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Betty Frain (#46858568)
 member for 10 years, 5 months, 2 days
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Twenty-five years ago a friend told me she had a new hobby, genealogy, and how much fun she was having. I immediately contacted my mother who informed me that we owned six family Bibles. I have been deep into this ever since. I started with my mother's family in Loudoun County, VA. Her parents were third cousins, a fact she did not know. Of course I added my father's family, my husband's family, and both my daughter-in-law's and son-in-law's families. Then by adding wives, mothers, sisters, brothers, ancestors, descendants, I have ended up with a database of about 37,000. All are related to me or to someone I am related to.
Most of my time has been spent in Loudoun County, Virginia. I wrote two books on Union Cemetery in Leesburg, a book on Monocacy Cemetery in Bealsville, Montgomery County, MD, Death Records of Fairfax County, VA, and co-authored books on the Death Records of Loudoun County, VA and Marriages after 1850 in Loudoun County, Va. I have also been involved in the preparation of Cemetery Books published by Thomas Balch Library. All of these books are available through Heritage Books.

I am more than happy to share any information I have. My cemetery pictures are there for anyone who needs them. They have been taken over the last 19 years. I will ask that you let me know if you are using a family picture because that means you are probably at least a cousin and I want to know you.

If you see errors, please let me know. Let's get all these people linked! But PLEASE everyone, use the Edit button on the memorial that needs changing! It takes about 2 minutes to make changes using that button. It can take 1/2 an hour or more to find the memorial you would like changed, if you don't use that button, and often I cannot be sure if I am looking at the correct person even then. In that case I may spend an hour or more looking. That takes away from someone else's time. Be fair!


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Bill Horten
transfer management of memorial
Hi Betty,

Can you please transfer the management of the online memorial of my cousin Evelyn A. Boswell. Find A Grave Memorial# 53659218 to me Thank you very much for creating this for us.

Bill Horten (#47074755)
Added by Bill Horten on Jan 07, 2017 8:20 AM
Darlene Athey-Hill
Find A Grave Memorial# 50392749
Hi Betty,

Can you please tell me your source for the date of death for Nancy Athey? I haven't been able to locate a source/death record. Am assisting a descendant of hers. Nancy's daughter's death record indicates that Nancy's maiden name was Matthews. Right now I can't locate any original source records for the marriage of George Athey and Nancy, although I did locate them on the 1860 census. However, I can't locate them on the 1870 census, although I located what appears to be their daughter Lucy living in the Loy household in Loudoun, VA (which makes me think her parents died). Any information you can provide will be most appreciated.
Added by Darlene Athey-Hill on Jan 03, 2017 2:11 PM
Heather from VA
Frank Beans at Ketoctin
Do you know if the Frank Beans ( b.1874) who is buried at Ketoctin is the son of the Abner Beans who is also buried there? I have a Frank Beans in my tree, but I thought his birthdate was around 1859/1860. In a census, it shows Abner having a son called Frank, but the birthdate was c. 1860. I'm not having any luck finding any other Franks. I do know my Frank was married to an Ella Howell, but they divorced and she moved to WV with her adult son Luther.

Can't find a death certificate or marriage license for Frank. Loudoun County has a newspaper index online. It doesnt list the actual newspaper clippings, just headlines. I only found one mention in the clippings of a Frank Beans (the one here in Ketoctic). So I am just wondering if this Frank and my Frank are the same person.

Thanks :)
Added by Heather from VA on Dec 12, 2016 8:28 AM
Carl Catherman
Ralph Gheen
Thank you very much for adding the bio note. I appreciate your quick response.
Added by Carl Catherman on Dec 11, 2016 7:22 AM
Mike Adduddell
Adams family Genealogy...
Dear Betty,
Wow! Thanks for all your work. I have been linking some of James C Adams/Sarah A Gains and some of their 10 kids: 73920685/73920632. I have linked Fancy 'Fanny' Lee Adams, Scott N Adams and you had linked Benjamin F Adams. There are 7 more kids to link. I will review your work to find the remainder of the kids/spouses and kids.
What a blessing you are to the 40,000 people you have documented in the cemetery records. I know that takes so much time. Thank You for making our families available online. My job seems to be taking your info and others and linking these family members together, so I only have a few Memorials.
The Adams family are Extended, EXTENDED family through many marriages. I just passed 66,400 linked family members. I add all my data to FamilyTree so our families will always have the info for FREE.
Thank you for all your work! You have made/are making such a difference to so many families.
Mike Adduddell
Added by Mike Adduddell on Dec 02, 2016 2:54 PM
Nellie NY
Michael Curley
Thank you so much for the transfer. I really appreciate it.
Added by Nellie NY on Nov 17, 2016 9:58 AM
Bernard Johnson
Gate of Heaven
Betty, are you near Gate of Heaven in MD? My public message here has disappeared but email me please.
Added by Bernard Johnson on Sep 21, 2016 3:33 PM
Douglas Hunt
Thanks so much for the transfer!

Added by Eric on Sep 09, 2016 9:44 AM
david alquest
Van Sickler
Hello Betty,
Thank you so much for your great work with Find-A-Grave and ancestry. So many of my family are buried in North Fork Baptist Cemetery in Loudoun County - Van Sickler, Holmes, Hughes, Craven, Coe...
I don't know if you are still active with this work, so I will take a long shot to ask you about a grave - Emanuel Van Sickler who was born on May 19, 1818 and died in Loudoun County in 1855. It seems most of his family is in North Fork, but I can't find him - my great great grandfather. Have you seen his grave?
Best regards.

David Alquest
Added by david alquest on Sep 01, 2016 11:23 PM
Michael Dutton
James Owen Hanvey
I have submitted an edit request to change the date of death from 22 May 1903 to 22 May 1908. After looking at the headstone under enlargement the year engraved on the stone is clearly 1908.


Michael R. Dutton

PS: He was a great-uncle to me, the brother of my grandmother's father. My grandmother was Dorothy Karr Hanvey.
Added by Michael Dutton on Aug 14, 2016 3:54 PM
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