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htowngenie (#47302287)
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Bio Photo If you are related to a burial at FOREST PARK LAWNDALE I will gladly transfer the management to you.

I have been doing genealogy seriously for more than 25 years and am totally consumed by this hobby. I enjoy helping others in their quests. I do volunteer research for The Descendants of Olivewood, a small group of dedicated volunteers trying to reclaim the oldest African American cemetery in Houston, Texas. Please visit their website at

Myself, I am descended from Scotland on my fathers paternal side as well as Canadian Loyalists from New England via Canada and Traverse City, Michigan on my father's maternal side. On my mothers side I am descended from the Mandell family of Mattapoisett, MA who have lived in the vicinity for 17 generations until my mother moved to Texas and married my father. Her mother was 100% Finnish from Thomaston, ME.

I became interested in family history after receiving a letter in 1966 from my great grandmother Isabel Walker (Jones) Mandell (1874-1969) of Fairhaven, MA when I was 8 years old. She outlined the family history back to Francis Cooke of the Mayflower and I was hooked. I didn't start seriously documenting the family until many years later but I am indebted to her for giving me a passionate hobby.

I lost both my parents in 2014 within 4 months of each other. And even though I quizzed them ad nauseum over the last 25 years of their lives, there were still questions remaining that surfaced after their deaths. PLEASE continue to ask your living relatives the questions that bring family history to life and bring greater understanding to descendants. It is a true blessing in my life to "know" my ancestors.
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Amanda Gilbert
Traverse City, Michigan
My daughter's ex-husband is from Traverse City, Michigan, and I have also done research with his family. One of his ancestors was from Scotland and had lived in Canada. He died in Traverse City.
Added by Amanda Gilbert on May 24, 2015 10:55 AM
Amanda Gilbert
Traverse City, Michigan
My daughter's ex-husband is from Traverse City, Michigan, and I have also done research with his family. One of his ancestors was from Scotland and had lived in Canada. He died in Traverse City.
Added by Amanda Gilbert on May 24, 2015 10:53 AM
Amanda Gilbert
RE: 68917680 William Emerson Younger
Lisa Younger Gilbert is married to my husband's cousin. email me and we can talk.
Added by Amanda Gilbert on May 24, 2015 10:46 AM
RE: 73063420 Joseph A Goerner
Nancy, I'm not related and don't need a transfer, but if you look at his death certificate, both his birth and death locations are listed as Houston, Texas. I've included the extracted information below:

Name: Joseph A Goerner
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 08 Mar 1967
Event Place: Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 07 Dec 1898
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Father's Name: Joseph A Goerner
Mother's Name: Anna Caroline Johle
Certificate Number: 16849
GS Film number: 2138494
Digital Folder Number: 005164799
Image Number: 01536

Citing this Record:
"Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 May 2015), Joseph A Goerner, 08 Mar 1967; citing certificate number 16849, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,138,494.


Added by Matt on May 24, 2015 10:09 AM
Don Blauvelt
RE: FAG - correction of errors with sources, THANK YOU

Thank you for your note. Two things in your note standout.

First, if you are the 17th generation of 1630 New England immigrants, WOW. I'm the 11th gen. of my paternal surname ancestor who arrived in 1639 and the 11th gen. of my maternal ancestor who arrived in Feb. 1630/1. Perhaps your "17th" generation is off by 120-140 years?

Second, it is Ancestry rather than Familysearch that is the problem with algorithms. Unlike Ancestry the latter system does not provide the ability to correct entries, which means that errors will be constantly perpetuated. Transcribers for Familysearch of original written public data perhaps spent no more than 2 seconds reading names. Familysearch's transcriptions of official New Hampshire and Vermont vital records are terrible and one must actually read the original record attached to a transcription.

At least Ancestry provides the means to add corrections (alternate data) for the benefit of the next researcher that comes along.

Added by Don Blauvelt on May 24, 2015 10:05 AM
Enos Burt edit
Actually... both the links on the parents are incorrect. I prefer not to decline, if you will remove it edit. His parents are Lieutenant Stephen 1722-1760 and Abigail Paull 1721 - 1792 Thank you for your interest.
Added by goose on Mar 29, 2015 6:11 PM
Enos Burt edit
You have linked the right father, but incorrect mother. Please redo your edit.
Added by goose on Mar 29, 2015 6:04 PM
Moses Maynard
You are correct in regards to the death of Moses Maynard. It has been corrected. The search continues.
Added by Heattown on Mar 29, 2015 8:16 AM
Judy Johnson
Hertilene Gordon Ralston
Thanks for your work in uploading this information and photo. Here is some additional biographical data:

Hertilene Gordon Ralston was the great granddaughter of Ebenezer Allen, who was the Attorney General of the Republic of Texas and also its Secretary of State pro tem. He was one of the writers of the Annexation Agreement between Texas and the United States. A railroad impresario and real estate developer, he migrated to Texas from Maine in the late 1830's. He was a friend and political supporter of Sam Houston.
One of the first, if not the first, locomotives to run the rails in Texas was named," The Ebenezer Allen". The town of Allen, Texas is also named for him.

Ebenezer Allen died in Richmond,Virginia, where he worked in the Confederate Secret Service, helping to develop torpedoes to defend the Texan harbors against Union naval blockades.

Hertilene's mother, Marion J. Allen, married to J. Walker Gordon, was the daughter of Henry Allen and Laura Mudd. Henry was the son of Ebenezer and Sylvina Josephine Allen.
Thanks again for your efforts.
Judy Johnson-
3rd great granddaughter of Ebenezer Allen.
Added by Judy Johnson on Mar 15, 2015 10:52 PM
Sandy Holmes
Nancy Daniel
Thanks for the information on Nancy. I will have to further check into this, because according to family records left by our grandfather John was married to the same Nancy twice. But if I find otherwise as you suggest I will correct the information.


Sandy Daniel
Added by Sandy Holmes on Feb 28, 2015 6:26 AM
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