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Lona (#36433021)
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Bio Photo My name is Lona and researching my family tree is one of my favorite things to do. Along with, this site is BY FAR one of the most helpful genealogical tools out there. I love 'road-tripping' outside of my county to visit the cemeteries nearby. Recently, I've been hanging out in Wabash and Kosciusko Counties in Indiana and Cass County, Michigan.

I am more than happy to transfer ownership if you come across a relative I've created a listing for. Exceptions include GRAFF, GARRISON, BENNER, BREWER, HALL, MACK, MILES, JACOBS and MEECH as these are my direct ancestors. I love trading information, so please feel free to write to me!

I am glad to add or correct any information on the memorials. Just let me know.

My favorite celebrity memorials:Will Rogers, Al Jolson, Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene, Pope John Paul I
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George L. Krauser info
I have some family information on George L. Krauser I'd like to share. Can you please help me to do so?
Added by JPK on Jul 17, 2016 9:53 PM
Jolene Chesley
Patriot in the American Revolution
Dear Lona,

Please disclose Private John Pettigrew's documented National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Patriot Number A089867.

Thank you,

Jolene Chesley
Researching for my sister Linda Folk Gragg
Added by Jolene Chesley on Jun 19, 2016 10:12 AM
Thomas Benner
Benner Family
I am Thomas Benner, age 65, originally from Michigan, and currently in St. Louis, Missouri. James Benner was the younger brother of my great,great grandfather, John Benner. John Benner's first born was Theodore Webster Benner, who is my great grandfather, followed by Lee Benner my Grandfather and then my father, D. Gregg Benner or Gregg Benner. The family tree as I know it is up on My Heritage Family Tree Builder. I was excited to find this "Find a Grave" website and because of your work, will enjoy exploring it. Thank you for your work.

Tom Benner
Added by Thomas Benner on Jan 08, 2016 3:27 PM
Groves in Osceola, IN
Hi Lona,
You do a great job!
If you could please, transfer all the Grove grave sites in the Osceola, IN cemetery to me, I would really appreciate it.
Added by Jonathan on Sep 07, 2015 7:37 PM
Leroy Peg Grove
Hi Lona. Great job here. I just wanted to make a comment concerning Leroy "Peg" Grove. He was my maternal grandfather, and he was never a PFC in the army. Also if you could transfer ownership to me, I would really appreciate it.
Added by Jonathan on Apr 11, 2015 5:36 PM
Callie Shank
Thank you for transferring Callie's memorial page to me.

Added by Kay on Mar 10, 2015 8:19 AM
RE: Nancy Baker Milner Dressel
thank you and yes, I deleted.
Added by Jade on Feb 01, 2015 4:00 PM
RE: Nancy Baker Milner Dressel
Lona, thanks for your quick response. I don't know how to scan so if you will send your address, I will copy that and snail mail it.
Added by Jade on Feb 01, 2015 3:53 PM
Nancy Baker Milner Dressel
Nancy is my grandmother. In 1921, she filled out a genealogy chart in connection to the Baker Hoax. Her document shows 6 generations. I would be happy to share a copy of that if you are interested.
Added by Jade on Feb 01, 2015 3:05 PM
Lynn Brown
RE: Fred Graff
Hi there Lona!!!!! Amelia Hardmeier is also my great great grandmother!!!! I am currently working on a Graff Family History Photo Album and have been on collecting info. How might I be able to send you a picture? I just got one of Amelia and Fred from my Uncle Doug just last week!!!!

What I have learned about Amelia is that she was born March 26, 1869 in Zurich, Switzerland and came over on a ship in 1877 when she was 8 years old. She and, I believe, her family settled in Morton, Tazewell County, Illinois where she eventually met Fred Graff and married him on April 26, 1896. She would have been 27 but he was 37. Also, she was Fred's second wife. His first wife was Barb Oesch (1867-1907). Fred had 2 sons and a daughter with his first wife Barbara Oesch. She died when she was 40. Info from 1910 Census
Oliver (1890-1976) He married Emma
Oscar (1892-1984) He married Huldah
Laura (1894-1981) She married Pete Wuthrich

After Fred and Amelia married she gave birth to 9 children
Walter Graff (1897-1976)
Barbara E Graff Beer (1898-1991)
Bertha M Graff Rassi (1899-1964)
George C Graff (1900-1970)
Edna L Graff (1902-1994)
Mary L Graff Gerber (1903-2000)
Albert R Graff (1905-1995)
Matilda C Graff Kasbaum (1907-2007)
Everett L "Scrappy" Graff (1912-1987)

Let me explain how I am related to her. My name is Lynn Graff Brown and my father was William R "Bill" Graff who's father was George Carl Graff who's father was Fred Graff. Does that make sense to you. It is quite exciting for me to find a relative who loves family history.

My personal email is and I would love to send this photo to you, but not sure how to send it on the Find A Grave site. This is all so new to me...

Lynn Graff Brown
Added by Lynn Brown on Jan 31, 2015 12:07 PM
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