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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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Elvira Bartlett
Kevin, Thank you for the info.
Added by Theresa on Jul 22, 2014 7:36 PM
Nancy Painthorse Salisbury
Hey kevin, William and Susannah Salisbury are also my 8GGrandparents, the source that I had used on Susannah Cotton was She had showed up from member trees and she was a hint there, so I did assume that, that was her maiden name. Her son is John Salisbury, he was the 20 year old son that was murdered along with his father and 9 other poor souls. I have been out the the memorial site out in Swansea, Mass, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had placed that memorial in 1912. All the names are placed on that memorial to honor the men lost. I may be in error on Susannah, as I don't have conclusive evidence of correct information, though I doubt the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would place all of their names if that information was incorrect. Will change Susannah Cotton info, although if conclusive information is found, it will be placed correct.
Added by Nancy Painthorse Salisbur... on Jul 22, 2014 4:44 PM
Sarah Xavier
Morse Family
Hi Kevin,

I just added some photos of the Morse Family stone at Elmwood cemetery in Holyoke MA. I also submitted a change for Samuel Morse's birth year (based on the date on the stone). I also created memorials for Samuel and Mary's two children also buried there - Frank S. (#133053847) and Florence E. (#133053887) and linked them back to the parents. I'm happy to transfer these two new memorials to you if you like. I know you will find that I'm new to findagrave but I promise I'm not a flake. I found/joined the site after the recent death of my mother and I'm really enjoying it so far!
Added by Sarah Xavier on Jul 19, 2014 8:32 PM
Michael V Drachman

Just a FYi,, the field picture you posted is section C on this memorial.. I have put up the stone and will post a nice shot of the D field..

Added by Michael V Drachman on Jul 17, 2014 3:18 AM
RE: Elizabeth Sturgis
Thanks for clarifying that; I didn't know. Since I have seen general overviews of a cemetery on an individual memorial, I didn't realize they came from the Cemetery Listing itself. I did also submit several photos to the Ancient Cemetery listing, which have been accepted.
Added by ParkerMoulton on Jul 13, 2014 11:35 AM
Julie Nathanson
Peter Everett
Thanks Kevin for the info.

Added by Julie Nathanson on Jul 09, 2014 6:37 AM
Julie Mc
RE: Selina (Cooke) Ray
You welcome Kevin,
As best I can make out, I think the Epitaph's read...

In vain we plead, the husbands efforts scorn(?)
The purpose fixed, no human power could sway
Nor children's cries, nor filial love obtain
A kindly respite from the firm decree

and I took Amanda's Pic also...
Thou smiling cherub must thou go
No more to bless thy parents sight
Ah yes thy spotless soul ere long
Will fly to realms of pure delight
Added by Julie Mc on Jul 07, 2014 10:04 AM
Jan D
RE: Joseph Smith
Oh, you are right on the death date! Thanks. I'll correct both.
Added by Jan D on Jul 07, 2014 9:17 AM
Evelyn Brown
Thank you for the obit. Not sure why I couldn't get it all to post earlier. I tried again today and had success! Thank you for all the work you do. Always outstanding!
Added by Theresa on Jul 06, 2014 10:12 AM
Sheila Farrington Schweitzer
Mehetabel Sherman Wellington
Good morning, I just wanted to thank you for linking Mehetabel with her parents who are my line of Wellingtons. It is my goal to link all my family from my latest relative to its very beginning on findagrave so far as is possible. I, too, believe in continued work to improve any site a person takes on to manage.
I am from New York and live in Gainesville, Florida, now. Have been many times to the beautiful Villages where you live to shop and dine. It makes a lovely day out for my husband and self. Thanking you, also, for your dedication to the spirit of Findagrave and for expressing it so beautifully. Have a good day.
Added by Sheila Farrington Schweit... on Jul 06, 2014 5:30 AM
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