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BOKR1958 (#47663853)
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Bio Photo I am a Pennsylvania native whose first immigrant families were among the earliest settlers of Penn's Woods. My first German ancestors were Krefelders, arriving in Philadelphia aboard the Concord in 1683 and other later ships. They were followed by my original Irish ancestors from County Donegal in the mid-1700s. Coincidentally, all of my great-grandparents and grandparents would grow up in the Germantown, West Philadelphia and Frankford sections of the city, some within blocks of each other. My parents grew up on the outskirts, and they raised us in the and then raised us in the Montgomery and Bucks County suburbs.

I am the one who traveled. Serving our nation for 20 years on active duty as an Army officer, and then another decade as a defense contractor, I came home to PA and retired in Lancaster County. Now, I work locally in the renewable energy and sustainability sector, and I am active in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, MOAA, the VFW, and also St Peter's Lutheran Church.

My sons and grandchildren live in Denver, Colorado, and my daughters live here in Lancaster County. My parents and siblings, and their families, live in Bucks, Montgomery and Northampton Counties.

Through the collaborative efforts of many family members, close and distant, in sharing original sources, and ultimately contributing DNA for analysis, we have opened doors we did not know existed. Our efforts continue to chart a fascinating, revealing, surprising, and rewarding journey.

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Thomas Burke Headstone
You uploaded a military headstone for Thomas Burke in Mount Moriah Cemetery, do you by chance remember what section and lot that was in. Thanks.

Added by KWB2057 on Jan 11, 2015 12:22 PM
future photo requests
I'll be sure to keep you in take extraordinary photos :-) Keep up the great work :-)
Added by J_A_nyce on Nov 21, 2014 11:59 AM
Jacob Shimp
Thanks so much!!! I'd love to connect if you are related :-)
Added by J_A_nyce on Nov 20, 2014 8:33 PM
Jacob Shimp # 90344913
Surely it is more than fair and equitable!! You will notice that Henry F is included with Regina Fry Shimp's memorial as her son. Ken has linked him to your memorial for his father, so he has been apprised to link him to mine. I don't have control over that part. Another member, Lostnfog noticed that yesterday as well. Blessings :-)
Added by J_A_nyce on Nov 14, 2014 8:03 PM
Jacob Shimp Memorial # 90344913
Hello, your memorial is a duplicate of
# 60359604 created in 2010. If you'd care to merge or share info I'd be happy to do that :-)


Added by J_A_nyce on Nov 13, 2014 4:56 PM
Billy Walker
Corp. John Rock Memorial# 55503591
Thank you for finding and posting the picture of Corp. John Rock's tombstone in the Lancaster Cemetery. Could you tell if this was an actual grave marker or a cenotaph erected by the family to honor his memory? His military biography says he was killed or taken prisoner in Virginia and never heard from again. The inscription is hard to make out in the photograph. Thank you again for all your effort -and for being a findagrave volunteer, I am very happy to see the tombstone!
Added by Billy Walker on May 29, 2013 12:26 PM
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Daniel Clemmens
Thank you for taking and adding the photo!
Added by Military Mom on May 19, 2013 6:14 PM
Marks Bealler

Thank you for answering my request for a photo of the stone of Marks/Max Bealler. I really appreciate it. It is a shame that the stone has deteriorated so much.
Best Regards from Germany,
Added by bkvf_de on Feb 17, 2013 1:58 AM
Susan Carey
Grave Photos
Thank you so very much for taking the grave photos. I really appreciate it!
Added by Susan Carey on Feb 16, 2013 4:49 PM
Lawrence Wainer
Photo Request Done
Thanks for your timely completion of the photo request for my father's cousin Melvin.
Added by Lawrence Wainer on Dec 28, 2012 6:56 PM
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