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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 9 years, 4 months, 30 days
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible. Be aware that spouses can be linked either way, from either memorial to the other, so as long as they are indeed already linked, it is not needed to send a spouse edit on the memorial that is already linked to - doing so creates a duplicate link.

Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /August 19, 2016 (profile updated)

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Jeanne Whitson
Elizabeth J Hughell
As I was researching an ancestor that married a Hughell, I found a record: Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 for Elizabeth F Hughell on Ancestry that indicates this girl is the daughter of Samuel and Mary. After looking at the photocopy of the record you can see the middle initial is J not F. Hope this helps.
Added by Jeanne Whitson on Aug 21, 2016 9:34 AM
Tamela Ashlock
RE: Infant Daughter Newman birth edit
Its not "my" information, but rather the information found on on 2 records. I did look for any sources, but they did not attach any source material. However, I can tell you that there was some data that gave that date. The change was made my username "familysearch data." Unfortunately, this is all I have to offer for you to make your decision accordingly.

Best Regards,
Tamela J Ashlock
Added by Tamela Ashlock on Aug 15, 2016 1:29 AM
Lyle Fulton
RE: H. Wayne Pedigo memorial update
Thank you for telling me of this, Richard. I am quite certain the stone was engraved with the wrong date of death. The Herald Democrat could hardly be mistaken about this.
Added by Lyle Fulton on Aug 13, 2016 12:34 AM
Ron Bow
Elmer Turney # 48903148
I updated the Turney family as you asked. If I missed something on it let me know and I'll correct it.
Gave a great day
Added by Ron Bow on Aug 12, 2016 10:01 PM
karen christy meeker
thanks Richard for the Gary Cloke memorial picture. It is great
Added by karen christy meeker on Aug 12, 2016 10:04 AM
Carol Beatty Bryant
Charley E. Tedrow # 29943924
Hi Richard,
Thanks for all the memorials you have created for me and my Van Buren Co. cousins. I have been going to the Tedrow Reunions in Fairfield for about 6 years now. My cousin Virginia Pearson Hanks is now determined to find out just how she is related to every Tedrow around.
Since I dearly love her, I am requesting that you transfer the management of memorials for Charley E. and any other Tedrow she can interview and figure out. Seems there are more Tedrows then Rambos. No challenge to the Forbes and Hootmans, though. Virginia has tested her DNA on family finder and posted to gedmatch #T083113. I am Carol Beatty Bryant, T711804. Give me a holler if you are a DNA match to us.
Thanks, Carol Beatty Bryant
Added by Carol Beatty Bryant on Aug 11, 2016 8:09 PM
Cheryl Kurnes
Tom Harmon Snoddy
Hi, Cheryl Kurnes here sending you some more info. I have been doing some research on family search and came across some info on Snoddy's. According to one from Iowa Co. Births 1880-1935, Thomas's middle name is Thompson and to another one it is Harmon. Maybe it was both? But I thought maybe this explains the "T"? I also found some information for Tom's wife: Beva Mae Rape, Born 5-6-1902 in Drakesville Iowa and died 2-7-1967 in Fairfield Iowa. Her father was Samuel Dixson Rape buried in the Drakesville Cemetery #128170322, Her mother:Elizabeth (Ridden) Rape #128170379. Also buried in the Drakesville Cemetery is her sister Georgia Fern #128170142, and her infant brother #128169867. Hope these help, I have been searching for any info on the Snoddy, McClurg and the ever elusive Kurnes(that I cannot find anything on)& Fleig. If you run across any info it would be greatly appreciated, Especially Kurnes. Thank You so much.
Added by Cheryl Kurnes on Aug 08, 2016 8:17 PM
Lyle Fulton
Gar Dea Gates Memorial
Thank you so much for taking the time to update my friends memorial. Your time and effort is always appreciated.
Added by Lyle Fulton on Aug 04, 2016 11:47 AM
Carole Menser
Hallye Thomas Kesterson
She was my paternal grandmother and not my step-grandmother.

Carole Kesterson Menser
Added by Carole Menser on Aug 01, 2016 3:29 PM
Marilyn Pederson
Henry "Bronson" Cox memorial
Hi,this was what I was basing my information on was the two census records I found him with Charles Lee Cox and Elizabeth Grady, sorry about the mistake, Marilyn

Source; 1850 Census, September 23, Cedar Township, Jefferson County Iowa, family: 5962

COX, Charles L., head, age 60, born Virginia, Occupation: farmer
COX, Elizabeth, age 40, born New York
COX, Albert, age 17, born Illinois
COX, Wm, age 15, born New York
COX, John, age 12, born Iowa
COX, Brunson, age 5, born Iowa

Source; 1860 Census, July 25, Round Prairie, P.O. Glasgow, Jefferson County Iowa, family: 12181134

COX, Charles L., head, age 70, value 1500-400, born Virginia, Occupation; Farming
COX, Elizabeth, wife, age 59, born Virginia
COX, Albert, son, age 20, born Illinois, Occupation; Farming
COX, John C., son, age 18, born Iowa, Occupation; Farming
COX, Henry A. J., son, age 15, born Iowa, Occupation; Farming (this is Brunson)

Source; Fairfield Daily Journal Saturday May 8, 1915 Pg. 3 Col. 3 HARMON FUNERAL HELD THIS MORNING

The funeral service of Mrs. Jane Harmon of Sewell was held this morning at 10:30 o'clock from the home of her nephew, C. L. Cox, Rev. R. H. Polly having charge of the services. The remains were laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery. The remains were accompanied to this city by her brother Brunch Cox (sic) of Sewell.

Added by Marilyn Pederson on Jul 28, 2016 9:52 AM
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