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jhb (#47106420)
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Bio Photo I grew up in Ohio and currently live in New York.


I have tons of information on my side of the family from my father who has spent many years researching. He was a scientist so he is very meticulous and does not show anything he has not verified in some way.

Researching this joined family: Bown in England and Pittsburgh, Baines/Carnahan in Pittsburgh, ongoing. Much information in late 2009.

I have spent about three years (as of Mar 2009), most painstaking research of finding just one descendant who had any information at all, finding censuses on line, newspaper articles. What I have so far is slim but solid.

Most of this information has come through (after my father's research of 3 generations back) very slow results then finding a whole lode of information through Abenaki websites and through an Abenaki anthropology doctoral candidate who is researching the breaking down and the scattering of the Abenaki communities in St. Francis and the Northeast; and from one descendant who had many records and contributed original research for the Lagrave family.

On my husband's side, the information I have collected since 2007 comes from a genealogy book filled in by Ruth Barber (1886-1966) who was interested in family history; and a briefcase of notes from my mother and father in law, some from his father about family history. I have built on that through census records, church records, and cemetery records, where available and a few ancestry books, specifically Don Barber's Connecticut Barbers.
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Bill Baker
RE: Zelia
Ancestry recently posted Pennsylvania death certificates from 1906 through 1944.

I found Rachels. She died January 7, 1912 and was/is buried in Homewood Cemetery. Cause of death was pneumonia. There are two Rachel Baines in the same lot. Others? Not with that surname.

The Homewood site is I've found those in the office to be most helpful.
Added by Bill Baker on Jul 01, 2014 12:58 PM
Bill Baker
RE: Lillian G. Baines Bailey
Assuming she died in Pennsylvania, the death certificate would be available on ancestry.

But, so far, I haven't found it. Daughter Zelia is buried in Homestead Cemetery so, perhaps, Lillian is there.
Added by Bill Baker on Jul 01, 2014 10:46 AM
Bill Baker
Baines Family
Daughter Lillian married Frank McCarty Bailey in Pittsburgh on May 30, 1908. Their daughter Zelie was born November 13, 1909. Lillian died sometime between 1910 and prior to 1918. Frank's WWI draft card, dated September, 1918, lists Mary (Dot) Bailey as his wife. Zelie died at age 20.

Frank Bailey was a grandson of John Dalzell and Kate O'Hara Scully Bailey. Kate was a sister of my maternal gg grandfather John Desmond Scully.
Added by Bill Baker on Jul 01, 2014 9:08 AM
Warren Whitby
RE: Arthur and Katherine Light

I appreciate the message you sent me! Its neat to speak with someone who lives in a home that my ancestors once lived in. I've seen the home on Google Maps, but unfortunately, the trees block most of the view.

Would it be possible to get a copy (scanned or picture) of the article you mentioned? I've never heard anything about her being a witness to a tragedy. I'm curious as to what happened.

I've got a copy of Arthur's death certificate, and that's where it lists his occupation as "Engineer on the IRT." I don't know if they mean motorman or a civil engineer, but I suspect a motorman. I'm not sure when he got that job -I've wondered if it was a result of the Depression. He died in their house on 9th Street in Brooklyn.

The Lights were a "well to do" or at least they presented themselves as well to do. A family story is that they once met President Cleveland and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on its opening day. Supposedly, Katherine had a very strong personality.

My Dad and his cousins never knew the Lights - they both died before Dad and his cousins were born. They did know their Aunt Pauline, who was very sweet and kind and their Aunt Hattie, who appeared to have her mother's personality.

Katherine died at my Great Grandparent's home at 623 Baltic.

Take care,

Added by Warren Whitby on May 05, 2014 4:26 PM
Claire Zahn
RE: Calvary Cemetery, Arlington
Thank you!! I did not remember the street name. My mom could tell me that part but, she is in Florida and I am in Tennessee. It sounds very much like the right one. The trees lining the roadway are what caught me off guard, they are so high now. I will check the map, Hooker Ave is the only street name I remember. Mom would also know the church of the Nativity.

Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it.

Merry Christmas!
Added by Claire Zahn on Dec 23, 2013 2:57 PM
Claire Zahn
Calvary Cemetery, Arlington
Hi, I am having trouble recognizing the cemetery from your photos. Only because I have not been to Poughkeepsie in many years. My Grandmother and Great Grandmother are buried there and although I have photos I can add from way back in 2002, I need to make sure this is the right Cemetery so, am asking if this is the cemetery that is right next to Vassar College, down a little side road where a pizza parlor was back in the late 50's and early 60's? My Gr-grandmother's house is the house at 294 Hooker Ave. I went to what was Arlington Elementary school in 1st grade (1957) and attended Holy Trinity Church. Can you help?

Thank you!
Claire Zahn
Added by Claire Zahn on Dec 22, 2013 11:36 AM
Jan Armstrong
John Burk grave
You have a memorial to John Burk "soldier of the Revolution." Do you know much of anything about who John was?

I am related to a John Burk that fought in the American Revolution. He joined the Continental Army while living in Spencer, Massachusetts. He fought at Bunker Hill. He also participated in the Battle of Bennington, and he was taken captive during the Battle of Bemis Heights (Saratoga).

I have never been able to find his place of burial and did not know whether this was his grave or not.

Added by Jan Armstrong on Aug 31, 2013 2:56 PM
David Jenkins
RE: Elihu Taber
I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and insights into the family of Thomas Taber.

Elihu (second child to Thomas and Mary Bennett) and Anna Snow Taber have been a kind of brick wall for me. The idea they may have been Quaker hadn't occurred to me. I thought Thomas' embrace of Quakerism occurred later in life....after his older children reached adulthood and had not influenced them.

Elihu and Anna had their first child (Isaac Snow Tabor) in Easton, NY in 1792. Then removed to area of Montpelier, VT where their remaining 7 children were born. Ferrisburgh/Starksboro/Lincoln is not that far from Montpelier - I guess a desire to be closer to father and family.

I never thought Quakerism was that strong in North Central Vermont, but a Quaker cemetery does exist in East Montpelier right next to Pinkham Cemetery - where Sarah Snow, wife of Freeman, and probable mother of Anna Snow Tabor, is buried.

That's the task - a closer look at the Easton, NY Quaker Records and finding any records that may exist for the Montpelier area of Vermont.

Thank you again. Dave

Added by David Jenkins on Aug 10, 2013 2:17 AM
Anna Otto
RE: Mary A and Mary L Taber
I regret to inform you of an error on my part. The Taber graves are in the little cemetery behind the Short Creek Meeting House on the Harrisville/Adena Road. This cemetery is not listed on Find A Grave. I plan to create the cemetery and transfer the grave memorials to the proper cemetery on Find A Grave. I had contacted Rev. Smith and discovered the error which I hope to correct soon. Thank you for all of the wonderful information on the Tabers. I will include it in the newly created memorials at the proper cemetery a.s.a.p.

Added by Anna Otto on Aug 09, 2013 7:22 AM
David Jenkins
RE: NY Meeting Records
Thank you for that Hazard reference. I didn't realize it had some Vermont meetings as part of its records.

I didn't recognize Ferrisburgh as not being part of the State of New York. I'll have to examine the chronology of events more closely to determine if Elihu Taber son of Thomas Taber/Mary Bennett was possibly Quaker and with wife Anna Snow were blessed with first child Isaac Snow Tabor in Easton, NY in 1792

Thanks again.

Added by David Jenkins on Aug 07, 2013 6:14 PM
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