|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 Lutz 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.
George Olney (1745-1831) was a civilian auditor who worked as quartermaster and secretary for Major General Nathanael Greene. He was with General Greene at least through the wintering over at Morristown.
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.
Three of our ancestors were wives of Brigham Young including Phebe Ann Morton Angell (1786-1854) and her daughter Mary Ann Angell Young (1808-1882). Mary Ann Angell Young was the second wife of Brigham Young, and his only wife for eight years.
There were even well known authors, 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.
And Benjamin Franklin (1706-1809) was my 1st cousin 9 times removed.
Through my 10th great grandmother Agnes Prowse Trowbridge (1576-1622) I may be related to Charlemagne.
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|bert johnson||Ezra Waite|
Thank you for all your work on this site.My name is Bert Johnson,Luther Nutting and Catharine Waite are my Grand parents Edna I.Benway and Bert Briggs are my G grandparents I live in Dalton,N.H. and Kingman,Az. I'm 67 years old married to Deborah J.Martin,we have 2 daughters Jennifer and Jessica,I was A Army Ranger Medic Vietnam 66-67,18th Surg,Hosp.,5th S.F CIDG 4 th Div.Plieku Vietnam, My Father is Walter E.Johnson ww2 Veteran
We have 4 grandchildren.(1) Sgt Hunter James Johnson,EOD USMC 2012-2014 Afg. # 2 Tyler A, Grieve last year at Norwich.Clayton Lyman Perry a family member W.Rutland,Vt. KIA 1943
|Gerald Smith||RE: Rebekah Reavis Potter|
"Darn!" I keep hoping I will be able to document what should be simple. I noted when I checked my messages that we had corresponded last April concerning Jarvis Green. I hope I sent what you were looking for. Should you decide to join SAR, I used Jarvis for a supplemental with no problem. I can email or mail my approved record copy and you can easily piggy-back. Just let me know.
|Gerald Smith||Rebekah Reavis Potter|
Since there is no photo attached to this grave I assume there is no tomb stone. How did you determine she is buried there? My records show that she died in either Madison or Bond County, Illinois and was married to Royal Potter - I have no info as to his death date or place. I am using this information for an SAR supplemental to prove my relationship to Revolutionary Soldier Isham Re(a)vis. Any further info on Rebekah, Royal, or their daughter Nancy Potter would be appreciated.
Jerry Smith 217=691-9400
|Karen Hill||RE: Michael and Sarah (Hurd) (Curtis) Hinman|
Absolutely yes!! I got copies of all the legal documents he cited and found one or two more he was not aware of. I could not have done any of this without his article which propelled me into into getting the documents and going further instead of stopping there. Then you did a lot of work by entering the info here. I am descended from Joshua Curtis, younger brother of David Curtis, husband of Sarah Hurd.
It is sad that nowadays so few bother to obtain copies of legal documents.
|Karen Hill||Michael and Sarah (Hurd) (Curtis) Hinman|
You did a great job with the info on Michael Hinman and esp his second wife Sarah. It has been an ongoing battle to correct others who carelessly assume Sarah Hurd to have been the wife of Joshua Curtis. So your info should help.
|Jacqueline Bichsel||RE: R. Armstrong|
|Bob||RE: Burlingame Photos|
You are very welcome.
Added by Bob on Dec 06, 2013 6:47 PM
|Denise Horstman||RE: Greene's|
I am confused on the L.M. Greene(1814-1882) that has a headstone in Tecumseh cemetery and the Lynn Greene (1857-1923) that you requested.
The directory does not list a Lynn Greene, the one you requested a photo for.
I went and took the photo of Fowler H. Greene headstone, but there are 3 other Greene's listed on the headstones: L.M. Green June 11, 1814- June 23, 1882, and Nancy O. wife of L.M. Greene Aug. 3, 1824-May 24, 1903, and the third person is Mattie O. wife of Lynn M. Green June 15, 1860-Mar. 9, 1888.
Anyway, I am putting the photo of the L.M. Greene on your "Nult" memorial, if this is wrong let me know and I will remove it.
|@ngel||Mary Graham #68339753 Request|
Hello Michael, I was able to get the burial location from the Cedar Hill office, however in the area that is believed to be "East Ground" I am sorry to say that I was not able to find a marker for Mary. The "East Ground" area is difficult because there is not much information existing about it. It is strongly believed that it is in the Southern most part of Sec 7.
Thank you, @ngel #47774099
Added by @ngel on Oct 26, 2013 4:15 PM
|Janglo||RE: Waterman's Tavern|
Added by Janglo on Oct 13, 2013 8:33 PM
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