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Romaine Stauffer (#47114269)
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Bio Photo My love of history began in grade school and has intensified over the years. I am an active member and volunteer at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Several of my articles have been published in their "Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage" magazine.
I have also written several books telling the stories of some of my ancestors. Two of my books, "Annie's Day of Light" and "A Home for Sarah" are available from Masthof Press in Morgantown, Pa.

Six other books were published by Christian Light Publications. The most recent one is a book of stories for children titled "Esther Starts From Home" published in October 2015. They are available from

The main surnames I am researching are Burkholder, Stauffer, Good, and Powell (or Powl), plus many others on a lesser scale. My research is centered mainly in the Pennsylvania counties of Lancaster, Lebanon, and Berks. But I also have a reputation for not being able to travel anywhere without making at least one stop at a cemetery.
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Joanna Cayford
Bessie Ebersole memorial #22814381
I sent a correction for Bessie Ebersole to the person who was managing it, and he or she transferred the memorial to me. Since you seem to be the person doing most around the Brenneman family I am transferring it on to you. I made some of the corrections, but I forgot to fix her maiden name, which should be Breneman or Brenneman, not Cockley.

I have been connecting up the Gockley/Cockley family members. Samuel Edwin Cockley's second wife Mary Weaver #24363050 was the widow of Abraham H. Breneman #68783067. She had two Breneman daughters, Bessie and Zaidee, and then another Cockley daughter. The Gospel Herald obituary of Mary Weaver Brenneman Cockley gives the details of the relationships. The Gospel Herald obituary of Bessie Ebersole confused the fathers, so I emended it with [Breneman].

I have sent parent links to the other daughters as well, Zaidee Reiff #24363034 and Leona Miller #40172360, but they haven't made the changes yet.

Incidentally, Mary Weaver Breneman Cockley has two links showing under both her husbands, but one of them is a dead link. I don't know if you can clear it.

Thank you for the work you do taking care of these memorials and posting the Gospel Herald obituaries. It's a wonderful way to make primary sources available.

Joanna Cayford
Added by Joanna Cayford on Feb 08, 2016 4:09 PM
Jane from MI
Nancy Whitmore/Whitmer
Thank you for the information about Nancy Good Whitmore/Whitmer. The tombstone for Nancy and her husband John have the spelling Whitmore. I found both spellings (Whitmore and Whitmer) on censuses. I could not find any information about their sons Hosea and William. I did find a son David Whitmore, born Oct 1876. Although his birth record gives his parents as David Whitmore and Nancy Good. Very confusing. Could you send me copies of Jacob Good's will or at least the page referring to Nancy's sons. I am a distant cousin of Catherine Good's husband Jacob Coblentz. Catherine was the sister of Jacob and Nancy. Jane from MI
Added by Jane from MI on Jan 30, 2016 1:31 PM
Sandra Lutz
George Rathebach
Hello Romaine, I just joined Find A Grave so I could talk to you. The above George is my 5th great grandfather #42380523. In your copy of his Will it says his "Estate is to be divided among all children of whom Jacob..." But you have no clickable link for Jacob. Jacob is my 4th Great Grandfather b June 9, 1763 in PA, died in PA married Mary Elizabeth Hulshouser b PA. I don't know where in PA they are buried. His son Solomon is #112487896. His grandson John (my 2nd GGF) is #20274764 buried in Overton Church of God Cemetery, Overton, Wayne County, Ohio along with 16 other Raudebaughs. Since I am so new at this I don't know how to start linking them together and would not attempt to link to your work without your help. I am so pleased to see that you have found and post so much for this family. Bye-Sandra Lutz I don't even know what info to leave so you can answer!
Added by Sandra Lutz on Jan 27, 2016 8:06 AM
nick trump
RE: Shank
Super. Will do. Thanks for your help & have a great evening!
Added by nick trump on Jan 19, 2016 5:06 PM
nick trump
RE: Shanks in Hess Cemetery
I really don't know much about them either, but I do have some portrait images I would be happy to share with the site. Yes, if it's not too much trouble to transfer them, please do. I could also send you the pics if that's easier (I'm
new as a member to this site).
I noticed you had some calculated family relationships listed with David W Shank #70075404.
Do you remember if this is based on their location in the cemetery or some other info?
Thank you so much for your time!

Added by nick trump on Jan 19, 2016 4:31 PM
nick trump
RE: Shanks in Hess Cemetery
Henry is 134603700
Emma is 82998960
Added by nick trump on Jan 19, 2016 3:40 PM
nick trump
Shanks in Hess Cemetery
Hi Romaine,

Saw your additions of Shanks in Hess Cemetery.
Henry and Emma are my great grandparents. I would love to collaborate if your interested.

Added by nick trump on Jan 19, 2016 11:11 AM
Alma Holt
So, do you have the pictures of Inez (her daughter) and her kids? That was Inez's maiden name.
Added by SuezieQ on Jan 10, 2016 1:17 PM
RE: Alma
She was my Mama Holt for many years. Even tho I was a step-granddaughter, she loved me very much and I loved her too. I miss her.
Added by SuezieQ on Jan 10, 2016 1:02 PM
LeRoy Wilcox
Peter Musser
Thanks for the data on peter, which I have added. If you wish to manage his Memorial I am willing to transfer.
Added by LeRoy Wilcox on Dec 08, 2015 5:15 AM
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