First and foremost I'm a serious family historian. Like many others involved in Findagrave I maintain memorials strictly for that purpose. I believe that complete correct memorials created by people who care about the people they memorialize will withstand the test of time and scrutiny. Thank you to the many really nice folks who have transferred family members to me so that I may keep them updated and linked as I continue to research them.
My famous bio is for my cousin Francis Rawn Shunk, 8th governor of the state of Pennsylvania 1845-1848, who died of TB within two weeks of resigning his office. I'm also the proud cousin of two Civil War Brevet Major Generals, Jacob Bowman Sweitzer, who made a difference at the Wheatfield at Gettysburg, and his brother Nelson Bowman "NB" Sweitzer, adjutant to General George McClellan, and later in charge of the troops searching for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated Abraham Lincoln. My Civil War associations also include two other cousins who were officers in the Union Army, and my Great Granddad Edward's four brothers and one nephew who, like him, were all Union Army soldiers.
Included amongst my memorials are most of my Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania Revolutionary Patriots from both my Mom's and my Dad's ancestors. All seven were German or Swiss ancestral lines making me very Pennsylvania Dutch.
Find my YDNA at:
http://www.lawrence-ons.org/DNA.html My kit is #3892 Haplogroup I2a2a1c1b M223 L703 which unfortunately is such a rare DNA nobody else has remotely matched my two cousins and myself in the past 12 years.
My bio photo is of my Great Granddad Edward Lawrence holding the youngest of his three sons, my Granddad George Robbin Lawrence. The photo was taken in 1863 in Philadelphia, Pa right before Edward was drafted into the Union Army.
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