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sticksandstones (#46888135)
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Bio Photo BIO: Interested in genealogy, cemetery art, historical preservation, Colonial, Civil War, and present day history of the Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina low country regions, plus visiting historically significant cemeteries in the United States. My interests have lately focused on the Baynard, Barnwell, Bailey, Burrows, Elliott, Jenkins, Mikell, Jones, Smith and Whaley families of Beaufort, Edisto Island, Charleston, Columbia, Orangeburg, Port Royal, South Carolina.

Why Sticks and Stones?

I have to take a moment to express appreciation for a book I found about year 2000 in an independent bookshop on the 2nd floor of a building in Wake Forest, North Carolina. That book was ' Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers (Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts) by M. Ruth Little'. It spurned my interest in the historical and cultural aspects of cemeteries, and lured me into exploring the backwoods, and not so backwoods cemeteries of North Carolina and South Carolina, and eventually led me to join Find A Grave to help document and photograph stones for others to see.

I've stood in amazement looking at wooden gravemarkers over 300 years old, learned of the stone carvers trade, dominated by the Italian stone artists of Connecticut and Massachusetts, that were first imported to the south, and later done locally by stonecarvers who moved to the South. I learned about the distinct regions of distribution of peoples in NC,from many places; the Scot-Irish of the mountains, the Germans and Czechs(Moravians) of the piedmont, the English in east central NC, and the French Huegenots and Irish who settled along the coast. Many of the settlements were influenced by early Indian trade routes. I encourage you to get a copy for your taphology library.

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I will no longer do additional information/links etc from this message area... Please use the EDIT tab on the far upper right of each memorial for that.

Transfer are typically done by FIND A GRAVE Rules and Guidelines and with-in the generations noted..PLEASE read the rules carefully..... and do not expect to get transfers automatically, just because you state they are in your FAMILY lines. Please clearly state your relationship to the deceased.

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

I am more than happy to add detailed biographical information to memorials. Please upload it using the EDIT tab in the upper right, pasting it into the box in 'Make A Suggestion'.

You are free to use any of my photos for personal genealogy and family tree work. It would be much appreciated if you give credit to me as the photographer and be sure to note Find A Grave as the source. Please do not use my photos for any commercial purpose without contacting me. Thanks for assistance in this request.

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Photos posted to memorials on Find A Grave are copyrighted by the member who submitted the photos. Lifting the photo to use elsewhere would be a violation of copyright. You must obtain written permission from the member to use any photo for your own use. In general if you did not take the photo yourself, you do not hold the copyright to the photo.

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Per Find A Grave Newest Rules:

Please be aware of the rules when asking for transfers. Guidelines

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Please state your exact relationship when you contact me.

You should not ask for transfers of people whom were born and died in the 1700 time frame. MANY OTHERS MAY ALSO BE RELATED TO THESE SAME PEOPLE.

Again: Please use the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of the memorial when wanting additional information added... Please use the suggest a correction link.

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Jacob Allen & his son Loren Allen @ Ballston Spa Cem.
Thank you for updating their memorials. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Aug 23, 2016 12:02 PM
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Emma Miller Shepherd @ Ballston Spa Cem.
Thank you for updating her memorial. Bill Preston
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Alfred B. and Allen R. Hemphill @ Ballston Spa Cem.
Thank you for updating their memorials. Bill Preston
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Julia B. Hemphill & kids Maude & Freddie @ Ballston Spa Cem.
Thank you for updating their memorials. Bill Preston
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Anna Cole Wood @ Ballston Spa Cem.
Thank you for updating her memorial. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Aug 23, 2016 11:38 AM
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Abram Cary Millard @ Ballston Spa Cemetery
Ss. Thank you for posting Abram's obituary. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Aug 21, 2016 7:57 PM
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Thomas J. Doyle, Jr. @ St. Mary's Ballston Spa
Ss. Thanks you for posting his obituary. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Aug 21, 2016 7:56 PM
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Ballston Spa Village Cemetery
Thank you for posting the following obituaries:
Hiram Loomis, Samuel Wakeman, Alonzo Shepherd, Ida B. VanEps, Maria Tanner, Maude Hemphill & Julia B. Hemphill. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Aug 21, 2016 6:52 PM
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St. Mary's Cem. Ballston Spa
Thanks you for posting the obituaries for the following at St. Mary's
Marjorie Hennessy Frisbee, William Morrissey & Charles J. Hennessy. Looks great. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Aug 21, 2016 6:48 PM
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Lottie Filkins transfer
Thanks so much for transferring my Aunt! I will take good care of the memorial
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