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Penny D. (#47422595)
 member for 5 years, 21 days
Jan A
O Fairview
Hi Penny, it's been a WHILE! I recently added a new photo to "our" cemetery. Can you ask admin to remove the older ones? I was going to post another one but wanted to wait and see if they were smart enough to remove the old ones for the new ones.. Nope they have to be TOLD. Tks and hope all is well! ............Jan

Added by Jan A on Feb 08, 2016 12:37 PM

Myra IV 💕
RE: James Henry Diven
Thank you for that info! My former mother-in-law is a descendent of Robert Calvin Diven, (James Henry's bro) as is my ex, out children & granddaughters.
Robert Calvin Diven & Milissa Palmer
Ralph Hutchison Diven & Edna Gertrude Kerr
Jess Robert Diven & Mildred Elizabeth Morton
(My living MIL) & Charles Owen Camp III
(My ex) & myself
Our children
Our granddaughters

I'm not a paid ancestry subscriber so I can't view public trees without an invitation. And I am happy to extend the offer to you as well. Please email me at so I can email an invite to you as well. I look forward to collaborating with you Penny!


Added by Myra IV 💕 on Nov 18, 2015 8:21 PM

Myra IV 💕
James Henry Diven
Hi Penny,
You have James' first wife as Mary E Laney. I thought Mary was married to James' brother, John, who died young (20 something...) can you please share your source with me for this info? You mention in his bio that you have combined several sources, obit... Would you be willing to share a copy? I am currently working in this branch. -myra

Added by Myra IV 💕 on Nov 17, 2015 2:39 PM

Lynn Bensy
RE: The Thornileys
Exactly what *I* thought. Thanks again!!


Added by Lynn Bensy on Aug 16, 2015 9:03 PM

Lynn Bensy
Thanks, Penny, for transferring my dad's and my 2 grandparents' graves to me!

Lynn Thorniley Bensy

Added by Lynn Bensy on Aug 16, 2015 4:48 PM

Lynn Bensy
Find A Grave Memorial# 121180590

I had contacted you about 6 mos ago, because you kindly posted a picture of my dad's grave, and I had you add a little to the info about him. I didn't know at the time that it was possible to transfer the memorial to a person other than the one who originally posted it. I just learned that last night, and now I'm wondering if you would mind transferring his grave to me. I am his only child, and there is no one closer who will ever be asking for this honor. His name is Robert Irwin Thorniley, and his grave is # 121180590.

Lynn Thorniley Bensy

Added by Lynn Bensy on Aug 14, 2015 12:49 AM

Marriage of James Lydick to Sarah Chapman
What source did you use for the date and location of the marriage of James Lydick to Sarah Chapman (4 Mar 1824 Indiana Co PA)? Thanks for any citation you can provide!

Added by holberttm on Jul 19, 2015 9:21 AM

Eleanor Morrison Lawson
Morrison, Lyda, Justus, Hill, many more NC and SC names
Penny, I want to thank you so much for all you do for others through Find A Grave. I am trying very hard to put as much on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker as I can of family history so that my descendants and others can view their heritage. I am no longer able to visit cemeteries because of age and health, but thanks to Find A Grave I can still visit them. Thanks to people like you I CAN view where they rest. I hope you will not mind my using copies of your photos in my family files. I have had so many gracious people to help me along. In my contacting others for permission I have only had two out of well over 200 to be less than helpful. May God bless you as you try to preserve and help others with records through Find A Grave.
Eleanor Morrison Lawson

Added by Eleanor Morrison Lawson on Jun 16, 2015 11:17 AM

Thank you for willing to transfer Sonya to me. We were 1st cousins 1x. Her papaw & My papaw were brothers. We were close growing up then got back in touch several years ago, with all the research we did. I was so glad to have the time with her that I did, like you said despite her health issues.

I guess we would be related by marriage as they say :-)

I truly appreciate you doing this and taking the time to take care of these memorials.


Added by jc~roadrunner on May 26, 2015 3:24 PM

Jan A
Old Fairview Cemetery
Hi Penny, it's been a while! I cleaned up Old Fairview (again) prior to Memorial day and even found yet another name/stone. I'll be getting more of the stones out from under the sod and hope to get this cemetery back in shape and identify more of them. Hope all is well. ......Jan

Added by Jan A on May 28, 2014 8:01 AM

Elizabeth Kartchner
Find A Grave Memorial# 30375130
This grave belongs to Mary Caroline Campbell, who was born Aug. 15, 1843 and died Oct. 17, 1843. She was the daughter of William Campbell (Find A Grave Memorial# 30425689) and Martha Amelia Slaysman Campbell (Find A Grave Memorial# 30425850).

I certainly appreciate all your work for the Find a Grave website. I use it often and appreciate those, like you, who take the time and make the effort to add information to it. Having worked on genealogy for some time, I know the time and effort it takes. Thanks again for sharing both of these so unselfishly.

Elizabeth Kartchner

Added by Elizabeth Kartchner on May 17, 2014 7:31 PM

Judy Roatcap-Haselwood
Jacob R. Buterbaugh (Find A Grave Memorial# 101834425)

Thank you so much for the wonderful work you are doing on Find A Grave. It is my favorite website for researching my family history. Because of folks like you, I have been able to locate many of my family members.

Please attach Jacob R. Buterbaugh to his mother and father:

William Buterbaugh Find A Grave Memorial# 70394351
Katherine Christena "Christena" Rodkey Buterbaugh Find A Grave Memorial# 81162428

According to the obituary posted on, Jacob R. Buterbaugh (Find A Grave Memorial# 101834425) is the son of William and Katherine Christena (Rodkey) Buterbaugh.

Thank you again for your hard work,
Judy Roatcap-Haselwood

Added by Judy Roatcap-Haselwood on Apr 19, 2014 4:28 PM

Darrin Hutchinson
Chapman photos
Thanks so much for the picture of my 5th great-grandparents headstone. I really appreciate your assistance.

Best regards,

Added by Darrin Hutchinson on Dec 07, 2012 9:17 AM

I was surpised you didn't have any photos from the Greenwood Cemetary in Indiana County PA. I believe I have seen Lydick headstones there. Next time I am up, if I happen to see it, I will try to remember to take a pic. Thank you for what you have done. I agree about the nameless markers. I see some and wonder, "who were they?"

Added by Dawn on Oct 23, 2012 10:21 AM

Fred Winner
Frank Stangl

Thank you for the photo...
As it happens, I had to go to the Wallace area for a funeral and stopped by and took a photo in the pouring down rain...


Added by Fred Winner on Sep 04, 2012 4:10 PM

David Gelatt
Wow...what a connection! Mollie (Martha) was my Great Great Grand Aunt. Her Father, Jeremiah Henry was my Great Great Great Grandfather.

Added by David Gelatt on Jul 25, 2012 12:53 PM

David Gelatt
Thank you SO very much for the photo of Mollie Coalmer's headstone. I appreciate it!

Added by David Gelatt on Jul 25, 2012 6:14 AM

wayne hunter
john a. hunter
Hi Penny, I sent you a email about our grandparents.

Added by wayne hunter on Jun 26, 2012 7:06 PM

Jan A
Old Fairview Cemetery
Penny, do you have a layout for this cemetery? I am restoring the cemetery as that the last caretaker passed away a few years ago and no one has maintained it since. A tree fell in the middle of the cemetery and the weeds are knee high ontop of fallen weeds (thick undercoating). I'd like to know what I am looking for etc. Several stones were knocked over by the tree or pushed aside.

Thanks Jan (

Added by Jan A on May 31, 2012 11:05 PM

Sharon Gallagher Smith
RE: John Abraham Hunter
I am not directly related to them and have no problem transfering them to you. Just go to the pages you want transfered and let me know your number through that page.


Added by Sharon Gallagher Smith on May 03, 2012 11:15 AM

RE: Benjamin Major 1815-1870
Hi Penny,
I really appreciate your information and I will be following up on the Majors. It seemed like there several Benjamin Majors in that area for that period, but I will persist on the trail!

I also appreciate your efforts on the Find A Grave project. I have already used some of the information in my IL graves. Thanks for this project!

Thanks again for your email and good luck to you and your worthy project.

Richard Freeburg
St. Petersburg, FL

Added by RGFVT on Mar 08, 2012 10:31 AM

Benjamin Major 1815-1870
Hi Penny:
Benjamin Major was my gggrandfather (1815-1870)who was born in PA. His wife was Abigail B. Creath and had three daughters, two of whom were born in PA. Have not been able to verify the location in PA.

My daughter and I have been trying to verify the link between Benjamin Major, Sr. (1788-1847) who died in Lewistown, Mifflin, PA.

Can you help us find this link?

Many thanks, Penny.
Richard G. Freeburg

Added by RGFVT on Feb 22, 2012 5:23 AM

G. Mounger
Leander Lingar Find A Grave
Hi Penny,

Well I would be happy to link your Charles Huston to his father but you will have to do that, I did not put your grandfather Charles into find a grave, you can do that by going to the edit button on your grandfather Charles site and putting in Leander's find a grave number under his parents. Than it will link the two.

I am so happy you wrote I had no idea that your family had gone to Pa.

Now we have more family to add to ours.

Have a Blessed day and if I can help please feel free to eamil any time.

Oh by the way I am realated via John Jack Lingar wife Sarah Chumley. She is my thrid great aunt. I and a big number of Chumley researchers are compiling a book on the Chumley line of Robert and Elizabeth Ford Chumley.

G. Mounger

Added by G. Mounger on Feb 21, 2012 3:37 PM

Harry Fyock
Old Fairview Cemetery
Hello Penny --- My name is Harry Fyock and I am interested in Old Fairview as I have some relatives buried there. I am decended from the Jonathan Burkey line from Indiana County. My mother was Bertha Alice Burkey daughter of Jonathan and wife Sarah Ellen Whitacre.

Four maybe 5 years ago after a visit to the cemetery and becoming disgusted with the condition it was in I contacted people in Indiana County and was able to initiate a clean up - looked much better last time I was there 2 years ago.

The Rairigh family who owns Rairigh Family in Hillsdale, PA are distant relatives of mine also.

I am glad to have located you. I have an e-mail address at

Regards - Harry

Added by Harry Fyock on Nov 19, 2011 8:51 AM

Burke Stoughton
Old Fairview Cemetery
Penny, Thanks for the kind words in your message and the hint about Old Fairview. Please check that cemetery now. Sometimes I forget what I have archived in my computer and it gets placed on the back Growing old and forgetful is not fun except when one considers the alternative.

Also, here are some updates for you for this Old Fairview Cemetery.

David M Ruffner ---Civil War Co A 206th Reg PVI Pvt 8/26/64-6/26/65

William Ruffner -- Civil War Co F 206th Reg PVI Pvt 9/2/64-6/23/65 --- 1824-July 24 1876

Barara Stewart birth date 1828

Jacob Stewart -- birth date dec 30 1818

William Stewart birth date Sept 15, 1876

Added by Burke Stoughton on Oct 08, 2011 8:45 AM


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