The Ancestry of Overmire Tifft Richardson Bradford Reed

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  • ID: I49
  • Name: Living Overmire
  • Sex: M
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    Father: RAYMOND EDWIN (WWII, "Bunker Hill") OVERMIRE b: 30 JAN 1923 in Hillcrest Hospital, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN c: 10 JUN 1923 in by Dr. Roy L. Smith
    Mother: Mary Louise (Teacher) ** Fast b: 16 FEB 1925 in Mansfield, Richland Co., OH

    Marriage 1 Living Howell

      Marriage 2 Living McDonald
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