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Wendy Ranta (#46599768)
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Bio Photo I had been doing genealogy since I was 15 and I will admit to only being in my 50's so its been a while. I have 3 children that I pound genealogy into their heads day and night...besides who better to get to run all over a cemetery and find that missing relative. When I found this site I started going wild. I have hope to catch up to other contributors and be in the 1000's in my contributions. Hope my graves help someone else in their genealogy hunts.
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june gorman
De Forrest Brown's Grave
I have been researching this family. I appreciate your work. But I have found a problem (not with your work). De Forrest's marker states he was age 31 and died 1854, which makes him born circa 1823. His wife Mary was born 1809. The 1850 census shows his name Horace and age 46, born circa 1804, which fits with his wife's age. The name De Forest is new to me, but the children listed match Horace's 1850 census, and also his son Forrest C. Brown, born circa 1837 (showing on the 1850 census as a son of Horace) was killed in the Civil War. It looks like De Forest Brown's name was in error on the 1850 census as Horace, which is close. I believe Horace (or De Forest) Brown was a brother to my husband's ancestor Stephen Brown. I lost Stephen after 1855. Horace was born in Vermont (according to the census) and I believe the family moved to New York, before 1819, where I believe Horace resided as an adult on the 1840 census, and his probable brother Stephen was born circa 1819. Stephen's wife, Sarah (Hutchinson) Brown, is buried in the same cemetery (Newburg) she died 3/8 August 1855 with her sister Welthy Hutchinson died 1853. I cannot find more on Stephen, who is not in the cemetery (that I know). Do you ever do research in Livonia ? I found Sarah's grave site at a county building, but not much more. I would gladly pay you if you are able to find more. I have the genealogy of Sarah (Hutchinson) Brown, but nothing on Stephen. I wonder if land records may show his origin. Stephen and Sarah's two daughters appeared with other family members between 1855 and 1860. So the fate of Stephen (Steven) is a mystery.
Added by june gorman on Nov 19, 2016 5:41 PM
Find A Grave Memorial# 8959358
Hi Wendy,
Had to stop in my tracks to express my appreciation to you for creating the memorial. No need to transfer, she is not related, I am helping my sister-in-law with her family tree. Thank you for your volunteer hours on this great (free) website! Best Wishes!
Added by Madre on Nov 01, 2016 5:37 PM
Anita Savage
Phebe Southwick Rice
Dear Wendy,
Thank you for transferring the memorial for Phebe Southwick Rice to me. I appreciate all of your time and effort to create her memorial. We did not know Phebe was buried in Michigan until the memorial you created for her was found on Find A Grave.
Anita Savage
Added by Anita Savage on Oct 03, 2016 5:50 AM
Sharon Fulton
John D Stanley Find A Grave Memorial# 9327097
Hello! I was wondering if you would allow me to attach (with appropriate credit given) your headstone photo from this memorial to my tree on Ancestry?

Thanks for considering my request. :)

Added by Sharon Fulton on Mar 22, 2016 8:17 PM
Miles Groth
Robert John Gaukler
Hello! Is RObert J. Gaukler, b. 1924, died 1984, buried there where Claire Gaukler is interred?
Added by Miles Groth on Nov 20, 2015 1:21 PM
Robert Magyar
Ray & Gladys Stonebraker
Hello - I see you manage My Uncle Ray and/or Aunt Gladys Stonebraker. They Both Hold a very special place in my heart for several reasons. (1) being my Grandfather - Ray's brother - Edward Stonebraker - passed away when I was 3 years old. I only have faint memories of him - but Uncle Ray lived 5 minutes from us growing up and we saw him often - so he was more of my Grandfather to me... That leads me to (2) Uncle Ray and Aunt Gladys lived behind Robert & Rita Magyar in Taylor, MI. One day their son - Rick Stonebraker - Decided to introduce his cousin, Mary Kay Stonebraker to his good friend, Tim Magyar... That introduction lead to the creation of me and my sisters... So if they would have not been living right where they did - when they did - I might never have existed. I just wanted to share a story about these two great people.
Added by Robert Magyar on May 19, 2015 3:54 PM
Runnion Family
Hi Wendy,
Is there any chance of gaining your assistance with a grave search for a couple of Runnion's? They passed away in the Farmington Hills area of Oakland, but so far, Ancestry and Family Search have not revealed any grave sites to me. I noted the East, West and North Farmington Cemeteries and checked them all, but no such Surname turned up. I can usually find the person that I am looking for by making contact with local funeral homes, but that too failed this time.
If my request comes at an inconvenient time, could you refer me to another active contributor in the Farmington Hills area? Any assistance you could provide would be most appreciated.
Added by Howell on May 13, 2015 3:46 PM
Robert Harrison West
Thank you for your time and effort. I did find a reference to Robert Harrison West through one of the genealogy sites in Iowa in which it is stated that he was buried in an unmarked grave with his parents Thomas E. West and Sarah Ann Myers.
Again, Thank you
Added by Erv on Mar 18, 2015 4:56 PM
Miles Groth
Robert John Gaukler
I am trying to locate the grave of Robert John Guakler, the other son of Claire Robertjohn Gaukler, whose grave and other family members' graves you have set up here. Many thanks!
Added by Miles Groth on Jan 29, 2015 11:36 AM
Robert Harrison West
I am searching for the burial place of my great-grandfather Robert Harrison West. One of the Ancestry public family trees indicates that according to the "Cemetaries of Dallas County, Iowa, Dallas County Genealogical Society", Robert Harrison West was buried on 2 May 1931 with his parents, Sara and Thomas West. They are interred in the Elmwood Cemetary, Minburn, Dallas, Iowa. This leads me to ask for your help in possibly answering the following questions. Is there any documentation to indicate that he was buried there? If so, Is the grave marked in some way with his name? Also, if he is in fact buried there, can his name be added to Find A Grave as being buried there?
Thank you,
Erv Parrish
Added by Erv on Nov 18, 2014 5:12 PM
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