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karen cuccinello (#47685196)
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Bio Photo I have worked on my family trees and others for over 30 years. My current interest is in Schoharie County NY history, more specifically the town of Summit where I live. I compiled, published and printed books on Schoharie County One Room Schoolhouses, The Schoharie Alps Town of Summit History, Murders and Funky Stuff in Schoharie County, Schoharie County Emergency Medical Services and Schoharie County Clubs & Lodges etc. If interested in purchasing any of them please let me know. My next book will be Spanish American War Veterans with connections to Schoharie County.
I got started taking pics of grave stones in looking for Civil War Veterans monuments. Now I take pics of any grave stones with an emphasis on all Veterans. I can spot a Span-Am flag holder in a cemetery from yards away.
My goal is to preserve any piece of history I can get my hands on, particularly in light of how much was lost in our area during Huricanes Irene & Lee.
You can also find my website at
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Shelmandine Family
Found more info, parents were Jacob & Keziah, Eli's wife was Margaret ?, John's Violetta Winnie. Can't find the resting place of any of their kids either. Drew a blank on Lorenzo, no one has seemed to post a family tree for him. They've all disappeared too. All out in some long forgotten family plot out in the fields or woods.
Added by pjt on Jun 01, 2015 7:11 PM
Shelmandine Family
Hi Karen, Eli B, John and Lorenzo all enlisted in the 134th. Per pension record Eli died June 18, 1920 in Blenheim. I have no info on the other two. Their not on Find A Grave. They didn't take a hankering to military service, as all three skidadled, John after being wounded at Gettysburg. I see many Shelmandine's buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, whose lives overlapped the Civil War years, but these three boys seem to have disappeared into the myst's of time. I was wondering if you have ever heard of a family cemetery where they might be hiding out? Paul
Added by pjt on Jun 01, 2015 2:03 PM
Albert Wilday
Hi Karen, Great news, thanks for the information. Did he have a wife, or kids, there too? Will check your the e-mails real soon. How are things, history wise, in Schoharie County? I miss going to the little libraries and cemeteries and poking around. Haven't found any 134th soldiers in San Diego County. Found a couple in LA though. Paul
Added by pjt on May 28, 2015 5:52 PM
Albert S Wilday 134th NY
Hi Karen, Albert served as a private in the 134th NY, Co. G. A government military headstone was provided for him. The fed gov record says "Barnerville Village Cemetery. On Find A Grave I only see two cemeteries there, the Barnerville Cemetery with 18 people and the Barnerville Methodist Church Cemetery with 2. I supposed he could be in the 18 person, his stone long buried. But I'd think such a small cemetery would have been well researched over the decades, especially during the DAR canvassing of cemeteries.

Do you know if there was a village cemetery there that's name changed. Or any other ideas?

Best to you. Paul
Added by pjt on May 28, 2015 8:58 AM
Albert Wilday
Hi Karen, Not home right now. I'll re-send the e-mail when I get home later this afternoon. Paul
Added by pjt on May 27, 2015 2:13 PM
Albert S. Wilday 134th NY
Hi Karen, I just noticed that I don't see the em I sent you, on him, in my sent folder. I'm wondering if I had a tech failure on and it didn't send. Paul
Added by pjt on May 27, 2015 9:10 AM
Albert S. Wilday 134th NY
Hi Karen, Just sent you an em on him. Paul
Added by pjt on May 25, 2015 5:49 PM
Mark Fonda
Isaac Allen Fonda
Thanks for adding the gravestone photo for Isaac Allen Fonda and wife Lucinda Seward Smith at

Unfortunately these memorials are duplicates and will be deleted soon.

Can you upload the photo to the original memorials at
or allow me to copy and paste the photo?
Added by Mark Fonda on May 19, 2015 8:18 PM
Sylvester Neer
Hi Karen, hope all of the snow has melted. Sylvester served in the 134th. He enlisted in Cobleskill; but was born in Summit, and lived in Summit after the war. The 1890 Vet's register showed him still living there. He, and his parents, Philip B. Neer & Pamlia (Pamela?) Spitzer have disappeared into the myst's of time. Do you have any idea what became of them? Paul
Added by pjt on Apr 14, 2015 8:16 PM
joy michelle
William Van Valkenburg
Hi Karen; thank you for posting William VV's obituary; where might I ask did you find it (which news source and date?) thank you again!!
Added by joy michelle on Feb 21, 2015 6:44 PM
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