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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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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
Jan Hinshaw
RE: Johnstons at Patoka Cemetery (IL)

I understand (and completely agree with) your practice of trying to verify contributed information (I do the same).

Noah Webster Johnstone was my gg-grandfather. His middle name "Webster" comes from an extensive memoir written by his granddaughter (my g-aunt), Mary Beatrix Doty (d/o Martha Glendora Johnstone). I've also seen it in other people's published/posted trees (that by itself not saying much). She was just short of 3 years old when Noah Webster Johnstone died, but I believe she likely knew his full name through her mother and other family members.

No, I'm not aware of any direct connection to Noah Webster, but he was famous and I have no doubt that Noah Johnstone was named after him, presumably just in honor (I have seen other people of the 1800s named the same).

Ditto his daughter's name, Mary Elizabeth Johnstone, comes from the same memoir (she was Mary Beatrix Doty's mother's sister).

If you're interested, see more on my web site:

Jan Hinshaw
Added by Jan Hinshaw on Jan 20, 2015 2:04 PM
Larry & Susan M.
Eli Watkins
I do not remember where I found that he was born in Oklahoma, but it was probably on a family tree. Since all of the information you have found shows Alabama I will make the correction. Thanks for all of your help.
Added by Larry & Susan M. on Jan 08, 2015 11:03 AM
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Thank You so much for posting a picture of James Silas Wright's gravestone. I kept checking back hoping it would appear some day and now it has. We all thank you for helping further genealogy pursuits for those who live so far away.

Added by debeejay on Nov 25, 2014 8:33 PM
Jan Dahlquist
RE: Nancy McHaney #100496956
thank you so much! Sure do wonder where her husband ended up!
Added by Jan Dahlquist on Nov 23, 2014 1:01 PM
Jan Dahlquist
Nancy McHaney
thank you so much- wish I could read what is on the marker but the stone is in bad shape per your photo. She was born in either 1815 or 1816, hoped the marker might give a year of birth or an age at death but if it does I can't read it. Burial of her husband James Word McHaney who died in 1894 is unknown- I suspect he is buried with her- any sign of his marker there?
Added by Jan Dahlquist on Nov 23, 2014 8:22 AM
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