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James Harry Lawrence (#47343206)
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Bio Photo First and foremost I'm a serious family historian. Like many others involved in Findagrave I maintain memorials strictly for that purpose. I believe that complete correct memorials created by people who care about the people they memorialize will withstand the test of time and scrutiny. Thank you to the many really nice folks who have transferred family members to me so that I may keep them updated and linked as I continue to research them.

My famous bio is for my cousin Francis Rawn Shunk, 8th governor of the state of Pennsylvania 1845-1848, who died of TB within two weeks of resigning his office. I'm also the proud cousin of two Civil War Brevet Major Generals, Jacob Bowman Sweitzer, who made a difference at the Wheatfield at Gettysburg, and his brother Nelson Bowman "NB" Sweitzer, adjutant to General George McClellan, and later in charge of the troops searching for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. My Civil War associations also include two other cousins who were officers in the Union Army, and my Great Granddad Edward's four brothers and one nephew who, like him, were all Union Army soldiers.

Included amongst my memorials are most of my Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania Revolutionary Patriots from both my Mom's and my Dad's ancestors. All seven were German or Swiss ancestral lines making me very Pennsylvania Dutch.
Find my YDNA at: My kit is #3892 Haplogroup I2a2a1c1b M223 L703 which unfortunately is such a rare DNA nobody else has remotely matched my two cousins and myself in the past 12 years.

My bio photo is of my Great Granddad Edward Lawrence holding the youngest of his three sons, my Granddad George Robbin Lawrence. The photo was taken in 1863 in Philadelphia, Pa right before Edward was drafted into the Union Army.
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John Leister
Please tell me how you know John Leister is born January 1832. Thank you.
Added by Researcher on Dec 05, 2016 4:36 PM
Penny Pennington
Glad you enjoyed the photo of your loved one.
Added by Penny Pennington on Nov 01, 2016 12:08 PM
Steve & Mary Copeland
RE: Hight Family
Thanks Jim. Glad I could help.
Added by Steve & Mary Copeland on Oct 30, 2016 6:34 AM
Dan Oh
I use to have a preamble in front of my bio but findagrave kept taking it off:

"Don't cha hate it when a graver stands on the rules for a transfer? Not Me! I don't care how, or if, you are related as long as you take care of it."

They frowned upon that paragraph.
Added by Dan Oh on Oct 22, 2016 3:37 PM
RE: Outland/Huntsman Family
James, you are most welcome. I am blessed to help. I live in Belmont County. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with in my area.
Lord's Blessings, Roxie
Added by Roxie on Oct 09, 2016 11:06 AM
angel searcher
Both have been transferred. I hope you add bio and show them the love they deserve.
Added by angel searcher on Sep 30, 2016 3:08 PM
RE: Joseph Swift Gill

It was my pleasure to post the photograph of Joseph Gill's marker. It's a beautifully-crafted piece of marble with gold-embossed engraving ---- much higher quality than many current-day crypt markers.

If you have additional bio material for Joseph that you'd care to share, please let me know. These memorials are at their best when they're "fleshed out" with personal details that provide a human touch to grave photos that, while interesting, add little substance to the life story of the occupant. Pictures add another terrific dimension to the memorials.

Many thanks for writing. Knowing that you appreciate my work makes it worthwhile and proves the value of Find A Grave.

Added by EGF on Sep 28, 2016 8:25 AM
RJ Colbridge
RE: Colbridge memorials
Thanks Jim,

Could you transfer over Elsie COlbridge Trautz as well?

Added by RJ Colbridge on Sep 17, 2016 12:19 PM
Joy Swihart
RE: Smith/Sill family
Hi Jim

Good to hear from you. Haven't worked on the Sills in a long time, hit a roadblock at Samuel Sill b. ca 1791 in PA and died 1839 in Muskingham, Ohio. I probably need to look at that one again. But the Smith, yikes! I hit a brick wall with James B. Smith b. May 1798 in New Jersey, died 1881 in Iowa. Looking for Smiths is like looking for a needle in an oversized haystack.

Are you still working on the Lawrence family? I really appreciate all the information that you shared with me.

I have been very blessed to have some pictures from both sides of my family. I have tried very hard to share them through Find a Grave and Ancestry. It breaks my heart to see unidentified old pictures.

Added by Joy Swihart on Aug 18, 2016 11:46 AM
RE: William Ball
Hi James,
I enjoyed reading the bio of William Ball. Very interesting man. You can almost tell by the picture of Mary Ball that she was a fun person. Love your picture of Edward Lawrence - he was very handsome. I am no relation to the Balls' or Marlin family. I knew a Ball family from the Main Line that wintered in Ozona Florida years ago. You are doing great work on your family history.
Added by Louise on Jul 01, 2016 9:53 AM
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