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Kevin Avery (#47024642)
 member for 7 years, 4 months, 22 days
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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.

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, the Groton Avery Family, and Shelburne, Franklin Co, Mass cemeteries. If any of my entries connects to your ancestors, let me know.

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. Also, if your e-mail is not provided on your profile page, I won't be able to respond to you if a response is needed. The public messages are not appropriate for back and forth discussion.

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! After posting a memorial, please take the time to research, identify, and link the memorial properly..... it will go along way toward further establishing the credibility of this site.

Regarding transfers outside guidelines..... I will consider transfer to those who have a proven track record of collaboration on FindAGrave.

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Betty Hicks
Robert Hicks
My husband is also, a direct descendant of Robert Hicks. So he is related to your spouse, too. That's cool what was there grandfather's name Jim comes from Ernest Copeland and goes up to Robert.
Added by Betty Hicks on Nov 24, 2015 6:56 AM
RE: Alice Harrigan

I was able to add the photo of the grave stones tonight just fine. I did not have any more information to add.

When I notced you had out a flower on her record I thought maybe ˙iu had known her at one time. It was worth a chance to ask :).

Thank you and have a nice weekend. I am very thankful for all of the entries you have made.


Cori Ryan
Added by CCR on Nov 13, 2015 9:45 PM
Debra Richards (Irishgirl355)
RE: Catherine Avery
You are so welcome Kevin. Glad to help.
Added by Debra Richards (Irishgirl... on Nov 01, 2015 10:26 AM
George and Cora Avery
Links and edits made. Thanks so much for sending the additional information. I do appreciate it! Please let me know if you are related and would prefer to manage their memorials. I would be happy to transfer them to you. Thanks!
Added by paths2present on Oct 30, 2015 11:10 AM
Tyler James McCane
Julia Harbaugh
I copied the info in the email to the bio on my phone and for some reason it included the entire email. Is it fixed now with the info you wanted?
Added by Tyler James McCane on Oct 28, 2015 7:25 PM
Double L
Mary "Mollie" Kennedy Gibbs Gray
Thank you for the information, Have linked her to her husband, John F. Gibbs.
Your help and kindness is appreciated.
Added by Double L on Oct 27, 2015 5:36 PM
RE: Dederick
I contacted Prairie Home about Solon Dederick. This was the response I got back from them:

4/7/1918 for a burial date is all I can come up with.
Added by KJS on Oct 24, 2015 8:31 AM
Thank you for the added info. of this family. It is much appreciated. Thank you, Betty
Added by Betty on Oct 23, 2015 3:53 PM
Lloyd Donahoo
Smith Avery
I have transferred the memorial for Smith Avery #96819309 over to you to manage. I assume he is a relative of yours. I only make memorials of people that are not related to me so others can discover their departed relatives on this site. I have made the additions that you requested.
Added by Lloyd Donahoo on Oct 23, 2015 10:02 AM
Janet Reasoner
Alice Avery
Hello Kevin,
Yes, little Alice's stone is almost impossible to read. When I transcribe an old cemetery I get a list if possible. There wasn't one for Mount Pleasant on the internet, but I found one at the Columbia Genealogy Library. Unfortunately, the only Avery listed was Jacob so I did my best for the rest.

The order of the individual stones in the cemetery was Elizabeth Calkins, Jacob Avery, Alice Avery and Mary Ellen Avery.

I have photographed most of the Columbia cemeteries working on the Lasher family. You seem to be doing the same for the Averys so I transferred them to you. I know you will take good care of them. If there are any I missed please request them through the edit key and I'll be happy to transfer.

Happy grave hunting, Jan Reasoner

Added by Janet Reasoner on Oct 23, 2015 7:52 AM
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