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Jan Jones (#47487289)
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Bio Photo Growing up, I assumed everyone spent family vacations traipsing through old cemeteries. My parents and my grandparents were avid genealogists; my grandfather was a professional historian. While I loved cemeteries, I didn't understand my family's fascination with ancient data about people we never knew. I was more concerned with where I was going than where I had been.

However, I love old photographs, and over the years I developed an interest in restoring damaged images. My passion is restoring old portraits (and any photographs with people); the stances, the eyes, the setting of the mouths and jaws, and the lines in the faces tell such vivid stories.

I also have an obsession (be it delusional) for having my world organized and identified. After the death of my mom, I began the process of identifying people and places in some of her unlabeled photographs. That simple quest has now led me full circle to the passion of my parents and grandparents. Now I am the one pouring through mountains of data, organizing and computerizing family records, and haunting cemeteries. When I get excited about finding the grave of a long lost relative, reconnecting with extended family or discovering a wonderful old photograph, I see in my teenagers' eyes the same glazed look that I remember coming from my own eyes as a youth. I smile, and hope that I will be around long enough to see my children get that same look from their teenagers.

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Monk and Writer. b.1926)
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Denise Bunker
Catherine Harshman Barnum
Catherine Harshman married Wheeler Barnum on 28 Sep 1852 in Willow River, St. Croix, Wisconsin. They had nine children from 1853 thru 1871. Catherine died on 11 April 1887 in Spencer Brook, Isanti, Minnesota. I don't believe she was married to James Oliver Harshman.
Catherine's maiden name was Harshman. She is listed with her parents on the 1850 Federal Census in Trumbull County, Ohio. John and Hannah Harshman and their family moved to St. Croix County, Wisconsin in 1851.
Catherine is also listed incorrectly in The Harshman.Hashman.Hershman.Hersman Family by Col. C.C. Harshman as marrying a Benjamin Barnum as dying in Oregon.
Added by Denise Bunker on Oct 03, 2015 2:27 PM
Susan Bruffey Lehman
Josephine "Josie" Roark
Do you happen to know her husband, Mr. Bailey's first name, as Bailey is maternal great grandmother's name, just curious.
Susan Bruffey Lehman
Added by Susan Bruffey Lehman on Aug 01, 2015 11:41 AM
Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Linda (Layton) Vann Jenkins
I think I have my answer. I just found her in the 1935 Houston Directory and she is listed as Vann, Linda (wid Andral). She and Clarence were married less than 9 years, so it makes since that she would go back to the name she had most of her life. -R.
Added by Rebecca Ewing Peterson on Jul 23, 2015 3:55 PM
Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Linda (Layton) Vann Jenkins
I see that this grave has been transferred to you and wondered if you were family. I was wondering if she is truly buried under the name Vann or if this was a misconception by the original memorial manager. She buried both husbands side by side in Houston, Texas. -Rebecca
Added by Rebecca Ewing Peterson on Jul 23, 2015 3:39 PM
Charles E. Harris
Ref Mem # 88238584 Washingon W. Rohrer
Sorry, but I found the year of birth to be wrong. He was born in 1834. Also his Mother Wife of Jacob M. Rohrer was Mary (Polly) Smith (1804-1849). This Rohrer Family in my Family line.
Added by Charles E. Harris on Apr 05, 2015 12:41 PM
Cara Mia
Orville Bates
Thank you for the transfer and for your Find A Grave work!
Added by Cara Mia on Mar 23, 2014 11:00 AM
Simmons Family
Thank you again for the transfers, your help is greatly appreciated and we will get right to work.
Added by Simmons Family on Mar 23, 2014 9:29 AM
Thanks so much for the transfer. I appreciate your kindness.
Added by Rosalie on Mar 23, 2014 6:26 AM
Lisha Bikle
Mason / Violet Transfers
Thanks, Jan, for the transfer of Harry and Elizabeth Snyder Mason and Eugene Eric Violet. It will be great to link all the family members together. Hope I can return the favor some day!
Added by Lisha Bikle on Jan 08, 2014 1:52 PM
william mcnall
John McNall
Thank you, I plan to visit the site of my gg grandfather for the first time ever, I have driven past on 81 on the way to Connecticut my times and never knew, really looking forward to it, thank you for your passion.
Added by william mcnall on Sep 03, 2013 11:31 PM
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