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First, my deepest thanks to those who have kept my spirits up by being supportive friends and who have honored my dear ones so faithfully.|
I still find myself trying to focus on the theme of rebirth, and trying to shake the gloom of close losses in the past few years.
Our Romberger Family Association founder, the gent who found our original immigrant ancestor and his family home in Germany, a friend and genealogical mentor has passed. Thank you if you can honor Dr. John A. Romberger. The day we laid Dr. John to rest, another Doctor left us - my dear godfather, Dr. Edwin R. Baldrige. Since then my silversmith teacher, some of my favorite school teachers, and guiding figures from my church have also passed. It sort of feels like my mentors are all taking flight.
I'm finding using the site difficult right now. Some people have found it very therapeutic after a loss. Unfortunately, it has the opposite effect on me; I see all the losses of my fellow contributors, and it makes me feel terrible. I see your now-gone loved ones, and in a small way I re-live the loss of my loved ones. I think my feelings are still too close to the surface to be so easily stirred.
If you have a moment, would you kindly visit Randall Buckley? This is our friend Paula's brother.
If you are wondering whom else to visit, perhaps you'd kindly look in on my dearest.
If you have a moment, would you please send prayers to fellow contributor Ann H?
And if you have another moment, please consider leaving a token for our fellow contributor, White Light.
Picture use: You are welcome to use pictures for personal use, but I do NOT consent for their use online or on commercial or paid sites. FindAGrave is about sharing what you know, and I will not have my good will co-opted and monetized. I saw some of my pics stolen from here and put on ancestry.com and I am taking action to correct this.
Transfers and suggestions: Forgive me, but experience has been a harsh teacher. I used to be very cool about transferring, but I've had about enough of being easy about this. I'll gladly transfer the memorials of anyone not related or without meaning to me in a heartbeat, and I have hundreds to give away. But on family, I'm adopted, working on both birth and adopted families. I have a lot of family to cover, possibly double the size of yours, and I have not articulated my relationship to the subject of every memorial for privacy reasons. Rather than quibble, I would be gladder still to improve a memorial with your suggestions sent via SAC. Let's do the right thing and make the memorial accurate, suitable and a reflection of that person's life. You can put the improved memorial in a "virtual cemetery" without needing ownership of it, as I have done with relatives that other contributors have added to the site. I can add links or the info you wish, and you are welcome to add pictures.
On the other hand, if the memorial is one I have added by chance or the subject is no one related to me or is one to whom I have no attachment, I will offer to transfer instantly.
FindAGrave memorials are online representations of real graves, not trading cards. I don't collect them for numbers and am frankly relieved to see them go to family if they have no connection and meaning to me. There are relatives of mine another contributor has memorialized on the site that I do not "own" and have not asked for, content that I have added the info I have, and linked them to their kin.
"Many African societies divide humans into three categories; those still alive on earth, the sasha, and the zamani. The recently departed whose time on earth overlapped with people still here are the sasha, the living-dead. They are not wholly dead, for they still live in the memories of the living, who can call them to mind, create their likeness in art, and bring them to life in anecdote. When the last person to know an ancestor dies, that ancestor leaves the sasha for the zamani, the dead. As generalized ancestors, the zamani are not forgotten but revered. Many can be recalled by name. But they are not living-dead. There is a difference." -- from "Lies My Teacher Told Me" by James Loewen
So perhaps the progression of the living to the sasha to the zamani cannot be helped, but we record here those we knew, both sasha and zamani, and leave some record of them. And if they are sashas to us, perhaps our record keeps them sashas longer as we offer our first hand accounts of them.
It bothers me that time passes, because I sense my friends and family members moving out of sight as they pass through the celestial plan, or whatever you like to call it. I am just conscious that our grip on those we know and love is constantly eroding. I think this is why I have been drawn to FindAGrave; I can't stop people from dying, but I can stop them from being forgotten, and can see the lives of people other contributors feel the same about, those they don't want to shift out of focus as time clouds memories and people who knew others pass on. Here, at least, we can freeze them in time and recount all that made them good or special.
Your visits to my loved ones mean a lot to me. They mean my folks here are not forgotten, and honor people I really loved or respected or took the time to research, so thank you. I enjoy honoring people remembered on Find a Grave, and do take the time to read bio info on memorials. I appreciate knowing about the people other folks want remembered.
Every memorial entered here has been done with respect and good intent, in the hopes dear ones will not be forgotten. Any concerns, additions and so on are most welcome here on this page.
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|Carole R||Hannah Adair|
Hannah Adair Prosser is buried at
Cold Point Baptist Church Cemetery
with her grandmother Hannah McCool Warburton and second husband. There is another memorial here in Find a Grave that has a picture. I also have a copy of her funeral card if you are interested but am not sure how to get it to you. My research has not found any children either.
Added by Carole R on Nov 15, 2016 8:00 PM
|AnnaL||email about John W Merkert|
Hi, I got your public message saying you would email me about John and Lorenz Merkert, but never received the email itself. Can you resend? email@example.com
Added by AnnaL on Nov 13, 2016 7:26 PM
|AnnaL||More about John W Merkert|
I wrote you a couple days ago about John W Merkert, who I thought was a possible brother of my ancestor Lorenz Francis Merkert. I had an oral history from Lorenz's descendant that discussed John, saying he lived in Manea??? (unclear pronunciation). I guessed this was Media. But today I found another family letter that stated in writing that John lived in Manayunk, pa. I now feel confident that your John is indeed the brother of Lorenz. I will be merging the entries on familysearch.org, and you can check out the now-extended family history if you wish.
Added by AnnaL on Nov 05, 2016 5:09 PM
Hello, I found your descriptions about what you know about your ancestors including John W. Merkert, born about 1931. I am trying to decide if your John is the brother of my direct ancestor, Lorenz Francis Merkert, born in Baden Germany in 1835 and who lived as an adult in Schuykill county, Pennsylvania. Some hand written notes I have from Lorenz's granddaughter said that Lorenz had two brothers, both of whom were also born in Germany and moved to Pennsylvania. The names of the brothers were John and Amor. I have found the birth records of these three brothers in their home town of Waldstatten, Baden, Germany. The birth name of Lorenz's brother John was "Wendel Joannes Merckert". The question is, could this also be your family's John? My family records say that Lorenz's brother John lived in Media, Delaware, Pennsylvania, but no year is given. Could he have lived in Media either before or after he lived in Philadelphia? Anyway, if you want to know more about Lorenz Francis Merkert, including his parent's names, you can look up the information Ive entered onto familysearch.org
-Anna Lovrien (my mother was a Merkert!)
Added by AnnaL on Nov 02, 2016 5:14 AM
|Eric||RE: Aren't you wonderful?|
I'm happy to be able to do it. My own family is spread out all over the country so my own family history research has benefited greatly from those that have created memorials and taken photos.
Added by Eric on Nov 01, 2016 9:34 AM
I came across your information on the Flecks. Specifically, Johannes Fleck. Would you be able to help me fill in some of the gaps in my tree on the Fleck line? There are so many Flecks. My husband is also adopted and is somehow related to these same Flecks, but we haven't figured out how, yet.
I'm not sure how to receive a message here on this site. I joined specifically to message you. Can you please email your response to me at
Looking forward to hearing back.
|13th Generation Fairbanks in America||RE: A sac you'd sent...|
Hello again. I just sent through some edits for this gentleman. All information is from Ancestry.com.
Hope this helps.
|13th Generation Fairbanks in America||RE: A sac you'd sent...|
Can you tell me which cemetery he's in so I can locate the memorial again? Thanks.
|tina definis||RE: Henry Huebner|
|Joe Chando||RE: One more thing...|
You can keep yours, I have had too many memorial's that I found set up in the wrong cemetery or no cemetery at all that the owner either wouldn't correct or was no longer active. So I always set up a memorial now in the correct location. Either way there is a memorial in that cemetery.
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