I am the David Charles Michael (b. October 18, 1951) you mention in your post.I am presently at my sister Debbie's in Western NY for Christmas and New Year's celebrations.I was showing Debbie some pictures of cemetery markers I took at Knauss Cemetery on the Southern Road in Branch County just South of Kinderhook MI on my way home from the bi-annual Michael Family Reunion held at my sister Martha's in New Carlisle OH in the even numbered summers (for a full week, no less!)Deb and I were so excited this evening as we started doing some on-line research on our maternal grandmother Leola Retta Rupe, about whom we, sad to say, know very little.Grandma never talked about her family, so we knew absolutely nothing about her parents, her siblings, or anything at all, really.Imagine our joy when we finally broke the log jam earlier this evening and discovered both Grandma's parents and siblings!
Perhaps we can help you with a bit of Rupe family information, now that we have some!I well remember a very large, very old military picture showing Spanish American War Officers at my Grandpa and Grandma Michael's house in Kinderhook MI showing Grandma's Father, William Harrison Rupe, Jr. (b. May 8, 1875 or 1876?)It hung over the bed upstairs at their house ever since I can remember in the early 1950's.Unfortunately my Grandpa Michael, Versel, did not appreciate the old things as I do.He sold the picture, in its beautiful frame, many years ago at auction :(
On another note; perhaps you or someone else could help me and my six sisters and brother learn more about the identity and background of a boy named Ralph (last name unknown), born in approximately 1929, who came to live with my Grandpa and Grandma Michael and father Charles LaMar Michael in Kinderhook MI in the late 30's or early 40's.Although we have several pictures of our Father Charles and Ralph together, Grandpa and Grandma never once told us who he was, where he came from, or why he came to live with them.It was always one of those deals where the subject got changed rather quickly whenever we would ask about Ralph and his relationship to our Father!Very strange indeed.
Thank you one and all for any info you may have.
David Charles Michael MedicalDavid@yahoo.com 616-822-2849