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Rich Vance (#47818065)
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I'm originally from Ripley in western New York state. My Vance, Maguire/McGuire, Wright, & Messenger ancestors were from McKean and Warren Counties, PA.    My Hopkins, Alday/Aldag, Drake, Gatchell/Getchell,
& Rater (spelled at least 6 different ways) ancestors were from Erie County, PA and Chautauqua County, NY.     I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1993 after a 22-year career and now reside in Las Vegas.

My Father: Harold Paul Vance
Step-Dad: Arthur James 'Jim' Tustin
Mom: Still alive & kickin' at 89 yrs. young
Grandpa: Lamont C 'Monty' Vance
Grandma: Genevieve Martha Getchell Vance
Grandpa: Lee Bloss Hopkins
Grandma: Iva Jane Alday Hopkins
Great-Grandma who made it to 100 years:
Nettie Belle Rater Alday

My Profile page in the Find-A-Grave Forums: Lost_Wages

I'm happy to transfer any memorials of people I'm not related to.
FIRST please read the FAQs here: Transfers
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial and then click
"Suggest any other correction or addition". This will generate an e-mail from Find A Grave with links to the memorial and your member page... less chance for errors this way.

I'm only human and I make mistakes (especially when my "Coffee Low-Level Warning Light" is blinking); so any Edits or additions are gladly welcomed. ^_^

For corrections/additional facts for a memorial,
see here: Corrections
Then click on the EDIT tab at the top right corner of the memorial. It's easy to make edits to Dates/Places, Family Links, Name, Plot/GPS location, and Marker Transcription. For Bio info or to notify me of a duplicate, you still need to click "Suggest any other correction or addition".
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Carl and Judi
RE: Inez Komula
Hi Rich,
I finally heard back from my cousin regarding your Wm Pofs question. My cousin lives in Erie and was much closer to my great aunt than I was. I thought that maybe she had met or known Inez's sons. Unfortunately, she doesn't have much more information than I do.

All we know is that Inez had 3 sons by a previous marriage to Matti Heikki Pulkkinen. We think one of the sons was George but don't know the names of the other boys. We think she married our grandfather's brother, Juho Heikki "Henry" Komulainen/Komula, in about 1935...well after Wm Pofs birth.

I'm going to let you make the judgement call as to whether the Wm Pofs on Find A Grave is Inez's son and link him to her. With his mother listed as Inez Komula (on the WWII Comp form) living in Erie, I suspect that they are related, but can't confirm she's my aunt.

Sorry that I can't give you any definitive information.

Thanks for all your work on FindAGrave.
Added by Carl and Judi on Feb 11, 2017 9:41 AM
Spaceman Spiff
Your edit for Dorothy B. Bennett
Hi, Rich.
Thanks for your edit-suggestion!
Would you like me to transfer Dorothy's memorial to you? I have no connection to her.
Added by Spaceman Spiff on Jan 28, 2017 7:47 PM
Mary (Hammill) Rund
RE: Milton B. Reznor
Thanks for your offer of transferring the Reznor memorials, but I am not related. Thomas Johnson Reznor married my second cousin 3X removed and I was looking for them and easily found links to most of the rest of the family.

I get distracted easily :-)

Thanks again for the offer, though.

Added by Mary (Hammill) Rund on Jan 15, 2017 3:04 PM
RE: Albert Cornish
Hi Rich
Happy New Year to you too!
I have a picture showing both of their stones side by side, if you would like that.
Added by JCPFinder on Jan 15, 2017 2:31 PM
Carole F. Blakeslee
James Roberts
Thanks Rich, I have corrected the memorial for James Roberts. Happy New Year & have a safe one!
Added by Carole F. Blakeslee on Dec 30, 2016 2:46 PM
Ada Douglas
Thanks for the sponsorship and the pictures are really nice. ;-)edie
Added by Edie on Dec 21, 2016 1:37 PM
Joanne Muscarella
Very nice that you sponsored her; beautiful picture and I loved the flowers you left on her memorial. ;-)
Added by Edie on Dec 21, 2016 1:32 PM
Danette Percifield Cogswell
RE: Alice Adlam Cogswell
Sorry for the delay in the correction. I must have misread it from the "Cogswell's in America" book. Thanks for the heads up.
Added by Danette Percifield Cogswe... on Dec 10, 2016 11:34 AM
Carl and Judi
RE: Inez Komula
I"m pretty sure that Inez had children from a previous marriage before she married my Uncle Henry but I'm not sure of their names. Let me do a little more research.
Added by Carl and Judi on Dec 08, 2016 2:44 PM
Julie {Palmer} Clark & Jerry Lee Clark
RE: Getchell connection ?
Hey Rich! So great to get your messages! We're in Seattle on grandparent duty but as soon as we get home on Tuesday, I'll check both the Powell records to see if Thomas is the brother of Jesse + see if you & Jerry are related thru the Getchell connection😊 Sounds like you guys are most likely some level of cousins! It's always so exciting to connect with "family" and we're both thrilled to meet you! Promise to get back to you soon👍 Julie
Added by Julie {Palmer} Clark & Je... on Nov 06, 2016 9:01 PM
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