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Carol (#46859893)
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Thanks to a lady named Annette and the photo she placed on Find A Grave, I was able to break through a brick wall in my quest to document the family tree. Since then I've placed a number of requests. I am very grateful to the folks who took pictures and filled those requests.

I pretty much limit myself to taking pictures in the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco. It's an absolutely beautiful place with lawn that would make any gardener envious and with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.

If there is anything I put up on this web site that needs correcting or that you would like me to remove, please let me know. If you would like me to transfer a memorial to you, please let me know. Be sure you are logged in and then use the edit tab. With the exception of my own family's memorials, I would be happy to make the transfer.

Through Find A Grave I've been privileged to come in contact with some really wonderful people. This is a team effort and it is amazing how this database has grown. It is fun, even though it can occasionally be awkward when I tell someone I take tombstone pictures. :-) There have been many kind e-mails and public messages. While it is always nice to get a pat on the back, that is not why I do it. I do it in the hopes that what I do might help others as much as the work of others has helped me. Over the years there have been a few disagreements, very few. With an exchange of private e-mails disagreements usually get worked out. That is part of the teamwork. But I find public messages that are not polite to be uncalled for. I was raised to believe that you praise in public and criticize in private.
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Pat Vasatka
RE: Edmund William Bayley
Thank you, I will work on getting the other transferred.

thank you for taking the time to log these and for sharing this one with me.
Added by Pat Vasatka on Jan 05, 2017 1:38 PM
Pat Vasatka
RE: Edmund William Bayley
Thank you so much. I didn't realize that hers was an upload.
I'll work on that.
Take care and thank you for the work you do on this.
Added by Pat Vasatka on Jan 03, 2017 6:36 PM
Pamela Givens
grateful for your grave photos
I just wanted to say thank you very much for posting a photo of my grand fathers grave site. I never met him before but my mom was overwhelmed with joy from this find. she lost contact from her father as a child. My mothers parents where married but separated when she was young. my mother doesn't remember him much so we a truly thankful for these photos.

from the Givens family
Thank you!
Added by Pamela Givens on Dec 13, 2016 2:27 PM
Deb McCallister
RE: Burton Francis Bratt
Oh yes, I sent it to my cousin to share with her husband's family. Thanks.
Added by Deb McCallister on Dec 07, 2016 2:22 PM
Deb McCallister
RE: Burton Francis Bratt
You are like me, I don't think pages need to be posted when you can add the pertinent info. (I have so many people say they like the amount I post) I don't repeat anything already on the page. I would hate for my family member to have a death cert. posted!I will check that certificate out. Thanks.
Added by Deb McCallister on Dec 06, 2016 8:38 PM
Deb McCallister
RE: Burton Francis Bratt # 104503289
Can you get a copy of the Benjamin Bratt family picture and post it on his page (1832- 1895). I figure you can share them since anyone on that site can take any from f.a.g. I'd love to see it closer up!
Added by Deb McCallister on Dec 06, 2016 7:49 PM
Deb McCallister
RE: Burton Francis Bratt # 104503289
Yes, that is the last location I was given for them and I also saw that on I do not subscribe to ancestry, I did once but found nothing I needed and I just use the free sites now. I also don't like that they changed their policy to let anyone take any of your personal family pictures without asking. I have seen several of mine that are linked with wrong info. and even a wrong person. I was not given anything on Burton (from the family)that showed he had married more than once so I assume Opal was the only one. Always interesting what you find online! Have a good evening.
Added by Deb McCallister on Dec 06, 2016 7:40 PM
Deb McCallister
RE: Burton Francis Bratt # 104503289
Hi Carol, Thank you for offering to transfer Burton's page but I am not directly related to the Bratts either. They are my cousin's extended family and she doesn't like to get on the computer much so she gives me bit and pieces of history every once in awhile on them. I am still trying to find where Burton's wife Opal and their children are - not sure how long that will take so I may not have any changes to be made for awhile. Have a good day!
Added by Deb McCallister on Dec 06, 2016 3:58 PM
ka sp
RE: William Francis Schlekau # 159772090
Johan Kroplin and Christine Kroplin from Mecklinberg, Germany had Wilhelmina. They settled in Will County, IL (Southwest suburb of Chicago).

Johan Schlekau (John) February 22, 1839- September 20, 1904- 60 years old) was born in Lneburg, Germany (31 miles SE of Hamburg) (married Wilhelmina Kroplin Schlekau (October 10, 1850- January 15, 1909- 68 years old) who was from Hamburg according to the 1880 census.
A blizzard and temperatures of −18 F (−28 C) occurred on January 1, 1864 in the Chicago, IL area. On January 21, 1864 in Joliet, IL, John Schlekau enlisted in the Civil War (War Between the States) for a 3 year period but only served 18 months due to wounded in action with an honorable discharge on June 3, 1865 at Fort Douglas, IL. He was almost 25 years old. During his military service he was assigned to Company F of the 64th Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Company F was comprised of volunteers from Will County, IL. John came from Frankfort, IL (southwest suburb of Chicago). John married Wilhelmina when he returned from military service when Wilhelmina was 16 years old and John was 27 years old.
Added by ka sp on Aug 07, 2016 10:14 PM
ka sp
RE: William Francis Schlekau # 159772090
I went to the Minnesota Historical Society at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul, MN. I made copies and uploaded the death certificates of Albert, Frederick, father and son Johan. I also have Edward and Christina Neumann's but can't upload them until I find their grave.

Edward John Neumann (June 24, 1861-May 10, 1922- 60 years old) married Christina Schlekau (Schleker) (April 3, 1867-November 30, 1935-68 years old) on June 26, 1885 at St Peter, MN. They lived at 211 N. Elm St, Fairmont, MN since 1891. Edward was a merchant and retired 12 years before his death at the age of 48 years old. Edward had cancer of the esophagus for 1 year.

Edward and Christina had 11 children. Christina died of Parkinson for 6 months and pneumonia for 3 days. She was 68 years old. They are both buried at Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont, MN. (Martin county)

1. Emma Carolina (May 20, 1886- April 16, 1975) 88 years
2. Bertha A. (May 9, 1888- March 20, 1974) 85 years
3. Henry John (April 19, 1890- November 4, 1982) 92 years
4. Emil Otto (December 30, 1891- April 25, 1964) 72 years
5. Margaret Ann (September 18, 1894- June 2002) 107 years
6. Theodore Fredrick (October 1, 1896- July 21, 1939) 42 years
7. Alma Lydia Anna (December 23, 1898- April 16, 1987) 88 years
8. Edward Charles (November 1, 1900- March 31, 1984) 83 years
9. Arnold Henry (January 24, 1903- November 27, 1995) 92 years
10. Roy Harold (March 25, 1905-after 1992)
11. Clarence Henry (October 29, 1907- May 24, 1992) 84 years
Added by ka sp on Aug 07, 2016 10:02 PM
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