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Patricia O'Neal (#47113049)
 member for 7 years, 10 months, 27 days
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Bio Photo Family names that I'm researching are OSBORN (CT), O'NEAL (FL, AL, GA) IVES (FL), NC), TUTTLE (NC), MACKEY (FL, SC), DUNN and BARDIN (both AL), as well as McKEE (McKEY), MILLS, STEWART and CORNELLS (AL). I'm also researching BROYLES (VA, TN) and especially SHIPP (VA).
I have completed the Lost Ships project, which includes a memorial for each man aboard the 33 US merchant ships that were "lost" during World War II. These memorials contain information about each ship and its fate, information that many of the families of the merchant seamen never knew. These men have neither cemetery nor grave, only the ocean; their families have no piece of earth to adorn in memory of their lost loved one. I hope these memorials will somehow help to ease that loss.

See the list of virtual cemeteries on the right for names of the ships. The 'Lost Ships' are all identified by (L) after the name of the ship.
My main sources:, and

I am currently creating memorials for other U.S. Merchant Mariners who died in WWII. I've recently found records on that lists the race and nationality of many mariners so I am including this information for any mariner who is listed as 'Negro', 'Black or 'African' in the hope that it will help those of African ancestry to identify their family member(s).
NOTE: Any photo that I post to this website is free to be used by anyone. I gladly donate them, as well as any biographical information, to further genealogical research. I believe family histories, public records, archived newspapers and anything else that contributes to the gathering of genealogy should be free and accessible by the public. That being said, it's not just a necessity for record keeping and provenance to acknowledge any source, but it's common courtesy to give due credit to other genealogists/historians that we 'borrow' from.
12/07/2016 - PLEASE, if you use information from any of my memorials, which is fine with me, credit the If you want to use any photos, especially of the grave/headstone, ASK PERMISSION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER and note the source ( along with the photographer's name. These photographers volunteer their time to tramp through cemeteries in the heat of summer and the cold of winter, to not only photograph requested graves and markers, but often to photograph others in the vicinity that look like they may be related - and then to upload the photos to the correct memorial(s), often creating a memorial for that extra photo when there isn't one. They deserve due recognition.
Although the administrators of findagrave don't consider this a genealogy website, that is precisely what it has become for many of us. AND IT'S FREE. In fact, this is one of the very few websites with genealogy data that has remained free for everyone. For this reason, I'm especially grateful for findagrave, and to all of its volunteers and contributors - "Thank you."

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Jerry and Roger
RE: Amos J. Boyd, Memorial # 158426721
Hi Pat, Happy New Year, thanks once again for coming to my need for photos, yes you can transfer her to my care, I will be happy to take care of her.

I received a separate message from you via Find A Grave regarding a Mavis Mills, I updated her memorial to name her spouse, he is still living, he was named in her Obit. Good catch, I thought I had named him in her memorial.


Added by Jerry and Roger on Jan 24, 2017 3:53 PM
Keith Kuhn
RE: removal of photos
Patricia. I went ahead and removed the duplicate. Thank you.
Added by Keith Kuhn on Dec 22, 2016 10:18 AM
Keith Kuhn
RE: Mabel Bencal, Memorial #145260886
Your welcome. Just FYI... I accidentally added the "Headstone" twice and didn't realize it. If want to delete one of them please do. Also I added the GPS info if you want to visit the grave. It comes in pretty handy.

Happy Holidays!

Added by Keith Kuhn on Dec 21, 2016 7:23 AM
RB McClelland
RE: SS Cynthia Olsen
And the best of holidays to you also!
Added by RB McClelland on Dec 19, 2016 3:17 PM
RB McClelland
RE: Samuel J. Ziskind, Memorial # 70701346
You are so welcome. I just read a book about what happened to him.
BTW, I have an old air force pal whose name is Pat O'Neal.
All the best,
Added by RB McClelland on Dec 18, 2016 10:15 PM
RE: Mary and Norman Louderback
Thanks. Where the office said they were there was open space. I did not locate a headstone for any of the names you listed. I walked the rest of the section with no luck. Thanks again for the welcome.
Added by rrfamilyhistory on Nov 30, 2016 12:12 AM
Gray Chandler
Emma Bowling photo
Thanks for your quick response.
Added by Gray Chandler on Nov 01, 2016 8:00 PM
Pinewood Memorial Park
Thank you for adding the Collier family grave photos from Pinewood Memorial Park. I really appreciate your doing so!
Added by Lanie on Oct 22, 2016 11:37 PM
M W Bencal
Augustus Warren "Gus" Darnell #87216400
Hi Patricia,

You have done an amazing job of documenting Gus Darnell in his memorial!

Gus' second wife, Mabel, affectionately known as Darnell, was the second wife of my husband's paternal uncle, John Robert "Jack" Bencal, Sr #145220238.

While researching Gus Darnell, I learned that a Liberty Ship was commission in honor of Gus as the SS Gus W. Darnell. The SS Gus W. Darnell was later commissioned as the USS Justin - -

I might not have the terminology right in the above paragraph. For that, please forgive me.

(I also need to do some updating on Mabel's memorial, which I will do as soon as I send you this message.)

I thought you might want to add to Gus' memorial that a Liberty ship was commission in his name.

Thank you for creating the wonderful memorial for Gus, and thank you for all that you do to remember those who have passed.

God Bless,
Added by M W Bencal on Oct 13, 2016 10:21 AM
RE: Glen Mathews, Memorial #56292144
I cheated! It was from my 'library collection'as I call it!
Added by darealjolo on Oct 08, 2016 6:29 AM
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