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Melissa Stickles (#47285848)
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Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where other cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.

Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.

Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.

Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.

Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.

Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.

Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.

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William Johnson 71109963
Hi Again, A correction to my previous message and an additional edit submitted. His obit appeared in the 02/14/1930 paper, not on 02/13. The obit bi-line was Ballston Spa, 02/13 and the obit body said "died this morning". So I submitted an edit request to change his death date to 02/13, from 02/15. Paul
Added by pjt on Sep 27, 2016 3:22 PM
William Johnson 71109963
Hello Melissa, I submitted an edit request to add his middle initial. The source was his obit which appeared in the Schenectady Gazette on 02/13/1930. Thanks for maintaining his memorial. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Sep 27, 2016 3:14 PM
William Fox
Anna G. Smith Wells
I re-checked the dates for my Anna G. Smith and your Gt. Gt. Grandmother, Virginia Wells Lord and their dates of birth are too close together for them to be mother and daughter. So I presume that Dickerson B. Wells was previously married and had Virginia then he married Anna G. Smith who was younger then his daughter. Was Virginia's first marriage to Daniel Lord of Broadalbin, New York? These families must have known each other when my Richard & Charlotte (Thompson) Smith and Dickerson B. Wells all lived in Broadalbin. Anna was buried between her father and mother in the Ballston Spa Village cemetery. Sorry for the mix-up.
Added by William Fox on Sep 12, 2016 11:47 PM
William Fox
Anna G. (Smith) Wells
Anna G. (Smith) Wells was the daughter of Richard & Charlotte (Thompson) Smith and the youngest sister of Daniel Thompson Smith my gt. gt. grandfather. Did Anna G.Wells die in child birth with Virgina Wells? I would like to exchange Smith/Wells Family data with you. Please e-mail me at I didn't know about Virginia Wells until I saw your post on Find-A-Grave. I am William L. Fox of Wichita, Kansas.
Added by William Fox on Sep 11, 2016 11:57 PM
Catherine Rikert 140002145
All the memorials are richer with a headstone photo. Thank you for the time you take and the trips you make to take these photos. Headstones disappear and the writing fades with time. Photos and transcriptions are of great value to genealogists who follow those memorialized in the cemeteries and on Findagrave.
Thanks again
Added by Deb on Sep 09, 2016 8:50 AM
Catherine Rikert 140002145
Thank you for the headstone photo for Catherine Rikert and the probable link (by adjacent headstone) to John Richerd. I cannot read her headstone very well in the photo. Is the spelling of her name and her dates consistent with the transcription on her memorial?

Added by Deb on Sep 07, 2016 4:34 PM
Jim Livermore
John Richerd photo
Thanks so much for this, answers a few questions I had.
Added by Jim Livermore on Sep 07, 2016 11:21 AM
K. Sexton
Rankin pictures
Melissa, I am so greatful for the addition of my great grandparents headstones! Great pics. I had almost lost hope that request had been there so long. You made my day!
Added by K. Sexton on Sep 03, 2016 12:43 PM
Steve Lusk
RE: Lusk family in Green Lawn, New Hartford, NY
Give me about a week to catch up. I'm going to be out of town until Wednesday, but I think that I can fill in some of the holes. I'm pretty sure LMON LUSK is Salmon Lusk, but I need to look a little closer and can't do it right now.
Added by Steve Lusk on Sep 03, 2016 9:47 AM
RE: photo of the deer
Hi Melissa,
Best way to get closer to them is during feeding, during the summer evenings are best. I can take you out one day, just let me know a day ahead.
The stags have shed the velvet so they are back in hard antlers again, if you give them a couple of weeks they will color in nicer.
You should have just asked that time you saw workers, its only me and my husband so it was most likely us.
Unfortunately I do not think we are related, both my husband and I were born in Austria and came as adults to the U.S.
Our phone number is 315 858 6292 looking forward to meet you Ingrid.

By the way my photos for Oak Hill are not the best either, mostly close ups, I did use a Nikon, but I took a photo of each stone in Oak Hill ( not all in one day!!!), as there are no burial list's and worked with the board. The big Mausoleum was impressive to go in, felt like nobody had been in there for quite some time, it's kept looked and two workers had quite a hard time prying the doors open. I took them section by section so the sun was not always on my side!!!
Thank you, hope to meet you soon Ingrid.
Added by wienerin on Aug 30, 2016 6:10 AM
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