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Sandi Litzenberg (#47750943)
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Bio Photo Being a Find A Grave photo contributor is the most rewarding & constructive hobby I've ever taken up.. You have my consent to use any of the headstone or plot photos that I've loaded to memorials.. If I've created a memorial for a family member or friend of yours, I'm more than willing to transfer them to you.. I'm not looking to own high numbers of memorials, my intentions as a contributor are.. first.. to help document the cemeteries.. and secondly.. to help family members find their ancestors more easily.. So even if you don't necessarily fit the Find A Grave 'guidelines' for requesting a transfer, don't let that deter you from asking.. My feelings are that if you've taken the time to contact me with a correction or addition to a memorial, then you qualify...

I also want to give special mention to my Find A Grave friend, Kris Daugherty/OSU1988. Kris has been a tremendous help to me by providing me with cemetery records for Williams County. These records have enabled me to add my photos to memorials with confidence. As many of you know, sometimes we encounter stones that have been so worn down by time and weather that they are unreadable. Her records allow me the ability to cross check the photos with placement of the graves and to identify those unreadable stones. THANK YOU KRIS!!!

Also, I came across this poem on another contributor's profile and it perfectly conveys my thoughts and feelings as I walk the cemeteries.. so with his permission I've borrowed it from his page and here it is..

Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where other cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.
Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.
Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.
Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.
Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.
Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.
Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.
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Dave Ralston
RE: Re: Find A Grave Memorial # 112151018
Thanks Sandi ... His name seems to be variously spelled Beala or Bela. Since you mentioned him in Selecta's memorial I wondered where you found him. They are listed in several censuses. I feel quite sure they are my 3x great grandparents. I am trying to get more evidence of a Dillingham line of which Beala is a part that traces to a John Dillingham who would be a 7x great grandfather. He is married to Jael Turner who records seen to show is the 2x great grandaughter of William Webster who was on the Mayflower. Makes for an interesting puzzle!

Again if it might help to see what I have just give me an email. I think all you need is an account, not necessary to have the subscription.
Added by Dave Ralston on Oct 29, 2014 6:21 PM
Steve Orso
RE: Eliza A Shimer date of death. (#12744023)
Hi Sandi: I finally found my way back to the cemetery for Eliza Shimer and confirmed what you expected: 1816 and 1890. Replacement photographs are no better than the ones on the memorial; a rubbing would be needed. The engraving is on the west side of the marker and that's the side that gets all the weather.
Added by Steve Orso on Oct 29, 2014 5:20 AM
Tom Hintz
RE: Mary Richter photo
Hi Sandi,

Sorry about that. Curse of the iPad. I don't have tools that can correct it. In fact it looks correct on the iPad. Can you download and repost a corrected copy? If you can let me know and I'll delete the old one.
Added by Tom Hintz on Oct 27, 2014 10:33 AM
Brenda Runyon
RE: Enos Taylor
Hi Sandi
Thank you for the offer but I don't have the Taylors in my family, I did e-mail the gal that has his son so she mite get a hold of you for the management. I hope that was ok?
Added by Brenda Runyon on Oct 26, 2014 3:14 PM
N. Sharlene (Rice) Kent
Joseph Van Buskirk
from what I can deduce from records, Joseph may have outlived almost all of his family. It looks like he was in Indiana because that was where the last of his children were living and he almost outlived them.
Added by N. Sharlene (Rice) Kent on Oct 25, 2014 7:19 PM
Dave Ralston
Sorry typo on my part. 1880 Census spells it as Beala.
Added by Dave Ralston on Oct 25, 2014 12:42 PM
Dave Ralston
RE: Re: Find A Grave Memorial # 112151018
First let me say my research is basically through I show him in three censuses:

1860: Northwest, Williams, Ohio Bealy, Selecta, Angeline

1870: Millgrove, Steuben, Indiana Bely, Selicta
, Angeline (suspect transcription errors by census taker or misinterpretation of how they are written; I have looked and it is not real clear)

1880: Camden Center, Hillsdale, Michigan Bealah(no other household listed) Don't understand as Selecta should still be living; I cannot find her at all in the 1880 census

I have Beala's death as 4 Sep 1885 possibly in Clear Lake, Steuben, Indiana, United States. Reported only, no documentation. Have looked in Indiana also with no success.

I also have undocumented reports that Selecta died in Camden Twp, Hillsdale Cnty, MI though clearly she was not buried there.

Quite a puzzle to put together.

The Michigan connection makes a lot of sense to me as my mother is from Hillsdale MI and branches of her family goes back several generations there.

I am wondering if perhaps information on Beala's burial has been lost. Really don't know where else to look.

P.S. I keep my tree setting on private but happy to give you access if you would like. Would just need an email address. Angeline's older sister Julia is my 2x great grandmother and I have pictures etc of that generation!

Added by Dave Ralston on Oct 25, 2014 12:38 PM
Primrose Cemetery
Thanks for the Wheeler/Weiler family memorial transfers at Primrose Cemetery.

Added by Treeclimber on Oct 25, 2014 8:27 AM
Dave Ralston
RE: Re: Find A Grave Memorial # 112151018
Thanks anyway. I have looked all over for his grave but can't find it anywhere. I think I will pass on taking over the memorial but I appreciate the offer. You do a fine job.
Added by Dave Ralston on Oct 24, 2014 8:44 PM
Dave Ralston
Re: Find A Grave Memorial # 112151018
You mention in the memorial Selecta's husband Bela (or Beala). Since you know his name I wonder if you might know where he is buried? I believe he later lived in Indiana and died in Michigan but presumed he would be buried with his wife. Of course presumptions are dangerous. They are my 3rd great grandparents. Particularly researching this line as it appears to have a Mayflower ancestor.

Thanks, Dave
Added by Dave Ralston on Oct 24, 2014 12:12 PM
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