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Andii1814 (#48214069)
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Bio Photo I have been following the families of Napier Twp. (Helixville, New Paris, Schellsburg) Bedford Co. PA for about 20 years and have been very concerned about the state of many of the tombstones. Because of the lack of records for families as they left the Lutheran, Reformed, & Quaker religions to join the United Brethren (Wm. Otterbein & Martin Boehm) & the Evangelical (Jacob Albright) which were started in people's homes and had a strong presence in Bedford, the tombstone is often an individual's only record. The United Brethren joined the Evangelical Church in 1946 in Johnstown PA (just over the mountain) to become the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) & then became the United in the United Methodist in 1968.

I find the carving on the Boylan stones beautiful and the imperfections interesting but when water gets in a top crack the front shears off in pieces and the information is destroyed. Unfortunately, also, some of these beautifully hand carved stones are targets for vandalism.

The marble which was brought about 1850 by the railroads pits easily & in many cases these marble stones are QUICKLY BECOMING UNREADABLE.
Infant Aaron Garber #61671623 in the Quaker Cemetery in Bedford Co. PA. Two photographs one taken in 2013 & one taken in 1998.

Many of the stones have only partial info that can be read such as a number or one or two letters so essentially the information on them must be reconstructed from other sources. I believe in putting information on the identified & readable memorials in the hopes that this will help decipher the stone next to it. The church cemeteries in Bedford were family cemeteries.

In an attempt to preserve the information on the stones, these are photographs that I have taken over the years and can be used freely for anybody's research. No need to ask.
So much of this information is being lost.

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Thank you for locating the broken headstone, and adding photos.
Added by Patti on Dec 01, 2015 7:31 AM
Robin C.
Robin here!

Where did you find the obit!? I have been searching for anything on this woman forever! if you have a jpg of the obit, can you send it to me?

Thanks for all your research!!
Added by Robin C. on Nov 12, 2015 1:05 PM
Bill Plack
RE: Boylan Stones?
Hi Andii - My reply is fairly lengthy so I will send you an email later today. /Bill
Added by Bill Plack on Oct 31, 2015 8:21 AM
Diane Wardlaw
RE: Re: John Musselman Walters 128463543
You are welcome! Thanks for writing!
Added by Diane Wardlaw on Oct 25, 2015 2:41 PM
Jeff Schneider
RE: Re: Eliz Knipple Shultz 119590811
If you paid to have her stone reset then I don't think you got what you paid for. I'd have to go back to the cemetery to verify, but by all appearances the base in the photo is the old, cracked, original base and the stone was just cleaned and placed back into that base.

If you'd like, I can go back, move the broken bottom portion of the stone aside and photograph the base for you.

The photo was taken 10 Oct 2015 just fyi.
Added by Jeff Schneider on Oct 15, 2015 8:58 AM
Jeff Schneider
She's Memorial # 119590811
Added by Jeff Schneider on Oct 10, 2015 7:28 PM
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Elizabeth Knipple Shultz
Just letting you know that I added a photo to her memorial.
Added by Jeff Schneider on Oct 10, 2015 7:27 PM
Bob Rose
RE: Re: Nettie Blymer Agnew #12790226
You are Welcome.

Bob Rose
Added by Bob Rose on Sep 12, 2015 7:18 PM
Susan Sparks Leasure
RE: McCreary
You are right about that. Not only Thomas but John, George etc. Very confusing
Added by Susan Sparks Leasure on Sep 08, 2015 4:25 PM
Susan Sparks Leasure
Rebecca Smith McCreary
Thank you so much for the pic of my 4x great aunt's grave. Susan Sparks Leasure
Added by Susan Sparks Leasure on Sep 06, 2015 8:55 AM
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