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Ruth E Hardy (#47781130)
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Bio Photo Some of us have spent 100's, to 1,000's of hours, on our Family Trees. We do it to show respect and for the Love we have for our Ancestors and for the generations' of family members not even born yet, and to share with all. To have this information never lost again. Many of us posted on FAG, due to they promised it would always be a free site. No one should profit, for the man hours given to this site. Most believe this information should be free, and we should not be charged, for the information we have provided.

My photos: These are all 4x6 size, so that prints can be made. These photos are not to be used on any site that charges a membership fee, without my permission. I share them freely and NOT to be used for profit, only to be used on 'free side' of those sites, which FAG shares with. I would appreciate it, if you use these, some acknowledgements be made. I ask only that you follow common courtesy, using ethics of 'giving credit where credit is due'. I will gladly remove photos if you want to post a photo, which is better than mine. I too would love to see what you might have.

I must also follow the ethics of 'giving credit where credit is due'. The following is who came before me, and shared their information with me.

Ruby Lorene Severson (Fortney) married to Ronald William Woodbury (b June 10, 1918) Ronald's father Stephen Lee Woodbury married Florence Blanche Fortney (May 10, 1893-September 4, 1965) Florence's father George William Fortney (October 28, 1865-October 26, 1951) is why she did research on the Fortney Family. She provided my mother with (10 Family Group Sheets going back to William Thomas Fortney (b. 12-22-1812). (Cemetery Notes on an Envelope, by Ruby Woodbury). (Marriage Notes from Court House, Iowa_ Ruby Woodbury_2-Pgs). Ruby also attended the 2nd International Fortney Family Reunion, in Strasburg PA; July 26-27-1986, in which a 68 page book was published. On page 66, William Thomas Fortney (b 1812) Spouse Affiah ? Grant County, WI. Code 2-2-1-3-5. Looking up this code, it was not in this book, as they had no information.

Bessie Violet (Fortney) (10-9-1893-April 22, 1983). Bessie being the oldest child, had an (Invaluable amount of photos, which she named & dated. Some 50 pages of 2-9 up on a page, and 40 loose photos). (She listed how she was related to these relatives, birth dates or death, buried at, spouses, children "Bessie Fortney, Relatives Notes, hand written on 9-25-1953, 4 Pages").

Scott Henry Fortney, my 1st cousin. (His Father Richard Arthur Fortney, Sr. (b Aug. 12, 1926) started Geology on the family in the mid 1980's. Scott, asked my mom to collect the information on our Family's Group Sheets, which she did. He sent things for corrections, and missing information. During my (Scott Henry Fortney) time of living abroad I was fortunate to uncover a lot of information regarding the Fortney's (originally, from the European Palentate Robert Henri Fortenaux) immigration from what is now Belgium, through Dutch Holland and across the ocean via the Loyal Judith through Rhode Island to Massachusetts. Scott did a lot of research. Scott said most regrettably, as our elder generation passes away, so does their history and life experiences that connect us all. I (Ruth Hardy) got the Geology bug from him.

(Bessie's brother--my mother Donna Peckman (Fortney's) father); Me (Ruth Hardy (Peckman) and my cousin (Scott Henry Fortney's) Grandfather, Clay Henry Fortney Sr., (6-11-1989-December 23, 1992) did a huge part in our Family Tree.

I Ruth Hardy (Peckman) started Geology on the family, in the late 1980's.

My mother had an (Invaluable amount of Photos, Obituaries, Prayer Cards, Newspaper Articles, Wedding Invitations, Birth, Death Certificates, Funeral Books, Sympathy cards, & Military Records; she saved everything. Mom & I sat for over a month writing the names on the backs of her photos, some being handed down from her parents, and photos belonging to my REAL father (the one who raised us, feed us from the time I was 2 years old) Herbert Martin Peckman, (6-9-1926-4-26-1992) and his parent's photos. (Not to be confused with the man my mother divorced, the same man who did not pay any child support and abandoned the children he fathered).

I scanned in all these important documents & these photos, cropped them to 1 up, removed the fold marks, scratches, typed names, dates right on the photos, so this information can stay with the photos. Nothing is worse to have a photo of an old couple, and no one knows who it is.

Sisters, Marilyn & Shirley (Fortney) father, my Grandfather's brother: Dorsey Delbert Fortney (February 28, 1903- April 6, 1978) provided (14 pages 3-up=40 each Grave Marker Photos taken in 2005). From: (North Lawn Cemetery, Cooper TWP, Webster County, North of Oakland and Corpus Christi, Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Primitive Methodist Church Cemetery, Smelser TWP, Grant County, Big Patch, WI) (Otho Cemetery, Iowa) (Washington Memorial Park Cemetery, Seattle, WA). They made some suggestions from My Family Tree.

I also must thank my new FAG friends Bruce Fortney, Vickie Boechler (Potter), & Gail Wenhardt, they have been invaluable to me in helping me with FAG, and working together to make sure our facts are correct. The Web links Bruce has provided me, will last me 20 or more years. They have provided so much information to this site, and are just the best people; I have had the pleasure of meeting. Others I have been in contact with are also just wonderful on this site
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Margaret Gadway Summers
Thank you Ruth for posting pictures of my 2 Great Grandmother. she is buried in Rose City Cemetery and there is a picture of her tombstone under Margaret Summers. I dont know how I am related to you but I was excited to see the pictures. My great Grandmother is Francis Willetta Summers and my Grandmother is Goldie Ione Campbell.

Thank you - Lisa

Birth: 1849
Death: 1927

Rose City Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Added by Smurf on Jul 18, 2015 1:32 AM
Williams Family
Hi Ruth,
Wow, amazing to see the photos you have posted on the Williams and associated families. Have emailed you at your email address, would love to hear from you if you get a chance. Have a great day! Narelle, South Australia.
Added by Kearsen on Jul 27, 2014 3:01 PM
High Plains
RE: Marker Photo?
Hi Ruth,

I did add the cemetery plot but I do not have a photo. Sorry!

Best wishes,
High Plains :)
Added by High Plains on Oct 28, 2013 2:19 PM
Cathy Dayton
Roderick White
Hello!! I have transferred Roderick's memorial to you and have also added photo's of his stone.

If you need anything else, please let me know. Thanks!!

Cathy :)

Added by Cathy Dayton on Oct 22, 2013 5:41 AM
Cathy Dayton
RE: Thank You for Transferring ownership
Hi!! I will check my photos and see if I have a photo for Roderick and I will get that posted for you.

Cleaning houses?? Nope, can't say that I do. I try to clean mine, but I have three little people that are right behind me messing it up again!! LOL!! Cleaning the stones is a lot easier.

Added by Cathy Dayton on Oct 20, 2013 8:49 AM
Vickie Potter-Boechler
Welcome to more family history
Great to work with you Ruth!! You got us all fired up this summer and we have made the tree even better. I am more than just Find A Grave- Mary Ann Fortney was my great aunt and I have Effiah's bible (married to William Thomas Fortney). She listed all the family names and DOBs in this bible. I also have David Fortney's eyeglasses (married Isabelle Todd, Mary Ann Fortney's eyeglasses and her bible. I have Mary Ann's complete set of china plus several original documents and Fortney family pictures from Ft Dodge that she had. I have been working on the Fortney tree for about 6 years now.
Its only thru sharing that we can connect and learn from each other in this huge community on earth. I enjoy working with people like yourself that are open, honest and ethical. Here's to more adventures!
Vickie Potter-Boechler
Added by Vickie Potter-Boechler on Oct 08, 2013 5:07 PM
RE: Thank You so Much
Thank you for the kind words. Have a great evening!
Added by Graves on Sep 24, 2013 5:16 PM
Gail Wenhardt
RE: Thank You so Much
Washington Fortney was a father-in-law of a grand uncle.
Jessie Mae Laird was my grandfather, her brother Carl married Muriel May Fortney (her father was Washington Fortney).
There are a lot of people with Fortney interests that I have been in touch with. I made the changes on the memorial (took off Carl and added Eva).
Walter and Pearl - they must have died early on.

Can't wait to see what you add.
Added by Gail Wenhardt on Sep 03, 2013 2:44 PM
Gail Wenhardt
RE: Thank You so Much
You're welcome and good luck with your searches. I, too, have a lot of relatives in that graveyard. Another fellow collaborated with me, and my cousin lives in Otho and used to keep the cemetery records and she was a gem with help.

Have a good day!
Added by Gail Wenhardt on Sep 03, 2013 1:37 PM

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