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Lynn Byerley (#47024663)
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Bio Photo I am a Genalogy Addict....I have been working on the family genalogy for about 12-15 years. When I was a teenager my Grandmother's cousin sent her a copy of one branch of her family. Later, my brother got the bug and started tracing other branches and when he got us back to the 1600's I caught it.
Going to old cemeteries has become one of my favorit pass times. I was born and raised in Los Angeles County, California, but 2004, when my late husband, Jim and I retired we moved to Kansas. It was like coming home. Many of our families have their roots in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. So I have had a field day going to cemeteries.
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Catherine Ganoe

This past weekend I was finally able to do a walking search of the Chalk Hill Lutheran Church Cemetery
(Chalk Hill, Fayette County, PA) per your request for a photo of the tomb stone for Catherine Ganoe.
After a methodical search of the cemetery, I do not believe she is buried in this particular cemetery,
unless she's in an unmarked grave. I did check the Pennsylvania Death Certificates and it shows that
Catherine Ganoe, daughter of John Ganoe and Sarah Clovis, born 1840 and died 1921 is buried in the
"Lutheran Cemetery". While not listing a particular Lutheran Cemetery, the undertaker was from
Smithfield. Her death certificate notes she died in Springhill Township, Fayette County.

An obituary in the Uniontown newspaper (which would cover the Springhill Township area) notes
that Ms. Ganoe died at the home of her sister and the remains were to be taken to the home of a
daughter, Mrs. A. Lyons, near Point Marion. Funeral services will be held from the Lutheran Church.
Internment in the Lutheran Cemetery.

It seems very unlikely they would take her body from Point Marion to Chalk Hill for burial. If you look
at the Find A Grave web site, her number is 85586087. It shows other members of her family.

I live about one mile from the Chalk Hill Lutheran Cemetery. If you are able to determine she
is buried in that cemetery, I would be willing to go back and take another look.

Gerry Cunningham
Chalk Hill, PA

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Added by grasscutter on Jul 19, 2016 7:19 PM
James "Willy" Linton query
Lynn, I think they are different persons. The one you cited did marry a lady after his wife died, but that isn't the name you gave. It was not Lois. I knew his kids and he and his first wife very well.
The second marriage was short and ended in divorce. She was local to the area, and was a friend of his first wife. Hope this helps. winnie
Added by wvy on Nov 15, 2014 11:15 AM
Mary Cooper
RE: Othneil Stone and Gwendola Mae Simmonds
You're welcome, Lynn!
Added by Mary Cooper on May 22, 2014 8:18 PM
Claudia Jansen Hartley
Re: William R. Costin
You are welcome! It was my pleasure. Lynn, did you receive the 7 photos I sent through regular email on 5/15? I got a pop up message re: photos sent that is was over your limit or something to that effect. If you didn't receive them, I will send again but this time in 2 batches.
Added by Claudia Jansen Hartley on May 18, 2014 5:13 PM
Claudia Jansen Hartley
Re: William R. Costin
Hi Lynn, me again! I received a lovely note from Michael (Mikey2) this morning asking me to go ahead and post the photo for William. It is done.
Warm Regards,
Added by Claudia Jansen Hartley on May 16, 2014 10:21 AM
Claudia Jansen Hartley
Re: William R. Costin
Lynn, I took the liberty of looking at your family tree and saw that James Richard & "Addie" Ruth Davis Costin were in your tree. I found William R. on the Davis plot, Sec D, Lot 218. I see from your tree that Charles K. Davis was Addie's father. His grave is also on the Davis lot and all the Davis lot marker's and William's match. I have no proof, but feel that William was and infant that was born and died on the same day, and believe that he was the son of James & Addie. Good luck with your tree and hope you can solve this to your satisfaction. I will send you more photos of the lot that I took.
Added by Claudia Jansen Hartley on May 15, 2014 1:51 PM
Claudia Jansen Hartley
Re: William R. Costin
Lynn, I walked Sec D today and did find William's marker. I also discovered that Mikey2 had claimed it again so I wrote him a note and turned the photo over to him to post. He may have found it himself in the meantime. I think we may have crossed paths at the cemetery, as he re-claimed it only this morning. I haven't heard back from him yet, but just wanted to let you know that I did look for it as promised.
Added by Claudia Jansen Hartley on May 15, 2014 1:09 PM
Claudia Jansen Hartley
Re: William R. Costin
We met with the cemetery manager, Mr. Wilson. Records for the cemetery were not kept prior to 1961 by his office. He had no record of William R. Costin in his regular interment books, but did find a listing for him in a catalog/directory that was issued by (I think) the East Texas Genealogical Society many years ago. The source for most of findagrave contributor, Gary Wills, entries. Mr. Wilson did find William's name in the Section D part of the cemetery. It is a very large section and will take walking it in its entirety to check for the grave. I will try my best to get over there asap and look for it. I'm thinking perhaps William was an infant. Many times it is listed as 'unknown birth' when the baby was born and died on the same day and very often is not buried with the parents, but in a section designated for infants. I don't think Sec D has an area devoted to infants, but I will check before I start walking. I also checked for information and could find nothing but the reference to his memorial on the findagrave site.
Added by Claudia Jansen Hartley on Apr 23, 2014 5:33 PM
RE: William R Costin Grave
They will be posted on the FindaGrave memorial, and I can also send them to your personal email, if you would like. Just let me know.
Added by JMHooper on Apr 01, 2014 2:17 PM
William R Costin Grave
Like others who have looked, I cannot find a grave for William R Costin in Rose Hill Cemetery. Also, I cannot find any census or birth or death records for a William R Costin. How certain are you of his name? If it is of interest to you, I did find the graves of James R. Costin, who died in a fall while working on a dam in the Carolinas in 1943, and his wife Ruth Davis Costin, who died in 1970. There were no other Costins around them. The only other Costin burial recorded in Rose Hill Cemetery is for an H. R. Costin, but I did not find a marker for him. I have pictures of the James and Ruth markers, if you want them. Let me know.
Added by JMHooper on Mar 31, 2014 12:16 PM
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