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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.


Want to know how to convert the practice of stating a person's elapsed life span(example: 59 years 10 months 14 days)at the time of their death, into their date of birth? Use this Age Calculator Tool

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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.


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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bill preston
Edits @ Ballston Spa Cemetery
SnS: Many thanks for accepting the edits to these memorials: Mary Sweet, William Mitchell, William McNeary, Anna McNeary. All the best, Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Oct 22, 2016 9:16 AM
bill preston
16 Edits @ Ballston Spa Cemetery
SnS: great, many thanks for processing these edits. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Oct 21, 2016 8:46 PM
bill preston
16 Edits @ Ballston Spa Cemetery
Added by bill preston on Oct 21, 2016 8:44 PM
B. Noxon 71111625
Hello S & S, submitted three editd for him.
1. His name, Dr. Benjamin.
2. Changed his date of death to the 22nd. His obit appeared on the Tuesday the 24, noting he died on Sunday.
3. His Civil War Unit and rank:
13th New York Heavy Artillery, Surgeon.
Thanks for having created his memorial.
Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Oct 17, 2016 6:11 PM
Sidney Howe 113547353
Hello Sticks and Stones, Sidney's obit indicates that he may be buried in Greenridge Cemetery, not Maplewood Cemetery. His obit appeared in The Saratogian newspaper on January 23, 1918 and states "The body will be placed in the receiving vault at Greenridge Cemetery and burial made in the spring."

I created a Find A Grave memorial based on Greenridge Cemetery, adding his Civil War info. I stopped at that point when I discovered your memorial for him. I had intended to add family information too.

Do you know the source information that placed him at Maplewood? If a source isn't known, perhaps I should leave the memorial I created on Find A Grave and state in the Bio Section that he may be buried in Maplewood. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Oct 17, 2016 1:35 PM
bill preston
Numerous edits @ Ballston Spa & St. Mary's Cemeteries
SnS: Appreciate all the edits recently posted. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Oct 14, 2016 8:43 PM
emily benedict gascoyne (benedict descendant)
Helen Jones Smith Whaley
Curious where you got the image of the portrait of Helen Jones Smith Whaley? She is my great-great-grandmother and I own the original portrait of which I had professional photography taken and no other such photography of her portrait exists.Not sure if you found on any of my personal sites or copied from somewhere I posted, but I insist you provide proper credit: Portrait by Haskell Coffin, courtesy of Emily Benedict Gascoyne. Kinds regards, Emily (
Added by emily benedict gascoyne (... on Oct 05, 2016 10:24 PM
William Henry Sherman 71113015
Hi S & S, Submitted birth and death date and place data edit requests. Source was his obit. Thanks for having created his memorial. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Oct 01, 2016 11:57 AM
Jon Davis
William E. Brown
I see that you added a memorial for William E. Brown at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Columbia. Do you know if a tombstone exists for him? I live not far away and wanted to know if there is chance of finding it or if it would be a waste of time.

Added by Jon Davis on Sep 18, 2016 7:54 PM
bill preston
Ballston Spa Cemetery
SnS: Many thanks for the 27 edits to the memorials at the Ballston Spa Cemetery. Regards. Bill Preston
Added by bill preston on Sep 12, 2016 8:05 PM
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