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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 6 months, 13 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Deborah Zimmerman McCoy, OBGC Historian
Charles & Ednah Lewis
Thanks again for the transfer. Yes I do have the d on Charles, I really didn't know him, it was his wife that is family and she would come to Columbus all the time and he stayed in Akron doing his practice, civic and fraternal things. If you are willing write his, and I will do hers. Either way is cool with me, I just appreciate you giving them to me to manage.
Added by Deborah Zimmerman McCoy, ... on Sep 01, 2015 3:31 PM
Deborah Zimmerman McCoy, OBGC Historian
Charles & Ednah Lewis
Thanks, she met him while he attending medical school in Columbus. I have her bio, so between we'll have their memorial complete so to speak. This is awesome! ☆(❁‿❁)☆
Added by Deborah Zimmerman McCoy, ... on Sep 01, 2015 11:52 AM
Douglas King
RE: Ohio Western Reserve
Yes I have used obits and official VA records, be careful on the obits, when they say burial at . A later date it could be years in the case of cremation.
Added by Douglas King on Aug 31, 2015 6:56 PM
Dennis Brandt
RE: Conrad Waldsmith
And the odds are you will never find that contemporary source for his birth date. Even if you do, you often can't count on it being any more accurate than the calculated value because that is largely how birth dates were maintained then.
Added by Dennis Brandt on Aug 31, 2015 5:39 AM
Karen Mickel Bennett
RE: Henry Bennett
Hi Zella,
Yes, what a stroke of good luck we had!!! Amazing you happened to be out there! It was obviously meant to be!

Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Aug 28, 2015 9:04 AM
RuthAnn Wilson
RE: Jenkins

Thanks for the information.

According to Ancestry, Lydia Barbara Showalter. Her parents were Christian Showalter and Mary Showalter. Yes, Mary's maiden name was also Showalter. If they were related it was several generations back; Christian's family was German and Mary's Swiss. They lived in Perry County, PA.

Added by RuthAnn Wilson on Aug 24, 2015 9:22 PM
RuthAnn Wilson

First: For your records, Simon Ross Cooper #12273078 is the father of Martha Jenkins #12655821. I notice that you had a Martha listed with no surname. (Geeseytown Cemetery.) I have a copy of Martha's death notice.

Second: I am researching the Jenkins/Wilson family. Martha Jenkins was married to James, as you have noted. Margaret Jenkins (#26623475) was married to David and the mother of James, as you have noted. I cannot find any burial link to David or James. Is there anyway that I can verify if David and James are buried and when in Geeseytown Cemetery? Cemetery Association, master burial list?

Do you remember how you were able to determine the relationships between Martha, James, David, and Margaret?

Many Thanks with any help that you can offer.

RuthAnn Wilson
Added by RuthAnn Wilson on Aug 24, 2015 1:37 PM
Karen Mickel Bennett
Henry Bennett
Thank you Zella for taking the time to send me such valuable information to add to his memorial! I appreciate you sharing this information and so will future generations to come. People like you are what makes Find A Grave such a success. Thank you again......
Added by Karen Mickel Bennett on Aug 24, 2015 7:57 AM
Jean Libby
RE: abolitionist John Brown family
The descendant who maintains the graves will get the information you have found.

I am putting it my book revision which is coming out Sept. 15.

If you send your email I will post a pdf of the Akron page on it for you.

Much appreciation!!

Added by Jean Libby on Aug 20, 2015 10:27 AM
John Dawson
RE: Lucille McCurdy
Sorry, I was trying to help a friend that is related to Rollin P. McCurdy (son of Robert & Lucille). Rollin's death record gives her name as Lucille Taylor. Maude was the daughter of Robert and Lucille, her death record (Maude I Klein) gives mother's name as Lucille Taylor. After I sent the edit to you, I found Maude's marriage record Wisconsin that gives her mother's name as Lucille Jones. SO I am not sure what is correct. Death record information is only as good as the informant's knowledge. Rollin P. McCurdy's marriage record also gives his mother's name as Lucille Taylor. Thanks for the work.

Added by John Dawson on Aug 18, 2015 4:33 AM
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