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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 & Quaker religions to join the United Brethren (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 is the 60's.

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.
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.

In an attempt to preserve the information on the stones, these are some of the photographs that I have taken over the years.

The photographs that are posted are meant to be shared though it would help researchers to know that they did come from Findagrave. If you click on the photograph, I sometimes have information in the caption.
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Cora Knipple Varner
Hi, just checking to see if you know what last name she was most known for -- or which one you want posted. If I put both last names up, she doesn't show up in the search (if she's looked up under either Knipple or Varner). Ahh, predicaments, hehe.
I posted the other info. Thanks so much! If you want this memorial transferred to you, just let me know. Have a great night!
~ Lori
Added by Lori on Oct 22, 2014 8:37 PM
Daniel Ben
RE: Asper Lower Bermudian Adams Co. PA
These pictures are wonderful! One correction though - William is actually Abraham. I already had his dates, I just didn't know where he was buried. He's one of Johannes' brothers. If you see any Aspers, please photograph their graves. This is my ancestral clan.
Added by Daniel Ben on Oct 18, 2014 3:55 PM
Catherine Knipple Seese 107754029
Hello! No, I have no relation to any swartz. I was just photographing at Grandview cemetery. The only "Jack's" I know, are short for John.....but I would think "Jack" could be a first name too, and not necessarily short for anything. Sorry I could not be of more help. The photos that you posted are very interesting!! I'm glad I could get a picture of the grave for you!
Added by MKoestler on Oct 10, 2014 7:25 AM
Changing or AKA of a cemetery
I can't do it, can only be done by findagrave itself.
Added by Kat on Aug 17, 2014 3:29 AM
David Turnbole
RE: Re: Cornelia Anna Butler Pierrepont
I love the history of my home area. Ellisburg, Mannsville, Belleville and of course Pierrepont Manor. So much history with the war of 1812 and so many of our locals heros in the civil war and revolutionary war. The Pierreponts did much for that community and I was honored to be able to get her memorial for you.
Added by David Turnbole on Aug 16, 2014 8:24 PM
RE: Leitner Lightner Knipple Family Saint Davids Old Cemetery
You're very welcome. And thank you for pointing out links to be made, as well as the will information: we want our memorials to be useful to anyone researching the time, and especially family members. You've improved their accuracy, and made them more valuable to others. All the best.
Added by TerriwithaC on Aug 14, 2014 6:25 PM
RE: Lucinda E. Knipple Burke #133321414
No problem :D
Glad I could help

There are a lot of stones that the writing has been or is being washed away just about.

I have found about 17 of them that I just can't give names to now.

Have a great day!
Added by cataholic4ever on Jul 29, 2014 10:57 AM
Robert Schreffler
RE: Hess Cemetery Somerset Co. PA
I took photos of my Eschrich relatives last June. I sort of stumbled upon the headstones. The cemetery you describe is how I found it. That is why I did not return to the cemetery and photograph additional headstones. I can not find any links between my relative and the Hess'. I know that Peter lived in Stonycreek Twp. in the 1850s. His first wife Elisabeth was a Duppstadt. Don't know if there is a relationship between the Duppstadt's and the Hess'. Can't find any on Ancestry.
Added by Robert Schreffler on Jun 30, 2014 9:00 PM
G. Charles Ogline Lantay (aka Gregory P. Lantay)
Edward D. Bowen was born in Alum Bank, Bedford County, PA Oct 20, 1868 s/o Isac & Lucinda Kriger Bowen. He md @ Age 30 the former Maggie L. Sleek Age 40 in Bedford County, PA Jun 25, 1898 (M/L # 3445). Edward & Maggoe had 2 children, daughters Laverne Bowen b. 1916 & Dorsey b. 1918, Edward was a FARMER. He died May 11, 1932 in St Clair twp, Bedford, County, PA =- dc # 47055. His wife Maggie is buried in FISHERTOWN CEMETERY - her Find A Grave Mem # is 62190801 - she died Nov 28, 1937 per PA dc #103469.
I am Contributor 39265068 - (NO RELATION). Her mother had married Abraham Lape - my ancestor.
Added by G. Charles Ogline Lantay ... on Jun 29, 2014 12:28 PM
Clyde David clawson
LIKE!!! You have made such a nice memorial for him.
Added by Joanne on Jun 01, 2014 8:13 AM
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