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Robert Downen (#47653808)
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I have been a family history hobbyist for about 40 years, since college days. Interest in, and respect for my ancestors and their accomplishments are what inspire my research. I believe those of us privileged to inherit a good name, and a family legacy of achievement in face of adversity, have an obligation to pass that legacy -- and its positive example -- on to our own descendants. And I believe we do our descendants a personal favor in preserving the names, information, and faces of those who have gone before, so they may have an appreciation of their sturdy roots and become inspired by it.

Family names I research include: Downen, Valentin, Klope, Moses White, Crocker, Keller (Southern IL); and Branstetter, Gilbert, Hargrove, Crider (Southern MO)
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Paul Hoyt
RE: Valentine Family
Thanks Bob
Added by Paul Hoyt on Oct 17, 2014 9:54 AM
Paul Hoyt
RE: Mary Skidmore Keller
You're welcome Robert!
Added by Paul Hoyt on Sep 06, 2014 1:07 PM
Paul Hoyt
Sarah Catherine Ralston Keller
Hi Robert - Check out memorial # 135490197 - we found this nice grave stone in another Jones Cemetery. I made a memorial for her, but the name haunted me and I finally figured out what it was. So - I'm prepared to transfer the above memorial to you, or if you'd prefer, you can move your Sarah (81227144) to the Jones - Bradley Township Cemetery and I'll delete 135490197 and post my pictures to your moved memorial. Moving your memorial would be easier for you - my pictures are in front of me. I'll let you decide. Sarah shares a gravestone with another wife of P.P. Keller - Mary B. Keller (135489739). I'll transfer Mary's memorial too, if you have an interest in her.

Best wishes,
Paul Hoyt
Added by Paul Hoyt on Sep 06, 2014 1:42 AM
Celese Moore Dodge
Ruth Downen
Hello Robert,

Are you the Robert Downen who wrote the book, with the help of other descendants, "History of the Downen Family 1777 to 1970 Compiled By The Descendants of Timothy Downen"? By the way I have learn some more on my family. If so I am the 3rd great granddaughter of Ruth Downen daughter of Josiah Downen, Jr. If you want to know some of the descendents of Ruth Downen please email me at

Added by Celese Moore Dodge on Sep 02, 2014 7:09 AM
Josiah Gilbert
I am a descendant of Josiah Gilbert. Can you tell me where you got the info for your memorial that Josiah had served in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and participated in the battle at Lexington and Concord? I remember reading a handwritten note in a long lost family bible that Josiah was a Private in the Revolutionary War and that he married a Lois Brooks at Fort Tichonderoga in New York.
Since other members of the Gilbert family were Loyalists and caused a major breakup of the family tree. I underwent DNA testing to prove that Josiah was NOT Scotch but rather was part of the English Thomas Gilbert of Braintree, Mass line which descended from Richard Gilbert of Yardley England, born 1550. See Jane Gilbert's Genealogy web page.
Added by Gustavus on Aug 20, 2014 10:58 PM
Charles Branstetter
I am not a descendant of Charles. His wife, Margaret Ann Crider, is my 1st cousin 4 times removed.

Added by Tony on Jul 27, 2014 11:03 PM
Sandy Vandertol
RE: Hargrove Memorials
I know what you mean about seeing the graves. I was moved just by seeing my great grandfather's headstone too and I never met the man. I tried to do a little research on your family last night and was right in the middle of tracking down more of the kids and all the power went out in my neighborhood. It was 2 AM (I'm a night owl) so I thought I might as well go to bed and transfer them to you this morning. You can do more research and linking now. :)
Added by Sandy Vandertol on Jul 25, 2014 9:50 AM
Paul Hoyt
RE: Thank You
You're welcome Robert. We probed all around the entire cemetery - it's not a big area - and found one fallen stone, but it was not Sarah Keller's. There is a very large base in the extreme southwest corner of the cemetery, that is lying on it's side, and I was certain that we'd find the top that matched it, but no luck. The base must be a 30 inch square cube, so the top would have been massive. Where did that thing go? We poked all around the overturned base and found nothing but soft soil. It's a mystery. It's possible that the base is part of Sarah's monument, since we found every other grave on the list, plus John W. Jones. But the top is missing, and without it we'll never know for sure who it belongs to. I wish I had photographed that huge base, and I may return and do that.

Best wishes,
Paul Hoyt
Added by Paul Hoyt on Apr 30, 2014 1:07 PM
Cecil Saul
Jones Farm Cemetery
Can you possibly confirm the burial of Jacob Youngman in Jones Cemetery? Details in Email from Carolynn Keitzer on my contributor page. You seem to be the only possible source of info on this cemetery. Thanks
Added by Cecil Saul on Dec 30, 2013 8:35 PM
Kelly Jane O
RE: Susan Norman Photo-Spartanburg, SC
You are very welcome! I usually find great stories/photos for others while looking for something else and try to share them. Glad I could help! Kelly Jane O'Hara, Greer, SC
Added by Kelly Jane O on Aug 10, 2012 4:05 AM
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