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Donna Hasbrouck (#47491143)
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Bio Photo I consent to the use of my marker photographs for genealogical research provided they are for personal use only.

Note: I cannot accept edits without proof by documentation. If you have an edit to suggest, please email the supporting documents for me to review. Please include the memorial number in any correspondence.

[Author: Della M. Cumming ca 1943.]

My feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.

We are the story tellers of the tribe.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.

How many graves have I stood before now and cried?
I have lost count.

How many times have I told the ancestors
you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us?

How many times have I walked up to a grave
and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever
to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.

It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,
their never giving in or giving up.

Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do.
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.

It is up to that one called in the next generation,
To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
And that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
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Laura Dougher Goodman
Thank you for submitting edits to several of my memorials. I appreciate the opportunity to add information and am grateful for your assistance. Please submit documents for verification and include the memorial number.
Added by Laura Dougher Goodman on Oct 24, 2016 5:10 PM
Anne Mount West
Fred N Talcott
Hi Donna. I have a Frederick W Talcott with the same birth and death years and there are a lot of related Talcott's buried in and around Herkimer. Could this possibly be my Frederick? Thanks, Anne West
Added by Anne Mount West on Oct 21, 2016 4:36 PM
J. Craig Rowe
Eden Riggs death date #134932227 and 134932228

I was reviewing the find a grave headstone markers for of my ancestors Eden Riggs & Thankful Harmon Riggs and see that the death date on the Family Links section shows:

1785-1816 for Eden Riggs. The headstone indicates a death year of 1861 age 76. Which would match a death date of 1861 not 1816. The date appears to have been transposed. They are both buried in the South Cemetery in Norfolk, Litchfield, CT.

Is it possible to correct the death date on your end to reflect the correct date on the find a grave record?

Kind regards

Craig Rowe
Added by J. Craig Rowe on Oct 15, 2016 3:53 PM
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Donna --
The daughter of George & Mary Seeley and sister of Robert Seeley in the Tuttle Cemetery in Salisbury cleaned the gravestones this spring and I took photos. Would you like to photograph them again or should I send copies of ones I have taken to replace the ones on the web.
Graves # 87610666, 115359175, and 87610667.
Sure appreciate all the work you have done.
Doris (niece)
Added by DWM on Oct 04, 2016 9:31 AM
RE: Orrin Tanner - 71182168
Hi Donna, make mistakes like that all the time, found yours by accident when I was looking for Orrin Tanner 1852-1903 # 89192714 parents.
Thank you Ingrid.
Added by wienerin on Aug 16, 2016 1:01 PM
David C. Western 94585796 Part 2
Hello Donna, I see I made a typo in the edit for his date of death, it is Sept 14, NOT the 24th. Paul
Added by pjt on Aug 03, 2016 2:01 PM
David C. Western 94585796
Hello Donna, I submitted three edit requests. One to add his place of birth and his full date and place of death. The second is to add his Civil War Regiment to the Bio section of his memorial. The third his middle name. The sources were his obit from the Richfield Springs Mercury and his military pension record which contained his date of death and location. Thanks for having created his memorial. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Aug 03, 2016 2:00 PM
keith carpenter
RE: Alice Smith

I have deleted the pictures. I am not sure about linking, etc. Please be patient, I've been a member about 19 days. I really thought this was super interesting and didn't intend on walking on your toes.

Please let me know if there is anything else I need to do on my end.

Thank You,
Added by keith carpenter on Jul 24, 2016 7:23 AM
keith carpenter
Alice Eudora Smith

This is a VERY strange one here. I was looking for Alice's brother Allen in Oswego, IL. There I found a four sided stone. 1 side had parents (5905708 / 5905711)), 1 side her brother "Charley" (5905720), 1 side was blank, and the other side had Alice E Smith. So no idea if she passed in NY or IL.

Added by keith carpenter on Jul 21, 2016 1:08 PM
RE: John E. Griswold - 110087424
Hi. I am so sorry. I really need to check my messages more than every 6 months.

The Genealogy of the Descendants of John Eliot (at )

shows That the great great grandson of John Eliot,
JOSEPH" (John•, Jared' , Joseph•, John1) . Sea captain in Guilford. He married first, June 22, 1788, Mindwell, dau. of Obadiah and Mindwell (Griffing) Spencer, b. Aug. 7, 1769 ; d. June 12, 1794. He married second, Sept. 5, 1796, Nancy, dau. of Lewis and Mehitabel (Waterous) Fairchild, b. ·Oct. 2, 1778 ;d. Dec. 27, 1834. "

He and Nancy Fairchild had a daughter:
" iii. NANCY' , b. June 8, 1797 ; d. Aug. I6, 186g. She mar­ried, Oct. 22, 1822, Henry, son of John and Hannah (Dudley ) Griswold 0f Guilford, Conn., b. Nov. 6, 1795 ; d. Jan. 19, 1874. "

Henry Griswold and Nancy Eliot had son:
"John Eliot, b. Dec. 31, 1825; d. May 24. 1899; m. Jan. 24. 1852, Mary Deborah, dau. of Daniel and Laura (Frisbie) Goldsmith,
b. June 13, 1829. "

Their son, Frank Russell Griswold, was my great grandfather. This information is also in Talcot's Families of Early Guilford, Ct. and in family records.

Again, sorry to take so long to get back to you,and thank you for your work maintaining these records.

Added by elarnia on Jul 12, 2016 5:08 PM
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