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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 8 years, 8 months, 1 day
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


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.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

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 submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

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.
Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /October 15, 2015 (profile updated)

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RE: Indian cemetery near Keosauqua
Thank you Richard, for the information on the area. Thomas Jones has been a difficult case! I appreciate your information. I check the genweb listings often and have not seen any reference either. Since it was so long ago, we may never find him. But I am always hopeful!

Added by Tami on Nov 26, 2015 5:00 PM
Helen Bickel
RE: Neis and Scarborough
I have just started to post more of the family on Find A Grave and connecting relatives. Since I no longer drive I do most of my research on the Internet.
Sorry to be so slow to reply to you by FAV.

Tom Scarborough's obit was in the Ottumwa Courier.
I see when my grandmother who was in her 90's when she and my Aunt Etta purchased the stone for Leona they spelled her name Scarborugh. Leona and Tom were married in Imperial, California 4 Jul 1958.

She was my birth mother but didn't live with her after I was 3 yrs old. Older sibling wasn't adopted out like us three younger sisters were. My sisters kept in touch but I didn't...just with the grandparents after I was 21 as she lived out of state.

Added by Helen Bickel on Nov 24, 2015 1:23 PM
Catherine LeBar Hamon
Philip LaBarr

The sources I used are from Ancestry Member Trees, Rootsweb and Eve Goode LaBarr's burial (Find A Grave #39335334).

I appreciate you letter and understand you thoughts.

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season.

Catherine LeBar Hamon

Added by Catherine LeBar Hamon on Nov 23, 2015 5:32 PM
Catherine LeBar Hamon
Phillip LaBarr
I missed your first e-mail somehow, but just found it. I will be in touch later today as I am at work. Thank you for the second e-mail. Cathy
Added by Catherine LeBar Hamon on Nov 23, 2015 1:56 PM
Catherine LeBar Hamon
Phillip LaBarr
Added by Catherine LeBar Hamon on Nov 23, 2015 1:54 PM
Thomas Jones (1780-1846)
Hi Richard-
I noticed your work in Van Buren Co. Iowa, and have many family who lived there in the 1800's.

I have been looking for an Indian Cemetery located near Keosauqua, where my Thomas Jones Sr. was buried way back in 1846...I don't expect to find a marker, of course, but we have been researching historical and gen societies looking for an Indian Cemetery for over 30 years. No one seems to know of one, and it seems as if this cemetery may be forgotten.

By the off chance, in your cemetery work have you come across an abandoned Indian Cemetery near Keosauqua?

I would be most grateful for anything you might know of an Indian Cemetery. A needle in a haystack!


Edmonds, WA

Added by Tami on Nov 22, 2015 6:39 PM
Jon Purcell
Iowa State Armed Forces Grave Registration
My name is Jon Purcell. I am indexing Iowa State Armed Forces Grave Registrations. I uploaded a record to Findagrave for Harvey L. Thompson (61804306). I hope the information is useful and the upload is okay.
Added by Jon Purcell on Nov 04, 2015 5:01 PM
Sherry Hess
RE: Richard Christy photo
Awesome, Thank you so much.

Added by Sherry Hess on Nov 01, 2015 5:50 PM
Sherry Hess
Richard Christy

You have taken a photo for Richard Christy @ Batavia Cemetery may I have your permission to share your photo in my family tree giving you credit for the photo.

Thank you
Sherry Hess
Added by Sherry Hess on Nov 01, 2015 2:04 PM
RE: John Cochran memorial update
AWesome! :) I'm glad you were able to find something.
Added by MGrandt on Oct 27, 2015 10:06 AM
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