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rodney2k (#47568728)
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I am originally from North Carolina, but after 23 years in the U.S. Air Force I retired from Langley AFB in Virginia and settled there. It took about 16 years of living in or temporary duty in places like Texas, Colorado, California, Germany, Missouri, Alaska, Arizona, and Jordan to be stationed on the East coast.

When my daughters were in elementary school they had a small genealogy project and I was embarrassed that I could not help them with my family tree. About 5 years ago I started doing research and what I learned in a fairly short period of time hooked me for life. Of the Johnson line my 2nd Great Grandfather was in the Civil War; his father - my 3rd Great Grandfather was in the War of 1812; and his father - my 4th Great Grandfather found himself in the Revolutionary War a short time after arriving from Scotland. If and when I have Grandchildren I can't wait to tell them where they are from!

I got hooked on Find-A-Grave when I discovered a picture of a grave marker that some kind member of Find-A-Grave had input for the brother of my grandfather that died in the Civil War (both brothers served together). I started chasing my ancestors down recording their graves, and slowly branched off to photographing entire cemeteries in order to give back to others.

You may use pictures that I have added to Find-A-Grave freely without having to contact me, I do ask that credit be given to me if the pictures are used anywhere else. I feel that is the right thing to do.

If you'd like me to fix any of the records that I maintain ... please click on the "Edit" button on the top right of the record, click on "Suggest a Correction" .. Enter your note and/or correction and I'll fix them as quickly as possible.

When requesting a transfer use the edit tab on the memorial and follow the below from F-A-G. Or the request will be ignored.

From F-A-G, "Explain your relationship in the request! Any non-direct relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) are not required to be transferred. Keep in mind that the original contributor may also be related to the memorial and may not make the transfer. Bulk surname requests should not be made."

Remember to give back to Find-A-Grave, because the item you provide may be the missing link for someone else!
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Susan Carola
Thank you!
Rodney, I was delighted to see the markers for my Uncle Bill Hricinak and his wife and in-laws! You do such a service for us all! It is especially crucial that we have dedicated folks like you when a National cemetery is concerned as these veterans are frequently interred far away from their homes and families. I will sing your praises when I add the photos to my trees on Ancestry.
Added by Susan Carola on Oct 29, 2014 9:44 AM
Dawn Stewart
Hampton National Cemetery
Are you all still adding photos to Hampton National? I remember Ron saying he was done, but noticed you added a picture on a memorial I just added 2 days ago. Just curious.
Added by Dawn Stewart on Jun 16, 2014 10:27 AM
Rosanna Bencoach
Thank you!
Thank you for the photo of my grandmother's stone in the Hampton Veteran's Cemetery. Funny thing is, the stone says she served in the US Air Force in WWII, and the story she always told us was that she served in the WAAC - Women's Army Auxiliary Corps - before "Auxiliary" was removed and they became the WACs. Her last husband, who she is buried with, did serve in the Air Force. When she was in her last days and being cared for at the Hampton VA Hospital, on visits we heard staff who didn't know her name refer to her as "the woman" on the floor, because she was the only one there at that time. Thanks for all you do!
Added by Rosanna Bencoach on Jun 04, 2014 3:08 PM
Jan Dishon
Clifford Linn
Thanks for transfer of Clifford's memorial.
Added by Jan Dishon on Apr 29, 2014 7:26 AM
RE: Charles A. Staples # 17221826
I really believe I am correct, and just don't see how I could be off. :-Z

1860 United States Federal Census about Charles A Staples
Name: Charles A Staples
Age in 1860: 15
Birth Year: abt 1845
Birthplace: Rhode Island
Home in 1860: Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island
Gender: Male
Post Office: Woonsocket
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry N Staples 38
Phila Staples 43
Charles A Staples 15
Joseph Staples 13
Mary E Staples 8
Sidney M Staples 4
Added by CherylMD on Apr 25, 2014 11:52 AM
RE: Charles A. Staples # 17221826
I appreciate you sharing the knowledge and most especially the tips, etc. You're putting an enormous amount of loving care in seeing than honor is paid to these men.

Would you please check out this link. I really believe it is Charles's father.

U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 about Henry N Staples - you'll note it is a transcription error where he's listed as "N" and then "M"

Thanks for your time,
Cheryl Dawson
Rhode Island
Added by CherylMD on Apr 25, 2014 9:03 AM
Thomas Marks (1820-1865)
Hello Rodney,

Thanks so much for your note about his grave being Exhumed from New Bern National Cemetery and reinterred in Cedar Grove Cemetery, New Bern, NC.

I saw the Interment Control Form with the note over on Ancestry.

The original memorial page (in New Bern) was set up, and is still controlled by US Veterans Affairs.

I went ahead and set up a new memorial page over at Cedar Grove and requested a photo ... that way we can ask them to move it, once we're sure he's there.

Thanks again for all of your help,

Added by Tavenner on Mar 13, 2014 6:15 PM
Marcia Lynne vonGunden
Hello again Rodney,
Thank you for your generosity in transferring Dora Lee Boles Allen to my care. I have successfully connected her with family and siblings. As I receive more information, I will add it to Our shared memorial.
With sincerest appreciation,
# 47059326
I did know that her sister's name was Bessie and not Ressie. I just thought if you transferred her to me I would change it then. I am sorry, I guess I would have saved you time if I had told you that information earlier.
Added by Marcia Lynne vonGunden on Feb 24, 2014 5:15 PM
RE: George Hampton
my mistake.
his father was William Walker Hampton # 41538940
Added by deegraver on Feb 24, 2014 11:33 AM
All In The Family-Poetj
William S. Miller
Thanks for the speedy transfer of the memorial for my 2xgreat uncle, and your contributions to the Find A Grave Community!
Added by All In The Family-Poetj on Feb 04, 2014 11:52 AM
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