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sticksandstones (#46888135)
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Bio Photo BIO: Interested in genealogy, cemetery art, historical preservation, Colonial, Civil War, and present day history of the Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina low country regions, plus visiting historically significant cemeteries in the United States. My interests have lately focused on the Baynard, Barnwell, Bailey, Burrows, Elliott, Jenkins, Mikell, Jones, Smith and Whaley families of Beaufort, Edisto Island, Charleston, Columbia, Orangeburg, Port Royal, South Carolina.

Why Sticks and Stones?

I have to take a moment to express appreciation for a book I found about year 2000 in an independent bookshop on the 2nd floor of a building in Wake Forest, North Carolina. That book was ' Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers (Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts) by M. Ruth Little'. It spurned my interest in the historical and cultural aspects of cemeteries, and lured me into exploring the backwoods, and not so backwoods cemeteries of North Carolina and South Carolina, and eventually led me to join Find A Grave to help document and photograph stones for others to see.

I've stood in amazement looking at wooden gravemarkers over 300 years old, learned of the stone carvers trade, dominated by the Italian stone artists of Connecticut and Massachusetts, that were first imported to the south, and later done locally by stonecarvers who moved to the South. I learned about the distinct regions of distribution of peoples in NC,from many places; the Scot-Irish of the mountains, the Germans and Czechs(Moravians) of the piedmont, the English in east central NC, and the French Huegenots and Irish who settled along the coast. Many of the settlements were influenced by early Indian trade routes. I encourage you to get a copy for your taphology library.


Want to know how to convert the practice of stating a person's elapsed life span(example: 59 years 10 months 14 days)at the time of their death, into their date of birth? Use this Age Calculator Tool

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I will no longer do additional information/links etc from this message area... Please use the EDIT tab on the far upper right of each memorial for that.

Transfer are typically done by FIND A GRAVE Rules and Guidelines and with-in the generations noted..PLEASE read the rules carefully..... and do not expect to get transfers automatically, just because you state they are in your FAMILY lines. Please clearly state your relationship to the deceased.

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

I am more than happy to add detailed biographical information to memorials. Please upload it using the EDIT tab in the upper right, pasting it into the box in 'Make A Suggestion'.

You are free to use any of my photos for personal genealogy and family tree work. It would be much appreciated if you give credit to me as the photographer and be sure to note Find A Grave as the source. Please do not use my photos for any commercial purpose without contacting me. Thanks for assistance in this request.

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Again: Please use the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of the memorial when wanting additional information added... Please use the suggest a correction link.


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Mass Vet Mem Cem
William Baynard Whaley #113530273
Your request February 12, 2015:
"Please transfer our family member to us for management."

please follow your own enforced Find A Grave rules as stated in your profile:

"Per Find A Grave Newest Rules:

Please be aware of the rules when asking for transfers. Guidelines

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Please state your exact relationship when you contact me."
Added by Mass Vet Mem Cem on Apr 17, 2015 9:29 AM
Michael Carroll Memorial# 117642946
Sorry, if easier you can email me
Added by paula on Apr 16, 2015 6:19 AM
Michael Carroll Memorial# 117642946
Hello, Do you know if you have the rest of the family that would have been listed on the headstone and/or any other Carrolls in the cemetery? [Michael Carroll d.20Jul1884, Ballston Spa, NY]. I am VERY grateful for your work! I had looked at databases for the county and even called St Mary's BUT at the time they forgot to mention the office church records only start at 1885 so I would have given up and NEVER found my 2x's great grandfather if it wasn't for your work actually walking the cemetery!! I KNOW this is my family as you cited the inscription "husband of Catherine Behan" and I have the death cert of their son listing Catherine's maiden name. That citation was the clincher. THANK YOU for your work and any further info you may have.
Added by paula on Apr 16, 2015 6:18 AM
Floyd Christopher #71107416
Could you contact me via email regarding this memorial. Your birth date for him matches what I have from other sources but not what is inscribed on his grave.
Would like to ask about your sources to compare what I have.
Added by Carter on Apr 13, 2015 4:37 PM
Eileen Stana
Esther E Farrell Ballston Spa Cemetery
Thank you so much for the photo of my ancestors grave. Just a minor correction. She was Esther F (Farrell)Jones, as marked on the headstone. Her middle initial was actual M. You cannot know what a photo can mean to a person in Florida who has never visited a New York cemetery. Again my utmost thanks.
Added by Eileen Stana on Apr 04, 2015 2:30 PM
Carol Ciaramitaro
Frances E. "Fannie" (Brockman) Stokes
Just an FYI to let you know I looked at the rooms for names and I did not see where it states do not use a period after an initial. In fact, I found the opposite.
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Memorial Naming Conventions: Non-famous Memoials
- If a hyphen or an apostrophe is part of the name, use the punctuation.
- Use a period after names where only an initial is known. If the full name is known, use the full name and not the initial.
- Do not use any other punctuation within any Name Field.
- Do not use Full capitalization (ALL-CAPS) of names in any Name Field.
- Suffixes and Prefixes do not belong in any Name Field.
* * * * *
I did not remove the period as you requested. I also see you have duplicated several of my memorials for the siblings of Frances E. "Fannie" (Brockman) Stockes.

Have a nice day,
Added by Carol Ciaramitaro on Mar 12, 2015 9:06 AM
RE: Dr E H Heinitsh
Chip, I checked the obit index for Dr E H Heinitsh and can confirm: his obits appeared in early July, 1885, so he possibly died at the end of June.

Heinitsh, E.H. (Dr.)
... Heinitsh , E . H . ( Dr .) ...
Publication: The Christian Neighbor 7/2/1885
Description: Page: 110 Column: 6

Heinitsh, Edward H. (Dr.)
... Heinitsh , E . H . ( Dr .) ...
Publication: Columbia Daily Register 7/9/1885
Description: p.4 col.1
Added by Anna on Mar 05, 2015 10:36 PM
RE: Dr E H Heinitsh
Will recheck the dates on the obits and put the right date. Thanks for alerting me.
Added by Anna on Mar 04, 2015 9:28 PM
RE: Dr E H Heinitsh
E H Heinitsh has obits in the Columbia paper about 1858 (saw it in the obit index last week, may not be exactly the right year). I cant get those obits-have to order them or go downtown and look them up myself. I believe I saw an obit for his wife at a later date.
Added by Anna on Mar 02, 2015 2:15 PM
Maria Dougherty
RE: Mary E Moffett
How did you come across all these photos?
Added by Maria Dougherty on Feb 23, 2015 8:08 PM
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