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John Schmeeckle (#47662529)
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Bio Photo I discovered my grandmother's ancestor, Captain Prince Tobey, at the age of 10, and in the following months found a Mayflower ancestry for his wife, confirming a garbled family legend. Since then I've traced both my parents' ancestries back to both the Mayflower and to colonial Virginia. Recently I discovered that I can correct errors and add brief biographical sketches to my ancestors' Find a Grave memorial pages and add links between family members; that should keep me busy for a while.

I have a Master's Degree in History. While in graduate school, I stumbled across the official 1776 definition of "happiness," as used in the Declaration of Independence. In my master's thesis, I trace the 2000-year-old "family tree" of the Declaration. A summary of my thesis is online at
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Bruce W. Miller (varkaard)
RE: Horlacher
Always glad to help keep things straight.
Added by Bruce W. Miller (varkaard... on Mar 24, 2015 7:39 PM
C & N Rasmussen
Jonathan Delano

Thanks for the heads-up: I had no idea!

Unfortunately, I cannot remove any photos that I have not placed on the memorials I mangage(don't ask me why). I have to request through Find A Grave that the "image" be removed. I guarantee that I will contact them immediately.

Thanks for bring this to my attention!
Added by C & N Rasmussen on Aug 30, 2014 6:17 PM
Albert Schmeeckle- Nebraska
Hello John,
Of course you can use the photo of Albert's stone. I would be honored. Good luck with your search!

Barb (weston04)
Added by weston04 on Aug 05, 2014 9:13 AM
Gina Florentine
Heineriche Schmeeckle
Hello John,

I have transferred this memorial to you, I hope that you can merge the two because there's good information on them, and my picture on the other. How interesting about your family tree. Hope you can tie all the loose ends together.

Added by Gina Florentine on Aug 03, 2014 9:30 PM
Pat D.
Egner info
From Pat D.
I emailed 2 cemetery pages to you and a note. Let me know if you get this. (I sent it to the wrong email address yesterday). Just use my email address. Pat D.
Added by Pat D. on Jul 26, 2014 7:23 PM
Pat D.
RE: Egner transfers
Sent along those transfers for you. Pat D.
Added by Pat D. on Jul 26, 2014 7:12 PM
Howard A Sutherland
William Drake
Regarding William Drake's memorial, I created the memorial and added photos of his headstone but do not recall adding links to his family. I can only surmise that someone else has added these links. If these links are not correct then they should be deleted.
Added by Howard A Sutherland on Jun 30, 2014 12:59 PM
John Adam's parentage
Hello John:
Thanks so much for your input - I have changed both my memorials to reflect your suggestions and also viewed your family tree work.

I notice it is changed, almost daily, by the Tree's various contributors. The problem I find with sources (that old) is that most disagree, even though they are from "professional" historians and genealogists.

Grave location is primary on this site and it is an added bonus & wonderful to "get it right" on the parentage...I should have noted when it was "speculation" - I appreciate your work and help.
Cheers~ Shirleen
Added by history4sure on Jun 12, 2014 2:59 PM
John Davis
RE: false William Davis information

Thank you for this information. I am travelling this week and will follow up when I return home. Most of my Pittsylvania Davis information is based on the comprehensive research performed in the early 1960s by my grandmother's first cousin, William Brunell "Buck" Sours (born 1895 to Mary Nannie Davis Sours) His work was all based on primary documents and personal interviews. He compiled several volumes on his Davis and associated family ancestry. I would be glad to share it with you.


John Davis
Added by John Davis on Jun 10, 2014 9:14 AM
the moo
RE: photo permission request
Feel free to use any of my Find A Grave photos as long as you credit each one as "photographed by Meredith Davies."

Added by the moo on Dec 09, 2013 6:15 AM
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