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Deborah Rudy (#47416386)
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Bio Photo I saw my aunt spend more than 2 decades on foot, in letters of inquiry and on the phone, tracing our maternal line back to three different passengers on the Mayflower. It's simply wonderful now to be able to do so much ancestor research online.

I'm tracing my paternal line, which is presenting many challenges. They traveled from northern Switzerland and Germany to PA in the early 1700's and their records and graves are well hidden by the passage of time. When I do find them, I know I will want to see photos of their graves, to glean data and leads, and will need help from Find A Grave photo volunteers. So, in return, I am happy to help fulfill requests for photos of your ancestors headstones in my hometown cemeteries or nearby.

I know the frustration of finding a long lost relative's grave on Find A Grave, but only seeing the year of birth, year of death and partial name entered, and no headstone photo. So I am adding as many headstone photos and bios as I can to already posted, name/date only memorials from cemeteries in my hometown from the 1700, 1800 and early 1900's that have no photo or bio.

I work from actual headstones, not from published lists of graves, and I confirm my photo data with Federal census records, town records, historical county records, birth, marriage and deaths from church records and Federal mortality schedules. Every fact for any photo or memorial I post has been researched. So if you send me an edit, please also cite the source of the edit information.

On the new memorials that I post, I am adding whatever local info about the person that I can find. I have spent many hours trying to translate and/or decipher worn away letters on hundreds of local headstones.

If, in turn, my helping others to find their ancestors, will lead to someone finding my long lost PA. Shaffer pre-1860 kinfolk, their first names, and their burial places, then the kindness will come full circle.

Working to decipher the words on the oldest headstones, before they become too weathered to read, is not just my hobby, but a way to preserve the past.
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Sorry Deborah,

I found him after edits were accepted. Details from Pa. Death Certificate.

in the Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963

Name: Josiah Welker
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 88
Birth Date: 31 Oct 1837
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Death Date: 14 May 1926
Death Place: Derry, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Father: Jonas Welker
Mother: Cook
Certificate Number: 58633 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
Added by MTeed on Aug 12, 2016 6:58 AM
Hi Deborah,

I'm not sure which memorial you are referring too? I checked all my outstanding edits and can't locate one(s) submitted to you. I'm not sure about anything with regards to a Welker?


Michael Teed
Added by MTeed on Aug 12, 2016 6:15 AM
RE: Gloria Blanche

Blanche is right next to Leroy Frost # 22998396. According to his info, he was married in Aug 1930. Which makes the timing reasonable for an Infant death but I did not link them together.

Added by Jim on Aug 10, 2016 4:30 PM
RE: Mary Shoop
Dear Deborah,

Thank you for your interest in Mary Alice [Geiger] Creswell/Shoop. Lots of names in there so I understand your request. Her obituary is posted on “On Wednesday evening at her late residence, Mrs. Alice Shoop, nee Geiger, wife of G.W. Shoop Jr., died from paralysis at the age of 52 years. Mrs. Shoop leaves besides her husband, three daughters and one son by a former husband, Michael Criswell, Mrs. Frank Kreiser, Mrs. John Smith and Maggie and William Criswell. In February, 1901, Mrs. Criswell was married to George W. Shoop, Jr. The funeral…” Further the death certificates of her first husband, two daughters (Harriet Eleanor and Hattie May), and her son (William G.- probably Geiger, not yet verified) refer to (Mary) Alice Geiger and Michael Criswell/Creswell/Cresswell. The spelling of the last name varies across documents/graves/censuses. Census data from 1860 and 1870 show her name as Mary Geiger and in 1880 Mary A. Creswell. her parents were William Geiger (1815-1887) and Harriet Eleanor [Felty] Geiger (1836-1867). Her mother and daughter were both named Harriet Eleanor and often referred to as Ellen. Hope this is useful. All the best, Julie

P.S. I am a Geiger ancestor going back to Dauphin County and am tracing this family line, but records are sketchy. Probably many were destroyed during floods of the Susquehanna.
Added by Julie on Aug 04, 2016 11:33 PM
RE: St Albans

For the St Albans Village & Maloon entries, I use, first of all, the stones themselves as the prime source and then the PDF files St Albans has online. Any differences and the stone data is used. Missing data only comes from the PDF's.

Any changes you need to do is okay with me as long as it agrees with the headstone data.

Yes, I have seen typo's and missing info.

I am sorry to create so many changes but with a digital camera, I just take all the stones in a cemetery and sort them out at my leisure making change request as needed. I have about 100 left to process from my last outing.


Added by Jim on Aug 03, 2016 6:56 PM
RE: Bretz-Henry
Regarding the link between Amanda (Henrie) Bretz and her parents, Samuel and Catherine (Williamson) Henry. In the memories section of Amanda Henry’s page on LHD1-38R are copies of two documents linking her to Samuel and Catherine Henry. The 1840 census also shows the John Bretz (father of Daniel) family living very close to the Samuel Henry family. Death certificates of a couple of her children also confirm that Amanda’s maiden name was Henry. Thank you for asking for documentation.
Added by CarrieVirginia on Jun 11, 2016 1:55 PM
Walter Hooker
RE: Rockwell
Yes. Pearl was married to Murry Davis Hooker, they were the parents of my grandfather Chester Reuben Hooker.
Added by Walter Hooker on Jun 07, 2016 9:43 PM
Walter Hooker
RE: Rockwell
Yes, you may be right about the history I have. My great grandmother was Pearl (Oviatt) Hooker. Today I went to the Washington state Library and found the obit for Samuel J. Rockwell in the Bellingham Herald. Is that something you might be interested in having?
Walter Hooker
Added by Walter Hooker on Jun 07, 2016 8:32 PM
Walter Hooker
Samuel Jones Rockwell
Hello Deborah,
My name is Walter Hooker. Thanks for posting the photo of my 3x great grandfather Samuel Rockwell. Are you related somehow? I noticed you mentioned having another photo of him. Are you willing to share? I have a written history if you would like. Thank you again for the photo you shared.
Added by Walter Hooker on Jun 06, 2016 4:30 PM
Lee Winters III
Sara A. Shaffer
She is indeed buried next to her mother at Mt. Tunnel Cemetery. I could provide you GPS coordinates of the stone's location if you like.
Added by Lee Winters III on May 29, 2016 9:00 AM
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