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John Whalen (#46511699)
 member for 15 years, 2 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo I was born in Derby, Connecticut, and the historical atmosphere of the area probably influenced my interests. My first memories of "playgrounds" were riding the civil war artillery pieces as if they were horses at a monument in the Derby Green.
Now that I'm more mature I stopped doing that (my legs drag on the ground now, anyway) but I am still interested in the numerous links to the past that exist in this area.

I attended local schools, and as soon as I was old enough, worked for a year for a local lumber yard, and witnessed the restoration of many of the local older homes in the late 50's and early 60's. Unfortunately, I also witnessed the demolition of many more to make way for expansion.
At 18, I joined the military, and it should come as no surprise that I chose the one with the most historic aura; The U. S. Marine Corps, which celebrated it's 240th birthday on 10 November 2015; Happy Birthday and Semper Fi!
Now that I'm in my early seventies, I'm lucky enough (in some ways) to have the time to look through these old burying grounds, and help distant members of these people's family find out where they rest.
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Georgia Harding
Emily C Baldwin
Thank you for your service, John. And thank you for the photos and information on Emily Baldwin, wife of Nathanel Baldwin. She was my GGGrandmother. Do you have any connection to her, or are you just doing this to help other members?

Georgia Baldwin Harding
Added by Georgia Harding on Jun 25, 2016 11:58 AM
Jim Fenn - Lawson
RE: Memorial #160207544 Photo
Thanks again. It is great to see Vietnam veterans getting the recognition and respect they deserve. My father was not in any combat zone he served as a prison guard.
Added by Jim Fenn - Lawson on Apr 04, 2016 4:48 PM
Jim Fenn - Lawson
RE: Memorial #160207544 Photo
Thank you for your service. My father is a Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War era.l'm not concerned with a photo credit seeing as I posted a photo of Ruth Judson not Ruth Osborn. I do this because I love history and genealogy.Please feel free to add anything and thanks again.
Added by Jim Fenn - Lawson on Apr 04, 2016 1:17 PM
Janet Mercurio
Your note RE: H. John Skell memorial info
Thank you for your thorough response. I appreciate having the information you provided. I'll send a message to the manager of the memorials with the incorrect spellings to see if he can delete them. Is there a reason you don't have the photo of the original gravestone on your memorials? That would be nice.
Thank you. - Janet
Added by Janet Mercurio on Nov 16, 2015 1:10 PM
Janet Mercurio
Hello - I just discovered that there is a duplicate memorial for this person and his son. The spelling of the name is a little different. Skeels and Skell. Please work with the other manager so that there is only one memorial for each person.
Thank you. - Janet
Added by Janet Mercurio on Nov 10, 2015 1:09 AM
6867187 - Patrick Moran
Hello, Is there any chance these are the same men?
Gender: Male. Race: White. Marital Status: Married. Birth Date: abt 1883. Residence:
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.

Death Date: 20 Aug 1964. Death Place: Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut. Age: 81 Years. Spouse: Myra. State File #: 15943."
Added by 2033481971 on Jul 10, 2015 5:45 PM
Jeff Somerfield
Robert Ralston # 6889368
The memorial for Robert Ralston gives the death date as Mar. 15, 1838. The inscription states he died in his 21st year which would give him a birth year of approximately 1817. This information almost mirrors several Rootsweb WorldConnect databases which give similar dates for another Robert Ralston, who may be this Robert's father. I believe those databases are in error.

A Find-a-Grave memorial for another Robert Ralston can be found at # 32661993. There is no gravestone photo there to confirm the given dates though. This may be your Robert's father.

Jeff Somerfield
Lancaster PA
Added by Jeff Somerfield on Jun 27, 2015 7:28 PM
Phil & Donna (Stricklan) Whitaker
RE: Find A Grave Correction: Clyde Woodworth
Very interesting story. Phil's dad worked at the FAA training center for many years. His name was Joy (J. W.) Whitaker.
Added by Phil & Donna (Stricklan) ... on Jun 02, 2015 6:49 AM
Phil & Donna (Stricklan) Whitaker
RE: Find A Grave Correction: Clyde Woodworth
Thank you for your service to our country! My husband was Navy. We are both retired. He is a DJ and spends all of his time on music and I spend all of my time on Find a Grave. Seems to work well for us. Keeps us out of each others hair! :)

Thanks for being a Find a Grave member. It's nice to find someone who does not go for the jugular when a suggestion is made.

Have a great weekend.
Added by Phil & Donna (Stricklan) ... on May 29, 2015 3:48 PM
Dennis V. Stanley
Isabel (Stanley) Mullins
John, thank you so much for the transfer! I hope to expand, update, and sponsor the page of my 3x great grandmother in the near future. Thanks again!
Added by Dennis V. Stanley on Apr 14, 2015 11:32 AM
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