the first typeset manuscript pages from pre-1500) can be found under my name at the Portland State University library.
I did my first grave rubbing when I was only seven years old of Joseph and Virginia Meek at the Old Scotch Church Graveyard in Hillsboro, Oregon.
About My FIND A GRAVE Contributions:
Analysis, research and scrutiny are my strongest skills and I will use them to perpetually maintain any profile which I manage. I am readily open to suggestions for corrections, but I might take time to verify facts and may ask for sources. Occasionally personal discernment or firsthand knowledge about the information contained in records (note: they are not foolproof, as my Grandmother's birth certificate exemplifies) may prevent some requests for changes; please respect if I decide not to make the change and I'll do my best to explain why. Also, I am a full-time father so my children receive my attention first. But if you haven't heard back in about 14 days, try contacting me again. Sometimes email just gets forgotten in the barrage of life.
Finally, I view creations on Find A Grave as a collaborative effort and am happy to transfer any profile unrelated to me or to a person more closely related than I am, even if outside of FAQ transfer request boundaries. I am not possessed by a lust for numbers (ie, "hoarding"), nor am I interested in marking territory or other ownership politics which is a horrid dishonor to these dead. But I am interested in lovingly and respectfully helping to create rich memorials that **everyone** can share and benefit from. So in honor of this collaborative and community spirit, I intend to keep my ownership numbers low and hope to transfer as many profiles over to better hands as possible for which I lack time or sufficient information to maintain, and hope others here will follow this example. I'd rather see someone worthily manage ONE memorial than create 10,000 records with barely any information and then refuse to transfer them to someone who will. Memorial managers are just as legitimate as photographers and transcribers, and not everyone has all resources or capabilities to do everything. In some cases here, there is hefty credit being claimed for "how much work" it takes to create profiles, when really scant data is just being easily copied from original lists that really took hard work to create by USGenWeb, etc.,. While this is still vitally helpful for others in locating graves, others may be better deserving of the credit; and please be willing to do "teamwork transfers" for folks trying to do "extensive updates". While it can take mere seconds to create a profile, it can take hours to do the footwork for a photo, and months or years to research and robustly memorialize a person in their profile.
On that note, any photo I upload I consider public domain and anyone may use or alter (unless it is ALREADY attributed to someone else whom I gained permission from...please contact them too first). I'm not looking for credit! My reward is personal and elsewhere, and I'm not so insecure as to need it here, no matter how many hours of records research, footwork, or gallons of gas it took to make the contribution--that's what makes me a 'volunteer'.
2016 Zook Reunion Have you hear about the international 2016 Zaugg Versammlung / Zook Reunion? Persons from 20 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Switzerland are already registered to attend the July 1-3, 2016, Reunion at Morgantown, Pa. Contact Lois Ann Mast, 219 Mill Road, Morgantown, PA 19543, email@example.com, for registration information. It is for descendants of all Immigrant Zugs/Zooks/Zauggs.
Anna Marie Haight Shipley Anna Marie Haight Shipley was a sister to my great-grandmother Mary Ellen Haight. I just joined the Daughters of the American Revolution and am trying to prove up that these two women were sisters. The only documentation I've been able to find is a legal document in the Des Moines County, Iowa Courthouse that lists them as daughters of Sidney S. Haight. Rosaline Preston had sent me notes about this many years ago, and I was finally able to locate the original probate document.
I have very little information about Sidney Haight. I visited the Mental Health Institute (in my Iowa hometown) but received no information from them other than he was buried in an unmarked grave. Do you have anything about him or his wife Elizabeth Carl? Would be happy to share with you what I have.
Carol Mills Houston, Texas (formerly Mt. Pleasant, Iowa)
Rosaline Doris Waldner Preston Hi I found your information on Find A Grave. Thanks for all you do to perserve our history. Rosaline Doris Waldner Preston was my mother. I do see some errors in the information on the obit of her grandmother Rosa Shipley Waldner regarding her son John Waldner's other daughter, Rosaline's sister Kathyrn Waldner Grant Jackson and her children. Would appreciate more information on your Shipley Reunion since I live in WA state. I am just starting my Ancestry tree and trying to sort everyone out. Sincerely John Preston You may contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shipley family I am researching the Haight family and Anna Marie Haight Shipley is one of the branches. I have appreciated all the work you have done. It has helped me as great deal. Would you have any time in the future to quickly look over what I have gathered for your family? if so, my email address is email@example.com and could let me know. Thank You
Your profile certainly shows you have your hands full. I have been researching and find that Betsey Shipley is my 3rd great grandmother. My search has been fruitless though in finding a marriage record for her and Chester Patterson Gallup, also a birth record for her son Shipley Amos. There are wonderful narratives and historical articles, but none cite original info. Do you possibly have access to anything that be authoritative (such as a family bible? It appears that they were married in New York, possibly in Broome County and that the boys were born there, but I have had no luck in finding authorities for that.
Any hints you might be able to provide will be greatly appreciated by me and my daughters.
Many thanks Valerie Short (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have added the photos to complete the grave sites you requested.
Just in passing, the 2 years I have been doing genealogy have benefited my knowledge of history in general, and I now know more about Londonderry History just in those last 2 years than the other 34 I have been living here. (Willey's has helped significantly-there is an original copy in the archives in Londonderry) You have quite an historical influence here in town, and to mention just one, the newest over 55 home development is simply named "The Nevins". There are many other names too numerous to mention, but please let me know if I can help. I can appreciate the cost of Ancestry. Fortunately my son gives me a subscription each year for my birthday, but the expense does not go unnoticed.
Just one final mystery for me--do you know why the Shipley graveyard was renamed Valley Cemetery?