Growing up, my grandparents lived next to a cemetery and I took many walks and bike rides through that cemetery. I find the cemetery a peaceful place to gather my thoughts and to wonder about the lives of those I pass.
Over the past several years, I have been researching my family genealogy, and without the unlikely coincidences and kindness of strangers, I may not have been able to achieve what I have been able to. This is where F.A.G. comes in. I feel that I can possibly help others in their search, just as I have been so generously helped.
If you have any updates that you would like me to add to any of the memorials, just send me a suggestion via the edit tab and I would be happy to update it.
Will Transfer Outside Guidelines If you want me to transfer a record, just let me know. I will be happy to transfer any record to you, with the exception of those that are in my family line.
If I have posted a memorial for one of your relatives, and you wish for me to take it down, please just let me know. I don't like taking memorials down because it may hinder the search of someone researching their family lines, but I certainly will respect your wishes.
I do transcribe cemetery directories, therefore, you will see many of my listings only have a date of death. This is all that is listed in the directory I am transcribing. If you have additional information for any entry, your help is always welcomed.
117187914 Helga Johnson Christensen Hi. I'm trying to finish up an Ancestry person & it would help to know if this is the right Helga. I see you have a lot of memorials, but would you happen to know who is around this Helga. I am looking for the widow of William S Christensen. Also odd note on 2 year interment lag, no? As an aside & so sorry for your loss, William was married to Caroline Feauto who died in 1929 in IA. Such an unusual name to see twice in one day.
re: Douglas Wescott Thank you for the memorial for Douglas Westcott. I have added it to his memorial. If Douglas is a relative of yours and you would like me to transfer ownership of his memorial, just let me know.
RE: Mary Seymour #82323894 Hi Shannon. Well, I think the memorial that you referenced with the number was actually a child, unmarried, so probably not your ancestor. However, I see what you mean. There are two "Mary A." memorials for Old Cemetery, and two matching memorials in Homeland Cemetery with the same death dates. For Mary Ann Chapman Seymour, the same photo is on both memorials, in two different cemeteries!
What I can tell you is that the photo I took in the Old Cemetery is actually in the Old Cemetery. There must have been some confusion when the other contributor added a photo of that gravestone to the Homeland Cemetery memorial. So, probably contributor confusion. You could message the person who added the photo to point out the discrepancy and possibly have it removed.
But that said, I do think there might be some legitimate duplication of graves between the two cemeteries. They are the older and newer cemeteries for the same very small community. Old Cemetery is a New England-style burying ground, inactive, difficult to find, a small grassy patch surrounded by trees, filled with a small number of stones with birthdates in the 1700s and early 1800s. VERY early settlers in the county. By contrast, Homeland Cemetery is across the street, and is a large, rolling 19th and 20th and 21st century cemetery with thousands of stones, with Victorian structures and many modern stones, still active with many recent burials.
From looking at a couple different families, I suspect that when Homeland was established, some families had their loved ones moved across the street to a family plot in the new cemetery. This was not unheard of. I also suspect that some families might have left the old stone (and perhaps the old grave) in the old cemetery, but got a new stone in the new cemetery to have it close to the new family plot and have everyone together, and who knows where the actual burial is (either stone could be the cenotaph.)
Finally, it is also possible that a contributor just got the two cemeteries confused. Sometimes people add a memorial based on a record that says she was buried "in Rootstown" and the contributor is just guessing at which Rootstown cemetery. That happens over here in my community a lot.
I don't know if that helps much. But if you want a more definitive answer, you could seek out a set of books about transcriptions of Portage County Cemeteries. There's a set of them in a couple of libraries in Portage County (I've used the ones at the Kent Free Library) or you could contact the Portage County Historical Society (they have a set of the books too) and I bet someone there could help you figure it out.
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RE: re our FAG memorial no 135675370 Hello & Seasons Greetings. Thanks for your reply. I also just looked and the only thing I can suggest is that I sent a similar message to the memorial owner Dennis Johnson. Perhaps he has realized his mistake and deleted the name. PS on ancestry.com the " Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current:" still has the memorial listed as for William Reid Macfarlane, but when you go to the website it now shows William R Johnson. If I find any more info for your/our William Reid Macfarlane, especially the bio, I will send it to you so you can add it to Find A Grave. Bye Barb
re our FAG memorial no 135675370 re your memorial no 135675370 for William Reid Macfarlane 6 Sept 1923 - 6 Apr 2003. He is also on Global Find A Grave website - Grave Memorial no 139994091 - Memorial owned by "Dennis Johnson". There is a bio of him & family on that siteI do not want a transfer of any of these memorials- just hope the duplicates can be linked somehow. Bye Barb