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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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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
Cheryle Latour
Ida Mae (Michael) Prater...Whetsel
Ida's mother was Mary Lucinda Miller. John Andrew and Mary Lucinda were married 18 November 1883, two years after the death of his first wife, Mariah Shortridge. Mariah died 7 March 1881. She is buried in the Yeoman Cementary in Carroll County, Indiana, not Beech Grove. If Mariah is her mother, Ida would have to be at least 7 years older than the date on her marker. John Andrew and Mariah were married 10 August 1878 in Carroll County, Indiana. To my knowledge they only had one child, Veronica, nickname "Verna". If you have any more records on Mariah I would appreciate it if you would share them with me. - Cheryle
Added by Cheryle Latour on Aug 14, 2014 11:45 AM
James Shaw #36900169
Hello! I noticed on the memorial that you had referenced cemetery records in regards to his name. I was wondering if there were any other notations in the cemetery records. I'm looking for a James H. Shaw, husband of Elizabeth A. Laws Shaw. They lived in Anderson township, Marion County, IN in the 1880 census. Elizabeth is widowed on the 1900 census.

I appreciate any direction you can give me in regards to the cemetery records.

Thank you.

Added by Lisa on Jun 09, 2014 10:10 AM
Colleen Sanders Broyles
Sarah Kappeler photo
I'm sorry Rick but I had taken the photo of this memorial in 2012...I still added it as it's rare that we get requests fulfilled at AMP anymore :( They make it unpleasant most of the time when I go in to ask for info and they realize it's for Find A Grave. I will remove my photo if someone (or myself) gets a current one with the death date but until then I'll leave it unless you let me know you would rather I didnt':) I'm adding a new photo request just in case someone might get a current photo. I have about ten more cds with photo from 2011-2013 at AMP to add pics but haven't gotten to them until now unfortunately.
Added by Colleen Sanders Broyles on May 25, 2014 7:09 PM
donna swan schauss
RE: Southwell at Wesley Chapel
Stones found for FRANCE at cem & on Lib record - Last Row (by cem brick sign) in middle of row: NANCY wife of Warrick (long empty space next to stone), Rt end of row: WILLIAM C & MYRTLE A, & a stone for CHARLES, & a concrete stone or base without name next to Charles. Between longer rows of 26 & 27: AMOS L son of W G & P E. dg
Added by donna swan schauss on Aug 18, 2013 5:14 PM
Janet S. Alvis
Thompson Memorial
Thank you, Rick, as always, very appreciated ;) All family connected on this one ~ Sarah/Susan... if you have a closer, clearer photo of (sadly, only) her marker, would be greatly appreciated!
Added by Janet S. Alvis on Aug 17, 2013 10:59 PM
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