|Michael Ratliff Lutz (#47625801)|
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|My mother Nina Mardel Ratliff Lutz (1909-1985) was the family historian and left me with the family bible and most of the family documents. It wasn't until after her death that I began researching our family history and discovered that most of what I thought was family folklore was actually family history. With only a couple of exceptions, all of the memorials under my care are members of my family.|
The marriage of my mother, Nina Mardel Ratliff Lutz and father, Richard George Lutz created a bit of historical irony as well as me. My mother's great great grandfather was Judge Bowling Greene(1786-1742), friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln during his days in New Salem, Illinois. He loaned Mr. Lincoln many of the books he used to study law. He and his wife Nancy Potter Green(1793-1867) also took Mr. Lincoln into their home when he was despondent after the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge(1813-1835). In 1842, Mr. Lincoln delivered the eulogy at Judge Greene's funeral and stayed with the family a while before and after the funeral.
My great great great uncle, John Jack Armstrong(1803-1857) was famous for his wrestling match with Mr. Lincoln. Jack lost but he became a lifelong friend of Mr. Lincoln. Jack was Bowling's half-brother. Their mother, Nancy Greene Armstrong(1768-1856) was the matriarch of a family who were among Mr. Lincoln's closest friends during his life in New Salem, Illinois.
Jack Armstrong's wife Hannah Jones Armstrong (1810-1890), my third great aunt, lined Abe's pants legs with buckskin to protect his legs from brambles when he worked as a surveyor. A process called "Foxing". Hannah was known for asking her friend Abraham Lincoln to defend her son Duff in the famous "Almanac Trial". Duff was acquitted. She later visited with Mr. Lincoln in the Whitehouse to secure a discharge for her son, William "Duff" Armstrong(1833-1899) who was in a Union Army hospital. Mr. Lincoln wrote out Duff's discharge as he discussed old times with Hannah. It is the only case of a military discharge having been personally written by a U.S. President.
Mr. Lincoln also interceded in the enlistment of another cousin, Pvt Edward Potter(1845-1927)
My great, great grandfather, Eli W. Benway (1827-1897) was wounded twice and enlisted twice during the Civil War. He was a blacksmith who holds patents for some of his inovations.
My great granduncle William Graham Greene Benway (1886-1961) was an early inventor of hearing aid glasses.
On March 22, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed my great granduncle, Congressman Anson Burlingame as our second Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Qing Empire (China). The city of Burlingame, California was named after Anson Burlingame.
There were Revolutionary War heroes like my 5th great grandfather Colonel Israel Angell (1740-1832), the commander of Rhode Island's second regiment, who received gold medals from General George Washington and the Marquis de La Fayette. The gold medal presented to Col. Angell by Lafayette was donated to the Rhode Island Historical Society museum collection in 1938 and my 4th great granduncle Jervis Green(1750-1782), who served under Colonel Daniel Boone at the Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky.
Capt. Stephen Olney (1755-1832) and his company took the first redoubt gun enplacement at the battle of Yorktown.
Col Christopher Greene (1737-1781) commanded the 1st Rhode Island regiment made up of free men of African origin, and slaves who were promised their freedom in return for their service.
My second cousin 8 times removed, Gov Stephen Hopkins(1707-1785) signed the Declaration of Independence.
Three of our ancestors were wives of Brigham Young including Phebe Ann Morton Angell (1786-1854) and her daughter Mary Ann Angell Young (1808-1882). Mary Ann Angell Young was the second wife of Brigham Young, and his only wife for eight years.
There were even well known authors, Lillian Angeline Hinman Shuey Bailey. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a cousin, wrote The Battle Hymn of The Republic.
Henry Luce (1640-1687) is my common ancestor with publisher Henry Robinson Luce (1898-1967) and his wife, author, Congresswoman and Ambassador Clare Booth Luce (1903-1987). Henry Robinson Luce is my second cousin 7 times removed.
Theologian Roger Williams (1602-1683, founder of Providence Plantation and the state of Rhode Island is my ninth great-grandfather.
And Benjamin Franklin (1706-1809) was my 1st cousin 9 times removed.
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|Bob||RE: Burlingame Photos|
You are very welcome.
Added by Bob on Dec 06, 2013 6:47 PM
|Denise Horstman||RE: Greene's|
I am confused on the L.M. Greene(1814-1882) that has a headstone in Tecumseh cemetery and the Lynn Greene (1857-1923) that you requested.
The directory does not list a Lynn Greene, the one you requested a photo for.
I went and took the photo of Fowler H. Greene headstone, but there are 3 other Greene's listed on the headstones: L.M. Green June 11, 1814- June 23, 1882, and Nancy O. wife of L.M. Greene Aug. 3, 1824-May 24, 1903, and the third person is Mattie O. wife of Lynn M. Green June 15, 1860-Mar. 9, 1888.
Anyway, I am putting the photo of the L.M. Greene on your "Nult" memorial, if this is wrong let me know and I will remove it.
|@ngel||Mary Graham #68339753 Request|
Hello Michael, I was able to get the burial location from the Cedar Hill office, however in the area that is believed to be "East Ground" I am sorry to say that I was not able to find a marker for Mary. The "East Ground" area is difficult because there is not much information existing about it. It is strongly believed that it is in the Southern most part of Sec 7.
Thank you, @ngel #47774099
Added by @ngel on Oct 26, 2013 4:15 PM
|Jan Ragno||RE: Waterman's Tavern|
If you send me your email I will send you pictures of the tavern
|Debra ||Ephraim Greene|
Do you want him? He must have been one of the bulk transfers, I didn't even know I had this memorial.
Added by Debra on Oct 10, 2013 7:00 AM
|Lee A. Hillard||David & James Short|
David Rice Short (1805-1846) married Sarah Short (1808-1874). Sarah Short's parents were Jacob Short (1775-1825) and Hannah Carr (1781-1816). This was Jacob's second marriage. James S. Short (1806-1874) 'California Jim', your 'Uncle Jim', was the son of Hannah Carr (1781-1816) & Jacob Short (1775-1825). Therefore David Rice Short & James S. Short were brother's-in-law.
Sarah Short (1808-1874) married second Elias Hohimer (1816-1889). These were my second great-grandparents.
Lee A. Hillard
|D.Carter||Edna Benway and Berton Briggs|
Hello Michael, I was wondering if you have any other information on Edna Benway and her husband, my great grand uncle Berton Leon Briggs. I would appreciate anything you have to share. Thank you, D. Carter
Added by D.Carter on Sep 28, 2013 6:09 PM
|Mary YSK||RE: Roger Williams|
Yes, I counted back to Roger Williams and he's a 9gGrandfather for me too. Through his son Joseph, son Jeremiah, son Benjamin and then to daughter Margaret who marries an Iliff who was in the Revolutionary War. I've not done any research between Roger and Margaret, but I have solid proof from me back to the Iliff line, hence one of my DAR lines. Did you know that there is a US postage stamp with a picture of the statue of Roger in Providence on it? I think it was issued in 1938. I have it on my Ancestry.com tree. such fun......
Added by Mary YSK on Sep 09, 2013 11:17 PM
|Mary YSK||RE: Roger Williams|
Yes, I just counted & Roger Williams is 9gGrandfather! Then comes through his son Joseph, son Jeremian, son Benjamin, then to a daughter Margaret who marries an Iliff who was in the Revolutionary War. From Roger to Margaret I've not done any real research of my own, but have solid proofs back to the Iliff's. Did you know that there is a US postage stamp with a picture of the statue of Roger on it? printed in 1938 I think. I've got one and have the picture on my Ancestry.com tree....all such fun.
I have a neighbor whose last name is Lutz...makes me curious!!
Added by Mary YSK on Sep 09, 2013 11:05 PM
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