|Ed Chilton (#47327084)|
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Update 12 April 2013|
Hello. My home is in Bay City, MI. My principal interest is in 19th and early 20th century gravestone and grave site rescue - from both elements of nature, and from human scum who vandalize or damage stones, toss debris into cemeteries, or rescue from jerks who fail to perform their obligations as cemetery owners, managers, and operations staff. When these fail to do so, they become paid vandals, thus entering the cross-hairs of my webscope. Lest they think we don't notice, my personal website has a subsection for local and national cemetery scandals.
WRT the list of Memorials Added, the majority are persons whose grave marker I have rescued. I have photographs before I MAKE an entry. Each entry represents 60 to 90 minutes checking the Internet for genealogical information. Roughly 25 percent involve an additional trip to the Wirt Library's Genealogy Room in Bay City, or the Bay County Historical Museum to check residential Directories, or to the County Clerk's Office for vital records and deeds, and lastly I make the occasional visit to funeral homes to check for burial records.
At this writing, 2/3 of the 2013 season for making rescues of grave markers and sites is past. Various personal and environmental factors show me behind schedule - but I will try to make my usual 100 plus grave marker rescues per year. My participation on Find-A-Grave is reduced during this time of outdoor physical activity. I enjoy hearing from my acquaintances, and can always be reached by email.
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|mary knoerl||Ernest Ballard|
Ernest was my Great Uncle. Was wondering where you found the info for your story. I have been researching my family for a while now and haven't run across that info. Have the death certificate and the news clipping. There is no grave marker. I'm hoping to place one soon. Thanks, Mary Knoerl
|Joann Geybels||RE: Additional photo|
Thank you so much for the new photo for Henry and Mary King. Much appreciated!
|Sherry D Chilton||Sarah Johnson Rescue|
You do amazing work Ed in this cemetery. I'm in awe of the extent to which you go to physically rescue, preserve and restore the memorials of all these folks to whom you are related only through your humanity. Thank you.
Thanks for posting the clearer picture.
Added by MaryK on Aug 10, 2013 8:42 AM
Thanks for the photos. I really appreciate it!
|John Gough||Hall grave in Bay City|
Dear Mr. Chilton,
Thanks so much for posting this picture for me, It is not likely that I will ever get to Bay City. You are a wonderful man for the good work that you are doing on these grave.
Once again, Thanks
JG in Kansas
Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to find my grandmothers grave and upload a picture. I am adopted and I have had so much trouble finding any of my family in australia until I discovered my grandfather was a american..all the dots started to connect. I have been unable to find any of his family at all but I did find a marriage certificate to Charlotte. I know I will never find a picture of either of them and I almost gave up completely until I got the email today...so thank you my friend. X
Added by Xrystine on Jul 24, 2013 4:46 AM
|Laura Pinks||Edwin Laetz|
Great Photo's! Thank you. It is greatly appreciated.
|Leo Marion Czerwinski Jr.||Richard & Wilma Cerwin Gravesite|
Ed; Just a note to thank you for adding the tombstones to my uncle and aunts grave memorial.
Leo Czerwinski Family
|Nancy Lindauer||RE: Edward Uhrich|
I'm having trouble finding Edward. Is he on F-A-G or on your website? I've looked in both places and cant seem to find him(Duh). Could you please let me know where he is?
I have a hard time understanding why someone would walk through a cemetery and destroy something so deliberately. Actually, I guess that it doesn't surprise me half so much as meeting a truly unselfish person like you, who goes SOOOOO far out of his way to take loving care of so many peoples' graves, and then to investigate their genealogy. WOW! It was truly my pleasure to meet you in person today and I am happy to have had the privilege to do your card for you.
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