I used to volunteer for Find a Grave for years, but health has now forced me to the sidelines..It was fun while it lasted but I am now through...
I am a 2nd Generation native Southern Californian. I was born in Glendale CA in 1940. I am a US Navy Cold war era veteran. Spending four years aboard USS Inflict, a 170 foot long, 700 ton wooden-hulled minesweeper as an electrician's mate. Home ported at the now demolished, and never to return-(thanks Bubba & Hildabeast Clinton) Long Beach Naval Station CA. I retired in October of 1996, after 32 years of shift work in steam generation electric power plant operations for SO CA Edison. I am staying retired, not gainfully employed and LOVE every second of NOT working.
I have a Canon SX50-IS digital camera and a smaller SX20-IS which I use viz a viz taking grave marker photos, civil war re-enacting, living history events, and the various trips that I take, including geneology. I also use (since 1994) the most innovative and easiest computer on the planet, an Apple Intel iMac.
I am Past Commander of Generals Sedgwick-Granger Camp 17, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, in Santa Ana-Tustin CA. Now I am a member of General W. S. Rosecrans Camp 2 Los Angeles CA.
I had kin who fought on both sides in the War of the Rebellion. Most all of my direct linked ancestors came from western-middle Tennessee and near Elm Springs, (Bentonville) Arkansas. Great, great grandfather Junius was in 2nd AR Cavalry, Company F, Union Army, as were his two sons, John and Nicholas. The other three brothers, Rufus, Lucius "Gus", and James Farrar were in the Tennessee, Confederate States Infantry.
I am also Past Cmdr of Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Civil War, Capt. Cameron E. Thom Camp 2007, Long Beach CA. Junius' brother Pvt. Rufus Farrar was with the 2nd TN Confederate infantry, company D, and was killed at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862, near the log cabin church. Junius' other brother Lucius was wounded at Stones River TN on Dec 31st 1862, and according to his muster documents was "left on the battlefield for mercy of the enemy." In reading about that battle when I visited there Aug. 12, 2009, it was so cold that wounded left on the field were subjected to bitter cold. In fact most had their bloody uniforms freeze to the ground around the wound site. Uncle Lucius was captured, paroled, somewhat healed, and returned to his unit although not 100 percent fit for duty in a line unit. His hospital company was assigned around the Atlanta area and he was subsequently captured AGAIN this time by Sherman's troops on July 20th, of 1864 and spent the rest of the war at Camp Chase POW camp.
I have been into genealogy off and on for a number of years and recently discovered more info on my mother's side that I will publish later.
Most favorite sayings:
"It is easier to to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled." --Mark Twain
Genealogy is tracing yourself back to better people.
Genealogy is chasing your own tale-
A pack rat is hard to live with but makes a fine ancestor.
There is no such thing as, "fun for the whole family." - Jerry Seinfeld
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." – Mae West: Klondike Annie -1936 film
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore always carry a small snake." – W. C. Fields
RE: Cyrus Hollister Page Hi Floyd, Nice hearing from you again. My sister Alice worked with you years ago about these Civil War Vets and we really appreciated it. I would love to have Cyrus transferred, and his brother Storrs, and their families in Sunnyside. I sponsored all of them hoping it would make it easier on you! If you want me to use the edit feature, just let me know. Thanks again
Re: Photo of French Farrar and Family I have had some success in dating old photos. Saw this one on French Farrar's memorial in the Elm Springs Cemetery. Since the boys were older than Alta, the girl in the photo would be Mina born 1882 per her marriage record but 1885 per her headstone. Alta was born in 1898 and does not appear. Mina married in July 1900, age 18 but likely 15. Earl was born Jan or Feb 1887; Denzil was born Nov 1889 and appears to be about five or six years of age. I am guessing that this was taken between 1895 and 1898, just before the birth of Alta. Mina appears to be either 12 or less. Based on her headstone date, she would have been ten or eleven. - dennis
RE: Robert L Salvage Memorial Transfer made! 'Good to hear that the memorial helped you locate his last resting place. The next time I'm at the cemetery, I'll try to get a photo of his grave marker and add that.
James Farrar I have added the information you requested to James Farrar's bio. I cannot take credit for the pictures as they were added by others before the memorial was transferred to me. My great great grandfather, John Ingle Farrar, was a brother to James. Glad I could help.
Roswell C. Hunt Just wanted to thank you for the very interesting biographical sketch on Roswell C. Hunt. I can fill in some of the gaps for you. He married Minnie (Harris) Harlan in 1908 and then died according to military papers on www.familysearch.org 15 August 1918. You can go on Family Tree (www.familysearch.org) and go to ID#KNC1-SX3 to get further details of documentation where he is in 1910, etc. Thanks again, andrea bartley (email@example.com)
RE: Lucius Farrar The road is Bluestocking Hollow road in Bedford County, TN. Enter this search into Google Maps: Moore Chapel cemetery Bluestocking Hollow Rd. Shelbyville, TN. The church as I understand it, used to be across the road from the cemetery.
Frances E. (Parsons) Shaffer in Sunnyside Cemetery I am sorry to hear that you have also "retired" from FindAGrave, but totally understand. You posted a pic of Benjamin Shaffer's grave (Find A Grave # 21074779) to FindAGrave in the Sunnyside Cemetery. On his stone is his wife's name - Frances E. with the name WALDIE under her name. After Benjamin's death, Frances married a widower Alexander Waldie (husband of my great aunt Elenor Jones). Frances preceded Alexander in death, reason for the name Waldie under her name. Can you please post the picture that you took of their combined headstone to her Find A Grave memorial # 135605921 which I just entered? I would really appreciate it.