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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible.
Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /October 15, 2015 (profile updated)

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Janet Mercurio
RE: Ollie and Harley Bradford inscriptions
Richard - Thank you for clarifying this. Yes, as the day went on and I found the burial of brother Harley who died the same year as she, I realized that the inscription must have been "Children of.." Thank you for verifying this. I appreciate it.
- Janet
Added by Janet Mercurio on Jun 29, 2016 7:48 PM
Leon Stebleton
In the first paragraph, the dates for his father Solomon Stipelton are (1790-1866).

Jacob Stebleton is my great-grandfather.

Thank you. Leon
Added by Leon Stebleton on Jun 29, 2016 7:31 PM
Janet Mercurio
# 161357027
Richard - Thank you for the photos of the grave of Ollie Mae Bradford. I'm curious about the text on the grave that gives the initial of her parents. You say that it says "Child of O.O. an M.M." but it looks like that first word is longer than the 5 letters in "child." Might it say "Daughter" of, instead? I just couldn't make the photo legible enough to read it clearly. Thank you for any clarification you can offer me in this regard.
Thank you very much - Janet
Added by Janet Mercurio on Jun 29, 2016 2:59 PM
Jerry Nelson
RE: Effie Fellinger headstone photo
Richard: I see that you've listed Larry as a child of Effie. His name is Jerry George Fellinger, born Jan 1935 in Iowa. He apparently had a naval career as he was at least a LtCDR in the 60's.
Added by Jerry Nelson on Jun 27, 2016 12:27 PM
Dave Wells
Henry Vincent Downs -62345094
Hi Richard,
Yes the name of his parents, at least his father is incorrect in the posted obituary/bio, since his father was Isaac, not John.
However, the text"He was one of eight children and is survived by five sisters and one brother, Mrs. Margaret Maxwell, Bellefontaine, OH, Miss Sue Downs, Benhaven, PA, F. H. Downs, Bellefontaine, OH, Mrs. John McKirhan, Northwood, OH, Mrs. Milligan Creighton, Belle Center, OH. Two sisters, Mrs. John Speer and Mrs. Cyrus Johnson had preceded him in death." has all been verified and validated along with his birth date and listing in the census records.
So I believe the links proposed to his parents to be correct, and have submitted the corresponding ones for his siblings, which are currently being processed.

I would propose that you add the appropriate "(sic)" following his father's name in the obit, to denote the variation and our assumption that it is in error.
Thanks for making me check and verify, Dave
Added by Dave Wells on Jun 23, 2016 3:04 PM
Jeannette Hayward
my grandfather
I had a hint on the ancestry site and it lead me here. Listed is my great grandfather Frances Ashberry Woodfin. I have information on his children and what happened after he died leaving Delia and 5 small children... the state took them away from her and she died finding only 4 of her children. My grandfather never knew she was looking for him. My grandfather was Theodore Woodside but was adopted by the Stoner's. He married and they had six children and my father is the only one still living. I would love to know more about Martha Woodside and the family. I am not sure if you are related or if you fill in this information from the cemetery but I thank you from the bottom of my heart... Jeannette

Added by Jeannette Hayward on Jun 12, 2016 9:47 PM
John W Herman
Hi! John W Herman is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield. His page has him the son of George H Herman and Catherine Palmer Herman.

Technically, Catherine was his step-mother. His birth mother was Cecilia Lehman Herman who died approximately three months after he was born in Madison, Indiana.

John is a sister to Emily Herman Lang (Find A Grave Memorial# 19616463 by Anonymous) and Magdalena Catherine Herman Lang (Duplicates - Find A Grave Memorial# 19524727 by Anonymous and Find A Grave Memorial# 111533608 by you). The sisters were married to George Philip Lang (Find A Grave Memorial# 196164840. (All in Evergreen Cemetery)

George Philip is my great-grandfather and Emily Herman Lang is my great-grandmother. Cecilia Lehman (Find A Grave Memorial# 94411374) is the mother of all six of George H Herman Sr children.

Edward W Herman, another brother, is buried in Saint Michael Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.
Find A Grave Memorial# 142141143

Sister Mary disappeared in 1859. None of the family heard from her after she left home to go to St. Louis from Burlington. Brother George H Herman Jr is a Civil War Casualty, in the Battle of Chickamauga, Tennessee.

Thank you for putting all those graves on FindAGrave!

Julie Lang Van de Voort
Added by Julie on Jun 10, 2016 4:26 PM
Ben Bower
Leroy Heisel bio

On Leroy Heisel's Find A Grave bio, Glasgow Cemetery, you have a request for information. I found his second wife, Vera Barnett Marshall. I have added her as a second wife, so you should see it appear soon. She was buried in Spencer Cemetery in 1995.

Ben Bower
Added by Ben Bower on Jun 06, 2016 9:30 AM
Helen Gardner Hall
Find A Grave Memorial# 161683347
In a note, you asked for more information on the E. on Cora's headstone. I found a marriage record for her as the mother of Thelma. [Cora Evelyn Bell in entry for William P. Johnston and Thelma Elaine Byers, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"].

My question is: Where is the source for her maiden name of Allen? I thought her maiden name was Bell. I was wondering if you have that information.

Thanks so much for all your work!
Helen Hall
Added by Helen Gardner Hall on Jun 02, 2016 12:33 PM
Karen Brewer
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I just wanted to thank you for all you do on Find A Grave. I know you spend an incredible amount of time on accuracy in your bio's and photographing headstones (which includes travel). Thank you!
Karen Johnston Brewer
Added by Karen Brewer on May 31, 2016 9:26 AM
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