Biobuilders November 2020 - Veterans of any conflict

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This month’s Bio Builders Challenge theme is Veterans of any conflict.

Thank you for your support.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section:

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • names of children, if any
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written (full) sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
  • Is the profile '''Genealogically Defined?'''
  • As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
  • Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
  • Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
  • List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
  • Some list siblings. (I think this takes up real estate.)
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (e.g. disputed persons information, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you need to own the copyright unless they are in the public domain).
  • Categories.
  • Connection to the Global Tree.
  • All duplicates merged or initiated.
  • Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
  • Historical context as related to the person's life.
  • Sources, Sources, Sources.

You can see some ideas on where to find some of this information on the Biography Builders space page.

Use "comments" below to ask questions.

NOTE: Biography Builders will not show on the tracker. Please add a list to your answer.

in The Tree House by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (230k points)
This challenge really brings home the sacrifice our relatives and ancestors made.  I find that I am crying over cousins loss a century before I was born.  Yet am blessed that I can honor them by remembering them and sharing what I have learned about them.  Thank you for such a heart-wrenching but blessed filled challenge.
My dad Eugene Hunt WWII. Born 05/25/1922 in Weaver WV.
Weaver no longer exist it is now known as Junior WV.
Parents: Henry and Mattie (Corley) Hunt.
Married: 12/20/1941 in Oakland Maryland
6 children: Mattie, Jeanie, Allen, Rebecca, Rickard, Jeffrey.
Date of death: 11/2009.Monongalia Co WV.

19 Answers

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by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (167k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins
+11 votes

I completed only:

Walter Edward Neiman

by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (295k points)
edited by Kathy Rabenstein
+11 votes
Hopefully I should be able to find a couple that I haven't already sourced to death.

Did they have to actually serve in the forces? My grandad was in the merchant navy in WW2 supporting the war effort, and my gran was working in the munitions factory at Woolwich. My great grandfather also worked in the munitions store in WW1.
by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (146k points)
Merchant Marine definitely counts as service, so does any job that contributed directly to the war effort (munitions, aircraft factory, shipbuilding, etc.).

#1) Horace Alfred Smith served in the Royal Sussex Regiment, in India during the Tirah Campaign (1897-1898)

#2) William Frederick Phillpott served over 21 years in the Rifle Brigade of the 10th Royal Hussars, in Afghan Campaign from (1878-1879)

+10 votes

Will work on a few this month.

  1. Robert Eugene Heskett   (WWI)
  2. Dwight H. Fowler   (WWII)
by Patricia Roche G2G6 Pilot (611k points)
edited by Patricia Roche
+11 votes
by Angelina Pease G2G6 Mach 1 (16.6k points)
edited by Angelina Pease
+10 votes
by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (276k points)
edited by Janet Wild
+11 votes
I'll see who I can find, but there won't be many because all the close WWII relatives have already been done on other challenges. I think I'll find a few in the branch that emigrated to Australia. Can we include those who died in conflicts?
by Christine Frost G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Dying in a conflict definitely qualifies.
Thank you, that gives me more scope. I'll be busy this week but hope to add some next week
+11 votes
Oh wow! I have many members of my family in the military in every conflict going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. My husband does, too! So, I'll be busy this month :)
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 6 (64.7k points)
+11 votes

Surely I can find a few...

  1. Michel Marcel Rivet, War of 1812
  2. F. Xavier Rivet, War of 1812
  3. Josephe Rivet, War of 1812
  4. Pierre Rivet, War of 1812
  5. Auguste Rivet, War of 1812
  6. Vidal Marcelin Rivet, War of 1812
  7. Louis Rivet, War of 1812
  8. Elias Rivet, War of 1812
  9. Jerome Rivet, War of 1812
  10. Joseph Theodore Rivet, War of 1812
  11. Francois O'Neil Rivette, Civil War, CSA
  12. Charles Jackson Holden, Civil War, CSA
  13. Simon Octave Rivet, Civil War, CSA
  14. Abraham Barnhisel, Civil War, USA
  15. Benjamin F. Barnhisel, Civil War, USA
by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Pilot (147k points)
edited by Joyce Rivette
+10 votes
Count me in! I’ll be working on my maternal Grandfather, Jesse John roberts, a veteran of  wWI. I’ve been itching to create his bio forever! I’ll also do his grandfather who served briefly in the Civil War...
by Deborah Outland G2G6 Mach 1 (13.5k points)
+9 votes
by Matthew Evans G2G6 Mach 4 (47.6k points)
edited by Matthew Evans
Just add profiles by editing your answer.
+9 votes
+7 votes


This sounds like fun, can I join in?

I'd like to work on :

Arthur David Cormac (WW2)

Crawford Raynor Foulis (WW2)

Richard Raynor Foulis (WW1)

Vivian John Grant (WW2)

Norman Davidson Mackie (WW1)

Bolton Grant (WW2)

by Pam Cormac Smith G2G6 Mach 6 (62.9k points)
edited by Pam Cormac Smith
+7 votes

Doing a few this month:

Evan Bowles Shields - Civil War casualty

Charles Hotze - finally a proper bio for my maternal grandfather! WW2 and Korea veteran.

Arthur Richard Turner - WW2 veteran who died by suicide

Frank Rittenhouse Dunham - WW2 veteran

by Lauren Hopkins G2G4 (4.3k points)
edited by Lauren Hopkins
+6 votes
It's time to write bios for profiles I have squirreled away just for this occasion.

Col in the Civil War: [[Peden-848|Milton  Peden (1823-1908)]]
by Jo Gill G2G6 Pilot (134k points)
+6 votes

I'll add what I get done here.

1. Elmer Hugh Corbin, Sr. (1893 - 1964) WWI

2. Jessie Lee Hood (1895 - 1967) WWI

3. Robert Austin Hood (1845 - 1862) Civil War (Confederacy)

4. John Wilson Hood (1846 - 1902) Civil War (Union)

Please let me know if any profile I add isn't genealogically defined, this is my first time doing it and I'm not sure if I'm doing it right.

by Marie Wallner G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)
edited by Marie Wallner
+5 votes
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
edited by Anne B
+5 votes
How do I become an official bio builder? I just came from visiting the cemetery and researched a few ancestors that I did not know were veterans. I will try to flesh them out, or at least work on one before the end of the month.

Francis V Dangler was my Husband’s Great Uncle.  He was a WWII vet that my husband does not remember.

by Nancy Wilson G2G6 Pilot (102k points)
edited by Nancy Wilson
Nancy, All you have to do is answer the posting, and edit your answer to add the qualifying profiles. We don’t have a badge, but you get a sticker for reaching a milestone for bios written.
+4 votes

John Smith York Cleaned this profile up from my Data_Doctors suggestion list. Husband, Father & Confederate Veteran. 

by Dona Buckmann G2G3 (3.6k points)

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