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Kate Foster (#46778345)
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I first became interested in my family history in 7th grade but it wasn't until I became an adult that it truly became a passion. I work full-time at a local police department. I also work two part-time jobs as an EMT Instructor. I do what I can when I can. I used to help out on Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, when the site went down I turned to this site as another means of helping people. Geographically, my family goes from NJ through NY, PA, MO, TN, MA & ME in the USA. Outside of the USA we have found my tree traces heavily in Ireland with some in Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, France & Germany. The last names my research focuses on (going back to my 2nd great grandparents) are:
Foster & Martin
Reiners & Poole
Schneider & Weeks
Jones & Jones
Kirk & Reegan/Reagan/Regan
Dodd & Coleman
Whynot (numerous spellings) & Kinnear
McGonigle & Kane/O'Kane

I have learned some interesting things about my family while doing this research. For example, one of my 8th great grandfathers on my paternal grandfather's side was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials (Roger Toothaker). The nephew of the husband of my 10th great grandmother on my paternal grandmother's side was Cotton Mather. My great-grandfather on my maternal grandmother's side (Christopher James Kirk, Sr) and his family were from Fall River, MA. My paternal grandfather's brother (my great Uncle Al) married a wonderful & sweet woman (Beverly Arlette Campbell Foster) who I recently discovered is the 7th cousin 3 times removed of Lizzie Borden. My Kirk family was living about a mile away from the Bordens at the time of the double murder and NO ONE ever talked about this. I happened to stumble across it accidentally. My 6th great grandfather was Chief Pathkiller of the Cherokee Nation. Name sounds big & tough! His father… Aganstata Oconostata Groundhog Sausage Stand. GROUNDHOG SAUSAGE!!! Not so big & tough. I have had many interesting discoveries about the military history/service in my family. I have long been fascinated by the Civil War, especially Gettysburg. A couple of years ago I found out my 2nd cousin 5 times removed was taken prisoner of war at Gettysburg.

I strongly encourage everyone to learn about their family history. It is through the love of thousands of people that you are who you are today. While doing this research, you may learn a little something about yourself. I have always loved the ocean. I love deep sea fishing and being out on the water. I don't care if I catch anything or not, just being out there is relaxing to me. Then I found out that a large number of my ancestors were either fishermen, captains, ship carpenters, etc. Maybe there is something genetic, maybe it is a coincidence. I don't know…
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John Willis & Dorcas A Willis
Hi Kate, Sorry this reply took so long but I have been traveling. I really appreciate you taking the time and making the effort to photograph John and Dorcas's headstones. Robin
Added by RLA on Aug 14, 2014 8:21 AM
The Quackenbush
Thank you for the pictures of the headstones
of Jacob and Maria Quakcenbush
Added by andieno on Jul 28, 2014 7:41 AM
RE: Question - Ida H. Lake & John G. Lake
I'm off Wed also. Let me know if you need me to come over and help.
Added by Cindy on Jul 21, 2014 5:18 PM
RE: Question - Ida H. Lake & John G. Lake
The photographs of this cemetery were the first entire cemetery I took. I started from the back. I think almost directly behind the church and walked toward the church. I then continued to the right -toward the center of town- on the street side and walked toward the back to the only mousoleum. I think that I started mid Nov. so a photograph date of early Dec should put the location _ looking at the church- to the left closer to the street than the mousoleum. Do you live close? I can take a walk back there at some point and try to relocate.
Added by Cindy on Jul 21, 2014 10:32 AM
Carolyn Farnum
Miriam Farnum
I am transferring her to you since I can't find my reference to her burial at Mt Hope Cemetery. It is unlikely since the family lived in Bowdoin.

Be safe,
Added by Carolyn Farnum on Jul 14, 2014 10:18 AM
Stone Finders
Miriam Farnum
I do not believe she is in this cemetery. I have been working on this cemetery and I have not seen any stones from 1700's. Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society have a list of names and they are from 1826 on.
Added by Stone Finders on Jul 13, 2014 2:16 AM
RE: Asenath Stover Kinnear
Hi Kate --

Sorry, can't help you. When I lived in Maine, Old Harpswell Cemetery is just one of the cemeteries I recorded. At the time I put them on line at a Maine website, later I added them to FindAGrave.

I no longer live in Maine.

Added by Karen on Jul 12, 2014 2:38 PM
JP Rayder
RE: Thank you!
Hi Kate
I'm just glade to have helped....JP
Added by JP Rayder on Mar 11, 2014 7:20 PM
RE: Christopher & Mary Kirk
Holyhood Cemetery. A nice and safe place as I see it. I would suggest calling the Office before you go. Map and grave locations are available from them BUT... i've had problems asking for more than 2 at a time. They are fussy about giving free info... now charging $10 per name. So call and ask for 2 at a time. (1 from each grave if you can) Check out their website listed on the Cemetery page.
Added by BobBoston on Mar 07, 2014 12:13 PM
RE: Christopher & Mary Kirk
You are very welcome.
Celebrate Volunteerism!!!
Added by BobBoston on Mar 07, 2014 7:48 AM
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