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JanMary (#47242653)
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After the horrendous earthquake in Haiti recently, I decided to read a book I inherited years ago, but had no interest in until now. (The Black Rebellion in Haiti" by Pierre Etienne Chazotte, and edited by his grandson, Charles W. Platt) When I did some research, I learned that Pierre or Peter, is my 4th great grandfather and Charles W. Platt is my great grandmother's brother. In reading the book I learned that Pierre was one of only a couple of white people who were able to escape the massacre of multiple thousands in 1804, partly because he had American citizenship. The unedited version is in the Library of Congress. In my research, I stumbled onto Find a Grave, and discovered that many kind people had made memorials for a number of my ancestors, for which I'm extremely grateful. Some have become friends and are assisting me in further family searches! Thank you all! Especially my friend in Reno!
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This is where the family was buried
Added by A Family Who Loves Geneal... on Dec 17, 2014 9:42 AM
RE: Jeremiah and James A Roberts
It was an honor and a privilege to take those photos. Thank you for letting me do it.
Added by Ron on Nov 21, 2014 9:09 PM
Westlawn-Hillcrest Vets
We are currently working to identify anyone buried in Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery Omaha NE that has served in the military. If you have a loved one buried there or know of someone, please send us a message. We place flags on the graves for Memorial Day. This project is sponsored by Centennial Masonic Lodge #326.

If you can send us the names, we will be sure to include them on our list to get a flag.

Thank you for the help with this ongoing project.


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Added by C.C.Diamond on Oct 26, 2014 3:50 PM
Joseph Ireland family
Hi, my 4th great grandfather was Joseph Ireland, so I guess we're related, right? Do you have suggestions about how I can find more information on the women who married the Ireland men and are my GG mothers? I'm having a hard time finding out much about them. Thanks.
Added by Emi on Sep 11, 2014 2:55 PM
Thank you for the website :) I will definitely be using it. In looking back at it I cant believe I didn't just subtract 10 days from her date of death to figure out her birthday.
Added by NoreenP on Sep 06, 2014 7:34 PM
ruth smith
I changed the date of birth for ruth. I originally had 58 as her yr but the person that requested Eliphalet Smith's picture (he was one of the lighthouse keepers) ruth's son, gave me the yr 1754. She said that all of her paperwork kept coming up as 1754. I don't know if there are any other family members in that plot that I didn't mention (when you click on the picture you will see the names of everyone in that plot). I posted all names that had a headstone. Have a great day :)
Added by NoreenP on Sep 05, 2014 8:33 PM
Aileen B.
RE: Josiah Rogers
Ruth Rogers Smith's birthday was 03 Nov 1754 in Northport, NY. She married Henry Smith on 02 Oct 1782 and died 11 Aug 1824 in Huntington, NY.

I do see William Rogers listed as the son of Josiah and Ruth Bunce Rogers. Curiously enough, his date of birth and Ruth Rogers Smith's DOB are listed as the same. I have no explanation for that oddity aside from a possible mix up in records keeping? See this link:

If you click through to William Rogers' info from that page, it includes this note, which is obviously not true because Ruth lived a long life:

"He crossed Long Island Sound to Conn., with his half-sister Ruth, Sept 1, 1776 to escape the British. According to various accounts, his half-sister's boat capsized on the return trip and she drowned."

So many questions! I may be able to help you with more dates and names for your family tree if you need them. I'm currently working with a genealogist to help me build out my family tree.

Thank you for the Whitman link!
Added by Aileen B. on Sep 04, 2014 9:08 PM
Aileen B.
RE: Josiah Rogers
You know what? I looked a bit closer and it appears that my 4th great grandmother Ruth Rogers Smith was more likely the daughter of Josiah Rogers' first wife, Ruth Bunce, who died in 1755 just after her daughter Ruth was born in 1754. Josiah remarries to Rachel Arthur in 1757, which makes our distant relatives more likely to be half sisters!
Added by Aileen B. on Sep 03, 2014 11:35 PM
Aileen B.
RE: Josiah Rogers
It's a crazy small world isn't it? Josiah and his second wife Rachel Arthur are my 5th great grandparents. Their daughter Ruth Rogers (sister of Experience) and her husband Henry Smith are my 4th great grandparents. Their son Henry Smith (Jr.) and his wife Sarah Oakley are my 3rd great grandparents. Their son John Francis Smith and his wife Rebecca are my 2nd great grandparents. Their daughter Carrie May Smith and her husband Charles E. Burns were my great grandparents. Their son was my grandfather, John "Jack" Burns, who was born and raised in Babylon, NY. He moved west to California then retired to Hawaii where he passed. I was born and raised in Hawaii but ended up attending college in NYC before moving to California. I used to go to Long Island all the time, but never realized how deep my roots were in the area!

....So all of this must mean we are cousins several times removed, correct? I'm not sure how it works exactly, but your 4th great grandmother was my 4th great aunt and vice versa!

I saw that Walt Whitman had once visited and wrote about the Whitman burial ground, was it ever confirmed that he was a descendant of Experience and Nathaniel Whitman?

Added by Aileen B. on Sep 03, 2014 6:13 PM
Aileen B.
Josiah Rogers
Hi Janice,

I saw on Josiah Rogers' memorial that he was your 5th great grandfather.... he was mine as well! I have been working on a genealogy project which lead me to Find A Grave, and I just wanted to say hello to you as it appears we are distantly related. How wonderful to come across your message during my search!

- Aileen
Added by Aileen B. on Sep 02, 2014 10:30 PM
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