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Ralph Edwards (#46940414)
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Bio Photo Born Chicago, have lived in IL, MI, Germany, NJ and AL currently, with a summer home, my great grandfather Silas Benjamin Anway's farm house, in Central Lake MI. Graduate of U. of Michigan and U. of Illinois. Retired physicist, communications engineer, and professor. The picture at left is 47 years old.

The majority of my older memorials are for relatives, their spouses, and the spouses's parents. Of particular interest are the surnames Edwards, Westbrook, Nate, Anway, Sanford, Brown, Budde, Wolf, Bordenca, Diliberto, Tortorici, Corrente, Rizzo, LoCicero, Calabrese, LoVoi, and Tamburello. I have source information for my relatives. Virtual cemeteries are my direct Ancestors and Anway/Nanny. The latter are all descendants of William Nanne b. 1720 that I know of. When I enter a memorial, I attempt to find the parents and link them, if you know the parents' grave locations, please let me know. My sources for my relatives are in the database rtegen on Rootsweb Worldconnect. The link is at the bottom of this profile.

A newer project is the genealogy of Antrim Co., Michigan. For more information on some of the people there (eventually all I can find data for), go to Rootsweb Worldconnect and select the centrallake database. Many memorials in the cemeteries near Central Lake including Southern, Bayview, Dunsmore, Morehouse, Antrim and Lakeview are not my kin and are available for transfer to descendants. Please say how you are related when requesting a transfer. All but very recent graves in Central Lake have been photographed. I will continue to enter unmarked graves from records. I am now going through all the memorials in Southern Cemetery, adding detail, linking individuals, correcting errors, and adding all the entries to the the Rootsweb database mentioned above. So far I've gotten to Boice, so it will be a while. However I enter related families as I go. So far 9200 individuals from Central Lake and the eight neighboring townships, their ancestors, or descendants have been entered. I am entering grave locations as I review the records, and also adding grave locations as captions on photos I have supplied when I do not control the memorial. If there is no location for a burial in Southern Cemetery, send me a message and I will attempt to add it.
To other researchers in Michigan, has recently added a large number of death certificates for 1921-1951, and 1897-1920 are available on Seeking Michigan. These have exact death dates, birth dates, and locations. Please use these databases to flesh out your entries and find birth dates for those with no birth date on the stone or when no age or birth information is on the stone. Do this especially for Civil War markers. Honoring our veterans is fine, but giving them bare bones memorials is cutting them short. Also, their military service is not all they did, give them rounded out bios; family comes first. And please, expand the abbreviations used on those markers. It's FINDagrave, Sam'l, Jas, and Jno are not going to be found. If you use abbreviations, expect a correction from me.

I will be happy to add bios, obituaries, correct errors, add links, and credit your contribution. Please let me know how you know what you send.

I never enter duplicate memorials intentionally, except in the rare case when the older memorial was entered under a name different from what is on the marker, usually the name of a later husband. I think this should be fixed by allowing multiple married names for women. In those rare cases I include the number of the other memorial that uses a name not on the marker in the bio. When I create a memorial I use the name on the marker, as the rules suggest, and give other married names in the bio and link to the other husbands. When I link, I link to the older memorial. If I have entered a duplicate unintentionally, let me know, and I will fix it.

I research all entries. If I find solid information that the dates on the marker are incorrect, unfortunately fairly common, I enter the best dates available.

You may copy my photos and put them on your site, preferably with attribution. You may not charge anyone for a copy or use the photo in any for-profit endeavor. If you copy the contents of any bio that is not just a copy or digest of an obituary, as a favor to those who may want the source, attach the Findagrave number or my name.
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RE: James Lester in Scipio twp cem
Surnames of Fulton County Ohio and Before
Source Medium: Book
Fulton County Genealogical Society
Contact: Mark Lozer
Added by Lakegirl! on Oct 26, 2014 2:59 PM
Linda Baird
RE: Williams in Central Lake
Thanks Ralph I do appreciate the transfers and Thank You for adding them and caring for them.
Linda Williams Baird
Added by Linda Baird on Oct 19, 2014 5:44 PM
Penny Zeigler
RE: Charles Briggs 1813-1906
Thank you! Now time to see if I can find new clues! I look at the info and if I find anything I will share it with you. Again thanks Cousin for the new info.
Added by Penny Zeigler on Oct 17, 2014 5:31 PM
Penny Zeigler
Charles Briggs 1813-1906
Birth: Nov. 4, 1813
Monroe County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 1906
Alcona County
Michigan, USA

Son of John Briggs and Caroline Ketchum. Married Nancy Jane Carpenter August 17, 1835, probably in Rochester. One child Charles.

I what to know where you got the names of Charles Briggs parents? I love to learn more. At the moment all I had was Caroline Brige
my 4th great grandmother
Birth 1781 in Massachusetts
Death 1864.

So I was wonder where ketchum came from and John Briggs. Thanks.
Added by Penny Zeigler on Oct 17, 2014 2:28 AM
No Guts, No Glory
Mabel Chazal
Thanks for the additional info. Happy taphophiling
Added by No Guts, No Glory on Sep 30, 2014 7:39 AM
Judy Williams
RE: Sours @ Holy Sep
No further info on Bertha. When St Joe's closed, families were given the option to re-inter relatives themselves (as the Sours did). The others were removed by the city to Holy Sep. There is a memorial to the "others".
Added by Judy Williams on Aug 18, 2014 2:09 PM
Judy Williams
Sours @ Holy Sep
Are ya ready? Here's what I get. I added the pics for Dennis and Eleanor. They were originally buried in St. Joseph's cemetery and moved to Holy Sep on 4/20/1872. Bertha Sours was also moved from St. Joe's on that date but her grave is unmarked. Dennis and Eleanor are actually buried in section 9 East Lot 197. Bertha is in section 10 East. Also buried with Dennis and Eleanor are Albert Sours (1877-1946), Sebestian Sours (1839-1902), Sophia Sours (1847-1920), Frederick Heberger (d.6/30/1874), Caroline Heberger (d.7/7/1874), and Edward C Sours (d.9/7/1893) son of Sebestian and Sophia. I have created memorials and/or added pics as needed for everyone.
Added by Judy Williams on Aug 18, 2014 10:14 AM
Judy Williams
Naber @ Holy Sep
Hi Ralph. I added the pics for Urban and Harriet. Also I created memorials and added pics for Urban Jr (1859-1929) and Emma M Raefel (1863-1929) who are buried on either side of them.
Added by Judy Williams on Aug 18, 2014 9:52 AM
RE: Penny and
Done, Let me know if it doesn't look right, sorry to hear about your friend, she must have been a lovely person.
Added by HENT on Aug 06, 2014 8:26 PM
Madolin Barry
James Norman
I have photographed the plot in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, Mich. where James Norman is supposed to have been buried. The stone that is shown in the picture is for Francis Norman which is shown on that memorial page. It seems there is the possibility that James is buried there next to Francis without a headstone. You might want to make note of that on James' memorial page so people will not think the stone shown is his.
I notified the person requesting the photo of my actions.
I think this is the best that can be done if the records say he is there and Francis is there.
Added by Madolin Barry on Aug 03, 2014 5:03 PM
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