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A AAA American at Find A Grave (#47337652)
 member for 4 years, 11 months, 18 days
I noticed that you have left the Masonic symbol on some memorials. Does that indicate that the person was a member of the Masons? I am interested in determining which of my relatives were Masons. Thanks for any information in this regard.

Added by KANelson on Apr 13, 2015 11:23 AM

Campbell Edits
Thank you for the edits. I was wondering how you determined James Downey was from County Down, Ireland? I have found little information on him.

Added by Roger on Apr 08, 2015 7:46 PM

Michael Duffy
Thanks for the kind words.

I've been spending too much time with Find A Grave so I'm in the process of transferring the vast majority of my memorials to other members or to Find A Grave. You may find more memorials arriving at your doorstep.

Feel free to request a transfer of any of the memorials under my management. I'm moving along rapidly.

Added by Michael Duffy on Apr 08, 2015 4:03 PM

miss morgan
RE: Hubert Latimer # 97965654
Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for getting back to me regarding the Masons.
I left upstate NY about 40 years ago so have to do my searching via long distance.

I'll add you to my friends list.

Miss Morgan

Added by miss morgan on Apr 06, 2015 9:30 AM

Tracie B.
Hi Jonathan!

I'm currently living in Morris county - but grew up in Passaic county. :)

Added by Tracie B. on Apr 06, 2015 6:42 AM

Patty Valentino
Thank You.....

...Jonathan for your visit to Sgt. Manno, and for your very sweet note to me. May you and your loved ones have a very joyous, Blessed and Happy Easter.

Patty :)

Added by Patty Valentino on Apr 05, 2015 7:32 AM

Don DeWitt
Michigan Missouri DeWitts
Hi again

Some of the michigan DeWitts are descendant from the Witts while others are of the Dutch variety.

Cooper county DeWitts are witt descendants too.

I have DNA donors from both the cooper co mo DeWitts and the michigan Witts

Never heard of home dewitt however



Added by Don DeWitt on Apr 04, 2015 4:41 PM

miss morgan
Hubert Latimer # 97965654

I want to thank you for leaving a note and masonic symbol on my relatives memorial. I am wondering about the masonic symbol, was Hubert a mason? If you have any information regarding a possible membership affiliation, I would truly appreciate your enlightenment. Thank you for visiting his memorial.

With appreciation,

Miss Morgan

Added by miss morgan on Apr 03, 2015 6:22 PM

EmilyAnn Frances May
Easter blessings
to you and yours, Jonathan.

Added by EmilyAnn Frances May on Apr 02, 2015 10:49 AM

SWVA Genealogy Searcher
RE: Norman Bowles
That is fine.

Take Care,

Added by SWVA Genealogy Searcher on Mar 30, 2015 5:53 PM

Don DeWitt
Since any message on Find A Grave shows up with my name I assumed you would know who sent the message. Your thoughts on naming conventions does make a point but your comment on John Witt's memorial is confusing to others who are not as well read as you. I have had others ask me what your point was. So I thought I would ask you.

The lack of any children named with Dutch names as was done by the other DeWitts in America at that time in the 1600s also suggests John Witt was not Dutch. Whether john Witt's ancestors came from Holland or elsewhere will probably not be determined unless we find some new DNA matches with people who have new information.

When I first submitted my DNA analysis I thought I descended from the Dutch DeWitts of great fame in NY. But the results sent me in a different direction when I found I was not even a somewhat close match. Later I found I matched other DeWitts and Witts who had documentation supporting their descendancy from John Witt.

So my wishful thinking had to face scientific results that disagreed.

And now we struggle with john Witt's heritage. My road block shifted from 1750s to the early 1600s.

Recently we found another fellow with the last name Lynch to who we match in a way that suggests we had a common ancestor about 700 years ago. The Lynch name also suggests a heritage that is not Dutch.

At this time there seems to be no scientific or historical proof that john Witt was of Dutch heritage.

But as I learned seven years data could turn our view of family history around a new curve. It is exciting to be able to use scientific information along with historical information to dig into the past.

Thanks for your thoughts


Added by Don DeWitt on Mar 29, 2015 11:09 AM

Don DeWitt
Explanation please
Care to explain your point you made on John Witt's memorial?

Added by Don DeWitt on Mar 29, 2015 8:48 AM

Cynthia Kaley
I need their memorial numbers, and how you are related before any transfer can be done. Thank you

Added by Cynthia Kaley on Mar 28, 2015 6:12 PM

Bette Hartman
James "The Puritan" Draper
You recently requested that I add "Sr." to this memorial. Although I know he has a son named James, I have found to references to add Sr. to his site. Please provide the source for such an addition, and I will be happy to add Sr. and the source to the memorial.

Bette Hartman

Added by Bette Hartman on Mar 24, 2015 6:44 PM

Mary Frances Ashton Holmes
You have left multiple messages for Mary Frances Ashton Holmes # 8261877. She is already linked to her parents Thomas F Ashton and Eleanor W.. Please remove the messages concerning her parents.
Thank you, Susan

Added by SRK on Mar 24, 2015 6:28 PM

D C McJonathan-Swarm
Thanks for your fine research on your own family and your efforts to improve Find A Grave. I do not spend as much time here as I once did, but I still value the site and consider it a very important public source of information. Two suggestions that you made on memorials of my family I was unable to accept. The one where you gave place of birth and death, I will be more than happy to add if you have documentation. I do believe in accuracy in what is posted here and just because the family lived and were buried somewhere is not enough to speculate that this was where they were born or died. This family had property in more than one county in the West Midlands and beyond, so those were not a location to me to speculate.

The other is on the use of "Sr." While is is used by some today, it has never been a correct social custom. The first of a name is the only one at the birth as a child and has no suffix. A son with the same name is the one that is different by the use of Jr. This is confused further when someone born as the III takes Jr. after the death of his grandfather. Thanks again. Doc

Added by D C McJonathan-Swarm on Mar 23, 2015 10:46 AM


My families are the Cirlincione, Cerlingione families, so I am sorry, I wish to retain the Cerlin memorials. And thank you very much for your personal Notes on their memorials.


Added by ObitsHelp on Mar 22, 2015 7:01 AM

Patrick Macke
RE: Friedhof St Viktor
I apologize. I thought I was contacting the owner of the memorials, Todd. Thought it was a little strange that the id came u[p the way it did. I will contact Todd through the individual memorials. Thanks for the help and again, I apologize.

Pat Macke

Added by Patrick Macke on Mar 17, 2015 6:49 AM

Patrick Macke
Friedhof St Viktor
Not as many as I first though.

Yours Mine
Bernadina (Wilke-Macke) Buning
142307675 138368904

Maria Anna (Wilke-Macke) Kampsen
142307703 138370414

Bernard Heinrich Lamp
118065791 138371497

Anna Maria Agnes (Burdiek) Macke
142303161 137370585

Maria Agnes (Macke) Wilke-Macke
142305638 138371365

I believe these are the same people. If you need any more information, please let me know.
Thanks for helping correct this.
Add me to your friends if you haven't already.

Added by Patrick Macke on Mar 16, 2015 12:18 PM

RE: FS Dickinson
Thank you for your very kind words- they are truly appreciated. Yes, to your NJ observations, and I live in one of the "villages".
Best wishes-

Added by abancroft47 on Mar 15, 2015 5:21 AM

Muriel Butler
Muriel Butler

Thank you for your very comforting and appreciated message.

Hopefully, I will be able to spend more time on the site early next year.



Added by Muriel Butler on Mar 11, 2015 5:38 AM

John Campbell
I wonder if you have seen the Biographical Review Otsego County 1893 of the Campbell family in Milford. #91899234
I could send you pictures of the three pages to an email if you would like.

Added by suscat on Mar 07, 2015 2:52 PM

Scott Hayes
John Eleazer Remsburg
I can see how it would be easy to miss-understand this Bio. Re-reading it may help......."speaking in fifty-two states, territories and provinces, and in 1,250 different cities and towns, including every large city in the United States and Canada." Notice he said states territories and Provinces in the "United States and Canada". Currently there are 5 US territories that are inhabited and 11 without residents. In Canada there are 10 Provinces and 3 territories. So he had a chance to speak in 52 out of 68, however at his death there were only 48 states. With a little research I think the number would be closer to 60. He probably started his public speaking during the civil war and there was only 34 states at the start of the war.

Added by Scott Hayes on Mar 05, 2015 1:26 AM

Amy Suzanne Martin
RE: Re: Martha
Thank you for your message! I have added you as my Friend. Have a lovely evening. :D

Added by Amy Suzanne Martin on Feb 25, 2015 5:30 PM

RE: TNX (Bryants)
Hello Jonathan:

My maiden name is Roland. I am a Roland in search of any information about my great-great-grandfather and great-great-grandmother. Here is what I know:


David H. Roland born 1824 in Campbell County, VA (Son of Cager & Anna Roland)
1st Wife – Ruth Hagar (7 childern)

2nd Wife - Martha Ann Covington Gilley Roland (my great-great-grandmother)
2 children – Fannie Jane Roland (2/28/1874 – 3/16/1927)
Matthew Creed Roland (4/8/1873 – 1/1/1953)

David H. Roland was a farmer in Henry County, VA. According to the 1880 census, Fannie Jane and Matthew Creed were living with half-brother, George W. Roland and half-sister, Annie. It is at this point that David and Martha seem to have vanished. I assume that they left their two young children for a good reason, but I have hit a brick wall.

Henry County borders North Carolina (Rockingham County) and some of the children did settle in what is now Eden. Also, Martha had a daughter by her first marriage who settled in Henderson, TN.

Any information you may have is very appreciated.

Speaking of Bluegrass music: My husband’s grandfather, Charlie H. Lester (#2895229) owned a general store/shoe repair shop in Stoneville, NC. He and Charlie Poole would get together and play on the store steps. That may have been before Poole became famous. I have the banjo that was played by Lester.

Jayne Roland Bryant

Added by JRBryant on Feb 23, 2015 10:23 AM


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