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Thanks much for your reply, Bob. The name is basically the problem. Apparently, he died in Dec. 1893 in Phoenix or Buckeye, AZ. at age 58, which would make his b.date about 1835. He had sons Ezra, Elmer, and I believe Alfred. We are thinking maybe the E in M.E. might be either Ezra or Elmer. b.d. for Alfred I have as March,(?)1877. Alfred had son, Lloyd Bowers Blackmer, b. 8-31-1903, in Phoenix, AZ. Died 9-16-92 in Phoenix, AZ. Alfred and his spouse, Elizabeth Teel, came from New York. Hope this is of some help. I am truly new at this, but thank you for your help.