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John Ival Blair (#47120681)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo I've been retired for several years and revived an old interest in family history that led me to the Find A Grave site and to several living kinfolk I had not even known of before, plus numerous kind folk who have helped me research.
My family runs the gamut from branches that go back to the 1600s in New England to new arrivals (by marriage) from Germany, Ukraine, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Guatemala. The general area of my interest on Find A Grave runs from Texas up through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, plus California. I have a special interest in Missouri since both branches of my family passed through there.
One real asset I enjoy (besides some first, second, and third cousins with a similar interest in genealogy) is that I inherited both my mother's and my mother-in-law's photo collections, which include images dating back more than 100 years.
Surnames I'm interested in include, besides Blair, also Herring, Percy, Hayes, Veale, Barnes, Patterson, Rogers, Piggott, Marvin, Reeves, Linville, Boone, Callaway, Grigg, McWilliams, Rowe, Dando, Hume.
In addition I am researching my late wife's very different family, immigrants from Central Europe and Scandinavia in the late 19th century with names that include Franz, Nielsen, Wilensky/Williams, Gundersen and Rohner.
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RE: Re: Ludwig and Tessie Rohner
I don't remember seeing this message but may have already replied. If not, Ludwig Rohner died July 23, 1941 in Kings, New York.
Added by carmelpwr on Aug 13, 2015 12:07 PM
Janet Milburn
RE: David Unruh Colby Kansas
Wish I could help you, perhaps one day I will
find what you need. But.....

Have you looked for his parents memorial, to see if his name is mentioned as a living person or a deceased.

What about his siblings, or anyone he mentioned to you years ago.

Have you looked thru the cemetery listing of the names in that cemetery for him.

Best idea would be his highschool alumni, they
know everything.

Good luck,
Added by Janet Milburn on May 20, 2015 6:31 PM
Linville family info & photos
I need to amend my request: Would it be OK with you if I post the bios and photos, with credit, that you've made available on Find-a-grave to my family tree? I'm looking into my collateral Linville family, and you have provided a great deal of personal history here. I appreciate that you have posted it for everyone to see.
Thank you,
Sue S.
Added by Sue on Mar 17, 2015 3:07 PM
Thomas Linville, Jr.
I really appreciate the bio you posted to Thomas Linville, Jr's memorial (#84058583). Would it be OK with you if I post the bio, with credit, to my family tree?
I'm a Linville descendant too. Thomas Linville -- Catherine Linville m. William Nave Bowers -- Rebecca Bowers m. Aaron Vale. ALWAYS on the look out for more (ANY) info about Aaron Vale.

Very curious to continue researching the migration out of Missouri. A number of my Linvilles and Bowers followed the Oregon trail west and settled in Oregon. This is the first info I've come across that suggests perhaps some of them may have been motivated to migrate because of religious persecution. If you have additional info on the matter that you can share, please email me: (Put "Linville" in the subject line so I don't delete, thinking it's spam.)
Thank you,
Sue S.
Added by Sue on Mar 17, 2015 1:28 PM
Andrea Harts (Endres)
Madge Blair and John Endres
Hi John, thank you so much for posting this information. I am Madge's great-granddaughter. Lawrence Eldon Endres was my grandpa, and Lawrence Joe is my dad. I didn't even know their names until I read your post!

Thanks so much!!

Andrea Harts (Endres)
Added by Andrea Harts (Endres) on Jan 03, 2015 8:17 PM
Fran Smith
RE: Clara Blair photo
John, you are most welcome. I didn't notice until after attaching the photo that it has a date stamp. I plan to take another picture without the date stamp.

Added by Fran Smith on Aug 30, 2014 6:55 PM
Charlene Herreid
RE: Re: David M. McWilliams
John, I guess we are kin since we are both descended from David and Anna McWilliams. The idea that David was the son of James and Rosanna McWilliams was a supposition offered in a book about the McWilliams family of Warren Co., KY. Most of the McWilliams in Warren Co. KY were descended from James's two brothers who came to KY from SC at the same time he did. Since the author knew that our David was not descended from the brothers (he followed the family to Mississippi and knew their heirs), he guessed that our David was James's son. Reasonable, but, it turns out, wrong. There is really nothing linking our David with James except that they happened to be in Warren Co., KY at the same time. But I have accumulated evidence that our David was actually the son of Hugh and Mary Taggart McWilliams. My e-mail is Please contact me if you want to know more. I have the arguments all spelled out. Thanks. Charlene
Added by Charlene Herreid on Aug 20, 2014 1:25 PM
Jon Reeves
Charles Linville
Also photographed Grace who was adjacent; memorial # 85452552
Added by Jon Reeves on Mar 12, 2014 12:15 AM
Christine Stone Monaghan
RE: Elizabeth Franz Scherzinger Lohman/Ohmen

I'm sorry to hear of your wife's passing.

Please e-mail me at I will e-mail you a jpeg file of the article and my transcription in a Word document of the obituary if you would like.

I would love to speak with you or e-mail and exchange some information. Are you working on your family tree?

Added by Christine Stone Monaghan on Dec 10, 2013 4:28 PM
Carolina Grave Hunter
RE: Elizabeth C Matthew McWilliam
Thanks John! Since they are in the same cemetery I feel a there is a strong possibility it would be her father.

Have a great evening,
Added by Carolina Grave Hunter on Dec 05, 2013 6:41 PM
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