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Carl Ballenas (#47068879)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 19 days
L.L. Scott
I should not stay up so late, you are correct it was their 10th anniversary. Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing. Again the pictures are beautiful.

Added by L.L. Scott on Nov 11, 2014 9:24 AM

L.L. Scott
Riis Photos
The pictures are beautiful, but Jacob and his wife were not celebrating their 50th anniversary. She died at age 52.

Added by L.L. Scott on Nov 10, 2014 11:47 PM

Peg & Lacey
Thank you so much for adding the headstone picture to Frank and Margaret's memorials. We really appreciate all your time and effort and speed in filling our request :)
Happy New Year!
Peg & Lacey

Added by Peg & Lacey on Dec 29, 2013 10:30 AM

Jack Wilson
RE: Ellen Rogers
Sure, Thanks!

Added by Jack Wilson on Dec 28, 2013 4:06 PM

Jack Wilson
Ellen Rogers
Thanks so much for the photo. I appreciate it so much. did you notice if it was a big plot or other Rogers there?

Added by Jack Wilson on Dec 28, 2013 3:15 PM

Thanks for taking the time to get the picture. I am working on the fellows in my fathers army unit.

Added by Tom on Dec 28, 2013 1:33 PM

RE: Schroeder
Thank you Carl!

Added by Lisa on Dec 12, 2013 1:50 PM

Carl, In Maple Grove Cemetery, my great grandparents were Charles and Christine/Christina Schroeder. I called Maple Grove and they said they were cremated, but they were "buried" at Maple Grove. Do you have an idea where they would be "buried" then? They died about 15 years before my grandmother died and was buried there, so it could not be with my grandparents. Do you have an idea?

Added by Lisa on Dec 10, 2013 7:33 AM

Thank you for the pictures of the Schroeders!

Added by Lisa on Nov 20, 2013 1:52 PM

Thanks again for all your good work. Your Maple Grove group sounds like it (you all) are doing great things. And I appreciate how helpful you are to other interested folks. Carolyn pierce

Added by sassa on Nov 19, 2013 7:06 PM

DeWolfe Plot
Thank you SO much for the photo of the DeWolfe plot. What a shame It has fallen on 'hard times' And they were such highly social family in their heyday (even if they had quite a lively bunch of kids@ What stories there are to tell about them. Thank you again. I appreciate you work. Regards, Carolyn Hale Pierce

p.s. am researching the family for a book.

Added by sassa on Nov 19, 2013 6:59 PM

Carl, about my great grandparents photo request that you claimed,

My great grandfathers name may be under Charles Schroeder the I, or Carl Schroeder I. And henrietta went by Christine, Christiana, or Christina.

Thank you!

Added by Lisa on Nov 18, 2013 11:18 AM

Carl, about my great grandparents photo request that you claimed,

My great grandfathers name may be under Charles Schroeder the I, or Carl Schroeder I. And henrietta went by Christine, Christiana, or Christina.

Thank you!

Added by Lisa on Nov 18, 2013 11:18 AM

William H Sagan
THX for the Pic at Maple Grove. I added a memorial for his wife Margaret, could you add the picture to that memorial also.

THX again

Added by XCHIEF on Nov 14, 2013 4:40 PM

Amy Hunt
I'm so glad you asked. I just googled it to find some of the sites I'd read about it on and found a new one.

I have a photograph of the silver cup that Hewitt was awarded in the writing contest. I've been trying for the past few years to find out if the cup is still in the Hewitt family somewhere. I know that John Hill Hewitt's daughter Georgiann had it in her possession until her death but I've not gotten a copy of her will yet to see who she might have left it to. Both of her children died before her so I think it must have gone to a sibling or a niece or nephew but I'd love to someday see it in person.

Emerson University has a large collection of Hewitt's papers.

I can be reached at

Added by Amy Hunt on Nov 11, 2013 1:28 PM

Amy Hunt
Estelle's husband Egbert Guy Fowx was a Photographer, long-time associate of famed Civil War era photographer Mathew Brady and mentor of Andrew J. Russell. E. G. Fowx was a free lance civilian photographer who took many photographs during the Civil War. Fowx sold many his negatives to Mathew Brady who subsequently published them under his own name. In February of 1863, A. J. Russell hired Fowx for $300 to teach him the collodion process of wet-plate photography. Russell's first photographs were taken on a camera borrowed from Fowx. Photographs by Egbert Guy Fowx can be found in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (New York 7th Regiment Officers, ca. 1863)and the New York Public Library.

Estelle's father was John Hill Hewitt known as the Bard of the Confederacy. He was a musician, songwriter and playwright who once won out over Edgar Allen Poe in a poetry contest for a Baltimore news paper which provoked a fist fight between the two men. It's interesting having a 4th great grandfather who seems to have been Poe's arch nemesis. John Hill Hewitt apparently had the first American hit song to also a gain popularity overseas. That is until Stephen Foster came along and everyone promptly forgot about Hewitt.

Added by Amy Hunt on Nov 10, 2013 8:33 AM

Amy Hunt
Thank you so much for the new information on my Fowx relations. They've been really hard to track down as the spelling of the last name keeps changing Fowx/Foux/Fuchs/Fox.

I really appreciate it!

Added by Amy Hunt on Nov 10, 2013 8:17 AM

Joyce Bailey
Jacob Gins et al
Much gratitude for the wonderful photos of the stones. I am very grateful for your kindness and appreciate your quick response. With your help, I am able to "reunite" the family. Thank You!!

Added by Joyce Bailey on Nov 08, 2013 6:28 AM

Thanks so much for the pics of my grandparents Janet and Charles Schroeder!

Added by Lisa on Nov 07, 2013 9:14 AM

Joyce Bailey
RE: Jacob Gins
FABULOUS! Thank you in advance!!

Added by Joyce Bailey on Nov 07, 2013 8:01 AM

Joyce Bailey
Jacob Gins
Thank you so much for the photo of the Gins stone. I really appreciate it. Did you notice if there was anything written on the other sides? If you ever go back there, would you please take more close-ups of all the stones? It looks like there are footstones, etc. There are many people buried in Lot # 261... I hope this is not to much to ask.....just if you happen to go there again.
Thank You Again!!

Added by Joyce Bailey on Nov 07, 2013 7:12 AM

RE: Maple Grove
Hi Carl and thanks for your note. You know, when I called the cemetery--and you are right: they are very nice there--I was very, very specific and asked them about the plot info--and they repeated that there would be absolutely NO problem finding the grave at all which is why, when I read your note, I was surprised you couldn't locate it. I'll try calling the gal in the office tomorrow and let her know what you wrote. She said that they've never had problems with the info she had read to me and there should not be an issue but I've had some bad luck so I'm not surprised at all.

I don't know a lot about Louise, actually, as she married into my family, and I had found her obituary online as I was researching my uncle. I do know that her husband, my great Uncle, had committed suicide by hanging. Depression runs deep in my family and selfishly, he left no note and it was his eldest son, my cousin, who found him in their basement. In order to save her from guilt, they told her he had been sleep walking and done it in his sleep (I don't think she ever bought the story), but eventually remarried a Mr. Russell.

If you would be interested in more info on her I can put you in touch with a direct family member who can share more on her life. I can only hope that someday, someone will say "Barbie's life was certainly colorful!" I doubt it! I'll drop you a note once I speak to the secretary. Many thanks again for looking into this for me. Stay tuned! Barbie

Added by BarbiCT on Aug 18, 2013 8:21 AM

Patty P
Wm F R Hurst
Hi Carl - I don't have much info on my grand uncle as I never met him but have researched his family for my tree at Ancestry and am glad to share.
Uncle Willy was born Friedrich Wilhelm Horst in Gelnhausen Germany - baptised at St Mary's church at 3 weeks of age. Arrived in New York with his mom and 2 brothers in 1883 at 4 years of age - his dad was already working here. Willy lived his entire life in New York where he was a tailor, married a gal from NJ, had 2 sons & 4 daughters. Somewhere along the line the name was changed to Hurst and I have no idea when or why he used the name Randolph as my family always called him Willy.
I have made contact with his grandson through our Ancestry trees - it's a small world.
Thnx again for the photo and for caring. Patty P <><

Added by Patty P on Jul 31, 2013 11:30 AM

Lisa F.
RE: Lawrence Grenner
Thank you for adding the photos for Lawrence Grenner. The photo with the pond and egret is great.

As per your question, in 1940, Lawrence worked as a mechanic for Con Edison. He was the son of Conrad and Marie Grenner. That's all I really know about him.

Added by Lisa F. on Jul 31, 2013 6:48 AM

RE: Meyers at Maple Grove
You are way more than "only a volunteer!!!" You are making the world a better place by sharing your passion. I will send you a private email a little later this evening. Thank you again for the photos.

Added by wendi on Jul 30, 2013 4:56 PM


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