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Cindy K. Coffin (#47084179)
 member for 8 years, 3 months, 27 days
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Bio Photo Projects I am currently coordinating are listed below.

19th Indiana Infantry, Civil War - Working with a team of contributors to build a virtual cemetery for this "Iron Brigade of the West" regiment. Phil Harris is identifying and photographing as many burial locations as possible for soldiers in this regiment. Rick France, Greg Tompkins, Eric Lowman, Deanna Peterson and I support his work. Phil does his own investigative research to locate the burial sites. When he identifies unmarked graves or badly deteriorated markers that are beyond repair, he works with the Veterans Administration to have new markers made. He then installs the 200 lb. markers all by himself. Sometimes he gets a little help.

Phil's web site for the 19th Indiana is at Phil and other 19th Indiana Infantry volunteers have personally visited the grave sites of the men who served in this regiment. Here is the list of the unmarked graves they have identified, and of markers that need to be replaced or repaired.

US-Dakota War - Coordinating the development of a virtual cemetery for people who were key figures, survivors, victims, or casualties of the US-Dakota War, including Native Americans. Many volunteers have contributed to this project. The Dakota voice needs much better and stronger representation in this history. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to help.

Genealogy and Family History - Surnames that I am researching include Adams, Andersson, Beebe/Beeby, Berglund, Brandl, Brooks, Christiansen /Christensen, Coffin, Gilmore, Howell, Jensen, Larson, Malmstrom, Morgan, Piehl, Pikal, Randall, Rowe, Stewart, Stroud, Suchomel, Taber/Tabor, Van Slyck, Vikre/Wickre/Wikre, and Wilcox.

Thanks to all the contributors who have generously transferred memorials, responded to photo requests, or reached out in many other ways to help with these projects.

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Doug Carter
A C Ingalls of 1st Minn Cavalry
I found the grave of a member of the 1st Minn Mounted Rangers aka 1st Minn Cavalry that is not listed in the virtual cemetery for this unit. His name was A C Ingalls who was a Sgt. in Company K of the 1st Minn Cavalry. Below is a link to his grave in Riverview Cemetery in Elmore, Minn.
Added by Doug Carter on Feb 07, 2017 6:24 AM
Barzillai Ray
Duplicates deleted - thanks for the catch.

BTW, you need to change the year of Ray's death to 1821. The whale rammed and sank the 'Essex' 11/20/1820. The three whaleboats that were left stayed together 1/11/1821, when they were separated by a squall. Per the two survivors in George Pollard's boat, Ray died 2/11/1821, and was consumed by Pollard and Charles Ramsdell before they were rescued 2/23/1821.
Added by G-Man on Dec 29, 2016 6:31 PM
Maryann Smith
Solomon Benton Skinner
Hello, I am researching the family of Solomon and added some birth date change requests yesterday and have noticed that another person has started a Find A Grave page on him as well. They may not be aware that you already have one, I thought that you may want to contact them and let them know.
Created by: DSON1492
Record added: Dec 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102441392

Added by Maryann Smith on Nov 11, 2016 7:20 AM
Debbie Gwin
Elisha Coffin
Hello Cindy,
I am trying to find the link of my Great Great Grandfather Elias's father. Elias Clark Coffin was also born in Randolph County and I wonder if Elisha had children?

Debbie Gwin, Grandaughter of Jean Coffin Hunter Rayle!
Added by Debbie Gwin on Oct 10, 2016 9:01 PM
Debbie Gwin
Elisha Coffin
Hello Cindy,
I am trying to find the link of my Great Great Grandfather Elias's father. Elias Clark Coffin was also born in Randolph County and I wonder if Elisha had children?

Debbie Gwin, Grandaughter of Jean Coffin Hunter Rayle!
Added by Debbie Gwin on Oct 10, 2016 9:00 PM
RE: Israel Beeby
Hi Cindy,
I guess I need to check for messages more often. Sorry. I know what you mean about a record of Israel P. Beebe in the Civil War, but there are a number of facts that confirm that it is not Israel PYLE Beeby/Beebe of Delaware County, PA. The I.P. Beebe in the Civil War was b. in Canada, was from Wisconsin in Civil War records, had resided in Neligh, Nebraska and had a sister named, Mrs. Joanna Develing, from Chebance, Illinois. The Israel Pyle Beeby/Beebe from PA never married Olive J. Kindred in 1872 in Acme, Grand Junction county, MI. There are quite a few records that indicate that there were two men named Israel P. Beebe (isn't that strange, by the way) but that the one who fought in the Civil War, was not the son of Daniel Beeby, Sr. and Elizabeth Taylor Beeby, from Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
I would be remiss if I did not take this chance to thank you for all of your work researching this family! I live a short drive from his home town, and yet you have managed to get photos of buildings, or remains of buildings, that are connected to this family, from the 19th century. I admire your research tenacity and skills.
Added by PegD625 on Sep 27, 2016 8:43 AM
Stacie Peecher
Smyrna Cemetery, Sangamon Co., Ill.
Smyrna Cemetery is already listed on Find A Grave as McDevitt Cemetery. It is formally known as Smyrna aka McDevitt aka Park Cemetery. It is in Sangamon county, however there is no town of Carmi or Cimic in the area (I've lived here for over 50 years and I've never heard of these towns). The cemetery is in Maxwell Township near the town of Loami. I am a member of the Park family that originally owned the ground and were members of the Smyrna Cumberland Presbyterian Church that was located at the cemetery. I hope this information helps.
Added by Stacie Peecher on Sep 10, 2016 5:51 PM
Karin Morey
1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery
An addition to your virtual cemetery:

# 30025287

John Otis Wetherell
Enlisted in Company F, Minnesota 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment July 15, 1865. Mustered out September 27, 1865, Fort Snelling, MN.
Added by Karin Morey on Aug 16, 2016 1:58 PM
deanna french
FAG photo Hiram B. Cutting
Hi Cindy, I recently realized my message to you of July 2d was very incomplete. My intent was to ask your permission to use the photo you have posted on Find A Grave for Hiram B. Cutting on the Vermont Civil War site ?( would receive credit for this.
Thank you, Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Jul 17, 2016 9:09 AM
deanna french
Hi Cindy; Love the project you are doing; quite similar to mine. I am searching Iowa for Vermont soldiers/sailors that have ties to Vermont, but their last resting place is elsewhere. I contribute everything I find to "; a data base with presently thousands of pages. You may enjoy browsing it.If you click on "options" on the home page, you will find a link for contributors. You can select my name & see what I have contributed. It's really a fun project, and full of history concerning Vermont in the C.W. WOW!! So much to learn!

Thank you for your consideration on this.
Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Jul 02, 2016 8:03 PM
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