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Kathy (#47171935)
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Bio Photo tiagatita at yahoo dot com

I am the historian for one of my ancestral families, the descendants of Alexander Wilson and Jane (Armour) Wilson, who immigrated to America from Scotland around 1740. Their descendants established The Wilson Association in 1903, and adopted a Constitution and Bylaws in 1906. The family has held a family reunion every year since 1903.

Other family names include Linn/Lynn, Mahl, Strassburg, Heuer, Cooke/Cook, Smoyer, Ortt, Dennis, Cole, Newman, Davenport, and too many more to list here.


A Note About My Marker Photos:

I intend to provide photos of the markers of deceased individuals, not to invade the privacy of living ones. I obscure any information about living individuals in the photos that I post. I do not try to hide the fact that information has been erased, and the captions state that information was removed. If you would like a copy of any of my photos with the full information for your genealogy or because the person is a family member, please let me know.

You may use my photos without permission. It would be nice to see a credit line on them when I find them on other websites. In many cases I have a higher resolution shot which I can send you if you ask.


Update on Saint Charles Borromeo Cemetery, Newfane, Niagara, NY, USA:

As of 29 Jan 2016, I have finished uploading all of the photos I took in this cemetery during the summer of 2015. There are five Memorials for which I did not find a marker. They are:

Lawrence Budnack,

Francisco "Frank" Dudek,

James Alfred Gratto,

Timothy John Gratto, and

Donna Marie "Wert" (Wertman) Hopkins.

The photos are, as far as I know, up to date as of 23 Aug 2015. Anyone buried in St Charles after that date will not be reflected in the photos.


Over the course of the summer of 2015, I have completely walked and photographed Greenwood Cemetery in Wilson, Niagara County, New York, and Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery in Gasport/Royalton, Niagara County, NY. Greenwood dates back to the 1850's, and many folks who passed before it was opened were moved there, many times with their older stones. There are many stones that are broken (almost always through crucial information), fallen on their faces, missing (buried, smashed, removed - who knows), or otherwise illegible. Mountain Ridge is also an older cemetery with the same kinds of issues as Greenwood.

The photographs from these cemeteries have been either posted to those existing memorials that did not have marker photos, or used as the basis for new memorials. These are works in progress, so please bear with me. Although most of the new memorials have been, or are in the process of being, posted, the associated photos may not be added until the winter of 2015-2016. If you are interested in a particular memorial, please let me know directly, or request a photo, and I will post the photos as soon as I see your request.

In some cases, I have added photos to memorials that already had photos. The vast majority of these "second" photos are for veterans. When I was taking these photos, most of the Memorial Day flags were still in place. I feel that every veteran deserves to have a photo with the flag he or she fought to preserve. I have also added some additional photos when I was able to get a shot that provided a different view of the information on the stone, or where the sun was at a better angle. The rest of the second photos are of stones that have significantly changed since the original photo was posted. In most cases, these changes have been for the worse. If I have posted a second photo to any of your memorials and you would like me to remove it, please let me know - politely, if possible.

Memorials have been added based on all markers that had at least partial identifying information. I will continue working to try to identify more of the remaining markers, and to fill in the many gaps that presently exist. Thank you in advance for any information you might be able to provide to help identify these people and get them linked to their families.

I have family members in both of these cemeteries, but many more in Greenwood than in Mountain Ridge. If I have added a memorial which you would like to manage, please let me know of your interest and your relationship. If the person is not an immediate family member, I will consider transfer requests even outside the Find-a-Grave transfer guidelines. It is my belief that people are better off with someone who knows them, even if I have spent time trying to identify and link folks. I consider that time to be an investment in helping friends and family members find their loved ones.


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Messages left for Kathy (420)[Leave Message]
Maggie O
Cornaire family
I think I just forgot! He had SO MANY kids. thank you for letting me know...

Added by Maggie O on Feb 12, 2016 6:10 AM
Luella Hinrichsen
RE: Howard Chapman
You are welcome Kathy, I sure had questions about this myself, so every little bit of information we get helps. Have a good day. Luella
Added by Luella Hinrichsen on Feb 11, 2016 9:01 AM
Judy Pettit
RE: Emily McAvoy
If you want to, they are my great aunt and uncle. If there is someone closer who wants to take them, then that is fine. I added their headstones since I noticed none had been added.
Added by Judy Pettit on Feb 09, 2016 9:57 PM
Mike Rastatter
RE: William H and Esther Stern
Thank you Kathy.

Esther is my wife's cousin.

I just (also) added in her birth and death dates and places.

Mike Rastatter
Added by Mike Rastatter on Feb 07, 2016 8:09 AM
RE: Helen Retchless McOmber
Hi Kathy,

Helen's brother Robert Retchless was married to my husband's aunt Margaret 'Jean' Laughton. I've been working on genealogy for several years and just started trying to help connect families in Find A Grave.
Sorry, but I don't know anything about the McOmber family.
Thank you for all of your efforts for Find A Grave.

Added by LRL on Feb 04, 2016 12:24 PM
Tom Duncan
Lawrence Budnack
Hi Kathy,

Thank you for all the time you've spent at the Newfane cemeteries, I sure appreciate your efforts. Lawrence's parents were Staniflaus (Stanley) Budnack (d 1944) and Jaidwiga "Hedwig" "Agnes" Budnack (d 1919). I have not located their burial location, but my guess is that they are in Newfane or Lockport. Thanks again for your efforts, you can contact me directly at

Added by Tom Duncan on Jan 30, 2016 3:51 PM
Tom Ryan
RE: Mary Perry Preish
Thanks for your help. If you would transfer me her site I appreciate this.
Tom Ryan
Added by Tom Ryan on Jan 29, 2016 10:23 AM
Stacey Croft
RE: Jacob Bixler
Hi Kathy. Jacob Bixler is buried in Corwin Cemetery. He's buried near Lockport Olcott Road just behind the fence that runs along that road. If you face Lockport Olcott Road, Hatter Road is to the left. Hope all is well with you!
Added by Stacey Croft on Jan 29, 2016 8:41 AM
Re: Bowker family
Thanks for your note; I have already submitted other edits for this family, including the one you suggested. Alice's husband was Silas Ames, Jr., according to the census. I am not sure if there was a divorce, as he appears to be buried in another county with another wife sharing the headstone. Thanks for your interest.
Added by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2016 6:44 PM
Ellen Herrmann
Lawrence R. Andrews
Hello Kathy,

Thank you once again for fulfilling another of my photo requests. As always, I feel so indebted to my "Find A Grave" friends and their willingness to help those of us who have moved away from home.
I will be forever grateful for your contributions to my family tree.

Best wishes dear one; sincerely,
Added by Ellen Herrmann on Jan 10, 2016 2:47 PM
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