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Katherine (Kathi) White (#47815240)
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Bio Photo I am currently working on photo-documenting and transcribing stone-by-stone; the oldest section of Lancaster Rural cemetery in Erie Co., New York. Please refer to more info at the end if you have an interest in this cemetery.

I also have a great deal of information on St. Mary's R.C. cemetery in Lancaster, Erie. Co., N.Y.

I will help anyone with any interest in the town/village of Lancaster, Erie Co. New York which contains many abandoned, historic, and forgotten family cemeteries.

Please, do not use anything on a stone in an attempt to read it other than tinfoil. Do not use chalk, shaving cream, flour, etc. EVER.

I break for cemeteries. Nothing makes me happier than finding a "lost" grave marker, rescuing stones found in the thicket, literally digging (with my bare hands) to unearth a covered stone, and in some cases spending weeks documenting lineage for families whom I'm not related to.

I try to connect families, not just add a memorial so, please, if I've asked you to connect folks you've added to ones I've added, please oblige me. I thank you for your time as it's very important to me.

I hope that my interest in history, genealogy, etymology, and affinity for cemeteries will provide others with info they may not otherwise find. I welcome edits, additions, connections, for any memorial I have created.

Transfer requests will be made within the Find A Grave guidelines; direct relatives within four generations. Please send transfer requests via the "Suggest a Correction" link under the "Edit" tab (if within the guidelines) and include your relationship.

Copyright: All photos uploaded by me are copyrighted by me. No use of photos is given for any purpose other than your own genealogy as long as I am given credit for the photo; Katherine White Find-A-Grave member #47815240. Thank you!

Transcribing/Documenting Lancaster Rural (Erie Co., New York): James Clark's Diary ~ James' father Benjamin was one of the first five settlers of Lancaster and a SAR. James was a soldier in the War of 1812. The cemetery has burials (known and unknown) dating back to 1807, but no official cemetery record was kept until 1870.

James Clark kept a diary with various names and dates of death/interment and other random info. This diary was used to create a typed transcript of the burials as noted by James Clark. It is the typed copy I am in possession of. It is by no means complete, refers to most females as "the wife of so-n-so" rather than by their own first name, and has many, many nuances and oddities.

There is no index or plot information, and often skips entire years if not two or three at a time. It is however, an invaluable tool to have given the alternative of nothing. It is this typed version that I am using along with a re-created plot map based on legible tombstone names/dates. I do not now when the plot map was created and it also contains many errors and omissions.

There are plots marked with a question mark as the stone was illegible and/or written in the German language and indecipherable to the reader/creator. It is through both of these "tools" that I am photo documenting every grave in the old section and doing tinfoil rubbings on all of the illegible ones.

I've already documented several folks whom the cemetery has no record and at the very least, will been able to add to & clarify plot map information. I am also cross referencing names using census & probate records. It's definitely a work in progress.
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Delores Jackemeyer-Kikuchi
RE: Edits done
Thank YOU for all the work you do!
Added by Delores Jackemeyer-Kikuch... on Apr 24, 2014 4:43 PM
Joyce Foondle
RE: Edward Bagley #54831527
Thanks for sharing...I find history exciting. Part of what we do is working on puzzles. Although I don't do puzzles (can't sit still that long) it is rewarding when you figure things out! Joyce
Added by Joyce Foondle on Apr 23, 2014 7:36 PM
Donna Ruhland Bonning
RE: St. Mary's Lancaster...
That's fine with me Kathy. I actually have a neat before/after picture that I meant to Sen them last year. I should do it. When my daughter was about 4 I went to the cemetery and found Michael and Catherine Harters stone. We managed to flip it over. I've got a great shot of her standing next to it. This past summer or two ago I found the stone had been beautifully fixed. I took my now 26 year old daughter back and got a picture of her. I could send that to them. :)
Added by Donna Ruhland Bonning on Apr 20, 2014 11:13 AM
Donna Ruhland Bonning
RE: St. Mary's Lancaster...
Hi Kathie...

My 4th Great Grandfather is Nicholas Bloch. Awesome to see his tombstone uprighted like that!! I know when I was there last summer I was thrilled to see my 3rd Great Grandparent' s gravestone fixed as well. They are Michael and Catherine Harter. She is Nicholas's daughter. Mary Ann Bloch should be there somewhere as well I think but I suspect that her tombstone may have been overgrown by grass in the top section or just not there at all. She's Nicholas' s wife. What's crazy about you writing to me just now about Nicholas's tombstone is that a lady who I met up with last summer from out of state who's also related to him wrote about his tombstone upright. She and her family wanted to meet with me there again next summer. I kind of gave them the tour. They are descended through Sebastian Bloch who is Nicholas'son. Check out her message just below the one you wrote. I'll have to write to her tomorrow. I'm pooped!!

Happy Easter...

Added by Donna Ruhland Bonning on Apr 19, 2014 10:27 PM
Donna Ruhland Bonning
St. Mary's Lancaster...
I just read a bit of your profile page. Information on St. Mary's Cemetery. Hmmm. I have lots of ancestors buried there but some I don't know exactly where they're buried. Just some church records......

Maybe I can pick your brain on that one......

Boy! I'm pooped. 2 hour Easter Vigil Mass can be very tiring.....

Added by Donna Ruhland Bonning on Apr 19, 2014 8:40 PM
Donna Ruhland Bonning
Maria Bagley & Family
Hi Kathi....

I did all the edits for you. Love that automatic edit thing. I don't hit accept for just anyone though. Like to check things out if I can 1st but I'm sure everything you've done is great. Sounds like you worked very hard on this family.

I also added "Late of Vermont"......let me know if there's anything else......

Added by Donna Ruhland Bonning on Apr 19, 2014 8:36 PM
Joyce Foondle
RE: Edward Bagley #54831527
Kathi, I do not live far from the cemetery. I will try to get over there in the next couple of weeks. May need to clean the stone to read. Joyce
Added by Joyce Foondle on Apr 19, 2014 3:12 PM
RE: Fannie Potter
Thanks, haven't been on a lot lately and just discovered the Edit tab that I've never seen before. You should be all set now. If you would like me to transfer, let me know.
Added by FRH on Apr 18, 2014 7:35 AM
Dennis R. Davis
RE: Alfred Beeman Maple Lawn Cem Akron , NY
Thanks Kathi! I will do that.
Added by Dennis R. Davis on Apr 17, 2014 7:31 PM
Holland St John
RE: St. John surname
My branch of the American St Johns began with Matthias Sention (St John) in 1630 at Dorchester, Mass. Next three generations at Norwalk, Conn, then Westchester County, New York. 4-g grandfather moved to Hubbardton, VT and then westward to Iowa where my ggrandfather was born. I can't find any of my direct relatives having lived in the area you mentioned. Sorry..
Holland St John
Richland, Washington
Added by Holland St John on Apr 17, 2014 10:31 AM
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