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Cindy K. Coffin (#47084179)
 member for 8 years, 9 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo Projects I am currently coordinating are listed below.

19th Indiana Infantry, Civil War - Working with a team of contributors to build a virtual cemetery for this "Iron Brigade of the West" regiment. Phil Harris is identifying and photographing as many burial locations as possible for soldiers in this regiment. Rick France, Greg Tompkins, Eric Lowman, Deanna Peterson and I support his work. Phil does his own investigative research to locate the burial sites. When he identifies unmarked graves or badly deteriorated markers that are beyond repair, he works with the Veterans Administration to have new markers made. He then installs the 200 lb. markers all by himself. Sometimes he gets a little help.

Phil's web site for the 19th Indiana is at Phil and other 19th Indiana Infantry volunteers have personally visited the grave sites of the men who served in this regiment. Here is the list of the unmarked graves they have identified, and of markers that need to be replaced or repaired.

US-Dakota War - Coordinating the development of a virtual cemetery for people who were key figures, survivors, victims, or casualties of the US-Dakota War, including Native Americans. Many volunteers have contributed to this project. The Dakota voice needs much better and stronger representation in this history. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to help.

Genealogy and Family History - Surnames that I am researching include Adams, Andersson, Beebe/Beeby, Berglund, Brandl, Brooks, Christiansen /Christensen, Coffin, Gilmore, Howell, Jensen, Larson, Malmstrom, Morgan, Piehl, Pikal, Randall, Rowe, Stewart, Stroud, Suchomel, Taber/Tabor, Van Slyck, Vikre/Wickre/Wikre, and Wilcox.

Thanks to all the contributors who have generously transferred memorials, responded to photo requests, or reached out in many other ways to help with these projects.

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Shakopee I
Cindy, I've located a couple of graves for your virtual cemetery for the 3rd Minn Inf. William Hockridge and Col. Henry Lester. I am happy to send along the photos but would like to ask a favor in return. Would you give me a citation for the information you used for the memorial for Chief Shakopee I?
Added by StPaulGuy on Jul 25, 2017 9:32 PM
Pamela Cook
Pages were found in a Turner Bible recording the births and deaths of Thomas Benton and Susan Rhodes and their children. There is a notation " Our Father Thomas Benton died December 31st, 1869". I noticed that one of the families you research is the Gilmore family. Our Gilmores lived in Bargerville, Indiana and are buried in the Bargersville cemetery and the Gilmore Pioneer cemetery. I have not been able to establish a connection with the Bentons to Turners, Gilmores, Baileys or Baxters or any other family surname so it is curious that this family is written in a family Bible. Do you have any information that could help me do this? Thank you!
Added by Pamela Cook on Jul 10, 2017 7:41 AM
Linda Simmons
Lafayette W Simmons
Dear Cindy,
Thank you so much for your work with genealogy and Civil War memorials.

My husband is the great grandson of Lafayette W Simmons (1832-1918). We have never been able to find a death Certificate for him, and could not see a date on the tombstone. Is it just not visible in the photo, or do you have other information for his date of death? We are hoping to determine the names of his parents.

Best Regards,
JOhn and Linda Simmons

Added by Linda Simmons on Jun 01, 2017 10:23 AM
The Ancestor Hunter
Jane Morgan Holme
Have you seen this typescript, microfilm FHL 6410, Descendants of Morgan ap Rhydderch and Jane Rhydderch, by Horatio Gates Jones?

It contains info on the Morgan/Jones line.

pg 11 Shows a birth 1701. It indicates it is probably an error.

No. 13. I. Jame Morgan.
Born in Wales, Samuel Jenkins says she was 11 years of age when she arrived in America in 1712. If this be true she was born in 1701, and would make her five years older than her husband. It is probably a mistake. Her mother Priscilla died Dec 17, 1711, at sea on voyage to America. She married ....
Added by The Ancestor Hunter on May 07, 2017 6:33 PM
Frank A.Westgate
19th Regiment, Indiana Infantry
Just A Thank You ... GG Grandson of Lester D Winters ...I've bee trying to find a solid photo of Lester or the company if you coma across that pls let me know
Added by Frank A.Westgate on May 02, 2017 11:52 PM
Doug Carter
A C Ingalls of 1st Minn Cavalry
I found the grave of a member of the 1st Minn Mounted Rangers aka 1st Minn Cavalry that is not listed in the virtual cemetery for this unit. His name was A C Ingalls who was a Sgt. in Company K of the 1st Minn Cavalry. Below is a link to his grave in Riverview Cemetery in Elmore, Minn.
Added by Doug Carter on Feb 07, 2017 6:24 AM
Barzillai Ray
Duplicates deleted - thanks for the catch.

BTW, you need to change the year of Ray's death to 1821. The whale rammed and sank the 'Essex' 11/20/1820. The three whaleboats that were left stayed together 1/11/1821, when they were separated by a squall. Per the two survivors in George Pollard's boat, Ray died 2/11/1821, and was consumed by Pollard and Charles Ramsdell before they were rescued 2/23/1821.
Added by G-Man on Dec 29, 2016 6:31 PM
Maryann Smith
Solomon Benton Skinner
Hello, I am researching the family of Solomon and added some birth date change requests yesterday and have noticed that another person has started a Find A Grave page on him as well. They may not be aware that you already have one, I thought that you may want to contact them and let them know.
Created by: DSON1492
Record added: Dec 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102441392

Added by Maryann Smith on Nov 11, 2016 7:20 AM
Debbie Gwin
Elisha Coffin
Hello Cindy,
I am trying to find the link of my Great Great Grandfather Elias's father. Elias Clark Coffin was also born in Randolph County and I wonder if Elisha had children?

Debbie Gwin, Grandaughter of Jean Coffin Hunter Rayle!
Added by Debbie Gwin on Oct 10, 2016 9:01 PM
RE: Israel Beeby
Hi Cindy,
I guess I need to check for messages more often. Sorry. I know what you mean about a record of Israel P. Beebe in the Civil War, but there are a number of facts that confirm that it is not Israel PYLE Beeby/Beebe of Delaware County, PA. The I.P. Beebe in the Civil War was b. in Canada, was from Wisconsin in Civil War records, had resided in Neligh, Nebraska and had a sister named, Mrs. Joanna Develing, from Chebance, Illinois. The Israel Pyle Beeby/Beebe from PA never married Olive J. Kindred in 1872 in Acme, Grand Junction county, MI. There are quite a few records that indicate that there were two men named Israel P. Beebe (isn't that strange, by the way) but that the one who fought in the Civil War, was not the son of Daniel Beeby, Sr. and Elizabeth Taylor Beeby, from Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
I would be remiss if I did not take this chance to thank you for all of your work researching this family! I live a short drive from his home town, and yet you have managed to get photos of buildings, or remains of buildings, that are connected to this family, from the 19th century. I admire your research tenacity and skills.
Added by PegD625 on Sep 27, 2016 8:43 AM
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