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Sandra Studebaker (#47225185)
 member for 6 years, 10 months, 28 days
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Bio Photo A Medical Librarian for more than 24 years, I easily gravitated to genealogical research even before retirement. Much time and effort has gone into research of my spouse's HILL and NONEN lines, plus allied families of the latter in metropolitan Detroit. Extensive research has also gone into my own maternal SKLAR, WENDELL and BETZ families, as well as the WATTS, JOHNSON, UTZ and SAPPINGTON connections to my paternal STUDEBAKER line, which had been well researched by others. (Regarding the latter surname, I have been heavily involved in the Studebaker Family National Association, which celebrated its 50th year of existence in 2014.)
The research is rewarding, especially when it corrects past errors, fills the gaps in earlier research, or adds previously undocumented members to the family tree. However, a person's existence is made more tangible when I can see one's photograph or, even, gravestone. Thanks to Find A Grave and myriads of local volunteers we have a way of honoring those family members and other loved ones who have gone before us; of preserving and sharing their human existence that they not be forgotten!
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Messages left for Sandra Studebak... (18)[Leave Message]
Nancy (Studebaker) Lucas
Hi Sandra,

Thank you for the info. Would you like me to transfer any/all Studebaker memorials I have posted over to you? I am not related, I just post to help others find their relatives. Just let me know, it will not be a problem.


Awesome lineage!
Added by Cindi on Oct 17, 2015 10:04 PM
RE: Matilda Love Johnson
You are very welcome.
Bob Hubbard
Added by arrowkeeper on Aug 28, 2015 8:32 AM
RE: Reading family
You're very welcome. Yes, it's sad that there are no gravestones on their plot, other than the two Bruce family members.

Added by NLColes on Aug 03, 2015 10:36 AM
Frances Tryon
RE: Calvin R. Johnson
Sorry I missed one of your questions. We do have a map but it is missing information and people. So I have been pulling records together - my information comes from the cemetery registry, funeral records, Gen Web tombstone project, the Parkin collection (1964 transcription) the Washoe County Recorders office records and newspaper obits - Along with family connections.
Added by Frances Tryon on Jul 27, 2015 11:46 PM
Frances Tryon
RE: Calvin R. Johnson
Thank you so much for writing me. The information on Calvin R is from my research. I am currently working on Hillside - research and cleaning. The cemetery is not well taken care of and I think it should be, so I am doing it with a small group of volunteers. We have not -reclaimed this lot as of yet but we are moving that way. I will repost a better photo when we get the wooden marker finished and in place. There are two Calvin Johnson in the lot. So I wanted to be sure I had the correct one - thus Pyramid Mine. Calvin is buried next to his co-worker George Short.
Added by Frances Tryon on Jul 27, 2015 11:35 PM
Bruce Sonner
Major Peter Studabaker

Sorry for the error on the date of birth on Major Peter Studabaker. I would like to transfer management to you for him, to your care, if you wish. He is not related, But I am convinced that he was a friend of my GGGrandfather Mahlon Irey Paxson.Mahlon was a man of some wealth in Wells County, and was, at the time, the largest land owner in Wells County. Both Major Studabecker, and my GGGrandfather marched with General Sherman in his march to the sea. My GGGrandfather built a home just 2 blocks away from their bank across from the courthouse in Bluffton. And I was told that he once owned a cane from the Studebaker Bank. I am certain that Mahlon had a account at the bank, He also raised and bread cattle.
Let me know if you would like me to transfer management to your care. I would be happy to do so, I believe that Find A Grave management should belong to family members!

Best Regards!
Bruce Sonner
Added by Bruce Sonner on Jul 11, 2015 6:16 AM
RE: James M. Studebaker #147809654
The name "Monroe" was in the cemetery office paperwork, and the clerk was gracious enough to volunteer that information as she knows of my interest in genealogy. The brass plate on the small niche states only "James M. Studebaker 1858 - 1937." By far the problem with taking a photo of that niche is that it's in an area where the sun never shines, and there is no artificial light. Less than 10% of the niches at Chapel of Memories have been photographed, due to overwhelming problems with visibility. While I will bring a different camera next time, since the flash I used today could not help at all, it could well be that only a professional-grade flash will do for that location.
Added by Titania on Jun 22, 2015 10:48 PM
RE: James M. Studebaker #147809654
I took several photos, but the location is extremely dark, and none of the photos turned out... so I deleted them. I will try again in a few days. James Studebaker's niche is above a doorway and is unavoidably backlit by the windows in the adjoining room. There is only natural light throughout the Chapel of Memories, and the Cypress room has no windows at is lit up only by the windows in two adjoining rooms. You may get a better photo from a volunteer with a different camera, with a better flash...
Added by Titania on Jun 22, 2015 6:41 PM
James Monroe Studebaker
He is not at Chapel of the Chimes. Please change the location to Chapel of Memories, which is across the street. Exact location: Chapel of Memories, Oakland, Alameda county, California. "Cypress, wall BB, tier 1, niche 4"
Added by Titania on Jun 22, 2015 2:21 PM
Calvin R. Johnson
Hi Sandra, I'm sorry but I don't anything about Calvin. I am not related to him or to your gggrandmother. I do have Johnson heritage, and I am always drawn to Johnson headstones when I see them. Best wishes in finding out more about him.
Best Regards,
Added by BBW on Apr 08, 2015 7:07 PM
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