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Janet Muff (#46951416)
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Bio Photo Please remember that this is a website that has grown, thanks to a lot of volunteers. We're not a homogeneous group. We have different values, different styles, different abilities, and sometimes we just plain make mistakes. So, given the nature of our mutual enterprise, we've got to learn how to "do difference."
If you're irritated and frustrated by people who think or feel differently than you do, then please try a personal conversation before resorting to power moves and policing. You may have the clout and connections at find-a-grave to make your opinions prevail, but the exercise of power is tantamount to being a thug.
Relationship goes a long way toward solving problems, which is something that Abraham Lincoln understood very well: "I don't like that man," he said, "I must get to know him better." If you're not interested in relationship, in getting to know me and other contributors better; and if you want to hide behind anonymity and to lob edits at people like a guerrilla warrior, then perhaps it's time to step away from the situation and take stock of yourself because you've lost sight of our common goal and our common humanity.
OK, enough said. And now back to business:
Many people have asked me how I am able to take such clear photographs of the very old stones in the burial grounds of VT and NY.
Let me say first that I have taken some terrible photographs in my day, and I am still going back to re-shoot those stones. I am not a professional photographer and I use only a point-and-shoot digital camera.
But I have been gifted with two good friends who deserve much of the credit for my photos: my long-time genealogical buddy, Steven Smith, who gave me two invaluable tips for photographing difficult stones (just send me an email message if you'd like my write-up of Steve's tips); and my mirror-and-umbrella-bearer, Fay Smith (unrelated to Steve), who willingly slogs through waist-high grass and dark woods with me each summer, in the most oppressive heat and humidity, and in spite of the squads of mosquitoes and flies that routinely assail us. How anyone can remain cheerful under such circumstances continues to amaze me, but Fay does.
Were it not for Steve's advice, Fay's help, and the unfailing support of my husband Jim Boyce - who allows me two months each year in his native state of Vermont - I would be unable to "do cemetery," much less get good photographs.
And finally I would like to acknowledge my canine companions - Millie, Malarkey and Mischief - Springer Spaniels whose enthusiasm for "doing cemetery" over the years has rivaled my own!
PLEASE do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
Per find-a-grave guidelines you are entitled to request memorials for direct ancestors up to 4 generations. I receive quite a volume of requests and have found that the tone of such requests has changed recently, from gratitude that the memorials were created to blatant entitlement, and it's very upsetting. I am not a casual graver or phone-tographer. I generally research the families whose memorials I've created and whose photos I've taken (or intend to take) and linked members over many generations. After all that work, it's quite a loss to transfer my memorials, but I'm willing to do so if your relationship trumps mine.
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Henry Seward
Glad the death information for Mr. Seward was useful. It was a condense story of his death from the news article in our (his) local Emporia paper.

Added by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2017 6:16 PM
William Cole
Ebenezer & Mary Cole
I'm jealous. I am attracted to cemetarys also but almost all my reletives are on the east coast. Thank you for your work, would like to get permission to use your photos for my personal use and credit you.
Mem #6493096 & #6493103
These are my 4th g. grandparents.
Thanks, Bill
Added by William Cole on Mar 23, 2017 9:25 PM
Thanks for the wonderful photo of John Downer's grave stone. I'm wondering if you would grant me permission to use your photos on my files. I have no interest in them for anything other than genealogical purposes and I give credit in the photo description.

Thanks for your consideration.

Added by Shelly on Mar 23, 2017 10:21 AM
Lee An
RE: Sardus King
Hi Janet, thanks for the run-down. It had to have been mind-numbing to transcribe all those records at once, mistakes are very understandable and I had to ask. Thanks again, Happy Spring! Lee
Added by Lee An on Mar 20, 2017 7:34 PM
Craig Spalding
RE: Louisa (Libby) Spalding
Book reference:

Descendants of Henry Wallbridge who married Ann Amos, December 25th, 1688, at Preston, Conn, with some notes on the allied families of Brush, Fassett, Dewey, Fobes, Gager, Lehman, Meech, Stafford. Scott.

Author: William Gedney Wallbridge

Published by: Press of Franklin printing company
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date: 1898

Page referenced: 102
Added by Craig Spalding on Mar 08, 2017 10:51 PM
Timothy Sharp
Hyde Children
There are birth records online for Sarah H Hyde birth date 2 Feb 1857 in Sudbury, Rutland Vermont

Name: Sarah H. Hyde
Gender: Female
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 02 Feb 1857
Death Date:
Name Note:
Father's Name: J. P. J. Hyde
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Mary D.
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: 7450140
System Origin: Vermont-ODM
GS Film number: unknown
Reference ID:

Citing this Record:
"Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765-1908," database, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2014), Sarah H. Hyde, 02 Feb 1857; citing SUDBURY TWP,RUTLAND,VERMONT, reference ; FHL microfilm unknown.
Name: Sarah H Hyde
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 02 Feb 1857
Event Place: Vermont, United States
Gender: Female
Birth Date:
Birth Year (Estimated):
Father's Name: J P J Hyde
Mother's Name: Mary D
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Gender:
Spouse's Age:
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):
Spouse's Father's Name:
Spouse's Mother's Name:
GS Film Number: 0027594
Digital Folder Number: 004666998
Image Number: 02182

Citing this Record:
"Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Sarah H Hyde, 02 Feb 1857, Birth; State Capitol Building, Montpelier; FHL microfilm 27,594.
Added by Timothy Sharp on Mar 04, 2017 8:00 PM
Timothy Sharp
RE: Hyde birth dates
I normally go by the inscription if no other records exist. Often times if the children were not living during a 5 or 10 year census, your only other source would be a bible or birth record which I have not come across either for these children. In this case our only source is the one found oftentimes to be unreliable, the inscription on the gravestone. If I happen to come across any documents supporting their birth dates I will let you know.
Added by Timothy Sharp on Mar 04, 2017 7:50 PM
mary kay
Willard Hitchcock- West haven VT
Hello Again,

Ijust wrote you an e-mail about WIllard HItchcock,but I made a mistake in that the grave I was looking at was the grave of Willard's father, who is also named Willard. Sorry about that! Sincerely, Mary Kay
Added by mary kay on Mar 02, 2017 2:17 PM
mary kay
Willard Hitchcock- West haven VT
Hi Janet,

I was looking at the grave of Willard Hitchock of West Haven Vt and noticed that just his first wife Adeline Welton was listed and their children together. My grandmother, Mary Adeline Hitchcock was also Willard's child by Willard's second wife, Almira Ransom,from Williamsport, PA. I wondered why his second wife and child(ren) were not listed on this page? Thank-You Mary Kay
Added by mary kay on Mar 02, 2017 2:11 PM
Sandra Moore Jackson
RE: Susannah (Wetherbee) Little
Her Mother is in Forest Hill Cemetery Plot C24

Thank You Sandy
Added by Sandra Moore Jackson on Feb 24, 2017 11:51 AM
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