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Donna Hasbrouck (#47491143)
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Bio Photo I consent to the use of my marker photographs for genealogical research provided they are for personal use only. Kindly acknowledge me for the taking of the photographs.

[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

My feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.

We are the story tellers of the tribe.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.

How many graves have I stood before now and cried?
I have lost count.

How many times have I told the ancestors
you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave
and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever
to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.

It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,
their never giving in or giving up.

Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do.
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation,
To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
And that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
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Daryl Smith
Donna, thanks 1,000,000 for taking and posting this remarkable photo. I never thought anyone would find this; thought perhaps there never was a stone or that it was long lost. What is your sense of how Martha is spelled on the stone? I just have plain "Martha". Do you recall if there was a stone for John in the same vicinity?

I am way too far away to ever visit this cemetery, so your effort to provide this is very much appreciated.

Daryl, Kitchener, Ontario
Added by Daryl Smith on Nov 26, 2015 6:05 AM
Hi Donna,
Added you as a friend. Thanks
Added by jread on Nov 21, 2015 12:16 PM
vicky maclean
south norfolk
thanks for updates & I will try to get down there & take some more photos sometime
Added by vicky maclean on Oct 21, 2015 3:44 PM
vicky maclean
South Norfolk Cemetery
I am home in Norfolk for a while and have been doing some updates and photos for the South Norfolk Cemetery (CT). I have noticed some spelling errors in your entries and have confirmed with photos and Town Hall records. There are a large number of Pendleton folks buried there. Your spelling " Pendelton" is incorrect. There are also a number of people named Johnson buried there - your spelling of "Jobinson" is incorrect. Please correct these and note that before I realized your misspellings I did enter & photograph some of these with the correct spelling- in these cases it would probably be best to delete your entries as I no longer have all my photos. This is one of the reasons that I prefer to visit sites prior to entering data - less chance for error.
Added by vicky maclean on Oct 21, 2015 1:41 PM
Simeon Metcalf, FAG#75448114
Thank you! It has been that way since 2013. I wouldn't have noticed except, periodically I revisit and update my memorials. Again thank you for being gracious.
Added by DBT on Oct 08, 2015 8:34 PM
Re: Simeon Metcalf, FAG#75448114
Apparently, 7/26/2013 was a day that Find A Grave was being a little wacky. You have added 4 exactly the same photos for the same memorial. It happens.
Thank you,
Added by DBT on Oct 08, 2015 7:28 PM
Diane Gravlee
RE: Margaret McCollum Griffin 107447581
It is sad. I run into this quite often actually, but usually when they don't have children. The caretaker said there were 3 graves all together in that same area without markers, but I failed to find out if they were the same Griffin surname. Perhaps her sons are buried there with her and no one bought their markers either. If you want to email "" and ask who else is buried next to Margaret, they would probably answer within a couple of days.
Added by Diane Gravlee on Sep 29, 2015 8:07 PM
Dave Peck
RE: Patrick McFeely 85961664
Thanks so much for getting back. Interesting that his descendants spelled the last name McFeeley. It is always curious about wives maiden names. Patrick's wife Mary b. 4/1847 in Ireland disappears after 1900. She may have died 10 years or so before Patrick and buried without a stone. There seems to be no record of her marriage in 1876, maiden name or death date. Are there likely to be such records in Herkimer County that are not on line?
Added by Dave Peck on Sep 27, 2015 7:33 AM
Jody Gonda
Daniel Mix - Memorial # 122061972
I am also researching the Mix family. Recently I put in a request for a photo of his gravestone or site. The request came back stating that the cemetery has no record of a Daniel Mix. How did you find that he was buried in Grove Street Cemetery? I'd appreciate any help you can give me with this.
Thank you!
Added by Jody Gonda on Sep 25, 2015 4:44 PM
Marie Bonafonte
Moses Griswold
Your request has been completed.
Added by Marie Bonafonte on Sep 01, 2015 5:26 PM
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