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Robert Rhude (#11149924)
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Bio Photo Born in 1938, I retired in 2001 after 24 years with Cummins Inc., most recently managing industrial exhibits around the country. Before that I taught high school journalism for 17 years.

I've lived in Indiana all my life and have been actively working on 12 lines of my family tree since 1959. Those lines are Rude (my father put the "h" in the name), Briner, Lambert, Perry, Magill, Campbell, Collins, Bess, Winkler, Story, Hawn, and Ames/Emms.
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Messages left for Robert Rhude (15)[Leave Message]
RE: Request for Transfer
I've transferred Mr Harney to you. Please delete yours from the "Holy Cross" in San Francisco since there is no such cemetery. That cemetery entry has almost all duplicates of entries in the Colma Holy Cross. People create these without researching, and the inacurate entries are like candles to a moth for people, who start adding to the them. Such as yourself... Thank you for requesting the transfer.

Added by AlbqFirefly on Jul 11, 2014 9:11 PM
RE: Lymon Campbell errors
Since this is a somewhat delicate matter, I'm transferring and then you may decide who to link this baby to.

The Washington County Cemetery book was purchased at the John Hay Center in Salem, Indiana. They have a website where they list the books available and their cost: (

I didn't find a marker of any kind for Lymon, so when that's the case and I go from cemetery records, I like to site the book they're taken from.
Added by monumentdesigner on Jun 26, 2014 10:57 AM
RE: Peggy Briner
P.S. The Find-A-Grave member mentioned in my previous message is Lynne Collins (#46995231) Perhaps you two are related?
Added by bpojito105 on Jun 18, 2014 1:20 PM
RE: Peggy Briner
Dear Robert,
Wow! Awesome response! It exceeds expectations by a long shot. Thank you!

Regarding Susan's marriage, I have the 6th too. Sorry about that. I must have been looking at the license issue date while typing.

What started all this was an email from a Find-A-Grave contributor who is speculating that Sarah "Sadie" may have been adopted. She notes that Thomas would have been 66 at the time of Sarah's birth, and that the 1870 Census lists "Prussia" as her birth place. The next two Census records state that she was born in Indiana; however, there is always the possibility that Sarah didn't know about the adoption. It's an interesting idea, and certainly worth following up on.

Thanks again for your generous contributions of time and talent.

bpojito105 (#47863569)
Added by bpojito105 on Jun 18, 2014 12:57 PM
Peggy Briner
Hello again, Robert!

I have two new questions for you:
1) According to, "Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850", Thomas Franklin married Peggy Briner in Jackson County on 27 Jul 1820. Is this referring to Thomas Franklin Collins, Jr? (b.1802)
2) Does the name Susan Shewmaker ring a bell? There is a record of her marrying Thomas Collins in Jackson County on 04 JUL 1862. Again, Is this referring to Thomas Franklin Collins, Jr? (b.1802) I believe she had a daughter with Thomas named Sarah M.

Hoping all is well with you and your loved ones on this Father's Day.

bpojito105 (#47863569)
Added by bpojito105 on Jun 15, 2014 11:30 AM
RE: Catharine Collings Bess
Oh my goodness, what a picture! I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing. I'm trying to figure out what Catherine is holding. There was lots of esoteric symbolism in portraits of that era.

Grassy Cemetery is indeed a mess. I have at least eight confirmed ancestors buried there, and perhaps 11 more still in progress (Gillaspy and Tobias). Several years ago, a very gracious member at Uniontown Baptist volunteered to take pictures at Grassy for me, and said she nearly cried upon seeing how bad it looked.
Added by bpojito105 on Sep 22, 2012 12:46 PM
RE: Thank you!
It's funny how things turn out sometimes. Please tell Linda thank you. And thank YOU for adding the photo to Mabel's memorial. Cheers!
Added by bpojito105 on Sep 20, 2012 4:56 PM
Catharine Bess
Just one more-one more thing. . .did you ever find Catharine Bess?

I found a record of a Catharine Bess marrying Joseph Bohall on 31 Aug 1862 in, Jackson County Genealogical Society, Inc. (1998). Index to Marriage Records, Jackson County, Indiana, 1856 through 1920, Volume 1, A through K . Brownstown:JCGS, p.53.

bpojito105 (#47863569)

Added by bpojito105 on Sep 20, 2012 10:23 AM
Steve Rider Photo # 96969216
Dear Robert,

I forgot to ask if you would please do me another favor by adding Steve's photo to Madel Rider's memorial # 96969280.

I could of course copy and paste it myself, but then your name wouldn't be displayed as the contributor. You should receive on-screen credit for your generous contribution.

Best regards,
bpojito105 (#47863569)
Added by bpojito105 on Sep 20, 2012 9:37 AM
Thank you!
Dear Robert,

Thank you very much for the photo of Steve and Mabel's grave marker. It's absolutely perfect! Sharp, nice contrast, and well composed. This is my first photo request, and I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I was hoping Steve and Mabel were buried together, and this confirms it beyond a shadow of doubt.

Now I need to deal with Steve's birth year. It says 1893 on the marker, yet the US Census of 1900 and Voss Funeral Home records give November of 1892 as his birth date. Guess I'll have to do more digging.

Thanks again! This has made my day!

bpojito105 (#47863569)
Added by bpojito105 on Sep 20, 2012 9:23 AM
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