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Tom Nelson (#47054245)
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Bio Photo I'm a retired federal employee who fell into doing some online family research for a friend of mine - a McKenzie - and now I'm in so deep I can't get out! Most of you probably know the feeling. But it's a harmless obsession which I enjoy so I'll stick with it until I pull out the rest of my disappearing hair. I try to post most of my findings on Find A Grave so if you're interested in the McKenzie family who settled in central Missouri after emigrating from North Carolina via Kentucky, just enter the last name - mckenzie - in the box to the right and take a look! As for my own family, some surnames would be Fallas, Fallass, Bray, Oechsli, Mills - all of those in the northeastern quadrant of the lower 48 - and, on the Swedish side, Nilsson and Waldemarsson in the province of Skåne län.

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RE: Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr
Actually, my thought on Sadie (Peats) O'Neal Bryant being his wife comes from the persons name on the application for a miliatry marker - that being shown as Sadie O'Neal Bryant.
Added by Deb on Aug 22, 2015 3:54 PM
RE: Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr
Is it possible that somewhere down the line Charlie Jr had a son also named Charlie who signed his grandfather's DC ? Or as you said, Sadie might have signed it out of "convenience" and didn't bother to put "Mrs" in front of it. The signature looks like that of an older person who has shaky hands.

While I was "wondering" about these people; I was wondering if the markers were set at a later date, perhaps years after the deaths - perhaps whoever set the stones got the death years backwards for the father & son?

I'm running out of ideas. All is speculation at this point - just throwing ideas out there!
Added by Deb on Aug 21, 2015 4:12 PM
RE: Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr
I'll dig around, perhaps over the weekend, and see what else I can come up with on this name, if anything. I don't know how many African-American names you've researched, photographed, or entered but those of us who have done substantial amounts have discovered that in the vast majority of the older names and family lines that the dates can and most often are, off by a any number of years. I've done them where there is 20+ years difference in the tombstone dates and the death certificates. It can be frustrating when trying to find "documented proof" when the documents don't match.

Thanks - I always appreciate further info!
Added by Deb on Aug 20, 2015 11:55 PM
Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr

Charlie Loyd Bryant, Jr #122145004 -- I always appreciate updates and further info on names I've created or maintain, however can you please source your death info for this name? Thanks!
Added by Deb on Aug 19, 2015 5:09 PM
RE: Millard Clyde Wentz
Howdy Tom,

I agree, I wish there was a little simpler way to deal with that issue. It's now been taken care of. Helen transferred it back to me and I've deleted it. Thanks for letting us know of the memorial for Millard with his burial place.

Annie :)

Added by AnnieDuckettHundley on Aug 18, 2015 12:07 AM
RE: Millard Clyde Wentz
Hi Tom,

That's correct, only I can delete it IF I created it (which I did) AND if I manage it. Helen (the person I transferred it to) would either need to ask Find A Grave to delete or transfer it back to me in order for me to delete it. It can't be deleted by me at this point as it is maintained by someone else. I'm happy to delete it if she transfers it back, so I can!

Annie :)
Added by AnnieDuckettHundley on Aug 17, 2015 1:54 PM
Mark McCrady
RE: Kress

It's pretty amusing that Rita is offering advice on her page, when she is putting hundreds in the wrong cemetery! Oh well you find all kinds on Find A Grave.

Have a great day!

Added by Mark McCrady on Aug 06, 2015 3:51 PM
RE: Rev. Roy Osborne Chaney
Thanks so much -- I appreciate it! I have left the "e" off my grandpa's name for now, but will ask my dad about it next week when I see him. It seems that the family has used both spellings. In all the data I can find, the grandfather, Osborn Chaney, used only the spelling without the "e," so that's why I've left it off his son and grandson. Where did you find this wonderful photo of Grandpa?
Added by Juli on Aug 04, 2015 1:48 PM
Mark McCrady

Good luck trying to contact Rita Osborne. She has taken her contact info down because of all the problems she has caused putting up memorials in the wrong cemetery. Here there are 3 Catholic Cemeteries, Calvary, Holy Cross and St Joseph. All the records for all three are kept at Calvary, so, she is using burial lists to add memorials, and since they are kept at Calvary, that's what she is putting up. Myself, and MANY others have told her that she is putting up hundreds of memorials at Calvary for people that are buried in Holy Cross or St Joseph. It does no good. I put up these memorials by photographing in the cemetery where they actually are, so I know they are correct. Therefore, I won't delete mine since they are in the correct cemetery. I really don't care anymore what she is doing, she is an idiot. You may send it to Find a Grave and let them deal with her. I'm not mad at you, I appreciate knowing when I have created a duplicate, but my feeling is that she should take hers down since the Kresses are not in Calvary. I am one of many who are upset with her, but all she cares about is adding massive numbers to her bio, and if they are in the wrong cemetery, then who cares? That's her attitude. Good luck dealing with her.

Added by Mark McCrady on Jul 30, 2015 5:40 PM
RE: DeYong edit
Hi Tom,
Thanks for sharing the story about Ella. The deer at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery are safe within the fences but with the good/bad intentions of humans, they sometimes suffer as well. Humans just can't leave well enough alone. I have dozens of deer photos from my visits there but only saw that large buck the one time. Never saw him again after that.
Appreciate your message. Thank you.
Added by Jami on Jul 29, 2015 8:09 AM
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