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Christie Trapp (#46970309)
 member for 8 years, 8 months, 4 days
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Bio Photo I'm a California girl who grew up in Marin County. Moved to Solano County in 1997. Researching family since the 1970s and as of 2014, have over 105,000 family ties. Two Mayflower Pilgrim ancestors - Richard Warren and Francis Eaton among that number.

Started taking photos of tombstones for Find-A-Grave as a Thanksgiving 2008 project that turned out to be more involved than first envisioned! Started with 120 names, but quickly grew to more than 2,500 in just one cemetery!

Have had a love affair with cats all my life. This is Simba, which means Lion. As a kitten he looked just like Simba from Lion King, hence that is how he got his name. He was a diabetic, had pancretitis, developed kidney infections, was anemic, and he walked on his elbows on his hind legs. Comic relief to see him waddle! Went through a couple of wars with the neighborhood cats, both of which he lost, but he was a survivor anyway. Loveable and loved us to death.

He started the downward cycle while we were on vacation in July 2013. The vet was able to bring him around and kept him going until we got home in August. It is with great sadness to announce that on August 15, 2013 Simba was finally sent off to heaven to be with God and all the other worldly cats and kittens. Maybe he'll find some playmates? He was 18 years old and in human years that would be age 84!

The vet told us when he was much younger that he had feline aids because of the first cat bite he received and not to expect him to live very long - perhaps to age 9. That came to pass and he was fine until the next diagnosis, which was a tumor at the base of the head which was inoperable but it wasn't affecting his lifestyle at the time. Then six years ago the diagnosis of high blood pressure and diabetes. Still healthy and active until the last few years when the muscles in his hind legs broke down but he overcame that disability and continued to walk about as described -- more a waddle than a walk. Next diagnosis -- gluacoma in one of his eyes but it didn't affect his getting about and he never went blind. The last diagnosis was the pancratitis and then kidney infections. Everything wrong but he was a fighter till the end. We loved him very much and he will be sorely missed. The vet who became his doctor at the beginning of his life 18 years ago was there at the end. He said Simba was his favorite and we know his entire staff loved Simba when he was there for office visits or to be boarded while we traveled. He told us that the life expectancy for a cat with diabetes was about 3 years, so Simba lived 3 additional years (or 6 total)with the disease. Again, he was a fighter.

Update: Acquired a new kitty in January 2016 that had been hanging around our yard since the summer (was a neighbors cat's offspring) in the hopes that we could get it friendly enough to come in before the urge to mate hit. We missed the capture and she was pregnant. Took to vet who did an ultrasound and said at least two kittens where showing in her belly. Well, 3-21-16 at about 3:45 p.m. she popped two kittens that looked just like her. We call her Mittens because she is Tuxedo - white muff on chest and 4 white mittens on her feet. The two kitties are both black with the same markings except one has a white mouth with a blaze on the nose and a white belly, but both have the 4 white feet. We call the girl Blackie and the boy Mustache.
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Ken Mitchell
RE: Ride
Hung up my wheels. Too many old farts my age have been getting into serious crashes. Thought I would get out of it while I am ahead. I could not think of any US roads or areas I would want to ride again.
Added by Ken Mitchell on Sep 24, 2016 3:29 PM
Ken Mitchell
RE: Lizzie Beardslee - Sashabaw Cem
Just looked again. Looks like several duplicates between the Elizabeth "Lizzie" Beardslee and Lizzie Beardslee names. I'm sure you will get it straightened out.
Added by Ken Mitchell on Sep 24, 2016 9:12 AM
Ken Mitchell
RE: Lizzie Beardslee - Sashabaw Cem
There are 2 DIFFERENT Elizabeth's and one Lizzie in the cemetery.
Added by Ken Mitchell on Sep 24, 2016 9:02 AM
Mr. Jean Coston
Ernest Milton Swanson
Per the Bio he was buried in Greenwood Memorial
Did you find in Mt. Ovlet?
Added by Mr. Jean Coston on Sep 22, 2016 2:54 PM
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
RE: David Loud
Christie, check out our main website for all of the info you've requested. There is an affiliated group called the DUVCW which you may be interested in--we link to their website on ours. Also, there is a section of the website devoted to the GAR and the various posts. You might find more info on your ancestor there.
Thanks for contacting us!
Dave T.
Added by Sons of Union Veterans of... on Sep 14, 2016 6:03 AM
Gerry Jean
RE: Roberta Walther Photo
Thanks for the "boost". That's a very plausible other reason for having the crypt inscription done so quickly.
As you probably know, when a claimed request is fulfilled, the "Volunteer photos" and "Photos" tallys are increased by one and as far as Find A Grave is concerned, the claim has been fulfilled. However, I almost always upload 2 photos (a "context" one); that count goes to "Photos". That's why my "Photos" tally is just about twice my "Volunteer" number. All my photos have been taken in response to requests.
Added by Gerry Jean on Sep 12, 2016 11:22 PM
Gerry Jean
RE: Roberta Walther Photo
I was quite surprised myself to see her crypt already inscribed. I think that headstones, markers, and the like have a lot more prep and selection time than crypt facings.
You're very welcome .... plus for the Goodloes, too!
Added by Gerry Jean on Sep 12, 2016 10:10 AM
Geneva A Creekmore
I have transferred her memorial to you.
Added by osengineer3 on Sep 09, 2016 5:45 AM
RE: Eliza Golding Minnick and husband
The image of Lorenzo's stone has been added. As you will see there is little to read. The location of all the Minnicks was taken from cemetery records.
Added by oldboyscout on Sep 02, 2016 10:30 AM
Gerry Jean
RE: Vera Goodloe
Suggestion: Submit a request for Edith Goodloe also. When I fulfill 20 requests at a time, it's easy to o'look an implied request via a note attached to some other request.
Hopefully, that inscribed marker will be in place in the next 2 months. A very good friend of mine's family waited exactly 1 year for a specially inscribed marker. I guess it depends how involved the work is for the stone mason.
Added by Gerry Jean on Sep 02, 2016 8:33 AM
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