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djtruitt (#47746502)
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Bio Photo I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and I have lived here all of my life. On October 12, 2015, I accepted management of several thousand memorials in Shaul Cemetery here in Ottumwa. I am updating these memorials as time permits, using information available both on the internet and in our local resources here in Wapello County.

If you have any information you would like to have entered into these memorials, let me know either through the findagrave edit system, or through my e-mail. If you are not a findagrave member, and you have questions about or information on any of the memorials that are for your family members, feel free to let me know. If you contact me by e-mail, please include a link to the memorial you are writing about.

Also, please keep in mind that a person's last known address on their Social Security Death Record may not be where they died. Many people who lived in Ottumwa died in Des Moines, Iowa City, or VA Hospitals around the state. Also, many of them went to stay with their children in another state during their last illness and died there. I will research the places of death when I receive edit notices to verify what is correct, as I know everyone wants accurate information.
As I am updating these memorials in Shaul, I always try to find their parents and other family members. In doing this through, I have found numerous memorials for unknown death dates and/or burials or for burials in the wrong cemetery. PLEASE NOTE: THE MEMORIALS I HAVE ARE NOT DUPLICATES, AND A MEMORIAL IN A KNOWN CEMETERY TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER AN UNKNOWN BURIAL.
(Per: “Help with Findagrave - Why are there multiple memorials for the same individual? - How does Find A Grave handle duplicate memorials?
In regard to duplicates, a memorial with a correct known burial location will always be preferred over an unknown burial location.”)

If I notify you that I have a memorial for one of your unknowns or for one you have in the wrong cemetery, please do not move your memorial into Shaul and try to pretend that your memorial was there first or write me, telling me you have moved your memorial and expecting or demanding me to delete mine. I am noting on my memorials the date I notified the owners of these memorials, as this is becoming a common occurrence. I also keep copies of all my edit notices.

It may be true that your memorial was created first, but as noted above, a memorial in the correct cemetery takes precedence. On the memorials I accepted management of, I did not create them, and I cannot delete them. The person who originally created these memorials spent months entering Shaul Cemetery’s database into findagrave and also made two cross-country trips to photograph gravestones in Shaul, in an effort to help families find their family members' graves. I have spent months updating these memorials, and I often work for 2-3 weeks on one family. Expecting us to just delete our memorials after all of the work we have put into them and after we were courteous enough to contact you, is not right, and it is not fair.

I have noticed on a number of these unknown burials that the creator actually knew when and where the person died or knew their last known address. In today’s world where many people are cremated and are not buried, an unknown burial is understandable, and if you have an obituary for one of these recent situations that does not give a place of burial, it is appropriate to go ahead and make a memorial.

However, these that I am running into are for people who died long enough ago that they were buried. In cases like that, I suggest that you e-mail the public library in the town or genealogy society in the county where the person lived and request an obituary which should tell you where they were buried. Another suggestion is to call the cemeteries in that town to see if they were buried there. For those who lived here in Ottumwa, I have helped many people find where their family members were buried, and I am happy to help you if there is no findagrave memorial for them.
For those who might still be reading this, I would like to mention another helpful hint: If you believe that someone died between census years because a husband or wife stated that they were a widow or widower on the next census, that does not necessarily mean that was the case. I have found that years ago, many divorced people gave their marital status as widow or widower rather than state they were divorced. I have spent hours looking for people who allegedly died and found that they actually had remarried and still lived here or had moved away. I imagine at the time it was easier just to tell the census taker that their spouse had died, as it probably didn’t seem like it really mattered. Who would have guessed that 100 years later, there would be such a thing as an internet where their records would be available for all to see, and descendants would be frantically searching for a spouse that had not passed on yet!
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I will message you when I get back online.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Aug 03, 2016 8:19 AM
I am moving to Medford, Oregon this week end and will not be online for awhile. Taking care of my great grandaughter Bella while my grandaughter goes back to nursing class.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Aug 03, 2016 8:18 AM
Madison Commodore Warder
Thank you for adding his parents to his memorial as I requested. You are correct his mother did die in 1853 shortly after giving birth to her daughter. I must have made a typo when I sent the edit as 1953. I have been on vacation and just saw your correction. M. C. Warder is my husbands great grandfather.
Added by SEEKER on Aug 02, 2016 5:10 PM
larry otte
Thank you for the information and for all that you have done.

Added by larry otte on Jul 26, 2016 11:31 AM
Sandra Burtness
Opal Ruby Major & Hale Major
Thanks for the great photo. Such a nice stone.
Added by Sandra Burtness on Jun 21, 2016 11:20 AM
Christopher Dommer
Thank you for getting a picture of Uncle Chris's stone.
Added by MarkC on Jun 17, 2016 4:38 AM
Dan Walker
James McDonald edit

I've completed the edits requested from you for linking James McDonald to his parents. Thanks for the heads-up.

Dan Walker
former Ottumwa resident
Added by Dan Walker on Jun 16, 2016 8:48 AM
Clarence Ruby
I deleted my memorial and you don't need to transfer yours. Will just use your information as my Grandmother Nancy Ruby Ingle. Thanks Karen
Added by zoey on Jun 15, 2016 4:37 PM
George Albert Payne
No I am not related.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Jun 12, 2016 4:06 PM
Melissia Mason
Great work!
I'm researching families for a friend of mine and came across your listings for the Ploschentz family (his 2-greats grandparents). I just wanted to say thank you for your work on this... not just calculating dates from the headstones but also taking the time to cross-reference, look for obits, etc. You are appreciated!!!
Added by Melissia Mason on Jun 11, 2016 8:11 AM
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