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Gail Slater (#47462104)
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Bio Photo I have lived in Butler, Pennsylvania all of my life and have been on a journey discovering my family history for over 35 years. I have created many memorials for my own ancestors (Slater, Reith, Stepp, Schehl, Brown, Riding, Hartzell and many more), as my discoveries are made.

I believe that every life deserves to be remembered and I add memorials for others because of this.


Dear Ancestor:
Your tombstone stands among the rest neglected and alone, the name and date are chiseled out on polished marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care, it is too late to mourn, you did not know that I exist, you died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you, in flesh, in blood and bone, our blood contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago, spreads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,I wonder if you knew, that someday I would find this spot and come to visit you
----Author Unknown


While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
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re: # 93768470 FLETCHER
Greetings, I've added a photo of William found on his passport application -- more info which this source contained seen when clicking on photo -- if you wish to add to memorial... FYI. Caral
Added by Caral on Jul 07, 2014 3:19 AM
Donna Crosslin
Orrie Barnhart
You are absolutely correct! Orrie was William's son, not Frederick's. I hadn't looked closely enough at the picture and as of now have no record of a marriage between William and Dora. Have changed the records thanks to you. Donna
Added by Donna Crosslin on Jun 29, 2014 3:08 AM
Donna Crosslin
William Barnhart
Saint Paul's United Church Of Christ, Connoquenessing, Butler County, Pennsylvania

Gail, Thank you so much for all you do!!! I have discovered an error:

I am working from a document showing the marriage of Frederick and Dora Miller, and their son Orrie.
Frederick E. Barnhart and Dora Miller Barnhart are shown in a picture of a headstone as being together. I think it's safe to assume they were, in fact, married.

You have Dora Miller and Frederick's brother, William Barnhart linked as spouses. This makes Orrie J. Barnhart William's son, which he was not.

Would you mind changing these links? Thanks so much. I am tracing the Sheakley descendants, and Frederick and William are both Sheakley descendants. Thanks again. Donna
Added by Donna Crosslin on Jun 27, 2014 7:26 PM
Tom Schoening
Verda Rowles Browne
Gail: Thank You for linking Verda to her parents It is greatly appreciated - Keep Up the
Great Work

Regards - Tom Schoening
Added by Tom Schoening on Jun 27, 2014 4:38 AM
mary reardon
Eva Slater and Joseph Frank Keeling
I sent you an email yesterday and forgot to add my address:
Re: St Peters Cemetery, Butler #76613679
My great great grandfather, Joseph Keeling b 1821 Hannover Germany, has left quite a legacy in Pittsburgh. I'd like to share (if we can connect these two)! Consider me a novice, although I've been doing this for >5 years.
Added by mary reardon on Jun 16, 2014 6:23 AM
Barbara HARMS Craig
Frances Tussey and Verna McCleary
THANKS SO MUCH for transferring Frances DODDS Tussey and Verna DODDS McCleary. I am still looking for 4 more children, but can not find any information on Emma, James H and Sarah "Sadie" DODDS Duncan. The oldest child, Joseph Calvin Dodds came to Kansas, but not finding anything on him either.
Added by Barbara HARMS Craig on Jun 14, 2014 7:28 PM
Barbara HARMS Craig
Ebenezer and Sarah JanebDodds
THANKS SO MUCH for the transfer of Ebenezer and Sarah Jane Dodds' memorials. Also, for adding the information and links for the children.
Added by Barbara HARMS Craig on Jun 14, 2014 7:18 PM
Hello Gail, I'm sorry did know this would go without an knowing who I was talking about. It's my husband, William Austin Sanders, formerly of Butler. Passed away June 21, 2013 in Folsom, Ca. I'll try to follow your directions. Dawn
Added by Dawn on May 22, 2014 3:15 PM
Hello Gail, I found this site accidently when looking for my husbands location at Sacramento VAlley National Cemetery in Dixon CA. I was happy to see this info and then when looked this year and found the pictures. I haven't figured this site out, like how did you come to get this info, and where does the picture person live. And how do you add info, such as Bills sisters name, as now I've searched other family and names are not there or in one case of my relatives a child is listed as spouse.
Anyhow where on this site can I find out how to use it. I am also computer challenged! Thank You!
Added by Dawn on May 21, 2014 3:27 PM
Ruth C Birckbichler Hancheck 85667293
Hi Gail,

Just one small correction for my cousin above, Ruth Birckbichler Hancheck. On her memorial, her maiden name is misspelled. It should be Birckbichler, and I know you know that, but we all have a slip when typing sometimes. Thank you!

Added by Cookie on May 13, 2014 6:30 PM
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