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A Weers (#47404731)
 member for 6 years, 3 months, 4 days
RE: Vesta Veina Finnigan
Hmm, this is interesting. Henry Esterly is in Find A Grave and I just posted the photo that I have of him. He died in 1931 and is buried in Elkton, South Dakota (where his sister, Mary is buried). The Esterly's lived in several states including, but not limited to, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Oklahoma. The photo of Henry that I posted says that it was taken in S. Dakota, although there is no date. I have not seen the marriage certificate for HA Esterly and VV Holden, just the marriage record. Holden would have been Vesta's first married name.

Added by MAMesser on Feb 21, 2017 12:10 PM

RE: Vesta Veina Finnigan
Thanks for the information, it is very interesting. I noticed in the marriage record some mistakes as well, for example, Henry's mother is listed as what appears to be "May" Arndt, however, she went by Mary or sometimes Marie. I also wonder if you have any info about the divorce. I only have information from a census in which Vesta is listed as divorced.

It is interesting to know that you have some letters that reference him. Do you have them scanned? I have only a few letters where he is referenced, by his sister Mary (Esterly) Rahn, in letters to my great-grandfather, Albert. From those 2 letters, it seems as though there was some sort of falling out between she and Henry, although it is not very clear as to what exactly happened. I would be interested in whether the letters can shed more light on who he was.

I only have one photo of him and he looks to be in his 70's. There were a total of 7 Esterly brothers (and 2 sisters) and he is the mysterious one. From what I know of the others, they were all very close and loyal to their siblings.

I would be interested in collaborating a bit more about this, if possible. I don't know how to get in touch with you privately, however, if there is a way, I would be interested in doing so.

Thanks, Have a great day!!

Added by MAMesser on Feb 21, 2017 6:52 AM

Vesta Veina Finnigan
Hi, I was reading through the description of Vesta and marriages, etc and wanted to correct some info for you. The biography states that she married Harry Easterly (third marriage), however that is incorrect. She married Henry Esterly (my great uncle). This can be verified in the marriage record where his parents are listed as John Esterly and Mary Ardnt. I do not have a lot of information about Henry other than a few letters from his sister, Mary, to my great grandfather, Albert Esterly. Both letters indicate that Henry (at least in the 1920's) was feuding with her.

Added by MAMesser on Feb 20, 2017 12:19 PM

Thurston Workman
Hi! Photos posted to his memorial.

Also there:

Katheryne J. Workman, 6-20-1922 - 2-23-2001

If you add a photo request for her I will post the photos that I took to her memorial.


Added by Ace on Jul 17, 2016 2:08 AM

Cheryl Parker Grieb
Wesley Scott
Saw this new photo listed and thought he may be yours.


Added by Cheryl Parker Grieb on May 22, 2016 8:19 AM

Thurston Workman at Forest Home Cemetery
Hi! I need the burial Section and Lot Numbers in order to take a photograph for you. This cemetery's staff does not help photo volunteers, and the burial location is not available anywhere else.

Phone: 708-366-1900

Last year I fulfilled over 450 photo requests at this cemetery after the burial location was provided.

Thank you!


Added by Ace on Apr 15, 2016 2:32 AM

Thurston Workman at Forest Home Cemetery
Hi! There is no way for a volunteer photographer to look up the burial location for him. This cemetery does not assist photo volunteers. I hope you will call or e-mail the cemetery to obtain the burial plot.

Phone: 773-287-0772

If you do not obtain the burial plot your photo request will likely continue to go unfulfilled (as it has since 2013). This cemetery is approximately one square mile in size with over 150,000 burials. Finding a grave really does require the burial plot. Additionally, almost no one volunteers here because the cemetery will not help us. I'm one of the very few who continue to try to help with photo requests here.


Added by Ace on Nov 07, 2015 11:47 AM

Larry Boller
Holden Family
Hello, I am Larry Boller Grandson of Hugh Henry and Hazel Holden pls contact me,

Added by Larry Boller on Sep 18, 2015 8:37 PM

David Larson
You have a picture of the William Caffee on the find a grave site. I am trying to restore the old mineral Point cemetery. which of the two stones were Williams. These two stones are completely gone so all we have is your picture.
Dave Larson

Added by David Larson on Jul 13, 2015 8:09 AM

Sharon Lindbloom
Oltmanns/Weers Memorials
I've been working on Prairie Hill Cemetery trying to set up memorials and photo all the gravestones in the cemetery.
I find that I've duplicated two memorials that you set up. On the memorials that I set up there are more links. Would you consider deleting the two memorials you set up as follows:
#114274912 for John S Oltmanns
#114274771 for Alma Elise Weers Oltmanns

Then the two memorials that I set up as follows:
#138519039 for John S Oltmanns
#138519194 for Alma Elise Weers Oltmanns
I will transfer these memorials to you to maintain. This would be simpler than trying to relink the family members to your memorials.

Thanks for your consideration.
Sharon Brodersen Lindbloom

Added by Sharon Lindbloom on May 30, 2015 1:30 PM

RE: Willis Moffett
You are very welcome. The Lakewood Cemetery website lists the name as William Moffitt -- no doubt because the death certificate spelled it that way. There are two Alexander Scotts in the Lakewood records, one who died in 1886 at age 18 and one who died in 1907 at age 51. Would either of these be your great-great grandfather? They wouldn't have been the oldest burials, though. Lakewood's official history says that the first was Maggie Menzel in 1872.

Added by Linda on Apr 28, 2015 9:32 PM

steve tierney

Added by steve tierney on Jan 16, 2015 7:39 PM

Sharon Lindbloom
Anna Magdalena Schrader Weers
Find A Grave #114272794

Do you have any information where Anna's parents are buried? Her father, Fred Schrader, was living with Anna & Albert Weers in the Iowa 1925 State census. He is listed as widowed, but I haven't found when or where they are buried.

Any help you could provide would be appreciated.
Sharon Brodersen Lindbloom

Added by Sharon Lindbloom on Nov 09, 2014 12:44 PM

Did you receive me e-mail of Nov 5?

Added by rschenk on Nov 08, 2014 4:15 PM

we are related
You are my second cousin--we share great grandparents Lawrence Cosgrove and Honora Troy. I would like to compare family notes with you.

Added by rschenk on Oct 30, 2014 4:12 AM

RE: Mary Byrne Cosgrove Wamsley
Hi Cousin :)
Hmmm, seems like religious shenanigans are afoot. Edward may have converted but is definitely not buried with Mary. I have seen both grave sites and they are in the vicinity of Villard but 2 different cemeteries. My Mom would like to know your Mom's maiden name or how your line connects back to Mary. If you feel ok about sharing more info, would you like to email each other directly? I am curious about Mary being married to Lawrence? The information we have for Mary Byrne Cosgrove Wamsley had a 1st husband named Michael Cosgrove and they emigrated from Ireland to the US most likely thru New Orleans. They had at the time 3 boys: John, William and Lawrence. A daughter was born, Maryann Cosgrove, in Kentucky? Michael seems to have died maybe in Kentucky or prior as Mary went on to relatives in the Detroit area. The Wamsleys were in Ontario across the river from Detroit. Mary married Edward Wamsley in Ontario in 1856. We think Stanley Twnship. This info is from a Wamsley family member who traveled quite a bit an did this research in the 80's. His correspondence is quite lengthy. Nothing is foolproof and this is why my Mom and I are running around the countryside trying to substantiate things. It's been so much fun. By the way, I did get a chance to go to the Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre and Mary is definitely not there so the picture of the Calvary stone carving on your citation is incorrect for Mary but would be correct if added to the citation for Lawrence. How wonderful your mother knows so much and is staying sharp. I hope she's writing a book - people who live that long have seen so many changes in the world and have a perspective the younger generations need to hear. Take care, nice to "meet" you :)

Added by MissionMtn on Oct 06, 2014 9:01 PM

Jeff Lloyd ©2004-2017
DeWitt Clinton Huntoon photo...
I was wondering where you got the excellent photo of DeWitt Clinton Huntoon that you posted at

He was a granduncle of mine, and it's always great to see new "discoveries"...

Thanks for any replies!


Added by Jeff Lloyd ©2004-2017 on Aug 26, 2014 1:01 PM

Clara Yenter
Thank you for finding the grave of Clara Yenter and honoring her with the photo. I appreciate it!

Added by Sue on Jul 09, 2014 11:45 PM

Thurston Workman at Forest Home Cemetery
Good morning Sir/Ma'am. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to contact Forest Home Cemetery and obtain the grave location (Section & Lot numbers) for your photo request(s), ask them whether or not there is a grave marker, and then either post this information to the memorial or send it to me.

Forest Home Cemetery: 708-366-1900 or 773-287-0772

Should you choose not to accept this mission, your photo request will most likely continue to go unfulfilled. This message will not self destruct in five seconds. Good luck! Ace

His memorial:

Forest Home is a massively humongous cemetery with well over 100,000 burials, and the information is vital in order to photograph a grave for you. Forest Home disavows all photo volunteers, refusing to aid them in finding graves, so your mission is indispensable and integral to helping fulfill your photo request.

From the Find A Grave Dossier: All personnel are advised that Find A Grave states it is the responsibility of the photo requestor to provide the grave plot (section and lot number) to assist the volunteer photographers.

Mission Success: Last year I successfully completed 200 photo missions at Forest Home Cemetery that had the grave location provided by the photo requestor. In just over a year I have successfully concluded over 1,400 photo missions with over 600 already successfully completed in 2014.

Mission Failure: Impossible

Added by Ace on Jun 05, 2014 1:49 AM

Barbara Wolf
RE: Christopher Bower
It was so nice to be able to get out for one day -- now we have snow again. You are welcome. Barb

Added by Barbara Wolf on Mar 12, 2014 3:36 PM

RE: John Archibald Lindsey and wife Olga Lindsey
Hello Annamarie,

You asked me to post the grave marker for John and Olga Lindsey's memorial that I set up for them. You photo request was claimed by another contributor and it is now attached to their memorials. Since you requested it from me I went ahead and attached the photo that I took to set up for the memorial for you.

Thank you for the additional information you gave me for them. I have added it to their memorials and some information I add for Olga.

I hope you have a nice holiday as well….


Added by Michael on Dec 08, 2013 8:50 AM

Mary Clarkson Turek
RE: John Wesley Scott & Jane Scott Moore
I am so glad that I was able to help you find your relatives. If it wasn't for taking a shovel with me I probably wouldn't have found a couple of them. It makes me want to go there and clean the cemetery up and try to piece headstones together. I wish you the best on your family search!

Mary Turek

Added by Mary Clarkson Turek on Oct 07, 2013 5:25 PM

Thurston Workman
Hi! In regards to your photo request, can you please call the cemetery and obtain the grave location (Section & Lot numbers) and ask them whether or not there is a grave marker? Please post this information to the memorial or send it to me.

Forest Home Cemetery: 708-366-1900 or 773-287-0772

Forest Home is a huge cemetery with well over 70,000 burials, and the information is needed in order to find someone there and take a photo of a grave. I go here regularly, and since August I have found over 200 graves at Forest Home that had the location information provided. Thank you! Ace

Added by Ace on Sep 27, 2013 4:31 AM

Cindy Leister
RE: Lula Herrington
You are so very welcome. I know how hard it is to find family members so I am thrilled to make it possible to help anyone I can.

Sincerely, Cindy Leister

Added by Cindy Leister on Sep 17, 2013 5:14 PM

RE: Adeline Tice
You are very welcome. Thank you for showing your appreciation.

Added by LCR on Aug 27, 2013 5:26 AM


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