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Michelle McKenzie (#47086929)
 member for 6 years, 4 months, 14 days
Richard Rieck
Thomas Small
Thanks for the attribution and the information about the cemetery being newer than Small's death. Richard

Added by Richard Rieck on May 13, 2015 8:40 AM

Richard Rieck
Memorial #51523086, Dr. Thomas Small

While en route overland to California on May 8, 1849, James M. Daigh made an entry in his diary dealing with the death of Small. "That evening we passed the Indian Agency and camped on Agency Creek. Here beneath a large tree was the grave of a Dr. Small from New York who had died on the day before at the age of twenty-five." Daigh was writing near what is now Highland, Kansas, about 20 miles west of St. Joseph, MO.

On May 7, 1849, Henry S. Crandall wrote in his overland diary "Today we had the terrible misfortune to lose our much esteemed physician, Dr. Small, of the Schaghticoke Co. He died of cholera after a sickness of but twelve hours." Crandall and Small were both in the Washington County & California Mining and Trading wagon train.

Because the grave was observed by the diarists, it is clear that he was actually buried in Kansas. By the time word was received in NY (at least several weeks later) the remains would have been in no condition for exhumation and transport back to Cambridge. When families became aware of a trail death they quite often erected a cenotaph or memorial marker in a hometown cemetery. Over succeeding generations this information was lost and although the stone seems to imply his remains are beneath, it is almost certain that Small is not buried in Cambridge but rather where he fell in Kansas. Again, such situations are fairly common in eastern cemeteries.

Thought you might be interested.

Richard Rieck

Added by Richard Rieck on May 09, 2015 1:37 PM

Thank you Michelle, it was so very kind of you to transfer Benjamin to me.

Added by crissy on Apr 26, 2015 8:04 PM

Transfer Request
Could I ask for the transfer of #58292883 Benjamin Guitar. He is my 1st cousin and today we lost his twin brother. I would like to link him to his family and add Bio information. Thank you kindly ~~ Crissy

Added by crissy on Apr 26, 2015 3:39 PM

Polly Whelden Hill, Woodlands
Are you sure you've linked Polly to the right parents? The gravestones and probate (see Giffords in Methodit Stump Cem.indicate that the last name is Whelden, not Wheldon, and it was Ruth Gifford Whelden, not "Polly Gifford Wheldon."
What is your source for the names of Polly's parents?

Added by AAW on Apr 19, 2015 10:39 PM

Fran Hanchett
RE: Melancon
As you drive into the cemetery you go right and Mt. Calvary doesn't begin until the last cut off road. The rest of the cemetery is Glenwood, so Mt. Calvary is very small.

Added by Fran Hanchett on Apr 08, 2015 6:20 AM

Fran Hanchett
Sorry, they did not come up when I searched the cemetery.
All of the Melancon duplicates are now gone along with the links.

Added by Fran Hanchett on Apr 07, 2015 5:56 AM

Laporte/Robidoux graves
Hi Michelle! Thank you for all your work in adding the memorials at the clark hill cemetery in Canaan.(we always called it St. Mary's, by the way. I have many Decato relatives buried there. I noticed that you added the graves of Oliver Laporte and Julie Robidoux(my great-great grandparents) to the Mount Calvery cemetery in Lebanon. I was hoping to get a photo of the graves on my next trip to NH. Have you ever been at this cemetery before, and do you have any idea where the graves might be? I have gone on a few wild goose chases looking for family graves in the past with no good results. Thanks for your help. Martha

Added by mtucker on Apr 06, 2015 7:08 AM

Gale Vanselous
F Leroy Hendrickson
Thank you Michelle

Added by Gale Vanselous on Feb 08, 2015 8:01 AM

Gale Vanselous
Family Marker
I am very interested in the marker for F. Leroy Hendrickson 1873-1939 at Woodlands Cemetery Cambridge Washington New York. I believe this is my Great Grandfather and as the stone has a photo in it I would love to get a better view. His name was Frank Leroy Hendrickson if this is truly his marker and he did move to New York when he remarried after being widowed for many years. I was hoping you may have a copy of this stone that I could enhance to see better. Thank you for your good work. As the rest of the family is in Trenton NJ and he used Frank L. there, it took me a while to find this and then I found a family letter that backs up the move and second wife's name. Thank you for your time.

Added by Gale Vanselous on Feb 08, 2015 3:31 AM

Dave Peck
Erving Peck
Thanks for the quick transfer. I also like your idea of making a virtual cemetery of your direct ancestors. It is a convenient way to keep them convenient and accessible.
Dave Peck

Added by Dave Peck on Jan 26, 2015 5:07 AM

Terry Watson Meltzer
Nancy Watson Williamson
Hi Michelle,
I just came across your entries for Nancy Watson Williamson. Her brother Lewis Watson was my great-grandfather.
Today I added her parents, Varnum Watson (#141437577) and Polly Barber Watson (#141537642).

Would you be able to link them up?

If you would like you could transfer management to me.
Terry Watson Meltzer (#47185415)

Added by Terry Watson Meltzer on Jan 19, 2015 12:36 PM

Green photos
Thanks very much for fulfilling the photo request. Happy New Year!

Added by Greenie on Jan 02, 2015 12:52 PM

Nancy D
Martha (Hunter) Becker
Hi Michelle,
Thank you so much for the obituary for her. It is very much appreciated. I have added it to her memorial.

Nancy D

Added by Nancy D on Nov 02, 2014 9:03 PM

Horatio Emmons and Sarah Barnes
Thank you so much for taking pictures of these headstones. It gave me so much information that I was looking for and could not find anywhere else. You don't know how much that means! Take Care.

Melanie Fought

Added by MFought on Sep 30, 2014 3:09 PM

Our Family History
Rebecca McMillan
Your welcome and if you need anything on this line Please feel free to ask.


Added by Our Family History on Sep 29, 2014 7:15 PM

Our Family History
Rebecca McMillan
Hi Michelle,

Thank You for the cemetery records. I had them placed in this cemetery and was lead to believe that I had them in the wrong cemetery. I have now moved them back to find that they had all been duplicated and have ask for them to remove their memorials.

Than You
Donna Cain

Added by Our Family History on Sep 29, 2014 1:09 PM

MJD Dexter
RE: Christine Cromie Spinks
Thank you

Added by MJD Dexter on Sep 09, 2014 7:50 PM

Theresa Pink
Kenneth B. McClellan

I am going through some family pictures and found one with the name; Kenneth B. McClellan, Armor-Gun and Tail Gunner Weaver, Nose Turret - attached to it. Trying to find family members that may enjoy a copy of the photo.


Added by Theresa Pink on Aug 14, 2014 9:57 AM

MJD Dexter
Christine Cromie Spinks
Do you know if Christine was the daughter of James and Minnie (Cormie) Cromie? Mike D

Added by MJD Dexter on Jul 27, 2014 5:38 AM

Bob Keith
Lottie and Joseph W. Ralston

I just submitted a photo request for the gravesites of Lottie Taylor Ralston and Joseph W. Ralston. I am related to Virgil Young Ralston.

Just out of curiosity, where did you find your information about Lottie living in Quincy, IL at the time of her death. VY and Lottie's second son, Charles Taylor Ralston, was born 1/2/1859, according to his census records, in NY, I assume at either Cambridge or White Creek.

Can you please help me put together this most interesting story I am in the process of putting together. It began when I was able to obtain copies of the file contents of the Civil War Guardian Pension application made by Thomas Livingston, married to Julia Ann Barber, Mary E. Taylor's sister, on behalf of VY's minor child Charles.

Thank you,

Bob Keith

Added by Bob Keith on Jul 21, 2014 11:35 AM

Many Thanks!
Thank you, Michelle, so very much for the photos you took at Woodlands Cemetery. I appreciate it for myself but also for all the other relatives who will be able to see your great photos. Thanks. Jim

Added by Greenie on Jul 20, 2014 11:42 PM

Ian Macaulay
thank you very much
Thank you for the Macauley photos. Filled in the gap, Very much Appreciated

Ian Macaulay

Added by Ian Macaulay on Jul 16, 2014 10:29 PM

Gillian Wilson
Alice Telford Mazzurco
I looked for her obit but couldn't find it do you have it I would like to add it to her memorial. I have connected it to her family

Thank You
Gillian M. Wilson

Added by Gillian Wilson on Mar 03, 2014 12:36 PM

Chris Pingelski Heiska
RE: Joseph Pingelski memorial
Yes, I am one of his daughters so would be happy to maintain his memorial. Thank you for providing the picture.

Added by Chris Pingelski Heiska on Feb 25, 2014 8:35 PM


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