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Melissa Mariano (#47956313)
 member for 2 years, 4 months, 23 days
Deb Wilson
RE: John Thomas Boofter
Hi Melissa ~ The photo was passed down in my family with only John Boofter identified. We believe that the man on the left may be Edward Boofter, John's brother. Some information on him ~~~ Edward was born in 1843 and died in 1862.

Wounded at the battle of 1st Manassas and died of typhus at Army field hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland. Body is believed to be in a common grave burial in Hagerstown area.

Civil War records show an Edward Boofter in Baltimore Light Infantry, Volunteers AND McGowan's Independent Co., Patapsco Guards, Infantry, A-F.

Added by Deb Wilson on Feb 23, 2015 7:02 PM

RE: Hoffman's
Will Do, Thanks again:)

Added by Brenda on Feb 21, 2015 11:41 AM

Grove Methodist Cemetery

May I use your grave photos on several of the Hoffman graves for my tree on


Added by Brenda on Feb 21, 2015 11:30 AM

Mike O
David S. Frick
Melissa, I don't think that I made those links. I don't have an obit or anything for him. With Find A Grave now allowing edits, I get many requests and I usually accept them. I don't have the time to verify. I believe, even though I shouldn't, that the requester did their homework. If you have the source info and you want to change them, I will accept the change. Mike

Added by Mike O on Feb 18, 2015 7:05 PM

RE: THANKS new McCullough memorials
She is on my tree :> Thanks... I had found her husband in the Goshen Friends' cemetery earlier am glad to find her too.

Added by JButlerEagle on Feb 18, 2015 5:52 PM

RE: THANKS new McCullough memorials
Melissa --

Thanks for these details. I am still confused about William Strickland. Not sure if he is a child of Esau Strickland and Ann McCullough because he is not listed in the 1850 census with the family. Even through he would have been about 8 years old at that time. I thought it was perhaps because he had died young. But if he is buried near a wife (possibly two), that theory doesn't hold true. I was glad to see the memorial you added for Elizabeth Brenholtz Strickland Hill as she was the other child from the Esau and Ann family that wasn't in the 1850 census (she was married by then).

Thanks tons for all your help. This family research is certainly addictive. Jennifer

Added by JButlerEagle on Feb 17, 2015 7:12 AM

L Evans
The Meredith's
Thank you for sharing the information.... I knew a bit already about the rift over serving in war and slavery, thus the Hicksites.... many Quakers wanted to do more than just not owning them..... glad to hear how this turned out.
It is now on the memorials.
In Gratitude,

Added by L Evans on Feb 16, 2015 7:37 PM

Thanks, Melissa, but that's not necessary!! :-)I'll keep in touch!

Added by Emma on Feb 15, 2015 10:22 PM

THANKS new McCullough memorials
WOW! You're the best! I see you found and added the Rebeccah McCullough I wondered about (#142356855) as well as two other McCulloughs: James (#142359250) and Elizabeth (#142360109). The Rebeccah is for sure the family I'm researching and James and Elizabeth may be... I need to do some further research. THANKS again!

"If you give a mouse a cookie he'll want milk to go with it"... another question I've run into. Esau (#140902973) and Ann McCullough Strickland MAY have a child William Cooper McCullough (1842-1844?) that I have not found definite record for. He is perhaps buried in Grove Methodist Cemetery. On the
Grove Cemetery record I found on ancestry there is a William McCullough listed right under Esau McCullough's record. Section B lot 88 is the burial information on the record. If you have any further info on William I would really appreciate it.

Added by JButlerEagle on Feb 15, 2015 9:46 AM

Nancy Gibson Lowe
James Peoples
Thank you for the additional information on James Peoples. I added it to his memorial.
~ Nancy Lowe

Added by Nancy Gibson Lowe on Feb 13, 2015 6:39 AM

Mike O
Mary Ludwick Quay
Thank you very much Melissa for the connection to her parents. I do appreciate your efforts and dilligent work. Mike

Added by Mike O on Feb 09, 2015 2:44 PM

Mike O
Jacob Ludwick
Melissa, I checked on Jacob some more and found that he and Elizabeth Moses are both buried at Bethel. I have a copy of the records showing this and found the stone. Jacob's obit is incorrect in that he is buried at Shenkel. All I am saying at this point is that you have Mary Ludwick Quay attached to the wrong Jacob. You show the death certificate which states her parents as Jacob and Elizabeth Moses Ludwick. They are buried next to Elizabeth Phoebe Moses, who is Elizabeth's mother. Would you kindly address my request to make the change. Thank you. Mike O.

Added by Mike O on Feb 01, 2015 9:55 PM

Find A Grave Memorial# 140953131
Your recent entry in the Grove Methodist Church cemetery helped me. Thanks! I am researching the McCullough family of Chester county. The tombstone you added for Ann McCullough Strickland gave me several leads. Thanks.

If you have a chance to investigate another McCullough in the same cemetery I would be greatful.

I am wondering about Rebeccah McCullough. A record I found on indicates that she is buried in Section A, Row 15, Lot 152 Since no other information is given on that record I don't know if she belongs to the family I'm looking at. Hoping there is still a headstone at this location. It is believed Rebeccah lived 1822-1843

Added by JButlerEagle on Feb 01, 2015 9:17 PM

Elizabeth Matilda (nee Handwork) Huber
Wow, Girl! You uncovered a lot of information for Matilda #54819510 and and untangled an error for her husband George Huber "Hoover" #54819511! Thank you so much! Matilda was on my Tree, but I didn't know where she was buried, nor did I have her husband's name/dates!

Hope your Christmas was nice...ours was very quiet, as my husband's almost aged 91 years, Mother, Esther, "Moved To Heaven" 8 Dec 2014. Memorial# 139771925...I haven't done much of a Bio as yet, but I have a sweet Wedding photo of them on there. She loved Jesus, so she's happy!

We're busy cleaning out her house to be done by the end of the month, so I'm pressed for time! Thank you for all of this research and Edits!!! Blessings to you! Janet

Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Jan 13, 2015 3:01 AM

Dan Oh

The reason I put this out there is because of the above inquiry on If you follow the threads, you'll see where some of these maden names came from. It is also possible he had multiple wives, hence the children's mother's are different.

As an aside, I spent quite a bit of time at the CCHS trying to answer her initial question- Which was basically "where is he buried." After I replied twice, s/he ends the thread with "I know where they are buried, I want to know where in the cemetery they are buried" sheesh!

Added by Dan Oh on Jan 12, 2015 5:19 PM

Dan Oh
RE: Berstler

Should have given you the url.

Added by Dan Oh on Jan 06, 2015 7:09 PM

Dan Oh
RE: Berstler
Did you see the obit a week or so ago for Wiliam Miller? He was Mary Mikl Miller Berstler's son. She's in Hopewell Methodist.

Added by Dan Oh on Jan 05, 2015 4:57 PM

Rich Stackhouse
RE: Asaph Stackhouse
Thanks, Melissa.

I got the death certificates for the two children and added them.

Added by Rich Stackhouse on Jan 05, 2015 4:55 PM

Dan Oh
added and linked a son to mary berstler.

Added by Dan Oh on Jan 05, 2015 1:30 PM

RE: Photos/Handwork Headstones & Chester Co.
Hi, Melissa ~ Please excuse my delayed reply...we've been dealing with Gary's 91 yr old Mom, the hospital/Hospice Care. She may be "moving to Heaven" soon. She's led a very full life and is a wonderful lady!

Glad you like living in PA...wish I could at least "Summer" there! You're right, TX is unbelievably HOT! I have never acclimated, even though I've been here since I was Two! (Many moons ago!) I "melt"! I like Autumn & Spring!

Fort Worth is a great town, more laid back...unlike the Dallas Metroplex being a BIG CITY...ugh! Not all of TX is "flat", though...there is a beautiful area called "The Texas Hill Country": Austin, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, etc. Also, higher "hills" in Big Bend Nat'l Park, Palo Duro Canyon, Lost Maples State Park, etc. Lots of State & Nat'l Parks! It is an interesting place and lots of "wide-open-spaces", too! One must "pack a lunch & a toothbrush just to cross town"! ;-)

You are a lovely Italian-Heritage Lady! Probably some German, too? "Miller/Mueller"?

Oh! How interesting...your are distantly related to Sallie (nee Cook) Handwork!!! Whoa! George Thompson and your Rachel (nee Thompson) Miller!

Oh, I see! Your 3x GGM Rachel is the Grand Aunt of Sarah Ethel "Sallie" nee Cook, who married our 2nd cousin 2x removed, Charles Wynn "Charley" Handwork (1877-1962). Charley's Great GF is my 3rd GGF, Andreas Handwerk/Andrew Handwork!

So! You have a "Handwork" in your lineage, after all! I have some PA "Miller" folks connected to one of my Handwork ladies, but I don't know if they are connected to your Millers?

Thank you! Yes, I would really appreciate your great photos, and email is just fine:

You have done a wonderful job on all of the Memorials that I have seen of yours! Fabulous detail. It looks like a lot of your Ancestors were prominent in their communities also! ;-)

I just saw the photo of Minnie F (nee Miller) Martin...she was a beautiful young Bride!

Happy Trails to You!


Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Dec 08, 2014 7:41 PM

Dan Oh
Overzealous FAGer's
Don't cha hate those people who want to tell you how to act? I add them, and if I feel like it I send a note: "I added the Death Certificate. If I've overstepped my bounds, let me know and I'll delete it."

I don't do that all the time, and I usually look at their profile for a narrative. You can weed out the unfriendly's pretty easy.

I get more people thanking me than reaming me a new one. And I make a note of those folks, the will get NOTHING from me in the future. Not obits, no links and certainly no help.

Life is too short.

Added by Dan Oh on Dec 05, 2014 6:08 PM

Your Photos of Handwork Headstones
Melissa ~ I have neglected to inquire whether, with your permission, I may use these lovely photos on my Family Tree on I will give you full credit of course! ;-) If not, I understand. Thanks. Janet

Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Dec 04, 2014 7:33 PM

#s 137910365 & 139383599
Yay! You found some more "Handwork" folks! Thank you for the Transfers of Charles Wynn "Charley" Handwork (my 2nd cousin 2 x removed) and his wife Sarah Ethel "Sallie" (nee Cook)! You are a good "detective"! Sallie and Cass' headstone photos are superb! Really liked the inclusion of Cass' parents' headstones in the background of his photo! Looks like you had a pretty day weather-wise today! Thank you! Janet

Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Dec 04, 2014 6:53 PM

Chester County, PA!
You're welcome, Melissa...I do so appreciate your help and your new offer to watch for HANDWORK/HANDWERK folks in cemeteries!

My Dad's Father, John Kendig "Jack" Handwork was Mayor of Coatesville at the time he died suddenly in 1921. {Memorial# 41842424 Fairview Cemetery, South Coatesville: a nice Obit & poem quoted was written about him, which I have posted.} John's brother, George Heber Handwork II, was also Mayor there. (My Dad was GHH III.)

Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful states in which I have been privileged to visit! I'm very fond of the Pocono Mountain area! My Grandmother and her 2nd husband converted an old barn for a summer home near Stroudsburg/Minisink Hills/Delaware Water Gap in Monroe County...what fun it was to visit them there!

"Ruebeewren", is a nice Find A Grave Contributor who lives in Coatesville, and has been a great help to me with photos of the Handwork Folks' headstones in Fairview Cemetery.

I thank you in advance for sharing any other Handwork/Handwerk documentation of my family that you may encounter!

Is your Surname "Italian"? My 85-year-young-Brother-In-Law, is a First-Generation Italian/Sicilian-American from Brooklyn (now living in South Texas)...and a good cook!

Yes, indeed...A Blessed Merry Christmas to All!

Janet Handwork-Spencer

Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Dec 03, 2014 8:19 PM

Multiple HANDWORK Memorials!
Melissa ~ Wow! Transfers, a Death Certificate and photos, Oh, My! Thank you!

Memorial# 139498111 Solomon Handwork
Memorial# 139385652 Mary F Lessing Handwork
Memorial# 139498212 Margaret Walleigh Handwork
Memorial# 139497751 Hannah Handwork
Memorial# 139497903 Emma B Handwork

What a Blessing you are to this site and all of us! Especially, when like myself, my Dad's Ancestors are in PA and I'm in Texas! ;-) Janet Handwork-Spencer ID#47018985

Added by Janet*Handwork-Parker/Mel... on Dec 02, 2014 6:26 PM


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