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I have been taking pictures of cemeteries for 30+ years. I love the history and beauty of old cemeteries. It bothers me to see old cemeteries forgotten about and not being taken care of. Any stones I find that I can prop up and clean off, I will do. By "clean off," I am referring to taking a soft cloth or a stick or my hands to brush off mud, grass, mold if possible, and yes, even cow poop occasionally, in order to make the stone legible in the picture. |
I get a lot of photo requests that I can't fulfill - I wish I had more time - but I prefer to do western Rockingham County, Virginia/Mathias, West Virginia. I can go as far north as Broadway/Timberville or south to Dayton/Bridgewater. I prefer not to do eastern Rockingham or Augusta County. I have gotten several requests for Pendleton County, West Virginia, which is about 40+ miles from me. I don't know if I can ever get out that way. I can also get a few in the Reston/Herndon area, since I grew up there and am there on the weekends.
Please use the edit link on the upper right corner of a memorial if you would like me to make additions, corrections, or add links, and I will do so. I will be happy to make reasonable transfers. I hope people do the same for me! I have noticed some people are very good about making corrections or adding information right away, and others seem not to do it all.
Any pictures I take of cemeteries and stones, you are welcome to use for personal use. This does not mean you can create a duplicate memorial and copy my pictures onto it, which is against FAG rules. ANY FAMILY PICTURES OF GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS, DO NOT USE. THESE ARE MY PERSONAL PICTURES AND I OWN THE ORIGINALS.
Helpful tip if anyone needs lots of pics from around here - I know there is a limit of 20 requests per week, so if you need more than that, please put the extra names in the Note section of your request for each cemetery - this will really help the photo volunteers and decrease the amount of repeat trips out to the same cemetery.
The following poem was written in 1906 by Walter Butler Palmer.
Your tombstone now stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out on polished marbled 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 and blood and bone.
Our heart contracts and beats a pulse,
Entirely not our own.
Dear Grandfather, the place you filled
One hundred years ago,
Spreads out among the ones you left,
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder how you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew,
That someday I would find this spot,
And come and visit you.
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|Deborah Hoff Yuras||Joseph Bennett|
Hello, which newspaper did the clipping about Joseph Bennett's grave come from and do you know the date of publication? Thank you.
|Jan robinson||Weldon & Reba Miller|
Thanks for the photos. I appreciate your time and effort.
|LRobin||Photo: Claude Lee Smith|
Thank you for the photo!!!
Added by LRobin on Oct 16, 2016 9:01 AM
|LRobin||photo: Richard Clatterbuck|
Thank you for the photo.
Added by LRobin on Oct 15, 2016 9:04 PM
Thank you for the Davis photo.
|BjJ||RE: Moses Triplett|
We often see what we think we see rather than see what is actually there, tee hee. I certainly have made my share of proofreading mistakes, thinking "that looks right" but then find mistakes a long time later. And, I've had some real doozies! :)
Added by BjJ on Sep 30, 2016 10:10 PM
|Sadina Phillips Millard||R S Morgan140487286|
I saw you have taken a few pictures of graves in Maplewood cemetery. I was wondering if you have seen RS Morgans stone there. If so and next time you are there would you take a picture for me. I have called up to Maplewood and I get no answer to whether it even exist. Or if you can put me in contact with some who can help. Thanks Sadina
|Shock||RE: William Whetzel|
Added by Shock on Sep 07, 2016 8:31 PM
|VICKI SCHMAEMAN||RE: Catherine Showalter Evers|
Thank you, I found the sheet with the family Bible papers, and had to share it with all I could.
|Jo Swanson||RE: Carmen comulada|
Interesting. She must be there with no stone, then. How sad. Sorry about that!
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