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Clarence Priest (#46822984)
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Bio Photo I have moved back to Leon, Iowa in Decatur County. I will continue to work on Decatur County issues. My gggrandparents came to Iowa about 1849. They came to Leon after the Civil War. I enjoy delving into history of Decatur County and its families. I will gladly transfer control of any entry to someone involved with the various families. We have moved again to the Gernand Retirement Village in Strawberry Point, Iowa. Our location has changed, but not my appreciation for Find A Grave.
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James C. Barnes
Thank you for that photo of his stone. I'm working on civil war veterans for that area. Have about 340 and there is easily twice more that number. I'm in Florida so can't get the photos myself. Thank you.
Added by steve on Aug 14, 2016 5:26 PM
photo william Boynton
Thank you for the photos. I was able to add a bit more to his memorial through edits. He was a Civil War veteran. Just trying to "Thank a vet".
Added by steve on Jul 31, 2016 5:31 PM
Carl Ingwalson
RE: Memorial #61507110
You're correct about his name of Thomas Leroy Parker, but he apparently preferred his middle name since that's what is on his Marriage License and that's what others called him. His gravestone says Leroy T Parker which is unfortunate since those searching under his legal name may not find him.

You could be correct about the August 11, 1862, birth date, but the "Descendants of Deacon Thomas Parker" genealogy starting with Deacon Parker in 1609, his grandfather's "Genealogy and Biographical Notes of John Parker of Lexington and his Descendants" and one of his New York descendants all say Thomas Leroy Parker was born September 18, 1832, in Georgetown, NY.

He was not mustered out. He became sick after the siege of Vicksburg and the expedition to and siege of Jackson and, on August 3, 1863, was granted a 30-day furlough. The Company Descriptive Book, Co. Muster-out Roll, his widow's sworn declaration, the Adjutant General's Office and the state's R&R all say he died on August 26, 1863, while still on furlough.
Added by Carl Ingwalson on Jul 29, 2016 7:58 PM
deanna french
John Springer; Decatur Co.
Good Morning, I am a Vermont Civil War buff, and am working on a project to identify the last resting places of many "old soldiers" that had ties to Vermont. John Springer is one such soldier. I am asking you if I may use the photo you contributed to his Find A Grave Memorial page, to use on the Vermont Civil War site? ( You would receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration on this.

Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Jul 29, 2016 9:53 AM
Carl Ingwalson
Memorial #61507110
Thank you for the photos that verify what I suspected. She is buried under the name of Esther Amanda, but it should have been the other way around. I just tried searching for her under her maiden name (Amanda Brown), her first husband's name (Amanda Parker) and her second husband's name (Amanda Little) and none worked. While I know what is correct, others searching for Amanda Brown or Amanda Parker or Amanda Little are unlikely to search for Esther Little. Do you know if there's a way that her name can be listed as Amanda Esther (Brown) (Parker) Little which might give searchers a chance of finding her? Even one of her descendants who did a lot of family research wasn't able to find her.

My interest is the Civil War and I have bios of numerous members of the 21st Iowa Infantry on the Clayton County GenWeb site and a few on GenWeb sites for other counties. The Brown family had five children - Ceylon (8th Iowa Infantry), Alonzo (12th Iowa Infantry), John (16th Iowa Infantry), Amanda and Exceen (whose husbands both served with the 21st Iowa Infantry). I'm currently working on a bio for Thomas Leroy Parker who, unfortunately, like Amanda, is buried under his middle name (Memorial #61521299). Changing Find A Grave memorials isn't important for the bios, but it would be good if others searching for Amanda could find her.
Added by Carl Ingwalson on Jul 27, 2016 10:20 PM
Hi Clarence,

Thanks for taking the great photos of Almon and Hannah Ames' grave markers.

Added by E&GRay on Jul 23, 2016 6:35 PM
Dan Turner
Elmer Stoup
Clarence, thanks for taking the picture of Elmer Stoup's grave marker and posting the memorial of his wife Carrie. Elmer was the company commander of my great-uncle Thomas W. Turner during the Great War.
Added by Dan Turner on Jul 23, 2016 7:29 AM
Dale Gardner Bailey
Robert and Pamela Baumann
Thank you Clarence for taking the pictures of these two children's graves. I always find the death of children to be sad and poignant and am always glad to see when their short lives are remembered. Findagrave is such a wonderful means of remembering those who have passed on. The service of generous people like yourself who assist in this effort by visiting cemeteries and taking pictures is also wonderful to experience. My best wishes to you. I am grateful for your help.

Dale G. Bailey
Added by Dale Gardner Bailey on Jul 23, 2016 12:02 AM
Doni Wright
Alan James Heyer #66801998
I love cemeteries too. The intrigue me with all the history that lies beneath.

Yes, I would appreciate it you would remove the photo, it doesn't match. Alan is buried there also, we believe, but no record of his burial. If you know the sextant, possibly you may ask.

Thanks for taking care of us all out here who wonder where they all are.


RE: Alan James Heyer #66801998
I was just taking random pictures and comparing them with listings in Thorpe Union Cemetery. When I saw the name on the stone, I added the photo. It responded the request. I will remove it if you prefer. I pass the cemetery every time I go to town. There is a person interned there that was 116 years old. Oldest I have ever found.
Added by Doni Wright on Jul 09, 2016 10:18 AM
Doni Wright
Alan James Heyer #66801998
Clarence, I truly appreciate your effort in searching for the headstone of Alan James Heyer. The one you placed on his memorial is not his, but his brother's headstone on memorial #23094182. One has already been placed on William Heyer's.

It does not appear there is a headstone for Alan, but he is buried there. I did not create his memorial, I assumed P2-ABQ knew he was buried there from an obituary.

If you have free time maybe our local library has an alphabetical obituary collection, and you can find his obit there. Or the local newspaper might have one as well. A phone call would probably answer that question, too.

If you'd like to do anymore local research, I'd be grateful.

Hope you had a fantastic 4th.


Added by Doni Wright on Jul 06, 2016 3:48 PM
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