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Susan Mahnken (#47453864)
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I have been interested in genealogy since I was a child and found a family book on the Schoonover Family of Bradford County. I am searching my husband's and my family. Thankful for the Dutch relatives because so much information is available.

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Allan Wenzel
RE: Van Cleef/ Cleave
Hi Susan,

Thanks for your praise. I've been researching Jan and the entire family for 50+ years. Since the other memorial has a lot of mistakes I would just as soon keep the two memorials separate. I've written several books on the family and I suspect the other memorial is based on my earlier research and writings...especially since the burial location was determined by me, and the middle name (his father's) was located by a cousin. At any rate my memorial predates the other one, and it doesn't bother me to have it exist.

Added by Allan Wenzel on Feb 15, 2016 2:19 PM
Scott Baumann
RE: Oliver and Sarah Jane Brink
It was my pleasure. I am glad I was able to find the stones, read them and take good pictures. It was a beautiful and peaceful day. It was fun. Enjoy!
Added by Scott Baumann on Sep 17, 2015 9:55 PM
RE: Brink
Added by Finder24 on Aug 02, 2015 9:28 PM
Jane Dean
Soloman Brink
His wife, Lydia is also buried in the Altay cemetery. I have a photo if you are interested. Her date of death is 19 Nov 1874.
Added by Jane Dean on Aug 16, 2013 7:38 PM
Jane Dean
Soloman Brin
Added by Jane Dean on Aug 16, 2013 7:35 PM
RE: Schoonover Graves
You're welcome, Susan. I'm so glad I found them. I will look for Thomas, also.

If you ever get to Stillwater, please let me know!

Added by BettyE on Jul 30, 2013 5:23 AM
RE: Schoonover Graves
Susan -

Good news! I was able to locate the graves. Watson's was the one hidden by vegetation and Malinda's was to the left.

The picture of Watson's grave looked as if Watson was a surname, but when I pulled the vegetation aside, I definitely saw Schoonover. I tried to get a better picture, but could not do so without ruining the vegetation. Maybe this winter.

Malinda's gravestone looked broken because it is short. It is not readable, but I was able to trace the name Malinda on the stone, so I am sure it is hers.

I know you have a request in for Thomas. I drove around but didn't see any Schoonovers from the car. When I get some time, I will go back and look for his.

You are right, it is a beautiful cemetery. We're in a rural area, so one side of the cemetery is bordered by a cornfield. Quite bucolic!

Yes, you may use these photos on your Ancestry tree. Thanks for asking.
Added by BettyE on Jul 28, 2013 12:52 PM
Schoonover Graves
Hi, Susan -

No problem if you upload the photos on Ancestry. Thank you so much for checking.

I hope to get to the cemetery again tomorrow.

FWIW - You may not know the area, but Stillwater has a state park and a small part of a national park. It is a wonderful area and is totally rural.

I moved here 5 years ago and will never leave (I'm in my late 50's). You can feel confident that your grandmother and her son are in beautiful place. FYI - behind the camera, on my back when I took the photo is a corn field.

If you ever get to Stiilwater, please let me know and I/the hist society, will open the museum for you to do research.

I will update tomorrow if I find one or more graves. Noted that you also have another Schoonver request that is after the map I have. I will look for that, also.
Added by BettyE on Jul 27, 2013 6:41 PM
RE: Schoonover Graves
I uploaded three photos. I may have good news. If you look on the map, you can see a path that goes in front of grave #316, Wm Titman. His gravestone is cast metal (iron?).

On the photo, you can see some discoloration leading up to the area where the stone fence meets the chain link fence. This used to be the path. It goes behind the row that has the iron cross.

On the other side of the old path, you can see some small stones and, on the right, there is a brown stone. That is #316.

Malinda and Watson would have been to the upper left. When I was in the cemetery, the area I looked at was a bit further up than I realized. Now, on the photo, I see a clump of vegetation with a gravestone in it. Looking at the map again, maybe it is Malinda or Watson.

I will go back and look again this weekend in that area, just to be sure.
Added by BettyE on Jul 25, 2013 2:02 PM
Schoonover Graves
Hi, Susan -

I located the spot where Malinda and Watson Schoonover's gravestones used to be. I'm sorry but that entire area of the cemetery is without gravestones.

I located gravestones on the outer perimeter of the empty area and matched them to the map. Plus, I was able to visually locate a sunken area where there used to be a path and where the type of fence changed. From these locations, I could see where the headstones would have been.

I took photos of the empty area and I will upload one of those, plus photos of the map and the key to the map. It may take me a day or two.

I don't know why such a wide area was completely empty. I am going to ask around. The graves were on a hillside and maybe some kind of natural disaster happened - e.g., they washed away in heavy rain or something like that.
Added by BettyE on Jul 21, 2013 3:04 PM
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