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Jane Gerrish Waddell (#47310089)
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Bio Photo I have been interested in family history since the mid-1970's and interested in cemeteries since childhood when we often walked to Lewis Cem a small rural cemetery where we read the stones, told ghost stories and noted the tragedy of infant mortality.
Much research has been done on my Gerrish family since they were an early New England family arriving in Newbury, MA in 1639. But much less is known of my mother's family so at this time I am more interested in learning about her Small, Holton, Ramsay, Ogle, and Light families, the first 2 in PA and the others in Canada, Scotland and Ireland.
Besides my own family I am deeply involved in research of the small rural cemeteries of Carrigan Twp, Marion Co, IL: Lewis, Harrison (where approximately 70% of the burials have some connection to my 3x-Great Grandfather, Henry Gerrish), Phelps and Wisher (listed here as Burton/Kissner/Wisher).
Any new information to add to the memorials I have created as well as information on my own lines is greatly appreciated.
Though my ratio of managed memorials to created memorials is high, I AM NOT a hoarder aka number person. Most of my memorials which I did not create came from the accounts of deceased or inactive contributors. If I have no connection whatever to a memorial that I manage I am always happy to find someone who would like to take it over. And I am just as happy to receive any and all that have a connection with my extended family.
Aug. 2014
You may use tombstone photos which I have posted for your personal, non-commercial, non-internet use without asking further permission. When taking photos from a memorial please document my full name as it appears here and the memorial number from which it was taken.
I have several hundred old family photos from 85 or more years ago. I have extremely mixed emotions about posting them online because I know there are people who will copy them and claim them and treat them as their own. But I want other family members to have an opportunity to see these pictures. Please contact me for permission to use any of these family pictures.
Please let me know if you have a photo identical to any of mine, because that would mean we are probably related. I love to hear the stories behind the photos and make connections to new found relatives.
DO NOT POST ANY OF MY PHOTOS ONLINE ANYWHERE! That includes other FindaGrave memorials.
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Jeanne Faarup
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Hi Jane, I saw that you left a message for my mother Margaret McKenna (nee) Conrad that you had received a spam type email from her address. Mom passed almost a year ago. I don't know why you received the email I think my sister closed her mail account. I will double check with her. Just wanted to give you the heads up in case you see any more of these from her account. Regards,Jeanne
Added by Jeanne Faarup on Apr 15, 2015 5:06 PM
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Hi jane,
Added by Jeanne Faarup on Apr 15, 2015 5:01 PM
Donna McPherson
RE: Transfer of Jasper (#93032975) and Mary (#93032968) Altadonna
Be glad to transfer but go on each memorial under edit then suggestions just typing Request Transfer and put you Findagrave member number.
Added by Donna McPherson on Mar 30, 2015 12:14 PM
Lindsay Thomas
I tried to reply to your email but it came back as message unable to be delivered for some reason.

I got my info from different places really, I have an account on which led me to a 1850 census and a book titled Van Meter Family of Whitley County Indiana and also Van Meter Pioneers in America

My 3rd great grandmother was a Van Meter so I have been tracking her family and the Van Meters of Indiana are actually easy to find because they played a very important role in pioneering that area. Plus, the books people have published.
Added by Lindsay Thomas on Mar 10, 2015 2:23 AM
Chester Small
I am happy to transfer him to your care. I love being able to keep peoples memory alive.


Added by Liz on Mar 05, 2015 1:58 AM
RE: Wm. C. Small #102978305
You are very welcome. No I am not related to the Small family. I just set up there memorials. I can't find any link to W. C. Small.

Added by SRGF on Feb 26, 2015 4:15 AM
I love genealogy
RE: Penn. Death Certs.
I just use ancestry for the death certificates and
Also here are the PA death index only. 1906-1964.
Added by I love genealogy on Feb 24, 2015 5:56 PM
I love genealogy
RE: Penn. Death Certs.
You're welcome. The PA index is online free, but the actual death certificates are at, free if you have an ancestry account. I think the index is also free on If you need me to look for a particular one, just let me know.
Added by I love genealogy on Feb 23, 2015 11:59 AM
RE: Baker family plot number
No not related just trying to complete this cemetery as I live nearby and have access to records.
Added by Wildflower on Jan 24, 2015 1:29 PM
Jan Hinshaw
RE: Johnstons at Patoka Cemetery (IL)

Definitely yes, Johnstone == Johnston (I can't speak for *all* the burials in that cemetery, but presumably most or all are the same family).

You've probably run into variant spellings before - it was quite common (e.g. my own paternal line is either Hinshaw, Henshaw or Hanshaw, depending on the whim of whoever recorded various life events). Johnstone and Johnston (and, to a lesser extent, Johnson) are all variants of the same.

Noah's granddaughter, Mary Beatrix ("Bea") Doty, wrote in her memoirs: "The following is something about my mother's family, the Johnstones. Today the family has dropped the E." So apparently her mother (Noah's daughter Martha Glendora Johnstone) was raised believing Johnstone to be the "correct" spelling, but later (apparently) some or all family members started to drop the e.

Bea Doty *always* used Johnstone in her memoirs, but she made the mention above about the e being dropped.

Noah died in 1897; his obituary is written "Johnston". But the 1934 obituaries for two of his children both spell it "Johnstone". So apparently the spelling was in flux for some time (not unusual).

Re: Julia Johnstone: Yes, Robert Walden Johnstone was Noah's grandson (son of Edward Ervin Johnstone & Della Walden). See:

If you're interested, I just transcribed a small (but interesting) tidbit from Bea's memoirs, regarding the Noah Johnstone family (and life in early Patoka). See:

I also have scans of newspaper obits for Noah and his son Edward and daughter Bermadell - I'll submit those separately.

Jan Hinshaw
Added by Jan Hinshaw on Jan 21, 2015 4:58 PM
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