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Rick France (#46581221)
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Bio Photo Native Hoosier, living in Indianapolis, IN since 1968. Primary family surnames are France, Arford, Goad, Ashley, Thompson, Wright, Jarrell, Gosser, Eades/Eads, Kaufman, Fobes, Lantz, Albert, Dunbar, and Greene.

I am a former officer of the Genealogical Society of Marion County (GSMC), a member of the Indiana Genealogical Society, leader of a genealogy studies group at a local senior center, and do private tutoring for beginners and those struggling with research.

I am interested in the 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment of the famed Civil War Iron Brigade and in the grave sites of its members. I am also interested in Spanish American War veterans and contribute to the Spanish American War veterans gravesite recording project.

Feel free to contact me to ask about additional information for any of my postings. I will gladly edit or enter additional data, or relinquish ownership to anyone wanting control of a family member's memorial.
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Lily Virdell
Frank B. Arford
Dear Rick, There is a wonderful bio. of Frank B. Arford (your memorial#9345316) created by Hist. of Daviess Counties Goodspeed Pub. 1886. If you would like me to add it to his memorial you could do a temporary transfer, I could add it and immediately transfer back--seems the easiest way and I have done it before. I am not related, but have numerous relatives in Daviess county and have added these before. Just let me know. Lily Virdell member#48878756
Added by Lily Virdell on Nov 30, 2016 12:50 PM
RE: Bobby Fong
Unfortunately, I don't. I will ask my Wellfleet contact to include that the next time she goes to Pleasant Hill, and we can add it in later!! I keep forgetting that my GPS can do that for me, so I will try to remember to use that the next time I go up there. Am aiming to do it before it snows again.
Added by tinlizzie on Oct 03, 2016 2:01 PM
deanna french
Marion Co.Isaac Smith Civil War Veteran
May I use the monument/marker photo's that you contributed to the memorial page of Isaac Snit, to post on the (

You will receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration on this.

Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Sep 14, 2016 3:00 AM
Pam Hawn
Find A Grave Memorial# 132299411
Reguarding, Potaphir Osborn(e) Find A Grave Memorial# 132299411 Clementine Osborn # 7631033 and William Osborne 11216054.

I am related to Podaphar Osborn. His Mother is Susannah Feagly. His full sister is Asenath (Azenith?)Osborn. His father is William Osborn who married Susannah after the death of his first wife ? do You have any idea what his wives first name was? I have a Fanny Finney but that would have had William married at 14 years old. then many of the earlier children are attributed to Susannah Shrode, but William was nor married to her then.
I am tryimg to do a Osborn Famuly tree for the Warrick Co. Site for in in inGen web program.

I admit though I am stuck on this part of William's Life.. any ideas or help? Pam Hawn

Added by Pam Hawn on Nov 14, 2015 11:30 AM
Jayne Beers
RE: King, Dunbar, Commons
Thanks! I'm connected to the Commons line through my Bond family and there are King connections through my Boyd family, etc.
Added by Jayne Beers on Aug 05, 2015 3:14 PM
James and Margaret Givan
Thank you so very much, Rick, for adding photos of the grave marker of my great, James and Margaret Givan. Your photos gave me definitive information I was looking for. Lovely photos, too. Best, Vickie Rabourn
Added by vrabourn on Jul 02, 2015 3:28 AM
Rita Allen
Arthur Coffman, Kaufman
My name is Rita Davis Allen I live in Wynne, Arkansas. My grandmother Mary Belle Davis was born 10th Nov. 1884 in Sullivan Indiana. She had my father before she was married , he was born 10th Dec. 1905 in Sullivan and years went by before she told him little things about his real father. They came to Ar. in a covered wagon and a year after they arrived she married Samuel Plyler and dad thought that was his name until he applied for SS# and grandmother had to tell him the truth. All she told him was a name and the area. I'm the only one left in my family and I just want to find my roots any info and help will be appreciated so much.I'm not sure about the spelling but my dads name is John Arthur Davis Thanks for any lead Rita
Added by Rita Allen on Jun 09, 2015 1:33 PM
Don Herring
Memorial # 4601666
Hi Rick,

I see that you posted the “Transit Permit - Certificate of Undertaker” on the memorial page for Rolla St. John, memorial # 4601666. Since, this is a rare document, my guess is that you most likely had this document in your possession because you are Rolla’s relative, possibly his direct descendent? Better still, I’m hoping that if you are his descendent/relative, you are also related to his mother Eliza St. John (1836-1888) or at least have information about her origins and her full name? If not, possibly you will share how you obtained the document or can provide contact information for the individual that transferred it to you?

From Eliza’s 1870 census reporting and from her son Warren Wallace St. John’s census reporting on the 1900 & 1910 census, Eliza was apparently born in Tennessee. Eliza’s 1880 census report indicates she was born about 1836. Warren’s subsequent census reporting in 1920 & 1930 indicate she was born in Arkansas. I theorize that she really was born in Tennessee in 1836 and lived in Arkansas before marrying her husband James St. John to eventually end up in Indiana.

I am searching for the fate of Hannah Eliza Stevens (1836-????), born in Washington County Tennessee, who disappeared in Madison County, Arkansas (near Fayetteville) after the 1860 census. Hannah is the daughter of my direct ancestors.

I look forward to and appreciate your response.


Don Herring
Added by Don Herring on May 09, 2015 9:46 AM
R. Scott Rudder
GB Stevens # 14736691
Thank you for the picture of the inscription on the Civil War Memorial for GB Stevens(sic), Findagrave #14736691. He died of disease, while a POW at Camp Morton, Indiana. The correct spelling for his name is Greenberry Stephens, b: 30 Jan 1830, in Missouri. Greenberry left a wife and 6 children aged 14 and younger. He is forever gone from our sight, but will never be forgotten by his descendants.
R Scott Rudder
Added by R. Scott Rudder on Apr 12, 2015 8:13 PM
Tina Cunningham
Frances G. Griffin
Hello Rick,

Frances is my Husbands Aunt. Her full name was Frances Genevieve Pruiett Griffin.

Tina Cunningham
Added by Tina Cunningham on Mar 06, 2015 11:25 PM
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