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richbench (#47208729)
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Bio Photo I live in Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas although I grew up in Springfield, Missouri. I have been an amateur genealogist for over 30 years mostly involving my family lines that settled in southwest Missouri in the 1830's to 1840's. I am a GENWEB county lookup volunteer for records in Greene, Douglas, Christian and Webster counties as I have numerous resources for info and records for those counties. My primary families from the area are SWEARENGIN, BENCH, KERSHNER HARGIS, STEELE, MOSES, BOOKOUT and BROWN. Most of these families came from Tennessee, North Carolina or Virginia as did most settlers in southern Missouri.
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Genealogy Lover
Wade Swearengin, Missouri
I may have sent my message to the wrong person. I notice that there is a Steven Bench also working on the Swearengin family.

If either you or Steve could answer my questions regrding my duplicate memorial for Wade Swearengin, I would appreciate it.

Added by Genealogy Lover on May 24, 2016 10:12 AM
Genealogy Lover
Wade Swearengin, Missouri
I didn't catch the original when I created my memorial for Wade.

What would you like done -- do you want me to transfer Wade to you? Or request that his memorial be merged into the original? Or just delete mine?

Just let me know!!! Are you within the required transfers (4 generational direct line)? If so you could get the original transferred to you and I would be glad to just delete mine.
Added by Genealogy Lover on May 24, 2016 10:06 AM
Steve Bench
I made an edit on aunt Leona's memorial so it reflects the exact name and spelling from the copy of the family bible record that was in the back of aunt Elsie's bible. I don't know if I ever gave you a photocopy of it but it's written in Sam Robert's own hand and dated May 3, 1917 Abadyl, MO. It has Leona as: Etty Leona May Roberts born Oct. 5, 1893.

Added by Steve Bench on May 23, 2016 2:50 PM
Rick Calvert
RE: wrong photo posted
Photo deleted.
Added by Rick Calvert on May 01, 2016 12:49 PM
Don B
RE: Chapel Hill photo request
Hi Rich,

I'm glad I could help. I may have a few more, or could send you higher def pics if you want me to. Just send me your email address.

If you need anything else near that area, let me know. My email is

Take care,
Added by Don B on May 29, 2014 9:24 PM
Jessica Kershner
Re: Kershner Family Cemetery
Greetings Rich,

I stopped by the Kershner Family Cemetary today--before I found this site. It's overgrown but many of the stones are still visible. I'd like to add some that I saw today, but that aren't showing on here as pictures. I'll work on it over the next few months.

Additionally though--I was wondering if you might tell me where, in relation to some of the other stones, Lucy and John Hagan's stones were in the 1980s. I'd like to see if I can find them.

Also, can you help me out with Carrie Keene--the paragraph says she was married to Daniel G Kershner as his second wife. She died in 1920 and it says her spouse was Thomas C Keene, who died in 1921. My records indicate Daniel died in 1967. Did Carrie and Daniel divorce then?
Added by Jessica Kershner on Dec 31, 2013 1:43 AM
Jerry Hurlbert
Hey Rich:

I've got an idea. Why don't I give you the whole family?

Do you know of any more in Northern California who have not been linked? I get around the north part of the state and some of Southern Oregon quite a bit and certainly would like to take any missing pix.

Cheers, Jerry
Added by Jerry Hurlbert on Aug 17, 2013 10:24 PM
Jerry Hurlbert
Hi again Rich.

I should have looked at all my emails first.. no harm .. I've given you Mabel also so you can link them all together all over California.

Added by Jerry Hurlbert on Aug 16, 2013 6:39 PM
Jerry Hurlbert
Alice Jewett #101983801
Hi Rich:

I have transferred her to your care. If you would like a photo posted showing the whole family plot let me know. I may do it anyway, the cemetery is within 1/2 mile of my home.

keep on digging... Jerry
Added by Jerry Hurlbert on Aug 16, 2013 6:02 PM
Mary Barnard Burks
Hi Rich,
I have added her parents. Thank you so much for the info.
Added by JHarrison on Jan 18, 2013 10:11 PM
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