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John A. Aiello (#46542671)
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Bio Photo I started working on my Family Tree when I was just ten years old. My mother's sister got me started, I think today she would be arrested for child endangerment. I was the only 10 year old in my neighborhood with a five drawer government issued gray filing cabinet filled with files of birth, marriage and death certificates, census reports and Civil War pension files. By high school I was skipping school to take the Metro bus into downtown Washington, DC to go to the National Archives to spend the day in a room filled with big gray manually operated microfilm machines scanning census reports one page at a time looking for my ancestors. We're talking the mid 70s, before indexes, computers, Family Tree Maker or

I split my time between my homes in Los Angeles, California and Deposit, New York so I can do my historical and genealogical research.

I am very thankful for Find A Grave, all your entries have helped me greatly. I research not only my line but all the siblings of my line. As a British lady friend of mine so aptly put it, "your not doing your family tree darling, your doing the whole bloody forest!"

When I create a memorial, I research the individual and write a biography for them. Even when I am "doing the whole bloody cemetery!"

If I have made any errors in their history or have any typographical error, please let me know and I will gladly correct them. I am sure I have OCD and mistakes really bother me.

"The man who feels no sentiment for the memory of his forefathers, who has no regard for his ancestors, or his kindred, is himself unworthy of kindred regard or remembrance." ... DANIEL WEBSTER
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dan harvey
Lakota Cem, North Dakota
Hi John,
I am so sorry I address my previous note to you as Dan. It must have been another senior moment.

Dan Harvey
Find A Grave #47394372
Added by dan harvey on Sep 18, 2014 9:03 AM
dan harvey
Lakota Cem, North Dakota
Hi Dan,

I tried your email but no response. Is it still good?

I have been researching William H. Smith (alias for William Nathaniel Woodard) who was a judge in Nelson Co., North Dakota and is buried in the Lakota Cemetery there.
You created a memorial page for him and his first wife, Louise Oakley. There Find A Grave memorial numbers are:
William: # 41146983
Louise: # 41727724

My main interest is in William's second wife, Jane A. Thompson, but the connections between all the families being vague has piqued my attention .

I contacted the Lakota Cemetery and they, with the help of the local funeral home, found the grave registration for William but nothing for Louise. I also asked them to see if Jane, William's second wife, was buried there as her death notice suggested. They did find that Jane is buried next to William. I haven't created a memorial entry for Jane but plan to do so soon.

Do you have any other information that would suggest or show that Louise Oakley is buried in the Lakota Cemetery? Or, was that speculation based on some of the anecdotal info in the Woodard family history?

If you would like you could transfer the memorials for William and Louise to me unless you have a connection to these people.

Thank you,
Dan Harvey
Snohomish, Washington
Added by dan harvey on Sep 18, 2014 8:53 AM
Chester Shew
Charles Gransbury
John are you certain of the death date? I found 2 Charles Gransbury at the Masonville Cem. but not with that death date. The ones I found are 1995 and 2000
Added by Chester Shew on Aug 29, 2014 4:56 PM
Mt Upton, NY Maplewood Cemetery
Thank You for your entries in this Cemetery,
Mary Brooks Gilmore whose parents are buried here too.
Added by MaryG on Aug 18, 2014 1:46 PM
Abiathar Matteson

I've been looking for something that would link Benjamin Franklin Matteson, Find A Grave Memorial# 85969354, and Spicer W. Matteson, Find A Grave Memorial# 45360012, to their father Abiathar, Find A Grave Memorial# 45359968. But have not had much luck.

All I've been able to turn up has been the 1850 census with Abiathar and his wife Huldah and their children Philander and Allen.

Do you have anything that would help?


Added by Packrat on May 29, 2014 9:18 AM
patricia lawson
Katherine Lawson/Colvin Winters
Can you please link Katherine Winters #92907570 with her parents Albert Colvin #88955352 and Mary Colvin #88955564. Thank you so much
Added by patricia lawson on Mar 23, 2014 11:01 AM
Charles Decatur Seymour

Hello again,

Did some more research on the Seymour family.

Charles Decatur Seymour 1823-1894 # 107864178 is not your step-great-grandfather.

You are looking for "Charles Decatur Seymour" born 8 Mar 1847 in Cannonville, NY who was the son of Willet Seymour 1805-1896 and Mary Goodrich 1814-1897 , grandson of William Seymour Jr. 1785-1827 and Dorothy Lord 1788-1866 and nephew of Charles Decatur Seymour 1823-1894 # 107864178 (the memorial I created).

Let me know if that sounds right to you and good luck in finding the right Charles Decatur Seymour Ingrid.
Added by wienerin on Mar 19, 2014 11:20 AM
Charles Seymour
Hi, you send me the correction request :
"Charles father is Willet Seymour #107865768 and his mother is Mary "Polly" Goodrich Seymour # 107865378 ... you have his grandparents listed as his parents".

The problem is that Charles Decatur Seymour was born 1823 Mary was born 1814 so she would have been nine years old when she gave birth to Charles.

Willet Seymour was the oldest brother of Charles, not his father.

Added by wienerin on Mar 19, 2014 10:44 AM
Davidson Family
Myra Seymour obit
Thank you so much for sending me the obituary of Myra Seymour.
Added by Davidson Family on Mar 04, 2014 2:38 AM
Barbara Poole
Benjamin Hawley of Deposit, NY
Hi John,
Thank you for all your work, it's amazing. After many years, I believe I now found where an ancestor is buried in Deposit, Revolutionary War Cemetery. I am wondering if you have any further information on Benjamin. He married Theodosia Fitch in 1778 in Lebanon, CT.
Thank you for anything or even nothing, I just want to let you know how appreciative I am with the photo.
Added by Barbara Poole on Feb 28, 2014 11:38 AM
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