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Syd Gardner (#47902230)
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Bio Photo I'm a dedicated & fanatic family historian & have been on THE QUEST since 1955. I can concentrate on my ancestors but get easily side-tracked by in-laws & the cousins of cousins of cousins, if you know what I mean, & if you love family history as much as I do, then you do know!


"As we think well of ourselves, let us remember that we are standing on the shoulders of the generations before, for if they had not come, we would not be here."



"A US military veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'"


By Thelma Greene Reagan

Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.

Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.

Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.

Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.

Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.

Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.

Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.


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RE: James Sweet Memorial #95721302
I received permission from the photographer to add James Sweet's headstone picture to this memorial. Makes me happy!
Added by smespedal on Apr 22, 2017 10:01 AM
James Sweet Memorial #95721302
This James Sweet is buried in Rhode Island Historical Cemetery #41 in Homestead, Prudence Island, Rhode Island. The source is a booklet mailed to me by Joseph Bains, Prudence Historian, pages not numbered. There is also a photo in the booklet but because of copywrite restrictions, I am unable to add it without their written permission, which I am currently seeking. This guy's ancestor, John Sweet b ca 1600, is my 12th great-grandfather. Sharleen
Added by smespedal on Apr 21, 2017 2:14 PM
Josephine Armstrong

Josephine's CORRECT spelling of her maiden name was "Gourieux". Her father was Emile Dominique (died March 2, 1935) Gourieux, and her mother was Josephine Hazotte (died April 10, 1952).

Please correct this... Thanks

Gary R. Halasey
Added by Gary on Apr 17, 2017 5:58 PM
Cheryl Choate
James H. Greenway and his family
I thank you for all the work you've done on Find A Grave. I really appreciate that you have such a love for it. I know just how you feel.

I'm contacting you about #155607287, James Harrison Greenway. He was my maternal grandmother's paternal grandfather.

I would like to know if you have documentation for his wives and where you found it. If you still have them, would you be willing to email them to me? I don't have this information as my grandmother told us she'd forgotten so much.

She said that James married two Lowery sisters, Minnie and Betsy but it turns out it was Easter and Bettie. Edna Robinson was his daughter-in-law (married John Thomas Britton Greenway), my grandmother's mother. Fletcher and Wilburn were sons of James and Bettie. John, Babe, Mack, Lula Belle and Beuhler Dell (twins), Cora and Walter belonged to James and Easter Lowery Greenway. Also I have a lot more information to fill this memorial out, if you like. Please email me at

:) Cheryl Choate Steward
Added by Cheryl Choate on Apr 17, 2017 5:12 AM
Emma Morgan
RE: It would be much appreciated, ~

Added by Emma Morgan on Apr 14, 2017 1:25 PM
Margaret Elizabeth Burney
She was not a Davidson. She first married R.M. (Rufus) Davidson in Montgomery County in 1877 and then married Joseph Burney in 1883 (under the name of Davidson). Margaret appears to have been the daughter of William and Emily Heflin Rinehart. At least this is what my research has uncovered. Her son Jesse's obituary states his mother was a Rinehart.
Added by lcarter on Apr 13, 2017 7:04 PM
Tim Heath
Marriage Date
Perry Marshall Thomas; F.A.G. # 147315040 and Isabelle Jane (Heath) F.A.G. # 147314781 were married on 23 Apr. 1885
Added by Tim Heath on Apr 09, 2017 4:36 PM
John Rains
Do you know any relatives of Captain John Rains' son John Rains? You have created pages for some of his descendants.
John Rains' cemetery (son of Capt John Rains) was destroyed by a greedy auto shop next door who falsified statements to the judge. They said the cemetery was abandoned with no visitors over the previous year, despite the fact that descendants along with the Davidson County Cemetery Survey Commission and Nashville Historical Society hired an archaeologist who restored the cemetery and was there daily for months preceeding when the auto shop filed the court papers. No prayer service was performed when they were reburied, and headstones that had just been restored were carelessly broken in the move. The family didn't know until we tried to visit it and it was a newly paved parking lot. John Rains was the son of one of the original Nashville Tennessee settlers Captain John Rains.
We need as many descendants as possible to count when filing a complaint against the auto shop for not notifying the family of the court petition or date as well as lying to the judge. Descendants don't have to be formally included on the lawsuit, but I do need their name to pass along to the lawyer who contacted us who volunteered to file the complaint (we need their names so we don't count them twice in our number). We just need names of descendants of John Rains who agree that the cemetery shouldn't have been dug up and destroyed without notifying the family. This doesn't typically happen and it needs to be brought to the court's attention so it won't happen to other small family cemeteries. The bigger the numbers, the better result to get the judge's attention that this decision hastily made based on lies was a poor choice. I can give the lawyer's email address to anyone who would prefer to contact him directly. I don't think the judge is going to be too happy when he finds out he was lied to and tricked. Thank you for your consideration!
Jennifer Kimbrell jenkimbrell
Added by JenniferMK on Apr 05, 2017 2:22 PM
Jessie pearl Hall 142739175
I will send soon. The reason I want to be sure before I send is that I have sent several to different managers and they were not added. As for me I am always glad to add one.
Thank you.
Added by MN on Apr 03, 2017 3:40 PM
Rick Woosley
Richard Spence Laitinen
Hello Syd,
This baby's name is actually Robert Spence Laitinen...He was my Mom's brother. Thanks for your work putting my family into Find a Grave!
Rick Woosley
Added by Rick Woosley on Apr 01, 2017 9:46 AM
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