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Robert Rhude (#11149924)
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Bio Photo Born in 1938, I retired in 2001 after 24 years with Cummins Inc., most recently managing industrial exhibits around the country. Before that I taught high school journalism for 17 years.

I've lived in Indiana all my life and have been actively working on 12 lines of my family tree since 1959. Those lines are Rude (my father put the "h" in the name), Briner, Lambert, Perry, Magill, Campbell, Collins, Bess, Winkler, Story, Hawn, and Ames/Emms.
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Cynthia Ann Collings Richey
Hello, I see you share the same ancestry line as me. (through Cynthia Ann Collings Richey) Just wanted to say hello to family, I never knew I had :)
Added by tonya_leigh on Aug 22, 2015 8:12 AM
I am not related to the Briner Family however Clara and Henry Purkey may have been friends of the Briner Clan? Clara Dilks Purkey had a son out of wedlock (my great grandfather) He wasn't told until just before Clara's death who his biological father was.It may have been a Briner.My great grandfather took his father's identity to his grave. It is Clara and Henry Purkey that are buried at Mount Pleasant in row 20.Next to a Briner.
You are correct the cemetery is in very sad shape.One Briner headstone was all we saw left of row 20.
Thank you for the information.
Added by catherine on May 07, 2015 11:09 AM
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Mt pleasant cemetery in Tampico ind.
You have some Briner relation in this Cemetery.My Uncle Jim Ault and I need the plot numbers for Row 20.My grandparents headstone was stolen.We are wanting to replace it but don't know where to put it. Any help would be appriciated...Thank you-The Crouch Family
Added by catherine on May 06, 2015 3:20 PM
RE: Request for Transfer
I've transferred Mr Harney to you. Please delete yours from the "Holy Cross" in San Francisco since there is no such cemetery. That cemetery entry has almost all duplicates of entries in the Colma Holy Cross. People create these without researching, and the inacurate entries are like candles to a moth for people, who start adding to the them. Such as yourself... Thank you for requesting the transfer.

Added by A.Firefly on Jul 11, 2014 9:11 PM
RE: Lymon Campbell errors
Since this is a somewhat delicate matter, I'm transferring and then you may decide who to link this baby to.

The Washington County Cemetery book was purchased at the John Hay Center in Salem, Indiana. They have a website where they list the books available and their cost: (

I didn't find a marker of any kind for Lymon, so when that's the case and I go from cemetery records, I like to site the book they're taken from.
Added by monumentdesigner on Jun 26, 2014 10:57 AM
RE: Peggy Briner
P.S. The Find-A-Grave member mentioned in my previous message is Lynne Collins (#46995231) Perhaps you two are related?
Added by bpojito105 on Jun 18, 2014 1:20 PM
RE: Peggy Briner
Dear Robert,
Wow! Awesome response! It exceeds expectations by a long shot. Thank you!

Regarding Susan's marriage, I have the 6th too. Sorry about that. I must have been looking at the license issue date while typing.

What started all this was an email from a Find-A-Grave contributor who is speculating that Sarah "Sadie" may have been adopted. She notes that Thomas would have been 66 at the time of Sarah's birth, and that the 1870 Census lists "Prussia" as her birth place. The next two Census records state that she was born in Indiana; however, there is always the possibility that Sarah didn't know about the adoption. It's an interesting idea, and certainly worth following up on.

Thanks again for your generous contributions of time and talent.

bpojito105 (#47863569)
Added by bpojito105 on Jun 18, 2014 12:57 PM
Peggy Briner
Hello again, Robert!

I have two new questions for you:
1) According to, "Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850", Thomas Franklin married Peggy Briner in Jackson County on 27 Jul 1820. Is this referring to Thomas Franklin Collins, Jr? (b.1802)
2) Does the name Susan Shewmaker ring a bell? There is a record of her marrying Thomas Collins in Jackson County on 04 JUL 1862. Again, Is this referring to Thomas Franklin Collins, Jr? (b.1802) I believe she had a daughter with Thomas named Sarah M.

Hoping all is well with you and your loved ones on this Father's Day.

bpojito105 (#47863569)
Added by bpojito105 on Jun 15, 2014 11:30 AM
RE: Catharine Collings Bess
Oh my goodness, what a picture! I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing. I'm trying to figure out what Catherine is holding. There was lots of esoteric symbolism in portraits of that era.

Grassy Cemetery is indeed a mess. I have at least eight confirmed ancestors buried there, and perhaps 11 more still in progress (Gillaspy and Tobias). Several years ago, a very gracious member at Uniontown Baptist volunteered to take pictures at Grassy for me, and said she nearly cried upon seeing how bad it looked.
Added by bpojito105 on Sep 22, 2012 12:46 PM
RE: Thank you!
It's funny how things turn out sometimes. Please tell Linda thank you. And thank YOU for adding the photo to Mabel's memorial. Cheers!
Added by bpojito105 on Sep 20, 2012 4:56 PM
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