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richard kimble (#47432041)
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Bio Photo 2012-- from Upper Tract, West Virginia
Two years ago I had no idea where most of my ancestors were buried. I googled my g-g-grandfathers Isaac Alt and Alfred Kimble and found them on this site. I thought I might be able to link my family to them. That's how I got started. I had my sister go with me to show me where the Shreve and Kimble graveyards were in Smoke Hole. I must have caught some kind of bug in those graveyards that I can't get over. I'm adding the graveyards in the Upper Tract area. Most of them are not my relatives so if any one would like a transfer or link made just let me know. Feel free to copy any photos on my memorials for personal use. If added to another site, it would be nice to state where it was found. Let me know if you find any mistakes for I know they will be some.
I would to thank Jennie Hott for asking me to help record the updates for the cemeteries in the Upper Tract,Kline, Smoke Hole area for the new Pendleton County grave register that the historical Society has done. Also thanks to Denton Alt and Jack Hedrick for taking me and finding the cemeteries.

The following poem was written in 1906 by Walter Butler Palmer.

Dear Grandfather,
Your tombstone now,stands among the rest; Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care, It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist, You died before I was born.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse, Entirely not our own.
Dear Grandfather, the place you filled One hundred years ago.
Spreads out among the ones you left, Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved, I wander if you knew,
That someday I would find this spot, And come and visit you.
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S Tustin
RE: Susan Jemima Champ Shirk
Dear Mr. Kimble,

I do not think that is a picture of Aunt Susan "Sis" Champ Shirk. On first inspection, I could not tell if it was Susan. Comparing it to the only picture I have of her, it did not look like her. The woman is far less bulky than Aunt Sis.

I talked it over with my Aunt, Susan would have only been in her mid 50's during the time of the picture if the baby was Erma Jean. (I suppose that would mean she should be younger if the baby was not Erma Jean). The woman in the picture appears to be far older than that. She lived with William Shirk and Wilda Jane Kimble--neither of whom are in the picture. although, she could have been visiting at the time.

If you look at the photo you submitted for Charles mother, Lucinda Ellen VanMeter, I think that it is most likely her based on size, shape, hair style, time frame, and association.

S. Tustin
Added by S Tustin on May 18, 2015 8:07 PM
S Tustin
Susan Jemima Champ Shirk
Hello Mr. Kimble,

I was wondering if you would be willing to tell me more about the picture you posted of Susan Champ Shirk? She is my great Aunt, and used to visit my grandparents.

S. Tustin
Added by S Tustin on May 18, 2015 7:06 AM
Valerie Neal
Bernard and Rosa Alt
I see the Alts are in your family research. I can transfer those memorials to you.
Added by Valerie Neal on Apr 25, 2015 5:32 AM
We need to get to gather sometime Richard
Added by JOHNNASTON W. KIMBLE on Apr 11, 2015 8:47 PM
Thanks so much, Richard. You are now my West VA Lough guru!
Added by bstahl on Mar 21, 2015 11:44 AM
Lough Cemetery
James W Lough (1845-1914) and Margaret (Simmons) Lough (1850-1923) were supposedly buried near Franklin, in Lough Cemetery #2. Didn't know if that was one of the Lough Cemeteries on Find A Grave.
Added by bstahl on Mar 20, 2015 7:42 PM
Lough Cemetery
Hi Richard,
I noticed you photographed Ruddle/Lough Cemetery. I have tracked a couple of my ancestors who are supposed to be buried in Lough Cemetery #2. Do you know if Lough #2 is another name for the Ruddle Cemetery? Thanks so much!
Added by bstahl on Mar 20, 2015 12:20 PM
Kermit Mowery-Hagerstown
Thank you for the link to his parents. Also wanted to let you know I read your "grandfather" poem - and I love it. Made my night.
Added by Sanebee on Mar 13, 2015 5:30 PM
Melcena T. Kimble
Links accepted and have a new offer for you.
I'll trade the memorials up there for that shirt. Naw, just kidding, but seriously if you would like for me to transfer any just say the word and I will be happy to do so.
I can not believe it has been that long since we were up there. Oct. 2008.
Have a Gread day, Bud.
Added by Bud on Mar 08, 2015 5:02 AM
Brigitte V.
RE: George Ambrose Kimble Second great grandfather.
Hello Richard,
Thank you for the reply.

I should have left you a better detailed message. However, once my original quite lengthy message I had typed to you became deleted, I opted instead to simply copy paste my 23andme profile information in as my message. This being because I was limited in my time.

My great grandmother:

Alice Susan (Susie) Kimble's (married name Keplinger) parents are George Ambrose Kimble b. 1858. d. 1944 and her adoptive mother ( as listed on her marriage license to Homer Martin Keplinger ) is Rebecca J. Helmick b. 1873

Susan's father, (my second great grandfather) George Ambrose Kimble was married three times:

First marriage - 1892 Oct. 22nd to Mary Alt age 24 /George Ambrose Kimble age 29

Second Marriage - 1898 Oct 11th to Rose Shreve age 16. /George Ambrose Kimble - age 39 -
Roses parents are D.Y. And Mary. ( Daniel Young Shreve b. 1836 and Mary Elizabeth Kimble b. 1835.)

Third Marriage -1904 May 7th - to Rebecca J. Helmick -age 28 /G.A.k. Age 48

Susan (my great grandmother, daughter of George Ambrose Kimble) was born in February of 1899. The family knowledge handed down from Susan's children, that being my grandmother (whom was our families eldest living genealogist) and my grandmother's siblings, is that Susan was 'adopted' by her stepmother. Susan and her stepmother Rebecca J Helmick, did not get along (this is according to my grandmother, Susan's daughter, as well as being known by Susan's other children, my great Aunt and Uncles. The date of Susan's birth would place Rosa Shreve as her mother.

This is interesting because Rosa Shreve and George Ambrose Kimble are actually first cousins. George's parents being; James Kimble b. 1829 and Mary Elizabeth Malcom b. 1837/1838. Rosa's parents being Daniel Young Shreve b. 1836 and Mary Elizabeth Kimble b. 1835. -

Mary Elizabeth Kimble and James Kimble being brother and sister. Their parents being Samuel Adam Kimble b. 1790/91 and Elizabeth Susan Cox b. 1804

I also have more information on Rebecca J Helmick which is quite a mystery. She appears to be listed in census records with identical given dates, but with different parents. These parents being both the parents which you have listed as well as the parents I have listed. The kicker being Her 'daughter' Cora Alt is also listed in the census records with the parents whom I have listed, as well as the parents whom you have listed.

Rebecca J Helmick, George Ambrose Kimble's third wife's parents are:
Benjamin Franklin Helmick b. 1846 and Lucinda Harman b. 1840
1880 census records list Rebecca J Helmick as six years old with the above named parents of Benjamin Franklin Helmick and Lucinda Harman.
1900 census records list Rebecca J Helmick as 26 years old with above named parents. Cora Alt is also listed as the granddaughter of Rebecca J Helmick's parents (Benjamin Franklin and Lucinda Harman's)

I would like to continue writing, however, I must go for the time being.

Sincerely, Brigitte de La Motte Von Stetina
Added by Brigitte V. on Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM
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