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JanisG (#47652946)
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Bio Photo As for the Saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3

If you would like us to add/edit info on a memorial, please include the sources for your information.


Walking through a cemetery and reading the headstones has always been a fun hobby for my grown daughters and me, but Find A Grave has made it more of an "obsession". We live in North Central Ohio (aka "rural America"), so we get to see some long-forgotten stones in out-of-the-way places.

You may use any of our uploaded photographs of headstones, without prior permission, for all non-commercial purposes. Non-grave photos may not be used without specific and written permission.

Additional information is often taken from the deceased's birth, marriage and death records. Birth date is always calculated, using the age on the tombstone, when possible.

We GLADLY transfer memorials, as long as it isn't one of our relatives or some special stone which we've "adopted". Just ask through the "edit" button. We're working our way through Morrow County, Ohio, but have absolutely no family there. We'd love for these memorials to be in the hands of someone who will care for them.

If you take a better-quality photo than one which we've posted or just want the space back on your memorial, just let us know. We'll be happy to delete our photos.

We're having a blast! It's just the running, snarling dogs that we don't like . . .

In the beginning of my association with FindAGrave, I did not calculate birth years. However, having used Find A Grave extensively, I have changed my mind completely. If I am looking for John Smith, let's say (which I often am), it's great if I can filter the search page to show me only John Smiths born before 1840 or 1880 or whatever. This means that I don't need thirty hours to plow through ALL John Smiths (or other names, of course). It is a wonderful search filter but is only as good as the memorials created on here.

If only the number of years is given on a headstone, then I just subtract the number of years from the death year, mark the bio section with "Birth date calculated using age on headstone." and let folks read the transcribed inscription or look at the photo. Researchers will quickly see that the birth year may be off by one year. It does, however, allow them to even find the memorial in the first place.

If there is a full age on the headstone or death record (e.g., 36y 10m 26d), then it seems a no-brainer to include the actual date. There is only one way to calculate these dates (backwards--days first, then months, then years), and the bio section can be marked the same as aforementioned.

Most deaths records contain some kind of age. A good transcriber will make this info available to the researcher and allow the end user to double-check calculations. Since there are SO many errors on headstones, worldwide, all info needs to be double-checked, anyway.

I just finished a defunct cemetery here in Ohio. Everyone seemed to be named Thomas Thomas, Evan Evans or William Williams (huge Welsh influx). I was happy to include possible birth years, in order to help researchers actually find the people. Sure it took a little longer to do, but what good are a lot of memorials which no one can find?
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William Perry Waltman
Thank you for all the photos. He is one of my several times removed ancestors. I did see this grave and statue, but it has been quite a few years ago and the pictures I took have faded. Yours are much better.
I was told at the time that Perry sent, or went, to France to have this statue made. It seems to have weathered very well.
Find a Grave is so wonderful for those of us who live several states away from the largest part of our ancestors. We, my husband and I, used to make trips back east about every summer before the advent of computers; now I can find almost as much on my computer as I did "in the field," but walking cemeteries, looking at dusty books in court houses was much more rewarding.
Barbara K. in Kansas
Added by Barbie on Jun 30, 2015 4:03 PM
Richard Rieck
John McCracken #141692257
While en route to California on Bear River, Idaho, Harrison Mattoon wrote on June 30, 1850 in his diary "Found a company [wagon train] who had been lying here a week with a sick man, but he died today. His name is J. McCracken from Chesterville O. Three of our boys are well acquainted with him."

In view of the similarity in names, death year and home it seems that John McCracken may actually be buried in Idaho as it was impossible to carry a body a thousand miles or more in the heat of summer. It was not common for families to erect a memorial marker or cenotaph in the family plot in honor of person who died and was actually buried on the trail. So there is a possibility that the JMC stone might only be a memorial.

Thought you might be interested.
Richard Rieck
Added by Richard Rieck on May 01, 2015 12:32 PM
RE: Ben Sawyer 123157924
These are not my near relatives; transfer if you wish. [The inscriptions for Ben and Charlott stones are at Western Reserve (Cuyahoga County Cem Inscriptions pg 426)]
Added by cw-sawyers on Apr 15, 2015 5:30 PM
Ann Riding
John Thomas and Mary Ellen Brollier
Thank you so much for the beautiful photo of the headstone of John Thomas and Mary Ellen McKinney Brollier #103529605. The other photo to help locate the memorial in the cemetery is very useful, too. I haven't been to Rivercliff since I was young with my grandmother, the granddaughter of John and Mary.

Also, thank you for all of the other beautiful photos taken. Many of my ancestors are at rest in Morrow County. When I would visit my grandmother, we would drive around the county and she would show me these many resting places, hoping that they would not be forgotten. She would be, actually is very likely happy for people like you and the technology of Find A Grave.

I have used, as your permission indicates, and with credit, your photos on the Family site: If this is not ok with you, please let me know and I will remove them.

Ann Riding

Added by Ann Riding on Apr 05, 2015 1:18 PM
Chris Nelson
RE: Protestan Cemetery at Penang
Thank you!

And you're doing some amazing work yourself, poring through records like that!

Added by Chris Nelson on Feb 09, 2015 1:54 AM
Kathey King
Andrew Holmes (A.H.) Payne
Good morning Janis G,

On the above person, # 89527088, you have stated that he was the son of Andrew and Ann (Adcock) Payne. Can you tell me where you found the information on his mother?

We have been researching the line and are having a hard time verifying the mother.

Thanks for your help,
Kathey King
Added by Kathey King on Jan 29, 2015 6:26 AM
Susan Cocker Hopkins
Grave stone interpretation james M S. Robinson # 80528504

Thanks for transferring this grave to me to manage. I've come across a Family Register for David & Sarah Robinson and their children written into David's notebook. It appears to give information for the James. M. S. Robinson whose grave you found. For the last three children it does the following:

Bracket in front of the following two names entered on separate lines:
J.M.S. Robinson
J. L. Robinson was born March
5th 1830 D. Hull [Huff ?] Robinson was born
April 14th 1835"

You transcribed the stone of James M. S. Robinson as
Mar 1 1838
2y 10m 26d "
and you calculated that his birth date was 4 April 1835. This is 10 days before the Family Register says D.Hull Robinson was born.

Some conundrums will never be explained and this is certainly not a biggie here. But, if you make it back to Souslin Cemetery and are inclined to photograph / reread his stone, I'd appreciated hearing from you.
Many thanks, Susan Hopkins #48194321

Added by Susan Cocker Hopkins on Jan 25, 2015 1:34 PM
R & R
Isabelle A Davis Gearhart - Links
Thank you so much for sending the updates to her memorial.

We just wanted to let you know that we made the link to her mother's. Unfortunately, we were not able to make the link to her father's memorial as the burial is unknown disposition. Per Find A Grave policy unknown burials are not permitted and thus we follow Find A Grave policy by not linking to these memorials.
Please let us know if at any point in the future the disposition of her father is located and we will be happy to link to the updated memorial.

Have a great weekend.
Added by R & R on Jan 22, 2015 5:11 PM
Old Warren Cemetery
CT Strong
How are you related to the CT Strongs?
Added by Old Warren Cemetery on Jan 21, 2015 10:23 PM
RE: Arnold Cemetery in Perry, Licking, Ohio
I removed John's age and linked Martin to his parents. If you have any other addition or corrections, I would be glad to make the changes.

I have never done any research specifically on the Arnold name. It is not a common name in Perry Township. The only burials are at this cemetery and at Pleasant Hill, which are geographically, relativity close. They range from 1835 to 1908.

If you have never visited the Arnold Cemetery, it is very small. I do have a list of the location of the markers in the cemetery, if it is any value to you. They are listed by the row, beginning at the left of the cemetery.

If I can help you with anything, please let me know.

Added by Allbaugh on Jan 01, 2015 10:04 AM
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