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Wayne Bollin (#46857788)
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Bio Photo I enjoy researching family history, and looking up ancestors graves. Some of the surnames in my family are Bollin, Meister, Hopp, Longwell, Hughes, Martin, Jones, Teeter, Rodgers, Young. If you have any questions regarding the graves I have posted, or a family history question, don't hesitate to email me at

Everyone is welcome to use my research, and photo's, for your genealogy. If you find any errors in dates or spellings, I will be happy to make corrections.
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Jim & Chris
RE: Minnie Hughes Blankenship FAG # 55721765
Thanks so very much for your help in verifying data for Minnie and Edward! It is amazing what family secrets can be unlocked when doing research.....certain things were never ever spoken of back then.

Have a great summer.
Jim & Chris
Added by Jim & Chris on Jun 09, 2017 12:04 PM
Jim & Chris
Minnie Hughes Blankenship FAG # 55721765

Do you happen to know what Blankenship Minnie P. Hughes was married to and when? Iíve just discovered in my husbandís family, his maternal great grandfatherís death record which shows a spouse of Minnie Hughes Blankenship. His first wifeís death date is 1924, so am guessing the remarriage is after that but unable to locate any records to validate it. The other name listed on the record for Edward Harvey Blankenship, death date 1940, is Mamie Black, who is one of his daughters with his first wife. I do have an old family genealogy record but there is absolutely nothing in there about a 2nd marriage for him.

Your Find A Grave memorial for Minnie states she was a 1st cousin to your grandmother.

Any help would be sincerely appreciated. Edward and his 1st wife are buried in the same cemetery.

Here is the link to Family Search for Edward H. Blankenship / in case you need any clarification.
The death record is also attached.

Jim & Chris
Added by Jim & Chris on Jun 05, 2017 1:58 PM
jane austin
RE: Vernon Halstrom 152006079
Okay. I'm going to go ahead and decline the edit then. The notes of explanation don't seem to be working, so don't be shocked. :)

Added by jane austin on Feb 16, 2017 9:14 AM
jane austin
Vernon Halstrom 152006079
Hi, Wayne,

Do you have a rank to replace Sgt Halstrom's? Or a source? His rank came in as an edit, but I have nothing to refute it. I'm unwilling to just remove it or bust him to Private without some documentation. ;)

Added by jane austin on Feb 16, 2017 7:40 AM
RE: Elise Carlson Ahlgren
All yours
Added by ProgBase on Sep 24, 2016 11:24 AM
jane austin
RE: William Jones and family
Okay. Thank you! That ties it all up nicely with a bow on top. I have not run the family through Ancestry, but it looks as if you have. Since the family did not seem to place a lot of stock in sticking together to face resurrection day (which many here did), I'm thinking that Daniel must surely be in Sioux City and those cemeteries are very underworked. I'm hoping my step-grandmother is there, too, so I'll get over there sooner or later.

I do know a couple of the young generation (20 something) Wallins, but I haven't yet asked them about this. It's a fairly uncommon name in this area. It's probable that Carl is their kin because they did grow up in Paullina. I doubt that they know much of their family history because who cares when you're twenty, right? ;) But they may surprise me, or at least point me in the right direction. I'll ask the next time I see them (which is fairly frequently).

It's always the last piece of the puzzle that makes one crazy. It's that mention/no mention that shouts to me. I also saw a Llyn (actual printed spelling) for whom I could find no corollary.

It's been a pleasure working on this with you.

My family at Aurelia is my maternal grandmother's kin. My grandmother, daughter of Sig and Minnie Matzdorff immigrated to the area known as Brooke or more properly Brooke Township and some branches of the family are still there. My grandmother married a Hintz, and then his family moved up to Minnesota, so I know little of them. I do know where they are, but summers get short. I love working there because I can hear my mom's voice saying the names as I walk among the graves there. By the end of the day, my accent is so German that I could be on Hogan's Heroes. :) It's really a lovely feeling, as she did not come back to haunt me as I asked! But I have no recall of Sig and Minnie's memorial. Aunt Alma must have taken care of the graves there. But when I walked up to it for the first time (there was no photo yet on Find A Grave), it literally took my breath away. The latest burial there for the family was Jerry's - and as I spent a good forty years away from NW Iowa, I did not know this generation at all. But I remember rousing funerals as the great uncles were laid to rest. Irish wakes have nothing on German gatherings complete with tape recorders and whoopie cushions. Terrible disrespect, but such great joy at the reunion of the families. My last aunt from that line died last fall and it was sobering.

So yes, I have many to get to there in BV County. I think we're pretty much everywhere except, oddly enough, Woodlawn.

Knowing NW Iowa, we will meet again. I'll holler if I find Daniel!
Added by jane austin on Feb 01, 2016 4:12 PM
jane austin
RE: William Jones and family
Oh, it's my pleasure! So I'm betting that Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bollin, who attended Will's funeral would be directly related to you as well.

I did run into a dead end with Daniel whose existence in the family is somewhat puzzling to me. In some of the family's obituaries, he is mentioned, and in others he is not. I did turn him up in Sioux City in one of the cemeteries, and those cemeteries need a lot of work in terms of recording, so it's entirely possible that he's at rest there and simply hasn't been memorialized here yet.

I scoured my usual sources, but came up empty. There is no death notice for him in O'Brien County, and there was never mention of a wife. He passed away in the 90's or perhaps the 80's, but I am really thinking 90's. The fact that he's mentioned in some obits and not in others has me really really curious to find out who he was, how he lived and when and how he died. Sometimes when I find disappearing relatives, it's because they have been sent to special schools or homes, and sometimes that makes an obituary and sometimes it doesn't. It's all very hodge podge to me. He's right in the middle of the children, so we can be relatively certain that his parents were Will and Hannah, not Will and an earlier wife.

Puzzling. But most likely, he'll be found in Sioux City if anyone ever walks those graves. It takes a long time to walk a cemetery and get it right, and it's an almost 2 hour drive for me, so even though I'm looking for some of my people there, too, it's not likely that I'll make it this graving season. Although I could stand a staycation with good restaurants and a nice clean motel room with clean sheets and towels every night...

You just never know! ;)

Although I didn't link up all of the family, I came pretty darned close! I know this exact feeling because once I went looking for my great grandparents on my maternal grandparents' side at Pleasant Hill, coming upon those graves of people you don't remember at all but are your blood? The feeling is indescribable. It wasn't a grand stone or anything in my case. It was just someone who instantly became family, and I could walk straight to that spot again in Pleasant Hill, Aurelia.

If you get over this way... Will was described as a quiet man who went about his business. His and Hannah's graves are located in the northeast corner of the cemetery which is remarkably open. I haven't hit the records yet to see if there are an unusually large number of unmarked graves there, or that spot just wasn't available, or they bought for the kids, too, but the kids all went to West Prairie View, across the road.

Oh well. Enough speculation for this day. If I find something else, I will for sure let you know.

You've just made July 2015 worth every second of my sweat investment! :) And linking them? NIRVANA. ;)
Added by jane austin on Feb 01, 2016 2:44 AM
jane austin
William Jones and family
Hi, Wayne,

Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for your edits and your comment on Mr. Jones's page. This is exactly why I walk these cemeteries and record these graves - so that someone might come along some day looking for them and be successful.

So thank you for making my day! :)

I was able to find some obituaries for you, and I have added them to the memorials if you would find them to be of interest to you. They are all online.

Warm regards,
Added by jane austin on Jan 30, 2016 9:42 PM
Roxann Sherwood Alloway
Harlan Reuben Sherwood in Lake Cemetery?
I'm so sorry - my message is next. Cancel the whole message. I found him buried in Vermont. They must've taken his body back there for burial. Didn't have a clue. I took his FIND A GRAVE page off from your cemetery photo. So sorry about that!
Added by Roxann Sherwood Alloway on Oct 14, 2015 12:47 AM
Roxann Sherwood Alloway
Harlan Reuben Sherwood in Lake Cemetery?
I added a Find A Grave page for him for Lake Cemetery, as that is the data that I have found through my Uncle Gail D. Sherwood. I do not see a picture or anything about a gravestone there. He lived from 12 JAN 1846 to 23 NOV 1922. Came originally from VT, and married Emeline Peck there in 1870. He lived in Chester, Thayer Co, NE when he died, but Ihave looked in Chester at the cemetery and he is not there. That's why I looked at my Uncle's notes and noted the Lake Cemetery entree. Can you find out if he is buried there, or if his stone is gone from old age, or what's going on?
Thanks very much for your time. I really appreciate it. Roxann Sherwood Alloway (his 2x ggrandaughter.
Added by Roxann Sherwood Alloway on Oct 14, 2015 12:34 AM
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