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Mike Niethe (#47990888)
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*** I've been having trouble with my "elockport" e-mail, and I lost many recent messages.
If you have written to me in the past few months and I didn't respond, I apologize.
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I'm interested in corresponding with anyone interested in the grave entries I've made in Lockport NY, especially Cold Spring Cemetery.

I live in the City of Lockport (Niagara County) in the State of New York.
I live near both Cold Springs and Glenwood Cemeteries. I like to post gravestones of my ancestors that are buried in this area, along with other monuments that are difficult to read due to weathering and damage.
I wrote down all the gravestone inscriptions in the older sections of Cold Springs Cemetery in 1994. I wasn't too concerned about the newer sections of the cemetery because the written records are in good shape and the monuments and gravestones are generally granite, which is hundreds of times harder than the old marble monuments in the old sections. Unfortunately I didn't have a digital camera back then, and Find A Grave wasn't around yet, so all the gravestones are not yet methodically recorded on this website.
Some of the old marble monuments are already difficult to read despite the fact that they are less than two hundred years old. I figure that these inscriptions should be recorded now before they are lost for perpetuity.
I also research and record obscure grave information that I think will be valuable for future genealogists, for example there are a number of old cemeteries in the City of Lockport that have been moved (a number times in certain cases) to other locations.

The old "Millard Cemetery" on Millard Street in the City of Lockport is an example.
Millard Street was later changed to Bacon Street.
The old Millard Cemetery was "moved" (at least in part) to Glenwood Cemetery around 1919.
Some old maps show the "Malard Cemetery" which I think is a spelling error.
To add to the confusion, the Millard Cemetery is also known as the Bacon Street Cemetery, and it's referred to as the "west end burying ground" in some old area church records.
At least some of the remains (including those of Sheriff Almon Millard) were moved to Glenwood Cemetery in 1919.
Another "infamous" burial was that of Sheriff Eli Bruce who was buried in an unmarked grave in the Millard Cemetery in 1832. If in fact all the remains were removed to Glenwood, Sheriff Bruce's remains now rest in an unmarked grave there.
Much has been written about Sheriff Eli Bruce and I'm certainly not an expert on those matters.
Hard evidence of the cemetery move has been elusive to me. Most of the evidence I have is anecdotal, often coming from newspaper articles and little tidbits here and there.
The people at Find A Grave tell me I should record burial information in the cemetery where the remains are now located in order to reduce the chance of confusion.
If anyone has information on this cemetery, please share it with me.

Another is the old Grace Church Cemetery on Lincoln Avenue in what was then the Village (now city) of Lockport. Those monuments and remains were removed (in part) to Glenwood Cemetery.
I have access to the old burial records from Grace Church, and I've located most of the associated gravestones at Glenwood. Elias Ransom is an example.
A real mystery (for me at least) is General John Jackson mausoleum. I've seen a number of notations that he was entombed in a big mausoleum in Grace Church Cemetery on Lincoln Avenue when he died in 1875.
As of now (2013) I've been unable to figure out what happened to that mausoleum. I located a small marble headstone engraved "JOHN JACKSON DIED APR. 17, 1875" in Section 14 Lot 85.
This is definitely General Jackson's headstone because his name appears in the cemeterey records as being "from Grace Cemetery".

Another enigma is the "Friends" (Quaker) Cemetery(s) in the Village (now city) of Lockport.
At this point I'm not sure of the sequence of events although I know one cemetery was located on Lincoln Avenue adjacent to the Grace Church Cemetery. (This I learned from notations in the old Grace Church records that describe burials "in the Friends Cemetery adjacent to the church cemetery").
Old maps show that a cemetery was located on the west side "Washburn Street" (the part that is now called Locust Street), near what is now Sargent Drive.
Other maps show a cemetery located on Market Street near the corner of Chestnut Street.
Some remains (and monuments) are now at Cold Springs Cemetery.
I don't know if these cemeteries were associated with different churches or were moved from one location to another. I hope to research tis matter in the future.

In my opinion the most interesting cemetery is Cold Springs.
If you were to drive by on Cold Springs Road, it looks like one big cemetery although in reality it is a hodgepodge of FOUR adjacent cemeteries, separated (in part) by old stone walls.

Another future project I have in mind is recording the hundreds burials from the old County Poorhouse. Many of these people were buried in the old county cemetery on Davison Road, along with other area cemeteries.
There are NO individual gravestones of any type at the Davison Road site, and my best guess is that few of the former residents of the Poorhouse have headstones in the other cemeteries.
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RE: Kuhn memorial
Thank you! Kathy
Added by Kathy on Dec 19, 2014 9:03 PM
Tom Duncan
Cold Springs Headstones

Thank you so much for posting the Budnack and Linderman headstones from Cold Springs Cemetery, I didn't think my requests would be filled until May with all the snow you've had in that area. I really appreciate your time and efforts.

Added by Tom Duncan on Dec 19, 2014 8:20 AM
Erica McLean Fitzgerald
Hellen Cain photo
Thank you so much for photographing her headstone. My husband and I don't get to Lockport very often, so I was happy that you were able to fulfill this request. Thanks again!
Added by Erica McLean Fitzgerald on Dec 01, 2014 1:55 PM
jan lewandowski
Nolan Family St. Patricks Cem. Lockport
Dear Mike:
Thank you so much for posting Luke Nolan who was killed by a train in 1871, and his wife Catherine Nolan who died in 1897. If you could help me find the Nolan children I would be most appreciative.

Daughter of Luke and Catherine, Bridget Nolan died 6 June 1939. Their sons, James and William elude me. James was last found in a 1873 city directory, and William who owned a machine shop on Market St. in Lockport died about 1913.

I have scoured the newspapers for any items pertaining to James or William, but with no success.

Thank you so much, you are doing great work.

With kindest regards, Jan Lewandowski Oxford, Ga.
Added by jan lewandowski on Nov 23, 2014 5:51 AM
Ellen Herrmann
Kaiser - Huston Photo
Thank you so much for the gravesite photo for Drs. Charles & Clara Kaiser. I had no idea her Father was buried in the same plot. I made the connection on her memorial page. Now I just have to try to find her Mother's obituary.
I am deeply indebted to my Find A Grave friends back home for their tireless commitment to the historical & genealogical significance these answered photo requests provide to people such as myself who are removed across county and would never have the opportunity to verify their work on their family trees.
I truly appreciate your time and effort on my behalf.

Ellen M. Herrmann
Added by Ellen Herrmann on Nov 14, 2014 10:23 PM
Jenny Lofgren
Caroline & Frances Anson
Mike - thanks so much for the photos you took at the Cold Springs Cemetery. I'm sure glad you did a rubbing - can't read any of the tombstone now!

I would never have known about these two children if you hadn't taken this information down, and am very pleased to have the information to add to my family tree.

Many thanks & regards,
Jenny Lofgren
Added by Jenny Lofgren on Nov 13, 2014 6:37 PM
Bruce Genewich
Gen. Wood
Hi Mike, you and I must get together some how. The Conkey memorial tribute is slated for Sept 30th. no time as of today. Don Stevens (civil war fellow) has been informed of what we are doing with Gen. Robert Wood. I am looking for living relatives so a stone can be placed. I love your work on reading the stone that is in Sec F Lot 66. Please email me if you have info on him too. Back to cold springs tomorrow.
Added by Bruce Genewich on Sep 08, 2014 11:28 AM
Bruce Genewich
Pomeroy in cold springs
Hello again. I found Pomeroy with his mother in law and his wife in sec n Lot 103. I did a search backwards. the maiden name is McCartey?? there is more on that plot. I need to clean up the memorials. I will be out there tomorrow if you wish to go farther with this. Now this is fun
Added by Bruce Genewich on Jun 03, 2014 12:57 PM
RE: Mary Griswold et al at Cold Springs
Thank you so much. I was delighted to see the notifications today. I will get to work on filling out the information I have for them. You have been a great help already, but if I see anything more I will contact you.
Added by Barbara on Mar 24, 2014 3:18 PM
Mary Griswold et al at Cold Springs
As a descendant of Mary Griswold, I was very happy to see the large monument appear on FindAGrave. I understand your reluctance to post information that you are not sure of about Mary and the others buried there, but there are very good records that the Griswold descendants have compiled. I would be happy to post what I have if you are not confidant to do so but would have to have management of the memorials. If you want to keep the management, please post:
Mary Griswold, b abt 1785 in VT, known children (some have been connected) Evelyn S Walker, Socrates, Horatio, Adaline Dunkelberger, Benjamin, Lafayette and Adelia Mapes (she is not the Adelia Brickley at Cold Springs).
Henry Dunkelberger b 12/28/1839, d 3/14/1840 age 3 mo. 17 days and Frances A Dunkelberger b 5/18/1849, d 8/29/1849 age 3 mo. 11 days--the children of Charles and Adaline Dunkelberger.
The burial place of Andrew H Brickley and Adelia M Brickley--the wife of Andrew
(I do not know the relationship of the Brickley's to the Dunkelbergers except that Andrew was born in PA as was Charles). Andrew b abt 1820 in PA, Adelia b abt 1827 in NY. (There should be a memorial for the infant son)
The burial place of Charles Dunkelberger b abt 1808 in PA, died 11/11/1869 at Lockport.
Adaline b abt 1818, died 1859 at Lockport.
After her death, Charles married Susan ? who was b abt 1821, d 1893 "Mother" age 72 years. (there should be a memorial for their child)Susan is not the "mother" of the children listed for Charles.
Harriet Dunkelberger Weaver, wife of Ephriam, b about 1837, d 8/27/1863 aged 26 years. Harriet married Ephriam in 1861.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, Barbara
Added by Barbara on Mar 19, 2014 5:48 PM
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