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Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mellen-Taylor (#47018985)
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Bio Photo Genealogy information research on Rev. Alexander Hamilton Balentine Sr. I've seen a number of references to him on line. Especially, The Chronicles of Oklahoma (published in the 1930s).

Rev. Balentine was my Paternal Grandmother, Lillian Dell PARKER (Tompkins-Adoptive name) Handwork LeBaron's Grand Uncle, via her Paternal Grandmother, Sarah Ellen BALENTINE Parker.

Sarah, Rev. Balentine's only Sister, was born and lived in Pennsylvania; she also lived at times in New Jersey. Her husband, Joseph PARKER was born in ENGLAND. Family notes say he died three days after the Battle of Gettysburg (PA) in the U.S. Civil War...I have not proven that as yet.

I, Janet, live in Dallas, Texas. I hope to add some information about Rev. Balentine that I have, (personal letters from him to Sarah) at a later date. (Some are already on my Family Tree on

I have no info. on the Parents of Rev. Balentine, his brothers and Sarah Ellen, other than they "died before Rev. Balentine was aged 6 years". Of the Father, I read one short account that he was "Irish"; likely he was a "Scot" whose family may have moved to Northern Ireland, fleeing religious persecution in Scotland.

Rev. Balentine graduated from the then-named, "College of New Jersey" and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was Blessed with very good mentors who recognized his heart toward God and his intellect in his studies.

New: I just found scads of records for Rev. Balentine from the College of New Jersey and Princeton Theological Seminary, online at I had his first name correct, which he did not use after graduation! "Alexander"! I first found it on a small graduation program that my Grandmother, his Niece, passed on to my Dad. The Reverend had marked it out on the program!

I would like further info. if anyone has it, please. Thank you. Feel free to e-mail me, if you have information to share.

Thanks to all who have added photos & info. on this site, for Rev. Balentine, and his wife (Nancy Anna/Ann HOYT of Paternal English and Maternal Cherokee descent).

Also, thanks to the Volunteers who have "walked the miles" in cemeteries, (in various weather conditions!), photographed headstones and collected data on so many of my family and posted it here! Thank you, ever so much!

Updated: 03 Dec 2014 ~ Janet Handwork

Research Names ~ Pennsylvania/Alsace-Lorraine, France/Elsass-Lothringen, Germany: HANDWORK or Handwerk/Handwerck; PARKER {Tompkins-Adoptive Name of PGM}; Balentine; DeHaven; Kendig; Ranck; Taggart; Taylor.

Long Island, New York/England: MELLEN; HICKS; Seaman; Tappen/Tappan; Townsend; Valentine; TAYLOR; Germain/Germaine; Sheridan. Florida: MELLEN and TAYLOR

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Joel Gallloway
RE: National Memorial Park

Sorry I have two accounts on Find A Grave and this is the one I don't usually check. Thanks for the offer but its okay, I don't need to go and find the headstones if someone else did and took a picture. Thanks so much for the offer though, the project went great!And i'm glad someone else was able to find the headstones we were having some difficulty finding the Handworks.

Joel Galloway
Added by Joel Gallloway on Sep 27, 2015 1:41 PM
Dan Oh
RE: Memorial# 147265017 John E. Kendig
"Thanks for removing the military record, 'til we know more info."

Didn't make sense to me as the Veteran's burial card had Corporal and the EXACT military unit as mentioned in the bio section right at the top, but it is what it is.
Added by Dan Oh on Sep 05, 2015 3:37 PM
Neil D Scheidt
RE: My Email Address
The pen is very fine specimen and such a treasure. When I read about it I had no idea you possessed it. You're very fortunate. He would be proud.
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Sep 04, 2015 9:10 PM
Neil D Scheidt
RE: Memorial# 151666731 Elizabeth J
I can find no evidence that John Kendig served in the military. And as you say, there was indeed at least one other with that name in the township when the war began. And he was a bit younger.
I would suggest you remove his title of corporal and maybe have Dan remove the card until we know for certain.
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Sep 04, 2015 1:03 PM
Neil D Scheidt
I wanted to respond to your letter but your email address fails every time. And I tried several servers.
Please contact me at then I can reply with my response.
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Sep 03, 2015 7:08 PM
Joel Gallloway
National Memorial Park
Hi Janet,

We went to National Memorial Park on Friday and we could not find the headstones for the Handworks. We looked at the lot number you have us and actually found the lot number, but it wasn't the Handworks. We went back to the cemetery office and tried getting correct into and they gave some different info, so we looked at the info they gave us but we could still not find if.
If you call the cemetery one more time and try to get the correct info again I'll give one more shot to finding it.

Added by Joel Gallloway on Aug 22, 2015 11:39 AM
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As part of my Eagle Scout Project I am fulfilling photo requests around Northern Virginia. I would like to fulfill your photo request for the person you listed for National Memorial Park, but I've already asked them to look up the locations of many people there. If you would be willing to call the cemetery (703-560-4400) and ask for the plot information on your request and relay that information to me today, Wednesday, or Thursday, we will go fulfill your request this Friday.

Joel Galloway
Added by JBG on Aug 18, 2015 12:27 PM
Gina Reardon-Gaddis
You are more than welcomed! We finally hit a cool spell, temps staying below 90...LOL. Next week is a whole different ballgame. Trying to get the hubby to understand I melt at 84 degrees...I hope you have a pool or close to the ocean. Stay cool!
Added by Gina Reardon-Gaddis on Aug 14, 2015 9:07 PM
Gina Reardon-Gaddis
RE: Oops! Memorial# 2608888
Glad to know I am helping so much that it is becoming confusing...LOL. Have a wonderful and blessed day. Let me know if there are any other memorials out there you would like. I believe family belongs with family, no matter the distance.
Added by Gina Reardon-Gaddis on Aug 13, 2015 2:19 PM
Elva Smith
Just wanted to say thank you for the kind words and token you left for my husband's mother, Elva, and his brother, Pete. It was so sweet of you. :)
Added by Elizabeth on Aug 07, 2015 4:53 PM
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