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Chris Yoder (#46942788)
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Bio Photo Volunteer with the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society. Visit:

Scanned Commercial Record for access on the internet- starting 1886 through 1968.

The work on Western Allegan County Cemeteries is intended to provide a baseline for local genealogical research.

Founder and editor of Yoder Newsletter since 1983.


Retired Defense Department Civilian employee.

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I'll gladly transfer records to descendants, just let me know.
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Paula D.
Jane Smith
This information is very helpful! I found that Frank B. Smith & Jane Bender were married in 1869 in White Pigeon, St. Joseph, Michigan which in the census you sent me Jane's last name would of been Smith when she was 19 years old. She also had a son who she named Curtis like her brother. I am more convinced this is the Jane I am looking for, the question is, where is her husband & why is she not buried next to him? Do you have access to Shore Cemetery? She has 3 children there & I am wondering if Frank is also there.
I can not thank you enough for finding that information for me. This has been truly helpful. If you happen to come across anything else on the Smith/Bender family I would appreciate if you could forward it to me.
Again, thank you for all your help!
Added by Paula D. on May 04, 2015 7:19 PM
Paula D.
Jane Smith
Hi Chris,
I have been doing research on my maternal family history & I have been able to track them down to the Shipshewana, IN. area. I noticed you have Jane Smith. I know for a fact that the Jane Smith I am searching for has 3 of her children buried in Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana, IN. and I thought Jane (Bender) Smith & her husband Frank B. Smith would also be buried in the Shore cemetery.
The Jane I am looking for was born around 1851 in Ohio, but not sure of death date. She was married to Frank B. Smith, he was born in 1847 in Pennsylvania but not sure of death date. Did you notice if this Jane Smith had a mate buried beside her & was his name Frank? This could very well be the Jane I am looking for, but I am not 100% sure.
I would appreciate any information or help you could give me.
Thank you!
Added by Paula D. on May 04, 2015 1:53 PM
Karl Hamlin
RE: Community Hospital
OK, I've been in it, but don't know if its considered Saugatuck or Douglas
Added by Karl Hamlin on Apr 28, 2015 8:48 PM
Karl Hamlin
Community Hospital
When Community Hospital is referenced in the Saugatuck/Douglas area; where was it?

I'm having trouble getting this to you via regular email; it keeps coming back due to "spam content" ???
Added by Karl Hamlin on Apr 28, 2015 5:51 PM
Buddy Wiegand
Ralph Hostetler
Hi Chris,
I was looking at the obituary you posted on the memorial for Ralph Leo Hostetler #90192149 and noticed it was for the wrong Ralph Hostetler.
Thought I would bring this to your attention.
Buddy Wiegand #47697596
Added by Buddy Wiegand on Apr 19, 2015 8:08 PM
nancy robison
RE: H F Pullman
I'm finding a number of cenotaphs. One CW soldier has 3 memorials. One is a National cemetery, a family grave and a Battlefield memorial. A WWI Canadian soldier with three also. Same: family, battlefield and national cemetery.
One of Harvey's brothers has two memorials. Same thing, CW headstone and a family stone.
Thanks for merging the two!
Added by nancy robison on Apr 09, 2015 10:39 PM
Paul Herbert
61573900- Lucy Gurley
could you please transfer Lucy to me, she was my 4th Great aunt, her Mem# is 61573900
Paul Herbert
Added by Paul Herbert on Apr 08, 2015 9:07 PM
Sarah Pullen
Field Graves - Oakwood in Allegan
Hi Chris -
I wanted to ask if you would be interested in transferring graves Cephas Field #53014453 and Nancy Taylor Field #61589933 at Oakwood Cemetery in Allegan to me. I am a direct descendant. They are my 3rd great grandparents. Thanks for the consideration.
Added by Sarah Pullen on Mar 24, 2015 1:53 PM
Sarah Pullen
Damarias Davidson - #58886499
Hi Chris - Thanks for all you do in Allegan County with the memorials. I think this grave in Hudson Corners Cemetery may be a duplicate with one that Scout has #131815492 in the same cemetery. The stone for Damarias Davison wife of Henry Whitmore Davison. "Davison" is the correct name. Thanks.
Added by Sarah Pullen on Mar 22, 2015 9:00 AM
Rev. J.O. Randall
Many thanks for the obit.
I truly appreciate it!
Added by David on Mar 15, 2015 4:29 AM
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