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Andy Gappa (#47328300)
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Bio Photo I am constantly tramping through cemeteries in Starke and Lake Counties, Indiana, looking for relatives for the family tree. If I can help someone else in the process, I'd be glad to. If someone wants a memorial transferred, just ask. I'm focusing on the last names of Gappa, Lemke, Huebner, Schacht, Keehn, Byer, Haley, Helms, Giffin, Wilhelm, Schnaufer, and Kaiser for me while I'm working on Swatts, Brooke, Johnson, Mathias, and Vanaman for my cousin.
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RE: the Polkinghorns
Hello Andy,

Thank you for your additional input on the Polkinghorn's, very nice of you to make that effort. Will be digging about here some more, as the library at which I am a volunteer just received some family memorabilia pertaining to this family. Just beginning to scrape the tip of the iceberg.

It is always nice to see someone giving veterans their due, thank you for helping to keep these fine men from falling further into obscurity. I also thank you for any effort you might provide in trying to see if Reuben's errant tombstone might someday be rectified.

In hope that it might help the person who specializes in this wonderful endeavor, during my research on Reuben I went to the length to ascertain that there was not a record of a man named Reuben R. Foster who served in the 185th New York Infantry, nor in any other regiment in that state. Beyond this there was absolutely no record of a man named Reuben R. Foster, or any name even remotely similar, to this who had a connection to Nevada County, Calif.

Reuben R. Porter was not only here, but was buried in the Grass Valley Cemetery. He was a member of Post 115 Grand Army of the Republic in Nevada City. His headstone was requisitioned by Julius M. Walling, who was the Post Commander, and was received with 14 others, and was specifically stated to have been destined to be erected in this cemetery. There is no other headstone in this cemetery for him, nor in the other 6 cemeteries in the surrounding locale.

Reuben's wife, Alice, died before his headstone arrived. His daughter, Mabel, died shortly after the headstone arrived, but had been ill with cancer for some time. This is why I believe the mistake was never caught, nobody in his family very likely ever saw this marker. I believe it was an error made at the engraving point, the handwriting was probably misread, the capital P for Porter may have been seen as an F and the lower case r as an s. Mistakes like this are frequently noticed in my research and when it came to my research on Reuben, his name was continually fouled up in some manner.

Julius M. Walling, who was the Post Commander who requisitioned Reuben's headstone, is buried in Nevada City, and on Findagrave at:

Again I thank you for whatever you might be able to do to help poor Reuben R. Porter out, he deserves better!

Have a grand evening & kudos for your great work.


Added by DR on Feb 16, 2015 9:48 PM
Robert L. Young
His Father
Hi Andy I do thank I Took all of them, Thanks
Added by Robert L. Young on Feb 09, 2015 7:46 AM
Photo George Dana Boardman Harmon
Hi Andy, If no one has asked you for this photo, could you send it to me? This man is my son's great grandfather, and we do not have this photo! Thanks! Please email me at
Added by harmonresearch on Feb 05, 2015 1:06 PM
Kellee Renae Chambers Hilton
Ronald Taylor pic
You're very welcome Andy. It was really easy to find and I was out there slipping and sliding around trying to find some of my own family as well. Thank goodness for down coats and warm boots! :-)
Added by Kellee Renae Chambers Hil... on Jan 31, 2015 10:04 AM
Carolyn Mayer
Lena Gragido
I don't why you posted the photo of my grandmother's headstone, but thank you. You are doing research on several families and I don't know how my grandmother fits in. Her maiden name was Reckrodt. She died when my dad was 10 years old. I have heard a couple of versions of how she died, but basically she was doing laundry and her clothing caught on fire. She died from the burns.
Added by Carolyn Mayer on Jan 29, 2015 4:22 PM
Indiana Bill
RE: Elizabeth Lahr Lash
Thanks, Andy. Much appreciated. --Bill
Added by Indiana Bill on Jan 26, 2015 2:57 PM
Patrick Timmons
Carl A Johnson - 90205012
Hi Andy,

Thanks for adding my Gt. Grandfather's Find a Grave. Can you please make the following updates:

Name: Carl John Albert Johnson
Birth: 11 Oct 1878 in Mönsterås, Kalmar, Sweden
Death: 15 Jan 1958 in Knox, Indiana, USA

Father: Johan August Jonsson (no find a grave)
Mother: Christina Charlotta Carlsdotter (no find a grave)

My email is

Cheryl Timmons (Johnson)
Added by Patrick Timmons on Jan 26, 2015 12:01 PM
Lori Love
RE: Charlene Carroll Greenwood
My pleasure! Glad I could help.
Added by Lori Love on Jan 25, 2015 12:05 PM
Judie Custer
RE: Deborah Jeanne Rhodes
You're welcome. It was buried under a pile of leaves but that's why I carry a broom with me. Burials in this section can be hard to find so I lucked out on this one. The marker is in perfect condition but slightly sunken since there's no footing.
Added by Judie Custer on Jan 20, 2015 5:20 PM
Janice Lapp
RE: James Carroll and his grandson Brandon
You're Welcome. Yes, it was nice out & the SUN was shining & melting a lot of the snow.
Added by Janice Lapp on Jan 20, 2015 6:41 AM
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