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Accidental death victim
This is the memorial for my niece. She recently died in a skydiving accident in Oklahoma. Memorial # 167411213. You may add her name to your virtual cemetery, if you wish.
Added by GeekyGraveGirl on Aug 18, 2016 8:56 PM
Shelly Finn
William H Hamilton #43483588
Enlisted in 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery on 9/17/1861 then transferred on 2/29/1864 to the 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, as a Captain where he eventually rose to the rank of Colonel. On August 14/1864, during the battle of Deep Bottom, Hamilton was struck in the nose by a .........

Hi I am doing research on the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery. The information can be verified in " An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones, which I have a link on my blog.

thank you,
Added by Shelly Finn on Apr 19, 2016 2:53 PM
Carolyn Faglier Yokom/Carole Yokom
Turner tombstone
In the Belleville Cemetery, Dane County, WI, the tombstone that is shown for Robert Turner is not his. The marker is partially covered with dirt so the name is covered. It says Harriet, Wife of Robert Turner. There is a tall tombstone with his name on it. Is it possible to correct this on Findagrave? These are my husbands Great Grandparents.

Thanks so much,
Carole Yokom
Added by Carolyn Faglier Yokom/Car... on Feb 15, 2016 11:00 PM
Kenneth Congrove
Rev. James Doolittle Sanford Biography
I would like to add this biography for James Doolittle Sanford.
Rev. James Doolittle Sanford
JAMES DOOLITTLE' SANFORD b. July 27, 1813, Prospect, Ct.; d. July 5, 1902, Pipestone,
Minn. ; m. July 27, 1835, Mrs. Sibbel (Hayden) Coan, dau. of John
and Lois Hayden, b. 1809. "Chazy," N. Y.; d. Nov. 4, 1894, Forest
From Biographical sketches; from C. E. Sanford "Thomas Sanford Emigrant to New England 1632-34".

Starting out in life for himself, Mr. Sanford went into middle Pennsylvania, where he taught school and preached among the
Indians for a time, then moved on to Michigan. Here he became a
Methodist circuit rider, traveling under presiding elders, in a country, so new and unbroken that the scream of the panther and snarl of the wild cat were not unfamiliar sounds.

With failing voice
and approaching deafness he was obliged to settle, in 1841, at
Middletown. Wis., where he built the first house, and his son David Wooster Sanford
was the first white child born in the township.

Here he lived for
nearly fifty years, struggling in a hand-to-hand conflict with the
forces of nature, until the wilderness blossomed as the rose.

Mr. Sanford was an excellent business man. affectionate. Sensitive,
pathetic and generous to a fault in his impulses, and deeply pious, and conscientious in his daily walk. He became totally deaf in his
prime, but. while sensitiveness to his affliction led him to a some- what secluded life, his disposition did not change, and he was as
merry and fun-loving as a boy.
From Centennial Souvenir
Page 55.
J. D. Sanford was the second settler in the town of Middleton, Settling in Section 27 on what is the University (University of WI) farm in the fall of 1841.

He secured land from "Uncle Sam" in 1836. He was born in Connecticut in 1813, and married to Sibble Hayden in 1835. They had 12 children. Mrs. Sanford was the first white woman in the town of Middleton.
Mr. Sanford may be considered the father of Middleton agriculture. He raised the first wheat in the town, going a distance of 107 miles into Illinois to get seed. He raised upward of 100 bushels corn to the acre.
He conducted a stopping place for travelers. He kept such groceries as the settlers might need. He kept the first breaking team, which consisted of yoke cattle. He purchased the first drove sheep in Dane County.
Mr. Sanford conducted a private school at Middleton Junction, which served as the only means of education until the public school was organized.
The Sanford's later moved to California (Not true Minnesota) The old Sanford house still stands on the farm owned by the University of Wisconsin and is over 100 years old.

Addition: from Centennial Souvenir page 55.
George W. (Washington) Sanford___was a farmer and apiarian, who was born shortly after his father, J. D. Sanford, cane to Middleton in 1844.
He had a 80 acre farm in Section 47, where Wilbur Rung now lives. Mr. Sanford was a Civil War veteran. At the siege of Mobile, he was wounded, and of his wounds sought lighter work. He turned to bee culture, and made a national reputation as a raiser of Italian Bees. He extracted and sold as many four tons of honey in a season. He shipped honey as far as California. Mr. Sanford won many prizes on bees at the fairs.
He married to Leora Van Buren of New York. Their daughters were Jessie, Josie and Mary. The Sanford's later moved to California. (He move to Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

They had ten children.
1. James Manley Sanford, b. May 2, 1836; m. (1) Martha Lois Smith; m. (2) Jennie M. Hall Taylor; m. (3) Mrs. Emily Manzer; m. (4) Mrs. A. C. Andrews.
2. -f Emma Dart Sanford, b. Apr. 21, 1838; m. (1) Samuel Smith; m. (2) Bartlett.
3.-f Mattie A., b. July 2, 1840; m. James Bull.
4. David Wooster Sanford, b. July 31, 1842; m. (1) Lucy Hackett; m. (2) Harriet
5. George Washington, b. Oct. 29, 1844; m. (1) Leora Augusta Van Buren; m.
(2) Margaret Mahan.
6. Henry Dodge Sanford; b. Mar. 4, 1846; m. Flora Burlingame.
7.-f Mary Jane Sanford, b. Mar. 27, 1847; m. Dr. William Taylor.
8. -f Harriet L. Sanford, b. June 5, 1848; m. Chester Clewitt.
9. Joseph W. Sanford, b. Apr. 5, 1851; m. Constance Richardson.
10. -f Sibbel Ellen, b. Aug. 20, 1854; m. (1) Orvin Johnson; m. (2) D.
Warwick Henry; m. (3) George Martin.
Added by Kenneth Congrove on Jan 11, 2016 8:28 PM
Kenneth Congrove
James Doolittle Sanford and Sibel Hayden Sanford
I have requested a transfer of these memorials formally.
I want to manage this memorial James Doolittle Sanford abd Sibel Coan Hayden Sanford were my great great grandparents. Thank you for kind assistance in this transfer. I want to do a biography and update birth and death locations. He did not die in WI was transported there by family to be with Sibel Sanford. I also want to connect him to his father Jared Sanford and mother Abigail Wooster. An extensive Sanford tree exists in CT. Thank you for your help.
Added by Kenneth Congrove on Dec 12, 2015 1:17 PM
Shirley Szudy
Gretchen Marie Szudy
Hi -

May I have your permission to use the photo you took of the gravestone of Gretchen Marie Szudy (Madison, WI). She was my niece and I would like the picture to update my Ancestry tree.

Thank you.

Shirley Szudy
Added by Shirley Szudy on Nov 26, 2015 7:34 PM
Randal J. Loy
Requesting Permission to Use Photograph
Dear Sir,

I have been attempting to contact you to see if you will allow me to use your photograph of the memorial to the sons of John Hiram Lathrop which is in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.

Their father and mother have a memorial window in the Nave of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, and I have written a major book on the history of the Cathedral buildings and its memorial gifts, including the stained glass windows.

As I mentioned before, this is a not-for-profit project. I raised $72,000 to print the book, and we are giving it to the members of the Cathedral. I volunteered my time over a decade to research and write the book, and I am not being reimbursed in any way for my time, and the Cathedral is not selling the book, except for extra copies. The proceeds of those sales will go into a fund for the repair and preservation of the stained glass windows. (My position as "Historian" of the Cathedral is an honorary one and comes with no salary. It was bestowed upon me for my dedicated service to the history of the Cathedral.)

Please, may I hear from you? Please feel free to contact me at RandalJLoy@gmail.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Randal J. Loy, Historian
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
Added by Randal J. Loy on Nov 07, 2015 8:18 PM
Mineral Pt CEm
I went to the SW WI Cornish festival last week...25-28. Stopped at the cemetery and happened to meet one of the volunteers who lives across the street. They have been digging up markers, piecing them together, and putting some of them in new cement bases. It looks really good.
Added by Carol on Oct 01, 2015 2:08 PM
Pamela Thompson
Gravestone Photo Permission
I am happy to see that you photographed the gravestone of Edmund Alford in Forest Hill Cemetery (Memorial# 41536160).

I would like to add this gravestone photo to the (non-profit) Alford American Family Association's collection of Wisconsin Obituaries, where his obituary is (or will be) included. You can see the current collection at

May I have your permission to include your gravestone photos? If so, the photo caption will say:

Photo from [cemetery name, city, county, state]—
Permission granted by the photographer, RavenHawk [or your name if you prefer]

And thanks so much for your gravestone photo work!

Best regards,
Pamela Alford Thompson (Find A Grave #47195155)
Obituaries Project Manager, Alford American Family Association
Added by Pamela Thompson on Sep 13, 2015 11:42 AM
Randal J. Loy
Photograph of Lathrop Memorial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison
Dear Sir,

I have sent you an e-mail requesting permission to use this photograph in a not-for-profit project. Have not heard back from you.

I need to hear from you as soon as possible.

I would truly like to use this photograph if you would be so kind to allow it.

Please see my e-mail sent August 19, 2015.

If you have not received it, please advise and I will resend it.

Thank you.

Randal J. Loy, Historian
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
Added by Randal J. Loy on Sep 06, 2015 9:52 PM
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