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Kevin Avery (#47024642)
 member for 7 years, 9 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo If you know of any one memorialized here who served aboard the USS Melvin DD-680 in the Pacific Theatre during WW II, please let me know.

I'm a transplanted New Englander. My parents are Paul Oscar Avery(1921-2003) and Betty Wheaton Avery(1925-1992). My mom's and aunt's interest in family history was passed to me. I have been doing family history research for over 25 years, most of which has been in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine.

I am retired, and live in The Villages, Florida, and would be happy to find and photograph cemetery stones of your friends or family in the Sumter - Lake - Marion County area.

If you find some pictures or monuments I haven't included, I'd love to hear from you when you post them. And corrections or additions to my postings are welcome. All suggestions are responded to within 48 hours unless I am out of town. If you supply me with additional information, I will always research and double check it before posting it to a memorial. There is simply too much inaccurate information out there.

I have completed projects on all cemeteries in Hawley, Buckland, Colrain, and Charlemont, Massachusetts. And another in Sears Cemetery in Barnstable County. Current projects include the Jenks Family in Rhode Island, the Groton Avery Family, and Shelburne, Franklin Co, Mass cemeteries. If any of my entries connects to your ancestors, let me know.

Please use the EDIT button on the memorial to initiate correspondence and recommend updates. I am no longer able to respond to emails that do not provide quick and easy access to the memorial in question. Also, if your e-mail is not provided on your profile page, I won't be able to respond to you if a response is needed. The public messages are not appropriate for back and forth discussion.

There are so many "orphan" memorials here on Find-A-Grave, many of which have been posted en masse and then forgotten. So many need identification and linking so we know who they were! After posting a memorial, please take the time to research, identify, and link the memorial properly..... it will go along way toward further establishing the credibility of this site.

Regarding transfers outside guidelines..... I will consider transfer to those who have a proven track record of collaboration on FindAGrave.

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Scott Adell
Hello !
Kevin, my only reason for the email is to say hello. Genealogy is still relatively new on this end and I have just created memorials for my second great grandparents, William Orin Cummings and Harriet Delphine REYNOLDS. Harriet's parents were Erasmus Darwin Reynolds and Elsa Ann Bidwell, so it would appear we connect somewhere on the chain, unless I'm assuming wrong. I do enjoy this distant cousin stuff and have had the pleasure of meeting a few others so far. Best to you, Scott
Added by Scott Adell on Apr 24, 2016 5:44 PM
Paula Zoccoli
Thank you
Want to thank you for all the great work you have done. Many, if not most, what I see you put online tells me we are related over and over again / surname after surname.
Added by Paula Zoccoli on Apr 23, 2016 3:35 PM
lost information for edit request
Hi Kevin, I have sent you an email regarding information yu provided me for an edit that I some how lost. Please contact me. Thanks, Kay
Added by Kay on Apr 23, 2016 8:40 AM
Jane Denny
RE: two links
a pleasure!
Added by Jane Denny on Apr 21, 2016 3:56 PM
Jane Denny
two links
I THINK the two links to one husband Avery corrected!
Added by Jane Denny on Apr 21, 2016 8:38 AM
Jennifer Holte Kerr
George Avery
Hi Kevin,
I added your info into the bio of George Washington Avery. Thank you.
Added by Jennifer Holte Kerr on Apr 19, 2016 9:40 AM
Megan Heyl
Avery / Thank You
You are more than welcome! I thought twice about adding "bio" but figured safe than sorry! LOL

Have a splendid evening.
Added by Megan Heyl on Apr 18, 2016 6:03 PM
Jennie L Avery Dorman

What I quoted you is from the burial records. When I searched online, I also found several mothers for her listed as well as different dates. Those were from family genealogies as well. I have searched old newspapers online at (an excellent source of old New York newspapers) and can not find a specific article to her death. The Dorman family also seems to name a few of their children Jennie also complicates matters.
The only suggestion I can think of is either is to search the Belfast Library for a obituary for her from that year, or contact the state for death records (very expensive).
I think we should go with the burial records at the Belfast Town Hall. I will change her name at findagrave to Sarah Jane Avery Dorman as the records state as well as her birthdate from her age at death with Jennie as her nickname. I will also include a note in the bio about this change. 1892 NY Census shows her as Jennie with a birth year from her age as around 1833-1834. I think this is the most accurate information we have available, and since I am sure no records exist about the headstone, so there is going to be no knowledge of who named her Jennie L and with that birth year. No records exist for a Jennie or Jennie L Dorman in Belfast. Nothing even remotely to that name and time frame. The records match exact for date of death and for the name, Sarah Jane Avery Dorman.
I hope these changes help until more information can be found. Birth records may be available in Pennsylvania, but I am sure they come at a hefty cost like New York.
Added by jazzman717 on Apr 18, 2016 3:32 PM
Dearing and Jennie Dorman
Hi Kevin:
After much searching and confusion, I have put information on the memorials for Dearing #12822603 and Jennie #12822616
I contacted the town clerk who looked up the burial records for me. So information is corrected to the death records, not the headstones.
Jennie is actually Sarah Jane Avery. I have not changed her name as of yet until you looked into this and if agreeable, I can make appropriate changes with verification on them. I feel the burial records would be much more accurate than headstone records. Jennie's birth date according to
cemetery records would be February 21, 1833
So, please take a look at what changes have been made to their memorials and let me know how you want to proceed.
Added by jazzman717 on Apr 18, 2016 10:05 AM
Tim J.
Alta M. (Bliss) Stiles
Hi Kevin, I spent about an hour this morning searching for Alta's death notice on a newspaper archive search engine, but did not find one. I have put in a photo request for the headstone of Fred Stiles, to see if Alta's name is listed there. Best Regards, Tim J.
Added by Tim J. on Apr 18, 2016 3:27 AM
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