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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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Have Paws will travel !
I've just uploaded Alfred Carter's gravestone to this memorial

thank you for the photo
Added by Have Paws will travel ! on Nov 30, 2016 4:46 AM
Rebecca Bromley-Guenther
Minerva Gould
Janet - Thanks for looking for the stone of Minerva Gould. If you cannot find it, then surely no one can find it! Hope all is well. Becky
Added by Rebecca Bromley-Guenther on Nov 29, 2016 6:34 AM
Lynn J. Gauthier
Cora Haynes
Updates completed. Thank you for your assistance with this memorial.

Have a safe & Happy Thanksgiving
Added by Lynn J. Gauthier on Nov 23, 2016 5:46 PM
RE: Charles Bartholomew
Janet, Thank you, Corrected... born in Woodstock died Shrewsbury
Added by Elizabeth on Nov 21, 2016 4:34 AM
RE: Mary A. Whedon
Woman's Who's who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-15. John William Leonard, editor-in-chief. The American Commonwealth Company: New York, 1914. Republished by Gale Research Company: Detroit, 1976. Page 870. The names of her parents give in the text are the same as that on Findagrave and her birthplace is the same as that given on her memorial marker.
Added by Linda on Nov 13, 2016 4:50 PM
Runner Mary
Noel Huntington
Hi Janet, We are not related to Noel and I did add much of what you sent to his memorial. I wrote to a lady who has an index of the cemetery to see if she has any more info on him. Thanks for letting me know. Mary
Added by Runner Mary on Nov 13, 2016 9:37 AM
Linda BBR
RE: Sarah Root & Fairfields
Hi, thanks for the message - wish all contributors were quality-conscious.

The Vital Records of Pittsfield show both Nathaniel and his wife Judith as dying in Pittsfield, as well as his 2nd wife Abigail.
They were prominent early citizens of Pittsfield.

I have not identified any "family" cemetery for them.

They lived in town if I remember correctly - close neighbors to Capt ELI ROOT AND WIFE MINDFUL SACKETT. Their son Eli married Sarah Fairfield and moved to settle Orwell. Vt.

They belonged to the Congregational Church of Pittsfield.

So I have assumed that they were buried in the Original town cemetery of Pittsfield (Old Burial ground)... graves subsequently moved to the Pittsfield Cemetery.

I will a notice that no known marker/ gravestones for them.

Can you go with this ?

I have found about 840 direct ancestors on so far and will gradually add others/ photos, etc. where I have proof.
kind regards, linda
Added by Linda BBR on Oct 31, 2016 1:47 AM
Joann Geybels
RE: Aaron Gibbs
I have several sources for the birth date of Aaron Gibbs (Find A Grave # 110650482). On the My Heritage website there is a FamilySearch tree that shows Aaron's birth date and place of birth as June 1 1794 - Benson, Rutland, Vermont, and his date of death as Dec 10 1829 - Benson, Rutland, Vermont. Other trees on the same page have the same information.
Perhaps an even more accurate source is a 1975 letter I have from Mary Pat Johnson to Mrs. Willard Oien (a Gibbs descendant) in which Mary Pat Johnson provides the same dates and places for Aaron's birth and death. (Mary was hired to research the Gibbs family records in the Benson courthouse, and her findings are listed in a long letter to Mrs. Oien.)
Added by Joann Geybels on Oct 25, 2016 4:30 AM
RE: Mary Giles edit

Regarding the spelling of the last name of GILE vs GILES:

I have a handwritten letter from Mary Gile's brother, Orange Gile, to Mary Gile's son, Royal T. Sawyer. Orange spells his own last name as Gile.

My 2nd great-grandfather Royal Sawyer wrote down his genealogy in the late 1800's and I have the original notes for that as well (he was a preacher, and his sermons were passed down to my family through his daughter Angie Sawyer Hutchinson. The genealogy notes were found among the sermons.)

Royal spells his mother's last name as Gile. He also wrote a paragraph about his mother. She was born in Detroit MI. She and her parents were taken prisoner by the British when Fort Detroit was surrendered during the war of 1812. They were taken to Boston to be exchanged. Mary's mother died at Fort Independence in Boston at some point during that process.

I'd like to start delving into that story. I wonder if they were transported to Boston via boat or overland. Either way, that must have been quite an experience for a young girl and quite a trip in the early 1800's.


Brent Hutchinson
(great-great-great grandson of Jesse Sawyer Jr. and Mary Gile Sawyer.)
Added by Brentman on Oct 24, 2016 5:32 AM
Barbara Hanno
RE: Photos
Hi Janet, You have never sent the photos or explanations. I'd really appreciate having them. Also one reason I wanted to use JUdith or Cyrus is because they are related to me, which adds a little interest, although you may feel the photos aren't the best. It is amazing how good they are considering the obstacles. Thanks for your help!
Added by Barbara Hanno on Oct 21, 2016 6:35 AM
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