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Geniereese (#46603662)
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I've been researching my family roots since the fall of 1999. I got my start because of a Social Studies project given to my son when he was in 6th grade. It was a school year long project, the students were to trace their family lines back to the immigrant and present their results in a 3 ring binder. Well needless to say I was hooked helping my son write letters to family members asking for help and documents to verify the info. Helping him to get BMD certs for family members from all over. Going to visit the cemeteries here in Pennsylvania to get pics of gravestones for my husband's family lines. Unfortunately, my family lines are all out in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio. I didn't find this site in time for his project, but I am hooked on genealogy & that is how I finally got hooked here and feel as though I can't expect folks out in the midwest to take pics for me if I don't take pics of gravestones here in my local area.

I have transcribed & taken pics for 3 small cemeteries in the area. I am working on taking the photos in a few other larger ones here in the Mechanicsburg area.
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RE: Barbara Shaeffer
I found the original listings and have reached out to the genweb transcriber who listed them to see if the w/o John Shaeffer designation for Barbara was a mistake. It is possible she was the wife of another John Shaeffer and that the one on the stone with her is her son.

It is also confusing because the original list seems to correctly spell the family name as Shaeffer where some other lists (I assume that were copied from the original) incorrectly transcribe the last name as Sheaffer. I know Shaeffer is correct, but I wonder what the church records actually record the spelling to be.
Added by MixedStock on Nov 10, 2014 2:24 PM
Shaeffer corrections
Apology not necessary. Glad you made the changes. Now if I could only figure out who Barbara is! Thanks for the link to the cemetery listings. I appreciate it!
Added by MixedStock on Nov 10, 2014 1:40 PM
Cheryl Hall
RE: Rosemary Patricia (White) Gardiner
Your welcome.
Added by Cheryl Hall on Oct 25, 2014 8:42 AM
Diana Steele Spencer
RE: Sarah Walters Umphries
Sorry to take so long with a reply ; the man that took the tombstone photo ( Roger Hunt) of Sarah Umphres was also doing some research on Ransom Longfellow. His ancestor , Augustus Eddy Cary was a neighbor living in Wyacondah, Iowa to the Umphres, the Worleys, and the Longfellows. Augustus E. Cary,David Worley and Ransom Longfellow served in the Union Army during the Civil War / Iowa 30th Infantry , Co F ; Longfellow was wounded at the Battle of Vicksburg , Mississippi on 22 MAY 1863 and on 10 JUNE 1864 , he was termed as "deserted" on his service records.(He also may have been imprisoned somewhere and escaped....also labeled a "deserter" in the eyes of the prisoner-exchange system that they had set up back then.) Roger was curious to know what happened to Ransom Longfellow after he returned to Margaret Ellen and persuaded her to leave with him back to Wyacondah, Iowa in 1869 ; why did her desert Margaret Ellen and their children and where did he go ? We know that Margaret Ellen and her four children stayed with her sister, Mary Ann Rominger and family, but died within two months of arrival.....David Worley was contacted to take his two children back to wherever he lived, but the Longfellow children, Sarah and William, remained with the Romingers until they were turned over to the court. Roger went to the Davis County Courthouse while he was in Iowa and found a document showing that the two children ( Sarah and William ) were apprenticed to Fredrick Hesse on December 29, 1870 . William was still with the Hesse's in the 1880 census. The document says " their mother late a resident of Davis County is dead.....their father Ransom Longfellow abandoned the children and left no property or means of support for said children and that said children have no home" . So, Sarah married William Alfred Selix , 30 JAN 1880, in Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa , that would put her name as Selix in the 1880 census ; did she remain in Iowa or did they move elsewhere ? William Ransom Longfellow was located in the 1910 Federal Census in Douglas, Nebraska, so he moved away from the Hesse's . I am assuming that your lineage was from Sarah Longfellow Selix's branch; can you shed some light on Ransom Longfellow's whereabout during all of this, or did the children never find their father again ? I thought maybe William eventually caught up with his father, but that may remain a mystery as well. Hope I haven't ranted too much, but I am curious to know some of this so that I may eventually find the identities of the people with whom my maternal great-grandmother left tin-types and photos of unidentified family to her son and eventually down to me. Do you have any photos of your ancestral family line ? If I can figure out how to do it, I may email you some of the photos that I have that are unidentified. I am also on / The Spencer Family ; my daughter-in-law is Doggymomm , but I have used her site to do research and have entered much info and photos on the Umphres Family, Carr Family, Steele Family, Johnson Family Spencer Family and many more.
Added by Diana Steele Spencer on Oct 10, 2014 10:50 AM
Diana Steele Spencer
RE: Sarah Walters Umphries
Hey Gen ; just wanted you to know that a friend was up in Iowa , contacted me, and shot the photo.....he could not find the tombstone for James 3rd-great grandparents , but was able to send me the photo of the tombstone for Sarah. Can I ask you which family member of the James and Sarah Umphres Family you descend ? My line is from Silas Hill Umphres...oldest son . Hoping to hear from you again , I am, Diana Steele Spencer
Added by Diana Steele Spencer on Oct 07, 2014 3:11 PM
RE: Anniversary
Thank you so much. I thought of him all day ... we always miss him. Hope you are all well.
Added by Pamela on Sep 29, 2014 6:04 PM
RE: Jacob Albright & Charity Albright pics
You are very welcome. It was a nice day yesterday for a walk through some country cemeteries. Glad I could help you out!
Added by Vern-O on Aug 12, 2014 11:21 AM
RE: Don McInerney
You're welcome...glad to be able to help you out!
Added by Vern-O on Aug 03, 2014 6:55 PM
Terri Beckman
Hilda Marie and Patrick Harrington
Thank you for transferring these two memorials to my account.
Added by Terri Beckman on Jul 22, 2014 7:03 AM
Sara Cross
Baby Atkinson
No, unfortunately I didn't find any other babies. And no, I'm not related I've just transcribed a large portion of the cemetery. If you come across any other relatives just let me know.
Added by Sara Cross on Jul 20, 2014 1:13 PM
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