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James Ray Turner (#47112623)
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Bio Photo My name is James and I live in Burlington Kansas. Im originally from California. Ive also lived in Oregon and Vermont, but Kansas is my kind of state. I became an Eagle Scout in 1986 and graduated from high school in 1987 from Lake High in Garden Grove, California. After 21 years I have finally decided that going to college might be a good idea, so I am now taking online courses and majoring in History. I am a staunch republican and patriotic American.

Every time I visit a memorial, historical landmark, museum or battlefield, I get a sense of excitement that is hard to explain. Some people tell me to get a life. I tell people this is my life. Instead of having beer slogans and car posters hanging up in my house, I have family pictures, old and new in frames and sitting all over the house.

While researching my mothers side of the family, I found out that General Custer is related to us as well as Oliver Hardy of Laurel and Hardy and President James Monroe, who was my ggggreat grandmothers nephew.

On my fathers side I am a decendant of William the Conquorer.

Im obsessed with Genealogy and American History. I love old movie classics, but war pictures and movies pertaining to history are my favorites. Ive been into Genealogy every since I was 11 years old. It all started when I used to hear stories told by my Great Grandma Bentley and Grandpa Turner.

Everyone should be remembered and never ever forgotten. It was the ancestors we study today that made us who we are. To forget them is disgraceful.

I really appreciate all the messages left for my family and friends. They are greatly appreciated. If I can be of any help to anyone with their genealogy just let me know. If anybody has any additional information on the memorials I created please let me know and I will add it.

A special thank you to Debra Dawson who,out of her own pocket, sponsored my Grandma and Grandpa Turner's memorial's,also my Uncle Dennis memorial and the tokens she left and the pictures she sent me,they are greatly appreciated.
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S Bentley
RE: Hello
James that sounds wonderful!! I will look up Bentley and Brent on facebook, Cliff will like that. I saw what you wrote about your grandfather Bud and was very impressed as was Cliff, wish I would have known him. Cliff remembers some but Wendell didn't talk much about his family. I am new to ancestry and have started from scratch (haha)for Cliff's side of the family, it will be nice to connect to yours. Thank you so much! By the way, Cliff is Wendell's son and I (Sharon) am Wendell's daughter-in-law. I sent request to join the facebook page. Wendell passed away from cancer in 2000.
Added by S Bentley on Feb 13, 2015 1:27 PM
S Bentley
RE: Hello
Nice to hear from you too! Thank you for responding. Unfortunately Chuck (Wendell) passed away in March of 2000. My husband, Cliff, remembers your grandfather Clarence, said he was called "Bud". Since Wendell didn't talk much about his side of the family we have always wondered about where they were. We live in Sacramento, CA but was raised in Phoenix AZ. Cliff was excited that you responded and says hello. I've just started on so our journey begins.
Added by S Bentley on Feb 12, 2015 10:07 AM
S Bentley
Bentley family
James, I am the wife to Clifford W. Bentley, second son of Charles Wendell Bentley. Josephine was my husband's grandmother. I would be interested to hear from you as I have just started researching the Bentley family. My email address is or I can be found on Facebook, Sharon Bentley.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sharon Bentley
Added by S Bentley on Feb 11, 2015 1:59 PM
Mardi Kightlinger

I loved your story about "Merv". Beautiful tribute. Thank you for putting a smile in my heart.

Mardi :D
Added by Mardi Kightlinger on Apr 29, 2014 5:42 PM
Tiffany Stuck
if u want to buy a book a original about the Family"Gift" in Snyder county, the book store DJ s books in Selinsgrove, has a nice one, since u have some Gift ppl at Hassingers White church Middleburg , i thought id mention it, i was in the bookstore today. ty
Added by Tiffany Stuck on Feb 04, 2014 2:23 PM
RE: Fred Jacob Zirger
You are very welcome. Have a great day!
Added by KUfan on Nov 08, 2013 6:35 AM
RE: Hi James..
You can email me at

chat soon! Barb!
Added by barbara on Feb 09, 2013 12:59 AM
Hi James..
James i just read your post on elizabeth jackson case memorial..your gggrandma..we are related..she is sister to my gggrandfather george jackson..about your profile page posting..I read it and thought yep,he is family,I have the same idea..genealogy and family.. nothing like it..I love all my family and love and researching my long ago family..
I was lucky enough to find the info for your gggrandparents but still researching my gggrandfather george jacksons burial..if i find anything new on our family ill let you know..

my email is

Added by barbara on Jan 29, 2013 8:13 PM
RE: Dora Doney Elmore
They got married in Colorado on Dec 30, 1920. I found in the Colorado Marriage records. After her first husband died she remarried. John Snyder died in 1924. Look at the picture on his Find A Grave site. This is Him and Her. Probably marriage picture. this was his third marriage.

Go to

This is the marriage record.

Added by Sue on Aug 26, 2012 3:29 PM
RE: Thorpe Dates
You are welcome. I did quite a bit of research on them last year for an article I wrote for the paper.

Allene died May 1933. I need to pull her obit to find out more. If I am not mistaken she was murdered by her husband in California. Do you know that story? If not I will tell you more.

Frank M was born 11-3-1863 and died 4-20-1945.

Are you a relative?

Take care,

Added by BCHS on Jul 28, 2012 7:25 PM
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