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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 9 years, 6 months, 24 days
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible. Be aware that spouses can be linked either way, from either memorial to the other, so as long as they are indeed already linked, it is not needed to send a spouse edit on the memorial that is already linked to - doing so creates a duplicate link.

Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /August 19, 2016 (profile updated)

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Debbie Evanoff
Elliott & Mary Davis
I am wondering if this is family for you or just a managed site? I'm looking for more information about this family and it is very hard to come by.

Some information that I know that might help update the site:

Elliott Davis (F.A.G. #80690355) -Elliott moved his entire family from Rostraver, PA -Westmoreland County to Buchanan Township, Iowa -Jefferson County in the Spring of 1866. 1850 & 1860 Census are found of them in Rostraver. 1870 & 1880 Census are found of them in Buchanan.

Mary Elizabeth Linn (F.A.G. #80690309) -Mary's last name is indeed "Linn". Daughter Elizabeth has "Linn" as her middle name. Mary's parents are: William Linn (1792-1858) & Elizabeth Clark (1800-1845). They were married 1-27-1820. Mary was the 4th of 8 children (from what I can find). I can provide those names if you're interested.

A 1900 Census of Mary is found Iowa. Son William, who was also a widow at the time, was living with her.

It is believed that Elliott's parents are Benjamin & Patience Davis. Some have confused Patience with another and have mixed up information. Apparently, there was an article in the fairfield ledger that stated there was to be the 3rd reunion of Benjamin & Patience' family held at the home of Dr. & Mrs. Samuel King Davis (son of Elliott & Mary). I haven't seen this article but I believe it is dated somewhere around 1900-1903.

If you or anyone else has any additional information, I would be most grateful to them for sharing.

Thank you!
Debbie Davis Evanoff

Added by Debbie Evanoff on Oct 17, 2016 5:13 PM
Mary Escher
RE: Nancy Hood Killion memorial
Nancy has a brother James Rudolphus Hood, who married Cynthia Ann Lewis Jamison. Cynthia is my gg grandmother. She had married Thomas Jamison, he died in the war, and Cynthia remarried James 2/28/1866 in Missouri.
I was wondering if you had anything on Nancy Hood, would you have anything on her family. I'm trying to find out where Cynthia and James are buried.
I found one place that said James was born abt 1834, but then find another place that said he was born abt 1840, so I'm not sure.
I don't know if there would be a newspaper obit notice for Nancy and if it would list out family names.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Mary Escher
Added by Mary Escher on Oct 06, 2016 7:10 AM
Wally S.
Thank you very much for both taking and adding the marker photos, and for letting me know. Both actions are very appreciated!
Added by Wally S. on Oct 05, 2016 4:54 PM
Mary Escher
nancy hood killion
you created afag for nancy hood killion, evergreen cemetery, Jefferson county, iowa. Can you tell me, are you related to her?

Thank you
Mary Escher
Added by Mary Escher on Oct 05, 2016 9:58 AM
Paul Rolfe
Ralph Sheward
I verified the graves of Ralph and his mother are both unmarked. I visited the cemetery office and we reviewed the cemetery plot information - it shows they are unmarked. I noted the surnames of unrelated, but marked, graves on either side of Ralph and his mother. I then went to the grave site and found the two marked graves I had noted; there are unmarked graves in between, just as shown on the cemetery records.
Added by Paul Rolfe on Sep 29, 2016 11:49 AM
Linda Cook
Memorial 49530921 Mary Eliza Queen Thomas
I am researching Sam Queen who married Mary Howard in Collin Co TX on 1 May 1848. Their daughter E J was born Mar 1850 and another dau, Mary was born ca 1852. Mary Howard Queen died before 1854 leaving Sam with two small daughters.

In 1860, Mary L (?) was living with Sam and his new wife Sidney Locklear Queen. (I find no record of Sam Queen after the 1860 census) in 1870 Mary Queen was living with the Louisa Howard Chipman. In the 1880 census, she was still in the Chipman household and considered a niece. If that relationship is accurate, then Mary Queen was, most likely the granddaughter of David and Mary Howard who were living in Cole County MO as early as 1830.

Do you have any of this information in your research that would help back up my theory of the relationship of David Howard and Mary Howard Queen?

Linda Cook
Added by Linda Cook on Sep 21, 2016 9:20 AM
Jerry Stremcha
Winifred Joost Memorial
Thank you for this transfer also.
Added by Jerry Stremcha on Sep 12, 2016 3:24 PM
Jerry Stremcha
Delbert & Winifred Joost
Thank you for transfering the photos to my memorial for Delbert and correcting Winifred's date of death.
Added by Jerry Stremcha on Sep 12, 2016 2:47 PM
Jann Henry
Forrest Cemetery
Thank you for the info about the Forrest Cemetery. Nonetheless, I would like to know how to travel there, lets say from the Fairfield Library.

They are family. please email me a if you would please.

Thank you.
Added by Jann Henry on Sep 06, 2016 12:48 PM
Jeanne Whitson
Elizabeth J Hughell
As I was researching an ancestor that married a Hughell, I found a record: Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 for Elizabeth F Hughell on Ancestry that indicates this girl is the daughter of Samuel and Mary. After looking at the photocopy of the record you can see the middle initial is J not F. Hope this helps.
Added by Jeanne Whitson on Aug 21, 2016 9:34 AM
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