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Janet Muff (#46951416)
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Bio Photo Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug.
Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity.
OK, enough said. And now back to business:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine and if you'll provide me with supporting documentation. I've never asked for proof of relationship before, but the tone of recent messages and the drive of some people to add as many notches to their gun belts as possible, has prompted my new "policy."
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Brent Benson
RE: Charles & Mary Jane Whitney

I've Add Those Pages And Linked Them I Tried To Request Photos For All OF Them But I Guess I Exceed My Limit For The Week So I Will To Request The Other Ones Later I Guess. Thanks For Checking On Those Dates For Me.

Added by Brent Benson on Sep 20, 2014 3:25 PM
Brent Benson
Charles And Mary Whitney
I Add Two New Whitney's Can You Check To See IF The Info IS Correct? When You Have Time
Added by Brent Benson on Sep 19, 2014 10:41 PM
Susan W
RE: Hotchkiss & Bryant photos
You're welcome! Please forgive me - I uploaded the pics and meant to send you this info but ran out of time that day. I put in an edit for the transcription noted. The stone does say Ester E. not Ester F. It's just hard to read from the photo. I have a couple of different shots of that stone. I can upload to the memorial or email to you if you'd like. That is also right down the street from me and I'll be there again. If you'd like, I can try to get a clearer shot for you. Some additional info - per the cemetery database and the lovely gentleman who manages it - Charles O Bryant is the listed owner of these plots. They are in the "Old Section" which is Section C. Charles purchased Lot 55, plots 1-7 in 1863 (possibly Jan 7). Ester E. Bryant is in 55-3, Charles O. Bryant is in 55-4, Hannah Hotchkiss is in 55-6. Plots 1,2,5,7 show as empty. An interesting note - on Charles' detail page, there is a note that says "first undertaker - data based on Kane County genealogical society."
Happy hunting! Susan
Added by Susan W on Sep 19, 2014 10:15 PM
Brent Benson
RE: Back to you
Its Fine If You Find Anything New Let Me Know.
Added by Brent Benson on Sep 19, 2014 8:17 PM
Brent Benson
Ive Been Using Ancestry.Com And My Aunt Caryls Family Tree On There Also. I Will Put Links Below

Smith -

Fales -

Martin -
Added by Brent Benson on Sep 19, 2014 7:16 PM
Brent Benson
RE: Sources
i use the ancestry card catalog i have been watching videos on you tube ancestry page the person that i watch is called Crista Cowan who works at ancestry and i follow her tips sorry for making you mad or upset.

i'm sorry

Brent Benson
Added by Brent Benson on Sep 19, 2014 6:56 PM
Laura Dalin
RE: William Wyman burial
Janet I will go to the cemetery offices on Thursday and see if I can go through the book myself sorry for the problems. Thanks Laura
Added by Laura Dalin on Sep 19, 2014 2:55 PM
Brent Benson
Herman Andrus Vermont Vital Record And 185 United States Federal Census From Ancestory
Name: Herman Andrus
Gender: Male
Birth Date: abt 1798
Birth Place: Poultney
Death Date: 18 Jan 1872
Death Place: Poultney, Vermont, USA
Death Age: 74
Father Name: Roswell Andrus
Mother Name: Lucy

Name: Herman Anderes
[Herman Andrus]
Age: 53
Birth Year: abt 1797
Birthplace: Vermont
Home in 1850: Poultney, Rutland, Vermont
Gender: Male
Family Number: 1106
Household Members:
Name Age
Linus Anderes 47
Abigail Anderes 47
Lucy Anderes 15
Sarah Anderes 10
Herman Anderes 53
Added by Brent Benson on Sep 19, 2014 8:09 AM
RE: West Cemetery, West Cornwall Vt.
Thank you very much for the information :)
Holly K
Added by clevelandpole on Sep 18, 2014 4:50 AM
West Cemetery, West Cornwall Vt.
Hello! The tablet headstones in this cemetery with the tree/urn motif are the closest in style to the early gravestones I am finding in my area. There is anecdotal information that some of our first unknown CNY carvers came from that area of Vermont, but I have been unable to verify that. I was wondering if any of those stones are marked or signed, or if there is any information as to who the Addison area carvers were? As trades tended to run in families, I may be able to find the same surnames. Thanx for the great photos, BTW.
Holly K
Added by clevelandpole on Sep 17, 2014 6:53 AM
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