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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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RE: Mary Maria Monti Benway
Hi Michael,

I sent Find a Grave an email 2 weeks ago and they haven't done anything about it yet.
Added by Tyler on Aug 27, 2014 5:54 AM
Annette Caviness
Isaac Allerton
I noticed that he was your 19th. Great Grandfather. Isaac Allerton and his wife Mary Norris Allerton are my ninth Great Grandparents.
Added by Annette Caviness on Aug 25, 2014 4:55 PM
Wendy Bovee Oldham
RE: Payne Photos
Your Welcome :) found more Payne children, and linked them for you, if you would like me to transfer them all to you, let me know. My daughter and i spent some time in the cemetery today, Also added more Holmes family too
Added by Wendy Bovee Oldham on Aug 24, 2014 8:07 PM
RE: Mildred Hensley
You're very welcome. Chris
Added by macso on Aug 21, 2014 10:41 PM
Eric Elliott
RE: Elkanah Sherman
Thanks for transferring Elkanah Sherman's memorial page to me. I had not considered asking you to let me take it over, but think I might like to try maintaining it myself if it is okay. I do have to say that it is a somewhat challenging page for my first one since there is so much info there already. I would like to contact you privately if possible. I wrote you a longer message with more info that I thought you might be interested in and then noticed that this was a public message and though it would be better to shorten it. Thanks again,
Eric Elliott
Added by Eric Elliott on Aug 12, 2014 7:39 PM
bert johnson
Eli and Mary Benway
Sorry, I'm New at this project. some time I never check other post. I'll clean up,sorry!
Added by bert johnson on Jul 16, 2014 9:08 PM
Mary Harrell-Sesniak
RE: Samuel Folger
You're welcome.
Added by Mary Harrell-Sesniak on Jul 09, 2014 1:35 PM
RE: Luce-Norton Photos
You're very welcome!
Added by Sunset on Jun 25, 2014 7:19 PM
Julie Nathanson
RE: Caleb Arnold
You are welcome. Not an easy one to photograph!
Added by Julie Nathanson on Jun 01, 2014 6:37 PM
William R Crabtree
Let's talk about our connection
It appears that we have some of the same relations. "Col Israel Angell" is also my 5th Grt. grandfather. "Col Christopher Green" is another.

Added by William R Crabtree on May 21, 2014 7:56 AM
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