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Ron Combs (#47729697)
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My "Moke Hill" Virtual Cemetery does not have any of my Family, if there are any of yours in there, just let me know and I'll be happy to transfer them to you.

*Old Irish Blessing*
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.
According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.
Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.
The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.

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Cathy Drescher
Roscoe Thayer
My name is Cathy Drescher and I am the granddaughter of Roscoe Thayer. I would love to know more about his family. Information is a little scarce on my end. I do know of more of Roscoe's children's names, including my mother
(Della Darlene Thayer).
Love to hear back from you.
Added by Cathy Drescher on Oct 27, 2014 4:05 PM
The Gesell Family
Hi Ron,
THank you for your hard work on here. I especially was interested in all the info on the Gesell family. I am a direct descendant of Fred Gesell (Charlie Carl's dad) and have an extensive family tree. If anyone is interested in adding to or getting info, just let me know. You have added to my obsession already!
Karla Gesell Quiroga
Added by Karla on Jun 21, 2014 1:31 PM
Samantha Cleveland
Hi Ron:

Just wanted to let you know that I added a picture to Betty's memorial that had her YOD on the stone...didn't know where were you were located and if you would be able to take an updated pic.

Samantha :)
Added by Samantha Cleveland on May 18, 2014 8:19 PM
Daulton Family
Ron, Hello! I am the 2nd great granddaughter of Owsley Daulton Merriman, daughter of Booker and Jerushia Daulton. I would love to speak to you about the Daultons. Thank you for all the memorials. Owsley married John T. Merriman and died in 1919 from pneumonia. She had 3 children, James E. Merriman (my great grandpa), Amanda Emma and Mary Alice. I have many photos of James, and info on him and Mary Alice and a little info on Amanda Emma. I also have two group shots which is suppose to include Carson "Jack" Daulton, son of William J. Daulton. Would love to talk.
Added by Lisaeic on May 06, 2014 6:24 PM
Jackie Corvey Campbell
Thank you..
Thank you so much for adding the picture to memorial #125321049.

Added by Jackie Corvey Campbell on Mar 20, 2014 10:10 PM
Kenneth D. Bogard
RE: Anderson's
Not related.
Kenneth ><>

Hi Ken, I sent an "Edit" request to you for my Aunt Josie's (Anderson) Memorial Page, now I see that you have 117 Andersons in your Memorials!, are you a relative?
just curious, Ron
Added by Ron Combs on Aug 22, 2012 9:59 AM
Added by Kenneth D. Bogard on Mar 09, 2014 7:26 AM
Cyndi Berg Jearman
Mercy Coombs and Mercy Hodgkins info
Thanks, I look forward to learning more. I took a little time off going back, I did attempt to go back a couple more generations, I think based off your info, but at times gets too confusing and just have to take a break, afraid I'll link to same name, but not the relative I am meaning to link to.
Added by Cyndi Berg Jearman on Feb 28, 2014 4:02 PM
Cyndi Berg Jearman
Thank you Mercy Coombs and Mercy Hodgkins info
Thank you so much for the info on both Mercy Hodgkins (Coombs) 1700 and her daughter Mercy Coombs (Williams) 1735. This has been such a great help to me, and I am excited to talk to someone else who remembers our shared ancestors! Sincerely, Cyndi
Added by Cyndi Berg Jearman on Feb 17, 2014 10:47 AM
Ron, thank you for the photo of Louis Costa's gravestone. I appreciate it!
Added by Calaveras1853 on Feb 11, 2014 3:50 PM
thank you for posting the pictures i ask for. I appreciate it.
Added by dd on Jan 20, 2014 7:14 AM
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