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Sue Downhill (#47347066)
 member for 6 years, 6 months, 1 day
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Bio Photo Here, on Find A Grave, I was known as PhotoGrapherInTheWoods for about 5 years; I'm also known as sudown on Ancestry and RootsWeb sites. I've had so many requests for photos that I've decided to use my family name. Please use this when using my photos "Photo / Biography courtesy of Sue Downhill, Find A Grave Volunteer 47347066."

Genealogy research has taken me to cemeteries in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Nebraska, Nevada, and California. Check my Virtual Cemeteries for some family members!

Surnames I'm researching are: (1) England > USA > Can., CT & MA: Owen, Downhill; (2) New England: Elmer, Van Valkenburg, Steele, Nims, Clark, Dix; (3) Can., Pol., NH & MA: Biela, Charette, Gagnon, Rogers; (4) Ire., MD, FL: Ford, Vail, Geoghegan, Dixon; (5) VA, PA: Johnson, Avery, Hardaway, Harrison; (6) NY, NE, NV, TN, AL, TX: Nesbitt, Pearce, Johnson, Bennett. (7) NY, PA: Welter-Lyman.

I hope you find someone you're looking for in my postings and enjoy them as much as I did creating the memorial and adding the photos.

I have found several of my photos on Ancestry dot com used with no permission granted and no credit given. Here's links to the Copyright Law.

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The biographies and photos posted here are copyrighted, -and, updated often. Please ask permission if you should want to use one of my photos and, please give credit to: Find A Grave volunteer Sue Downhill, AKA sudown on Ancestry and RootsWeb, formerly PhotoGrapherInTheWoods, 47347066, here at Find A Grave.

The EXCEPTION to the condition above is for the National Cemetery headstone photos I've uploaded families please use these to your hearts content. If you are looking for someone who might be in a National Cemetery go to
National Gravesite Locator

I do enjoy sharing the photos when proper credit is given! Many miles were traveled to obtain pictures of these stones. If you should need a higher resolution picture -just ask! thanks! Saw this link on another gravers' profile page the information was so terrific I want to share it here. It's about 9 printable pages How To Get Great Photos For Find A Grave .

Thank you to all who walk the yards of stones, and photograph what they see. As I visualize some of the old stones I realize how important it is to have a digital record the stone cutters's creations, -and, the memorials they created of our past generations.

The Final Gift
Scatter me not to restless winds
Nor scatter my ashes to the sea
Remember now those years gone by
When loving gifts I gave to thee
Remember now the happy times
The family ties we shared
Don't leave my resting place unmarked
As though you never cared
Deny me not one final gift
For all who come to see
A single lasting proof that says
I loved... and you loved me
~D.J. Kramer
Thanks to Find A Grave Contributor, Mark's Mom #46620026, for posting this.

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Messages left for Sue Downhill (66)[Leave Message]
Chris Carroll
RE: Civil War Biography
Thank you Sue.
Added by Chris Carroll on Feb 05, 2017 1:33 PM
John Quiring
George Johnson
Hi. I just transferred Mr. Johnson's memorial to you. Do you live close to Aurora? If not I will put this grave down for a photo. Should be done in the next week. John Q
Added by John Quiring on Jan 12, 2017 3:47 PM
Ashbel Steel
Thanks for the information. I added a message to the memorial about it being a cenotaph. I tried to add the link, but it wouldn't work.
Added by Marte on Dec 10, 2016 12:55 PM
Dave Robison
Clara Elmer Smith #46550174
Thanks for the data on Clara. I picked up her exact date and locations of birth and death from NEHGS then linked his parents. But I took the easy route and simply did a copy/paste of the data from your note. Ironically, her address of 13 Elliot Street in Springfield is a couple of hundred yards from where I went to grammar school.

These memorials that were originally put up by John O'Connor were actually done by John and a volunteer, me! We put up about 22,000 or so. But John had his "style" and insisted on back-filling info in a very peculiar way. He transferred hundreds over the years but the last 18- or 19-thousand were turned over to me as John is in his 80's and can no longer work the site. So I've been editing on a daily basis with help from people like Sue Downhill!!

Thanks again,
Dave Robison
Old Bones Genealogy of New England
Added by Dave Robison on Dec 02, 2016 9:13 PM
Edith Myers
Sue, O would leave it up so others will realize that a stone/marker is not available as if this time. Phil
Added by Wildcajun on Sep 15, 2016 6:42 PM
Edith Myers
Thank you Sue for your effort in trying to get a picture of Edith's gravestone. Your effort and time are greatly appreciated. Phil
Added by Wildcajun on Sep 15, 2016 11:37 AM
Ford family
Oh, and you may post them with credit:)
Added by CJBiller on Aug 29, 2016 11:23 AM
Ford Family
Both requests transferred.
I was there to take pictures of a relative and I usually take others to post as well, helps others, in this case you. :)
My pleasure to have helped.
Added by CJBiller on Aug 29, 2016 11:22 AM
Erin Bohannon
Elmer family
I am usually very good about edits, and any edits, links, bio info, etc. you wish to add to any memorials I create are not only done fairly quickly, but also appreciated and welcomed greatly. And one does not need to manage a memorial to get that sort of stuff done. With that being said.... to the best of my knowledge, I don't have any Elmers in my tree, and I always prefer memorials to be with family if at all possible.

I just take pictures... lots of pictures... and occasionally I even take GOOD pictures. Transfers coming your way. If I made the memorial, then I photographed the graves...glad I could add pics for you. :D
Added by Erin Bohannon on Aug 01, 2016 6:15 AM
john komar
RE: Samuel Nims 1788-1841, Find A Grave Memorial# 75856142
Sue, 1st paragraph already entered. John H. 12829411 have requested connection to his father and mother. Entered Will info for the family. Since I couldn't find Charles, Albert or Sophia. I included them with their parents.
Added by john komar on Jul 10, 2016 5:10 PM
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