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Diane Rawa Bronakowski (#47878828)
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I'm a newer member to FindaGrave but I have used this website since 2007. I became aware of this website when I started working on a family tree for a family reunion. I had a large number of photos due to my research and thought one of these days when I have time, I should upload them to FindaGrave. Since I have retired, I now have time and thus I became an official member. I am willing to transfer memorials as long as they are not related to me, but do so thru the "edit" process and explain your reason for transfer. This saves time looking up the memorial and your member ID. Most of the memorials I have added are at Trinity Cemetery, an old Catholic cemetery in Erie. Keep in mind there are many headstones at Trinity that are not readable.

If you have updates to memorials, explain the updates. I don't arbitrarily accept updates without some verification. I am always willing to do research and have done so with a number of people/members (you know who you are). It's exciting and challenging.

And please, if you find errors please let me know. I do my best to have accurate info, but I am human and we all make mistakes. My direct family lines are Madura, Stempka, Rawa, and Delinski.

God Bless!
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Robin Slater Boyd
RE: Jennie Zamierowski
LOL Didn't know why your first message just said Jennie. Oops I still like to post Erie because someone may be looking for her when you are long gone.
Added by Robin Slater Boyd on Oct 05, 2016 6:08 PM
Debbie Dabrowski
re: Issac Lunger
Thank you so much for the transfer Diane! Really appreciate it.
Added by Debbie Dabrowski on Oct 05, 2016 8:22 AM
Marsha Adkison
RE: Aldine Dickey Gensheimer
Thank You!
Added by Marsha Adkison on Sep 16, 2016 9:14 PM
Mary Hershey
More info on Mary HERSHEY, daughter of Benjamin...

It has been almost 4 months since I built Benjamin Hershey's Family Tree. I am not a direct line, though we have common linkages in a couple Trees. So many of the PA Germans from Lancaster circa 1830 intermarried and lived in Fairview, Mill Creek, McKean, and Summit Twps.

In fact, my gggrt grandparents, Jacob and Anna RIPLEY, who were family friends of the Hersheys, are buried in the Hershey Neighborhood Cemetery with Benjamin's family.

By 1850, these church and family members were buried on corner of Heidler and Mill Fair Roads at Salem Evangelical Church Cem, later to be Weis Libray Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) til a second merger and it is now Weis Library United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In putting together the main framework of the Hershey Family, the information comes from page 124 in the 1884 History of Erie CO, Bio sketches. Mary Hershey married L. Brubecker. In further searching, his name is Levi.

Hope that helps, Elaine R
Added by egrug on Sep 13, 2016 7:17 PM
RE: Gomer Leroy Williams Trinity Cemetery
Wow! That is very interesting! Gomer and Stella (called Sally) were my husband's grandparents. Thanks for the information. I have seen Gomer and Stella's marriage record from N.Y. Incredible that Gomer had a child with the sister.
Added by Jean on Aug 04, 2016 11:57 AM
Gomer Leroy Williams Trinity Cemetery
Trinity Cemetery - Gomer Leroy Williams 1939-1941. Parents are listed as Gomer Leroy Williams and Josephine Pietrowski, but Gomer Leroy was married to the sister - Stella. Just wondering why Josephine is listed as the mother?
Added by Jean on Aug 03, 2016 7:38 PM
Diane, Thanks for the link. I would like to enter coordinates for all the graves I've added, now at least they'll be correct!!
Added by Janice on Jul 21, 2016 7:14 PM
RE: Re: Olszewski's

So sorry. I guess the website I used for calculating led me astray. Thanks for letting me know so I don't send anyone to mountains in Siberia or somewhere!!
Added by Janice on Jul 20, 2016 1:28 PM
Evans Millican
Anna Hurley McCreary
Ms. Bronakowski---

I have made a mistake. This Mary Tanner was not the mother of my great grandmother, Anna Hurley McCreary.

Evans Millican
Added by Evans Millican on May 24, 2016 7:29 AM
Hershey, Mary and Susan Ida, as well as Celestia
Thanks for the EMAIL. Hope this helps. Let me know.

BENJAMIN HERSHEY was born in Mill Creek Township, Erie Co., Penn., June 15, 1827, and is a son of John and Salome Hershey, natives of Eastern Penn., and of Swiss descent, their ancestry having come to the country about 1700. Our subject grew up and received his education in Erie Co., subsequently following farming; he also studied and practiced medicine a short time. "Just enough," says Mr. Hershey, "to know that exercise, good nursing and cheerfulness of disposition are far more efficacious than medicines of any sort." Since giving up practice, he has carried a fair share of the burdens common to inventors, and in that field has work enough laid out to last him the remainder of his days. He says: "In choosing Mary J., youngest daughter of Jacob and Mary Miller, for a wife, I did one of the few sensible acts of my life, as she has been a true helpmeet in the walk and work of life." Mrs. Hershey is a native of Erie Co., and was married April 10, 1852; three daughters -- Celestia J., Susan I. and Mary A. are the fruits of this union. Mr. Hershey says: "Theologically, we are Christians; denominationally, Methodists; and politically, Republicans; and do not care to change them for anything not so good."

Samuel P. Bates, History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, (Warner, Beers & Co.: Chicago, 1884), Part V, Biographical Sketches, City of Erie, p. 906.
Added by egrug on May 19, 2016 4:47 PM
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