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Ralph Brown (#48194949)
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Bio Photo I grew up in Henry County, Iowa, and have been tracing our family roots for nearly 50 years. Searches throughout cemeteries in southeast Iowa, and in other states have yielded invaluable family information. Nineteen of my direct ancestors lie at rest in the Cedar Creek Cemetery in Henry County. My Dad was Secretary-Treasurer of Cedar Creek Cemetery from 1976 to 2004.

Sometimes the unexpected can be found walking through cemeteries. Nearly thirty years ago, when my family first went to the Dover Pioneer Cemetery north of Donnellson to look for the graves of my great-great grandparents Michael and Esther (Russel) Mogel, we could not find a stone. But, there was a large stone lying flat upside down. With the help of my brother's tractor the stone was uprighted, and we saw it was the one we were looking for. It is the stone pictured above in 2013.

My great-great-great-great grandparents Stephen and Margaret (Thornburgh) Hockett were among the Quakers who first settled in the Salem area of Henry County in 1837. All sixteen of my great-great grandparents were living in Henry or Lee Counties, Iowa, by the mid-1850s.

The surnames of my sixteen great-great grandparents are Brown, Lamm, Harshbarger, Heck, Smith, Thomas, Frazer, Hockett, Moyle, Fegan, Barnes, Toothaker, Mogel, Russel, Wright, and Metzger.

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Jan Beasley
Frazer/Frazier discussion group
Ralph, there is an active Frazer/Frazier group on You can email me for instructions to join, if you are interested. Find my email on my profile page.
Added by Jan Beasley on May 02, 2015 3:37 PM
RE: June Synhorst Taylor
Can you use the "edit/suggest another correction or addition".
Added by Hochi on Mar 09, 2015 5:52 PM
Gwen and Bob
RE: Permission to use photo
Thank you very much for permission to use your photo. It is a delight to see what people actually looked like! Keziah's grandfather, George Jones, was the brother of my third great grandmother, Rachel Jones Small. George and Rachel were the children of Henry Jones and Keziah Hickson. Thank you for posting your photos and for maintaining the memorials. Regards, Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Jan 19, 2015 11:44 AM
Gwen and Bob
Permission to use photo
Hello Ralph,
May I please have your permission to use your photo of John R. and Keziah (Lamm) Brown on my family tree, with attribution to you and Find a Grave? Thank you very much for your consideration. Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Jan 18, 2015 10:37 AM
Susan Clark
Ken Neu
January 10, 2015
Dear Ralph,
Thank you for your email regarding Ken Neu. I was so happy to read that you met him and knew him.
Ken was a dear friend of my father for many years. My father spoke of their friendship all my growing up years. They lived several states apart from one another. My dad passed away in 2004, and when he did, I found a folder titled "Ken Neu" in my father's files. It contained the letters and cards they had exchanged over the years. It was a very dear experience for me to read their letters that they wrote to one another and to reflect on their enjoyable friendship.
Can you tell me about your friendship with Ken? How did you meet; did you know each other through the years? Does he have children?
Thank you so much, Ralph, for your correspondence, and for all that you are doing.
Susan Clark
Added by Susan Clark on Jan 10, 2015 10:37 PM
Barbara Stein
Johnson Heck
I had inquired earlier this spring about Johnson Heck (Bardolph Cemetery, McDonough Co, IL). I was able to get a picture of the stone. It states both "J H Heck and Emma Heck" on it. Findagrave #128859068. Hope this helps. There is a discrepancy of the birth year on the stone.
Added by Barbara Stein on Jul 05, 2014 3:07 PM
Pat Ryan White
Frazier vs Frazer
Per your request...I'll change Rebecca Jane's spelling to Frazer.
Rebecca Jane Frazier White is my husband's great grandmother. So you and he are certainly kin :)
Wouldn't it be fun to organize a HUGE Iowa Frazier reunion some day???
Pat Ryan White, Mt. Pleasant, IA
Added by Pat Ryan White on Jun 15, 2014 8:10 PM
James Coston
Joseph & Lillie Thomas, Mexia Cem
Evening Ralph,
I found them in the registry and would U please go back add Section number 8.
That info might prompt someone local to go out and take the fotos.
If nobody does, I'll go over next week and take care of it, with the section #, then I won't have to retrace my steps. HS !!!
Later, James Coston
Added by James Coston on Jun 02, 2014 6:18 PM
Kristen Lee
Sophronia Barnes
Hi Ralph,

I just transferred management of her memorial to you. The photos are courtesy of Pat Welch (48054934). I'm always happy to help out and while I don't have any Barnes in my tree that I know of, my gg grandfather was an Iowa Smith from Harrison County. Is that close to Henry or Lee counties? If so maybe we're "cousins" lol!
Added by Kristen Lee on May 12, 2014 7:22 PM
Lois H.
Phebe Wright
My 3rg gr grandmother. Now know her maiden name was Gosner. They married in Philadelphia, PA 31 May 1808 & are in Christ Church Records. Her father may have been Christopher Gosner, son of Henry Gosner. Wondered where her photo came from??? Thanks Lois H.
Added by Lois H. on Feb 21, 2014 9:31 PM
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