Genealogy, cemetery photography, and collecting unusual names from tombstones are among my hobbies. I love reading (history, biographies, poetry), animals, cooking, old houses, art, learning, gardening, and walking in the woods. In college, I studied European history, Spanish language and culture, American literature, gender studies/Southern masculinity, and composition theory. My German and Dutch ancestors were among the founding settlers of Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, & New York, as well as the American West. My favorite cemeteries include the founders and military cemeteries in St. Augustine, Florida; the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky; Red Oak Cemetery in Brown County, Ohio; and the ancient burial sites of Galicia. Some of my ancestors include Homer Van Meter, getaway driver for Depression-era gangster John Dillinger; Penelope Von Prinzen Stout, founding mother of New Jersey; Elizabeth Bee, a courtesan of Elizabeth I; James Fenimore Cooper, American novelist; William "Billy" Helphenstine, participant in a famous Fleming County, Kentucky, murder trial; Jan and Jos VanMatre, among the first Dutch colonists in America; Isaac Wamsley, German ship's captain-turned-Revolutionary War patriot; and Peter Helphenstine, Virginia militia man, friend of George Washington, and Revolutionary War patriot. My fantasy cemetery vacation? Pere-Lachaise, of course!
I have written the following bios for FAG: Thomas Philip "Tip" O'Neill, John F. Kennedy Jr., Michael Hutchence, Laura Ashley, Quentin Crisp, Adolph Rupp, and Jurgen Baldiga.
William Hess Hibbs III update William Hess Hibbs III Find A Grave # 17165518 married Ann Carter 02 Feb. 1728 per PA marriage records (I have not found her burial record), and he was born in 1700 in Bayberry, Philadelphia CO., PA per PA birth records, and died 31 Mar 1798 in Bucks CO., PA per PA death records. Hope this helps so you can edit his memorial.
Simon Boyd 17166786 May I have your permission to use your photo of Simon in my private family tree? Simon was a 4th cousin of mine. Not a close relative, but a cousin none the less! I love having a face to put with the names in my tree, makes it so much more personal.
Isaac Wamsley mem#16786749 Hello, I find information indicating that Isaac Wamsley is buried in The Wamsleyville Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery AND the Wamsley Family Cemetery. Can you shed any light on this? Thank you P. Wood