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Jeanne Thomson (#47435319)
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Bio Photo ADDENDUM: 4 Years have passed. Now, I've reached my 401-K Birthday. Will try not to spend it all in one place, but we are planning one more move to New England from New York. My husband's ancestors were Connecticut Yankees from various parts of the British Empire. While my maternal Welsh ancestors were mostly of the exploratory type (probably a hang-over from all that Viking DNA), his paternal Welsh ones were real blue bloods. Be that as it may, we are Cousins on our Morgan lines :0) Look under CT Morgan & Va/WVa Morgan Virtual Cemeteries.

When you've passed your Medicare Birthday, it's hard to tell a "short" story, especially about yourself.
I was a Navy brat, so we were never from anywhere. We gave our grandparents address in Oklahoma as home. When asked what church we belonged to, it was Protestant chosen from Protestant, Catholic or Jewish. And our favorite hymn was the Navy one, "Eternal Father, Stong to Save".
My childhood goal was to have a cattle ranch with my Dad, but he stayed in the Service; and I went off to Oklahoma A&M to seek my own life partner, family & fortune.
My first husbands and I parted ways.
So, I perservered; moved East instead of West; and finally met that life partner with whom I've lived, loved and raised children & goats for over 35 years now.
When our parents died in 2007, after nearly 70 years together, my sister & I inherited boxes of the family memories. My goal with FindaGrave is to link & preserve their family lines, i.e. Junks & Buhrings for Dad and Gregorys & Morgans for Mom. Other surnames are In-Laws or Step-Families. Generally, we are related to all these folks by chance or by choice.
George Bernard Shaw was quoted to say, "If you can't get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance!" I have tried to do so in numerous cases :0)
Many thanks to all who have helped me...especially my husband who finds & shares obituaries with me when he reads the New York Times.

Every so often, an obituary moves my heart.
If you ever wonder why you need to remember those who have died, Roger Cohen wrote the sweetest Opinion in the New York Times, 8 April 2014. "From Death into Life" discusses his Uncle Bert Cohen who recently died at age 95. Mr.Cohen wrote, "Now he lives in me. The living are custodians of the souls of the dead, those stealthy migrants. Love bequeaths this responsibility."

OP-ED OF THE MONTH: This piece by Frank Bruni in the NY Times was inspired by Youth League Sports Coach Steve Bandura & his female baseball protegee' Mo'ne Davis. Printed 24 August 2014 it's titled "Black, White & Baseball". Bandura uses Jackie Robinson to inspire the kids. He takes them to the Brooklyn, NY Cemetery where Jackie Robinson is buried to read his tombstone: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on others."

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Cunningham, Thomas
It may have premature to have linked Thomas and his supposed parents. What real proof is there about the birthdate of this Thomas? Have you checked his social security application, service records, or obtained his death certificate?
The census stating he was alive in !910 is a clue that we might not have the right Thomas. I wish it would be but I would like to see some real acceptable proof.
Your thoughts?
Added by KEFleming on Jun 26, 2015 9:30 PM
Re Thomas in his mothers obit (1947) it states he is Niobrara, NE. That is not a military station so the service years may not be correct.
Have you either his service record which would give his parents and place of birth or his death certificate? I am having second thoughts about him being the son of Findley and Rosetta. Lots of things are similar but a few don't add up.
Just food for thought.
Added by KEFleming on Jun 24, 2015 5:48 PM
Thomas Cunningham
I guess your Thomas IS my Thomas. He has a blank for about 20 years but if he was in the service as a career that could account for it.
I checked obits for his mom who died in 1947 and it lists him as being in Niobrara, Ne.
However, his sister Edna died in 1980 and her obit says Thomas predeceased her???? That raises a red flag.
I have a friend in Beaver City and I will have him check to see if an obit for him is there. They have an extensive family history collection and the Cunninghams were prominent citizens.
Added by KEFleming on Jun 24, 2015 4:18 PM
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I was flabergasted to find a site for Thomas P Cunningham. I have been searching for him long.
Unusual that he married a Cunningham, but no family relationship.
My Thomas sort of just drops out of sight after high school and no one knew what happened to him.
I have the rest of his siblings current and on Find A Grave.
I will link him with his parents and then the siblings once I establish this is really the Thomas that was born in Beaver City, Nebraska.
Do you know more of him, like how he met Faye, and was he married previous to an Opal. How did he get to Florida and why?
Kay E Fleming, my husband was a cousin and also from Beaver City.
Added by KEFleming on Jun 23, 2015 4:01 PM
RE: Headstone Photos of Paul & Dora Buehring
You're most welcome ~ it's unfortunate that there had been a severe thunderstorm the day before & the stones were still wet
Thank you for your kind words, always appreciated.

Continue to take care.

~ Linda
Added by Linda on Jun 22, 2015 7:12 PM
RE: Lucretia and Dicea Porter/Barrett
That was my thought when I saw that they had transported his mother back after she died to her "old home".
Good luck on your search!

Added by Anne on Jun 01, 2015 7:34 AM
Larry Mason
Melvina V Sanders Stearman
I am working on a family tree called Author Lee & Julia Alice Gamble Connection on it may have lots of information on Melvina that you could use.
I am doing this tree for a friend. Her mother had done most of the work on paper. She died before she got started putting it together.
All the information i used is now in McLoud Historical Society, McLoud, Okla.

Contact me at

Larry Mason #46955037

Harrah, OK

Added by Larry Mason on May 31, 2015 9:22 PM
Sophia Dodge Barrett
Jeanne, came across this tonight, didn't know if you had ever seen it. THought I would share.

St. Johnsbury Caledonian. volume, September 25, 1912, Page 5, Image 5

Sophia Dodge Barrett, widow of the late William G. Barrett of Concord, Mass, died at the home of her son, George P. Barrett early Thursday morning after a lingering illness of infirmities of old age. Sophia Dodge was the daughter of Luke and Mary (Ellenwood) Dodge and was born in Concord, Mass, on March 27, 1821. She was united in marriage to William G. Barrett on June 17, 1845 in Concord, Mass., where they spent their married life. Four children were born to them, C.C. Barrett, now of Detroit, Mich., Edwin C. of Montpelier, Herbert M., of Asbury Park, Mass. and George P. of St Johnsbury.
Seventeen years ago Mr Barrett died and since that time she has lived with George Barrett. About a month ago she went to Montpelier to visit her son there, and about two weeks ago she became ill and came home. Since that time she has failed rapidly. Services were held at the home of Mr and Mrs Barrett Sunday afternoon, Rev. B.F. Butler officiating, and the remains were taken to her old home in Concord on the midnight train, and the funeral was Monday.

Added by Anne on May 31, 2015 5:30 PM
RE: Lucretia and Dicea Porter/Barrett
Hi Jeanne,

The stones around the Barrett stone are George, Dicea, Lucretia and their daughter Ellen Shute.

Is it possible that Sarah was taken back to Mass?

Added by Anne on May 31, 2015 4:34 PM
Lucretia and Dicea Porter/Barrett
Hi Jeanne,

Thank you for the info on my brain cramp. Oddly enough I was trying to fix that last night when we lost our power in the storm.
I had just hit enter on the obit I had just finished typing for George and it went out. Was not sure until this am whether it made it on or not. (very glad to see that it had!! ;) )

I have linked the girls to their parents and hopefully gotten everyone straightened out.
Thanks again!
Added by Anne on May 31, 2015 10:14 AM
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