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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 14 years, 9 months, 12 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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DeCody Brad Marble
Please Transfer, If You Can
Find A Grave Memorial# 152886477; Nellie C Steadman 18821914
Birth 19 NOV 1882 Ashland, Ashland, Ohio
Death 4 FEB 1914 Akron, Summit, Ohio
THANK YOU ZELLA! FOR THE MEMORIAL AND THE TOMBSTONE PHOTO FOR NELLIE! I sent edit the links to her husband and father and mother. I also added to photos. She is one of three daughters to Martin Theodore Steadman and Jennie Downs. I am a Downs Descendant. I also provided marriage date on photos. Nice to see the family all linked now.
THANKS AGAIN .... Brad Marble

Added by DeCody Brad Marble on Nov 27, 2016 8:41 PM
Happy Thanksgiving
Added by cataholic4ever on Nov 24, 2016 2:13 PM
Karen Sykes
Gasper Tarr

What you said makes a lot of sense. I'll change the date. Thank you!
Added by Karen Sykes on Nov 18, 2016 4:39 AM
chris weber
Smith family - #67477150 #67477172 #59693836
Hello - I am contacting you in regard to these three memorials that you manage. They are Martin and Mary Baar Smith, and their son, George Smith, veteran of the Civil War. Martin and Mary are my greatx3 grandparents. Their daughter, Susannah Smith Vogel, also in this cemetery, died 1859 in childbirth. Her twins survived, and she was my greatx2 grandmother. That entry for Susannah just appeared on Ancestry, and that is how I have found the Smiths. I just had management of Susannah transferred to me, and I would like to have the management of these three memorials, if you would. I would like to tie them all together and provide info and bios of them.

Eventually, the lives of the children of Frederick and Susannah Smith Vogel become quite the saga. After Susannah's death, Frederick Vogel married her sister, Anna Mary Smith - they produced ten more children, and ended in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. I admire them all greatly-they were tough pioneers - classic Americans.

I appreciate all the work you do, and hope you know how valuable it is to someone like me. This is wonderful info, and the headstone pics are lovely. I live 1500 miles away, and would never get to see them. Thank you!

Added by chris weber on Nov 10, 2016 4:14 PM
Linda Allison
RE: Samuel Marks
Hi. We have two Samuel Marks in our family. First, Samuel Marks, Sr. whose middle initial is M. I got this from his Certificate of Death from the Court House in Hollidaysburg, PA. He married Emma Corbin. He died on 31 Jan 1896 from a boiler explosion. Second, his son, Samuel Stevenson Marks died in 1949 from tuberculosis.
Added by Linda Allison on Nov 08, 2016 10:35 AM
Michael Wood
Request for Permission Find A Grave Memorial# 5331317
I am the author of a website dedicated to the memory of the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War regiment. You have posted a photo of the gravesite of one of the 16th OVI's members, Catherine Brashear, Memorial# 5331317. I am asking your permission to present that photo on my website in the Laid To Rest section (next to her husband, Basil Brashear, the regimental surgeon). My website is 100% non-commercial and for the research and enjoyment of those interested in the 16th Ohio or Civil War in general. Please let me know if it is ok to use the photo. Also, thank you for your work in documenting and posting the gravesites of our ancestors!
Added by Michael Wood on Nov 06, 2016 9:28 AM
The Hinckley Graver
Emily burt

Maintained by: Cincinnati Spring Grove ...
Originally Created by: Auto Graver
Record added: Oct 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78100335

Added by The Hinckley Graver on Oct 24, 2016 4:38 PM
Debbie Gillen
RE: Percy Robertson
Thank you so much, Zella, for the transfers and the information.
Added by Debbie Gillen on Oct 23, 2016 1:57 PM
Debbie Gillen
Percy Robertson
Hi Zella, Thanks for the correction. I didn't even notice that Percy had two memorials. I deleted my incorrect one. You had the same picture of his stone that I did. Did you say that was not your picture? I am wondering if I made a mistake thinking my picture was taken at Wooster. Does he have two stones in Glendale? Thanks so much for your help!
Added by Debbie Gillen on Oct 23, 2016 10:14 AM
Jim Snyder Jr.
I sent you an e-mail about a small problem I found.

Added by Jim Snyder Jr. on Oct 23, 2016 6:09 AM
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