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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: Meeting House Cemetery
Glad that you were able to get to the cemetery listing on Ancestry. I didn't make a copy of the other cemeteries as I was doing some volunteer research for someone and saw this cemetery with their ancestors in it.
Sometimes those very old stones are tough to has difficulty telling between a "1" and a "7" etc and so any kind of inscription information is always helpful.
Good luck,
Added by Sara on Mar 30, 2015 4:59 PM
RE: Meeting House Cemetery
Trying to find the information that one wants on Ancestry can be so frustrating you much more information than you could ever use and doesn't give you what you want!!

Here goes...

Go to the "Search" section at the top of the page.
Scroll down to card on it.

The card catalog will come up...and under "title" type in "gravestone inscriptions" and click search.

32 results will come on the one that is the 18th one down the just says "Gravestone inscriptions".

On the right side of the page that comes up are the 7 cemeteries in this book..among them are Old Congregational Cemetery Pittsford Vt.

Let me know if you have any problems,

Added by Sara on Mar 30, 2015 2:38 PM
RE: Lincoln Andrus
Oops! I removed the photo. Thanks for letting me know.
Added by NANCY M on Mar 30, 2015 9:16 AM
RE: Meeting House Cemetery
I found the transcription from this cemetery. It was taken from Ancestry..gravestone inscriptions from 1937 for Old Congregational it was not taken from Margaret Jenks extensive work.

My intention was to transcribe this material that was from 1937 because 76 years later (when it was inputted) it was not already in Find A Grave and would assist others with finding their ancestors.

In the future...if you have any questions about a source of information..please ask me or other contributors..first..where we obtained the information from and do not assume that we have obtained the material improperly. Aren't people innocent until proven guilty and not the other way around??

Added by Sara on Mar 30, 2015 7:35 AM
M.L. Devall
Benjamin Bradley (Memorial #130112598)
It should be Benjamin Bradley. If look at the copy of his death record on, it lists "Mr. Benjamin Bradley." The way its written through could be mistaken as "Wm." for William.
Added by M.L. Devall on Mar 30, 2015 7:11 AM
Jonathan Laing
RE: Titus Lyon Family
Memorials created.

Added by Jonathan Laing on Mar 29, 2015 2:07 PM
Jonathan Laing
Titus and Phebe Family
Awesome. I can create the memorials. If you have the pictures that would be great.

Added by Jonathan Laing on Mar 29, 2015 1:52 PM
Jonathan Laing
Titus Lyon Family
Ok, Here are the kids.

Eliza Jennie Lyon Francis (Wells Town Cemetery)
Margaret Lyon Kelly (Scottsville)
Martha Lyon Wiley
Charles Lyon (Scottsville)
Frank J. Lyon and Edith Sherbono?
Unknown Male Lyon (Scottsville) died young
George Lyon (Scottsville) died young
Mary Lyon (Scottsville)died young
Myra Sabina Lyon Warner (Scottsville)

Seems like Scottsville is a good place to start.
Added by Jonathan Laing on Mar 29, 2015 9:56 AM
Jonathan Laing
RE: TItus Lyon

Good to hear from you again. It has been a while. If you run across Titus and Phebe in your journeys. Can you keep an eye out for Titus' mother, Thankful Mattison. Her husband Jacob Lyon is in Mettawee with his second wife Anna.

Thankful was the daughter of Ishmael and Deborah Parris Matteson. They have to be up there someplace. Last I knew Ishmael died in Danby area. He had quite a few kids.

I found a mention of one daughter married a John M. Bishop. She was a daughter of Ishmael and Deborah.

Thanks for your help. Maybe this year, I will make another trip up to the area.

Added by Jonathan Laing on Mar 29, 2015 9:49 AM
Sheila Larson
RE: headstone photo
OK, Janet, will do. :)
Added by Sheila Larson on Mar 28, 2015 9:36 PM
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