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John Van Essen (#47136297)
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Bio Photo I've been retired since 1996 and doing my family genealogy since 1997. See the Genealogy link on my home page, below, for all you'd ever want to know about my ancestors.

I'm a native of Brainerd, MN, and spend the warmer six months of the year in the Brainerd Lakes area.

I am the webmaster for the Evergreen Cemetery Association of Brainerd, MN, which operates Evergreen cemetery in Brainerd and Memorial Gardens cemetery north of Brainerd. The Association website (see either of the above two links) has a "Directory of the Dead" which lists all known burials in both cemeteries.

Evergreen is a special place for me. I have thirteen direct ancestors buried there, going back to my Swedish 3rd-great-grandmother, Christina Petersdotter Ryden, who came to Brainerd from Sweden in 1877 to be with her daughter's family and who died here in 1883.

The following memorials have transcriptions of interesting stories with lots of names about the early days (pre-1900) of Brainerd:

Nick Heller (Founding of Old-Timers Club)
C. D. Johnson (Brainerd 50th anniv. speech)
Werner Hemstead ("As I Remember")
Judge George Holland (His Generous Will)

I have been a photo request volunteer for Evergreen since 2010. Any photograph of a grave or monument that I have uploaded can be used for private use. For public use, permission is hereby granted provided credit is given - something like "Photo taken by John Van Essen, Find-a-Grave photo volunteer".

If you find that a photo taken by me or someone else is of poor quality (dirty marker or bad lighting), feel free to submit a photo request with an info note describing the problem to be remedied.

      The man who feels no sentiment of veneration for the memory of his forefathers; who has no natural regard for his ancestors of his kindred; is himself unworthy of kindred regard or remembrance. — Daniel Webster

It isn't the date on either end that counts
But how they used their dash
For that dash between the dates
Represents the time they spent alive on earth
And now only those who loved them know
What that little line is worth

- On the headstone for William Elliott Dudley

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Thank you for doing Wanda's memorial page. I will miss her. She was a mentor to me when I started Find A Grave. Peace be to her memory.
Added by Sandee on Oct 16, 2017 9:54 AM
Karen Warren
RE: Memorial #177371012
Hi John,
I just created a memorial for Theresa Boehm Newman Whaley. It is #183746023. Thank you for all you do
Karen Warren
Added by Karen Warren on Sep 26, 2017 10:36 AM
Karen Warren
Memorial #177371012
Hi John,
What wonderful work you do. Thank you for your time. Regarding the "In memory of Theresa Boehm" marker you have quite a bit of correct information regarding her family. Just this past weekend my sister sent me a family account handwritten by my Great Grandma Rose (Boehm) Billig. The last entry was 1927. Then I noticed additional entries in a different but familiar handwriting. I believe these new entries were done by my Grandmother Laura Boehm Gregory. One of the entries was "Theresa Newman Whaley, Theresa 62, died Aug 26 - 19 - 48". Well that put me on research adventure and this is what I have found. Theresa Boehm Newman married Wilmer Whaley in Millbrook, Dutchess, NY on July 1, 1939. Wilmer Whaley's 1st wife had died the year before. Theresa is in the 1940 federal Census living with Wilmer in Millbrook NY. Theresa dies Aug 26 1948 in Millbrook. She is listed in the New York death index. Now it took some searching but I found her headstone in 9 Partners cemetery, Millbrook NY under the memorial for Wilmer's 1st wife Mina Whaley. They share a headstone!!!! I will try to create an individual memorial for Theresa soon. She deserves it!
Question, are there any other Boehm or Newman stones close to the "in memory of Theresa Boehm"? I wonder why they only used her maiden name.
Thank you
Karen Warren
Added by Karen Warren on Sep 25, 2017 4:45 PM
Wanda's Obit
Thank you for sharing Wanda's obit -- us Central Minnesota gravers were wondering what happened to her. Peace!
Added by Wendelina on Sep 11, 2017 11:58 AM
Ken Gardner
RE: Monument on Edna Kerr Chisholm memorial
I am sorry for the error and sincerely apologize. Thank you for bringing this my attention. The subject photo has been removed. Ken Gardner
Added by Ken Gardner on Apr 30, 2017 11:39 AM
Danny Deaubé
Thank you John for all your work. I was able to gleen much. My lineage comes from Joseph Napoleon Dubé/Eleanore(PROULX) Prue, my great grandparents.
Added by Danny Deaubé on Feb 16, 2017 10:54 PM
David Eggler
RE: Lewis H Dodge
I see you found Alice's grave. I'd like to know if she and her father are near each other, but can't find that on findagrave unless plot #s are given. Her mother, Frances B Jones Koons Kennedy, is my 3rd great-grandmother through her first husband. She's probably also in Oakland but I guess no stone or it isn't readable. A few years ago I visited Oakland and obtained information on unmarked graves from the office.
Added by David Eggler on Jan 11, 2017 3:49 PM
David Eggler
Lewis H Dodge
I have a Lewis/Louis H Dodge, b. abt 1849 in Ohio. In 1870, 1873, and 1875 resided in St Paul in boarding houses run by Robert Kennedy. Lewis was a railroad man. In 1874 he married Alice Kennedy, whom I presume to be the Alice who was daughter of Robert Kennedy. Alice appears in the 1870 census, age 17, student, but not thereafter. I can't find Lewis in the 1880 census. Many similarities to your Lewis H Dodge. Could they be the same?
Added by David Eggler on Jan 10, 2017 11:39 AM
Helen Steece
Thank you so much for the headstone photo.

Added by Mcfly on Nov 30, 2016 8:34 PM
Marguerite Steece
Thank you so much for the headstone photo.

Added by Mcfly on Nov 30, 2016 8:20 PM
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