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Cheri Bogowitz (#47033451)
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Bio Photo Ever since High School I've been attracted to my family origins, particularly as they pertain to my maternal roots.

I found it fascinating that during the Civil War era, my maternal great-grandfather and two of his brothers removed to Virginia from Maryland to be more closely aligned with Confederate sympathizers there, and to join their cause. So, a term paper presented to a High School Civics teacher was richly rewarded because it contained a link to my great-grandfather and his brothers in a story handed down by the MacAtee's.

On their second night out to join the Confederate Army they stopped at the Surratt boarding house in Maryland because it was a well known fact that the Surratt's were southern sympathizers. At dinner that night were the "boys" (my ancestors), Mr. and Mrs. Surratt, their daughter Annie and a stranger to the boys. Mr. Surratt and the stranger were warning Annie about her companion of the afternoon with whom she had been driving. They were worried that her companion was a northern spy.

After the "boys" had retired for the night, Mr. Surratt came in to tell them a gentleman had arrived who would occupy the other bed and for them not to be alarmed. The latecomer was a handsome man with black hair and dark eyes, heavily armed, and had come from Richmond, VA; their destination. Said man was gone the next morning when the "boys" joined Mr. and Mrs. Surratt, their daughter Annie, and the other guest for breakfast. After breakfast Miss Annie Surratt went into an adjoining room to play the piano and sing rebel songs before the boys departed with Mr. Surratt in his wagon. On the way they passed a man driving a sulky and were told by Mr. Surratt that he was Dr. Mudd.

Later in life my great-grandfather would recall how he and his brothers had come so close to two prominent players in the unfolding of one of America's greatest tragedies. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln. For more on the Surratt House:

During the Civil War my great-grandfather was wounded in the leg at the battle of Gettysburg, developed gangrene and was saved, only to be captured before the surrender and held prisoner of war until August 1865.

Of course, in retrospect, that High School term paper was the seed for what has grown into a passion for genealogical research, the culmination of which can be found in my genealogical database titled MacAtee/McAtee and Allied Families at (just click on the website at the bottom of this bio below) as well as memorials found here at Findagrave.

I now know that the MacAtee's (my maternal ancestors) come from a very old and established line of Irish / Scottish ancestors that first immigrated to America in the mid-17th century after landing in Maryland. The rest is fascinating history as told by my RootsWeb database described above.

On another note, it saddens me when members who are not related to a memorialized person they set up refuse to relinquish the memorial to a related member, and even sadder when suggestions on improving an existing memorial are ignored. I vow to never be like that.
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Ginger Thrush
Edward McAtee #67789975
Hi Cheri,
I was reading a Civil War book in which a short bio of this gentleman appears. This prompted me to search for a Find A Grave memorial. Noticed that a photo of an old headstone seems to indicate birth in Glasgow, Scotland but the memorial indicates Ireland. Just curious.
What a great sory you relate on your bio!
Best regards.
Added by Ginger Thrush on Mar 28, 2015 7:29 PM
Marilyn Kosanke
Howard Biggerstaff
I received your automated EDIT message asking me to enter his birthdate as May 15, 1907. However the photo of the gravemarker shows the birthdate as May 19, 1907. Did you make a typo in your request or do you have reason to believe the date on the gravemarker is wrong? I will not make the edit until I hear from you.
Added by Marilyn Kosanke on Mar 10, 2015 1:42 PM
Cathy Hart Conrad
Hi Cheri. We've been in contact before, but it's been a few years. I descend from Zachariah McAtee of Pike Co., IN. Are you on Facebook? Another McAtee descendant has started a McAtee Only Facebook page. I tried to find you on Facebook, but no luck. We did find your page on Rootsweb. One of the members is having a hard time finding info on Patrick Henry McAtee. I shared your link with her. Hopefully, the email address you have on your Rootsweb page is current. Her name is Terry McAtee Lehman. My email address is Cathy Conrad
Added by Cathy Hart Conrad on Mar 06, 2015 12:46 AM
Catherine Marcoux
RE: Great Grand mother Catherine Lilly Jenkins
Thank-you for your prompt response and thank-you for taking a picture of Katherine's grave stone.

Catherine Marcoux
Added by Catherine Marcoux on Nov 08, 2014 5:58 AM
Catherine Marcoux
Great Grand mother
I was just wondering how you were related to my great grandmother, Katherine Lilly Jenkins Macatee?

Catherine Marcoux (Schneider) My grandmother's name was Catherine Caroline Jenkins.
Added by Catherine Marcoux on Nov 07, 2014 12:37 PM
RE: Victor Hartley headstone
Photos added for Victor and Sophie

Added by XO on May 29, 2014 3:53 AM
RE: Victor Hartley headstone
Your welcome, I was out there visiting and saw your request when I got home. I will get better pics next week.
I also took nice pics of the gazebo out there if you are interested.
Added by XO on May 23, 2014 7:35 PM
Kari Olson
memorials and photos
I am with you on your take on "owning " memorials. My pet peeve is when a photographer will not let a family member use their photo on their family tree on

Any of the photos I take, and put on Find a Grave are now public domain. Sure its nice to say who they were photographed by, but they should belong to the families.
I have run into several who dont want any of theirs used anywhere else.

Have a great day. Altho its cloudy and gloomy here now, its still finally spring.
Added by Kari Olson on Apr 23, 2014 4:33 PM
Kari Olson
Frohmaders in Camp Douglas
Hi , i linked John Mary and dau Lillie too...
Added by Kari Olson on Apr 23, 2014 4:31 PM
Donna Jones
Henry Quinlan
I no longer have the original. Try contacting the church for the information.
Added by Donna Jones on Apr 02, 2014 2:01 PM
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