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Michael Ratliff Lutz (#47625801)
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My mother Nina Mardel Ratliff Lutz (1909-1985) was the family historian and left me with the family bible and most of the family documents. It wasn't until after her death that I began researching our family history and discovered that most of what I thought was family folklore was actually family history. With only a couple of exceptions, all of the memorials under my care are members of my family.

The marriage of my mother, Nina Mardel Ratliff and father, Richard George Lutz created a bit of historical irony as well as me. My mother's great great grandfather was Judge Bowling Greene(1786-1742), friend and mentor to Abraham Lincoln during his days in New Salem, Illinois. He loaned Mr. Lincoln many of the books he used to study law. He and his wife Nancy Potter Green(1793-1867) also took Mr. Lincoln into their home when he was despondent after the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge(1813-1835). In 1842, Mr. Lincoln delivered the eulogy at Judge Greene's funeral and stayed with the family a while before and after the funeral.

My great great great uncle, John Jack Armstrong(1803-1857) was famous for his wrestling match with Mr. Lincoln. Jack lost but he became a lifelong friend of Mr. Lincoln. Jack was Bowling's half-brother. Their mother, Nancy Greene Armstrong(1768-1856) was the matriarch of a family who were among Mr. Lincoln's closest friends during his life in New Salem, Illinois.

Jack Armstrong's wife Hannah Jones Armstrong (1810-1890), my third great aunt, lined Abe's pants legs with buckskin to protect his legs from brambles when he worked as a surveyor. A process called "Foxing". Hannah was known for asking her friend Abraham Lincoln to defend her son Duff in the famous "Almanac Trial". Duff was acquitted. She later visited with Mr. Lincoln in the Whitehouse to secure a discharge for her son, William "Duff" Armstrong(1833-1899) who was in a Union Army hospital. Mr. Lincoln wrote out Duff's discharge as he discussed old times with Hannah. It is the only case of a military discharge having been personally written by a U.S. President.

Mr. Lincoln also interceded in the enlistment of another cousin, Pvt Edward Potter(1845-1927)

My great, great grandfather, Eli W. Benway (1827-1897) was wounded twice and enlisted twice during the Civil War. He was a blacksmith who holds patents for some of his inovations.

My great granduncle William Graham Greene Benway (1886-1961) was an early inventor of hearing aid glasses.

On March 22, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed my great granduncle, Congressman Anson Burlingame as our second Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Qing Empire (China). The city of Burlingame, California was named after Anson Burlingame.

There were Revolutionary War heroes like my 5th great grandfather Colonel Israel Angell (1740-1832), the commander of Rhode Island's second regiment, who received gold medals from General George Washington and the Marquis de La Fayette. The gold medal presented to Col. Angell by Lafayette was donated to the Rhode Island Historical Society museum collection in 1938 and my 4th great granduncle Jervis Green(1750-1782), who served under Colonel Daniel Boone at the Battle of Blue Licks, Kentucky.

Capt. Stephen Olney (1755-1832) and his company took the first redoubt gun enplacement at the battle of Yorktown.

Col Christopher Greene (1737-1781) commanded the 1st Rhode Island regiment made up of free men of African origin, and slaves who were promised their freedom in return for their service.

There were even well known authors like Lillian Angeline Hinman Shuey Bailey. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), a cousin, wrote The Battle Hymn of The Republic.

Theologian Roger Williams (1602-1683, founder of Providence Plantation and the state of Rhode Island is my ninth great-grandfather.

My ninth great grandmother, Mary Morrill Folger (1620-1703) is mentioned by name in Chapter 24 of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". Melville mentions that she was the grandmother of Benjamin Franklin when justifying the morality of whaling as a profession on Nantucket Island. The DAR chapter on Nantucket Island is named after her daughter Abiah Folger (1667-1752) who was the mother Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), my first cousin.

Cousins Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)from Pennsylvania, Gov. Stephen Hopkins(1707-1785) from Rhode Island, William Whipple (1730-1785) and Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795)from New Hampshire, signed the Declaration of Independence

Recently most of my ancestral relationships have been confirmed using DNA matches on Ancestry and other DNA sources.


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Andrew Jackson Potter
I had gone back to review my messages and saw one from July, 2012 concerning a request for a headstone photo for Andrew Potter. It was determined he had no headstone at that time. Since I now have a map of Block 32 (Pines), I was able to locate the exact burial location. I took photos and posted them. At least it provides a photo of the area. Leon
Added by Leon on Oct 22, 2017 3:38 PM
Alan DalMaso
Ray Tesolin
My condolences for the loss of your wife. I cannot put into words anything meaningful to help console you other than we must believe she and all others who have passed are truly in Paradise.

I was randomly searching for friends of my Grandparents and came across Ray Tesolin. The last picture that Carmen had posted on his memorial has my Grandfather Emilio DalMaso sitting on a rock with Ray at some park in San Mateo County taken circa 1932. I would be happy to email you another couple of pictures I have from that same day.

My very best wishes in your family history research!!!!!

Alan DalMaso
Added by Alan DalMaso on Oct 16, 2017 9:34 PM
Linda Crain
Betsey Holmes Burlingame Sherman

Thanks for your work. I am looking for a copy of Susan Burlingame Holton Phillips manuscript, History of the Burlingames.

Added by Linda Crain on Sep 24, 2017 6:40 PM
wives of James Short 1806-1874
Michael, I see you know a lot about your family's, relations with Abe Lincoln. Let me ask you a question, then. Biographies of AL that mention James Short often say that he was related to the mother of Ann Rutledge. Her maiden name was Miller--Mary Ann Miller. Yet I can find no connection between her and James Short. Would you happen to know what it is? I expect it must have been through one of his five wives, but I can't figure out which one.

Many thanks,

Added by wayne on Aug 31, 2017 5:21 AM
Frank Weymiller
Angelina Mary Hindman Bellows
Hello, I see you uploaded a picture of Angelina Mary Hindman Bellows. She was married to Porter Bellows. my family owns the land where they lived in allamakee county Iowa. I was curious if you had any more information or pictures of either Angelina or Porter??

Than you
Frank Weymiller
Added by Frank Weymiller on Apr 07, 2017 9:20 PM
Hope Kretekos
Hinman Descendant

I was wondering if you would like to exchange family information. My great aunt, Eliza Dorinne Hinman documented quite a bit of family history and photos of the Hinman line. She was my grandmother's sister (Gertrude Muriel Hinman. Their father was Charles Phillips Hinman, son of Charles P, grandson of Jesse Lee and great grandson of Philo. Please contact me if you're interested. Thank you
Added by Hope Kretekos on Mar 20, 2017 1:07 PM
Frances Ann Edmonston
RE: anson's bonsai tree
greetings: take a look at anson burlingame site for the latest ''flower'', to see my note re: the bonsai tree that was donated, either by him or by his family that now resides in the lake merritt bonsai garden, oakland, california. the history of the donation is there in the garden, i don't remember all the details, but given to him at a time when he visited japan....frances edmonston
Added by Frances Ann Edmonston on Mar 12, 2017 8:38 PM
RE: Jarvis Green
Michael, there is a lot of mis-information out there about the Green family. The Jarvis Green who was the son of George (Gervis) Green and Mary Justice likely was born in Lunenburg County, Va (was Brunswick Co prior to 17480), not in North Carolina. Mary's uncle, Justinian Justice lived there when Mary was in her teens. Mary's mother was Mary Atkinson. Mary Atkinson's brother sold the land on Harpin Creek to John, Mary's father. He had just purchased it and built a mill on it, but owned a good bit of land surrounding it.
Anyway, I believe that Mary must have gone to visit with her three female cousins in Lunenburg Co and fell in love with George. As was the custom, visits often lasted several weeks or even months. Jarvis is definitely the son of this George and Mary as there is a law suite in Halifax Co, Va in 1783 where it lists "the heirs of Jarvis Green" This is the land that Jarvis had inherited from his father George. If you'd like to view my Ancestry tree just send me your email address. There is a lot of documentation on the Green's in it. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I do have a DNA connection to George and Mary so know for sure they are my ancestors.
Added by Betsy on Feb 27, 2017 11:43 AM
RE: Mary (Burlingame) Brooks' father
Yes, Michael, I'd like Amos Burlingame's Memorial # 27325220 transferred to me-contributor #48106710.
Than you very much.
Added by Cathy on Nov 27, 2016 6:58 AM
Mary (Burlingame) Brooks

Proof that Amos and Vyletty Burlingame's daughter Mary married Delos Brooks was found in Amos's will from Otsego County, N.Y.
Please REMOVE any reference that she was married to a Wheeler.
Also, Hezekiah Belden married Mary's sister Mehitable AKA Milla or Millie.

Thank you for your work on Find a Grave.
Added by Cathy on Nov 21, 2016 4:21 PM
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