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Kevin Avery (#47024642)
 member for 6 years, 10 months, 28 days
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Bio Photo If you know of any one memorialized here who served aboard the USS Melvin DD-680 in the Pacific Theatre during WW II, please let me know.

I'm a transplanted New Englander. My parents are Paul Oscar Avery(1921-2003) and Betty Wheaton Avery(1925-1992). My mom's and aunt's interest in family history was passed to me. I have been doing family history research for over 25 years, most of which has been in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine.

I am retired, and live in The Villages, Florida, and would be happy to find and photograph cemetery stones of your friends or family in the Sumter - Lake - Marion County area.

If you find some pictures or monuments I haven't included, I'd love to hear from you when you post them. And corrections or additions to my postings are welcome. All suggestions are responded to within 48 hours unless I am out of town. If you supply me with additional information, I will always research and double check it before posting it to a memorial. There is simply too much inaccurate information out there.

I have completed projects on all cemeteries in Hawley, Buckland, Colrain, and Charlemont, Massachusetts. And another in Sears Cemetery in Barnstable County. Current projects include the Jenks Family in Rhode Island, the Groton Avery Family, and Shelburne, Franklin Co, Mass cemeteries. If any of my entries connects to your ancestors, let me know.

Please use the EDIT button on the memorial to initiate correspondence and recommend updates. I am no longer able to respond to emails that do not provide quick and easy access to the memorial in question. Also, if your e-mail is not provided on your profile page, I won't be able to respond to you if a response is needed. The public messages are not appropriate for back and forth discussion.

There are so many "orphan" memorials here on Find-A-Grave, many of which have been posted en masse and then forgotten. So many need identification and linking so we know who they were! After posting a memorial, please take the time to research, identify, and link the memorial properly..... it will go along way toward further establishing the credibility of this site.

Regarding transfers outside guidelines..... I will consider transfer to those who have a proven track record of collaboration on FindAGrave.

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I have finished eliminating the quotes on the first names for my created memorial pages...I found mother, father, baby, infants etc.

Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention...I want to make it as easy as possible for people to find their loved ones.

Thanks again,
Added by Sara on May 31, 2015 3:23 PM
Jack Parker
Westwood Cemetery

The memorials you wanted photographed... There is quite a nest there, I filed them all, but you'll have to look for "Tisdale" and Wallace Thomas to see them all.

Jack Parker
Added by Jack Parker on May 30, 2015 3:39 PM
RE: Benham Photos
Hi Kevin-you are welcome! I'm just sorry that there is so much lichen on Phoebe's stone, so I did spray it with D2. I don't know if you are familiar with D2, its especially made for cleaning gravestones. All you do is spritz the stone, and in a few months, the lichen is eaten off of the stone. You can watch video's on u-tube on how to use D2, see

Added by Irma on May 28, 2015 4:41 PM
Charles R. Novak
Hi Kevin

Thanks for getting back to me. Yeah the birthdate thing with Mary and Martha is a little confusing. I've seen the obituary for Sophia and it states her father as Isaac Lamb. You can find it on Just search under the Greenfield, MA papers.

Added by Charles R. Novak on May 28, 2015 3:19 PM
Andrew L.
RE: Constant Avery 32760255
Added by Andrew L. on May 23, 2015 12:16 PM
S.J. McMahan
RE: NElizabeth Perry
Regarding the death of Elizabeth Perry, my source is from Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 ( database on-line.
I understand it could be in error, so if you want to leave it as it is that's ok. She was the 8th grt grandmother of my former (deceased) husband Royce Graham.
Added by S.J. McMahan on May 23, 2015 11:42 AM
William Avery
I added the info you sent me. Many thanks!
Added by Sarah on May 23, 2015 8:45 AM
Melodye Whatley
Theophilus Yale Winship
Thank you for the additional info... duly noted.
We have a cousin in the Villages. :) We had fun toodling around in one of those golf carts.

M Whatley
Added by Melodye Whatley on May 22, 2015 3:44 PM
Ephraim Winship
I am so excited to find this memorial - Thank you for your wonderful and much appreciated work!

Added by Amanda on May 20, 2015 11:21 PM
Barbara Campbell
Lauretta Sarah Murphy Erwin
Are you related? Do you wish a transfer?
Added by Barbara Campbell on May 20, 2015 2:04 PM
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