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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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RE: Sarah (Wiswall) Haven
Here is info I have:

Name: Sarah Wiswell
Birth Date: 5 Nov 1759
Birth Place: Worcester
Father's First Name: Samuel
Mother's First Name: Sarah
Gender: Female
Source: Vital Records of Worcester

Name: Sarah Wiswell
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 1 Sep 1779
Marriage Place: Vermont, USA
Card Type: Bride
Spouse Name: Hezekiah Haven

Added by Brenda on Oct 08, 2015 6:28 AM
RE: Source of information
I can no longer find it. Sorry. There are many cemeteries - esp. in VT - transcribed and listed on I don't know what happened to the Barnard Cemetery document.
Added by Alice on Oct 05, 2015 6:26 PM
RE: Source of information
ok. give me a couple days to relocate it.
Added by Alice on Oct 05, 2015 5:51 PM
Frank Klein
John ransom 44280073

His brother

Samuel Ransom 42343955

I really appreciate this Janet, thank you
Added by Frank Klein on Oct 01, 2015 5:58 PM
Frank Klein
RE: John Ransom
Thank you for that response and I understand where you're coming from. Is there any way except through parents to link my ancestor Samuel Random to his brother John random? Samuel is somewhat of a hero in Wyoming Valley PA, having been killed and beheaded during the revolutionary war. For genealogical purposes I think it would be valuable
Added by Frank Klein on Oct 01, 2015 5:30 AM
Frank Klein
RE: John Ransom
I appreciate what you are saying. John Ransom is my 4th great grandfathers brother. His name!e is Samuel . He died during the revolution. I have several sources listing his parents and grandparents.
Added by Frank Klein on Sep 30, 2015 5:23 PM
Don & Mary Cavender
RE: Elizabeth Peabody

Fair enough. The Vermont death record shows 29 Sep 1829. Don't know which one is correct and probably will never know. Headstone out weighs paper record. Thanks for explaining.

Added by Don & Mary Cavender on Sep 26, 2015 12:18 AM
Robert Kuhmann
There is a RESSEGUIE Genealogy Group on Facebook, where I am a major contributor. My online genealogy ( is the largest resource - anywhere - for records of that family [best-viewed using Mozilla Firefox]. P.S. I also speak/read/write fluent French (was married to a French gal for 27 years, and lived there for 17). Three of my 4 children live in France (and all of my 6 grand kids).

Facebook [link]:!/profile.php?id=1313473057
Added by Robert Kuhmann on Sep 23, 2015 5:39 AM
Robert Kuhmann
Thank you for the 3x photo uploads. Have re-applied those - to create 'one' digitally "re-assembled" composite-photo - of the (formerly, unbroken stone)! That RESSEGUIE gentleman [R.I.P.], is a close relative of: my son, his mom, and living grandma.

Robert Kuhmann (#46567652)
Find A Grave member for 12 years, 7 months, 4 days.

Added by Robert Kuhmann on Sep 22, 2015 9:19 AM
RE: Luther Fillmore
Thank you, Janet, for the quick fix ~ let me be among the many who tell you your photographs are excellent - it is wonderful to see the sharp detail on these old stones! Cheers~ Shirleen
Added by history4sure on Sep 14, 2015 10:18 PM
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