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tofftroy (#47791412)
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Bio Photo Some tough nuts to crack, cracked by a cracked nut who got through them with a little help (or sometimes a lot) from friends and correspondents:

John Augustus Baum (1840-1842)
Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York
Dates legible, but names chiseled off completely. It actually proved possible to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty why it was that the names had been chiseled away.

Frederick Biehler (1853-1889)
Fisher Cemetery (St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery), Bethlehem, New York
An obituary used a name for this Albany patrolman's cemetery that's a name nobody today knew at all; once identified, extant church records were crucial for confirmation. Killed in the line of duty, yet his name isn't included on the NYS Police Officers Memorial as it should be; only the Albany Police can submit his name, yet the Chief evidently doesn't care to do so.

Joel Covington, Sr (1830-1911)
Hebron Cemetery, Clio, South Carolina
It's not every day one can fulfill a photo request for a picture of the person (rather than of the headstone) with a picture of the person standing by his own headstone.

James Harty (1835-1853) A headstone, most of the inscription crumbled away to dust, though with "Lafayette Engine Co. No. X" still showing. It still proved possible to identify the deceased even without a legible name or date.

Millie Levy (1887-1888)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
A name only inscribed; no dates. It turned out she's the granddaughter of a Rabbi.

Emil "Soup Greens" Siefert (d. 1896)
Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Allegedly his grave is marked just by parsley! If it's unmarked today, see if you can plant some soup greens for him?

Charles Smith (1821-1875)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
Almost entirely illegible due to wear, discoloration, and biological growths; the headstone was identified in large part by process of elimination with reference to past transcriptions.

Helen Lowray Snow (1842-1845) The photo and linked story are both poetically apropos, I hope.

Laura Wise (1847-1849) No recognizable headstone, location of grave unknown, no burial records. Cracked - but not quite solved.

Does NYS Governor Frank Swett Black (1843-1913) have no monument at all?

Where are headstones or monuments (if any) for Cornelius Jacobsen May, Willem Verhulst, Peter Minuit, Sebastiaen Jansen Krol, Wouter van Twiller, Willem Kieft, Francis Lovelace, Anthony Colve, Edmund Andros, Anthony Brockholls, Thomas Dongan, Francis Nicholson, Jacob Sloughter, Richard Ingoldesby, Benjamin Fletcher, Richard Coote, John Nanfan, Edward Hyde, John Lovelace, Gerardus Beekman, Robert Hunter, William Burnet, John Montgomerie, Rip Van Dam, William Cosby, George Clinton, Danvers Osborn, Henry Moore, James Robertson, and Andrew Elliot?
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Shelly Sicily
RE: Bliss
And here, just when I thought someone not ever having a headstone was the worst, I have been shown how much more wrong it can get. Thanks Toff. Thanks for trying~!
Added by Shelly Sicily on May 18, 2015 11:02 PM
Shelly Sicily
Thank you for the information on both William and Charlotte.
Added by Shelly Sicily on May 18, 2015 9:23 AM
t walden
Nathan Walden
Thanks so much for transferring my ancestor Nathan Walden's memorial to me. Much appreciated.
Added by t walden on May 06, 2015 4:53 PM
RE: Cecelia C. Dodge Nicol at Fair View
check out her opit in the Red Bank Register it is free online (just slow)
Added by Thayne on Apr 29, 2015 5:29 PM
RE: Old Mt.Ida Cemetery
There may not be a stone for Abigail. Her burial came from FHL film # 1434103
Added by Norma on Apr 26, 2015 10:05 PM
RE: Old Mt.Ida Cemetery
The burial site for Nathaniel comes from a phone conversation I had with the office of Oakwood cemetery on 9 May 2005. I was given the names of 16 people buried in the Norris Case Lot & Nathaniel Converse was one of the names. Nathaniel Converse & Abigail Lawrence Converse had 13 children and a son Nathaniel (born 1791) died Sep 1804 at sea on board the brig "Two Brothers" according to family records & was presumably buried at sea. I assumed the Nathaniel on the list was the Nathaniel who died 1810.
This is puzzling. If Oakwood opened 1848 & he was reinterred there, then I wonder why I found Abigail at Old Mt. Ida. Or is Nathaniel really also at Old Mt.Ida & I was given incorrect information or there is a 3rd Nathaniel?

Added by Norma on Apr 26, 2015 10:04 PM
Old Mt.Ida Cemetery
Re: your memorial to John Converse (#123501987)
he is the son of Nathaniel Converse & Abigail Lawrence Converse & related to my husband. His father died 1810 & is buried in Oakwood cemetery. His mother died 1838 & is buried in Old Mt.Ida Cemetery. Is there a stone for her near that that of her son John?
Added by Norma on Apr 26, 2015 7:28 PM
George Colclough Jr
Mallery Headstone
Thank you for the picture and the obit of Patrick Mallery! Great additions to my family research.
Added by George Colclough Jr on Apr 25, 2015 6:55 PM
kim mabee
RE: Mabee farm cemetery
I will-- not feeling so great today!
Added by kim mabee on Apr 11, 2015 4:48 PM
kim mabee
Mabee farm cemetery
Many thanks! Did not realize! They have been that way for years!
Added by kim mabee on Apr 11, 2015 3:33 PM
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