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Kevin Avery (#47024642)
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Bio Photo If you know of any one memorialized here who served aboard the USS Melvin DD-680 in the Pacific Theatre during WW II, please let me know.

I'm a transplanted New Englander. My parents are Paul Oscar Avery(1921-2003) and Betty Wheaton Avery(1925-1992). My mom's and aunt's interest in family history was passed to me. I have been doing family history research for over 25 years, most of which has been in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine.

I am retired, and live in The Villages, Florida, and would be happy to find and photograph cemetery stones of your friends or family in the Sumter - Lake - Marion County area.

If you find some pictures or monuments I haven't included, I'd love to hear from you when you post them. And corrections or additions to my postings are welcome. All suggestions are responded to within 48 hours unless I am out of town. If you supply me with additional information, I will always research and double check it before posting it to a memorial. There is simply too much inaccurate information out there.

Please use the EDIT button on the memorial to initiate correspondence and recommend updates. I am no longer able to respond to emails that do not provide quick and easy access to the memorial in question.

Regarding transfers outside guidelines..... I will consider transfer to those who have a proven track record of collaboration on FindAGrave. I have been burned once too many times by new contributors that are subsequently unresponsive. And PLEASE do not demand transfers. If you do, you will be ignored.

I have completed projects on all cemeteries in Hawley, Buckland, Colrain, and Charlemont, Massachusetts. And another in Sears Cemetery in Barnstable County. Current projects include the Jenks Family in Rhode Island, and Shelburne, Franklin Co, Mass cemeteries. If any of my entries connects to your ancestors, let me know.

There are so many "orphan" memorials here on Find-A-Grave, many of which have been posted en masse and then forgotten. So many need identification and linking so we know who they were! I believe that posting a memorial carries with it a duty and responsibility to manage that memorial properly, taking the time to research, identify, and link the memorial properly, along with a willingness to work with others who may also have an interest in that memorial. The vast majority of Find-A-Grave contributors are wonderful collaborators. But, if you add thousands of memorials, be prepared to manage and care for them, and at least have the common courtesy to respond to update/correction requests.

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Jan D
Found Joseph Smith, Hatfield
Kevin, I did find Joseph Smith but my camera malfunctioned and I need to go back out and take new photos. He's buried right next to Canada Wait, but overgrown by a large yew. I'll do that in the next week if I can. It's not far. Jan
Added by Jan D on Apr 18, 2014 11:14 AM
James Bianco
Reuben Graves
Reuben & Lydia all set. I wanted to let you know if you needed anyone in Evergreen, just let me know.. I am backlogged. Currently I am trying to upload 1700 pics I took in Northfield Center. Two days now, and I'm half done.
Added by James Bianco on Apr 12, 2014 3:13 PM
James Bianco
Dorcas Lyman Alvord
I've linked her, Thanks!
Added by James Bianco on Apr 11, 2014 8:17 PM
RE: Phillis/Phillippa
Hi Kevin, upon further checking, I do have both names too! So, your choice! Thanks, Patti
Added by Patticlogger on Apr 05, 2014 9:09 AM
Helen M Holt Wilkinson
Links done - Thanks Carol for Billy
Added by Billy on Apr 04, 2014 9:46 AM
Capt. John Brown at Newell Burying Ground
Hi Kevin,

I am wondering what proof (or source) you may have that John Brown (Phillips father) is buried at the Newell Burying Ground. I have checked several sources in Attleborough and can not find any proof that he is buried in this cemetery. I have tried calling the cemetery phone # but keep getting an answering machine. The gentleman has returned my call, but unfortunately I wasn't available when he called back and we have been playing phone tag.

I would REALLY like to have conclusive proof either way that John Brown is or is not buried here. I am writing an historic research paper about him and his son Phillip, so any information would be appreciated.

Thank You,

Judy hadley
Added by Treelady on Apr 01, 2014 10:30 PM
James Bianco
Daniel Worthington
I linked a new child to Daniel & Elizabeth (Loomis) Worthington (Abigail).
Added by James Bianco on Apr 01, 2014 12:35 AM
Eliza Porter Guilford
I linked her to her parents Nathan and Elizabeth - per your information. Thanks for helping. I remember taking the photograph of this particular monument because hers is alone at the cemetery, no other relatives are nearby, and I thought at the time that was sad, to die so young, with no family in the area. I know now that her husband and young daughter went back to Massachusetts, and while she is still alone here in Wisconsin, it makes me feel good to finally get to at least connect her with links to her husband and her daughter (in Ashfield Massachusetts)and now, too, with her mother and father on findagrave. I like that; it's the next best thing, you know? Again thanks for your information, it makes her "circle" complete. Best regards,
Added by barcpb61 on Mar 13, 2014 4:33 PM
Julie Booker
IOOF Lake City
I have added the family memeber to the memorial for the Avery family.
Added by Julie Booker on Mar 11, 2014 8:29 AM
One Foot In The Grave
RE: Fred Howard Moffitt

Yes, I still miss John. We spent years collaborating via email on Peoria County people on Find A Grave - I did research for him - and he stopped to visit me in Peoria several times. He had many, many thousands of memorials that he had created and it was his idea to form a genealogy group to "own" those memorials collectively (along with those added by me and eventually a number of other people). It was almost like he knew he might die young because he wanted other people to be able to own and edit his memorials if anything happened to him. It can be a mess otherwise when someone died who has a lot of memorials. I've been trying to fill his shoes part time by answering emails, editing memorials, etc since he died.

I have quite a bit of information on Princeville area people (and Peoria, Knox, Fulton, Stark, Marshall and Woodford counties in general). My wife and I both grew up out there or in my case from farms around there. My Slane family moved to Princeville in 1840 and I still have a few relatives in Peoria County. If you ever want to ask what I have in my file on a particular family or person from this area feel free to ask. I don't have a lot of spare time to do research for people but I'm happy to do what I can. I have 275,000 people in my file now and I need to start doing more with it to help people before I depart this world myself (I'm 70).

Mel Slane
Peoria, IL
Added by One Foot In The Grave on Mar 09, 2014 12:53 PM
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