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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 13 years, 2 months, 12 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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RE: Nash
Thanks - the pictures are great!
Added by Scott on May 04, 2015 10:05 AM
RE: name corrections
Hello, thank you so much! I have visited the site multiple times since then, and I have never seen your message until just now. I do so apologize. The site is fine. I am too sporadic a visitor to maintain anything and I think that you guys do a great no fantastic job. I don't submit very many corrections - so. You should keep it under your control. I work 62 hours a week. thanks again! Sami - uh, this recent one, who is A W Atherton - came up as I am searching for my ancestors and building geneology data. I found his ship out records in the United Kingdom Archives and it is a match - I have the birth year only and the birth town is Cheshire - he shipped out (looks like the British Navy) at age 19 from Lancashire, town of Liverpool. He was born in Cheshire. and he is just listed as A. W. Atherton, on the ships roster - and a matching census record in Cheshire says his name is Arthur W. Atherton, son of Eliza Stewart, "living on own means". His grave is in Israel with only A.W.Atherton and the date of his death there. Thanks
Added by SamiRose on May 03, 2015 6:54 PM
Mark Geesey
Elizabeth Gibson Keasey
You can ignore my last message. You answered the same question a year ago.
Added by Mark Geesey on May 03, 2015 6:39 AM
Mark Geesey
Elizabeth Gibson Keasey
Memorial # 12656718
I'm doing research on the Keasey family tree. Can you tell me the source of your information for Elizabeth's maiden name?
Thank you
Added by Mark Geesey on May 03, 2015 6:35 AM
Requested Correction of Frank Mandakunis
Hi..thank you very much for the email concerning the correction of a death certificate for Frank Mandakunis. It states on top of the original death certificate that a corrected death certificate was attached. Do you know where I may get a copy of the corrected death certificate. Thanks..George
Added by George on May 01, 2015 10:19 PM
RE: Hutchinsons
I got them both in Last name Henry & Deeser's
i just can't find a thing on the Desser's
any help is appriciated
Added by annie on Apr 29, 2015 4:25 PM
Kline Lynch
RE: Barnabus Slaven (Memorial# 38609948)
My record for Elizabeth Mary (Graham) Slaven indicates that she was born in 1760 in Dublin, Ireland, and died Jun. 10, 1836 in Poland, Ohio. She was the wife of Barnabus Slaven, Sr., born in 1759 in Antrim, Ireland and died Sep. 13, 1810 in Poland, Ohio.

She and Barnabus had six children: Barnabus Slaven (1785 1866), Andrew Slaven (1790 1866), Margaret Slaven Reed (1793 1863), George Slaven (1798 1859), Nancy Slaven Sullivan (1801 1863), and Mary Slaven Harris (1803 1863).

If we are confident that the posted birth date on this Elizabeth Slaven memorial (#35508978) is correct, than she cannot be this Elizabeth Graham who was born in 1760, and the mother of these children.

Thank you efforts and interest in this family.

Added by Kline Lynch on Apr 29, 2015 8:06 AM
Kline Lynch
RE: Barnabus Slaven (Memorial# 38609948)
Zella, thank you for helping me on this...!

Barnabus was married to Mary Lynch Slaven (Memorial# 50776994) in 1835. At the time of this marriage, he was 50 and Mary was 20 years old.

His mother is Elizabeth Mary Graham Slaven (Memorial# 35508978).

Elizabeth's stone says "Wife of Barnabas Slaven" because her husband was also named Barnabas Slaven. Elizabeth died on Jun. 10, 1836 in Poland. Her husband, Barnabus, Sr., died on Sep. 13, 1810 in Poland, Ohio, but as far as I know, no gravestone has been found for him.
Added by Kline Lynch on Apr 28, 2015 8:08 PM
RE: Hutchinsons
Thanks for you help If you do find anything please add it and I'll place the photo on it ust keep me in touch
Thanks again

Added by annie on Apr 28, 2015 7:06 PM
Doug Taylor
Maiden names
I have yet to find any mandatory direction from Find A Grave regarding the use of capitalization... Please direct me there
Added by Doug Taylor on Apr 27, 2015 6:43 PM
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