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Ron West (#47389384)
 member for 4 years, 2 months, 3 days
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Bio Photo I am a bit of a fan of history and I love the history you find in cemeteries. My favorites are the old pioneer cemeteries of the west.

For those of you that are looking for forgotten relatives, loved ones, friends and family, I just want to say to you that I do what I do here on Find A Grave for you. No one should be forgotten! We all may not be rich, or powerful, or have invented great things but we all made a difference in some way and we deserve to be remembered for the differences we made. If just by creating a memorial page I feel that I have done something to remember that person and that they did live and that they did matter.

The information on the memorials that I have added is only as good as the information I had to work with from the beginning. I am sure that there are many mistakes and I will correct every one that I can but if fellow contributor finds something wrong that still needs to be corrected, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Transfers: If you are interested, just ask! I am not hung up on the policies, all that is important to me is that you are better able to add to the memorial than I am. You don't have to be directly related, just willing and able to make the page better.

Photos: There is no need to ask permission to use the photos that I post unless it is to be for commercial purposes. I take these photographs for you so please, use them as you need to and all that I ask is that you source and credit them properly.

To all the Find a Grave photographers out there: if you have a picture to post that is better than one that I have posted, please do and then let me know. If I agree, I will gladly remove mine in order to avoid cluttering up the memorial page.

Someday I know I'll have my own headstone and if I am lucky enough, this is the epitaph that will be on it:

The Measure of a Man

Not "How did he die?"
But, "How did he live?"
Not "What did he gain?"
But, "What did he give?"
These are the units
to measure the worth
of a man, as a man,
regardless of birth.
Not "What was his station?
But, "Had he a heart?"
And "How did he play
his God given part?"
Was he ever ready
with a word of good cheer,
to bring back a smile,
to banish a tear?'
Not "What was his church?"
Nor "What was his creed?"
But, "Had he befriended
those really in need?"
Not "What did the sketch
in the newspaper say?"
But "How many were sorry
when he passed away!"

But, at the end of the day, if all my headstone reads is "He was a good man" then, I will be happy with that too!

If you're still reading, maybe you'd like to stop by and say Hi! to very special friend. I lost her some time ago but she is still missed everyday, Belle West.

I found some great information on how to take a picture of a headstone. I am passing this site along because I feel that a good, clear picture is always what the viewer wants. Not something that is just good enough. The site is How To Get Great Photos For FindAGrave.

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David Stewart
Missing child to Thomas Powell Gillespie
Hello Ron,

My name is David Stewart. I am a descendant of Thomas Powell Gillespie of Lawrence County, Illinois who has a memorial on your website. One of his children, Frank Gillespie, was inadvertently left out of the list of children mentioned. Thomas is one of my great great grandfathers and his son Frank is one of my great grandfathers on my dad's side of the family. Frank was born on 1877 and he had 3 children Roy, Mary, and Alice. I am a grandson of Mary.

Thank you for correcting this to add Frank to the list of children on Thomas's memorial.

Added by David Stewart on Jan 24, 2015 1:01 PM
Transfer Request
Please transfer Gladys Udaily Moss Passmore # 72060789 to me; she was my mother's aunt, and she was like a grandmother to me. We spent most of our family holidays in her home. Thank you so much.
Added by Carolmc916 on Jan 22, 2015 2:08 AM
Sarah Howard Jamison
William and Mary Hart
Thank you for transferring those names to me. I added their information and linked their families. They never had any children, but at least they are linked to their parents and siblings and each other. THANK YOU! Sarah
Added by Sarah Howard Jamison on Jan 20, 2015 7:35 PM
Cynthia Moore Pomeroy
Betty Marie Tillotson Hasty 89713565
Thank you for transferring my Mother-In-Laws memorial to me. She will be honored and remembered. "HapPy HaUnting"
Added by Cynthia Moore Pomeroy on Jan 20, 2015 6:56 AM
David Roscoe Duncan
Leonard Vincent Claar Photo
Thank you so much for your time and efforts in taking and posting the photo.
Added by David Roscoe Duncan on Jan 17, 2015 8:26 PM
Emily McNew
I was curious how you were able to figure out where Emily McNew was at Evergreen Cemetery? Especially if it's an unmarked grave; how do you know where to find the people in unmarked graves? I'm very interested, thanks!
Added by Andrea on Jan 17, 2015 6:44 PM
BJ Resh
Will and Betty Prather
Thank you for linking them for me! Barbara
Added by BJ Resh on Jan 17, 2015 12:35 PM
Lee C
Richard C. Orphan
Thank you for the transfer.
Added by Lee C on Jan 16, 2015 11:57 PM
RE: John Ferril and Leonard and Jennie Aitken
That's generous of you to take the trouble to do it. Do you want a credit line on the memorial? Something like 'research courtesy of Ron West'?
Easy to do, so let me know. Thanks!
Added by paths2present on Jan 16, 2015 11:04 AM
John Ferril and Leonard and Jennie Aitken
Links and edits made. Thanks for sending the additional information. I do appreciate it! Although you didn't request a transfer, please let me know if you would prefer to manage these memorials. I would be happy to transfer them to you. Thanks so much!
Added by paths2present on Jan 16, 2015 10:39 AM
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