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Ralph Edwards (#46940414)
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Bio Photo Born Chicago, have lived in IL, MI, Germany, NJ and AL currently, with a summer home, my great grandfather Silas Benjamin Anway's farm house, in Central Lake MI. Graduate of U. of Michigan and U. of Illinois. Retired physicist, communications engineer, and professor. The picture at left is 48 years old.

The majority of my older memorials are for my and my wife's relatives, their spouses, and the spouses's parents. Of particular interest are the surnames Edwards, Westbrook, Nate, Anway, Sanford, Brown, Budde, Wolf, Lanterman, Bordenca, Diliberto, Tortorici, Corrente, Rizzo, LoCicero, Calabrese, LoVoi, and Tamburello. I have source information for my relatives. Virtual cemeteries are my direct Ancestors, Anway/Nanny, Brown and Lanterman. The Lantermans are descendants of Johann Peter Lanterman b. ca 1714 and hs wife. Anway/Nanny are all descendants of William Nanne b. 1720. Brown will contain the descendants of Walter Brown born ca 1727 on Long Island. When I enter a memorial, I attempt to find the parents and link them, if you know the parents' grave locations, please let me know. My sources for my relatives are in the database rtegen on Rootsweb Worldconnect. The link is at the bottom of this profile.

A newer project is the genealogy of Antrim Co., Michigan. For more information on some of the people there (eventually all I can find data for), go to Rootsweb Worldconnect and select the centrallake database. Many memorials in the cemeteries near Central Lake including Southern, Bayview, Dunsmore, Morehouse, Antrim and the two Lakeviews are not my kin and are available for transfer to descendants. Please say how you are related when requesting a transfer. All but very recent graves in Central Lake have been photographed. I will continue to enter unmarked graves from records. I am now going through all the memorials in Southern Cemetery, adding detail, linking individuals, correcting errors, and adding all the entries to the the Rootsweb database mentioned above. So far I've gotten to Bolser, so it will be a while. However I enter related families as I go. So far 9500 individuals from Central Lake and the neighboring townships, their ancestors, or descendants have been entered. I am entering grave locations as I review the records, and also adding grave locations as captions on photos I have supplied when I do not control the memorial. If there is no location for a burial in Southern Cemetery, send me a message and I will attempt to add it.
To other researchers in Michigan, has recently added a large number of death certificates for 1921-1951, and 1897-1920 are available on Seeking Michigan. These have exact death dates, birth dates, and locations. Please use these databases to flesh out your entries and find birth dates for those with no birth date on the stone or when no age or birth information is on the stone. Do this especially for Civil War markers. Honoring our veterans is fine, but giving them bare bones memorials is cutting them short. Also, their military service is not all they did, give them rounded out bios; family comes first. And please, expand the abbreviations used on those markers. It's FINDagrave, Sam'l, Jas, and Jno are not going to be found. If you use abbreviations, expect a correction from me.

I will be happy to add bios, obituaries, correct errors, add links, and credit your contribution. Please let me know how you know what you send.

I never enter duplicate memorials intentionally, except in the rare case when the older memorial was entered under a name different from what is on the marker, usually the name of a later husband. I think this should be fixed by allowing multiple married names for women. In those rare cases I include the number of the other memorial that uses a name not on the marker in the bio. When I create a memorial I use the name on the marker, as the rules suggest, and give other married names in the bio and link to the other husbands. When I link, I link to the older memorial. If I have entered a duplicate unintentionally, let me know, and I will fix it.

I research all entries. If I find solid information that the dates on the marker are incorrect, unfortunately fairly common, I enter the best dates available.

You may copy my photos and put them on your site, preferably with attribution. You may not charge anyone for a copy or use the photo in any for-profit endeavor. If you copy the contents of any bio that is not just a copy or digest of an obituary, as a favor to those who may want the source, attach the Findagrave number or my name.
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Leanne M. Meyer
RE: Albert Julius Henning b. Berlin
You are right, the NYC Albert is not ours.

I am related through the Denstaedt's who Albert married into. A cousins & I have been working on this family for years, so it has taken a while.

Emailme at my personnel that will make it easier to share.

Do you have Ancestry?

Added by Leanne M. Meyer on Jul 21, 2015 5:32 PM
Leanne M. Meyer
RE: Clara Henning Noyes
Great! I would be glad to transfer her to family and maybe you can add more to her life.

Leanne Meyer
Added by Leanne M. Meyer on Jul 21, 2015 1:35 PM
Leanne M. Meyer
RE: Clara Henning Noyes
She married George Silverside in 1888. You can use the obit, if needed.

Alcona County Review, 11 Feb 1892 - Vol 15, No. 45 - p1c4
Description : Death of Clara [Henning] Silversides on 2/4/1892 in Harrisville; burial in Springport.

Transcription : Somewhat Personal. Mrs. Silversides, whose malady and trip to Detroit for surgical aid has been noted in these columns, was brought home last Thursday by her husband and passed away one hour after her arrival at their home, surrounded by her family and friends. She had but one desire when she knew that death was certain and that was to see her children. Her last words were, "Now I am satisfied." The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Saturday, the Rev. W. J. Bailey delivering a timely sermon. Mrs. Clara Silversides, wife of William Silversides, was born in the city of Detroit on the 12th day of May, 1858, and died at her home in Harrisville Thursday night, February 4, 1892, at 8 o'clock. Two brothers and two sisters are living. Her maiden name was Clara Henning. She married Abraham Noyes in Harrisville on June 27th 1877. Their union was blessed with four children: Bert, Inez, Cleveland and Esther. She was married to her second husband, Wm. Silversides, on the 3d day of July, 1888. Of this union one child lives to mourn the loss of her mother. A few weeks ago she went to Detroit for treatment, but failed to receive any benefit.
Added by Leanne M. Meyer on Jul 21, 2015 11:20 AM
Marjorie Munroe
RE: Annie S Kilbourne Woodhull in Woodhull cemetery
Ok your loss. Just trying to help up, there is loads of stuff out there. I don't understand why you don't have that already. And she was born in Delaware, which is Middlesex county. Good luck to ya. Take care. Marjorie
Added by Marjorie Munroe on Jul 20, 2015 7:48 PM
Leanne M. Meyer
RE: Clara Henning Noyes
It is Harrisville, Alcona Co., MI.

Sorry for the confusion.

Leanne Meyer
Added by Leanne M. Meyer on Jul 20, 2015 6:04 PM
Petoskey History 1852-2002
Walton, Silas–Ernest Walton; Link
Hello! We were so happy to find your memorial for Ernest Walton. We recall when he died––his son was in school with us. You don’t forget things like that. It had been so frustrating not being able to find a record of it in the usual places. (If you have a copy of his obituary, I will send it to the Petoskey Greenwood Cemetery Genealogical Website.) We mailed the link to connect him to his father, Silas. Thank you so very much. M. S.
Added by Petoskey History 1852-200... on Jul 02, 2015 3:34 PM
Janet Knepper
RE: Incomplete records
I'm sure THAT felt good! It's so nice to know that you've made a difference, and when the Township recognized you for it, it's even BETTER!
KUDOS! and
Best wishes!
Added by Janet Knepper on Jun 16, 2015 2:18 PM
Janet Knepper
RE: Martha McComb Smith
I have seen incomplete cemetery records as well, which is why I started working on Owen Cemetery to begin with. Their online (and off line book)records show 1,633 people buried there. I have already 'found' and added enough people to the list I am compiling that the total now stands at around 1,850 and I'm not finished yet.
They have assured me that when I am done, they will update their records.
I will keep an eye out for Mary McComb Smith. Do you know of any other family members of hers that may be buried there besides George? (I haven't found George yet either.)
Added by Janet Knepper on Jun 16, 2015 10:31 AM
Janet Knepper
RE: Martha McComb Smith
I just sent an email explaining. It was the wrong Martha Smith!
I'm sorry!
Added by Janet Knepper on Jun 15, 2015 10:22 PM
Linda Baird
Southern Cemetery
Hi Ralph,
Do you have access to the Southern Cemetery Records in Central Lake, Michigan? Trying to find out if Joyce Curtis born 1925 to William & Laura "Williams" Curtis may be buried there. Her parents & brother William F. Curtis are buried in this Cemetery. I can find no death record of on Find A Grave or I don't know if she had a married name as I have found no marriage for her in Michigan.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated!

Linda Williams Baird
Added by Linda Baird on Jun 11, 2015 6:54 AM
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