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Penny D. (#47422595)
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Bio Photo Although, I have been interested in genealogy for nearly 20 years, I only recently became aware of the truly fragile state of our ancestors' headstones and how important it is to preserve them, if only digitally, for future years.

I discovered FindAGrave quite by accident while searching online. I had located a headstone of my great-grandfather's brother who had died in battle during the Civil War. He was buried in Missouri, far from his home in Pennsylvania.

I've logged on to the site often since then and am impressed by the growing numbers of cemeteries and gravesites that are being recorded by folks who are touched by the impermanence of these markers of peoples' lives.

My husband and I recently returned from a pilgrimage of our own to Indiana County in Western Pennsylvania to visit and photograph the gravesites of my paternal ancestors.

During that rainy week, we trudged through cemeteries searching for and taking pictures of Lydics, Lydicks, Feaths, Bostics, McHenrys, Slaysmans, and Chapmans. Many tombstones were still in good condition, but most had deteriorated and were barely legible; two were broken. Others, if they were still standing, were smooth and silent.

I now fully understand why there are so many dedicated contributors to FindAGrave. All of our children should and will be grateful for their efforts!

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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
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