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Jane Ferner Lawrence (#46541743)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogy for my family and my husband's family for several years. In 1852, my dad's grandfather and grandmother came from a Bavarian village called Godramstein and settled in Rochester, NY. I grew up in Rochester, and following many moves (23)due to corporate transfers, my husband and I have finally settled in Rhode Island. Our three children are grown and we have two delightful grandchildren. It is for them that I continue to research and add to our family history.
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Mark Maxwell
Andres transfers
I have transferred all if your Abdres requests.
I am slowly getting my many projects under control and actually completed a couple.

Added by Mark Maxwell on Mar 29, 2015 5:38 PM
Patricia Zeis
Hi, Jane,

Geography has linked us! I grew up just a few blocks from Voegtly and I attended Memorial Day services there every year. As for Ridgelawn, my maternal grandmother, grandfather, uncle, paternal great-grandmother and great-aunt are buried there. You are correct that the cemetery was called St. Peter's and the name was later changed. I have the history of the cemetery somewhere, in various items left by my grandmother. We are moving at the moment and I don't have immediate access to my documents. I also have relatives in United and I hope to take photos there on my spring trip. Thank you for keeping an eye out for my Zeis relatives, as I will be watching for your Ziesche family!

Added by Patricia Zeis on Mar 26, 2015 3:52 AM
Patricia Zeis
Hello again, Jane,

I'm glad that so many members of your Ziesche family have been found. While checking out the website, My Genealogy Hound, I found the entry that follows. I was hoping to find a Zeis entry, but no luck. I'll be going back to Ridgelawn in the spring, but I'm assuming that the other Ziesche relatives don't have individual monuments.

Best regards,


JOHAN C. ZIESCHE, gardener, post office Ross, was born Jan. 23, 1813, in Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany, to Gotfried and Christiana R. (Glaeser) Ziesche. He learned the weaver’s trade in Germany, and followed it in this country. In 1878 he crippled his hand, after which he removed to Ross township, where he occupies six acres of land, which he cultivates successfully, with the aid of his wife and children. Mr. and Mrs. Ziesche are members of St. Matthew’s German Church.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co. A link to a more extended description of this book will be posted here soon.
Added by Patricia Zeis on Mar 24, 2015 1:40 AM
Patricia Zeis
Ziesche-Ridgelawn Cemetery
Hello, Jane,

We corresponded once before when I posted a picture of your Ziesche ancestors. I have several relatives in Ridgelawn, so I try to review my memorials there and update them. I have recently added death certificates to the memorials I manage in that cemetery. Since you don't live in PA, I'm not sure whether you are aware that Pennsylvania death certificates are online at from 1906 (when state record-keeping began) through 1963. Since I always look for anything "Zeis", I found several death certs for Ziesche. Several of them are for decedents in Ridgelawn who do not have memorials.

If you have an ancestry subscription and want to create memorials and download the death certs, that would be fine. Or, I can do that for you if you wish, and then transfer the memorials to you. Privacy concerns being what they are, I'm trying to attach death certs to all of my memorials, before this information becomes restricted like the Social Security (SSDI) records. Please let me know what you would prefer.

Best regards,

Added by Patricia Zeis on Mar 23, 2015 7:03 AM
Margaret Shawyer Beresford.
Hi Jane,
Apologies for not getting back to you sooner to thank you for the photo of Margaret Shawyer Beresford’s grave. It was just the proof I needed to bring all her family together.
Many thanks,
Michael Campion.
Added by campiom on Dec 03, 2014 4:57 PM
Deborah Lee Stewart
William Chapman photo
Thank you so much! I appreciate your hard work!
Kind regards, Deborah Lee Stewart
Added by Deborah Lee Stewart on Nov 23, 2014 11:46 AM
Jon Saunders
River Bend
Thank you for the photos in River Bend Cemetery
Added by Jon Saunders on Nov 17, 2014 6:07 PM
The Slocums
Thank you so much for the pictures.

Added by Researcher on Nov 16, 2014 1:27 PM
Jeff Young
photo request for John Crowther
I am looking for all of the Doughboys that I can find.
Added by Jeff Young on Nov 15, 2014 11:15 AM
A AAA American at Find A Grave
Dear Mrs. Jane Ferner Lawrence,

Maam thank you for all your doing , did, and shall do. It is well done.

Please add me as your friend. On Find a Grave here too.


Jonathan Robert De Mallie
Added by A AAA American at Find A ... on Nov 06, 2014 1:31 PM
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