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James H. Douglas (#47221037)
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Bio Photo Born in 1952, I had very little knowledge of my ancestry until I reached age 42. My father, James S. DOUGLAS was an only child, and his father was 50 years old when Dad was born. It wasn't until I embraced computers in 1994 that my genealogical research began to fall in place.
A huge break came in 1996 when a retired schoolteacher, who also happened to be my cousin, Mary Lee Barnes (nee Anderson) of Athens, Texas saw a posting of mine and recognized my great-grandfather's name. She had much of my family history compiled in a booklet that gave me plenty of leads. Sadly, Mary Lee passed Dec. 03, 2009. My thoughts & prayers are with any family members who may read this.
I have another cousin, James Postell DOUGLAS who is still regarded as a Confederate Civil War hero in Tyler, Texas. He was the 1st president of the Cotton Belt Railroad, and a Texas Senator during Reconstruction. Following is a link to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #124 that is named in his honor.
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RE: White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, MI
I have been to White Chapel numerous times and know how big it is. I have never any problems with anyone there.
Added by Jill on Nov 10, 2012 2:44 PM
Art S
The Gravlin/Bentley case
I have become somewhat intrigued by this as you might have guessed, including a slight inclination toward doing some more investigation of what happened afterward, trial, sentencing and such. I even toyed with the idea of writing a piece for the newspapers and submitting it. Maybe I'll do that in my spare time. I spent a couple of hours in the Royal Oak Public Library to find out about the first events (murder up to the arraignment and the burial of the seven victims); but went no further. I would guess that with time and more time that I could follow the whole case through, including sentencing. Anyhow, the ROPL has microfilm copies of all of the Royal Oak Tribune editions from that time forward until the more recent ones that are digitized. Art
Added by Art S on Sep 01, 2010 11:19 PM
Art S
Hi Jim,
Wanted to let you know that I spent and hour or so today looking at old copies of the Royal Oak Tribune from Sept/Oct of 1964. After hearing a bit of the story from you, I needed to know more so did the leg work to find out. What you say is correct. His name was William Gravlin and the news articles describe in great detail what happened on that day and the followup with the law enforcement people. He was apparantly quite a drinker, had been institutionalized for some period of time for mental illness and was released. The papers did not indicate why this happened (the release) but did indicate that neighbors said his wife was very much afraid of him. After he murdered them all in various parts of the house, he was standing along John R and waved down a young man (ironically with the last name of Stone.... my last name) and told him that he had killed his family. The young man quickly called the police and he was arrested and arraigned within a couple of days. Don't know whatever happened in the case, maybe sometime I will follow up on that for my own interest. It was an interesting and intriguing story from the first mention in your message so I thought you'd like to know what I found out. Thanks again for helping out with this. Art Stone
Added by Art S on Aug 30, 2010 8:40 PM
Art S
RE: Bentley headstones
Wow! what a story. I will have to check Perrin out. For interest and because, as I indicated I am from the Bentley line. There are lots and lots of Bentley's in the Oakland County area and a good deal of them are my relatives, although some very extended and distant. Thanks for the response, it is most appreciated and a bit fanciful for me since I use to hang out in cemeteries when I was about 10-12 years old too.
Added by Art S on Aug 16, 2010 12:14 PM
Art S
RE: Bentley headstones
I appreciate your energy expended in looking for the Bentley markers. I am a Bentley/Donaldson/Stone and constantly search for information about all those families. I found the five Bentley's listed on Crooks Road, put there by someone identified as "Mutt". I had the same experience there, just yesterday, found no Bentleys and thought that perhaps I just didn't see them. Perhaps "Mutt" placed them on the wrong cemetery site. Will send a message to that effect to him/her. Thanks again.
Added by Art S on Aug 15, 2010 5:14 PM
David F. Reckinger
Sargent - VanWagoner
Thanks so much for the photos taken at Crooks Cemetery, wishing you a great 2010, God Bless you,
Added by David F. Reckinger on Jan 31, 2010 9:43 PM

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