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Lynn Marie Vint (#47138895)
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Bio Photo One of the best features of Find A Grave is that it provides a forum where years of genealogical research can be shared with others. Please let me know if you have additional biographical or statistical information for any of my memorials, as it is always welcome. The wealth of knowledge that others have sent to me through Find A Grave is astounding.

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Robert Schmidt
RE: Minesinger
Lynn: Thanks again for all your research.
My source only uses "The St. Louis Demomcrat" for the news source. It was published in the New Castle IN paper of Sep 7 1870 and just quotes the St Louis paper. You can find theses documents on line at then search under Miles, Walter K author and look at My Genealogy Bk 8. The whole Minesinger family was researched by Walter Miles, who is deceased.
I would be glad to email or mail my entire article if you would send me your email or mailing address to I think you would find it very interesting. I would prefer that we communicate further via email vs the Find a Grave site. I can email the 7 pages to you.
You will note that my family ties are from Evansville,IN not Ft Wayne. We live here as I retired from GE that was located here.

Bob S
Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 30, 2015 6:03 PM
Dr. Charles Robert (Bob) Campbell
Needing help in Calhoun Cty.
Hi Lynn, Kathy Robinson gave me your name and indicated that you might be able to help me. I find that my great great grandmother Sarah Oxford Spang is according to her death certificate buried in a cemetery by the name of Churchman or Churchmane in Hardin, Calhoun County. The undertaker was Morris Fisher. However, Find A Grave does not have a listing of such a cemetery. I am looking for her family and Anna her daughter my great grandmother and for her husband my great grandfather Harrison Porter Campbell (b. 1858 since there are two). I am a relation to Eric Craigmiles and we are mostly looking for the same family. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

best regards,
Charles Robert (Bob) Campbell
Added by Dr. Charles Robert (Bob) ... on Jan 30, 2015 8:31 AM
Robert Schmidt
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn: Here is what I wrote about John Minesinger

By the early 1870ís he began his most ambitious engineering feat, that of building a railroad trestle across the Mississippi River at St Louis. Another Hoosier engineer from Lawrenceburg, IN, James B Eads, was also working on that river at the same time on another bridge across the river at St Louis. Eads was also a self-taught engineer. Perhaps they knew each other. The famous Eadsí bridge was completed in 1874. Unfortunately James Minesinger was fatally injured by a fall off his bridge trestle and died on Sep. 1, 1870. The St Louis Democrat reported:

"Late Saturday evening, Mr. John Minesinger, civil engineer, in charge of the construction of the trestle work between the island and main shore for the Belleville and Southern Illinois, in walking over the work, stepped on the end of a loose plank; the plank tipped up and he fell a distance of twenty-seven feet. The unfortunate man was picked up by other employees of the road and carried to his boarding house. The best medical aid possible to obtain here as well as over the river, was called in and every effort was made by Mr. Broughton, Superintendent of the road, to relieve the sufferer, but to no purpose. He lingered till Sunday, when he expired. The deceased leaves a widow and family, all the children grown up, residing near New Castle, Indiana, as well as a host of friends to mourn over his sudden death. The deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and the body will be escorted to the cars today by a delegation of that order to send it home for burial."

His body was returned to New Castle and he was buried in South Mound Cemetery in the city. His wife Mary died six years later on Jun 27, 1876 and was also buried there.
Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 27, 2015 8:57 AM
Diane & John
Re: Lizzie Minesinger/Elizabeth Blaeser

Thanks for your information on this one. I really think the Lizzie Minesinger should remain in Fieldon Cemetery since there definitely is a stone there for her with her 1st husband even tho she's not physically buried there. I asked Julie Goheen to add a note in the Bio with a link to the memorial in Oak Grove Cemetery. I did the same for Elizabeth Blaeser linking back to Lizzie Minesinger. I hope that's not too confusing to people!

Added by Diane & John on Jan 25, 2015 9:51 PM
Robert Schmidt
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn: Holy Cow! You have done more research than I ever hoped to get on my inquiry. You raised the same questions and speculations that I considered but surely wouldn't have expected you to investigate as you have. I applaud you effort. I suspect too that James SR and his wife are buried there but like your question what happened to the rest of the family? I investigated through Ancestry but came up with zero.
Are any of the Minesingers in your family line. I am writing an article for The Hoosier Packet about John Minesinger(James Sr older brother). He died in St Louis when he stepped on a plank that was not secured on the railroad bridge he was building across the Mississippi. I would be glad to send a copy of my work to you if you have interest.
Again great detective work. That tombstone might be for James Sr.
Bob Schmidt
Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 25, 2015 9:31 PM
Robert Schmidt
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn: I like what you have done with James and William. You have added a lot of additional info as well. Be sure and change the words for the daughter Martha as well. I really appreciate working with someone who gets the job done quickly

I don't know where James Sr And Elizabeth Booth are buried but assume it is there in Illinois as well James Sr's brother John back in Indiana is who I am following FG # 37038230.

Bob S
Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 23, 2015 10:38 AM
Robert Schmidt
Find A Grave Memorial# 35083953
Lynn, I am doing research on Canal Engineers in Indiana. This has lead me to this memorial:

James was married to Elizabeth Booth. The Minesingers moved from Pennsylvania to Calhoun County, Illinois in the mid to late 1850's. Their daughter, Sarah, was born there in 1858. All the children who were older than her were born in Pennsylvani

I believe this statement is incorrect and I would like for you to investigate. James Knox Polk Minesinger Sr was born around 1817 and his wife was Elizabeth Booth. Their son was James KP Minesinger Jr and that is who Sarah belongs to and yes she was born in Illinois but she is the daughter of James JR not Sr. You can see this when you look at the sons like William who was born in 1839 5 years before James Jr was born. Martha 43377598 has a mistake stating that her mother was Elizabeth Booth. It was Elizabeth ? but not Booth. Review this data and I believe you will agree that something is not right. The reason is that there were 2 James KP Minesingers. The person I am investigating is the grandfather John Minesinger who engineered the Hagerstown Canal in Indiana. It was part of the Whitewater Canal.
Let me know what you think
Bob Schmidt Pres Canal Society of Indiana
Added by Robert Schmidt on Jan 22, 2015 3:10 PM
mary giera
Amanda (Carroll) Smith Love
Thank you for all you have placed on Find-a-Grave. I appreciate your work.
Added by mary giera on Jan 16, 2015 4:05 PM
Info on Joseph O. Taylor 64074547
Hello Lynn,
I was very surprised to stumble across your memorial to Joseph O. Taylor. I believe that I am related to his daughter Alice Taylor. I was wondering if you would be able to share some of your sources for the information in Joseph's memorial. I have run into a dead end in my research, and could use a little help. I love the time and effort you put into this. Thanks for your help!
Added by BrianK on Jan 15, 2015 12:42 PM
Hi Lynn Marie: I just wanted to wish you a happy and healthy 2015 and again thank you for such wonderful, informative, and honoring memorial pages that you create for find a grave. You are a true blessing to the site.
Added by N.B.B.O.O. on Jan 14, 2015 2:42 PM
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