Sunday, October 14, 2012

Findagrave Information May Need Corrections

Some time ago I requested that corrections be made to the information on my great grandfather Harold Hamilton Straw. Everything in red or brackets are the changes that needed to be added. These changes were made to the first listing created by Colette Harrison, record added: Sep 27, 2010, Find A Grave Memorial# 59273744, but the second listing created by Daphane Hoover, record added: Nov 27, 2010, Find A Grave Memorial# 62217435 has not been changed. The collection my grandmother Zella Straw Olsen, his daughter, passed on to me includes pictures, personal letters and other documents, including letters from his third wife listed below. To ensure that this correct information is available to future researchers I am posting a copy on this blog. It is what was forwarded to the persons maintaining the memorials, along with my contact information.

Harry Homer (Harold Hamilton) Straw
Birth:   Nov. 18, 1875 Quasqueton Buchanan County Iowa, USA   
Death: Jun. 20, 1950 Troy Mills Linn County Iowa, USA   

Harry Homer Straw was born the son of William Henry Straw and Barbara Reed. William may be buried in Independence, (Dubuque) Iowa. His mother Barbara may be buried in Illinois (Oakwood Cemetery, Independence, Iowa). Harry was married to Lucy Cordila Tidd on December 25, 1901 in Independence, Buchanan, Iowa. Divorced. (They were not divorced, she died on March 26, 1908 in Independence, Buchanan, Iowa) They were parents of one daughter Zella Alice Straw born February (July) 20, 1903 in Sumner Township, Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa. Zella was married to (Carl Olsen) Olson and lived in Portland, Oregon. Harry may have briefly married LuVelva Long. (They married on February 23, 1917 in Independence, Buchanan, Iowa and had one son, Loren Raymond Straw born on December 28, 1918 in Washington Twp., Buchanan, Iowa. Loren died January 26, 1931 in Arizona. LuVelva was previously married to Burgess O. Young and they had three children: Girtrude born 1910, Gilbert born 1911 and Billie born 1915. She moved to Arizona after the divorce on February 15, 1921.)  Harry was married to Maude Andrews Ramsey on September 26, 1923 at Marion, Iowa. She is buried in this cemetery. 

 ~0bit~Harry Homer Straw, 74, died at his home in Troy Mills at 7 a.m. Monday June 20. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Frank Marler at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22 at the Christian Church in Troy Mills. Born November 18, 1875 at Quasqueton, the son of William and Barbara Reed Straw, he lived in Independence before coming to farm in the Troy Mills community. He married Maude Ramsey September 26, 1923 at Marion. Surviving besides his wife are one daughter, Mrs. Zella Olson of Portland, Oregon, and three grandsons. Pallbearers were Victor Hocken, Bert Bunker, Gerald Powell, Carl Hocken, Gus Dyson and Ray Carson. Miss Ann Treichler, Miss Helen Price and Mrs. Virgil Chester furnished the music. Interment was in the Troy Mills Cemetery. Sorenson-Murdoch Funeral Home conducted the service.    Family links:  Spouse: Maude Andrews Ramsey Straw (1883 - 1958)

Inscription: Harry H. Straw 1875-1958  Note: Buried on this lot is Harry Homer Straw, Maude Andrews Ramsey Straw, Albert Andrews, maybe Eva Andrews.                    

Burial: Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills Linn County Iowa, USA
Plot: 18A                   
Created by: Daphane Hoover
Record added: Nov 27, 2010 
Find A Grave Memorial# 62217435

Corrections in red added by Susan Olsen LeBlanc. Contact her at   

If you find such a posting on one of your ancestors it is vital that you forward any additional or correct information on to the creator or manager of the memorial. The above creator is someone related to Harold Hamilton Straw's third wife. It was a serendipity moment when I returned to the listing of Colette Harrison and found she made the changes. Her listing has pictures of the marker, the funeral notice and the cemetery sign. Thank you to both Colette and Daphane for creating these memorials for my great grandfather.


  1. It is possible that the find a grave contributor is permanently offline. In these cases you can send the correction directly to Find a Grave.

    Below is a FAQ on the Find a Grave site.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

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  2. Thank you Jim for some great additional information.