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The Pathfinder (#48133744)
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Bio Photo Intense curiosity about my heritage began before turning 21 years of age.

It started when my brother uncovered, in our uncles attic, a newspaper published on the day of Abraham LINCOLN's death.

I began by writing letters, and was encouraged by some elderly kin that responded quickly and precisely with information that today could never be found, anywhere!

Over the years, I have seen family history research change in every area you can image because of the internet which can be both good and bad when it comes to accuracy along with your time, effort and expenses.

I live in Southern California, about 10 miles from the international border at Tijuana. Just recently, I joined Find A Grave as a member-sponsor.

The last few months have found me walking Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita plus La Vista Memorial Park in National City, California, taking pictures of tombstones, as well as the surrounding area of said tombstones, in order to give someone an idea of where the grave is located within the park.

So, if you have anyone's grave, in either of these two cemeteries that you would like a picture of their stone and surroundings, I would be happy to do that for you.

I have spent a number of years studying the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia where I have many direct lines to the original settlers; my grandparents, Jost and Anna Maria (MERKLE) HITE, with my direct linage through their daughter, Magdalena who married Jacob CHRISMAN and from their there are too many to mention such as GOCHENOUR, RITTER.

In my historical adventures I found that both my mother and father have multiple LOOMIS lines.

Both my mother's RUSSELLs and my father's CARLTONs were straight out of County Kent, England coming in the 1800s.

Full circle my father's mother, truly German, as per the above HITEs, her grandfather, Adam DILLER came, in the late 1840s, from Germany to live beside the old Shenandoah Valley German-Swiss families moved to Otter Creek, Illinois and this is where I started my research many years ago.

So, with the stubbornness of a German and the tenacity of an Englishwoman I continue a 45 plus years search and rescue of family members reuniting them through time and space with the links, notes and photos.


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Nancy Breth
Elias Ritter
WOW Thank You very provided info that I have not been able to find.
Added by Nancy Breth on Feb 09, 2017 7:04 PM
Nancy Breth
Margaret Ritter Funk
Margaret Elizabeth Ritter was born in 1888 in Warren County Va.. Her parents were Charles Ritter and Josephine Loveless. I have a copy of their marriage lic. from Nov 1879. His parents was Elias and Louisa Eliza Kidwell. I have a copy of their marriage bond from 1846 also in Warren County Va..

Elias was born about 1823 and Charles was born about 1849.
Added by Nancy Breth on Feb 09, 2017 5:01 PM
Nancy Breth
My grandmother is Margaret Ritter Funk from Warren County Va.. I have been trying to find information on the Ritter family and I am not having much luck. If you have info on the Ritter family from Warren or Shenandoah county Va. please let me know.

Nancy Funk Breth
Added by Nancy Breth on Feb 09, 2017 11:36 AM
Robin Slater Boyd
Can't believe I lost your email :( Could you email me I have 2 pics from Quincy that I'm pretty sure they are Sawin, but not 100%. If I send you the pics maybe you would know if they are family? Stone says Anna 1869-1942 Frank J 1866-1936 they are right by a big "Sawin" stone. Tried every which way and I don't believe they are listed anywhere. There was a baby burried by them with the last name Patterson. Thanks! Robin Boyd
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Oct 24, 2016 7:06 PM
Robin Slater Boyd
Hot is right :(
Will do my friend :) Feel like I'm living in Va Beach again :) My husband retired from the Navy. When it's hot and humid I stay in ac :)
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Jul 14, 2016 11:08 AM
Robin Slater Boyd
RE: Sherman Famlies
My family is all from Pa. Started out near Bear Lake. I think I'm going to talk my husband into taking a ride there soon. It's not that far but I'm not the best at directions. I didn't tell you but the first time I went to photo Mina I ended up at Pleasant Valley :) ROTFLOL didn't realize till I was almost done. The next time I went I asked someone when I got to the main street in Sherman. At least I found it this time :)
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Jul 13, 2016 5:01 PM
Kim Ensign
RE: Delores Ann (Gould) (Good) ______(?)
I didn't know he was married before ! I added the info you gave me and came up with this!
Email me
Added by Kim Ensign on Jul 11, 2016 1:34 PM
Lydia Ritter Trenary
I wonder if we are talking about the same Lydia. Lydia does have a sister Lucinda but the census records you provided me to add to her memorial appear to be another Lydia. Please email me at so I can understand better and maybe learn more about my 3rd great grandmother. Thank you.
Added by naominlester on Jul 11, 2016 12:50 PM
Robin Slater Boyd
RE: Sherman Famlies
Holy cow if I need to know how to figure out my family nut tree you may be the one to go to :) It's coming along but not as deep as yours. You did a great job. When you mention those names there are many in Mina :) Cool to know where they came from. Glad to help :)
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Jul 08, 2016 5:32 PM
Robin Slater Boyd
Sherman Famlies
I noticed you put a flower on Ottaway's? Are they also related to you? If so Horarito is 6431196
Jennie (wife) 10712169 and then there is a baby in between them that isn't listed I listed it as baby Ottaway No info on headstone :( 166632615 In would believe since the child is buried between them, that it's a child they lost :(
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Jul 08, 2016 8:06 AM
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