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Mary Jo C. Martin (#46931071)
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Bio Photo I have been in the curious position of being an American in Australia since 1989. I have a great love for both countries. My accent is a weird mixture of both. I remain a Yank in Oz and an Aussie in the US. At least it's a great conversation starter!

I am married to an interesting and hard-working man, and we have two gorgeous children.

My vocation is education, teaching English to adult migrants and refugees. I get tremendous satisfaction from my work.

My passion is genealogy. I have been researching since 1983, a time when I had to duck secretively into the National Archives in case any of my friends saw me. The stories that I have uncovered, although not all happy ones, have inspired me and made me proud to be connected to the people who have come before me.

I am thrilled to have discovered Find a Grave, as it allows me to memorialise my loved ones and document the lives of other family members for posterity.

I am a strong believer that ordinary people live extraordinary lives. They are far more interesting to me than celebrities.

I have been very moved by the many stories that I have read on here. I enjoy reading a well-written and loving biography, and I admire people for being such a positive influence on those left behind.

Please take the time to check out a few of my loved ones, and flower them if their tales strike a chord. I will try to reciprocate.

I would love to make contact with any relatives of the individuals I have posted here, and I would be more than happy to transfer memorial administration to family members or friends. Please email me to facilitate this.
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RE: Katherine Foster gravestone
Mary Jo,

You are very welcome. It was a very easy request for me to fulfill on a beautiful day. Glad I could help.

Added by Cheviot on Dec 20, 2014 10:33 AM
RE: Re: Azariah H. Mathews
Mary Jo,

They are not in my family. I may have found them in the virtual stroll. I like to leave flowers on memorials with neat bios, pics or old stones and your people were born in the 1700's and seeing a stone that old still standing is amazing. Plus if no flowers are on a memorial i put one on because they were people who laughed, loved, cried and died and they deserve to be remembered.

Added by Kim on Dec 14, 2014 5:01 AM
Katherine Foster grave sent
Hi Mary Jo,

This headstone was an easy find although located in a rather remote location. Luckily for you, I live very close to this peaceful spot. The condition of the grave was very good, and as you can see, the inscription quite legible. It's a pretty little headstone, very fitting for a little girl. I admit that I shed a tear or two even though I don't know the family. What a loss it must have been. There must be a sad story behind this. The church just closed in the last few months and the property is for sale probably due to lack of members. Hope the photo fulfills your need.


Added by Cheviot on Oct 04, 2014 3:39 PM
Quaker dating
The memorials for Thomas P. Marshall (#25898545) and Sophie B. Marshall (#23523413) contain some erroneous information about Quaker dating. The Quakers, along with everyone else in England and her colonies, switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar on January 1, 1752. The only thing different about the Quakers was that, before and after the switch, they designated months by number rather than name. They declined to use the month names because some of them commemorated pagan Roman deities. From January 1, 1752 onward, the month numbers in Quaker records are exactly as we know them today: January is the first month and December is the 12th month. Inscribed on Thomas P. Marshall's gravestone is "Born 5th Mo. 9th, 1838" and "Died 11th Mo. 30th, 1908", so he was born on May 9, 1838, and died on November 30, 1908. On Sophie's stone it says "Born 11th Mo. 22nd, 1840", so she was born on November 22, 1840. The death date is probably inscribed below, but the stone appears to have sunk in the ground so it can't be read without digging. However, January, 1919, is undoubtedly correct based on the date of the obituary.
So only the death date of Thomas Marshall needs to be corrected, from January 30, 1909 to November 30, 1908. And I would strongly advise removing the comments about Quaker dating, which are incorrect and may lead others to make a similar mistake. It is only prior to January 1, 1752, that one must adjust the translation of month number to month name, along with other complexities that I won't go into unless you're really interested.
I apologize if this sounds a little critical, which it is not intended to be. Many people make mistakes with Quaker dating, most often in failing to make the proper corrections prior to 1752 rather than making unnecessary ones after that date. I just try to set the record straight whenever I get the chance.
Dave Mickle
Added by dmick on Sep 27, 2014 1:25 PM
Gaston Palavicino
Youre very welcome Mary Jo, anytime :)
Added by Gaston Palavicino on Sep 01, 2014 8:24 PM
Layna Jan Wilson
Hello...was ansering another message to me and reread yours below.
Then, you are related by marriage of a Trowbridge of mine to a Stowell.

Still, it's nice to know new relations...which Trowbridge was your Stowell married to?

Maybe we could talk further on our connections.

Blessings, Layna.
Added by Layna Jan Wilson on Aug 26, 2014 9:08 PM
Raymond Sassman
Thank you very much for the transfers!!!

Added by Raymond Sassman on Aug 12, 2014 8:48 AM
Scott Drake
Hi Cousin
Capt. Francis and his wife Mary Walker Drake
Where my 10th Great Grandparents
Added by Scott Drake on Aug 03, 2014 7:54 PM
RE: FAG #63722312
Thanks Mary Jo! You have been most helpful!! ~Anne
Added by annabanana47 on Jun 12, 2014 11:15 AM
Joseph Hampton
Hi Mary Jo - I enjoyed reading your bio. I have a question about your Joseph Hampton Find A Grave #49874257. He is my 6th grt grandfather and I am curious where you got his father's name and his birth place. The only info I have found so far is in the Hampton History book which states that Joseph was born in England, but it does not list parents. I am hot on this trail and very anxious to learn more - anything you could tell me would be most appreciated. p.s. my email is on my bio page if you prefer to communicate that way. Thanks! Anne
Added by annabanana47 on Jun 11, 2014 5:40 PM
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