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Jackie Lynn Bell - The Jipsea Dreamer (#48022023)
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Bio Photo I am a homeschooling (unschooling) parent that will be spending two years (From Aug 2013) traveling America as part of a homeschooling project for my 8 year old.

Our first 6 months will be along the old Route 66 "Mother Road" so if you have kin buried along the way and know the map directions to the cemetery, I will be happy to hunt your family down.

Until then, My daughter and I get away as much as possible and visit many cemeteries in search of history and a story.

We now keep a pocket full of pennies when we enter a graveyard, for "Our Fallen Heroes". SEE STORY FURTHER BELOW.


I am NOT related to most of my entries, but hope I am able to help someone else out as I visit gravesites across America. I have added local cemetery gravesites in Virginia as well as cities I visit. I NO LONGER ADD OBITUARIES FROM NEWSPAPERS AS OF JAN 21, 2013. Headstone photos added by me ARE ALL MY OWN PICTURES.

If you have any information I could add to ANYBODY I manage, please feel free to e-mail it to me so I can add it.

TRANSFER REQUESTS: I am happy to transfer any memorial outside of my family, if you are a DIRECT decendant as per FINDAGRAVE rules. You may also ask me to update any memorial, just e-mail/message me the information or photo (that you own the rights to) and I will be glad to do that too.

Making My Dreams a reality.....

JipSea Dreamer - AKA Jackie Lynn Bell



While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.


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Rebecca Lee Henderson
She is buried in the Sunny Slope Cemetery, West Point, VA along with her husband and parents. Do you by chance have an obit for her that gives her death date? Google search is not turning anything up
Added by Carter on May 14, 2014 6:24 AM
Cheryse Glenn-Jones
Veronica Fields
Good afternoon.. back in May I notified the cemetery tht my Mothers dob was incorrect it shows Jan 4 1944 & it should May 2 1944. Can this please be fixed?
Added by Cheryse Glenn-Jones on Jul 18, 2013 2:12 PM
Rose Chandler Royals
Thank you
Thank you for the information on the coins. I have never ran accross them, but will be looking for them. Quite interesting.
Added by Rose Chandler Royals on Apr 27, 2013 6:47 PM
Rose Berendes
Photo requests in the Oxford WI area
Hi Jackie, I see you have a number of photo requests in my immediate area of Oxford, WI. I will gladly take photos for you in the spring. We have had a fair amount of snow on the ground for several months now,so it is hard to get around. I haven't claimed any of them as I know the claim can't be filled within the 14 days that are allotted. I'll be back in touch when things warm up!
Added by Rose Berendes on Feb 15, 2013 3:02 PM
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Harry Lucas
I have transferred your grandfather to your care. Welcome to Find A Grave.

Added by El Memorializer on Jan 16, 2013 12:56 PM

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