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Ralph Edwards (#46940414)
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Bio Photo Born Chicago, have lived in IL, MI, Germany, NJ and AL currently, with a summer home, my great grandfather Silas Benjamin Anway's farm house, in Central Lake MI. Graduate of U. of Michigan and U. of Illinois. Retired physicist, communications engineer, and professor. The picture at left is 50 years old.

The majority of my older memorials are for my and my wife's relatives, their spouses, and the spouses's parents. Of particular interest are the surnames Edwards, Westbrook, Nate, Anway, Sanford, Brown, Budde, Wolf, Lanterman, Bordenca, Diliberto, Tortorici, Corrente, Rizzo, LoCicero, Calabrese, LoVoi, and Tamburello. I have source information for my relatives. Virtual cemeteries are my direct Ancestors, Anway/Nanny, Brown and Lanterman. The Lantermans are descendants of Johann Peter Lanterman b. ca 1714 and his wife. Anway/Nanny are all descendants of William Nanne b. 1720. Brown will contain the descendants of Walter Brown born ca 1727 on Long Island. When I enter a memorial, I attempt to find the parents and link them, if you know the parents' grave locations, please let me know. My sources for my relatives are in the database rtegen on Rootsweb Worldconnect. The link is at the bottom of this profile.

A newer project is the genealogy of Antrim Co., Michigan. For more information on some of the people there (eventually all I can find data for), go to Rootsweb Worldconnect and select the centrallake database. Many memorials in the cemeteries near Central Lake including Southern, Bayview, Dunsmore, Morehouse, Antrim and the two Lakeviews are not my kin and are available for transfer to descendants. Please say how you are related when requesting a transfer. All but very recent graves in Central Lake have been photographed. I will continue to enter unmarked graves from records. I am now going through all the memorials in Southern Cemetery, adding detail, linking individuals, correcting errors, and adding all the entries to the the Rootsweb database mentioned above. So far I've gotten to Carpenter, so it will be a while. However, I enter related families as I go. So far 14,500 individuals from Antrim co, Michigan or nearby, their ancestors, or descendants have been entered. I am entering grave locations for Southern cemetery as I review the records, and also adding grave locations as captions on photos I have supplied when I do not control the memorial. If there is no location for a burial in Southern Cemetery, send me a message and I will attempt to add it.
To other researchers in Michigan, has recently added a large number of death certificates for 1921-1952, and 1897-1952 are available on Seeking Michigan. Family search also has records for 1867-1896. These have exact death dates, often birth dates, and locations. Please use these databases to flesh out your entries and find birth dates for those with no birth date on the stone or when no age or birth information is on the stone. Do this especially for Civil War markers. Honoring our veterans is fine, but giving them bare bones memorials is cutting them short. Also, their military service is not all they did, give them rounded out bios; family comes first. And please, expand the abbreviations used on those markers. It's FINDagrave, Wm, Sam'l, Jas, and Jno are not going to be found. If you use abbreviations, expect a correction from me.

I will be happy to add bios, obituaries, correct errors, add links, and credit your contribution. Please let me know how you know what you send.

I never enter duplicate memorials intentionally, except in the rare case when the older memorial was entered under a name different from what is on the marker, usually the name of a later husband. I think this should be fixed by allowing multiple married names for women. In those rare cases I include the number of the other memorial that uses a name not on the marker in the bio. When I create a memorial I use the name on the marker plus any known middle name, as the rules suggest, and give other married names in the bio and link to the other husbands. If you enter two names in the family name field, it makes the memorial unfindable. When I link, I link to the older memorial. If I have entered a duplicate unintentionally, let me know, and I will fix it.

I research all entries. If I find solid information that the dates on the marker are incorrect, unfortunately fairly common, I enter the best dates available.

You may copy my photos and put them on your site, preferably with attribution. You may not charge anyone for a copy or use the photo in any for-profit endeavor. If you copy the contents of any bio that is not just a copy or digest of an obituary, as a favor to those who may want the source, attach the Findagrave number or my name.
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Messages left for Ralph Edwards (159)[Leave Message]
RE: Mable Somerville Pothoff Bolser
Thanks for the info. I was seeing the other names also, but did not see anything for her name at the time of death. The woman who created the other memorial is deceased, but let me do more checking. I have no problem moving the photos over to her husband she is buried with. The cemetery record from the city do show her sir name at the time of death as Bolser, and Laura used those records to load Oakwood. I was hoping we could hook her up to her last husband so it would answer questions when others looked at the memorial. Your gracious sharing of info will let us see what we can do. Laura's memorial can still be edited. Thanks for all you do.
Added by butterfly on Mar 14, 2017 9:45 AM
Mable Somerville Pothoff Bolser
Please give me your reference information on her marriage to Bolser. I found other marriages and a similar name. The memorial that I created was from the photo that I took. Thank you
Added by butterfly on Mar 13, 2017 12:42 PM
Diane L. Teague Webb
Thurston Scott Edwards
Please see my work in Find A Thurston Scott Edwards #60623596. He and Mary E. Gardner Edwards had a son Fred Edwards that married 1/wife Theressa E. Monks d/o John and Emma A. Switzer Monks.
Theressa called "Ella" was the sister to Herbert Monks of Ionia Co., MI and Flint, Genesee Co., MI. who was the 2nd husband of my grandmother Elfa Rose Babcock, Foster, Monks. Herbert and Elfa Monks buried in Fair Plains Cemetery in Grand Rapids, MI. My grandmother Elfa Babcock was born in Alleyton, Denver Twp., Newaygo Co., MI.
Seeking information on Paul H. Edwards b. abt. 1905 son od Fred and Theressa E. Monks Edwards.
Any information appreciated.

Diane L. Teague Webb
Trabuco Canyon, CA.
Added by Diane L. Teague Webb on Mar 04, 2017 5:53 PM
Traci Wood
RE: Zook
Thanks I was looking for info..
Added by Traci Wood on Feb 26, 2017 6:23 PM
Traci Wood

Are you any kin to the Zooks? Doing research for my BiL..

Added by Traci Wood on Feb 26, 2017 10:43 AM
Mathew Helms
Hi Ralph,
Took care of the info for his bio. Thanks.
Happy Friday,
Added by garrett324 on Feb 10, 2017 3:45 PM
Robert Worden
I looked in the cemetery records I have. They are older ones from the cemetery office. Shows service date of 05-01-1924, then looked in Seeking Mich and found a certificate 08-09-1873 12-23-1923. He is beside Alice, 1960
Added by Robert Worden on Feb 08, 2017 8:04 AM
melissa w
RE: Hi Ralph
Hi Ralph,

Thanks for the info, I usually use more than one source for documentation. I like to have death certificates and Obituaries.

As far as the obituaries I posted to Wm L. VanDeveneter and his 2nd Wife "Delia", those are my photos of the Obit Taken from the News Review.

I haven't posted the ones that are found from Family Search.
It's mostly for Relatives of "Delia", the Murray side.

I did read your bio, let me just say, it's quite the bio. I also spent some time in Germany, but I lived in Italy for 3 years, near Austria Border.

Well I,posted the obits, so you can leave them if you would like, I need to make a trip to the Petoskey & Charlevoix Library Sometime to find some more Obits.
I agree with you on these silly copy right laws on photos/obits/articles published in a public paper.
Added by melissa w on Feb 07, 2017 10:42 AM
melissa w
Hi Ralph
Hey..just a quick note,
I see your name pop up on a quite a few bios on memorial pages. I'm just trying to fill in the gaps and connections as I run across them. I found some pioneer obits that I accidently ran into..but there prob copy righted and I don't have access to the Grand Rapids Press Microfilm Reels. It's odd that the obits are released there when they lived in died in Charlevoix/Antrim Countries. So I think maybe transcribing then and then leave a source Website for them is prob the best way to go,

Take Care!
Added by melissa w on Feb 07, 2017 7:00 AM
melissa w
RE: William L VanDeventer
Hi Ralph,
Thanks for asking and problem!
I am trying to complete all the Murrays in Charlevoix and Antrim Counties. My maiden name is Murray from Charlevoix County. Speaking of which, are you from the area?

I have two Sources Charlevoix County Index and Social Security Index.

I also have his obituary and I can add that to Find A Grave..they kinda frown on that kinda of thing, but people add them anyways.
I like them because I like documented proof of Birth, Death, Marriages, Kids, and parents, I'm sort of a Obituary Hunter,
and they tell more accurate info then census records.

His obituary is wrong for his spouses name, she was quite hard to was because of her name, she went by her middle name on many documents, then I found one that used her real name and I found her obituary as well.

I'll add his obit and his spouses obit and you can decide if you want to keep them there or delete them. I am fine to have them left, but everyone is different about that sort of thing,

If you are ever on Ancestory.Com. My Tree is Called:
Kraemer-Murray-Bingham-Hamm and it's public. I have traced the Murrays back to Canada, but my goal is to track them into Scotland and it's a bit harder as documents are harder to find and I haven't found any ship passenger list, yet!

Added by melissa w on Feb 07, 2017 6:13 AM
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