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RonC (#47535334)
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Bio Photo Genealogy piqued my interest back in the mid-1970s, though I'd always been one who loved listening to stories of yester-
year, enjoyed visiting with aunts, uncles, and cousins, and liked being connected to mem-
bers of my extended family. What started as a hobby quickly became a passion; and in short time, it became an obsession. Fellow family historians will know exactly what that means.

In the nearly four decades which have since passed, I've badgered and bothered scores of wonderful cousins, collected boxes and boxes of 'family notes', tracked our families' roots through four centuries (back to the era of Samuel Champlain), compiled a variety of personal manuscripts and charts, and spent countless hours hunting down family burial sites in cemeteries near and far. My ances-
tral connections are 99% French — mostly 'Acadien' on my dad's side, mostly 'Québe-
cois' on my mom's — with a 1% spattering of English and American Indian.

The late French-Canadien historian Raymond Douville once wrote:
'... it may be impossible to know where we're going — but we can always find out where we've been'.

Documenting one's family history is a reward unto itself. To memorialize those who came before us, as well as family members and friends who were once part of our lives, is a simple yet heartfelt gesture that says: 'You may be gone, but you're not forgotten'.

Special thanks to Jim Tipton, the founder of '', to the good folks who work hard to maintain this website — and to the many volunteer contributors, especially those who go the extra distance to put a smile on someone's face.
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Re Harry B Wright 101296623
Only residents of the National Home are located in Elk's Rest.

The contact info for the National Elks Home is below. The facility was recently sold to a group that manages 'care' facilities. Although they may not answer the phone "Elks Home", they should be able to provide the information you are interested in.

931 Ashland Ave.
Bedford, VA 24523


Cheerful Regards, Bruce

You Wrote:

I'd be curious to know whether he simply requested that he be buried at Elks Rest — or if, in his old age, he had been a resident at the Elks Home (and later died there). Thus far, I've been unable to confirm his place of death.
Added by PictureTaker on May 18, 2014 8:40 AM
Re Harry B Wright 101296623
Hi Ron,

Thanks for Harry's info.

I believe there is conflicting info for Harry. I think the bio info you provided differs from the flower you left for him. Please review his Card number for Lodge 967 and give me an update at your convenience.

I appreciate your help with the Elks!

Cheerful Regards, Bruce

Added by PictureTaker on May 17, 2014 7:28 PM
Northern Neighbors
I will hang onto your info and follow-up at some point. I did add "possbile cenotaph" in the bio and waiting to hear from the other memorial manager. Thanks again :)
Added by Northern Neighbors on May 16, 2014 12:27 PM
Northern Neighbors
Thank you for head's up regarding the two memorials.
One would be a cenotaph. The two memorials should include text links to each other and I sent a link to the other manager with that request.
They may also know which is the cenotaph (I *tend* to believe it is the memorial I created as it is in a family lot but do not know). Thanks again

Added by Northern Neighbors on May 15, 2014 1:49 PM
Michael Ryley Bradbury
RE: re- Juanita Gagnon
Ron, I already submitted the memorial but will delete mine so the relative can post is own. Thanks for letting me know!
Added by Michael Ryley Bradbury on May 02, 2014 8:16 PM
RE: re- Elias Andrew
Hi Ron,

I have to agree with your assessment.

I truly appreciate your effort and help. Thanks very much.

John Plambeck
Added by JPlambeck on Apr 26, 2014 4:35 PM
RE: re- Elias Andrew
Hi Ron,

I have thought for sometime there was another son.

I rechecked my documentation, there is a discrepancy on a birth date for the first known son which had to be rectified in 1867. My theory is that the Charles who is buried with his father was born Mar or Apr 1850 and died before Jul 1860, then that Charles' first name was later used for the next born son.

Would appreciate it if you could see if there a headstone for a Elvira Clarissa 'Clara' Andrew(s) next to them.

Thanks very much.

John Plambeck
Added by JPlambeck on Apr 24, 2014 2:11 PM
Augustus Beebe
Thanks Ron. I deleted my duplicate memorial.
Added by LindaC on Apr 22, 2014 1:24 PM
RE: re- Elias Andrew
Thanks for the photo. I am interested in the son that might be buried with him, so whenever you might have time. I do very much appreciate the effort.


John Plambeck
Added by JPlambeck on Apr 21, 2014 7:14 PM
raymond daly
RE: James & Bridget O'Brien Daly
Ron, thanks so much for the prompt reply and for the information on family members I didn't know I had.
Regarding the situation at St Bernards cemetery, I and another interested party made a project of that a couple of years ago. We copied the pertinent section of the cemetery map and were able to isolate the lot that you referenced. (I have some background as a surveyor.) The person at the cemetery office was surprisingly unhospitable which I attribute to being sick of genealogists snooping about. I did make a formal request to have the graves located by the most veteran caretaker with familiarity of St Bernards and that came to nothing more than marking the lot location. We went so far as to systematically probe the ground to close to a foot deep in case there were any flat stones that had sunk over the years. Nothing.
I am convinced that they were buried with no markers probably due to a lack of funds.
I can take a picture of the lot if you are interested in that.
I live in Cheshire, Ct. email
Added by raymond daly on Dec 11, 2013 3:03 PM
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