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sticksandstones (#46888135)
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BIO: Interested in genealogy, cemetery art, historical preservation, Colonial, Civil War, and present day history of the Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina low country regions, plus visiting historically significant cemeteries in the United States. My interests have lately focused on the Baynard, Barnwell, Bailey, Burrows, Elliott, Jenkins, Mikell, Jones, Smith and Whaley families of Beaufort, Edisto Island, Charleston, Columbia, Orangeburg, Port Royal, South Carolina.

Why Sticks and Stones?

I have to take a moment to express appreciation for a book I found about year 2000 in an independent bookshop on the 2nd floor of a building in Wake Forest, North Carolina. That book was ' Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers (Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts) by M. Ruth Little'. It spurned my interest in the historical and cultural aspects of cemeteries, and lured me into exploring the backwoods, and not so backwoods cemeteries of North Carolina and South Carolina, and eventually led me to join Find A Grave to help document and photograph stones for others to see.

I've stood in amazement looking at wooden gravemarkers over 300 years old, learned of the stone carvers trade, dominated by the Italian stone artists of Connecticut and Massachusetts, that were first imported to the south, and later done locally by stonecarvers who moved to the South. I learned about the distinct regions of distribution of peoples in NC,from many places; the Scot-Irish of the mountains, the Germans and Czechs(Moravians) of the piedmont, the English in east central NC, and the French Huegenots and Irish who settled along the coast. Many of the settlements were influenced by early Indian trade routes. I encourage you to get a copy for your taphology library.


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I will no longer do additional information/links etc from this message area... Please use the EDIT link on each memorial for that.

Transfer are only done by FIND A GRAVE RULES below and with-in the generations noted..PLEASE read the rules carefully..... and do not expect to get transfers just because you state they are in your FAMILY OR PARENT lines...

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


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Per Find A Grave Newest Rules:

Please be aware of the rules when asking for transfers. Guidelines

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Please state your exact relationship when you contact me.

You should not ask for transfers of people whom were born and died in the 1700 time frame. MANY OTHERS MAY ALSO BE RELATED TO THESE SAME PEOPLE.

Again: Please use the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of the memorial when wanting additional information added... Please use the suggest a correction link.


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Aubrey Family
Thank you so much for transferring my great and twice great grandfather's memorials to me! I so greatly appreciate all of the work that you've done!

I'd like to make another request, if I may. Might you be willing to transfer the memorial for Alta May Aubrey (Memorial# 71106291)? She is my great aunt and passed away as a child. I tried to make this request using the Edit option but the transfer request is no longer available.

Thanks again for all you do!

Best regards,
Added by Careena on Jul 01, 2014 12:24 PM
Charles Asche
Ethel Asche Schley
Thank you for posting the beautiful photo of my ancestors - Charles H .Asche and his wife Isabella Stolpp - alongside with their daughter Ethel Schley and her husband Herbert Schley.
Your suggested death date for Ethel Asche Schley is not correct - As children in Miami Florida , we , on several occasions visited our " aunt Ethel " in winter Park , Florida where she lived in a little house behind her son's house . This would have been as late as @1966 . I know that she attended my grandfather's (Charles F. Asche) funeral around that year .
I did enjoy so much seeing the rather beautiful obelisk there in the photo !
thank you .

Charles Byron Asche - Great Grandson of Charles H. Asche
Santa Barbara , California , June30 , 2014
Added by Charles Asche on Jun 30, 2014 2:03 AM
Transfer of Records

I was hoping that you'd be willing to transfer several memorials that you logged for Saint Mary's Cemetery in Ballston Spa. The memorials belong to my husband's father, grandparents,great-grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. I'd like to add them to the rest of the family memorials I have created. The memorials are: 117643286, 117643287, 117643289, 117644964, 117645605, 117643281, 17643282,117643283, 117643284, 117643285, 117644409, 117644410, 17644411, 117644961, 117644962, 117644963, 117645112, 117645151, 117644965, 117643288, 117643290

Thank you!
Robin Lewis Delaney
Added by Robin on Jun 20, 2014 6:09 PM
Susan Barwick
Request photo transfer
Thanks for the photos you placed on 28133743, Mollie McCrainie.

Another member created a memorial for Mollie as I had misspelled her last name (came from old records).

She has started linking kids and family and requested that I request to have the two photos transferred to her memorial:

129926412 Mary C Mollie McCranie (where the photos need to be placed)

Hope it is not too much trouble.
Thanks, Susan
Added by Susan Barwick on May 17, 2014 1:29 PM
Hi, I posted the picture you requested for George Lagakis in L.I.N.C. He is alone in the plot. In fact he is the only one with that surname listed in the cemetery.
Have a good one...Glenn
Added by GLENN on Apr 18, 2014 5:53 PM
Henry Hall
Harriet Chesnut Taylor
Harriet Chesnut Taylor (16 March 1803-10 October 1865), married 10 May 1827 to Sen. Franklin Harper Elmore (15 October 1799-28 May 1850).

Daughter of Gov. John Taylor and Sarah Cantey Chesnut.

Will send photos of grave marker asap.
Added by Henry Hall on Apr 14, 2014 7:06 PM
Transfer Request
Good evening,

I would greatly appreciate it if you would transfer the memorial for Francis J Aubrey in Ballston Spa Village Cemetery to me. He is my great grandfather. The Find A Grave Memorial# is 71106293. I was also hoping that you might be willing to transfer his father, Frank J Aubrey (Memorial# 71106294) to me as well. He is my twice great grandfather. I have read the FindAGrave rules and respect your decision, either way.

Thank you so much for your help and all you do!

Best regards,
FindAGrave #47507513
Added by Careena on Apr 09, 2014 7:42 PM
Mary Chrapliwy
Maria's memorial transferred
I transferred her memorial to you. I'm glad to transfer your aunt's marker to you.

Mary Chrapliwy
Added by Mary Chrapliwy on Apr 03, 2014 5:44 AM
Suzannah McCuen
markers at Broughton Hospital
Hi. I noticed in one of your messages to Annette Bradford about Dix Hospital that you had thought that the only markers at Broughton were the round tags suspended on the chains between posts. That's not the case. The great majority of graves there are marked with aluminum and brass flat markers bearing their names and birth and death years. These markers have been in place for years. A fair number of the graves also have stone markers placed by loved ones. The Chaplain and I will be replacing those of the flat markers that were destroyed by mowers and will also be correcting those with misspellings. I photographed all of the markers in 2010 and have posted the photos on the Find A Grave memorials at Broughton. Every grave here is identified and I have researched each person as best I could through Now I'm in the early stages of doing the same for those buried at Cherry where, unfortunately, fewer than 1/4 of the graves are marked. Suzannah
Added by Suzannah McCuen on Mar 31, 2014 8:09 PM
Suzannah McCuen
RE: Dix Cemetery
Hi. Yes - I live in Morganton and have been to the hospital cemetery many times. I photographed all of the markers 4 years ago.
Added by Suzannah McCuen on Mar 31, 2014 7:58 PM
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