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Jane Gerrish Waddell (#47310089)
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Bio Photo I have been interested in family history since the mid-1970's and interested in cemeteries since childhood when we often walked to Lewis Cem a small rural cemetery where we read the stones, told ghost stories and noted the tragedy of infant mortality.
Much research has been done on my Gerrish family since they were an early New England family arriving in Newbury, MA in 1639. But much less is known of my mother's family so at this time I am more interested in learning about her Small, Holton, Ramsay, Ogle, and Light families, the first 2 in PA and the others in Canada, Scotland and Ireland.
Besides my own family I am deeply involved in research of the small rural cemeteries of Carrigan Twp, Marion Co, IL: Lewis, Harrison (where approximately 70% of the burials have some connection to my 3x-Great Grandfather, Henry Gerrish), Phelps and Wisher (listed here as Burton/Kissner/Wisher).
Any new information to add to the memorials I have created as well as information on my own lines is greatly appreciated.
Though my ratio of managed memorials to created memorials is high, I AM NOT a hoarder aka number person. Most of my memorials which I did not create came from the accounts of deceased or inactive contributors. If I have no connection whatever to a memorial that I manage I am always happy to find someone who would like to take it over. And I am just as happy to receive any and all that have a connection with my extended family.
Aug. 2014
You may use tombstone photos which I have posted for your personal, non-commercial, non-internet use without asking further permission. When taking photos from a memorial please document my full name as it appears here and the memorial number from which it was taken.
I have several hundred old family photos from 85 or more years ago. I have extremely mixed emotions about posting them online because I know there are people who will copy them and claim them and treat them as their own. But I want other family members to have an opportunity to see these pictures. Please contact me for permission to use any of these family pictures.
Please let me know if you have a photo identical to any of mine, because that would mean we are probably related. I love to hear the stories behind the photos and make connections to new found relatives.
DO NOT POST ANY OF MY PHOTOS ONLINE ANYWHERE! That includes other FindaGrave memorials.
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Dan Ryan
RE: Photos for the Kreitlers
You're welcome, glad I could help.
Dan R.
Added by Dan Ryan on Jul 29, 2016 6:58 AM
The Secret Garden
No, I am not related to the Kreitler's, their son August and his wife Elizabeth were our country neighbors in DeWitt County where the Clinton Power Plant is located.
Added by The Secret Garden on Jul 19, 2016 2:18 PM
Gma Ray
RE: Levi Couch burial location
Cynthia Higgins headstone is at the church. It was rescued.
Added by Gma Ray on Jul 19, 2016 12:16 PM
The Secret Garden
Jane Waddell, thank you very much for the photos of the Kreiter memorials. Your work is appreciated.
Added by The Secret Garden on Jul 19, 2016 11:22 AM
Gma Ray
RE: Levi Couch burial location
You did. SusieWood has said there USA couple (husband and wife) buried at the Higgins Couch cemetery on the south side, but their headstones are at Friendsville.
Added by Gma Ray on Jul 13, 2016 9:08 PM
Gma Ray
RE: Levi Couch burial location
My husband is the pastor.
Added by Gma Ray on Jul 13, 2016 5:12 PM
Gma Ray
RE: Levi Couch burial location
No,but they are ordinal founders of my church--Barney's Prairie. I am researching for our 200th anniversary.
Cynthia's headstone is at our church. A member retrieved it just as a bulldozer was going to run over it. The lady who bought the property had okay end it. Sometime when cooler, we hope to clean up the cemetery. It is a mess.
Added by Gma Ray on Jul 13, 2016 4:06 PM
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Suz Lew
Thank You.

What a wonderful compliment. Find A Grave is a wonderful source of information, but without continuity and accuracy, it just wreaks havoc on the genealogy world.

Suz Lew
Added by Suz Lew on May 24, 2016 11:09 AM
Suz Lew
In the matter of Rita Osborne
If any one is interested, please note that we have for over a year, attempted to connect our grand uncle to his family to no avail and good old Rita refuses. After providing her with documentation we were left no choice but to add derogatory, politically charged and/or inappropriate flowers.

Here's are three of the flower offerings that Rita has chosen to remove from the memorial.

The marriage record of Margaret (Wetherwax) Dorman to James Small shows a marriage date of 15 May 1896. This was a late in life marriage long after John Bentley Small was born. MARGARET (WETHERWAX) SMALL WHO IS BURIED AT GREENMOUNT CEMETERY IS NOT THE MOTHER OF JOHN BENTLEY SMALL!
- Jane Gerrish Waddell
Added: Mar. 31, 2016

The 1900 Census for Philadelphia shows a Margaret Small at the same address as shown on the death record Ms. Osborne is using as “proof” that J.B. Small’s mother is buried at Greenmount. On that census Margaret is shown as the mother of only one child and shows her father born in NY and mother born in Mass. John Bentley Small was one of ten children of W.C. and Margaret Small. The 1880 census for Venango Co. Penn. shows Margaret Small with W.C. Small and showing her parents both born in Penn. John Bentley Small’s death cert shows his mother “Margaret Holton” was born in “Penna.” proof that the Margaret Small buried at Greenmount IS NOT the right Margaret Small for John’s mother.
- Jane Gerrish Waddell
Added: Mar. 9, 2016

The Margaret Small buried at Greenmount Cemetery in Philadelphia IS NOT Margaret HOLTON Small who was the mother of John Bentley Small. Margaret at Greenmount Cemetery was born in Boston (as shown in her death record) and lived in Philadelphia. Her maiden name is not shown on this death record. John B. Small’s mother was born in Meadville, Penn. and is buried beside her husband, William C. Small in Oak Hill Cemetery in Bradford Penn, per the burial lot deed. The W.C. Small family had lived in Bradford since the early 1880’s. See Memorial # 143036574.
- Jane Gerrish Waddell, Grand-niece of J.B. Small.
Added: Mar. 9, 2016

We love you John Bentley Small and one day you will be connected to the rest of your family.

Suz Lew
Added by Suz Lew on May 06, 2016 9:51 PM
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