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MWF (#48369568)
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Bio Photo I want to start my bio by saying a big "Thank You" to all those folks along the way, family, friends, and total strangers who have helped me or encouraged me on my genealogical quests. Without you, I would be nowhere. I only manage memorials for my ancestors or their kin, so if I request a transfer it is because I genuinely would like to be their caretaker until a closer relative stumbles along.

Shortly after I was born, my great grandfather inscribed the Cruzen family bibles, several letters written home during the Civil War, a spinning wheel, and other mementos to be handed down to me. My parents, having more wisdom than I, didn't really let me fuss with them until I was about 12 years old. From then on I was hooked.

My mom did a mighty fine job of tracing family trees. Back then, in the 60s, it was a slow process - waiting for the mail to read some hand-scribbled notes that were often illegible. I wish I still had her notes on 3x5 cards because some of that anecdotal information is now lost forever. Oh, how things have changed. Now we're mostly cursed by typos (guilty) and shoddy research.

I've dabbled in genealogy now for about 50 years, I reckon. I go in fits and spurts and sometimes take a break for a few years. But each time I return, there is another nugget of information that I find.

Interests include Finnies originally from Galashiels, Scotland (then to Illinois & Iowa), and the Sylvanus Pease/Charlotte Taylor line of Illinois. I'm also proudly descended from the Curley's of Nebraska.

Other closely related lines I research are the Cruzens descended from Cornelius, Lamborns in America, Freemans of the Mary Cherry line, and Mendenhalls (descended from "John the Immigrant" & Elizabeth Maris).

I've built a virtual cemetery for the men of Company E, 33rd Iowa Infantry in which my GG Grandfather served during the Civil War. If you find a member of that unit who I've not yet included, please message me with their name and number and I will place him with his comrades.
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 • 45 Memorials Added
 • 128 Memorials Managed
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33rd Iowa Infantry Co. E (71)
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Jerry Coffman
Cruzen Family
Me again. I just noticed you have Cruzen's in you family.
My wife has an Elizabeth J Cruzen Trout in her family born 8 Mar 1839 in Ohio and died 1 Jan 1918 in Mahaska, Iowa.
Just wondering if this might be the same family.
Thanks again
Jerry Coffman
Added by Jerry Coffman on Jan 31, 2015 11:14 AM
Jerry Coffman
Jonathan Trout
I see where you just entered this memorial not long ago.
I am trying to get a picture of the stone but they want to know where he is.
Can you help in any way?
Memorial # 129106780
Jerry Coffman
Added by Jerry Coffman on Jan 31, 2015 11:10 AM
Glenn Fleming
RE: Etta Bennett Johnson

Your welcome.Like you after doing a search also assume that Etta was Harriet/Hattie.Are you aware that Ida had been married?Her last name was Bush.She died of typhoid fever in Fairfax,SD.Her obit doesn't mention Harriet.

Best regards,

Added by Glenn Fleming on Oct 16, 2014 8:42 AM
Jan McKee
RE: Cliff Cameron
your very welcome.
Added by Jan McKee on Sep 27, 2014 9:23 AM
Nancy Roberts
I transferred Albert. I will add the pictures.
Added by Nancy Roberts on Aug 03, 2014 8:45 PM
Nancy Roberts
The thanks is appreciated. I just noticed that Albert Cargile 1918-96 is not included . I am going to go ahead and add him. Are you related?
Added by Nancy Roberts on Aug 03, 2014 8:09 PM
C & N Rasmussen
RE: 25th & 33rd Iowa
Sorry for the delay, but I have finally added Lt. Charles Barker to the 25th Iowa Infantry Regiment virtual cemetery. Also, thanks for offering your 33rd Iowa Infantry members for my 33rd Iowa Infantry cemetery. I will certainly add them!
Added by C & N Rasmussen on Jul 20, 2014 8:14 PM
RE: Ena Curley - Hot Springs
Hi Mike:
You are welcome for the picture but I did want to apologize for the grass clippings etc in the picture as they had just finished mowing in that section just before we had arrived & then they were weed-whacking so hence...the grass clippings etc....

Have a great afternoon,
Added by Beth.Bailey on Jul 16, 2014 10:54 AM
Tracy Lichtenwalter
Greenwood Cemetery
You are so welcome for the pictures & correction. I have actually added pics for the entire cemetery. Hope you have a safe & Happy 4th of July!
Added by Tracy Lichtenwalter on Jul 02, 2014 3:11 PM
Kathlene McMann-Lukasik
RE: Carl & Swan Cruzen
It was my pleasure. Good luck with the rest of your family. I ordered Carl's but they won't send it to me without a certified document that I am related. California is sticky like that. I will cancel my order and you can order it yourself. Let me know if there is any problems.

Good luck,
Added by Kathlene McMann-Lukasik on Jun 04, 2014 10:09 AM
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