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Jan Franco (#46625834)
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Bio Photo If you are new to findagrave, I suggest you read "frequently asked questions" carefully before making entries or requests.

Since I get a huge volume of requests, please make it easier for me to add biographical information, relationship links, or corrections by going to the page you want linked or corrected and click on "edit." Your info will be emailed directly to me and I can click on the link. If I get the email I will make changes, but generally I don't have time to email you. Please double check dates and info; if multiple items are misspelled or have typos, I am inclined to believe the other material may also be erroneous.

Please state your relationship when making transfer requests. You are able to add photos to any entry.
When the website started there was no option for linking relatives. I am happy to add desired links: please double check your numbers so errors don't make double work for both of us.

I am related to some of the people I have added; entries are also posted in the interest of genealogy and history, and the hope that someone will add my lost ancestors.

Please take digital photos of old gravestones in your area; some that exist today may crumble in a season or two, especially in areas with winter frost. In a way, your photo will preserve it. Perhaps it will be the only record of a particular gravestone. Please do not apply any substance to a gravestone to make it more legible; it damages the stone.

You may use my findagrave photos for your personal use, with attribution; anything to be published - please contact me for permission. Click on photo for larger format.

If you are requesting a photo in a large cemetery please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. Your request has a better chance of being fulfilled that way. Most volunteer photographers work on the weekends when cemetery offices are not open.

Verify everything; transcriptions and even information "written in stone" may be inaccurate. A good example is when the date April 31 appears on a gravestone.

Most of the CT cemeteries have already been added to findagrave. When in doubt check under "New" and "Old" to see if you've missed the listing. Please HESITATE before creating a new Connecticut cemetery on findagrave. I'll be happy to research it for you to avoid duplication; so many alternate names and town name changes make it likely it is already listed in another place. The majority of CT cemeteries that existed in 1934 were surveyed on the Hale Index: Although it contains errors and omissions it is still very helpful.

Another source of information is the Ct Gravestone Network:
Your local library or historical society can also assist you. Ask for the person most familiar with the cemeteries or the history of the town.

For additional help visit the findagrave forums.
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Casual Onlooker
thanks for the picture of Robert Samuelson
Added by Casual Onlooker on Oct 06, 2015 2:14 PM
alson talmage
I wonder if the talmage unknown is my Alson whose first name is spelled many ways. born ca. 1810 and died ca. 1864. He lived in Meriden. Is there another Talmage grave near him? I'm researching my Talmage line. Thank you for your help.
Added by searchgene on Oct 06, 2015 1:59 PM
R Schectman
Hazel and Harry Birnbaum
Jan, thank you so much for the photos. Hazel was a cousin whom my mother spent time with and I have just been looking at some photos of her from the 1930's, so your timing was great. -Robin Schectman
Added by R Schectman on Oct 06, 2015 1:42 PM
Igor Sch
Sidney Cohen
Thanks for the photo!
Added by Igor Sch on Oct 06, 2015 1:26 PM
There is another memorial #63178187 liked to Jonathan by a M. Cooley. I am confused too which one is correct. He is one of my ancestors. Could you see if you could help me get to the correct one.
Thank You,
Charlene Gibbons
Added by CHARLENE CASTLE GIBBONS on Oct 06, 2015 7:53 AM
Teresa Truan Smith
Mary Elizabeth Truran
Dear Jan,
Thank you so much for transferring Mary to me.
Best Regards, Teresa Truan-Smith
Added by Teresa Truan Smith on Oct 05, 2015 4:52 PM
PJ Miller
Transfer request
If you would please transfer Kezia Moss Royce Memorial# 13016025 to my care, I would appreciate it very much, as she is a direct ancestor of mine.

Thank you for all of your incredible work, the excellent photo, and the integrity with which you do it all.
Most sincerely,
PJ Miller
Added by PJ Miller on Oct 05, 2015 4:33 PM
M W Bencal
Mary Benton White #117242743 -- Mary Grant #10751920
Dear Jan,

Thank you so much for transferring Mary Benton White Grant to my care. You are so very kind.

I have finished combining the memorials. It can be seen on your original memorial page at Mary Benton White Grant #10751920.

I thanked you and the other contributor at the end of Mary's bio.

I just found out that I have to email Find A Grave to have the other memorial #117242743 deleted, so I did.

Thank you again for your kindness, and all that you do here to remember those who have passed.

God Bless,
Added by M W Bencal on Oct 04, 2015 7:14 PM
M W Bencal
Mary Benton White #117242743 -- Mary Grant #10751920
Hi Jan,

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, and explaining the memorial plaque.

Mary Benton White #117242743 and Mary Grant #10751920 are the same person.

Mary Benton White was my 5th great-grandmother. She first married Lt. George White who is one of my American Revolution Patriot 5th great-grandfathers. George died of small pox a days ride away from home after being released from a British prison ship, and sadly on the same day of the birth of his 5th child.

Mary married 2nd, Azariah Grant. (You created the memorial for Azariah Grant which is absolutely wonderful!)

I would like very much to combine the memorials for Mary Benton White Grant so that the information is correct on Find A Grave. I have asked the person who created the memorial for Mary Benton White #117242743 to transfer the memorial to me.

Would you please consider transferring Mary Grant #10751920 to me? Once I have made the necessary corrections, I will link Mary to both of her husbands.

I am M W Bencal (#47746036).

Thank you again for all that you do here on Find A Grave, and for your consideration to transfer Mary to me.

God Bless,

Added by M W Bencal on Oct 04, 2015 10:33 AM
M W Bencal
Mary Benton White #117242743
Hi Jan,

Thank you for all the wonderful work you do on Find A Grave to remember those who have passed. Your work is very helpful to my research!

You added a memorial photo to Mary Benton White #117242743. Can you please tell me what the plaque says as I cannot make it out.

Thank you so much for your time.

God Bless,
Added by M W Bencal on Oct 04, 2015 8:39 AM
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