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David (#47319474)
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Bio Photo I live in western Michigan, was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania, and have many kin who live in Virginia. I tend to be obsessed with this genealogical hobby of mine and have been doing it for many years.

My wife (#47319613)and I have taken tens of thousands of photos. We also have many memorials. We often go out and photograph entire cemeteries. However, she is the one who does the hard work of uploading the vast majority of the photos to Find A Grave. We do all of this hoping that our work will assist someone in locating either a lost ancestor or being able to view for the first time the headstone of a known one. When possible we try to take pictures of headstones in context, i.e. we also include a picture of the lot in which the person is buried. This can be very helpful for researchers in identifying others who are related. We have had several favorable comments regarding this in the past.

I generally use my site for either my ancestors or for doing pet projects. I have many memorials and links up for my northern roots-my Burns, Kleckner, Stull, Woodring, Wright ancestors and their descendants. I would welcome any contact from my Burns relatives, as I am unable to trace them back beyond 1780. John Burns is my earliest known ancestor. My southern ancestral roots, most of whom ended up in Grayson County, Virginia, include Halsey, Hash, Anderson, Cobb, Comer, Cornett, Lane, Parks, Rutherford, Ward, Phipps, and Sutherland, to name a few.

Since my ancestors were early Grayson settlers, I find I am related to many of those who live there, especially in the Independence-New river Area.

Feel free to use the photos I have taken and uploaded. I only ask that you give me credit as their source.
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Rick Platt
RE: Nicholas Stull (# 99863282)
Got it! Thanks.
Added by Rick Platt on May 02, 2016 7:16 PM
Steve Lusk
Thomas Benedict (1641-1688)
You are managing Thomas Benedict's memorial (#7593733). Do you have any other information? this seems to closely match Thomas Benedict, II (also 1641-1688 and memorial #33739144). I have a pretty extensive database of Benedicts (I am a direct relative of the line), but I only 1 Thomas born in 1641 and dying in 1688.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Steve Lusk (#48294278)
Added by Steve Lusk on Mar 17, 2016 11:53 AM
💞Deborah Zimmerman McCoy💞
RE: Hello
Hi Cuz, You were right! I had no clue who Scout is. So I was trying to figure it out. Of course you can use my photo in your tree. I wish someone in the family had a photo of Tom Hash. I see you have Parks in your family as well. My maternal great grandmother name was Ollie Beatrice Parks born in Grayson to Rilla (not sure of spelling) Parks no father listed.
Added by 💞Deborah Zimmerma... on Dec 07, 2015 8:55 AM
Tina Adams
RE: John Granger
Photos of the monument of Harriet Granger wife of John were posted as well.

Added by Tina Adams on Nov 26, 2015 8:02 PM
Rich Kreiss
RE: Missouri Lane Anderson
No problem, David. Send her back if you ever get tired of managing her memorial.
Added by Rich Kreiss on Nov 23, 2015 2:29 PM
Rich Kreiss
Never mind the previous posting
David - When you sponsored the memorial I automatically received a copy of the memorial. Yes, she is related to me through her mother (Parks) but I decided to transfer her to you since you were kind enough to sponsor her memorial. I have thousands of memorials that I would transfer in a heartbeat but I rarely ever transfer a known relative.

Added by Rich Kreiss on Nov 23, 2015 12:43 PM
Rich Kreiss
RE: Missouri Callie Lane Anderson (# 20384683)
Dave - The transfer may not be a problem. Please go to her memorial and click the "EDIT" tab at the top and then click "Suggest a Correction, etc." Close by clicking the "Send" tab once at the bottom. That way I'll automatically get the memorial with your contributor number included which will make it much easier to do a transfer. Btw, her name sounds vaguely familiar to me and I'll be able to distinguish then if she is a distant relative of mine and I'll let you know.
Added by Rich Kreiss on Nov 23, 2015 12:36 PM
Shana Greer
RE: Robert Halsey 97792032
Hi David,

Yes. I am. Would you be willing to correspond with me as to my line? I am having a difficult time confirming one specific connection.

Added by Shana Greer on Nov 19, 2015 6:13 AM
Shana Greer
RE: Robert Halsey 97792032

Thank you for clarifying the source(s) for me. I knew there were a few errors in my line, yet I hadn't found the book you mention (just found it). Thank you for directing me!


Added by Shana Greer on Nov 18, 2015 2:11 PM
Shana Greer
Robert Halsey 97792032
Hi David,

Was reading through your memorial for Robert. According to other sources, specifically "Thomas Halsey of Hertfordshire, England, and Southampton, Long Island, 1591-1679" Robert died in 1618.

Except from the book.
John Halsey of the Parsonage is mentioned in 1512 as witness to a deed now belonging to Thomas Frederick Halsey. In a lease of the Rectory, dated March 20th, 1520, he is named as the father of William Halsey.

William Halsey, son of John of the Parsonage, executed his will on May 14th, 1546. It was proved on July 2nd of the same year and mentions his wife Alice, whose will, dated August 28th, 1557, was proved on December 2nd of that year.

William Halsey, the second son of William and Alice, is mentioned in the will of each parent, and was buried at Great Gaddesden May 16th, 1596. His wife was Anne, whom he married at Great Gaddesden on December 3d, 1559. His will is dated January 21st, 1596, and was proved in the following June.

Robert Halsey, the third son of William and Anne, married Dorothy, daughter of William Downes, of Linslade,Buckinghamshire. He was buried at Great Gaddesden on October 12th, 1618. His will, dated October 5th, was proved on November 4th of the same year. His wife was buried on September 23d, 1620, and her will was proved at St. Albans.

Thomas Halsey, our Puritan ancestor, was the fourth son of Robert and Dorothy, whose children were fourteen in number.

Wondering if there is another source that can confirm your information on the memorial as death being 1610.

Added by Shana Greer on Nov 17, 2015 11:44 AM
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