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Richard K Thompson (#46900770)
 member for 9 years, 11 months, 26 days
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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.


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 19, 2016 (profile updated)

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RE: Making memorials
Thanks for the information, Richard. I will read the FAQ's and figure out what I can do!!
Added by Michelle on Mar 14, 2017 4:23 PM
RE: Zilpha Elder Donohue. (Mrs B. F. Donohue
Thanks for your response.
I am new to looking for my relatives so I didn't understand that you have to have a memorial before you link them to their family.
Just to clarify, I can go to the Calvary Cemetery in Ottumwa site and add my grandmother's information myself?
Thanks again for all of your help.
Michelle Hamel
Added by Michelle on Mar 14, 2017 11:26 AM
List of Walter Elder Children
I am just starting to work on my family tree. I appreciate all of the information you have shared. I am the granddaughter of Zilpha Elder Donohue. (Mrs B. F. Donohue). Her name is not included in the list of children of Walter and Effie Elder. My grandmother was born in 1904 and died in 1996. She died in Clinton, Iowa and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa. I am so fascinated by all the information I have been able to find about my great grandparents. Thanks so much for all you do.
Michelle Shannon Hamel
Topeka, KS
Added by Michelle on Mar 11, 2017 3:43 PM
I just read the bagpipe story you have in your profile. Much fun!
Added by itsonlypaint on Mar 10, 2017 1:38 PM
RE: Nelanola Florence Wilson Atwood memorial update
Hi Richard,
Thanks for your reply. I'm glad you were able to track down Nelanola Florence's family. Thanks for all you do!
Added by itsonlypaint on Mar 10, 2017 1:33 PM
Julia Glueck
Matilda A. Quick
Father: Anders Olofsson Qvick
October 16, 1819 Goteve, Skaraborgs Lan, Sweden
February 03, 1901 York, Neb
Burial: Bethesda Cemetery, York, Neb

Mother: Maria Maja Andersdotter
June 11, 1821 Skraddargarden, Ostra Tunhem, Sweden
December 29, 1894 Halford, Kansas
Buried: Gem, Kansas Cemetery

Matilda married Nils Johan Anderson who took her maiden name becoming John Quick.

Siblings: Herman Quick October 10, 1851-March 27, 1906
Caroline Quick April 12, 1854 - June 24, 1912
Frans Oscar Quick November 04, 1861 - December 25, 1949
Alfred John Quick January 05, 1856 - September 15, 1937
Added by Julia Glueck on Feb 28, 2017 11:59 AM
Pamala Townley
RE: Lillian Elaine Aisley Townley Elder memorial update
Thank you very much. Everything looks good from here.
Added by Pamala Townley on Feb 22, 2017 7:32 PM
Linda Linn
Hayden photo
Thanks for taking and adding this photo!
Added by Linda Linn on Feb 21, 2017 12:55 PM
Margaret Jo Bustamante
Augusta Ann Peebler Wagner
I am the great granddaughter of Augusta Ann Peebler Wagner and her husband, Joseph Henry Wagner. Only 2 of their children are listed on their Find A Grave websites, Memorial # 87204467 and #87204431. Their other children were: Fannie A. - 1872-1929, Ida May 1874-1959, Katie Lou (my grandmother) 1877-1959, Maggie Bell - birth and death unknown, Ellis - 1883-1947, Minnie Maude - 1885-1957.

I already knew my grandmother's birth and death dates and I found the names, birth and death dates of her other children on the website under Augusta Ann Peebler Wagner's name.

I would appreciate it if you could add the above information to the list of my great grandparents' children.

Thank you.
Margaret Jo Bustamante
Added by Margaret Jo Bustamante on Feb 18, 2017 7:47 PM
Andrew W Anderson, Memorial# 71640905
Oops - There is a headstone for Andrew W. Anderson - just not in that cemetery!
Sometimes newspapers get it wrong. You quoted the "Fairfield Tribune" as saying he was buried in Upland Cemetery, Lockridge. You state: "No headstone is known to exist for Andrew W Anderson."

BUT Andrew William Anderson has a very nice headstone with his wife, Carrie Dorothy Reeder Anderson (1863 - 1948) HERE:
See: Memorial# 60278053
In Lockridge Cemetery
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
Created by: K L Bonnett
Record added: Oct 18, 2010

Kindly delete yours.
Added by pMcP on Feb 18, 2017 11:59 AM
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