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Ed Smith (#47100545)
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I have met many wonderful people on Find A Grave. Thanks to all the contributors for all you have done and continue to do. Thanks everyone for all the suggested corrections, and extra information provided to me.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of individuals who do not understood that we are volunteers, who have been rude, who have been otherwise abusive or who have been frankly bizarre. Because of this, I will follow the Find A Grave guidelines. It is about the hunt, not the numbers. But dealing with some of the Find A Grave members and interlopers, I have learned to follow the guidelines.

I am always happy to to update or correct memorials but PLEASE use the "EDIT" tab on individual memorials to suggest information corrections or additions. This sends a direct link to the memorial as well as your own profile page. If a request is left on my profile page it will be ignored and deleted. I just don't have the time to search for the individual memorial and then make the update.

If you discover that I have made a mistake or created a duplicate later than one you created, please use the Edit tab and send me the correction and I will delete the duplicate immediately. And please be nice. A simple request is all I ask. I strive to have my memorials as accurate as possible, but I am human and I will make mestakes.

I will only transfer listings of one's direct relatives within four generations as defined in Find A Grave Guidelines. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. Consider using the Virtual Cemetery feature. It's an easy way to collect all of your ancestors either in one big VC or you can have several VCs for various family lines.

What calls us to find the ancestors? It goes beyond a simple curiosity. We are taken over, compelled, as if possessed by something bigger than us that is begging to be revealed. There is one of us in most every family, called to be the scribe. I am but one of the many in the long line of storytellers of our clan. Like others I am called to gather and assemble the ancestorsóto breathe life back into them as far back as we can reach. We take what we find and chronicle the facts of their existence, remembering their names and who they were and what they did. They are the sum of who we are, for without them, we would not exist. We greet those who came before us, restoring their place in the familial line. We scribe their stories and their histories. We search for them in public libraries, county records, and weed-filled or well-kept cemeteries. We comb through yellowed newspapers, family archives, and lovely old letters and photo albums. We find them! And in finding themówe find ourselves.
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Len Ray
James C. Shoffner
Thank you for your contributions. Wondering if you have any additional information regarding the mentioned name--James C. Shoffner. You added a note-"-b KS; h/o Patricia R.: fp # 5562, changed name to Schoffner in 20s" Where did you obtain that info? Was Patricia his spouse? Trying to determine is this was Charles V. Shoffner from Kansas. Parents Charles and Gertrude Shoffner.

Added by Len Ray on Oct 07, 2015 10:22 AM
John Elliott
On the John Elliott that you had listed that died there in the 1950' chance would you know who his wife and children are. Thanks

Added by addie on Oct 05, 2015 5:07 PM
Sharon Hurricks
Guy Johnston
RE: Guy Johnston, Acacia Mem. Park, Modesto, Stanislaus. Ed, I don't want a 'correction' at this point, but I believe I know who this is. But you show born Aug 7, 1876. Censuses and the CA death register show 1878, and I have him Aug 1878, if he is right one. I was wondering how you got the exact birth date. Could you maybe have accidently typed in the year wrong? I no longer have Ancestry to get their CA death index which might show more. Any suggestions?
Added by Sharon Hurricks on Oct 05, 2015 5:05 PM
JK Lockamy/Davis
Hazel B Crawford/Wood
Thank you so very much for all that you do for I am looking for my Aunt Hazel who was first married to Aud Dessie Crawford when he died. In 1971 she married Albert Columbus Wood. She has a son who is also buried in Chowchilla Cemetery, William Robert Crawford.
Could you tell me if Aunt Hazel is buried with Dessie or Albert? Thanks, June
Added by JK Lockamy/Davis on Oct 01, 2015 1:47 PM
Hazel Gay
Vara Vansickle
My info must have been very confusing. I just looked at the pic of John Nathan Copeland's marker. I noticed Vara's name. Vara's maiden name was Copeland, not Melton. Melton was her mother's maiden name. John Nathan Copeland was Vara's father. Now if I can get Johbn's 2nd wife, Artie Gay Copeland Burris on there, then THEIR son Don Nathan Copeland will show up. Half- brother to Vara. Sorry this has been so confusing. Hazel Gay. Artie was my paternal aunt. I grew up with Vara teaching Sunday School etc. John Nathan Copeland # 55760222
Hazel Gay
Added by Hazel Gay on Sep 29, 2015 7:39 PM
RE: Joe F. Bettencourt
Thank you, Ed! You did a great job on updating Joe F. and Jessie's memorial. This new information is very helpful!
Jane Bettencourt Collins
Added by Jane on Sep 22, 2015 6:32 PM
Darrell Baty
Alvis Lee Baty
Ed, thing you very much and just to let you know I wasn't trying to step on your toes or anything. Thank you for much for what you do on here for so many people. If there is anything I can do for you here in West Tennessee please let me know. Have a great day. Darrell
Added by Darrell Baty on Sep 22, 2015 2:21 PM
Hazel Gay
Artie Mae Gay Burris
I used the edit button to add her 1st and 2nd husbands but I will also include the info here.
#1 and father of her children: John Nathan Copeland Findagrave memorial # 55760220

#2 husband: Emmitt J. Burris # 72886027

Hazel Gay
Added by Hazel Gay on Sep 20, 2015 2:44 PM
Darrell Baty
RE: Lee Baty
Good morning, concerning the birthplace of Lee Baty, I went back and did some researching with what info I have and looking at Census records all the way back to 1900 and Lee Baty was born in Missouri. And yes you are right, California indeed says he was born in Indiana. Not sure was happened on that. But talking with relatives, and all the documentation that I have and what I have seen, my grandfather was born in West Plains, Mo. I did put in an edit to have that corrected. Is that ok? I do appreciate what you do here at Find A Grave. Have a great day.
Added by Darrell Baty on Sep 20, 2015 7:19 AM
Darrell Baty
RE: Lee Baty
Wow, that's really strange, but I did know my Grandfather Lee Baty really well and he was born in West Plains, MO. I do appreciate you and other people who do research and contribute. But I just wanted to let you know about the error. Have a great day.
Added by Darrell Baty on Sep 18, 2015 5:18 AM
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