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Ancestral Sleuth (#48171177)
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"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP."
~Leonard Nimoy (last tweet)

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon."
-Napoleon Bonaparte

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.” —Cicero

Chief Petty Officer, US Navy, retired.

Enjoying the fruits of my labors - children and grand children - to the best of my abilities.

Traveling around North America in my RV with my dogs!

Currently, my favorite bumper sticker is "My grandchildren are cuter than yours"

If you have a problem with something I posted, please email me or click on suggest a correction instead of posting it on my contributor page. I will address the issue as quick as I possibly can.

If you would like a transfer, I do not follow FAG transfer guidelines, so feel free to ask. But if they are a relative of mine, let me know how you are related and we will figure it out from there!

The purpose in life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead. ~ Benjamin Franklin

To Err Is Human, To Correct Divine. If you come across any errors or have additions to the memorials I maintain, please let me know. I strive to provide accurate information and will be happy to make any changes necessary, or transfer them over to your care.


The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. ~ Herbert Spencer

Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. ~ Unknown

Remeber and learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." ~ Author Unknown

"Lest they be forgotten."

"May they live forever."

"When an old person dies, a library burns..." African proverb



Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely, in a well-preserved body. Rather to slide in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming.."WOW, that was a Great Ride!"
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2 years active, 2 years inactive. Wow, glad to know we are cousins! I shall add you as a friend if that is ok with you.

Rob (YankeeGraver)
Added by YankeeGraver on Aug 01, 2017 3:45 PM
Claudia Buchwald
John Moffet
Debbie, thank you for your quick response. Always fun to find another cousin. Wow! A double tie to John and Abigail. You'd best keep the memorial, but I would be pleased to share any information I have with you. I'm just not sure what all you might want or the best way to pass it on. I come from a long line of 'family history keepers', so I have a variety information. Are you aware of the dedication ceremony held many years ago at John's grave site in Oppenheim ? I have a newspaper clipping and a VHS tape (I did say many years ago) of that event. Are you familiar with the book Homeplace - A True Saga of the Midwest by Stanley N Moffet? A treasure if you can find a copy.. One chapter chronicles the migration of the Swift and Moffet families (after John's death) to the Western Reserve and beyond.

Re Where in Iowa? My husband and I live on our family farm in central Iowa, near Ames. And you?

PS. I might take exception to your favorite bumper sticker - my grand kids are awfully cute..
Looking forward to following up.

Added by Claudia Buchwald on Jul 28, 2017 5:04 PM
Fred James Sharp #86758230
Since this was transferred to you, I am assuming that he is your ancestor. I descend from Edward Lee Sharp, brother of William J. Sharp. I was wondering if you have any photos of Williams children. I do have a couple but I also have some of (who I'm quite sure) are William's children that I cannot identify. Hoping someone will know.
Jean #47415946
Added by Jean on Jul 28, 2017 11:30 AM
Claudia Buchwald
Rev John Moffet 1760-1810
Greetings from Iowa. Thank you for maintaining the memorial page for my 4x Great grandfather John Moffet. Are you perchance a descendant of his and therefore a distant cousin of mine, a few times removed? If not, would you consider transferring his site to me? Or if not, could I add some information including the names of Abigail and John's 12 children and a spelling/name correction for his second son Hosea (listed as Josiah)? Incidentally. Hosea (my 3rd great grandfather) was the father of Charles Wesley Moffet, who was one of John Brown's select band of men. Fortunately (for me), GGgrandfather Charles did not reach Virginia in time for Brown's ill fated raid on Harper's Ferry.
I hope to hear from you and again thank you for remembering John Moffet.

Added by Claudia Buchwald on Jul 27, 2017 6:45 PM
Joey Quinonez
Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I just have not added it to his memorial. I appreciate you kicking me to the lack of a bio! =)

Rob (YankeeGraver)
Added by YankeeGraver on Jul 27, 2017 3:43 PM
Sonia Glines
RE: LT Gary Rupp #66717300
He died the same place his wife died 2000
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA
Added by Sonia Glines on Jul 19, 2017 10:45 AM
Sonia Glines
RE: LT Gary Rupp #66717300
No I didn't know him, I just find people my records are connected to and I find them in death records and places that give the dates and places.
Added by Sonia Glines on Jul 19, 2017 10:41 AM
John Dieterich Failing Sr# 76622848
I've been a member of FindaGrave for several years, but only recently really got into genealogy. In tracing my family back to John Dieterich Failing Sr, I have a question about his children listed. There are several children listed near the beginning of his Memorial page, but then there are links of his children's names below that, but they are different than the ones listed above. I know some of the links are "calculated links," but it leaves me wondering which set of children's names to go by. Can you shed some light on all this? Thanks!

Added by Karen on Jul 04, 2017 5:55 PM
Venita E Coffman edit request

I saw that you had put in for an edit for Venita E. Coffman buried at Trissel Cemetery. You show her maiden name to be Hale. Are you sure you have the correct Venita Coffman? I found a death notice for her and she was of West Carrollton, but had died in Reno, N.D. An Ancestry entry for her shows her parents were John Wesley Rankin and Elizabeth Leatherman. I keep thinking that I saw a Venita L. Coffman that had Hale as her maiden name, but I will have to try to locate that record to verify. I'll have to see if I can locate an obituary for her to hopefully give me a clue to her maiden name.

If I cannot verify a different maiden name for her, I will be happy to put through your request. Thank you for your help. I appreciate it.

Added by Becky on Jun 15, 2017 11:59 PM
Abbie Clark, New England Cemetery
Hi. It looks to me like you're quite the pro at this. I found a request you made to get a picture of the headstone for an Abbie Clark at New England cemetery in Cheney, WA. In March of this year someone tried to find this and several other headstones to no avail. Yesterday I found a website ( that includes a, "burial list(which was)transcribed from the Sexton files of New England Cemetery and my (Maggie Rail's)survey of the cemetery," Unfortunately her research found that many headstones no longer exist. She has a photo of all existing stones and markers as of May of 2006. Most are Funeral Home markers. Names on her list that are followed by and asterisk * are those she found no marker for. Unfortunately Abbie Clark's marker was not found.
Added by newchances2 on Jun 14, 2017 12:36 PM
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