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Melissa OBrian (#47282686)
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"The purpose of life
is to Live it,
to taste it, experience
to the utmost,
to reach out eagerly
and without fear
for newer
and richer

Eleanor Roosevelt

"The past is never dead-
it is not even past."

William Faulkner

""If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Monk and Writer. b.1926)"

quoted from FAG #47487289

In Christ Shall All Be
Made Alive

I Cor. XV 22 KJV

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Carolyn Van Doren
Fannie & David Johnston
Fannie and David are my great-great-great grandparents. Family legend says Fanny came from Ireland. Do you or other family have history either confirming or denying her origin? My e-mail is Fannie and David had 10 children. They were scattered during the civil war. Legend has it that sons fought on different sides that caused bitterness and a family split. At least one son died in the war. Michael fought for the Union. He was the youngest son and moved from Adams County IL with his parents to Macon after the civil war. I have his papers from his civil war enlistment. Michael married Laura A. Simmons. Their daughter and only child was Emeline Frances Walker (Emma), named after both of her grandmothers. After Laura died Michael lived with his daughter Emma and her husband Absolum Simpson. The elderly and blind Michael died after he broke his hip. Michael was deeply loved and contributed much warmth to the home. Your distant relative, Carolyn
Added by Carolyn Van Doren on May 26, 2017 3:00 PM
RE: Re Mary E Hathaway #135914812
Melissa, Your welcome. I'm glad to hear you appreciate the photos. I can tell you take pride in your collection of your family history. Christina
Added by ChristinaBarry on May 18, 2017 6:08 AM
Will Burt
Carpenter family
I tried to leave a private message to you re the Carpenter family, but it came back.
If you get this one, I can re-send it here.
Will Burt
Lakewood CO
Added by Will Burt on Apr 29, 2017 11:02 PM
heather vinzant
RE: Milo Vinzant
my fathers name is Clarence Michael Vinzant but my grandfathers name is Milo C. Vinzant. I am Rollie and Allie's great grandaughter Milo was their son and Clarence Michael is Milo and Ramona's son
Added by heather vinzant on Apr 29, 2017 7:57 PM
heather vinzant
Milo Vinzant
Melissa if you was a 2nd cousin to Milo I am his oldest grand daughter and you spelled my great grandmother Allie Clemintine Emery Vinzant Gaskill's Middle name wrong just letting you know thank you very much....Blessings to you

Heather Vinzant
Added by heather vinzant on Apr 16, 2017 3:58 PM
Robert Dobbie
Grey Friars Preston
Please note there are no grave markers, see below,

Preston Friary

Excavation of a Lost Franciscan Friary

In the medieval period, the growth of towns across Europe gave rise to a new type of monk: the Friar. These belonged to mendicant orders, who depended for their food on gifts rather than land grants, and therefore, in order to survive, a fairly large population was needed to support them. The Friaries were normally established in towns, and in 1260, a Friary of the Franciscan order was founded on the outskirts of Preston. Its general location is shown on historical maps, but the site was thought to have been destroyed by the construction of the canal and railway in the nineteenth century. More recently, the Penwortham Bypass was built in the area. The Franciscans were known as grey friars (named from the colour of their habits) and they played an important role, providing education and looking after the physical and spiritual welfare of the townsfolk. People could pay to be buried within and around the friary church, with the most expensive places being within the presbytery and crossing (before the high altar at the east end) and in the transepts (the north and south arms of the church).

In 2007, the cobbled footings for a substantial structure with corner buttresses and 1.5m-thick sandstone walls were revealed some 2m below the street level on the site of Brunel Court in Marsh Lane. Excavation by Oxford Archaeology North uncovered a 12m-long building, and, sharing its east/west alignment, were some 21 graves, many containing the articulated skeletons of men, women and children. Several graves had coffins, three of which have been dated to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by examining the pattern of tree rings on the oak boards. Further graves were outside the building, although very few of those contained skeletons. Yellow- and green-glazed geometric tiles with incised decoration suggested the building had a mosaic floor, whilst fragments of painted glass and lead indicated the presence of stained glass windows. It is just possible that the remains are those of the north transept of the friary church.

After the friary was closed by Henry VIII in 1539, some of its buildings became a prison. This is probably the structure shown on the map of Preston in 1774 by JB Lang, and it seems likely that the fields around preserve the outline of the friary precinct. The area of the Brunel Court excavation is outlined in red, the possible precinct in yellow.

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Foundations of the south wall and a pair of buttresses, with completely excavated graves within the building.

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Incised and glazed tiles that once formed part of a colourful mosaic floor within the building.

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The graves formed rough rows within and around the building, which indicates a level of organisation. They often overlapped one another, though, suggesting either that they were not always marked, or that there was a desire to cram in as many as possible.

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An unusually complete and well-preserved skeleton for the site, perhaps because the grave was dug quite deep. The tight arrangement of the limbs may suggest that this individual was buried in a shroud, whilst there is evidence that this burial cut an earlier grave, perhaps explaining the arm bone near the head.

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This individual was buried in a coffin, the base of which survived as dark material. The position of the shin bones suggests that the grave may have been disturbed at some point in the past.

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Many of the graves were very shallow when excavated. Several graves could be seen to have cut earlier ones.

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Added by Robert Dobbie on Mar 29, 2017 12:10 PM
Carolina Caswell
I will make evidence based updates to memorials. Please send links to primary source documents in support of your requested edits.
Added by Carolina Caswell on Feb 19, 2017 5:39 PM
Ron Rader
Richmond - Pleasant Hill
I have provided photos of the Richmond stones at Pleasant Hill. I will try to take a wide-angle view of Daniel-Anna-Joe at a later date. I believe these stones sit beside each other, so I will get a photo showing that.

If you would like to manage these Richmond memorials, or any others I have--just let me know. I can transfer them to you.
Added by Ron Rader on Feb 19, 2017 8:35 AM
RE: Ary ANDERSON FAG #97843699
Hello Melissa,
I received your second note regarding your second great grand aunt Ary and your desire to have her memorial page transferred to you. As I responded to you before there are four of us in our immediate family who have worked together on our family tree for many years. I manage the Findagrave entries of our ancestors for the four of us. As I said before Ary Anderson Hathaway is the great great grandmother of one of us. Therefore I would like to continue managing the memorial page we created for her.
Added by MYEY on Jan 08, 2017 6:10 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
RE: Re photo
I think it is a cute picture. Let me know if you learn any thing more about William Sharpneck's picture though. Thanks, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Dec 13, 2016 4:03 PM
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