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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 12 years, 10 months, 6 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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John G. Hall
RE: USCT Photos
I stumbled across some in Union Cemetery in Pa..:-)

Thank you!

Added by John G. Hall on Dec 27, 2014 8:49 AM
John G. Hall
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Hi Zella,

Currently I'm working on a USCT Facebook Page honoring these soldiers. I would like to know if we could post your photos on there. You'd be given FULL credit. Here's the link to check us out:

Thank you for your time,
Added by John G. Hall on Dec 27, 2014 7:55 AM
ernest kennedy
Added by ernest kennedy on Dec 22, 2014 5:46 PM
Amy Elizabeth
RE: Gonder
Hi Zella, I added the photo to Susan's memorial. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you too :)
Added by Amy Elizabeth on Dec 20, 2014 9:03 PM
Zelda Schnier
Zelda Schnier was my 1st cousin, two times removed. I noticed that you lit a candle on her site, which makes me wonder if you might be related (Granddaughter, perhaps?).
Zelda was born Zelda Levine, daughter of Herman Levine and Ida Patz Levine from Altoona, PA. Ida Patz Levine was my great grandmother Anna Patz Litowitz's, sister.

So, might we be distant cousins? I hope so!

Mindy I.
Added by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2014 5:12 PM
Karen A.
Dwight Hinman 83815427
Thank you for the extra info. for him -- it has been added. I'm always happy to include more details.
Added by Karen A. on Dec 15, 2014 3:27 PM
D Rosenthal
Memorial 108059075 - Anna Coza Rosenthal
I am a relative of Anna and am curious about your source for her father's name. We have record of the Hebrew name (from the headstone) and two other names from written documents - Harry and Nathan. I am curious on your source for Henry.


David Rosenthal
Added by D Rosenthal on Dec 08, 2014 11:19 AM
John Zeth
Data added. Thanks.
Added by Mary on Dec 07, 2014 2:10 PM
RE: Henry Darling
Thank you so very much, Zella. You've done me an immense favor in posting this family. I had only known about Dr. Darling and my ggg aunt and their Toledo connection. Your info filled in a lot for me. It gave me good leads for people and places and explained the two daughters with him in Toledo. I'll keep digging. I appreciate your efforts so much. Keep looking down!
Added by Grayson on Dec 07, 2014 9:13 AM
RE: Henry Darling
Thanks, Zella.
Do you know what happened to the Rice and Darling family later??
My GGGrandaunt ELLEN M. VAN VALKENBURG married William H Darling in Toledo in 1853. When he was in Akron, he was a potter; in Toledo, a holistic medical doctor.
His daughters FANNY and HELEN (as Ellen, age 12) by Nancy Maria Rice appear with Ellen (VV and William on the 1860 Toledo Census. Fanny (19) had married a Mr Cramer,also in house. My Ellen (VV) Darling seems to have died soon after the 1860 Census. (I believe she's buried in Mt Hope Cemetery, Peru, Miami Co, IN, in a plot her Van Valkenburg brother owned.)
William remarried in Wayne Co, MI, 1863 to Mrs Caroline (Blackmar)
Chilson, widow of Henry C. Chilson. (She shows in 1860 in Wayne Co, MI, with daughter Eva.) I lose Caroline and William Darling until 1880 when they are in Toledo with Eva DARLING (23). I lose Caroline (Carrie) and Eva there in 1880. A "Dr. Darling" is buried in Forest Cemetery, Toledo, sometime after 1900. Do you know ANYTHING about the family? Thanks again.
Added by Grayson on Dec 06, 2014 3:08 PM
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