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Rich Vance (#47818065)
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I'm originally from Ripley in western New York state. My Vance, Maguire, Messenger and Wright ancestors were from McKean and Warren Counties, PA. My Hopkins, Alday, Rater and Getchell ancestors were from Erie County, PA and Chautauqua County, NY.
I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1993 after
a 22-year career and now reside in Las Vegas.

My Father: Harold Paul Vance
Step-Dad: Arthur James 'Jim' Tustin
Grandpa: Lamont C 'Monty' Vance
Grandma: Genevieve Martha Getchell Vance
Grandpa: Lee Bloss Hopkins
Grandma: Iva Jane Alday Hopkins
Great-Grandma who made it to 100 years:
Nettie Belle Rater Alday

My Profile page in the Find-A-Grave Forums: Lost_Wages

For transfers of memorials I manage,
FIRST please read the FAQs here: Transfers
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial and then click
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For corrections/additional facts for a memorial,
see here: Corrections
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial. Recent changes make it a lot easier to make edits to Dates/Places, Family Links, Name, Plot/GPS location, and Marker Transcription. For Bio info or to notify me of a duplicate, you still need to click "Suggest any other correction or addition".
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Memorial# 13095614
Thanks for letting me know of the duplicate memorial, I did know about the other memorial , I did try to get them merged without any success, im related to her and would love to see them merged also.
Added by Coleman on Apr 30, 2015 4:46 PM
Peg & Lacey
Thanks Rich! My Hopkins were in Illinois. I've tracked us back to Amblet Hopkins (1805-1877) & Nancy Frazier (1820-1901). I am related to Percy Hamilton-Weir. Do you have a connection to him? :)
Added by Peg & Lacey on Apr 24, 2015 10:41 AM
Thomas Brown
RE: Re: David J. Campbell
I have updated the memorial and with the addition of his parents you can see there grave site.
I have a photo of David in uniform when he visited our house probably 1944.
Will get a digital copy made & add to the file.
Thanks for taking care of our military.
Added by Thomas Brown on Apr 23, 2015 11:20 PM
Robin Slater Boyd
RE: Same person 1 right 1 wrong?
Thanks Rich, I uploaded the pic :) Robin
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Apr 21, 2015 6:24 PM
Robin Slater Boyd
Same person 1 right 1 wrong?
Hi Rich I came across an error and wondering how it gets fixed. While taking Pics I came across Janet L. Shunk Daniels 7-28-1956 11-20-2003 There are two listed at NE Cemetery
# 8112715 has the correct date
# 29213635 has the wrong date I do have a clear pic if you would like me to send it to you. Thanks! Robin Slater Boyd
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Apr 21, 2015 5:38 PM
Barbara Goggin Brann
Christ Swanson
Rich, Christ's son Lewis Swanson's death certificate has his father's name as Christopher Swanson, and his mother's name as Matilda Olson. I know that their gravestone's say Christ and Tilda. Do you know if Christ is correct over Christopher?
Added by Barbara Goggin Brann on Apr 19, 2015 9:21 PM
Robin Slater Boyd
Hi Rich
Is there a SAFE way to clean briefly some of the headstones that are really bad before taking pictures. I've google it the ideas I've come across would be deep cleaning :( I just want to make them more readable for others. Guess if nothing else I will take a soft brush to clean some up a bit. Thanks Robin Slater Boyd
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Apr 17, 2015 5:57 PM
Sarah Lane
Grace P Kitchen - deletion of memorial
Hi Rich.
I just found your request in my emails to delete my duplicate memorial for Grace P Kitchen and upload my photo to her original memorial. Thanks for the catch. All taken care of.
Sarah Lane
Added by Sarah Lane on Apr 16, 2015 2:03 PM
No thks for the help....thks again...
Added by NEVER EVER FORGET...... on Apr 03, 2015 8:11 PM
Rev. Dr. Mary
Fr Arthur Cope
Thank you for the transfer of FR. Arthur Cope.
Added by Rev. Dr. Mary on Apr 03, 2015 7:09 PM
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