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Irma (#46927625)
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Bio Photo Feel free to use my photos for your genealogy research, but please mention that you got the photo from findagrave.

Take photos on sunny days only!
Use a mirror to reflect the sunlight off of the stones lettering. I have a cheap $10.00 mirror that is about 4 feet high. I can hold the mirror in one hand, and take the photo with the other hand.
Another place to find your ancestors gravestone photos is on: just search for their name.

A complete and searchable listing of the Hale collection is now available on To find it, click on "search" at the top of the screen. Bring down the drop down list, and click on "card catalog". Then, in the search box, type in "Hale". Then click on it, and you can do a name search. Be advised that not all names come up, for example, people that are buried in the Fair Haven Union Cemetery in New Haven CT will not show up.

The Old Cove Burying Ground in East Haddam is in need of care, and we need volunteers to help clean up this ancient cemetery. If you live in the East Haddam CT area and are interested in helping to preserve this cem, please email me. At the moment, there are only three people who are taking care of this cem, and two of them are in their 80's!!! We need people who have ancestors in this cem to contribute! Please email me if you are interested.

My family names are: Kerber, Kerper, Hartsock, Gray, Houck, Carper, Harpster, Gault, all in PA. My extended family names are Miller, Hager, Stamschror, all in Minnesota.

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sherri schaefer bagby
Thank you for the updates to the Rogers grave markers. Amos was a troubled man. I'm still looking for his daughter who married into the Bagby family.

I admire your love for the old cemeteries. So much information is being lost in all the cemeteries I visit and it's such a feeling of dishonor to see them in their state.

Added by sherri schaefer bagby on Jul 04, 2014 7:31 AM
Prof. Colegrove's mom, Eliza
Yes, I tried 'some' to find her but just gave up. My subscription to ancestry ran out...hadn't been able to log on for 6 mos..they didn't help me. But I miss it. They're tying up everything free on the 'net' so guess we'll all have to pay to get even the public records. I couldn't even log on to the SSDI link!!

Wish I could help, but I have no idea where Eliza is bur.
Added by wvy on Jun 29, 2014 8:00 AM
Prof/Mrs.. W. Colegrove, Conn
thank you very much for adding so quickly the info I sent, and then finding his wife to link. You're the best!
Added by wvy on Jun 29, 2014 7:04 AM
Koula Boras photo
Thank you for posting the photo of my aunt's headstone.
Added by RagtimeBaseballFan on Jun 18, 2014 5:46 PM
L Evans
Simon Shailer
Thank you so very much for sharing the obit for Simon, it is added & credited to you :)
Added by L Evans on Jun 07, 2014 2:57 PM
Cecile Elaine Shelton Rawlings #111917552
I can't thank you enough for tranferring my mother's memorial to me so promptly. Thank You!
Added by Gloria on Jun 03, 2014 7:00 AM
Gary Parker
RE: Ruth Banks 130513331
Please send me the information
Added by Gary Parker on May 29, 2014 4:37 PM
C Branscome
RE: Honour Hale 78714637
Irma - Thanks, my mistake. I should have noticed the dates were wrong for her to be their daughter. Interestingly D. Jacobus in Hale, House and Related Families, refers to Onner as Honor and yet he notes he read the gravestone so not sure why he called her Honor since the picture clearly shows Onner. (Turns out Onner was Honour's aunt since Honour's mother, Ruth (wife of David) was the daughter of Daniel and Ruth (Hale) Hale.) Thanks for all the other changes.
Added by C Branscome on May 25, 2014 11:49 AM
t. g. davis
'old chimney stacks'
irma, i see you do intensive research and support for east haddam. you probably are aware of the book, 'old chimney stacks' which spotlights old families of east haddam. i inherited my dad's copy given to him by his gt uncle guy b. vroom. i gave it to my local FHC. if i remember right, the reads/williamses aren't in the book. but i'll try to get down there and check it again.
on another related note, a study of george read, founder of deep river, industrialist, abolitionist, and son of temperance and cornelius, reveals that key partners in his ivory cutting business were named williams and dickinson (temperance's mother's surname). thanks again
Added by t. g. davis on May 12, 2014 3:36 PM
t. g. davis
temperance williams
irma, thanks for all your considerate efforts. you make nice pages.
i see you transferred management of the williams sites to me. this is fine. thank you.
info on temperance's ancestry came during a series of phone calls about the year 2000 with dr. karl stofko, east haddam town historian and an old family friend, who know my late brother ros vroom davis in youth in middlesex county in the '50s/60s. i asked him directly who temperance's parents were. his answer was 'i dont know but i do know who does' and he called a mr. ted willeford. the aging willeford, now retired, referred him to a work he had published on the net. in my follow-up call soon after, stofko seemed to consider willeford a valid source. to my knowledge stofko continues, and is very approachable and happy to impart his knowledge to callers. the question of cornelius' burial site may be a good one for him. i'll try and contact him. meanwhile i'm moving cornelius to the 'unknown cemetery' based on your information.
thanks again and best always,
Added by t. g. davis on May 12, 2014 3:01 PM
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