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JanisG (#47652946)
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Bio Photo As for the Saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3

If you would like us to add/edit info on a memorial, please include the sources for your information.


Walking through a cemetery and reading the headstones has always been a fun hobby for my grown daughters and me, but Find A Grave has made it more of an "obsession". We live in North Central Ohio (aka "rural America"), so we get to see some long-forgotten stones in out-of-the-way places.

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Additional information is often taken from the deceased's birth, marriage and death records. Birth date is always calculated, using the age on the tombstone, when possible.

We GLADLY transfer memorials, as long as it isn't one of our relatives or some special stone which we've "adopted". Just ask through the "edit" button. We're working our way through Morrow County, Ohio, but have absolutely no family there. We'd love for these memorials to be in the hands of someone who will care for them.

If you take a better-quality photo than one which we've posted or just want the space back on your memorial, just let us know. We'll be happy to delete our photos.

We're having a blast! It's just the running, snarling dogs that we don't like . . .

In the beginning of my association with FindAGrave, I did not calculate birth years. However, having used Find A Grave extensively, I have changed my mind completely. If I am looking for John Smith, let's say (which I often am), it's great if I can filter the search page to show me only John Smiths born before 1840 or 1880 or whatever. This means that I don't need thirty hours to plow through ALL John Smiths (or other names, of course). It is a wonderful search filter but is only as good as the memorials created on here.

If only the number of years is given on a headstone, then I just subtract the number of years from the death year, mark the bio section with "Birth date calculated using age on headstone." and let folks read the transcribed inscription or look at the photo. Researchers will quickly see that the birth year may be off by one year. It does, however, allow them to even find the memorial in the first place.

If there is a full age on the headstone or death record (e.g., 36y 10m 26d), then it seems a no-brainer to include the actual date. There is only one way to calculate these dates (backwards--days first, then months, then years), and the bio section can be marked the same as aforementioned.

Most deaths records contain some kind of age. A good transcriber will make this info available to the researcher and allow the end user to double-check calculations. Since there are SO many errors on headstones, worldwide, all info needs to be double-checked, anyway.

I just finished a defunct cemetery here in Ohio. Everyone seemed to be named Thomas Thomas, Evan Evans or William Williams (huge Welsh influx). I was happy to include possible birth years, in order to help researchers actually find the people. Sure it took a little longer to do, but what good are a lot of memorials which no one can find?
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Richard Griffin
Hi JanisG.

Thanks for the edit, the listing other former surnames in the maiden name box was the only way of making sure that the name would show in a surname search, so that a duplicate would not be created. Since then then the "Nickname" box was created when I get edits I will able transfer then mane across.
Ive yet to look in to the burial locating.


Added by wertypop on Oct 29, 2016 2:02 AM
Ian William Hudson
John Vaughan Col.
I have a photograph of this 'Memorial tablet' that I took inside the South Park Street Cemetery if you want it.
My understanding, re. the Fort William gravestones tablets, was that they were re-mounted on the inside of the perimeter wall, I photographed these also in 2008 on a trip to Kolkata.
Ian Hudson.
Added by Ian William Hudson on May 01, 2016 4:54 AM
Pamela Griffith Godlewski
Anderson: Killbuck Cemetery
Thank you for the transfers of the Anderson to me. I assure you that I will take good care of them. Your service is greatly appreciated.
Added by Pamela Griffith Godlewski on Apr 14, 2016 3:07 PM
RE: Transfer Request of Find A Grave Memorial# 82957671
You made our day!!! You will also make the day of our family members that we will get to share your message with. Thank you so much for all of your work and for your kind, caring message! We appreciate your description of the cemetery to help us visualize the area. If it was not for you, we would not have found this grandmother. It means so much to us! We would love to visit this cemetery and many others out East. Blessings to you in this New Year!
Added by JFerg on Dec 27, 2015 10:54 AM
Chesterville Presbyterian Cemetery
Thank you so much for taking the time to inform me about Chesterville Presbyterian and Maple Grove! I do have a couple of questions. Do you know when they quit burying at CPC, and when MG was started?

I feel certain that Hannah McNay Pharis was buried in one or the other. She died in 1866. Her husband William Pharis remarried and his 2nd wife Lucy Walker, who outlived him, is buried with her family at North Fork, but I think William, who died in 1881, must be at either CPC or MG with Hannah. Their daughter Sarah Pharis Jarvis and her husband William Jarvis are there. (William Jarvis is another name that shows up in both cemeteries.)

If I were to place Hannah and William Pharis in either CPC or MG, the time line for their closing and opening would be the key.

You are to be commended, to say the least, for all the work you have put into this graveyard endeavor! What a blessing it is to all of us who are searching for our ancestors!

Thanks again for your help.
Added by Martha on Sep 21, 2015 8:47 PM
Chesterville Presbyterian Cemetery
I am wondering about the gravesites of William Jarvis #82019098, and Samuel McNay #82016065. Obviously, these are their original gravestones and sites, but I also find the same two people with gravestones in Maple Grove Cemetery, in Chesterville. My question is: were graves relocated? I am looking for other McNays, specifically Hannah McNay Pharis and her husband William Pharis. Is there any record of the gravesites at Chesterville? and Maple Grove?

Thanks for any light you might shine on all this!

Added by Martha on Sep 20, 2015 9:15 PM
LaDon Brennan
Combs cemetery, MO
Thank you for the updates and DOB information. Do you have a Combs cemetery listing for the dates, or are they calculated (in which case I will note in bio). I appreciate the opportunity to improve the memorials.
Added by LaDon Brennan on Sep 15, 2015 1:35 PM
Ted Rice
Allen and Lydia Dwinell of Ohio
Allen was the son of Ebenezer Dwinell and Hannah Allen of White Creek, NY (right on the Vermont border, 10 miles from Bennington). His father ran a lime kiln and associated hammer mill back on the mountain in what is now Mt. Tom State Forest. I was doing some research on that and decided to trace the family up - Allen is the first I have been able to trace after they left this area.

Allen would have had experience with building and operating mills.
Added by Ted Rice on Aug 11, 2015 1:03 PM
Banana ana
Bernice M Barr Robertson
Hello Janis G
Are you related to Bernice M Barr Robertson or
her husband or any of her in-laws the Robertson family?

Thank you very much
Banana ana
Added by Banana ana on Aug 07, 2015 3:01 PM
William Perry Waltman
Thank you for all the photos. He is one of my several times removed ancestors. I did see this grave and statue, but it has been quite a few years ago and the pictures I took have faded. Yours are much better.
I was told at the time that Perry sent, or went, to France to have this statue made. It seems to have weathered very well.
Find a Grave is so wonderful for those of us who live several states away from the largest part of our ancestors. We, my husband and I, used to make trips back east about every summer before the advent of computers; now I can find almost as much on my computer as I did "in the field," but walking cemeteries, looking at dusty books in court houses was much more rewarding.
Barbara K. in Kansas
Added by Barbie on Jun 30, 2015 4:03 PM
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