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Frank C. Hawkins (#48055793)
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Dana DeMerchant
Helena "Helen" Cortelyou Blodgett
I saw that you are maintaining the memorial for Helena "Helen" Cortelyou Blodgett . Are you a descendant ? She is my 4x Great Grandmother via her first husband. I would love to meet a cousin :)

Added by Dana DeMerchant on Jan 07, 2016 6:55 PM

RE: Samuel Munson Dup
I think that's the best action. One of them could be a cenotaph and I doubt we'd be able to confirm which one is the "real" burial site!!! I wasn't sure which one to connect the son to... Thanks for all your work!

Added by Cherie_in_OC on Jan 06, 2016 8:21 AM

RE: Anderson/Loutit
Hi then Cuz.

I know nothing, I have just started on that side of the family, and I am not close to there. And just learning how to navigate the records for there.

I am from her daughter Margaret that married the Bassette and went back East. I will have to ask my mom if she remembers any stories? I have a feeling she does not know anything.

Happy hunting

Added by Kathie on Sep 04, 2015 1:56 PM


Can you tell me why you have Loutit on here memorial, when it not on the stone?

She is a relative, my great-great grand mother.

Thank you

Added by Kathie on Sep 04, 2015 12:31 PM

Bob Bortfeld
RE: Bear/Bair/Baer
According to the autobiography of Sarah Frances Walker Hershey (original hand written copy that is in my collection), she married Jacob Henry Bair Hershey. His death certificate lists his name as Henry Bair Hershey and his mother as Christina Bair, daughter of Joel Bair, son of George Bair. I could be wrong, but I think he is the one.

Also, see (relatives):
Biographical Annals of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Containing Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Many of the Early Settlers. Publ. J. H. Beers & Co., 1903.

Added by Bob Bortfeld on Jun 29, 2015 9:44 PM

Neil D Scheidt
RE: Bear/Bair/Baer
The name spelling to those I refer was from their tombstone inscriptions which were read by Albert Gerberich in the early 1900s, re: Pa. Church and Town records. According to his readings there were variations in the same cemetery. I realize even his descendants may have used different spellings. So it's your call how it should be displayed in findagrave.
Thanks for asking

Added by Neil D Scheidt on Jun 22, 2015 11:35 AM

Jane S
Cortelyou graves
Frank, I ran across some additional Cortelyou graves this weekend and thought of you. See the postings in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Hamilton Co OH. --Jane

Added by Jane S on Jun 07, 2015 8:23 PM

Mahala Martin Harsh Rugg Hunter
Hi Frank!

Mahala C. Marsh Hunter, as found here on findagrave was also one of Susannah Hawkin's and Thomas Martin's children.

Marsh is a mistake. Her first husband was Noah Perry Harsh (not Marsh). They married in 1850.
Her second husband (for a very brief time) was John H. Rugg.
Her third, and final, husband was Liberty Hunter.

Mahala's daughter, Martha Ann Hunter, was my great-great grandmother. Mahala died when Martha Ann was 10.

I didn't see her on your list of children for Susannah. Since your last name is Hawkins I am guessing we might be distantly related?

Mahala, and her son Noah, lived with her parents in 1860 per the 1860 Federal Census. I am guessing Noah Perry Harsh passed away (I can't find anything about him). She married John H. Rugg and Liberty Hunter both in 1863, 11 months apart.

Thank you for all the work you have put in here! It helps alot! The Virginia branches of the Hawkins, Martins, and Reynolds are proving to be very interesting for me :)

Added by Kelly on Mar 14, 2015 6:12 PM

RE: Joshua Gates, Jr.
hi-I don't know what to say-I've looked joshua up in the DAR data base-he is not there. Nor is he in the SAR data base, which only means that no one has claimed him as a patriot.
I also looked in the Godfrey library cemetery database-they are photographing all the cem's in CT. Its not complete, but there are a lot of photos.
They are at, a genealogy library. They take queries, and might be able to answer your questions. All I know is that Joshua has no gravestone in the First Church cem.
Try searching for him in the Hale collection-its on ancestry, "search" click on "card catalog" put in keyword "Hale" it will be the first hit. You can also find everything else in this card catalog, Conn church records, SAR applications (keyword Sons), and the Barbour vital records. (keyword Barbour) it will be your first three hits. I wish you luck in finding Joshua! Just remember that not everyone had a gravestone back then! Irma

Added by Irma on Mar 09, 2015 10:46 AM

RE: Joshua Gates, Jr.
Hi-thanks for doing that. I never did come up with anything on him in the Hale collection, nor of his wife. Which is strange. I do know that the transcribers who recorded all the cem's in CT did miss a few stones, plus spelled names wrong. But I'm almost positive he is not buried in the First Church cem. The next time I see the town historian, I'll ask him. What is also odd, is that Joshua also does not show up in the DAR database! Which only means that no one has used or claimed him as a patriot.
I'm going to still dabble in this, my curiosity is peaked! Irma

Added by Irma on Mar 08, 2015 5:20 PM

Glenn Benner
Jacob E Bair
Hi Frank,
Updates posted. If your diggings uncover more please let me know. No pension records found so far.

Added by Glenn Benner on Jan 15, 2015 10:51 AM

Glenn Benner
Pvt. Jacob E. Bair
Hi Frank,
Just a "heads up". Have put a few pieces together on Jacob #117438876. Definite that this man lost life in Civil War. Will update you as research continues.

Added by Glenn Benner on Jan 15, 2015 8:25 AM

Thad Hasbrouck
RE: Edward and Abigail Shepard
"Thanks so much for the great photos of Edward and Abigail's gravestones! I appreciate your time and effort. May I use the photos on, the genealogy wiki? It would be a great addition to their person pages and I would, of course, give you attribution for your work."

You are welcome. These markers are in remarkable condition for the age, especially in comparison to others in the cemetery. They are rather small, again by comparison, approximately measuring 18 inches high by 14 inches wide.

Absolutely, these photos can be used on your genealogy site(s).
Thad Hasbrouck

Added by Thad Hasbrouck on Sep 23, 2014 12:01 PM

Erik Andersen
RE: Sarah Lockwood Hickock (24579904)
You may use any photo I take any time. no permission necessary.


Added by Erik Andersen on Sep 09, 2014 6:45 PM

Pat and Billy
RE: Allen Willey (56895957)
Hi Frank,

Yes, indeed, feel free to use my photos and information as you see fit.


Added by Pat and Billy on Aug 30, 2014 10:22 PM

Melanie Pike
RE: Beriah Foote (40633538)
Thank you for asking, Frank!

Yes, you may use it. Once you have it up, can you message me the link, please? :)

Again, thanks for asking.

Added by Melanie Pike on Aug 24, 2014 5:08 PM

Lori S.R.
RE: Sarah Packard (103979320)
You are most welcome and yes, you may use the photo.

Added by Lori S.R. on Aug 10, 2014 4:19 PM

Jane S
Full size photos
Hi Frank,
I have sent you a DropBox link to a set of full size labeled photos for your use. Enjoy, Jane

Added by Jane S on Aug 07, 2014 10:32 AM

Gary Fritz
H. Buckalew
Frank-Feel free to use the picture-Gary

Added by Gary Fritz on Aug 04, 2014 7:36 PM

M.E. Packard
RE: Lydia
The two photos on the memorial are definitely of the same stone. I have her death date as 10 Mar 1789, which is from a secondary source, a lineage file we have.

Added by M.E. Packard on Aug 01, 2014 12:36 AM

John Hoff63
RE: John Harvey (19615526)
You have my permission to use the photo in any way you wish. John Hoff

Added by John Hoff63 on Jul 29, 2014 4:38 PM

Katherine McKiel Faella
RE: Lydia
Frank - yes, please use her tombstone picture where ever sharing it will help other researchers!

Added by Katherine McKiel Faella on Jul 29, 2014 7:40 AM

Cindy Kurpely
RE: Elizabeth Porter Keyes/Scribner

I will keep my eyes open for the grave each time I look for others. Perhaps the marker has worn or broken. I also have a friend who is a lawyer in New London. She will know who to talk to that might have the information. just because we didn't find it the last couple times doesn't mean we're giving up!

Added by Cindy Kurpely on Jul 26, 2014 4:37 PM

Names in Stone
RE: Resolved & Lucy White + family
no problem using the pictures, would you like me to transfer the children to you? Just let me know.


Added by Names in Stone on Jul 22, 2014 5:21 PM

Ken Root Jr.
RE: Deacon William Brewster (6769449)
Sure, can you send me a link via email of where your using it, iin less its for personal use? thank you for asking

Added by Ken Root Jr. on Jul 21, 2014 11:18 AM


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