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Mary Beth (#46929024)
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Bio Photo Hello I've been researching my family genealogy for the last 18 years. And in doing so, I've walked through many cemeteries. I love cemeteries, I always have, they're peaceful and full of history. During the day, they are rather park like. And at night they can be eerie. I especially like old cemeteries, and I like to take walks through them and read tombstones. If you find that you are searching any of the surnames, please feel free to contact me.

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Debbie Dunkle
errors regarding Andrew Jackson Smith
Hi Mary Beth

The wrong information is listed for Andrew Jackson Smith, buried in the Buckingham Friends Cemetery. He was the son of John Smith and Sarah Moody. He was only married once and that was to Mary Jane Slack. Unfortunately in Bucks County there were 2 kids born around 1846, one to William D. Smith and the other to John Smith. Both men were married in the Presbyterian church in Doylestown; the one to Jane Kohl and the other to Mary Jane Slack. The one buried in Buckingham Friends Cemetery is my great grandfather, son of John Smith and Sarah Moody and married to Mary Jane Slack.
Added by Debbie Dunkle on Jun 18, 2016 11:44 AM
KENNETH MILANO
Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington
Dear Sir/Madam:

I am writing to you because you are listed as a person who posted a burial on the Find-A-Grave website for Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington.

I have been researching this cemetery for awhile and I have yet to find a record of the cemetery closing or the bodies being removed, and yet it must have happened. I'll be going to Orphans Court this next week to check some further records, otherwise it has been very difficult to find anything.Harrisburg's PHMC has nothing on this cemetery.

The cemetery above the ground does not exist. It has been paved over. The best I can tell is that it was active from 1832 to about at least 1868, which is the last burial at the cemetery that was found by Charles Barker, a Philadelphia cemetery historian, who wrote a monumental work back in 1947 that was never published, but which the mss exists at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

In the 1820s the fashion of creating mutual beneficial association cemeteries came into vogue. Prior to that it was churchyards and potter's fields, with a very occasional odd cemetery like Kensington's Kensington Burial Ground, a.k.a. Palmer Cemetery, where the Palmer family in 1765 gave the community a burial ground and it was not related to any particular church.

There were 5 mutual grounds founded south of Philadelphia, and at least 3 north of Philadelphia, the 3 in Kensington (Union Harmony Burial Ground part of the Hanover Grounds, Union Burial Ground of Kensington and Northern Liberties a.k.a. West Street, a.k.a several other names, and Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington).

However, these were beneficial societies, and thus once the original generation died off, the organizations seemed to have failed as well, and they were taken over by local funeral directors, etc. Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington does not seem to have officially owned the cemetery grounds, rather they used the grounds to bury their members, with Nicholas Helverson seeming to be the man that did the burials (he was from down on Fairmount Avenue, and was an undertaker).

So as the cemetery either filled, or the society folded, the burial ground became defunct, and eventually was "presumably" removed and things were built on top of it.

Right now the cemetery is "sealed" and protected. However, there is a chance of the buildings on top of it coming down and the ground being disturbed.

We (a concerned group of preservationists, historians, neighbors, and folks with family burial in the burial ground) have researched the cemetery and wrote up an historical nomination application. It first has to get on the calendar for the designation committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC), once on the calendar the application will be heard by said committee, they give it a thumbs up or thumbs down, or they ask you to tweak it and come back to next meeting, or if it gets a thumbs up, it goes to the full board of the Historical Commission for the same process, a thumbs up or down or a request to tweak and return.

At present we are at the point where we are trying to get the application scheduled, calendared, by the designation committee. PHC is in the process of moving their office, thus there is at least a two week delay in reading applications (the staff reads applications, makes sure they are correct, etc etc, if they have any requests, they send it back to you, you tweak it, hand it back in if good they put in on the calendar). There is also a slight backlog of applications, so it could be 2 or 4 weeks before our application is read.

We would like to preserve the cemetery. By preserving the cemetery it will help protect any human remains that might still exist underground.

I have been in contact with the Clerk of the Orphans Court of Philadelphia, that handles defunct cemeteries, I also notified the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission, to see what options there are. There is a law already in place that if human remains are found in a construction site, they have to shut the site down and notify the city.

I would like a letter of support from you and any others in your family, if you agree with me. Our best recourse would be to have descendants support in preserving the cemetery and to not disturb any human remains that may lie under these grounds. If you would like to support us in our effort, you can simply send me an email of support, stating support, the name of your ancestor if you have it (I got you email off of find-a-grave website), the name of cemetery, etc. I will print out copies and give them to the Historical Commission. I will also keep you posted on the progress. Also, get your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and anyone else that has a connection to this ancestor of yours that is buried in this cemetery.

I realize that some folks have posted on Find-A-Grave and the person you posted is not your ancestor, that's okay, you could still send a letter of support. It won't be an ancestor, but it will be from a person knowledgeable about the cemetery.

Thanking you in advance, kennethmilano@verizon.net
Added by KENNETH MILANO on Apr 08, 2016 8:34 PM
Teresa Kahle
Seeking permission to use photo
Hello Mary Beth,
Your photo of David Schultz's headstone, memorial number 69250764 is very nice.
I would like permission to use it for my daughter-in-law's family tree and to use it in a web post I want to do for Mr. Schultz, whose birthday is coming up. He's her 5th great grandfather and we are all just learning about this branch.
Thanks,
Teresa Kahle
Added by Teresa Kahle on Apr 07, 2016 8:35 PM
lawman
NATHAN MARTIN
Would you be so kind to process the edit for Nathan Martin at the Stockton Rural Cemetery.

Thank you.

Yours, lawman
Added by lawman on Feb 25, 2016 9:28 PM
lawman
NATHAN MARTIN
I just added the death certificate for Nathan Martin to his memorial.
Added by lawman on Feb 14, 2016 5:32 PM
P. Eadie
RE: Thank you.
Hi Mary Beth,
You are very welcome. Glad I could assist with your research, On the stone with Louisa Vogel is Jacob Vogel. Jacob does not have a memorial site on Find A Grave. If you would like to post one for him, I will upload this photo to his site as well. Please advise. Pat
Added by P. Eadie on Feb 08, 2016 6:36 AM
DebVassa
RE: Jeremiah and Mary Schaeffer
I will check at St. Luke's for you within the next week or two.
Added by DebVassa on Jan 02, 2016 7:40 PM
Denise Sallee
Thomas Russell - Hilltown Baptist
Memorial# 47516063

Can you please tell me the source for the info you posted for Thomas Russell - Hilltown Baptist Cem?

Was it taken from his headstone or cemetery records?

I could not make out anything from the headstone photo.
Thank you,
Denise Sallee
Added by Denise Sallee on Nov 08, 2015 2:57 PM
Mike O
Photo Reques Elizabeth Buck
Mary Beth, I have looked throughout the cemetery and also checked at the office. There is no record of an Elizabeth, but I found an Isabella Buck 1838 - 1919 buried a few stones from Matilda Young. Could this be her? She is buried next to a William Buck. The birth date looks like 1833 with death of 1889. I have spent a lot of time trying to find this request and it looks like perhaps she had another name. Please check your records. Mike
Added by Mike O on Oct 18, 2015 6:16 PM
Glenn Koch
Guy Gaugler
Hi Mary Beth, Was wondering if you are related to Guy Gaugler. I am doing a tree for a friend and Guy is in his tree. Could I possibly use that photo of him in uniform in it, credited to you of course?
Added by Glenn Koch on Sep 16, 2015 1:00 PM
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