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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.

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

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



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Betsy
RE: Jarvis Green
Forgot something else. The George Green who also joined the Militia the same week as Jarvis and James was not related to them. He was the son of Daniel Green from Stafford Co, Va, all documented in his pension application.
Added by Betsy on Apr 26, 2015 7:12 PM
Betsy
RE: Jarvis Green
Forgot ti mention that DAR does not accept burial information any more. Also, Royal Potter was the grandson of Jarvis's sister, Jemima Green. Also, I remember seeing somewhere that the soldiers that died in Blue Lick were buried at the site. He may have been moved later, but likely back to his home in Kentucky.
Added by Betsy on Apr 26, 2015 7:09 PM
Betsy
RE: Jarvis Green
I am a stickler for documentation. I am a DAR member myself. I have been researching George Green for 30 years. I have many printouts of deeds and other records for this family. I think I have a copy of the military record of Jarvis where it mentions his father and Halifax County. I'll look in my docs and see what I can find. There is no William George Green. William and George were brothers. They just happened to marry cousins who were Justices. The Justice families lived in Pittsylvania County. I just found the information about the Kentucky militia again on line and will send it to you if you'd like.

Betsy
Added by Betsy on Apr 26, 2015 7:05 PM
Betsy
RE: Jarvis Green
I've been researching Jarvis Green for years. I don't have the documents in front though. I am currently creating my Ancestry tree and recently did DNA testing. I believe that Jarvis is the father of my gggg-grandfather, Thomas Green. Jarvis's Revolutionary War record indicates that his father was George Green of Halifax County, Va. I am descended from George Green and Mary Justice who were Jarvis's parents. I believe that Jarvis may have married a woman with the last name of Brown while he was still in Halifax Co. Jarvis was born in what was Brunswick County, Va but is now Lunenburg. You can follow George Green's movement through his purchase and sell of land, first in Lunenburg and then in Halifax co. Jarvis sells three different lots in Halifax during the 1770's, while he is living in Tyron Co. They were all lots that belonged to George Green. Let me know if you would like to discuss. betsy223@bellsouth.net
Added by Betsy on Apr 26, 2015 5:56 PM
Betsy
Jarvis Green
Jarvis Green was buried in Illinois because when he was sent to Blue Lick his militia group had joined the Illinois militia. He and Sarah and moved to what was a part of Virginia that is now Kentucky.
The militia he joined there was ordered to link with the Illinois militia. I suppose that all of the soldiers who were killed at Blue Lick were taken back to the home of the Illinois militia. Sarah and the children continued to live in what is now Kentucky. All of the children moved when they were married and Sarah went with her daughter Elizabeth. John went to White County, Tennessee. I'm not sure about the other two.
Added by Betsy on Apr 26, 2015 4:21 PM
CPOBacon
RE: Newmansville Cemetery Photo Request
I'm hoping to return there later this summer and remove some of the dirt off of some of the partially buried stones. Also want to bring some equipment and clear around the stones on the North East corner that are covered by branches and weeds. Also am going to contact county to see who is responsible for the cemetery as it is still active with a fresh grave there.
Added by CPOBacon on Apr 23, 2015 10:26 PM
CPOBacon
RE: Newmansville Cemetery Photo Request
I hope to make another visit and try and uncover some of those I was unable to so still may find it.
Added by CPOBacon on Apr 23, 2015 9:54 AM
CPOBacon
Newmansville Cemetery Photo Request
I spent the afternoon today out at the Newmansville Cemetery. Sorry I wasn't able to find your request. There are many markers that have been damaged and worn beyond recognition and some that are partially buried which leads me to believe there are many buried there. I spoke with the lady that runs the bait shop there, the only business and one of only a handful of residents there. Once upon a time that was a thriving community, but as many of our rural towns have done, there isn't much of it left anymore. I wish I could have been of more help to you as I know how important it is to some of us researching our roots. Darrel
Added by CPOBacon on Apr 22, 2015 10:12 PM
DanM
RE: Henry Percy Jaques
By the way -- fascinating bio! I actually have Rutledge in my ancestry -- 3rd great grandfather was Joseph Rutledge (1814 South Carolina - 1910 Alabama)... Wonder if there's a relation.
Added by DanM on Apr 22, 2015 6:51 PM
DanM
RE: Henry Percy Jaques
Very welcome!
Added by DanM on Apr 22, 2015 6:44 PM
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