I live in the high desert of San Bernardino County, CA and am married. I have two adult children, Annalisa and Keith and only one grandchild, my daughter's son, Mark Jr. I'd sure like more...hint, hint Keith...
I've always been interested in the past. I bought my first antique, a little china dog, when I was about 11.
In 1977, I started doing genealogical research. I acquired quite a bit of info before putting it aside and going to work. (My children were then in school) My research was relegated to trunk in the garage for about 27 years.
I had to stop work due to back problems in 2006. I started the research again to keep my mind agile and active. It's hard because I can only sit for 5-10 minute intervals before having to lay down. I do have the help (or is it hinderance?) of my keyboard-hopping, monitor-obscuring cat, Oreo.
During my research, I've found an illegitimate half-brother I never knew existed, (who was abandoned by his teenage mother) my grandmother's 3 million dollar inheritance that she and her second husband squandered, a conspiracy to defraud my grandfather's estate in exchange for ownership of a house, an elopement with the stable boy, the suicide of my uncle, who played trumpet in Phil Harris's band in Los Angeles in the 1930's and my 4th great grandfather, who owned a tavern in Philadelphia where it is said that part of the Declaration of Independence was written. The stories that are uncovered in genealogical research are truly amazing!
My goal is to complete an Obenland family tree tying all members in the United States together, plus their ancestors in Germany. At the same time, I'm building memorials here on Find A Grave.
Anyone out there having info on any Obenlands, (or families derived from Obenlands) please email me. And if you have pictures, all the better!!!!
I'm also looking for info on other lines in my family, such as Huston (from Maysville, KY), Bachmann (from Franklin County, IN), Lee (from New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and last, but not least, Malarkey. (also spelled Malarky, Mullarkey, etc) from Girardville, PA and Ireland.)
Howard W. Stavers I see you have posted his information. I want to know how far back do you know about him. I know he was a salesman in the early 20s then owned a gas station in the 30s, but in-between that, what do you know about him. This is a long shot but was he ever involved in a golf course in Los Angeles, 1926 known as Bellevue Public Golf Course, which has been gone a long time ago. Thank you for your help.
Browns Hi Cecelia, Have transferred Shirley's memorial to you, Neal's as well, and deleted the extra Martha one. Let me know if you want any of the other Brown memorials. Happy to transfer them. Pamela
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