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Janet Muff (#46951416)
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Bio Photo Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug.
Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity.
OK, enough said. And now back to business:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine.
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Gary Forbis
Lydia Smith 104817292
SAR Membership 22608 gives her name as Lydia Warrington. Interestingly in 1921 the town clerk gave birth as 2 JAN 1760 and death as 22 JUN 1819.
The image is on under "Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908". Her last name isn't given. Is the stone or the town records correct?
Added by Gary Forbis on Sep 01, 2015 1:54 AM
rosie mcnaughton
Ozi Baker,
Thank you for calling that to my attention. I believe I have fixed the problems.
Added by rosie mcnaughton on Aug 29, 2015 4:52 PM
James Bianco
Adelia Mason
They photos are beautiful, thank you again! Jim
Added by James Bianco on Aug 27, 2015 8:17 AM
James Bianco
Adelia Mason
Wow! Great angle looking for siblings! I removed the docs and can't wait to see her headstone photos. You are one in a million. Jim
Added by James Bianco on Aug 26, 2015 4:26 PM
Lani Bixby
Thank you!
Thank you so much for adding the pictures of Reuben Manley. It is much appreciated!
Added by Lani Bixby on Aug 25, 2015 4:02 PM
Margaret D.
Town Photos
Thank you so much for adding the photos for Christian and William Town. I appreciate the beautiful photos, your work is remarkable!
Margaret Donaghey.
Added by Margaret D. on Aug 24, 2015 5:00 AM
James Bianco
You are awesome for spending so much time on this and looking so hard for her headstone! Your just amazing Janet. All I can (possibly) suggest is that there are a great many deteriorating headstones in Old Benson, and surely some long buried as well. Not knowing for certain her situation and why she was in Benson at the time of her death makes her place of burial within the cemetery speculative at best. I can say for certain she had a headstone there at one time, the man who compiled the Cemetery transcript I added the image for took the inscription right off the headstone and it matches VR exactly (which he did not consult). I will add that her stone could not be found etc. to the memorial. Have a great trip! All the best, Jim
Added by James Bianco on Aug 23, 2015 7:41 AM
James Bianco
Adelia Mason
I uploaded a copy of her death rec. to her memorial. Copy it and add it to your records if you like. It was recorded under "Adeline" perhaps that is why it did not come up? I found it on familysearch, looking for a Mason who d. VT 1882. As I am sure you know, sometimes you have to do vague searches to pull up records with different spellings. Sometimes I spend hours looking for an elusive VR, trying every possible search angle.
Added by James Bianco on Aug 20, 2015 7:17 AM
James Bianco
Adelia Mason
Great work Janet! I do not believe there was a mixup as Adelia's death is recorded in Benson VR (as Adeline) on 4 Jan. 1882. Given that and the transcript I am pretty certain she should be in Old Benson. There are so many broken and buried stones in the cemetery hers might just be one of them!
Added by James Bianco on Aug 19, 2015 9:28 PM
James Bianco
Adelia Mason - Benson, Vt. # 141464219
Janet, I created the Benson memorials from a book of transcripts from the 1930s. I have attached the front page and listing page images to Adelia's memorial. Hope that helps! Jim
Added by James Bianco on Aug 19, 2015 6:50 PM
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