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Bio Photo I didn't know this.. Did you? Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone? There is actually a reason behind it.


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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Paul Robertson
im the Paul Robertson ur been emailing
Added by Paul Robertson on Nov 19, 2016 5:03 PM
RE: Nancy McCollum Smith
Good news :--)
The records from the Washington State Digital archives, are scanned in from original documents. A lot of times there are misc errors from the scanning carryover, Perry v.s. Percy, etc.
I'm glad you got it sorted out, and you'll still in the same clan.
Added by Whitfield on Nov 18, 2016 9:13 AM
RE: Nancy McCollum Smith
It's cool...
I hope the death certs I posted help.
If I can help further...
let me know.
Added by Whitfield on Nov 14, 2016 8:39 AM
Smith V.S. Baker
So.... better check some sources.
I have posted both death certificates for each Nancy Smith died 1919
and Nancy Baker 1922
Also, additional source information for links.
You messaged me stating that Nancy wasn't a Baker but a Smith, however, you are referencing (2) different Nancy's and each is a Baker and a Smith.
huh? Better check some sources first, I think you might be confusing the two. Also you put flowers on both, stating that they are both your 3 ggma...
Added by Whitfield on Nov 03, 2016 10:05 PM
Louise Brown White
RE: McCollum Cemetery
Hello, the Steven McCollum Cemetery, Bucklin, Linn County MO, on the entry (first page) says there are 22 interments in it. Have no idea how old that information is. I dont know how many have been photographed and have never been to either of the McCollum cemeteries in Linn County, even though Linn Co Mo is my home county. I viewed both of the memorials for George Washington Baker and for his wife, who are both buried in the Steven McCollum cemetery.

My sister, Virginia Keenan's first husband was a Baker. (He died abt 20 yrs ago.) I asked her if she know if he was related to George Washington Baker. She said she would look at his family tree when she gets her computer back from the repair shop. Hope I have some how helped you. Sorry I don't know more.I am a cousin of the descendants of Jim S. Lane and my great-aunt Media Brown Lane.
Louise Brown White
Added by Louise Brown White on Oct 27, 2016 10:24 PM
RE: James Justice and George W Justice
The George Justice who is one of the Sons of Jack Justice was my Wifes Grandfather. Of course he died twenty years before she was born but his daughter Edith Faye, my Wifes Mother was 9 when he died. My e-mail address is Would like to hear more from you and will sure share what we have. Are you a decendant of May Justice?. Thanks for your reply. Charles L McKinney. Neoga Illinois.
Added by clm on Oct 06, 2014 1:15 PM
James Justice and George W Justice
My wife is a Great Grandaughter of James "Jack" Justice and Grandaughter of George Washington Justice. Thank you so much for the information on James. Which one of the Justice family are you connected with. Would love to hear from you. CLM
Added by clm on Sep 29, 2014 10:45 PM
RE: Ella Hendricks
You're welcome. Glad I could help.
Added by traycx on Sep 25, 2014 2:48 PM
Judy Mayberry Belford
V Haddocks
Your suggestion for James Haddocks, of the 12th NY, shot at dawn does not match the V Haddocks of the 12th MO who died of smallpox, so "correction" was not made
Added by Judy Mayberry Belford on Sep 24, 2014 6:26 AM
RE: Ella Hendricks
I added more info for Ella Hendricks buried in Mountain View. Info is from her obit in the Centralia Daily Chronicle.
Added by traycx on Sep 10, 2014 1:35 PM
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