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Leanne Keefer Bechdel (#46601597)
 member for 12 years, 4 months, 19 days
Christ Lutheran Stone Church Cemetery in Allenwood
Leanne, I'm not sure if you posted the commentary on this cemetery. If you did, and have all the photos, could you look for Daniel Welsh and wife Mary? Also for any other Welsh names, and thank you!


Added by Leslie on Nov 18, 2015 7:51 AM

Nicole C
Harriett DeHaas photo request
Hi Leanne!

I was trying to fulfill the request for a photo of Harriett DeHaas's monument. Unfortunately the cemetery index doesn't have any information as to where exactly in the cemetery she's located. It has her date of death listed at 9-6-1889 and stated she was 90 years of age when she died but that's all it says. I'll try to look again.

Nicole C.

Added by Nicole C on Oct 14, 2015 1:05 PM

John & Gene Sharp
Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner, 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B
Ms. Bechdel,

Hi, We are related to Civil War soldier Private Benjamin F. Warner 7th PA Cavalry and were hoping you might include this biographical information to his memorial . Many thanks

Gene & John Sharp
Concord California

Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner, 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B
(December 21, 1842 – February 22, 1896)
In a little over one year, Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner experienced all the dimensions and horrors of the American Civil War as he survived deadly combat, a severe wound, disease, and incarceration as a prisoner of war in the brutal Andersonville Prison.
Benjamin F. Warner was born in Ohio and raised in Muncy Township, Pennsylvania. His mother was Abigail Rodgers, and his father was Samuel Warner. Abigail and Samuel had seven children; Benjamin was their youngest child. Samuel Warner was a farmer, but young Benjamin took work as a blacksmith apprentice prior to the Civil War with his uncle Henry Hahn Straub.
In 1862, Benjamin F. Warner married Annie Sims and the young couple had a son; Benjamin Warner Jr. In 1864, Benjamin along with other Muncy men in search of adventure, joined the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. In 1864, the Civil War was in its third year and was unpopular with large sections of the State of Pennsylvania population. To increase the number of volunteer enlistments, Lycoming County government offered $300.00 to Warner and other recruits as a bounty or incentive to enlist for three years, or the duration of the war. Benjamin’s cousin Pvt. Edward Adlum Straub (also from Muncy Township) wrote about how he and Benjamin Warner joined the 7th.
“On the 17th of February 1864, we went to Pennsville where we met Aaron H. Malaby, Pierson Baker, and Benjamin F. Warner, who informed me they intended to enlist for a year. They told me I had better go with them; I said "All right I 'am with you." The next morning we all started for Williamsport, and after our arrival there we went to City Hotel where we met Lieutenant Heber S. Essington of Company B, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry. Lieutenant Essington was assigned to Williamsport for recruiting up his company and regiment. We all informed him that we had intended to enlist in the artillery service but he advised us to join his company and regiment. After an hour and a half pleasant chat, we told him to enroll our names for his company and regiment. (When we enlisted for the war we had intended to return again before going to the front and bid our parents goodbye, but we suddenly formed the idea that we had better remain away, as it would be harder to part from them a second time. Before our departure from Williamsport for Camp Curtin my father and brother came to Williamsport to see us off and bid the party who were going to leave Friday evening goodbye.

The next morning we were closely examined by a skilled army surgeon and we all passed the examination and no objections to our being enlisted were known to exist. On Friday February 19th, we were all sworn in the military service of the U.S. Army.”

Warner’s enlistment documents describe him as 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark hair and blue eyes. Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner’s pension file recounts and documents the rest of his wartime service with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B. Pvt. Warner’s application describes his wounding in the Battle at Noonday Creek, Georgia, and his subsequent time as a prisoner of war in the notorious Andersonville, prison camp.

"On the 20th day of June 1864 I was wounded in an engagement at Noonday Creek Georgia and taken prisoner. My horse was shot from under me and I was seriously injured in the breast and also wounded in the left thigh, the bullet still remaining in my body ..... (I) was for six months a prisoner at Andersonville."

Warner's 1884 pension application was later consolidated with one filed by his widow Carrie. Carrie’s application included a deposition filed by John C. Mervine, also a member of Company B. In Pvt. Mervine’s account we get a real sense of what happened that June day at Noonday Creek, Georgia, between June 10th and July 3rd 1864, for Pvt. Mervine’s account is important because it is based on extracts from his diary.

"I know he was in action with the Company that day . . . . I kept a diary during my service - On the 20th of June of 1864 I find the following in reference to Benjamin Warner.....the Company fell back in behind the works, the rebs followed a mile or so, and tried to place a battery but our artillery shelled them so they left leaving their guns behind them when they left, but returned in the morning and got them. J. H. Youmans was wounded in the head while charging; Sgt. Black was shot in close quarters in the side. Ben Warner was dismounted sitting behind a tree holding his horse, not hearing from him do not know whether he was wounded or not - Dan Keifer missing - not knowing whether - of him. 10 Horses were shot, some dead others slightly. While crossing the creek several horses floundered. Bill's horse stuck fast. Wilders men advanced and checked the rebs taking a Colonel and some prisoners. Our own Company B took 5. Made some Coffee and had supper, it is awfully muddy where we lay, spread my gum [tarp] on the some leaves and went to sleep.”

“June 21, 64 ....a scouting party went out this morning and brought in John Youmans who had been taken to a house. Black had died about midnight - the rebs took John's boots and rifled his pockets. Another party went out and got the body of Sgt. Black they brought him in the ambulance and I helped take him out and carry him on a stretcher to the Company."

There follows a series of questions and answers:

"When you saw Ben Warner as described how far distant from him were you?"

"Probably not more then 10 or 12 feet."

"Did you speak to him ?"

"No - we were going back as fast as we could - What I meant by saying he was sitting behind a tree - was that he was sitting behind a tree from the rebel fire."

"Did he speak to you, or was any one with him?"

"No I don't think there was."

"Did he appear wounded or injured?"

"I suppose it was one or the other or he wouldn't have been there as affairs were at the time."

Shortly after being wounded, Benjamin Warner was captured by Confederate forces and placed in the notorious Andersonville Prison. By July 1864, 32,000 Union soldiers were crowded into a stockade compound built for 10,000. There at Andersonville, inadequate shelter, bad sanitation, food shortages, and lack of medicine all contributed to an appalling death toll. By the war's end 12,912 prisoners had died. The Andersonville Prison Camp Commander, Major Henry Wirz was later executed as a war criminal (This was the only such trial to result from the Civil War.) because of his alleged abuse of prisoners.

Another soldier Josiah Anderson who was with Warner at Andersonville recounts:

"...we were well acquainted - from Andersonville ....He was pretty slim and worn out - he had been a prisoner of war some time when I first met him - he was about starved to death - that is about all I know that ailed him.....he got sick from combined effects of starvation and diarrhea and was one of those paroled along in latter part of Nov. or early December 1864."

After his parole in November of 1864, Pvt. Warner spent a few months in a military hospital at Annapolis, Maryland, and was finally mustered out of his regiment on August 23, 1865. His wife, Annie, died shortly after the war, and Benjamin subsequently remarried Carrie Elizabeth [surname unknown]. Warner tried to pick up his blacksmith trade but his health was never the same. He filed for an army disability pension in 1884, citing his old wounds and the brutal conditions at Andersonville. In 1896, Warner’s health rapidly deteriorated and he died on February 22, 1896. Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner was buried in Hill Station Cemetery, Pennsdale Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Later that same year his beloved Carrie received a widow’s pension.


Added by John & Gene Sharp on Sep 19, 2015 6:01 PM

Linda Rhoadarmer
Robert McClay Chambers
Robert Chambers, 82872417 vs Ben Chambers, 10557491. They are two different individuals. Robert's parents are buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery so was hoping Robert was there also. Ben is in the Mifflinburg Cemetery. My request has been in the holding stage since 2012 with several problems. Linda

Added by Linda Rhoadarmer on Jul 17, 2015 9:32 PM

M. Smith
Bechdel descendant
I am a Bechdel decendant of both Christian Bechdel II and David Bechdel. They are each my 4th great-grandfathers. Christian Bechdel III and his wife Lydia Bechdel are my 3rd great-grandparents. My grandparents, Wm. Francis Smith and Ethel May Stevenson Smith lived in the Bechdel homestead in Blanchard on Marsh Creek and I spent many a summer in that house growing up. That house was recently sold, and the property the Bechdel Cemetery is on lies behind my remaining family descendants garage. Unfortunately this remaining family property owner has just passed away very unexpectedly and that property will eventually also be for sale. I do not know the fate of the cemetery; however there still remains Bechdel descendants on an adjacent property.
Now to the DeHaas descendants, of which my grandmother Ethel May Stevenson is a descendant. Her great grandmother was Eleanor Dehaas married to Thomas Stevenson (Stephenson) in central Pennsylvania in the early 19th century. My sister and I are the remaining descendants of our generation for this immediate family.

Added by M. Smith on Jun 28, 2015 7:08 PM

glad I could help
so glad I could help you out :}

chuck dkerns_99

Added by dkerns_99 on Apr 13, 2015 6:21 PM

r s
David Billman
Date of death was actually 11/25/14 obituary is incorrect.

Added by r s on Mar 31, 2015 2:29 PM

r s
David Billman

Added by r s on Mar 31, 2015 2:28 PM

Marie Post
Anna Wiles Hiney
Bradford County Farm Cemetery
my husbands Aunt Edna Watson did a book on the Barrett Family Anna Wiles Hiney she has
William & Mary Barrett Wiles as her Parents.
She has her Born 1810 Died May 27,1891 age 78 Years. she would of been my husbands 3rd Great Grandmother also. she got her dates from The administration Records of the county Home.
Marie Post

Added by Marie Post on Mar 13, 2015 7:17 PM

Gwen and Bob
RE: Forest Hill photos
Thank you very much! My main family lines are Warburton, Little, and Armes, from Lycoming and Sullivan Counties. I live in State College, and there are lots of Bechdels in this area. Thanks again, Gwen

Added by Gwen and Bob on Mar 05, 2015 11:52 AM

Gwen and Bob
Permission to use photo
Hello Leanne,
May I have permission to use one of your photos of Forest Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery on my family tree, with attribution to you and to Find a Grave? Thank you very much for your consideration! Gwen

Added by Gwen and Bob on Mar 05, 2015 10:03 AM

Linda Rhoadarmer
Robert Chambers - FAG 82872417
I had made a photo request and you said that the photo could not be taken. Was it because he is not in that cemetery? I am confused. Is there such a cemetery as the Presbyterian Church Cemetery? Is the Mifflinburg cemetery the only cemetery in Mifflinburg; the old part which is near the church and the newer section? Do I have all the Chambers I had done in the wrong named cemetery? Linda

Added by Linda Rhoadarmer on Mar 01, 2015 5:15 PM

Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg
Saw your pictures on Find A Grave of Oak Hill. I am looking for Lefflers there and didn't find ones reported as buried there on their death certificates. Do you know if there is a listing of cemeteries in Dauphin (and Northumberland) somewhere else besides Find A Grave. I do well in Schuylkill, but not these others. I don't expect you to do and searching (at least not today from what I hear on the news!). I need someone from that area that I can ask where to find info that is not or Find A Grave. I hope to come that way this summer, even if I have to come alone - been putting off too many years.
From your bio it looks like you lead a full life. Sounds like fun.

Added by LefflerResearcher on Feb 02, 2015 2:34 PM

Doug Barnes
RE: Jacob Hepler
I have a Nary Hepler that married Jacob Ickes. ANd I followed back 2 generations on the Hepler's. I know there is more. And no I haven't been to a reunion. And we thought we lived in a large world. Doesnt take long to find relatives.

Added by Doug Barnes on Jan 03, 2015 2:19 PM

jeanie bostian
RE: Pearl Renn
thanks for reply

Added by jeanie bostian on Nov 08, 2014 9:32 AM

Lora Barber
Jacob Ross
Hi, I am researching my family ie the Ross' Where did you get the info on Jacob being wounded at the battle of Saratoga? I am currently working with the DAR and need reference material. Thanks
Lora Barber

Added by Lora Barber on Nov 03, 2014 3:55 PM

Roy Short
Transfer Requests
Hello -

Would you please consider transferring the following ancestors to em?

Peter Reish (#8285296)
Susanna (Schiffler) Reish (#8285304)

They are direct ancestors and I promise to take good care of them.

Thanks for your consideration and for finding these graves in the first place.

Roy Short


Added by Roy Short on Oct 31, 2014 5:52 PM

Terry T
Mary Piatt
Kindly consider the transfer of Mary Piatt:
find-a-grave #16470050 to my account #47154391.
I have family links and biographical information for her memorial site. Thanks again for locating the grave sites of so many Piatt family members.
Terry W.

Added by Terry T on Oct 23, 2014 3:32 AM

Jacobs Cemtery, Line Mounain
Leanne, I noticed you took the main entrance photo for this cemetery. Recently, I saw a grave stone of my ancestor on the wrong memorial. When I inquired to the creator of the memorial questioning it he removed it along with the stone but now says he doesn't know what happened to it. I am wondering if you are the one that had originally took the photo and, if so, if you would post it on my ancestors memorial or let me. She was SARAH (SALOME) YODER who married my DAVID STEIN and they are buried at Jacob's Cemetery, Line Mountain. I have memorial number for her (my memorial) #13151743. the stone would be marked SARAH STEIN as far as I can recall but may have had yoder in the middle of it. Her dates are: b. Sept. 5, 1805 ~ d. June 11, 1882. Can you let me know? Thank you! Sue (SM)

Added by S M on Oct 08, 2014 3:25 PM

Terry T

Added by Terry T on Sep 17, 2014 7:12 PM

Terry T
William Piatt
Please consider the transfer of William Piatt Memorial #16470082 to my account #47154391.
I have family links and information for his
memorial site. Thank-you for all of your fine work!
Terry W.

Added by Terry T on Aug 14, 2014 10:26 AM

Darryl P. Van Rijn
DEDICATION TO Anna Caroline Jennings IS THE PROUD SPONSOR :) **sorry**

Added by Darryl P. Van Rijn on Jul 13, 2014 4:13 PM

Darryl P. Van Rijn
John Scott "Nicky Hammerhead" Pallotta

Added by Darryl P. Van Rijn on Jul 13, 2014 4:09 PM

Memorial Transfer
Thank you so much for transferring my great aunt, Leona C. McCloskey's memorial to me. A sincere thank you for your work in adding memorials to F-A-G. Because of your kindness and generosity I was able to locate and visit Aunt Leona's gravesite. Your work is much appreciated. Bless you!

Added by LeBookLuver on May 21, 2014 9:02 AM

Bob Buchanan
Mary Keefer
I am tracing my brother-in-law's family (he is a McGinnes). His 2G-grandmother was Mary Keefer who was married to J. McGinness and who together had a son named James McGinnes b.14 April 1838. He lived in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, when he joined the Army in 1861. I noticed that one of the grave stones you have found is for a Mary Keefer who could possibly be that Mary. I would greatly appreciate any information, or leads you might have.

Bob Buchanan

Added by Bob Buchanan on May 02, 2014 3:11 PM


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