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Sandy Chandonia (#47199243)
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Bio Photo I love doing genealogy work. In the past I had people help me when I was too far away. Now that I have retired from the USPS, I will give back to others.
I have worked on my family trees since the early 1970s'
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Jeffrey W. Adams
Freddie Widows
Hi again Sandy,
I notice you also located a headstone for young Freddie Widows in Oak Hill Cemetery, and you created a memorial for him #131273939. Freddie was the 9th of 9 children of William H. Widdows (or Widows) and Sarah Snyder-Widows, my 2nd great grandparents. I would gladly accept transfer of management for Freddie, if you are so inclined, as I have some additional detail and links to add to his memorial. Regards, Jeff Adams
Added by Jeffrey W. Adams on Jun 18, 2014 2:35 PM
Jeffrey W. Adams
William Widows/Widdows
Thank you for Sarah Widows' headstone photo and your research efforts on her husband William Widows (sometimes Widdows). They are great-great-grandparents to me. I am descended via Sarah's daughter Nell Widows (mentioned in obit as Mrs. Sam Burbridge, later Mrs. Calvin Spencer). My mother was a Burbridge. I have not seen Sarah's obit (is a copy available?) but what you shared confirms information I had from other sources. Same for 1896 Iowa Census record. William and Sarah were recorded in 1880 U.S. and 1885 Iowa censuses in Tama, Iowa. Prior to that they were in Indiana, where they married in 1857. I found records citing William's 1861-1865 military service in Infantry Regiments from Indiana. I see two memorials for William H. Widdows. One (#3683108) reflects a 1910 military burial (perhaps a re-interment) in Leavenworth National Cemetery. A second memorial (#119749137) lists an 1886 death and burial in Oak Hill cemetery. I'd like to resolve this puzzle. I cannot rule out that there are two individuals named William H. Widdows involved, but my strong suspicion is that William died in Tama, and perhaps initially buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. But then was re-interred with military honors 24 years later in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Headstone photos for Willard Isaac Fife and wife Ida J. Widows-Fife (Sarah's daughter), or other Fifes, would be nice to have if you visit the cemetery again. I am 1,800 miles away, in Long Beach, California.
Thank you again for your kind efforts. Regards, Jeff Adams (#48181502)
Added by Jeffrey W. Adams on Jun 13, 2014 3:53 PM
Floyd Thomas Steveson
Thank you Sandy for taking the time to photograph the headstone for Floyd and his wife.
Added by NebraskaGirl on Jun 13, 2014 4:12 AM
Jim Livermore
Julia Smith
Thanks for the photo!
Added by Jim Livermore on Jun 13, 2014 2:57 AM
Bess & Robert Ingles
Thank you foe the great picture of Robert & Bess Ingles memorial. Would you mind if we used it in our family website and our tree in ancestry with credit given to you? Thanks again, we will pass the favor on.
Added by gingels on Jun 12, 2014 12:39 PM
Thanks for the pictures Linda
Added by LINDA JOYCE OLDENBORG-SMI... on Jun 09, 2014 10:13 AM
Renee Arnold
Louisa A. (Henry) Graham photo
Thank you so very much for taking the photo of Louisa Graham's grave marker! I appreciate your effort and time spent to fulfill my request. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and again, thank you!
Added by Renee Arnold on May 23, 2014 7:58 PM
Nancy Wallace
Cemetery Pics
Thank you so much for all the pictures you took at the Fee Cemetery and getting them posted.
Added by Nancy Wallace on May 23, 2014 4:55 PM
Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama
Thanks for taking the photos of Mahlon and Maxine Pelham's headstones.
Added by P2-ABQ on May 23, 2014 2:10 PM
Jeffrey W. Adams
Photo Requests - Widdows
Hi Sandy,
I notice you claimed two of my photo requests William Harrison Widdows and his wife Sarah Synder-Widdows, my 2nd great-grandparents, supposedly spending their cemetery years in Oakhill Cemetery, Tama, Iowa.
Just to let you know, I found conflicting information about William's date of death and final resting place. Find-a-Grave cites 10-Oct-1886 in Oakhill Cemetery. But "U.S., Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960," cites 21-Oct-1910 at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Kansas. Here is that link:
(William is incorrectly indexed with middle initial as "L" but actual document clearly shows an "H"). That William died in 1910 is unlikely because the 1900 U.S. (and 1905 Iowa) census records show wife Sarah living with her daughter, with no sign of William. And 1910 census records shows Sarah as widowed. There could be two William H. Widdows involved here, but my working theory is that there is only one, and that he did indeed die in 1886, but that he was re-interred in the National Cemetery in Kansas in 1910, owing to his Civil War service.
If you are able to find a grave for William and/or Sarah, it would certainly shed more light on this issue.
Sincere thanks,
Jeffrey W. Adams
Long Beach, CA
Added by Jeffrey W. Adams on May 04, 2014 8:33 AM
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