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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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Loretta Johnson
RE: Hannah Tear
I am not sure why the tombstone says a different name. I was not the one who added it. I do know that the Hannah Tear is the one who I am looking for as Alphonso's Mother. Hannah had married Norman Tear (or Teer or Tier). I will need to search the cemetery when I'm over that way to see if I can find the actual stone & take a picture of it. Sorry, that I couldn't be of more help.
Added by Loretta Johnson on Jun 26, 2015 9:51 AM
nancy snow west
B. Hickok
Hi- Yes, this work sure has to be done correctly, or else. I'm 'dithering' about one over in Whitehall, NY. I contacted the cemetery to see where the person would be interred & was waiting for the ceremony before creating the page. He lived elsewhere, but is being buried in Whitehall with his wife. I had noted on hers I was awaiting actual cemetery before entering him. Meanwhile, someone else decided to post the obit from the paper & say 'cemetery unknown'. So, now I'm debating whether to make my own, or tell the guy the cemetery when the ceremony takes place on 7/2. He must have read the wife's obit, as he linked them. She was in our DAR Chapter, that's why I created hers. I was under the impression people weren't supposed to enter 'unknown' cemetery. Nancy
Added by nancy snow west on Jun 26, 2015 6:27 AM
nancy snow west
88439032 Benjamin Hickok
Hi Janet: Looking at the above number, the stone says HIEKOK, but the odd thing, when U look at the stones of his children, they clearly say HICKOK. Am working on locating DAR markers in the Rutland, VT cemeteries, so was looking at this listing. Don't know if U wish to change this; meanwhile, my list will say Hiekok/Hickok. No wonder geneaology requires detective work! Thanks once again for all you do for F/G. Nancy
Added by nancy snow west on Jun 25, 2015 8:08 AM
Jess E. Bromley
Information you requested
Inside cover of the book on Bromley Genealogy by Viola Bromley. She first wrote a book on Derby Genealogy.

Nabu Pubilc Domain Reprints:
You are holding a reproduction of an original work published before 1923 that is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other countries. You may freely copy and distribute this work as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. This book may contain prior copyright references, and library stamps (as most of these works were scanned from library copies). These have been scanned and retained as part of the historical artifact.

Below is the entry Viola wrote in her book about her husband, his first wife and herself which lists her education.

Rev. Henry Bromley born in Norwich, December 5, 1812; married (first), by Rev. “Elder” A. L. Covell, Jane Maria Balis, Oct 7, 1833, in Whitesboro, N.Y. She was a daughter of Calvin and Sally (Cogswell) Balis, and was born Dec 13, 1811. She died in New York City, June 23, 1879. Funeral in Madison Ave. Baptist Church, of which Mr. Bromley was at the time assistant pastor. Internment in Greenwood Cemetery. Married (second) in Jersey City Heights, N.J. by Rev. Robert Bruce Hull, D. D., Assisted by Rev. A. S. Gumbart, Viola Annette Derby, Sept 1, 1880; a daughter of Leander and Julia (Reynolds) Derby, who was born December 5, 1845, in Leominster, Mass. Mrs. Bromley was educated at Du Quoin (Ill.) Seminary, Ohio Female College, College Hill, Ohio. Graduate from Oxford (Ohio) Female College, class of 1863; member of Society of Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century; Fort Greene Chapter, D.A.R.; Brooklyn society of New England Women; Colony No. 8, and Society of Founders of Norwich Conn. Rev. Henry died April 20, 1896, and Brookland N.Y. funeral in the Greenwood Baptist Church, of which he was the “Father.” Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

I think this answers the questions you asked me in your email.
Jess Bromley

Added by Jess E. Bromley on Jun 18, 2015 7:17 PM
Jess E. Bromley
Lovine Alanson Bromley
I've got him down as an unmarried physician in 1902
Added by Jess E. Bromley on Jun 14, 2015 4:23 PM
Chris Carrico
re: Kellogg memorial
What I meant to say was, "Feel free to reply" or "You can reply." You would probably have inferred so.

Once again,

Best regards,

Chris Carrico
Added by Chris Carrico on Jun 14, 2015 1:48 PM
Chris Carrico
Warner Kellogg memorial

I rarely log into my profile these days, and my listed email is defunct. Would you prefer I transfer management of Mr. Kellogg's memorial to you, or simply link to his parents? Feel can reply to this message on my user profile.


Chris Carrico
Metamora, IL
Added by Chris Carrico on Jun 14, 2015 1:45 PM
Thomas Jewett

thanks for the advice. I did write to the manager of the other memorial, with no response. I will ask for a merge, but the Admin boards seem to be having some king of a revolution right now.

Added by Les on Jun 11, 2015 11:51 AM
Jess E. Bromley
Daniel W. Bromley
I have left a few edits for Daniel and his wives, the information coming from the book The Bromley Genealogy by Viola Bromley copyright 1911
What, if any, of the information I've placed in these suggestion boxes you wish to place in the memorial is, of course, for you to decide.

Thank you very much
Jess Bromley
Added by Jess E. Bromley on Jun 05, 2015 4:30 PM
Jim Kimble
Thanks Janet for the great Lewis-Mason pictures
Added by Jim Kimble on May 19, 2015 1:23 PM
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