|Spaceman Spiff (#46783007)|
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(John C. Carter)|
(Will be spending part of the summer in southwestern Maine).
Happy to photograph at any cemetery in the Tampa Bay, FL area! (or in the Lakes Region of SW Maine).
Born in Dover, DE, (to parents from NJ & WV), I lived in southern CA until age 12, & then in Raton, (a small town in N.E. New Mexico), which I consider my home town. I attended NM State Univ for 4 years (with a 1-yr exchange to Oregon State Univ), but did not complete a degree at that time, & later moved back to southern CA, settling in the Orange County area. After 10 yrs in the O.C., I moved to St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay area) in 1990, & have been here ever since.
I have avidly worked on my family's genealogy since the age of 15 ... 39 years now!
I am a member (and former chapter registrar) of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) with 7 qualifying ancestors submitted (more to come!), a member of the SUVCW (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) with 10 qualifying ancestors or brothers of ancestors (more to come!), a member of the SVR (Sons of Veterans Reserve (affiliated with the SUVCW), a member of the S&DUSCT (Sons & Daughters of U.S. Colored Troops), a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of New Jersey, and an associate member of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware.
I'm very proud that every single branch of my ancestry has been in America since at least pre-Revolutionary times.
Having taken numerous college courses over the years, I finally bit the bullet & enrolled in a program in 2003 to complete my degree, & graduated from Eckerd College (a local, private, liberal arts college) in May 2005 with a B.A. in Creative Writing.
Besides genealogy & writing, my other interests include: clock collecting, books, movies, photography, the Civil War, the space program, many types of music, & visiting cemeteries!
Thanks to the creators of this site for doing such a great job!
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|Dee E||Annie Carter Williams & family|
I transferred Annie, her husband & daughter to you & would have done it yesterday but received some drop-in company while Find-A-Graving! Dee
Added by Dee E on Dec 04, 2013 4:06 PM
Thanks so much for taking the time to photograph my Uncle Mario Mastronardi's grave site for me. As I live in Hawaii, getting to Florida to visit the site is a little difficult. I really appreciate your help!
Added by Michael on Nov 30, 2013 5:49 PM
|Dee E||Granville Brown|
Thanks very much for the dates & links for Granville Brown! Happy to transfer if you'd like..Dee
Added by Dee E on Nov 30, 2013 4:27 PM
|NLColes||RE: Eddie Harris|
You're very welcome. I'm glad you like the wider shot. It helps now that I have an iphone. I can look up requests when I'm at Crown Hill and it saves a lot of time. Happy Thanksgiving!
Added by NLColes on Nov 28, 2013 6:37 AM
Thank you again!!!
Added by amaliet on Nov 25, 2013 12:56 PM
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|Loren Kelly||RE: Hi, Cousin Loren|
Hello Cousin John:
I hope your genealogy research is going well. Vivian Madeline Williams was my mother and she did indeed have a son that was my half-brother. He would be your cousin as well. My mother's grandmother was Elizabeth Miller daughter of Phebe Carney Miller and Enoch D. Miller. Here is the story:
Loren Kelly found a picture of his mother, Vivian Williams, in her personal effects, sitting on a porch at her sister's (Avalyn Ruth Williams Chorman Pratt's) apartment, located at 2524 Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This picture was taken about 1934. This picture has "126 pounds; worked at Millers" penciled in on the back. She lived with Avalyn Ruth Williams Chorman Pratt at this apartment and worked at Miller's Ice Cream Store. She was about 16 years of age.
Upon Vivian Madeline Williams Kelly Honea's death on March 3, 1990, her son, Loren Kelly, found a letter, dated August 21, 1942, in her personal effects. She had kept this letter for 47 years and it mentioned a divorce from a Ralph E. Williams as well as an adoption of one John Thomas Williams, born December 21, 1934 in Plainfield Township, Kent County, who had been legally adopted. John Warren Morris (John Thomas Williams Born to Vivian Williams(My Mom) & Ralph Williams)Adopted Parents: Father: Harold Morris, Mother: Lena M. Morris
Further investigation by Loren Kelly: 1. On July 8, 1993, Loren Kelly personally spoke to Clayton Williams (Vivian Madeline Williams Kelly Honea's brother) on his 73rd birthday. He asked Clayton Williams if his mother had been married before and had a baby. Clayton looked down at the floor with a sad look on his face and nodded his head, yes. He stated that he was young, but was aware that his sister had to go away in November of 1934 out of town and suspected she was pregnant. He further advised that her marriage was legitimate and that she had gone to live with her sister, Avalyn, in Grand Rapids. He also stated that Avalyn was smart and fixed it!
2. In 1995 Loren Kelly discovered that the adoption laws in the State of Michigan had changed and he acquired adoption records from Kent County, Michigan which indicated the following: John Thomas Williams (Birth name) adopted name was John Warren Morris. His adopted parents names are Harold W. Morris ( A W.P.A. worker) and Lena M. Morris, nee Ketcham, whose address was 221 Lagrave,S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was legally adopted by them on October 2, 1936. They had custody of John from the time he was a month old on January 20, 1935.
3. By February 15, 2009 Loren Kelly was able to locate what appears to be prior addresses dating, back to 1985, and the last known address of John Warren Morris. His prior addresses were as follows: (1) P.O. Box 746, Raceland, Louisiana 70394-0746 from April 1985 until April 1986. (2) 422 North Hebbard Street, Joliet Illinois 60432-2639 from August 1987 until January 1999. John Warren Morris last know address was 6897 (State) County Road 427, Sanford, Florida 32771. It appears he lived there from August 2001 until January 2005 and possibly until his death on March 4, 2008 (One day after my birthday - John had died less than one year from the date that Loren finally found him - Loren found him too late).
On February 15, 2009 Loren Kelly called John Warren Morris ex-wife Peggy J. Morris Akins, who lived at 1920 Palmyra Road, Palmyra, Tennessee 37142-2079 from March 1998 until January 2009. Her telephone number was (931) 326-0342. When Loren spoke to Peggy she advised that she was John Warren Morris ex-wife. She said he had went into the Army at 18 and was in the service for about 30 years. He entered the Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and was a Cook in the Army. She further stated after the service he worked on oil rigs in Louisiana and Texas. Peggy said that he/they had no children and were married about 20 years. She also stated that he knew he was adopted and that his real last name was Williams. She further advised that he was a loner that like to left alone and that he always wondered who his mother was. Peggy reported he was a big guy well over 200 pounds and that he died of a stroke in Sanford, Seminole County, Florida in 2008.
Find A Grave Memorial Gravemarker States: Staff Sergeant U.S. Army; Korea; Vietnam.
Birth: 21 Dec 1934, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA
Death: 4 Mar 2008 (73 @ time of death)
Burial: Florida National Cemetery
Busnell - Sumter County
U. S. Department of Veteran's Affairs BIRLS Death File 1850-2010:
Enlistment Date; 20 December 1952
Release Dated: 31 August 1978
U. S. Social Security Death Index 1935-Current:
John W. Morris
32773 Sanford, Seminole, Florida
21 Dec 1934
4 Mar 2008
|Chris Newell||Philip Stimm Uphoff Photo|
Thank you for the photo for Philip Stimm Uphoff.
|Nancy Arnold||Photo request|
Thank you so much for taking the time to fulfill my photo request. My family is very grateful.
|LINDA JOYCE OLDENBORG-SMITH||WM COLONNELL|
THANKS FOR THE PICTURE
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