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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 Lutz 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.

Another cousin, Catharine Caty Littlefield (1755-1814) was the wife of
Major General Nathanael Greene (1742-1786).

George Olney (1745-1831) was a civilian auditor who worked as quartermaster and secretary for Major General Nathanael Greene. He was with General Greene at least through the wintering over at Morristown.

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.

Three of our ancestors were wives of Brigham Young including Phebe Ann Morton Angell (1786-1854) and her daughter Mary Ann Angell Young (1808-1882). Mary Ann Angell Young was the second wife of Brigham Young, and his only wife for eight years.

There were even well known authors, 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.

And Benjamin Franklin (1706-1809) was my 1st cousin 9 times removed.


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Eric Elliott
RE: Elkanah Sherman
Thanks for transferring Elkanah Sherman's memorial page to me. I had not considered asking you to let me take it over, but think I might like to try maintaining it myself if it is okay. I do have to say that it is a somewhat challenging page for my first one since there is so much info there already. I would like to contact you privately if possible. I wrote you a longer message with more info that I thought you might be interested in and then noticed that this was a public message and though it would be better to shorten it. Thanks again,
Eric Elliott
Added by Eric Elliott on Aug 12, 2014 7:39 PM
bert johnson
Eli and Mary Benway
Sorry, I'm New at this project. some time I never check other post. I'll clean up,sorry!
Added by bert johnson on Jul 16, 2014 9:08 PM
Mary Harrell-Sesniak
RE: Samuel Folger
You're welcome.
Added by Mary Harrell-Sesniak on Jul 09, 2014 1:35 PM
RE: Luce-Norton Photos
You're very welcome!
Added by Sunset on Jun 25, 2014 7:19 PM
Julie Nathanson
RE: Caleb Arnold
You are welcome. Not an easy one to photograph!
Added by Julie Nathanson on Jun 01, 2014 6:37 PM
William R Crabtree
Let's talk about our connection
It appears that we have some of the same relations. "Col Israel Angell" is also my 5th Grt. grandfather. "Col Christopher Green" is another.

Added by William R Crabtree on May 21, 2014 7:56 AM
Salty Antoni
RE: Olney, Isaac 27980633
I was able to see some of the lower broken portion of Capt James Olney (Eldest Son of Thomas) grave marker. Also hope to see if an excavation of the area might reveal 4 or 6 broken tops (might not be readable but won't know until action taken if allowable). Seems they be 6 to 10 inches below the ground cover (maybe)!
Added by Salty Antoni on May 09, 2014 6:10 PM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Deborah (Wollen)(Luce) Robinson

Have you inquired with the Dukes County Probate Court regarding whether there is an estate record for Joseph Luce circa 1764?
Added by Don Blauvelt on Apr 24, 2014 1:46 PM
Louisa N. Parkhurst
Thank you for your suggested updated. I have found several family trees that give her name as Louisa M. Nash. Further, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 have Louisa M. Nash, born 21 May 1835, as the daughter of Lewis and Maria Nash. I have changed her memorial to reflect this information. If this is incorrect, please let me know.
Added by DESchuett on Apr 18, 2014 5:44 AM
Salty Antoni
Olney, Isaac 27980633
Olney, Isaac 27980633
b. 1729 d. Jun. 7, 1800 Olney Farm Cemetery

it seems like Issac and son Smith are listed on the same grave marker (**)

I can see info for Smith but the top portion has no readable data -- date name info all warn away!!!

seems strange to me that Issac was listed on top when he died in 1880 and Smith died 1781

(**) only marker listed in RIHC listing with 2 people noted as being on marker!!

ALSO not sure but two markers found for daughters of Stephen B -- Elizabeth and think Martha

more later salty
Added by Salty Antoni on Apr 09, 2014 5:09 PM
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