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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
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Bio Photo Note: due to the new edit system, not all edit requests are vetted for accuracy. I try to weed out obvious edit errors, but some do slip through.

Some edits provide information above and beyond the local family group sheets and other sources I have available to me - I'm having to trust others with their edit sources but if there are questions please be aware that in accepting new edits I can't always source them.

I try to indicate on the memorials the date of any edit request changes, but with over 2500 edits received so far (a good thing) I can't always determine who sent the edit if something is found to be in error - the system allows for edit accepted to be viewed in batches of 25, so the time it takes to search for that information has become untenable. I'd like to consult with those who sent edit requests that turn out to be in error, but not always possible.


Transfer requests:

As of May 26, 2013, I am reserving the right not to make transfers of memorials to contributors who shield their identity by being "Anonymous" in their screen names, especially if their profile pages disable messages and email contact.

My belief is that contributors and managers of memorials should be held to a high degree of responsibility to honor the deceased, and the use of "Anonymous" for a screen name, and disabling of email and message contacts concerns me greatly as to how memorials would be or are managed.
Note: Beginning October 6, 2015, I started receiving transfers of memorials from contributor Lyle Fulton for management. I'm not necessarily related to these memorials (nor is Lyle, for that matter), but Lyle wants them to be managed by a fellow contributor for any edits rather than just turning them over to F/A/G for management.

As a result, my statistics for memorials added are now overtaken by memorials managed.

If anyone finds one of Lyle's original contributions now under my management, please feel free to contact me for edits, etc.

In the past I've tried to keep my memorials managed ratio less than memorials added in the spirit of filling transfer requests or for circumstances when others could/would manage certain memorials better than I could.

Just wanted to let others know why this ratio is changing - I'm not one to stick to the four-generation only transfer guideline and don't want anyone to think that I've requested management of memorials far beyond what is mathematically possible using that guideline.

I'm humbled that Lyle has entrusted care of his memorials to my care and management.

I have also documented with memorials and, if possible, headstone photos, several entire small, rural cemeteries to keep them preserved for future generations.

As needed, I use the genealogy resources of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society at the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, Iowa) for much of my local "documentation" and sourcing; I also take advantage of the courthouse vital records and probate materials to examine first hand some of the materials that help me put on genealogy information and determine relationship links for my memorials, and to suggest corrections or updates to memorials made by other contributors where possible. Of course, there are online genealogy websites that I often use as well to confirm or not confirm some family information and relationships.

Note: I (and others) also have contributed headstone photos to Iowa Gravestones Photo Project website for linking purposes from the county genealogy website. My screenname on IGPP was formerly "thompsonrb". That has now been changed for all of my submissions to "iowagenealogy.jeffersoncounty" because of my email address change.

The new edit system now allows for suggested links to parents and spouses - for the most part I'll accept them "as is", but reserve the right to verify if possible. Be aware that spouses can be linked either way, from either memorial to the other, so as long as they are indeed already linked, it is not needed to send a spouse edit on the memorial that is already linked to - doing so creates a duplicate link.

Thought you might enjoy this sense of humor! (I am not a bagpiper myself, just found this story about one):

""As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Saskatchewan back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.

I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.""

//Richard - /August 25, 2017 (profile updated)

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Leon Stebleton
Nancy Jane Olinger Stebleton
Hi Richard: the parents of Nancy Jane Olinger were David Olinger (1796-1849), #54274749; and Pamelia Millie Hunt (1803-1844), #59074513.

Just thought you might want to connect them up.

Thank you for the fine job that you are doing, much appreciated.

Leon L. Stebleton
Added by Leon Stebleton on Sep 16, 2017 9:14 PM
Leon Stebleton
Nancy Jane Olinger Stebleton
Hi Richard: the parents of Nancy Jane Olinger were David Olinger (1796-1849), #54274749; and Pamelia "Millie" Hunt (1803-1844), #59074513.

Just thought you might want to connect them up.

Thank you for the fine job that you are doing, much appreciated.

Leon L. Stebleton
Added by Leon Stebleton on Sep 16, 2017 9:14 PM
Pat Ferguson
Victor Dalmas and Mary Hisel
In noting the Find a Grave information for them, you mention a possible third child. I show the 3rd child to be Charles Dalmas (age 3 in the 1880 census with them in Marshall Tnsp, Louise County, IA). I show that he was born 17 Aug 1876 (calculated from death) and died 11 Jul 1880 although the Louisa County Cemetery records show 1886 by mistake.
Added by Pat Ferguson on Sep 10, 2017 8:44 PM
William R. Ward
Douglas Benton Coop
I've added Douglas Coop's parents, Samuel Jefferson Coop and Anna Catherine Blakely Coop. Anna was his first wife who passed in 1874.
Added by William R. Ward on Sep 01, 2017 9:54 PM
David Forney
RE: James Taylor Hardin 108560652
By John Carroll Power

JAMES T., born Dec. 3, 1813, in Adair county, Ky., came to Sangamon county with his parents and was married May 1, 1843, in Iowa to Mary A. Pitzer. She died, leaving two children - OLIVIA died young. BEN is a teacher, and lives with his uncle, William Stitt, in Sangamon county. James T. Hardin went to California, and was drowned by the upsetting of a skiff on Feather river, Nov. 3, 1849.

See Vo. 3, JEFFERSON COUNTY RECORDS, “Forty-Niners,” for the fate of JAMES TAYLOR HARDIN. The Miners’ Express, Dubuque, March 6, 1850, mentions the death of JAMES T. HARDIN, Jefferson County, drowned in Feather River, California. (Annals of Iowa)

The Fairfield Weekly Journal
Jan. 31, 1901
Page 5 col. 6
His skeleton was packed in a trunk and brought back to Fairfield by C. GILLHAM and HARDIN BUTLER, who was a cousin, and buried in the Fairfield cemetery, HARDIN having been a Mason.

p. 372, History of Jefferson County, Iowa, Western Historical Co., Chicago: 1879. JAMES T. HARDIN was the teacher of the first school… and is well remembered by the old settlers and scholars of that period. When the gold fever reached here from the Pacific Slope, he fell a victim to the mania….

Hardin’s and the California Gold Rush

In 1849 news of the California Gold Rush had spread throughout the nation. Jefferson County was no exception. On February 13, 1849, a meeting was held in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa for those wishing to make the trip to California to participate in the Gold Rush. From the meeting a company was created, R.W. Steel was named as the chairman and J. N. Bell was named secretary. A committee of five was selected to draft a set of rules that would govern the party going to California. The names of the men on this committee were: Shedd, Hardin, Jenkins, Rice, and Myers. We now know the Hardin on this committee was James Taylor Hardin. The Company was called Fairfield-California Company however was typically referred to as the Fairfield Company.

The officers of the Fairfield Company were James Taylor Hardin, captain, Randall Rice, lieutenant, and William Baker, sergeant. Fairfield Company was comprised of eleven wagons and 65 men.

On April 19, 1849 the Fairfield Company departed Fairfield for California led by James Taylor Hardin and in his company his younger brother, Evan Taylor Hardin. They arrived at their destination of Lawson’s and Redding’s ranch, on Feather River in California on October 2, 1849.

They had lost a number of cattle near the headwaters of the Pitt River, stolen by Indians. The loss of the cattle had compelled them to abandon a large amount of their effects, and now their first work was to renew their supplies by sending a number of men to Sacramento for provisions. On their return, Hugh Shuffleton, James T Hardin, McWhirter, and others, got lost, and wandered about all night. But finding their way soon after daybreak, at a place called Long’s bar, they attempted to cross Feather River. It had rained heavily in the night and the river rose very suddenly and when Hardin, with two other men, attempted to cross, they being the last, the water was like a mill sluice. Hardin used a shovel for a paddle, but at the first stroke the canoe capsized, and although Hardin could swim and neither of the other men could, but James was drowned and the other two men both escaped, this occurred in November 3, 1849.

A diligent search was made for Hardin’s body, but in vain. In June of 1850, Isaac Boyle, looking for oxen, saw something unusual in a drift of the river, and on inspection it proved to be the remains of a man. Hardin’s brother Evan recognized the remains as his brother. The remains of James T Hardin were kept on the roof of his cabin for several months until arrangements could be made to get the body back to Fairfield for burial by his brother.

The troubles of the Hardin family were not yet over. Hardin Butler, along with a man named Love, were attempting to cross the Feather River a short distance below “Fairfield Bar”. The two men lost control of the boat and the swift current had carried them a short distance down river toward a water fall I believe this fall is now called “Feather Falls”. Seeing the falls Love leaped out and grabbed a bush that was overhanging the water pulling his self to safety. Hardin Butler continued down river and went over the falls. The whole ordeal was witnessed by several men thinking Hardin was lost for sure. In nothing short of a miracle Butler came to the surface struggling desperately for his life in a whirl-pool below the falls. Evan Taylor Hardin who was Hardin Butler’s cousin noticed every time he circled in the pool he came close to a large boulder in the water. Evan who had witnessed his own brother drown in this same river ran to the boulder to make a desperate attempt to rescue Hardin Butler. Evan wrapped his arms around the boulder and dangled his feet to the water giving Hardin Butler something to grab hold of. Butler managed to get hold of Evan’s legs where the two men hung precariously for an hour before the other men could bring a rope and pulled both men to safety. Butler declared, after the event his whole life flashed before him. The event clearly must have shaken Butler for a short time later Hardin Butler returned to Iowa with the remains of his cousin James Taylor Hardin, whose remains had been packed in a trunk for the journey home. Hardin Butler never to return to gold country.

i The Iowa Sentinel, Fri., Apr. 20, 1849, Page 2, col. 1

ii Iowa and the California Gold Rush of 1849." by Fred V. Lorch

iii The Miners’ Express (Dubuque) March 6, 1850

iv The Fairfield Weekly Journal, Wed. March 27, 1901
Added by David Forney on Aug 31, 2017 9:52 AM
Beth Dierkes
Robert Earl Byers
According to Draft registration and marriage record, it should be Robert Emmett Byers - Dentist.
Added by Beth Dierkes on Aug 22, 2017 5:30 PM
Gina Peterson
Mary Jane Flower Smith #71606479
Someone has added a 2nd husband for her that is not likely.
Added by Gina Peterson on Aug 21, 2017 1:01 AM
RE: Elizabeth Alice Kennedy Richie 113233435
Yes, the second I hit the button, I knew that it was a mistake and I tried to correct it, but the web site message said that it was pending and wouldn't let me fix it.

I am Elizabeth and Harry's great-granddaughter through their son Robert, my grandfather, and my mother, his second daughter. I very much appreciate the updates you've added especially from the local papers as I don't live in Iowa and it has been a challenge for me to research from Pittsburgh, PA. It was wonderful for me to make that connection and know about him. My mother doesn't speak of her father because she was estranged from him throughout most of his life. She won't speak of him to me.

I had Elizabeth's obituary, but not Harry's and really appreciate that you added it. I've been researching for some time and not been able to find out about the details of his death until the recent Ancestry release and then you added his obituary.

So, thanks again and I will slow down and try to get it right as I add information that I have uncovered from records.
With much gratitude,
Added by katbarn on Aug 14, 2017 3:14 PM
RE: Clarence Sylvester Shives DOD edit
The California Death Index shows Clarence Sylvester Shives died October 5, 1955.
The U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans for Clarence S. Shives shows his date of death as October 5, 1955.
Added by Judy on Aug 04, 2017 8:06 PM
Brian Shuppy
Thank you!
Thanks for recently posting a picture and information on Caroline F. Shuppey (Shuppy)# 181026205. According to my research the information you posted is correct. I do have her DOB as 15 August 1877, with parents of Henry John Schoppe # 102899099 and Anna Amelia Schmidtlein # 102899160.
Added by Brian Shuppy on Aug 03, 2017 7:28 AM
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