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Ralph Brown (#48194949)
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Bio Photo I grew up in Henry County, Iowa, and have been tracing our family roots for more than 50 years. Searches throughout cemeteries in southeast Iowa, and in other states have yielded invaluable family information. Nineteen of my direct ancestors lie at rest in the Cedar Creek Cemetery in Henry County. My Dad was Secretary-Treasurer of Cedar Creek Cemetery from 1976 to 2004.

Sometimes the unexpected can be found walking through cemeteries. Nearly thirty years ago, when my family first went to the Dover Pioneer Cemetery north of Donnellson to look for the graves of my great-great grandparents Michael and Esther (Russel) Mogel, we could not find a stone. But, there was a large stone lying flat upside down. With the help of my brother's tractor the stone was uprighted, and we saw it was the one we were looking for. It is the stone pictured above in 2013.

My great-great-great-great grandparents Stephen and Margaret (Thornburgh) Hockett were among the Quakers who first settled in the Salem area of Henry County in 1837. All sixteen of my great-great grandparents were living in Henry or Lee Counties, Iowa, by the mid-1850s.

The surnames of my sixteen great-great grandparents are Brown, Lamm, Harshbarger, Heck, Smith, Thomas, Frazer, Hockett, Moyle, Fegan, Barnes, Toothaker, Mogel, Russel, Wright, and Metzger.

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Josiah and Sarah Smith
Hi Ralph - I have transferred these two memorials to you : ) Josiah and Sarah's granddaughter, Carrie (1888-1988) married my relative, Robert Clark, and that is how I am connected, so it is quite remote for me.
Added by Calcat on Dec 02, 2016 3:19 AM
Sarah (Pitts) Smith
Hi Ralph - Is Sarah a relative of yours? If so, let me know if you would like to manage her memorial. I added the information you sent, by the way. Thank you : )
Added by Calcat on Dec 01, 2016 12:18 AM
Van Carter
RE: John Moxley
So between us we did some good. That guy was a great uncle of mine on my great great gradnmothers side. My Dad grew up in Hillsboro and I grew up in Mt. P. I'm now in Sioux Falls. Have a good Thanksgiving.
Added by Van Carter on Nov 23, 2016 8:10 PM
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August Hotz
Happy to add bio for August.
Added by SD researcher on Nov 01, 2016 9:55 AM
SD researcher
Completed your data for John Hotz and others. Thanks
Added by SD researcher on Oct 14, 2016 1:12 PM
Kevin Handy
Mogels and Descendents
Hello - I am Kevin Michael Handy. My grandmother Mary Ellen Rummler St. Clair Palmer was the daughter of Martha Ellen Rummler St. Clair. Martha was the daughter of Elizabeth ("Eliza") Mogle and Elias Rumler. Aside from being husband and wife, Michael Mogle and Johann ("John") Rumler b. 1777 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, drove a team of horses and wagon over the Allegheny mountains and the two took staked claims in the new West in 1820. They were the first non-native people in Wood County. The families married, some prospered and scattered to the four winds. I want to understand how Valentin Mogel or Mogle or Mochel suddenly appears on a ship from Germany, lands in Philadelphia and then ends up eventually in Berks County. Valentin Sr. is a mystery to me. One other thing that stupefies is the Lutheran practice of family names - I speak fluent German - still the naming practices confound me sometimes. Was Valentin "Johann Valentin"?
Added by Kevin Handy on Jun 17, 2016 9:58 AM
Jeffrey Jobe
RE: Davis gravestone
You're most welcome Ralph!

Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Best regards,
Jeff Jobe
Added by Jeffrey Jobe on Dec 12, 2015 5:28 AM
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Siney Clark Cutler
Please contact me re: Clark family and siblings of Siney.

Susan Newman AKA Sunflower Girl
Added by Sunflower Girl on Oct 27, 2015 2:15 PM
Gina Mooney
RE: Swanson and Price Gravestones
It was my pleasure, Ralph. Take care.
Added by Gina Mooney on Oct 17, 2015 5:27 PM
Hi Ralph, I added the obits that you sent me to Harold and Vera's memorials.

Added by Pat on Oct 12, 2015 10:51 AM
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