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I am originally from Springfield, Ohio and make my home in Pittsburgh, PA. My areas of interest focus on my paternal, German ancestry (Staker/Stecker/Stoecher, Nagel, Gerlach, Gleim, Apel) and Anglo-Scottish ancestry (Hudson, Campbell, Chatfield, Neely, Ruby, Stewart) who eventually settled in Scioto/Lawrence Counties, Ohio; My maternal ancestors (Strickler, Frizzell, Little, Grant, McNamee); and my wife's Czech and Dutch-German ancestry (Branchik, Van Jura, Ezarik, Pittuch, McCanna, Terwilliger, Crispen/Christman) who settled in Western PA. |
I take pleasure in my hobby of cleaning stones, archiving records, photography, quiet walks, and knowing I am helping others find the final resting places of their family and ancestry. Especially when I have the companionship of one of my kids.
Removing the debris, clearing the weeds, discovering a lost buried stone, cleaning a neglected monument, and saying a short prayer is my way of giving tribute to someone's long or short life. These places are electrified with emotion, with millions of stories about millions of lives, faces, feelings, personalities, triumphs, despair, and ultimately death, with their secrets long lost to the wind.
When I return from a day out I often spend hours scouring the internet to find something about who my person was and what legacy or family they created or left for us today. I have questions. Who was she? What did he look like? What was her passion in life? Did he live a satisfying life? All we can see is the beginning and end dates, but nothing in the middle. Learning where that person fit in with their society, the role he or she played in their family, a biography and even the rare photograph make that hour I invested worthwhile. Its the least I can do to pay homage and give some sort of tribute to this person's life - now an etched name in granite, just one of thousands on these acres of ground.
This interest in cemeteries has always helped me to deal with deaths of those very close to me, our final destination, and a way to spiritually understand our real eternity in Heaven.
THE RECORDING OF A CEMETERY
BY THELMA GREENE REAGAN
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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|kevin Myers||Bentley cemetery|
I finally made it back to Bentleyville and photographed Bentley Cemetery ,,its not a big cemetery some markers are missing a couple unreadable but i uploaded what i could make out,,one i found covered up with weeds and grass that wasnt listed. Its not a well kept cemetery they must have just cut grass but i brought my trimmers and had to trim around the markers to take pics. take a look,,,,,,kevin
Thanks a lot for the pictures, really appreciate it
Added by Igor Sch on Feb 28, 2014 4:29 PM
|Anonymous||Re: Pearl Glick photo|
Thanks so much! I'm impressed you went out in this winter weather!
|kevin Myers||Bentleyville cem|
Hi my cusine who lives near Bentleyville in Scenery Hill took some pics of Bentley cem only 3 i could use ,im stil going tto go back and photo graph entire cem, she took pics with cell phone cam
|kevin Myers||RE: Bentley cemetery|
ok ill try before this fall have to visit my cuzins there
|kevin Myers||Bentley cemetery|
I see you have listed burials for Bentley cemetery in Bentleyville,PA iv been wanting to photgraph it for Find A Grave but see youv already started by making the link, My grandparents were from Bentleyville lived just down the road ,their buried in Utica,OH, iv been wanting to take a trip back to photograph it but if you already have i wont bother ,I live in Lorain,Oh still have relaitves there in Bentleyville. The cemetery is on private prop, i once with my brother drove up to it but saw the private prop sign so didnt go any farther. kevin myers
|Judy Cain Bowser||Charles E. Lowe and family|
Thanks so much for linking the Lowe family together. It is greatly appreciated.
|Riann||Corrections in Blackburn Cemetery|
Thanks, I have changed their memorials to Isabel and Bethia. It started to pour when we were at this cemetery many years ago, and both my readings and my notes suffered from the rain. I knew I had some errors, but thought posting something, even with some letter errors was better than not posting anything. Thank you for taking the time to send the correct information. Riann
Added by Riann on Oct 15, 2012 10:32 PM
|Aaron Gleim||Fixed !|
Thanks Steve ,
I wasnt even lookikng at the FIRST 2 digets !!...ahha....didn't see that I typed 1949....wow.....
Thanks , I knew that the 1859 date on the stone is wrong....should read 1849....I thought you was talking about that...
My BAD...thanks for letting me know....every once in awhile I have a Brain Lapse and TYPE the wrong century !...
Thanks again , I hope all is well with you !
|Aaron Gleim||Charles Schneider Birthdate|
I think we went over this before , Karl " Charles " Schneider and wife Maria Elizabeth ( Bentine ) dates are both 10 years off on their stones .... I don't know why , but it is...
Karl " Charles " Schneider was born in 1849 , he was 19 years old when his family immigrated from Germany in 1868 .
also , Census records for Maria Elizabeth Bentine , has her birth abt. 1852 or 1853 ....
I have no clue about why the stones are wrong ?...BUT Karl " Charles " Schneider and Maria Elizabeth ( Bentine ) married on 28 Sept. 1871 ( I have a copy of their Marraige Cert. ) , so if they were born in 1859 AND 1863 , then they would have been ages 12 and 8 ....
Anyway , I NOTED on the memorial that the DATES on the stone was wrong ....see * note on memorial.
So , I am sure that the DATES are wrong on the stone...
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