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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 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.

There were even well known authors like Lillian Angeline Hinman Shuey Bailey. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a cousin, wrote The Battle Hymn of The Republic.

Theologian Roger Williams (1602-1683, founder of Providence Plantation and the state of Rhode Island is my ninth great-grandfather.

My ninth great grandmother, Mary Morrill Folger (1620-1703) is mentioned by name in Chapter 24 of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". Melville mentions that she was the grandmother of Benjamin Franklin when justifying the morality of whaling as a profession on Nantucket Island. The DAR chapter on Nantucket Island is named after her daughter Abiah Folger (1667-1752) who was the mother Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), my first cousin.

Cousins Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)from Pennsylvania, Gov. Stephen Hopkins(1707-1785) from Rhode Island, William Whipple (1730-1785) and Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795)from New Hampshire, signed the Declaration of Independence

Recently most of my ancestral relationships have been confirmed using DNA matches on Ancestry and other DNA sources.





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Cathy
RE: Mary (Burlingame) Brooks' father
Yes, Michael, I'd like Amos Burlingame's Memorial # 27325220 transferred to me-contributor #48106710.
Than you very much.
Cathy
Added by Cathy on Nov 27, 2016 6:58 AM
Cathy
Mary (Burlingame) Brooks

Proof that Amos and Vyletty Burlingame's daughter Mary married Delos Brooks was found in Amos's will from Otsego County, N.Y.
Please REMOVE any reference that she was married to a Wheeler.
Also, Hezekiah Belden married Mary's sister Mehitable AKA Milla or Millie.

Thank you for your work on Find a Grave.
Added by Cathy on Nov 21, 2016 4:21 PM
tamara tillinghast haskett
Family
Thank you for all of your memorials. I enjoyed reading your profile. I'm also a direct descendant of Roger Williams, and most likely several other of your Rhode Island ancestors.
Added by tamara tillinghast hasket... on Oct 11, 2016 1:42 AM
dan federico
Angell Tavern
my wife's mother was an Angell. my wife's great-great-grandfather Avery Angell wrote a family history which we have a copy. Thomas built a tavern about 1710. do you know if the building is still standing or if there are any pictures of it.i read about it in the history of Situate. thank you
Added by dan federico on Sep 20, 2016 9:37 PM
Romper90069
Memorial 109988464
Mary Criswell headstone photo posted. James
Added by Romper90069 on May 28, 2016 3:21 PM
BArnold
Levi Arnold
What is the connection to Levi Arnold?

http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Arnold&GSfn=Levi&GSmid=46908180&GRid=51892258&

I dont think I ever found your branch.
Added by BArnold on Mar 27, 2016 9:03 AM
FrancisMattesonLine
Olney Family NP006
Michael you have to take a look at the current recovery being done in this cemetery for your maintained memorials by the River Road Blackstone Valley volunteer group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1664974860414600/.

Abigail Olney was "borrowed" by a vandal, driven 20 minutes away and deposited at Mineral Spring Cemetery in Pawtucket at the Claflin monument some time between Beth Hurd's 2004 visit and now. Ken Postle found it and returned her yesterday and with the help of Julie Nathanson matched her to her original place via the transcription. Ken's stone repair is going to take a bit but it will be done. :-) Find A Grave Memorial# 27980596


Also they unburied Alfred Olney Find A Grave Memorial# 27980601
Added by FrancisMattesonLine on Mar 07, 2016 9:32 AM
idahonetto
RE: Dr. D. C. Burlingame
Okie dokie, thanks!
Added by idahonetto on Feb 28, 2016 10:20 PM
S Zeller
RE: Jemima Burlinggame
You're welcome :)
Added by S Zeller on Dec 26, 2015 10:06 PM
Martin W Johnson
RE: abner angell
I sent the inf. for many civil war veterans for boone county Illinois to the LN that manages the memorials. she never puts any of the civil war inf. on the memorials I send. maybe if you ask her to transfer management of memorial to you.
Added by Martin W Johnson on Dec 26, 2015 6:23 PM
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