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ohSunnyOne (#47178112)
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Bio Photo My Find-a-Grave activity is only moderately curtailed by that essential 'nuisance' of "having to earn a living". I generally respond to queries, SACs and requests as soon as I can get a round tuit. Sincere apologies for all delays, and thank you for your patience. =]) Beth

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A proud Canadian, I live in the Province of Ontario :D Locations of interest include all of Simcoe County (which is about an hour north of Toronto), plus Ancaster (west Hamilton) and the (former) County of Wentworth, which are due west of Toronto.
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My Mother, Margaret 'Marg' Mills, 1915 - 2014

My Dad, F/O William Ross 'Bill' Mills, 1908 - 1965, RCAF 1940-1945, 435(T) Squadron Burma 1944-'45

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Copyright courtesy requested! If you wish to use a photo that I have uploaded to a memorial here on Find-a-Grave, and post it to another website 'as yours', KINDLY ASK ME FIRST. In general, I don't mind if anyone uses my photos for their personal records, and I would hope my name would be included for the source file. But please, if you're going to post them to a FEE-BASED/SUBSCRIPTION website (including Ancestry, which as we all know ultimately profits from _everything_ contributed to their site), it would be nice if credit to the photographer (me) could be given within the posting. I don't know if other sites make this possible, but something such as: "Photograph taken by OhSunnyOne, Ancaster, Ont" would be appreciated.
Thank you for this consideration.

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"If we don't grab this data, it's gone. Stones are face down, fallen over. Some that we can read now, we won't be able to read later. Counties just don't have the resources to restore every cemetery." --
Gail Brown, coordinator faculty of the Geographic Information System program at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), on cemetery preservation and recording

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"God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am
so far behind that I will never die."
- Bill Waterson [creator, 'Calvin & Hobbes']

Visitor: What a nice town. Have you lived here all your life?
Old Lady: Nope. Not yet.

My next vehicle license plate cover will read:

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RE: Harry Nanton #107647093
You're right - obviously it's Aunt Kate! But I hadn't found the same listing you have with all the other names - so thank you!
Added by Cathy on Mar 19, 2015 4:08 PM
Use Of Your Photo Requested
Hello Beth,

I'm sorry, but I should have asked your first.

I used a gravestone image for Robert J. Culbert & family copied from one of your Find-A-Grave created pages:

I have used the image on my Culbert Family Genealogy Project website:

You can see what I have done if you go to Advanced Search and then enter I13483 into the "Person ID" space.

I have credited you for having provided the image.

If you can suggest more that I should do, I'd be happy to make changes.

If, however, what I have done is not acceptable, please let me know and I will promptly remove the image.

Thank you and best regards.

Jim Culbert
Added by jhculbert on Mar 19, 2015 2:39 PM
RE: Harry Nanton #107647093
Thank you so much for explaining the birth date & confirming that Mary Adina & Mary Georgina are the same person.

I have transferred the memorials to you - please feel free to make any changes.

I found the death certificate for Douglas Cameron on the BC website, but couldn't find one for Mary. There is a photo of their headstone on the Canadian Headstone website. Perhaps you can find an obituary for Mary.

I included a reference to the wedding photo being available on the Internet. I found one site that identified some of the people in the photo, but am wondering if William Hespeler's 3rd wife Catherine Keachie is also in the photo. The "Keachie's" are my connection to this family.

Added by Cathy on Mar 15, 2015 10:43 AM
RE: Augustus Harry Nanton #107647093
Thank you for creating these memorials. I added the parental link to William Hespeler. I don't know where her mother is buried (William is buried with his 3rd wife, who was sister of 1st wife)

I'm a bit confused on the children of the Nanton's. There appear to be two daughters:
Mary Adina b. 12 Jan 1887
Mary Georgina b. 1 Dec 1887

I can't find anything on what happened to Mary Adina.

I've been thinking about creating the memorials for Mary Georgina & Douglas Cameron (I found where they are buried). Would it be OK if I then transferred them to you? There's a great online photo of their wedding.
Added by Cathy on Mar 13, 2015 12:03 PM
Augustus Nanton #107647093
I wondered if Sir Augustus Nanton (1860-1925) is also buried in Saint Johns Cathedral cemetery. His first wife Georgina Hope Hespeler was a distant relative.
Added by Cathy on Mar 11, 2015 1:57 PM
Drew McKerlie
RE: Re: Phebe {Scott} Land
Thanks, Robert Sr. is my 6th great so decided to work on his family a bit trying to find where they are all buried.
Added by Drew McKerlie on Mar 06, 2015 10:26 AM
Wendy Loveday
Edmund Haynes - Barbados
Hi there. I read the information you have on the Haynes family. I can let you know that Edmund Haynes 1781 - 1846 must have had at least 1 child called Joshua Haynes. He would be born about 1815 & died in 1884 in Charlestown, British Guiana. I've no idea who he married but he's my 2xGGGrandfather. He went on to have my Great Grandfather, Edmund Stanley Haynes who was a captain with Sprostons in British Guiana. Edmund Stanley married 3 times & I'm descended from his 3rd marriage to Ellen Jane Allison.
Added by Wendy Loveday on Mar 01, 2015 10:26 AM
Kathy Westlake
Olive B Rodgers
Hi there, I appreciate all the work you do for Find A Grave.

I an questioning Olive's place of birth as Midhurst. Her father farmed in Tecumseth Township and Dunkerron Church is in West Gwillimbury Township. My guess is she was born and died on their farm.

I only live 5 miles away from Dunkerron and have taken my own photos and posted them on Ancestry.

My email is

Thank you again, Kathy
Added by Kathy Westlake on Feb 23, 2015 6:26 PM
Ruth Watkins (Pew) Jaynes
Mary Ann (Kidd) Cooke
Hello Beth,

Yandeau returned my messages and cleared up my confusion. Mary Ann is on the tombstone dated 1851, although practically destroyed now, through age. I had to blow up the photo and put on my reading glasses to see it!!!

Therefore, the only way I can make sense of it, is to treat my Mary Cooke living in 1861 to be a second wife of founder Thomas Cooke.

I have changed my Find A Grave entry to show the Mary living in 1861 as a second wife to Thomas Cooke. This is probably true as in looking at the 1861 census, she has a different religion than the rest of the family (Wesleyan Methodist). Everyone else is Episcopalian.

Sadly, I do not live close enough to a good Ontario collection genealogy library to research this, to see if I could find a marriage record for this marriage. Possibly, it's mentioned in one of the Mackenzie, Wilson, Reid marriage notice books, or it could be in a church record somewhere - either Wesleyan Methodist or Episcopal.

And, just like Thomas, I don't know where she is buried, and in her case, when she died. But, as with Thomas, I decided to put her in Cookstown United Church Cemetery. I particularly want to show her, as she has caused confusion.

I have also submitted a link to connect Mary Ann (Kidd) Cooke as a daughter of James and Mary (Ferris) Kidd.

I have also submitted links to show the children of Thomas and Mary Ann (Kidd) Cooke whose grave sites I know of, to have the mother Mary Ann (Kidd) Cooke who died in 1851.

Thank you for responding to me.
Added by Ruth Watkins (Pew) Jaynes on Feb 17, 2015 10:32 AM
Ruth Watkins (Pew) Jaynes
Mary Ann (Kidd) Cooke
Hello Beth,

Thank you for your lengthy e-mail to me and your belated warm Find A Grave welcome to me. I have already previously contacted "Yandeau" about the above memorial.

I do not believe that this person's maiden name is Kidd (nor Mary Ann). My "Mary Ann (Kidd) Cooke" was alive in the 1861 Canada census at Tecumseth Township, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada, living with Thomas as his wife. [My posting shows the census site.] Thus, I do not think she could be dead by 1851.

At this time, I do not know who the un-named wife (check the memorial - NO NAME) of Thomas Cooke is who died in 1851. I think whoever posted this had some wishful thinking going on. There were lots of Cook/Cooke's in Cookstown, and it might be the wife of one of the "second" generation Thomas Cooke's. I am hoping I will be able to figure this out.

I believe mine is the more "correct", but you can certainly do as you please with respect to this.

Regarding my unknown burial locations, I agree they are most probably buried in Cookstown Cemetery, but I have no proof. However, I have been thinking of doing what you suggested and just putting him and "my" Mary Ann (Kidd) Cooke into Cookstown Cemetery, because as you said, it makes sense, since he was the founder of the town.

I have this same problem with the Greenwood Cemetery in Georgetown, Halton County, and I am thinking of plopping people into that cemetery who I am pretty sure are buried there. I.E., the death record says Georgetown, or Esquesing Township, but NOT the name of the cemetery - typical for early Ontario deaths.

I am pleased that you shared this with me, because I think I am more encouraged now to "plop" when I don't know for sure. But it is ALWAYS a danger to "assume."

I am related to ALL of the Cooke/Cook's, Thompson's, and Kidd's in Cookstown and Halton County. Which is an INCREDIBLE amount of people. I am trying to enter them on Find A Grave now. Some have already been entered, and I am trying to work with the owners of the memorials to edit them, etc. I have extensive notes and some obits on these people, but won't post them unless I am the manager of the memorial, because it's just too hard to make corrections, if necessary.

You should know that in 2012, I attended the Ontario Genealogy Summer Camp in Toronto, and I am still processing the info I obtained from that trip.

I have asked Yandeau, just now, for a transfer of memorials. Since it was a "blanket" request for Cook/Cooke's, Thompson's, and Kidd's, I am not sure how she will respond to it. But I appreciate your suggestion, because I didn't have the nerve to ask until your e-mail.

Oh, and I've already donated items to the Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe, Norfolk County, and some items to Cookstown Public library. I haven't been to Cookstown since about 1995. I hope to go back.

Again thank you.
Added by Ruth Watkins (Pew) Jaynes on Feb 16, 2015 1:53 PM
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