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Janet Muff (#46951416)
 member for 9 years, 2 months, 17 days
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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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Nadeen Sobottka
Sarah Doolittle @ Mound Cem., Racine, WI
Hi Janet, just wanted to let you know that I've added a tombstone picture to your memorial for Sarah Doolittle. Regards, Nadeen
Added by Nadeen Sobottka on Jan 21, 2017 8:23 AM
John J. Nelson
Question: You have John J. Nelson listed as son of John Rogers Nelson and Jane McCarter. I'm having trouble proving this relationship - would you please tell me where you got your information that they are parents/son? Anything would be greatly appreciated!
Added by mozilla976 on Jan 16, 2017 11:22 AM
Deacon Mathew Barber and Hannah Barber
Hi Janet,

Would you be willing to take a picture of Deacon Mathew Barber and Hannah Barbers Tombstones in the same photo? I don't think they are side by side, So it would be nice to see how they really are in the cemetery.

Would you also be willing to take a picture of the whole cemetery without the sign? I would like to see where Deacon Mathew Barber and Hannah Barber are compared to Rev. Dan Kent.

I would appreciate it so much!

I have been there, but it was dark and I could not get photos.

Thank you so much!

I love Benson! It is a nice little town!

Added by Julie on Jan 15, 2017 2:35 PM
RE: Mary Jane (May) Winslow
You're Welcome. Mary Jane is my 4th Great Aunt.
Added by Agard-Wallace64 on Jan 11, 2017 10:44 PM
john komar
RE: Erlonzo Mansfield
Thanks for the info Janet.
Added by john komar on Jan 06, 2017 6:15 PM
James Jewett
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 50629123
Thanks Janet, if you magnify the death certificate you will see 25 Nov 1895. I want to say, I have made dozens of corrections on Find A Grave and you are the first to question them, and I mention that as a complement.
Added by James Jewett on Jan 03, 2017 4:42 PM
Susan Gates Davis
RE: Helena Ray Memorial# 28390918
Commercial Advertiser, Canton, NY, May 2, 1933, Page 8:
Miss Helena Reed and Mr. Gilbert Roy were married by Prof. Morrell Tuesday evening. They were attended by Mr. Wiltz Teal and Miss Dorothy Woods.

The Tribune-Press, Gouverneur, NY, January 28, 1970, Page 6, Sec. 1:
The funeral for Mrs. Helena Marion Ray, 58, Russell, will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at the family home, East Road, with the Rev. Stanley C. Vollmer, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in North Russell cemetery.
Mrs. Ray, wife of Gilbert F. Ray, died at her home Sunday morning. She had been disabled for years.
Surviving besides her husband are three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Harriette) Kinney, South Russell, Mrs. Lewis (Charlotte) O'Shew and Mrs. Alton (Linda) Guyette, North Russell; one sister, Mrs. Ceylon (Celia) Tousley, Canton, three brothers, Halstead Reed, Leo Reed and James Reed, all of Russell, and seven grand-children.
She was born Aug. 19, 1911 in the town of Russell a daughtr of Archie F. and Estelle L. Clark Reed. She attended Russell schools and was married to Gilbert Ray April 25, 1933 at Canton with the Rev. H. Philbrook Morrell officiating.
Added by Susan Gates Davis on Jan 03, 2017 8:26 AM
James Jewett
Find A Grave Memorial# 50629123
Hi Janet, not sure what the conflict is with the birth date for Leon Hadaway. I have not found a birth record. WWI and SS give birth as 25 Nov 1895 and WWII gives birth year as 25 Nov 1897. If I don't understand what the question is, my email , Jim Jewett
Added by James Jewett on Jan 03, 2017 8:08 AM
john komar
Erlonzo Mansfield
Janet could you tell me where you got the dates for his stone.
Added by john komar on Jan 02, 2017 2:50 PM
C. Eileen Dodge
RE: Elsie A. Dodge #143588933
On Ancestry and Family Search is a handwritten card with her birth date as 23 Jan 1834.

Her name was spelled Eley Ann Dodge - her father Daniel Dodge - mother's name not given.

Added by C. Eileen Dodge on Jan 01, 2017 12:07 AM
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