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Johnny A Grumblenot (#46542671)
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Bio Photo I started working on my Family Tree when I was just ten years old. My mother's sister got me started, I think today she would be arrested for child endangerment. I was the only 10 year old in my neighborhood with a five drawer government issued gray filing cabinet filled with files of birth, marriage and death certificates, census reports and Civil War pension files. By high school I was skipping school to take the Metro bus into downtown Washington, DC to go to the National Archives to spend the day in a room filled with big gray manually operated microfilm machines scanning census reports one page at a time looking for my ancestors. We're talking the mid 70s, before indexes, computers, Family Tree Maker or

I split my time between my homes in Los Angeles, California and Deposit, New York so I can do my historical and genealogical research.

I am very thankful for Find A Grave, all your entries have helped me greatly. I research not only my line but all the siblings of my line. As a British lady friend of mine so aptly put it, "you're not doing your family tree darling, you're doing the whole bloody forest!"

When I create a memorial, I research the individual and write a biography for them. Even when I am "doing the whole bloody cemetery!"

Feel free to use my photographs, but it is nice to be credited for photos as I have put a lot of work into them. Unlike some photo contributors who take pictures of moss covered stones or grass or plants blocking the vital information we are all searching for; if necessary, I clean the stones, trim around them and if it is a veteran's grave and there is no flag there I place one there before photographing the grave.

If I have made any errors in their history or have any typographical error, please let me know and I will gladly correct them. I am sure I have OCD and mistakes really bother me.

"The man who feels no sentiment for the memory of his forefathers, who has no regard for his ancestors, or his kindred, is himself unworthy of kindred regard or remembrance." ... DANIEL WEBSTER
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You have everything you need. The funeral home is listed, that's where it came from. But if you look hard enough you might find a newspaper publication, an Afterlife listing or something else but sorry to say it came from the funeral home listed.
Added by Vern713 on Sep 17, 2017 9:56 PM
Betty Short
Lambert memorials...
Thank you for adding the rest of the Lambert gravestone photos, for cleaning the stones, and for linking this family...your work is much appreciated.
Betty Short
Added by Betty Short on Sep 02, 2017 5:21 PM
Thanks for the clarification. I was searching for an Amanda Hadley and came across those. Didn't find the one I was looking for though. I'm not familiar with either cemetery, since I live in Illinois. I appreciate you getting back to me. Wasn't sure you were aware of it, but I see now that you're on top of it. Thanks! Pam
Added by MidwestMom on Aug 23, 2017 8:39 AM
Betty Short
RE: Lambert memorials...
Thank you for the extra work you're doing in cleaning the gravestones before you photograph means a lot & is much appreciated. I will be looking for the other Lambert memorials as you add them. Thanks again...
Betty Short
Added by Betty Short on Aug 09, 2017 8:25 AM
Betty Short
Lambert memorials...
Thank you for cleaning & photographing the gravestones for Erving, David, & Betty Lambert. It is much appreciated.
Betty Short
Added by Betty Short on Aug 04, 2017 7:53 PM
Buel children
Just letting you know I fulfilled your photo requests for Dorlon and Willis Buel. I see the they died on the same day. Just curious if you know the cause of death? Doug C.
Added by DJC on Jul 09, 2017 12:31 PM
Donna Meridieth
RE: Minnie Carson
Since you also know relatives with a closer link then I, on Family Tree with the information I gave you is an unconfirmed photograph for John Ross Sterling. Is it possible to have their descendants look at it and confirm? Perhaps they were always the

Always, Donna
Added by Donna Meridieth on May 18, 2017 11:47 PM
Donna Meridieth
RE: Minnie Carson
Mary A Wood is Marie Alenna Skinner Wood and that is my ancestor. Her first marriage was to Wood then to Sterling, then to Kuehl. Her daughter Iva Peal Wood at the age of 19 married 47 year old Frederick F Dobney, a railroad man. At the time their child was two months old and they were seperated, he in a rage shot and killed Marie Alenna Skinner Wood, shot his wife Iva Pearl Wood Dobney who ended up surviving, put bullets through the cap of another child of Marie Alenna Skinner and then committed suicide. A complicated mess.

In trying to complete Mary Lena/Marie Alenna Skinners line, I have had to delve deeply into the Sterling line. ANother relative of LeRoy Stirling contacted me and I am attaching the note I sent to them. Perhaps you will be able to add information as well.

Donna Newton

Yesterday, 9:41 PM
josienr (
Dear Jo,

On which site have you noticed my work? Find A Grave or Family Search?

I am related to Marie Alenna Skinner. In the process of working her line I am trying to straighten out the Sterling lines. Of course there are always inconsistencies. One of the big ones I am working on is as follows and perhaps you would have information that can help.

John Ross Sterling married Marie Alenna and I have that documented pretty succesfully.

His first wife was Minnie Etta WIlday 1881 to 1961:

THey had four children: LeRoy, Lawrence, Ethel M, and Alton J. There have been some sites/private records that state Alton J is aka David Arthur Sterling.

I have found a marriage document that disputes the last information and shows David Arthur Sterling as a child of Minnie Wilday and Stephen Sterling. My thoughts are that perhaps Steven was a sibling of John Ross Sterling, (then he died and John married her), but have not been able yet to identify all four of William A Sterling and Elizabeth Stevenson (Stevens) children. The 1910 Census stated four children birthed and three children living. THen my next thought was perhaps it was an Uncle. When I explored the family of John M Sterling and Mrs Margaret Sterling I could not find a Steven. Related to David there was one document that said the father was George Stirling, George Steven Sterling?

In the 1910 Census I found LeRoy, Lawrence, Ethel and Alton living with the Stirling Grandparents. Any help or clues that I can dig deeper with would be helpful. I have put in about 40 hours this week on this line and have made progress, but as always there are gaps.

If you do not have a a family search account you can go there for free and I can give you the identifiers for LeRoys parents and you can explore from there. You may find some information that can be of use. I have tried to document my explorations thoroughly.

John Ross Sterling LT3L-FYD

Marie Alenna Sterling LT9G-F7Z

Minnie Etta WIlday L2T5-KPD

Hopefully, I have only added to our ancestors history with respect.

Always, Donna Meridieth
Added by Donna Meridieth on May 18, 2017 4:26 PM
Donna Meridieth
RE: Minnie Carson
Dear John,

I am related to Minnie through her husband John Ross Sterling-his first wife Marie Alenna Skinner who died a tragic death.

I have an obituary that lists the birthdate. I meedietely noted the difference from the record and attempted to find a primary source that supported the February date, and did not have it. Not even a Social Security Death Index, at least under the name of Minnie Carson. The obituary was in "The Oneonta Star
(Oneonta, New York)
15 Apr 1961, Sat Page 10."

I have no way of attaching it to this email, if you send a traditional one I can forward to you.Or I can upload it to the actual Find A Grave Memorial. If you would like me to remove it after you evaluate it please let me know. I know many documents can have misinformation. Do you have a primary source document birth/death record that you could upload? I have yet to find one online.

Thank you for protecting the integrity of your ancestors information.

Always, Donna
Added by Donna Meridieth on May 16, 2017 5:52 PM
RE: Duplicate listing
May 4th at 7pm Sharon Donahe will share her research on the North Afton Cemetery. The event will take place at the Bainbridge Historical Society. Sharon's email is
Added by LB@27 on Apr 30, 2017 12:23 PM
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