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Michael Ratliff Lutz (#47625801)
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My mother Nina Mardel Ratliff Lutz (1909-1985) was the family historian and left me with the family bible and most of the family documents. It wasn't until after her death that I began researching our family history and discovered that most of what I thought was family folklore was actually family history. With only a couple of exceptions, all of the memorials under my care are members of my family.

The marriage of my mother, Nina Mardel Ratliff and father, Richard George Lutz created a bit of historical irony as well as me. My mother's great great grandfather was Judge Bowling Greene(1786-1742), friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln during his days in New Salem, Illinois. He loaned Mr. Lincoln many of the books he used to study law. He and his wife Nancy Potter Green(1793-1867) also took Mr. Lincoln into their home when he was despondent after the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge(1813-1835). In 1842, Mr. Lincoln delivered the eulogy at Judge Greene's funeral and stayed with the family a while before and after the funeral.

My great great great uncle, John Jack Armstrong(1803-1857) was famous for his wrestling match with Mr. Lincoln. Jack lost but he became a lifelong friend of Mr. Lincoln. Jack was Bowling's half-brother. Their mother, Nancy Greene Armstrong(1768-1856) was the matriarch of a family who were among Mr. Lincoln's closest friends during his life in New Salem, Illinois.

Jack Armstrong's wife Hannah Jones Armstrong (1810-1890), my third great aunt, lined Abe's pants legs with buckskin to protect his legs from brambles when he worked as a surveyor. A process called "Foxing". Hannah was known for asking her friend Abraham Lincoln to defend her son Duff in the famous "Almanac Trial". Duff was acquitted. She later visited with Mr. Lincoln in the Whitehouse to secure a discharge for her son, William "Duff" Armstrong(1833-1899) who was in a Union Army hospital. Mr. Lincoln wrote out Duff's discharge as he discussed old times with Hannah. It is the only case of a military discharge having been personally written by a U.S. President.

Mr. Lincoln also interceded in the enlistment of another cousin, Pvt Edward Potter(1845-1927)

My great, great grandfather, Eli W. Benway (1827-1897) was wounded twice and enlisted twice during the Civil War. He was a blacksmith who holds patents for some of his inovations.

My great granduncle William Graham Greene Benway (1886-1961) was an early inventor of hearing aid glasses.

On March 22, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed my great granduncle, Congressman Anson Burlingame as our second Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Qing Empire (China). The city of Burlingame, California was named after Anson Burlingame.

There were Revolutionary War heroes like my 5th great grandfather Colonel Israel Angell (1740-1832), the commander of Rhode Island's second regiment, who received gold medals from General George Washington and the Marquis de La Fayette. The gold medal presented to Col. Angell by Lafayette was donated to the Rhode Island Historical Society museum collection in 1938 and my 4th great granduncle Jervis Green(1750-1782), who served under Colonel Daniel Boone at the Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky.

Another cousin, Catharine Caty Littlefield (1755-1814) was the wife of
Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786).

Capt. Stephen Olney (1755-1832) and his company took the first redoubt gun enplacement at the battle of Yorktown.

Col Christopher Greene (1737-1781) commanded the 1st Rhode Island regiment made up of free men of African origin, and slaves who were promised their freedom in return for their service.

There were even well known authors like Lillian Angeline Hinman Shuey Bailey. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a cousin, wrote The Battle Hymn of The Republic.

Theologian Roger Williams (1602-1683, founder of Providence Plantation and the state of Rhode Island is my ninth great-grandfather.

My ninth great grandmother, Mary Morrill Folger (1620-1703) is mentioned by name in Chapter 24 of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". Melville mentions that she was the grandmother of Benjamin Franklin when justifying the morality of whaling as a profession on Nantucket Island. The DAR chapter on Nantucket Island is named after her daughter Abiah Folger (1667-1752) who was the mother Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), my first cousin.

Cousins Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)from Pennsylvania, Gov. Stephen Hopkins(1707-1785) from Rhode Island, William Whipple (1730-1785) and Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795)from New Hampshire, signed the Declaration of Independence


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Glenda Hawthorne
RE: Isham Reavis # 130795533
This is the patriarch of the Revis/Reavis family in America.

My family descends through Edward's son, Thomas Reavis. Thomas was the father of Henry Revis and Henry was the father of my Isham.

It looks like your line descends through Edward's son Edward. Very cool. Yes, we are cousins!
Added by Glenda Hawthorne on Nov 17, 2015 6:41 PM
Glenda Hawthorne
RE: Isham Reavis # 130795533
Isham and Mary Reavis had 10 children:

Cynthia Ann Reavis
Zachariah Taylor Reavis
Elizabeth Reavis
Ewing Reavis
Priscilla Reavis
Hiram Wilburton Reavis
Delilah Reavis married Andrew Jackson Smith
Isham Terrill Reavis
Amanda Melvina Reavis
Mathilda Reavis

Delilah Reavis and Andrew Jackson Smith had 8 children:
(Buried in Evans Cemetery)

Mary Smith
Martha Smith
William Charles Smith married Jennie Lowry
Almira Smith
Elizabeth Janette Smith
John C Smith
Cynthia Ann Smith
Wesley D Smith

William Charles Smith and Jennie Lowry had 8 children
(Buried in Evans Cemetery)

Andrew Jackson Smith
Thomas Logan Smith
Flora Alice Smith
Charles Gilbert Smith married Stella Mariah Strong
Mary Delilah Smith
Martha Almira Smith
Lawrence Aubrey Smith
Edna Sarah Smith

Charles Gilbert Smith and Stella Mariah Strong had 4 children:

Cyril Kenneth Smith
Irene Floy Smith
Charles Elmer Smith
Ira Glenn Smith married Sarah Chestine Bristow (my parents).

I was verified as a member of the DAR this past December as Isham Reavis was the son of Revolutionary War soldier, Henry Revis.
Added by Glenda Hawthorne on Nov 17, 2015 4:19 PM
Glenda Hawthorne
RE: Isham Reavis # 130795533
Hello Michael, I have a photo of his grave in my tree on Ancestry. I believe it is a public tree. Here is a link to my tree:

Feel free to look around. Do you have Revis/Reavis ancestors?
Added by Glenda Hawthorne on Nov 17, 2015 3:54 PM
Michael Moore
Looking for Don Ratliff
HI, my name is Michael Moore. I believe that I was a neighbor of, I'm guessing, a cousin of yours from Menlo Park. I lived in the Belle Haven area and across the street was a playmate, Donny Ratliff. He had a younger brother, Bobby. In the late 50's I remember the family moved to Redwood City. I think I remember his dad working in the auto shop business, but my memory is vague on that point. I was able to visit with Donny once after they moved, but not again. My family eventually moved to Menlo Park proper, just off of Willow Road. My parents divorced in the mid 60's and my three younger brothers, myself and my mom moved back to SF, my birth place. I would love to hear how Don is doing these days! Don's sister, a few years older than he, taught me how to ride a bike on the front lawn of their residence. Michael Patrick Moore,
Added by Michael Moore on Aug 25, 2015 12:53 PM
Glenda Hawthorne
Isham Reavis # 130795533
Hello, I am wondering if you have a photo to add to the memorial for Isham Reavis # 130795533?
Added by Glenda Hawthorne on Jul 25, 2015 10:29 AM
Debbie Grove
Benjamin Waterman
I am trying to get someone into the DAR and the only thing I don't have is Benjamin's Revolutionary record. He is listed with the DAR but no one ever provided the proof. Do you happen to have anything that talks about what reg't or anything else? I would be so grateful if you have anything on Benjamin. Thanks so much
Added by Debbie Grove on Jun 19, 2015 2:35 PM
RE: Timothy Luce
You're welcome!
Added by Sunset on Jun 14, 2015 10:10 AM
RE: Jonathan Athearn
My pleasure! There are lots of Athearns buried there so i am adding photos & memorials as I can.
Added by Sunset on May 31, 2015 8:50 PM
RE: Christopher Bentley
I found out that they do not allow scanned obituaries due to copyright issues.

I will be contacting the Decatur Herald seeking permissin for scnnig photos they have in the January - February 1940 hardbound newspapers I own. Once I have their permission I will at least be able to post any photos that I can match to find a grave.

Sorry, I thought it would be nice to post the obituaries.

Ken Bednar
Added by Kbed on May 20, 2015 7:51 PM
RE: Newmansville Cemetery Photo Request
I'm hoping to return there later this summer and remove some of the dirt off of some of the partially buried stones. Also want to bring some equipment and clear around the stones on the North East corner that are covered by branches and weeds. Also am going to contact county to see who is responsible for the cemetery as it is still active with a fresh grave there.
Added by CPOBacon on Apr 23, 2015 10:26 PM
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