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Lela Parris Koch (#47311410)
 member for 6 years, 6 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo I started working on the family trees, of my husband and myself, about 50 years ago. I was never told that there would be no end to it.

My children gave me my first computer for my birthday, this year. (2010) I am having the time of my life. Find A Grave is the best thing that ever happened to a genealogist. Pushing buttons is much better than reading film until your eyes cross.

Most of the memorials I have added are not my family. I will be more than happy to transfer those to anyone who can add information and/or pictures. You do not have to be related. A good friend is better than nothing.

Please do NOT add death certificates to my memorials. Just ask for a transfer and then when it is your memorial you can add anything you like.

Please USE THE EDIT TAB and send documentation with your edits. I don't change my memorials without documentation. You may prefer to ask for a transfer and that will be fine as long as it isn't my family.

Please, please, please use the edit in the upper right hand corner of the memorial you wish to have edited.

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GG Simon
Meta Simon
Thankn you Ms. Koch
Added by GG Simon on Jan 11, 2017 6:45 PM
GG Simon
Meta Simon
Ms. Koch I am GG Simon Meta was my Dad's sister I would like to add her to my Find A Grave page if I may
Thank you
Find a Grave #113346785
Added by GG Simon on Jan 11, 2017 2:43 PM
Sandy Mulhern
Sgt John Ordway
I am a descendant of the Ordways out of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I'm writing particularly with an interest in Sgt. John Ordway who was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I am not directly descended from him as his children did not appear to have descendants.

I am descended from another Ordway line - James, James, Moses, Moses, Moses, Jeremiah, Edgar, Franklin, Lyle and myself.

I thought you might be interested in my line, as several members of my family ended up in the north coast of Oregon - Clatsop County. This is near the area called the end of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, where they spent their time exploring the mouth of the Columbia and down the coast. Whenever we visited the National Monument we noticed Sgt. John's name but had no idea until about 20 years ago that he was related even though indirectly. It is really ironic that several lines of Ordways settled along the Columbia River which follows the Expedition. Not sure if it was on purpose or accidental.

All of my research on the Ordways indicates that anyone that lives in the USA descended from the original James Ordway - 1621 - 1708. The original had a sister and brother that immigrated with him, but neither appeared to have offspring.

Thought you might be interested in this information. I now live 3 hours from the North Coast area, but could be convinced to visit there and take photos, if you are interested.

By the way, your information on his was very interesting.

Sandy (Ordway) Mulhern
Salem, Oregon
Added by Sandy Mulhern on Dec 29, 2016 6:08 PM
Deanne (Hardy) McKinney
Sylvester and Cynthia (Burgan) Parris
I found your Find A Grave memorials for Sylvester and Cynthia (Burgan/Burgin) Parris and am thrilled to see that you have done such thorough research on them. I would like to know if you are related to them and, if so, swap family history information with you. I am related on the Burgan side and have lots of information on the descendants of Nelson and Permilia Burgan if you're intersted. My email address is if you'd like to contact me directly.

Find A Grave # 46613454
Added by Deanne (Hardy) McKinney on Nov 13, 2016 2:18 AM
Memorial# 40187965
I thought you might be interested since you furnished info for this memorial.

We mourn the death of our good friend, Captain G. Keith Gordon, who died in San Antonio, Texas, February 1st. Captain Gordon was 87 years old. He was a native of England, and entered the British navy at the age of 14 as a midshipman, and served on several British man-of-war during the days of sailing vessels, participated in battles with slave traders and experienced other maritime adventures before he retired from the army and came to Texas to settle near Junction in 1881. Among the notable events of history in which Captain Gordon participated was his presence at Zanzibar, Africa, when the small group of faithful negro followers of Dr. David Livingstone brought the body of that great missionary to the coast for transportation to England. He retired from ranching some years ago and moved to San Antonio, and while there was frequently a guest speaker before different civic bodies. For some time there was on exhibition at the Witte Museum in that city models of old time sailing vessels, including a replica of the U. S. S. "Constitution”, which Captain Gordon made during spare hours, and these models were perfect in all details. He was known and loved throughout the ranch country of West Texas, and hundreds of friends mourn his death. – Frontier Times Magazine, March 1937.
Added by Irememberu on Sep 24, 2016 8:33 AM
Gary Bagby
S. David Nelson 1880-1917
Mrs. Koch,
My name is Gary Bagby and I have been a member of the Pleasant Hill Police Department for 25 years now. With in the last 6 months I have been trying to do research on Samuel David Nelson to gather all the facts surrounding his death while being on duty in hopes of getting his name added to the National Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Memorial Wall and the Missouri Fallen Officers Memorial Wall. I have done some checking with the Pleasant Hill Times the local news paper but unfortunately the papers are in such bad shape they are falling apart. If you are able to provide any information that you have obtained that may be able to help me get Officer Nelson the respect he deserves I would appreciate the help.
Thank You, Sgt Gary Bagby
Added by Gary Bagby on Sep 15, 2016 12:44 PM
Herron Stooksbury
RE: Leonard & Emeline Vinsant Herron Grigsby Chapel Cementery
Thank you for your response. I also presume they are buried at Grigsby Chapel with there children, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren but I don't have proof. What proof do you have that they are buried there. Thanks for your help
Gae Herron Stooksbury
Added by Herron Stooksbury on Sep 09, 2016 8:44 AM
Herron Stooksbury
Leonard & Emeline Vinsant Herron Grigsby Chapel Cementery
I noticed you posted a memorial for Leonard and Emeline Vinsant Herron-Grigsby Chapel Cemetery, Knoxville TN. Please advise how you know they are buried there. Where did you get the information. There are also 2 rocks that are markers for Herron babies but they are not mentioned. Are you related to the Herron's or the Vinsants?
Thanks for you help
Gae Herron Stooksbury
Added by Herron Stooksbury on Sep 08, 2016 12:23 PM
Darcy Marie
William C Garvin #92011903
Thank you so much for linking William to his wife (Darcus Jane Yeargin Garvin) so quickly. Just seems like they should be linked here since they could not be buried together after so many years of marriage. Thank you again!
Added by Darcy Marie on Aug 13, 2016 2:19 AM
Adelina N Healy
RE: John Shepard

I am just curious where you got your information from. I even went so far as to contact a cememtery commissioner about him to no avail. And a long time researcher on the Shepard family told me he could not find where John Shepard nor his son William S
hepard were buried. If your post is right then I am happy. Thank you!
Added by Adelina N Healy on Aug 05, 2016 11:42 AM
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