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tofftroy (#47791412)
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Bio Photo Some tough nuts to crack, cracked by a cracked nut who got through them with a little help (or sometimes a lot) from friends and correspondents:

John Augustus Baum (1840-1842)
Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York
Dates legible, but names chiseled off completely. It actually proved possible to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty why it was that the names had been chiseled away.

Frederick Biehler (1853-1889)
Fisher Cemetery (St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery), Bethlehem, New York
An obituary used a name for this Albany patrolman's cemetery that's a name nobody today knew at all; once identified, extant church records were crucial for confirmation. Killed in the line of duty, yet his name isn't included on the NYS Police Officers Memorial as it should be; only the Albany Police can submit his name, yet the Chief evidently doesn't care to do so.

Joel Covington, Sr (1830-1911)
Hebron Cemetery, Clio, South Carolina
It's not every day one can fulfill a photo request for a picture of the person (rather than of the headstone) with a picture of the person standing by his own headstone.

James Harty (1835-1853) A headstone, most of the inscription crumbled away to dust, though with "Lafayette Engine Co. No. X" still showing. It still proved possible to identify the deceased even without a legible name or date.

Millie Levy (1887-1888)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
A name only inscribed; no dates. It turned out she's the granddaughter of a Rabbi.

Emil "Soup Greens" Siefert (d. 1896)
Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Allegedly his grave is marked just by parsley! If it's unmarked today, see if you can plant some soup greens for him?

Charles Smith (1821-1875)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
Almost entirely illegible due to wear, discoloration, and biological growths; the headstone was identified in large part by process of elimination with reference to past transcriptions.

Helen Lowray Snow (1842-1845) The photo and linked story are both poetically apropos, I hope.

Laura Wise (1847-1849) No recognizable headstone, location of grave unknown, no burial records. Cracked - but not quite solved.

Does NYS Governor Frank Swett Black (1843-1913) have no monument at all?

Where are headstones or monuments (if any) for Cornelius Jacobsen May, Willem Verhulst, Peter Minuit, Sebastiaen Jansen Krol, Wouter van Twiller, Willem Kieft, Francis Lovelace, Anthony Colve, Edmund Andros, Anthony Brockholls, Thomas Dongan, Francis Nicholson, Jacob Sloughter, Richard Ingoldesby, Benjamin Fletcher, Richard Coote, John Nanfan, Edward Hyde, John Lovelace, Gerardus Beekman, Robert Hunter, William Burnet, John Montgomerie, Rip Van Dam, William Cosby, George Clinton, Danvers Osborn, Henry Moore, James Robertson, and Andrew Elliot?
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bill preston
Sylvester North - Sec. F Oakwood Cem.
Thank you for updating his memorial. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Feb 12, 2016 1:15 PM
Agnes Finley
Thanks for pointing that out to me! Sometimes I get in 'the zone' and only hone in on dates and nothing else.
Added by Danielle on Feb 11, 2016 3:27 PM
Susan Seacord Jackson
Ebenezer Wilson
Thank you for the additional information on Ebenezer Wilson in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. I enjoy finding some of these stones that soon may not be legible or with enough information left to give information for who they might have been. I have added the information to the memorial. I usually credit the contributor for this information but not sure how to do that. If you would like that added, let me know the best way to do that.
Added by Susan Seacord Jackson on Jan 30, 2016 11:41 AM
James E. Merchant
Thanks for the great photo you posted on James' memorial and also for letting me know that his burial was changed. I appreciate all the work you do. Barb
Added by BJW on Jan 26, 2016 7:28 AM
RE: Old Mount Ida Cemetery
Thank you very much for that link! That will keep me busy! :) Do you guys need any help with this project? Let me know!
Added by Laura on Jan 16, 2016 12:03 PM
Old Mount Ida Cemetery
I noticed you had several names listed together on several entries, but no photo. Example: 150175722. Does this imply that they may be on the same marker? Or nearby each other? Thanks for any help you can give, I'm trying to figure out a confusing family!
Added by Laura on Jan 16, 2016 10:57 AM
Janice Tefft
RE: Spiegletown Cemetery
I'm retired now, so if you go clean it up, I can help
Added by Janice Tefft on Jan 12, 2016 9:33 AM
Janice Tefft
Spiegletown Cemetery
I noticed you took most of the photos for this cemetery. Do you think you did every one you could find?
Added by Janice Tefft on Jan 12, 2016 6:07 AM
Karen Sipe
Ellen and Mary Jane Buchan
Thanks for such a quick reply.
Added by Karen Sipe on Jan 11, 2016 4:12 PM
Karen Sipe
Ellen and Mary Jane Buchan
Ellen 117525491 and Mary Jane Buchan 149982807
You have kindly posted these two memorials and add pictures. Thank yous so much. It appears they are two of my Stephen Buchan's missing children.

From your pictures it looks like they are inscribed on the same tombstone, is that true? If not do you remember if they are buried near each other?

You are wonderful for to take time to post to Find A Grave.
Karen 46846911

Added by Karen Sipe on Jan 11, 2016 12:31 PM
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