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Rick France (#46581221)
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Bio Photo Native Hoosier, living in Indianapolis, IN since 1968. Primary family surnames are France, Arford, Goad, Ashley, Thompson, Wright, Jarrell, Gosser, Eades/Eads, Kaufman, Fobes, Lantz, Albert, Dunbar, and Greene.

I am secretary of the Genealogical Society of Marion County(GSMC), a member of the Indiana Genealogical Society, and leader of a genealogy studies group at a local senior center.

I am interested in Spanish American War veterans and contribute to the Spanish American War veterans gravesite recording project. I am also looking for Indiana grave sites of 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment of the famed Civil War Iron Brigade.

Feel free to contact me to ask about additional information for any of my postings. I will gladly edit or enter additional data, or relinquish ownership to anyone wanting control of a family member's memorial.
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Ray Gun Pew Pew
Sylvia Peacock
Hi there,

Could you transfer Sylvia to me? Her memorial number is 84639609. I am her grand daughter and would love to take care of her memorial.
Added by Ray Gun Pew Pew on Sep 21, 2015 9:20 PM
Jayne Beers
RE: King, Dunbar, Commons
Thanks! I'm connected to the Commons line through my Bond family and there are King connections through my Boyd family, etc.
Added by Jayne Beers on Aug 05, 2015 3:14 PM
RE: Mae Arford photo
You are very welcome! I am trying to help others and hopefully someone will help me with my family...:-)
Added by Darlene on Jul 19, 2015 1:16 PM
James and Margaret Givan
Thank you so very much, Rick, for adding photos of the grave marker of my great, James and Margaret Givan. Your photos gave me definitive information I was looking for. Lovely photos, too. Best, Vickie Rabourn
Added by vrabourn on Jul 02, 2015 3:28 AM
Rita Allen
Arthur Coffman, Kaufman
My name is Rita Davis Allen I live in Wynne, Arkansas. My grandmother Mary Belle Davis was born 10th Nov. 1884 in Sullivan Indiana. She had my father before she was married , he was born 10th Dec. 1905 in Sullivan and years went by before she told him little things about his real father. They came to Ar. in a covered wagon and a year after they arrived she married Samuel Plyler and dad thought that was his name until he applied for SS# and grandmother had to tell him the truth. All she told him was a name and the area. I'm the only one left in my family and I just want to find my roots any info and help will be appreciated so much.I'm not sure about the spelling but my dads name is John Arthur Davis Thanks for any lead Rita
Added by Rita Allen on Jun 09, 2015 1:33 PM
Don Herring
Memorial # 4601666
Hi Rick,

I see that you posted the “Transit Permit - Certificate of Undertaker” on the memorial page for Rolla St. John, memorial # 4601666. Since, this is a rare document, my guess is that you most likely had this document in your possession because you are Rolla’s relative, possibly his direct descendent? Better still, I’m hoping that if you are his descendent/relative, you are also related to his mother Eliza St. John (1836-1888) or at least have information about her origins and her full name? If not, possibly you will share how you obtained the document or can provide contact information for the individual that transferred it to you?

From Eliza’s 1870 census reporting and from her son Warren Wallace St. John’s census reporting on the 1900 & 1910 census, Eliza was apparently born in Tennessee. Eliza’s 1880 census report indicates she was born about 1836. Warren’s subsequent census reporting in 1920 & 1930 indicate she was born in Arkansas. I theorize that she really was born in Tennessee in 1836 and lived in Arkansas before marrying her husband James St. John to eventually end up in Indiana.

I am searching for the fate of Hannah Eliza Stevens (1836-????), born in Washington County Tennessee, who disappeared in Madison County, Arkansas (near Fayetteville) after the 1860 census. Hannah is the daughter of my direct ancestors.

I look forward to and appreciate your response.


Don Herring
Added by Don Herring on May 09, 2015 9:46 AM
R. Scott Rudder
GB Stevens # 14736691
Thank you for the picture of the inscription on the Civil War Memorial for GB Stevens(sic), Findagrave #14736691. He died of disease, while a POW at Camp Morton, Indiana. The correct spelling for his name is Greenberry Stephens, b: 30 Jan 1830, in Missouri. Greenberry left a wife and 6 children aged 14 and younger. He is forever gone from our sight, but will never be forgotten by his descendants.
R Scott Rudder
Added by R. Scott Rudder on Apr 12, 2015 8:13 PM
Tina Cunningham
Frances G. Griffin
Hello Rick,

Frances is my Husbands Aunt. Her full name was Frances Genevieve Pruiett Griffin.

Tina Cunningham
Added by Tina Cunningham on Mar 06, 2015 11:25 PM
Carol & David
RE: Urbanus Albert
You are very welcome. I found it very interesting that Urbanus Albert's father was a member of the 153rd. Mt husband and I both had a relative in the 153rd and I have a virtual cemetery for the 153rd. I also have a new book by Jeffrey D. Stocker on the 153rd, titled "We Fought Desperate".
Added by Carol & David on Dec 25, 2014 8:22 AM
RE: Mary Conkle
I got a call back from the caretaker. He couldn't find record of the interment. He gave the birth date of 1/27/1869. He said he'll keep an eye out for the stone, but he is not hopeful to find it. *Super* nice guy.
Added by flashbeagle on Oct 14, 2014 7:19 PM
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