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MarillaW (#47325501)
 member for 6 years, 3 months, 2 days
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1. Edits and other changes.
I am usually delighted to process your edits or suggested corrections. However I will neither do your data entry nor edit your spelling and punctuation. If information can be entered in specific fields, you will need to do that through the new edit system and I will accept or decline it. Other suggested changes such as biographies or requests for transfers will be honored via the "Suggest any other correction or addition" which sends me an Email with a link to the page and to you. I might fact check your information through resources available to me.
2. Transfers
I will transfer any memorial I have created on request except those for
a. my own ancestors or in my virtual cemeteries.
b. Nor will I transfer to anyone who is listed as "Anonymous" and has a blank profile. It is difficult to trust someone who is so concealed.
c. Nor will I transfer to the terminally rude unless you document the four generation proximity of relationship required by the FAQ.
3. Photos
I give explicit permission to copy and use any photo I have taken and posted on Find a Grave for your own genealogical purposes. No need to ask.

I am a retired Episcopal priest who has done genealogical work for her own family since 1990. I used to serve as a Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness volunteer for Cottonwood County before that site closed. I'm still willing to do lookups. This is easy to do, as I live within a mile of the Courthouse and Historical Society. Or you can contact the Historical Society at They charge $10. per hour plus copying for research.

I am nearly done doing whole small cemeteries in Cottonwood County, Minnesota. The five of us working on that have finished all but the two city cemeteries. If I have been able to post a photo on the front page of a cemetery in CC you will find my status notes in the caption. [Feb 2013] Working on Mountain Lake from photos & register and Lakeview from a list. I am also working on comprehensive postings for columbaria in Minnesota Episcopal churches.

My daughter thought graving was a waste of time but I pointed out that it gets me out for a walk up and down "rows" in the cemetery. And a friend of hers pointed out that considering all the recent zombie movies it's good to remember this: It is far better to be looking for dead people than to have dead people looking for you! Enjoy!
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Mary Ann Van Horssen
RE: Mathilda Schaffer
I can't thank you enough for your help with the Schaffer and Earlewine families. I must say I am surprised Joe and Mathilda Schaffer do not have headstones. I visited with the Schaffer's in Windom several years ago and they took me to all the cemeteries and were very proud of their history, even producing a 1-inch thick book of their ancestors - one of which they gave me. Since Joe is in D-16 and Mathilda is in D-6, it appears they are not buried together or next to each other.
I have installed new ancestor stones in New York, PA, Ohio, and Hayfield, MN. What is Lakeview's position on doing this?
By the way, my husband's father is the grandson of Joe & Mathilda through their daughter Mabel. He remembers well his Schaffer & Earlewine cousins who he played with as a child. He is 99 years old and still kicking in Arizona!
Added by Mary Ann Van Horssen on Jul 31, 2016 11:33 AM
Mary Ann Van Horssen
Wow, you are fast... Already done. Thank you
Mary Ann
Added by Mary Ann Van Horssen on Jul 28, 2016 11:38 AM
Mary Ann Van Horssen
Mathilda Mary Schaffer
Hi Marilla,
I finally took the time to enter Mathilda in FindAGrave #167498244 for Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
I also sponsored Clarence Schaffer and wife Margaret and daughter Ellen in Lakeview.
And I sponsored Clyde Schaffer and wife Emma in Windom Memorial Gardens.
Also in Memorial Gardens is Donald Earlewine who I sponsored, but I can't find his Father Frederic Earlewine 1886-1950 and his mother Ada Schaffer Earlewine 1886-1961. They died in Windom.
Sons Willard 1915-1978 and John 1927-2013 should also be buried in Windom.
I haven't had a chance to go to the Find A Grave site and request transfers for those I sponsored.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Added by Mary Ann Van Horssen on Jul 28, 2016 11:30 AM
Mary Ann Van Horssen
RE: Joseph Shaffer in Windom MN
You are the best!! Thank you for Joe Schaffer's page and the info on Mathilda. I will add her page.
And I will check for other FAGs that you maintain. Bless you!!
Added by Mary Ann Van Horssen on Jul 25, 2016 4:47 PM
Mary Ann Van Horssen
RE: Joseph Shaffer in Windom MN
Hi Marilla,

Joseph Shaffer is my husband's great grandfather. I would love him to be transferred to me. But several of his kids were entered by you - Thank you! - and I would like to ask for their transfer also. But it has to wait until after work today.
Also, I am looking for Joseph Shaffer's wife Mathilda Mathiesen Shaffer or Schaffer, who died in 1941 in Illinois and the death index says she was buried in Windom. I don't see a Find A Grave entry for her. Any leads??
Thanks Mary Ann
Added by Mary Ann Van Horssen on Jul 25, 2016 11:41 AM
Cubs Fans
RE: Erastus Smith date
Thank you for your response. I noticed on your memorial that you have cited the death register from Cottonwood County as him being aged 67y, 2m, 15d. His age from his death date would put his birth date at 1/5/1831. I noticed this when I found his sister and she had a documented birth date of 11/30/1831, so I double checked Erastus and a birth date of January 1832 would be impossible.
Added by Cubs Fans on Jul 06, 2016 8:12 AM
General Message
Thanks for doing for putting up the grave sites on Find a Grave.... I hope I've not been hitting you with too many edits, I've been offering Edits based on My Family's tree and family history. Thanks again.
Added by ejimmy on Jun 17, 2016 11:21 AM
Glenn Kiecker
David Palmer--Wife Vera
Thankyou for the transfers i have added short bio and locations as to Birth and Death:-))
Added by Glenn Kiecker on Jun 13, 2016 7:20 PM
Glenn Kiecker
David Palmer--Wife Vera
Thankyou for the transfers i have added short bio and locations as to Birth and Death:-))
Added by Glenn Kiecker on Jun 13, 2016 7:16 PM
No Guts, No Glory
for the update...I have moved the Rev.

Added by No Guts, No Glory on Jun 08, 2016 11:17 AM
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