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halfstone (#47058103)
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My passion for genealogy began in 1993 at a family reunion, where a distant relative gave me a giant scroll with a hand-written family tree listing all my "Alcorn" roots from Western Pennsylvania. Since then I have traced the Alcorns, Barbers, Spencers, Ketterings, Stauffers, and Halbsteins. among several other families.

Sadly, what I have learned has been of intolerance and prejudice,famine and poverty. The Stauffers were Swiss Mennonites who were chased from Switzerland and then Germany in the 18th century because of their religious beliefs; the same story is told about the Halbsteins and Hershoffs who escaped the pogroms of Russia during the early 20th century. - but what I have also learned is how rich this country's heritage has been - how this has truly been the land of opportunity. It is fascinating to me to learn of how and why these families took the dangerous journey to America, where they settled, where they migrated, and how they lived.

It is my pleasure to be a Find A Grave volunteer photographer; this gives me insight into the families who lived and died in my community before me. We recently moved to Rochester, NY, and FindAGrave is my introduction to the history of the fabric of this city.
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Bryan Wakat
Thanks so much for the photos of Agnes, James and William Elder; the plot map was very informative! Very much appreciated. bryan
Added by Bryan Wakat on Sep 07, 2015 7:32 PM
Bob Bartell
Edward Piotter

Thanks for copying the photo over to Edward.

Bob Bartell
Added by Bob Bartell on Jul 25, 2015 7:26 PM
Bob Bartell
Martha Piotter Headstone Photograph

Thanks for taking the above photograph. May I ask that you attach it to Edward Louis Frederick Piotter as well, 149778153?

I put in a request so that you will get credit.


Bob Bartell
Added by Bob Bartell on Jul 25, 2015 5:28 PM
Virginia D
RE: Montgomery
Thank you for the plot diagram and photos of the memorials for Thomas Colman Montgomery, Mary Whitney Montgomery and all their children's monuments. It is appreciated!
Virginia D
Added by Virginia D on Jul 06, 2015 6:26 PM
Virginia D
RE: Comfort Williams
Thank you for going those extra steps to confirm that the stone is indeed for Rev. Comfort Williams and for posting a diagram of the plot site and pictures of the family monuments therein. When you said that there is something very poignant about a toppled stone, apparently he left a lasting legacy that that transcends an inscription and dates.
Virginia D.
Added by Virginia D on Jul 06, 2015 5:53 PM
Virginia D
Montgomery & Angell
Thank you for the photos of the stones of John & Mary Montgomery and Edward & Florence Angell.
Virginia D.
Added by Virginia D on Jul 05, 2015 9:20 PM
John M
irene warner
thanks for the pic. that was fast
Added by John M on Jul 05, 2015 5:58 AM
Virginia D
RE: Williams
Thank you for your kind words. Mary W. Williams' memorial is #148401377. I wasn't sure if Washington was her middle name or maiden name. Mary W. Samson is Charles's Miller Williams' spouse, so if her stone was next to his and Susie Marie Williams (memorial #148401475), who is his daughter, mystery solved. Thanks for all you do.
Virginia D.
Added by Virginia D on Jul 04, 2015 8:56 PM
Virginia D
RE: Williams
Thank you so much for adding the memorials for Charles H., Susan W., Susie May, Frankie Louise, Ella B., Carrie and Charles M. Williams. It is truly appreciated.

Hopefully, Charles Miller Williams' spouse, Mary W. (Samson) Williams, and his daughter, Susie Marie Williams are there as well as Rev. Comfort Williams. The Reverend was moved from East Cemetery between 1840-1873, so his stone, if any, may have suffered from the move. His death was too early to be in the Mt. Hope records, unless it was recorded the date of the move. However, he is noted on a list of the transcriptions from Mt. Hope in that section.
Virginia D.
Added by Virginia D on Jul 04, 2015 10:32 AM
Virginia D
Blossoms & Montgomerys
Thank you for the special photos of William, Phebe, Maria A. & Lillie Blossom. Were you able to read any of the fine print on the bottom of their memorials?

Also, many thanks for the memorial photos of James Harvey, Marguerite and Georgeanna Montgomery.

Virginia D.
Added by Virginia D on Jun 24, 2015 11:32 PM
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