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Ron Combs (#47729697)
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My "Moke Hill" Virtual Cemetery does not have any of my Family, if there are any of yours in there, just let me know and I'll be happy to transfer them to you.

*Old Irish Blessing*
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.
According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.
Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a "down payment" to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.
The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.

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RE: Allan Guy Thayer
You're welcome. Glad to help.
Added by Cara on Jul 19, 2016 1:03 PM
John Day
James Barry & James Barry Sr.
Hello Ron, I just wanted to thank you for transferring my grandfather and g grandfather's memorials to me. A few years back, my mother, Jimzy Barry Day and I took a trip and visited all my ancestors graves in Moke Hill and Ione. Between the Barry's, the Bonham's, the Gebhardt's I have relatives all over that area. This site is cool as I can take our family genealogy, which my late mother worked so hard on, and pass it on to others on this wonderful site. Again, thank you! Sincerely, John Day
Added by John Day on Apr 15, 2016 3:32 PM
squadron a association
RE: Ralph W. Combs
Hi Ron, great to hear from you !!
If you want, I could mail you some information on your grandfather's military service. Call me 347-260-0919.
Vince SQDN A
Added by squadron a association on Dec 14, 2014 10:06 AM
David G. Briggs
RE: Louie Green Dalton, Jr
You are most welcome! I'm happy to have been of assistance.
Dave B.
Added by David G. Briggs on Dec 13, 2014 12:43 PM
James L Mardis
Thank you for the photo from Mokelumne Hill. As for Eugene Chesley Mardis, I do not have him in my data base so for now he is a mystery...8-).
Thanks again.
Added by mygenpassion on Dec 01, 2014 6:15 PM
Samantha Cleveland
You're very welcome glad you liked the updated photo!

Samantha :)
Added by Samantha Cleveland on Nov 15, 2014 8:34 AM
Connie Jordan
Hi there,
I came across mutual relatives by accident while researching some ancestry. I am the second great grand daughter of Frederick and Wiebke Ruther. Their son Wilhelm is my grandmothers father. How do you descend from the Ruther side and do you have any ancestors past Dominicus Jurgen Ruter?
Thanks, Connie
Added by Connie Jordan on Nov 13, 2014 7:00 PM
Charles Gesell
Charlie Carl was Charles' dad.
Added by Karla on Nov 13, 2014 4:04 PM
RE: The Gesell Family
I so understand about not responding immediately. I am sporadic about my genealogy research (too many things to do.....)
Yes, thank you for the info and yes, please forward my email address.
I don't remember what info I gave you but here is my tree with Charles figured in..... in case you want to send it to the girls.
Karla Gesell > Carl Robert Gesell 1925 Sayre,OK > George William Gesell (brother of Charlie Carl)1899 > Fred (Friedrich) Gesell born 1861 in Kuhnhardt Am Shlegel, Germany.
I have a lot of info and some pictures but would LOVE more.

Thank you!
Karla Gesell Quiroga
Added by Karla on Nov 13, 2014 4:01 PM
Cathy Drescher
Roscoe Thayer
My name is Cathy Drescher and I am the granddaughter of Roscoe Thayer. I would love to know more about his family. Information is a little scarce on my end. I do know of more of Roscoe's children's names, including my mother
(Della Darlene Thayer).
Love to hear back from you.
Added by Cathy Drescher on Oct 27, 2014 4:05 PM
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