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J Martin (#47658574)
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Bio Photo The information provided in the Memorials I have created are directly from our family records.

Please consider the information a guide rather than factual as I have no verifiable records, other than those quoted, but believe some information pointing in the right direction is better than none.



For those frustrated by LACK OF EXACT INFORMATION bear in mind these were PIONEERS.

Mass immigration occurred 30 or more years PRIOR to U.S. Independence. Most U.S. births, deaths and marriages occurred AT HOME, and may or may not have been documented by Church Records or the Family Bible, but were not a requirement of the BRITISH EMPIRE.

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.

Outside of the largest cities, there were no churches, schools, hospitals, stores, or CEMETERIES. Most pioneer graves occurred near where the individual died and were generally marked only by piles of stone or wooden crosses that disintegrate over time.

Early cemeteries did not bury families together that is a modern day concept. Pioneer cemeteries originally buried people next to each other in the order of death, with separate locations for adults, children and ethnicity.

Foreigners who could not read or write in the native language where they live were functionally illiterate, but the backbone of this nation, building as they traveled.

Illiteracy was the norm, and only the wealthy were able to afford to send their progeny off to the city for several years to be educated.

During pioneer times quill and paper were not standard household items, blackboards and chalk were, which is why there are so few paper documents and the Bible used to document family history.

It isn't that we "FAILED" to find the documents; very few actually exist, and due to illiteracy and language barriers, their accuracy is highly questionable and information often conflicting.

I offer known, but unsubstantiated, optional dates in the files - not to confuse - but to reflect the diversity in record keeping of that era.

Be thankful we have the pre-independence records available, instead of critical of their inaccuracies.

~~~~~~~ FENSTERMACHER ~~~~~~~

After immigration a wide diversity occurred in the spelling of the name Fenstermacher.

Since immigrants usually couldn't speak, read or write English, their name changed as often as the person writing it - and was often phonetic.

Accents, and the fact that other languages do not have the same 26 letter A-Z alphabet that English does, also contributed to making translations tricky and documentation difficult.

As if that wasn't enough the spelling of names is complicated by relocation. As they moved, individuals in one county or state would be taught the spelling of their name differently than the same family members in another.

In addition, names eventually were Anglicised, making it difficult to determine which is the actual, correct, version, so for the most part I have used the spelling of the name the family has agreed upon or where possible the name on the headstone.


~~~~~~~~~ OBITUARIES ~~~~~~~~~

I have no problem adding obituaries and newspaper photos to this site, because I do contact the source and request permission - even after the fact, such as for those that were already in the files when I obtained them. Please be sure to site the source if you have it.



All suggestions & corrections MUST be accompanied by file number, as there are multiply individuals with the same first and last name. If you wish to have files linked, provide the file number for each individual!

NOTE: I reserve the right to verify information prior to annotating any file. Please include source of information.

FYI: Original file links only. I WILL NOT link family members to duplicate or triplicate files. [This note is a result of multiple duplicate files created by Marsha Fenstermacher Binkley.]


I am reviewing every Fenstermaker record, or derivative of, and would be happy to accept management of any or all, if you are interested in transferring. It is not my intention to just "collect" them - I intend to spend at least a year or so "connecting" them. I do not expect everyone to just hand over their records. Feel free to transfer, or "politely" advise me you decline.


I am the 9th great granddaughter of Conradt Fenstermacher c1627 Hillscheidt, Rhenish Bavaria, Germany.

GGF-9: .. Unknown - Fenstermacher, Conradt
GGF-8: .. 1650-1678 Fenstermacher, Conrad
GGF-7: .. 1678-1761 Fenstermacher, John M
GGF-6: . c1715-1790 Fenstermacher, Philip
GGF-5: .. 1749-1831 Fenstermacher, Michael
GGF-4: .. 1777-1849 Fenstermaker, Philip
GGF-3: .. 1803-1881 Fenstermacher, Michael
GGF-2: .. 1836-1911 Fenstermaker, Aaron
GGF-1: .. 1878-1959 Fenstermaker, Daniel
GMthr: 19061978 Oakes, Rose Fenstermaker
Mother: 1930-pres Martin, Lillian Oakes
ME: ...... 1954-pres JMartin
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Carol & David
Lena Fenstermacher Schirman Find A Grave Memorial# 140977873
We fulfilled your photo request for Lena but she is buried under the Fenstermacher name with her daughter, Mary who I added and linked. The Easton Heights Cemetery records did not list a Schirman in their records but because you listed the Fenstermacher name I checked and found her and the birth and death dates matched except for the birth year which was off by one. It is up to you whether you want to list her name as Fenstermacher as it is on the gravestone and list the Schirman name in the bio or leave it the way it is at this time.
Added by Carol & David on Aug 18, 2015 6:02 PM
Heavenly Bliss
Adelia Fenstermaker
I just got back from trying to find Adelia's gravesite, but unable to locate it. IOs the grave marked? I found Augusta, Edward, Gale,Erma, Francis, Tillie. I will go to the library and see what I can find.
Added by Heavenly Bliss on Aug 09, 2015 2:38 PM
Laurie Bedford
William Fenstermacher
I also wanted to mention that I do not have William Fenstermacher listed as being interred in Jerusalem Cemetery; I wonder if he might be in Union? I do have Daniel B. Fenstermacher (3/28/1855-3/23/1920) & wife Ellen C. Fenstermacher (1/14/1863-1/1/1914) in Jerusalem. Do you know if they are also relatives of yours?
Added by Laurie Bedford on Jul 19, 2015 2:26 PM
Laurie Bedford
David & Lydia Fenstermacher
I photographed this grave today. I just want to let you know that David & Lydia are buried in Jerusalem Cemetery which adjoins Union Cemetery in Schuylkill Haven, PA. Their grave is close to the property line, but is definitely part of Jerusalem. Also, buried on this lot are two small stones (each read My Baby) Lottie May and Laura Y. Fenstermacher. The stones are difficult to read, but they appear o be daughters of David & Lydia. I photographed those as well in case you add them to this site.
Added by Laurie Bedford on Jul 18, 2015 4:40 PM
Ella Klinger Fenstermacher
I was wondering if you would be willing to transfer this particular memorial to me since she is my great aunt on my mother's side. I know she is a Fenstermacher but I would like to add her to the rest of her sisters under me. I thank you in advance for considering this request. My number is 47794520.
Added by Sharon on Jul 15, 2015 7:50 PM
Vicki Enigk
Jesse Alton Fenstemacher
I figured out he was Joe's son and then I saw that you had actually posted the information already. His Death Cert, for burial, says "Williamsport," but his stone is in Montoursville. The DC doesn't say "Williamsport Cemetery," and, in fact, there is no indication in the Williamsport Cemetery records that he was ever buried there. I think that since he died in Philadelphia and was being taken home to Williamsport for burial, that's why it says Williamsport. The information regarding his burial was taken directly from Montoursville Cemetery records.
Added by Vicki Enigk on Jul 12, 2015 3:58 PM
Vicki Enigk
I took the photo of Jesse's grave for you this morning, and next to it is that of Jesse Alton, 1938-1949. I noticed that he is not listed as one of your Jesse's children. Was he a child?
Added by Vicki Enigk on Jul 12, 2015 10:26 AM
Davis Arnold
Orvil Larsen photo request
I could not find Orvil Larsen #111809831 in the Georgetown Cemetery Records. Sorry
Added by Davis Arnold on Jul 05, 2015 6:04 PM
M Gibb
Joseph Fenstermaker Sr
Joseph Fenstermaker Sr & Mary Ellen Waughtel were my grandparents. Walter Fenstermaker was my father
Added by M Gibb on Jun 24, 2015 9:50 PM
Tom Perdiew
RE: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH
You're welcome. I photographed the entire lot which included Albert, Edwin, Gustav, Helen, John, and Sophie. I have submitted all of the information from the Spring Grove data for updates on the memorials. I noticed most of the names on Find A Grave were spelled with one N.
Added by Tom Perdiew on Jun 21, 2015 7:30 PM
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