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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 7 years, 11 months, 6 days
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Bio Photo Please note below my new email address to use to contact me directly for FindAGrave/genealogy items.

If you have been in contact with me before, please update your contact list as anything now sent to the prior Iowatelecom email address will not be available or forwarded to me.

Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.

As others do, I enjoy walking the cemeteries in response to a single photo request and then finding many additional family members that someone requesting the initial photo was unaware of. My record so far was finding over 50 family individuals in three cemeteries as a result of a single photo request made for this area! They are now each with memorials, links, often obituary information, and headstone photos.

It is good to know that these deceased families and individuals are now remembered.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submission to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.
I strive to have my memorials as accurate as possible but errors or mis-information in my sources happens. If you see errors or corrections, I'm glad to make them. "Edit"/SAC is best, but direct emails or public messages are ok. If not by SAC try to provide the memorial number because just providing names doesn't alway ensure I know who you are wanting updated, especially in cases where there are fathers and sons with the same name. My Ouiji board is broken and I can't read minds.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible.
New edit and spouse link edits:

Be aware that if a memorial has at least one parent and/or spouse link on it (from that memorial), then submitting a new-style relationship edit will override those existing links and cause those existing links to be deleted or, worst-case, duplicated.

For example, a memorial has no parent links, but does have a link to a spouse. Submitting a new-style relationship edit to just add parents will then, unintentionally, cause the spouse link to be deleted. Unless caught by the manager of that memorial first, accepting such edits are having the effect of undoing existing relationship links. Few memorial managers are aware of this problem.

Although well-intentioned to combine the parent and spouse relationship links into one new edit, it may be best to be very careful when submitting new relationship link edits - perhaps using the older SAC method instead, providing the names and memorial #'s of those to be linked to.

Hopefully this situation will get resolved, but be aware of this problem. Only the manager of a memorial can tell if a spouse relationship is to or from another memorial - you can't tell just by looking at either memorial.

The workaround for managers is to first spot existing relationship links, if any, and note the relationship status and memorial number. Then if the new relationship link is accepted, go back to that memorial and re-enter the correct link information.

I much prefer working with contributors who use their real names rather than initials or quirky screen names. I'm a bit old fashioned: in real life I address people by their given name, unless they use a 'regular' nickname. Getting or sending contacts to others who use only initials (gender non-specific) or quirky screen names is not how I was raised to address people, especially since memorials on FindAGrave are for people with real given names.

Being forced to send a SAC to another contributor as "Dear RubberDuckyLover" devalues the respect that I feel that the deceased deserve.

//Richard - /November 28, 2014 (profile updated)

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Keith Burke
RE: William Robert Johnson death location uncertain
Sorry about the .dot but it was the only way I could exit that menu! I'll check later on my source for the burial county but I think there was an error in the county name.
Added by Keith Burke on Mar 04, 2015 2:31 PM
barbara billings
RE: Minnie Laird Smith memorial updated
Thank you a million your help and love to help people. Thanks for the extra mile to help serve all you do for many people. Barbara
Added by barbara billings on Mar 02, 2015 2:30 PM
barbara billings
RE: Minnie Smith
The one that does not have the obt. Thank you. Barbara
Added by barbara billings on Mar 02, 2015 7:51 AM
Samuel Courtney Family
Hey there...

I can probably help you out with the Samuel Courtney family and the various relations to him.

I'm actually a descendant of his father, David, and his brother, John, who are my 4x and 3x great-grandfathers, respectively.

Tracked the family to Jefferson County, Iowa, including burials and various censuses on Ancestry. If you'd like to hear how they're all related, just drop me a line.

Internet service willing, I'm usually on here daily, at least until spring.
Added by dennis041747 on Feb 28, 2015 9:17 PM
barbara billings
RE: Minnie Smith photo request
Her obt. would be good if you could find it. Thanks for your love of helping others. Barbara
Added by barbara billings on Feb 27, 2015 9:05 PM
Betty Miller
Benjamin F. Goben
Richard thank you so much for letting me know about the postings. The obituaries are a great help. They have filled in many holes and answered my questions. I appreciate all you wonderful work. Betty
Added by Betty Miller on Feb 24, 2015 1:42 PM
Ann Maree
Emma Nickels
Thank you for the bio info and obit you provided. As for her first marriage, her first husband is Reuben G. Curtis and they married 18 April 1887. I do not know where he is buried. You can find their marriage in the Iowa County Marriage collection on Family Search, (it does not come up on Ancestry) under Emma Sammons and Reuben G. Curtis, also showing her parents the same as the second marriage, but with the name Sammons instead of Simons.

Her adopted daughter is Hazel Burrows, who is actually her niece, daughter of Emma's sister Eliza Jane Sammons Burrows who died in 1895. You can find Hazel in Emma's household in the 1900 census. Hazel May Sammons Wirt died in 1854 and is also one of your entries in Evergreen cemetery.

Thanks again!
Added by Ann Maree on Feb 14, 2015 6:56 PM
Ann Maree
Just to expand on the sibling mystery (in case you see something relevant in the obits): William Sammons/Samons has two wives. I do not know where/when either died and were buried. With the first wife we know he had at least two sons and one daughter, John T. Sammons 1849-1920, Newton J. Sammons 1853-?, and Sarah Louise Sammons Turner 1857-1939. After his first wife dies, he marries Emily Williamson in 1862 in Henry county. They have three known children, George Samons 1863-1938, Eliza Jane Sammons Burrows 1868-1895, and Emma. The mystery (besides the fact that I can't find when the wives die or are buried) is that in the obit you posted for George Samons it says he has one living sister (Sarah Louise Sammons Turner) but was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. That leaves us with a mystery brother. I need to see what the rest of the obits, probates, whatever I can find say to confirm John T Sammons, Newton J Sammons, and ??? are the brothers.
Added by Ann Maree on Feb 14, 2015 10:49 AM
Ann Maree
RE: Emma Nickels maiden name
Hi Richard,

You could go with Samons or Sammons, either would be correct, but not Simons. The family name coming down (all with source documents, probates, etc) from her grandparents, great grandparents, etc spelled it Sammons. Her uncles used Sammons, and she and her father and siblngs, etc are listed in one census as Sammons as well as on other documents such as the marriage records....however, in the 1880 census the family is listed as Simons, which I think was because her immediate family began using Samons at one point (so Simons was an error related to that spelling). Her father William signed up for the military as William Samons (he was in the Graybeard Regiment), so his headstone has Samons on it. One of Emma's brothers used Samons the rest of his life as well (and on his marker and obit, which you posted, George Samons). I would love to see her obit if one can be found. I am trying to prove another man is one of her siblings (but he used Sammons, lol). I will send you all the links for the family, I didn't do it yet last night because I was on my ipad and it doesn't play well when cutting and pasting, lol. I can also send you an invite to the ancestry tree with these source documents if you would like so you can take a look yourself. Emma's marriage record is also on Family Search (she has two marriages, the first one has Sammons, the second has her married name) I appreciate your help and your dedication to getting it right! :)
Added by Ann Maree on Feb 14, 2015 10:26 AM
Martha and dau Mary E
Opps my giant error. Martha is buried with her family in Brush Valley mem #53096442 It is their only daughter that went on to Oregon. Please pardon my confusion.
Added by LavonneA on Feb 07, 2015 12:31 PM
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