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Rodney Belcher (#47080433)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogy research for 30 years and this site has been a great way for me to find ancestors grave photos and I also enjoy making new monuments and taking photos for others and my own too. I have been trying to go to cemeteries all over on vacation to add more to my list. I have taken photos in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. I love being complete and as error free as possible, so if you have info for someone I have created a monument for, please send it to me for correction. Also, if it is your relative and you want to manage it...feel free to ask. I just love this site and want to give it my all for genealogist and just for people who want their relatives found and honored.

I am a member of The Ypsilanti Historical Society and The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County. As such, I have been afforded the privilege of access to the Fletcher/White Archives at the YHS Museum and the resources of the GSWC, not to mention the wealth of knowledge of those I am surrounded by at these establishments. Therefore, sometimes I am exposed to information that is not immediately able to provide physical documentation to be posted on media sites such as these. But, I am not in the habit of arbitrarily suggesting edits for no reason. I am very conscious of the negative impact not being honest, thorough and professional when dealing with historical matters. Taking that in mind, I am not infallible. If I made an honest mistake I will correct it. But, please, make sure you have the documentation to back up your claim.

Please feel free to reuse any of my photos I post. Just give me credit... unlike some other members, I feel that this should be a sharing site, after all we all have the same goals (or should)... finding and sharing info on ancestors!!!
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Pat Lowry
George Willis Thayer
Re memorial 14604363. I am the g-granddaughter of George Willis Thayer. His parents are not Reuben & Julia as you have listed. They are Willis & Maria Wing Thayer of NY. His siblings are not correct either as the only ones we know of are his half siblings named Richardson. Also, there is another memorial # 123069324 created by Marc Thayer III with the same incorrect information. The obit added by MixedStock was great & was new to me.
Pat Thayer Lowry
Added by Pat Lowry on Aug 04, 2015 5:54 PM
Dean Newton and Caroline Salisbury
Hello Rodney,

Can you provide your sources for the birth dates you have asked me to add to the memorials for these two folks in Highland cemetery?

Added by MixedStock on Jul 08, 2015 2:57 PM
Sherry Goolsby, Genealogical Research
Joseph Frank Smith #11826432
Hi Rodney,

I was a good friend of Kris Rossi's. I did alot of research for her on John Frank Smith. Yes, Laura Belle Anderson did marry a "John Frank Smith", but not "Joseph Frank Smith #11826432". Joseph Frank Smith was married to the same woman (Tollie Wilson) and lived in the same town and same county and same state his whole life. Please go to #11826432 and look at the census forms for Joseph Frank Smith.

Could U please delete Joseph Frank Smith from being a husband to Laura Belle Anderson?

Thanks so much,
A good friend of Kris Rossi---my name is Sherry.
Added by Sherry Goolsby, Genealogi... on Jul 03, 2015 5:30 PM
Hi. I uploaded a photo for Nettie Sponaugle. The marker includes the name Leora in parenthesis rather than Lavern. I also created a memorial for James Sponaugle, who is buried next to her. Hope this helps.
Added by MixedStock on Jun 11, 2015 8:10 PM
George W. Thayer
Thought you might be interested in the following obit published 1/13/1904 in the Ann Arbor Courier Register:

He Was Prominent in Local Politics-
Is Survived by a Widow and Five Children.

Geo. Thayer of River street was found dead in his bed last Saturday. He was down town Friday and was apparently in good health. The doctor thinks he must have died about midnight and attributes the cause to heart disease. He is survived by a widow and five children, Will Thayer of Detroit, Mrs. Myra Pettis of this city, Miss Ella, who is at the School for the Blind, at Lansing, Miss Florence and Frank, who are living at home. He was prominent in local politics and last spring was the republican candidate for alderman of the fourth ward. He was about 54 years old.
Added by MixedStock on Jun 10, 2015 9:14 PM
Vicki Cannon and Julia Lewis
RE: Photo
You are very welcome.
Added by Vicki Cannon and Julia Le... on May 26, 2015 4:24 PM
Dianne Caves Carman
RE: Sad News
I'm sorry but I don't know who you are talking about. Are we related?
Added by Dianne Caves Carman on May 19, 2015 5:24 PM
Doug Young
Nettie Sponaugle
I am currently working on your photo request.
Added by Doug Young on May 18, 2015 1:13 PM
Dwight Lowry

I have asked the creator of his memorial to move him to the correct cemetery. He is actually buried at Bear Swamp Baptist in Pembroke, NC (Robeson County) beside his father and near his sister, Syvetra Lowry Armstrong.

Added by melanie on May 14, 2015 11:43 PM
Wife of Chester Alexander
Hi Rodney,

I uploaded some photos today to G.W. Alexander, his wife, Louisa Yost Alexander and their son, Chester Lee Alexander in Highland Cemetery in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I was just looking at other members of this family and I think you may have created a duplicate for Chester's wife. Your memorial lists her as "Mrs. Chester Alexander," but there was a memorial set up in 2010 by Rick W for Chester's wife, Avis L. Stevens Alexander (memorial #46926252). You both have death dates in 1896 for her, but they are in different months. I have met Rick and know that he usually relies on cemetery records, but he could have the date wrong. Chester and Avis had a daughter, Avis Alexander, who Rick also created a memorial for but he inadvertently swapped the pictures he took for each woman's memorial. I have advised him of this problem and I am sure he will correct it.

Also, while I got photos of G. W., Louisa, and Chester, I also got photos and created memorials for Marjorie A. Pitts and her husband, Walter Charles Pitts, who are buried in the same plot as this trio. Rudimentary research led me to conclude Marjorie is another of Chester and Avis's daughters. Strange that the daughter and her husband are buried with the father and grandparents while Chester's wife and other daughter (the two Avises) are buried in a different block of the cemetery nearby.

Hope this helps!

Added by MixedStock on Apr 23, 2015 10:38 PM
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