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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; Parker; Balentine; DeHaven; Kendig; Ranck; 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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Sheila Mays
RE: Memorial# 144748842 Sue Ford Walden
Hi Janet, yes you may use the picture of Sue (Gatha Sue Ford Walden). You stated you are Austin's maternal grandmother, are you Libby's mother?
Added by Sheila Mays on Apr 13, 2015 11:37 AM
Bill Bloom
RE: Memorial# 143226928
Hello Janet. You're very welcome and I'm so happy to see that this helped you out. Such as sad story of this family. I added memorials for those missing on Find A Grave and included info found on quick searchs. I couldn't find anything on Tryon Dutton. Note that the obverse side of the monument has the Kerney, Taylor and Kershaw inscriptions and I've added the photo of that side to their memorials. I'll transfer any of them to you (if I own them) if you feel you'd like to maintain them. Take good care!
Added by Bill Bloom on Mar 27, 2015 5:27 PM
Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~
RE: Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Thank you so very much for your kind message. You're most welcome! I was so lucky to get that rainbow photo and to be up on hill at the time. I had just photographed a head stone and when I turned around there was the rainbow. It was heaven sent. You have a Merry Christmas and thanks again.

Added by Steve Edquist ~In Memory ... on Dec 20, 2014 6:23 AM
Melissa Mariano
RE: Your Photos of Handwork Headstones
You are absolutely welcome to use the photos! In fact, I can send the originals via email if you prefer(?). Either way works for me :)
Added by Melissa Mariano on Dec 05, 2014 12:27 PM
Melissa Mariano
RE: Chester County, PA!
Hi Janet!
I agree-Pennsylvania is beautiful, and a great place to live! The southeastern corner is 2 hours to 'everything'--NYCity, the mountains, the beach, Washington DC. Texas is flat, and often oh-so-hot, but it's a great place to live too. I lived there for a few years when I was a kid, in the Fort Worth area, before moving back to PA. Oh and yes, my last name is Italian, though not Sicilian (as far as I can tell).
It sounds like your family was quite influential in the Coatesville area! After yesterday's trip to Bethel Cemetery (the sky was blue, but it was chilly..and windy!) I discovered that I'm also (distantly) related to Sallie Cook Handwork. Her maternal grandfather was my 3x great uncle. Sallie's grandfather, George Thompson, and my 3rd gr-gmother, Rachel Thompson Miller, were brother and sister. It's a small world :)
Added by Melissa Mariano on Dec 05, 2014 12:23 PM
Melissa Mariano
RE: Multiple HANDWORK Memorials!
Hi Janet,
It's my pleasure, and thank you for your kind words! From now on I'll keep my eyes peeled for the name Handwork/Handwerk during cemetery visits. (Love that last name, btw!) I live in Chester County, PA, so please let me know if I can help out with anything in this area related to your ancestry search.
Take care, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Melissa :)
Added by Melissa Mariano on Dec 03, 2014 7:36 PM
D K Railsback B
RE: Memorial# 31422748 CPL Don Mellen
You're welcome.
Added by D K Railsback B on Oct 16, 2014 8:24 PM
Gina Reardon-Gaddis
RE: Ooops!
You are more than welcomed! Just glad to know that family is now taking care of the memorials.
Added by Gina Reardon-Gaddis on Aug 28, 2014 2:39 PM
Texas Roots
RE: Memorial# 15043103 John Odis Townsend
Thanks so much. Corrected!
Added by Texas Roots on Aug 28, 2014 1:02 PM
RE: Memorial# 126867387 Floriene Byrnes
Clara and Clare stones are right next to Andrew and Floriene. Same type of stone to the rear for Samuel and Jennie, perhaps parents of Clare? I'll post a plot location type picture that will make the resting places easy to find.
Added by Ron on Aug 02, 2014 2:06 PM
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