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P.K. Magruder (#47017377)
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Bio Photo Every marker has a story to tell; sometimes I can be its voice

PLEASE use the Edit tab and Suggest a Correction link to add/correct information. I try to get to them within 24 hours of receipt.

I don't estimate birth years. The relatives of the dearly departed not only could get the date of death wrong on the monument but the age at death. Too many people take anything they find on the Internet as gospel, and I will not contribute to that bad habit.

PLEASE use the Edit tab and Suggest a Correction to request a transfer. Please include your relationship. I will not transfer out of guidelines. Please spare me the "I am the family genealogist" and the "I have tons of information to add" stories. Use the edit system. Too many people have requested out-of-guidelines transfers and then never added so much as a comma to the memorial. Requests for bulk transfers will be summarily ignored.

I WILL NOT link to a "burial unknown". This IS a grave registration site.

If I do not maintain the memorial, but add a picture, PLEASE check the photo caption for the inscription.

My love of old cemeteries is genetic from my dad. I try to take pictures of the fallen/damaged markers first as they might end up "behind the shed" or "over the wall" by the next time I get there.

Sources for additional memorial information include:
Suggest A Correction, NEHGS,,, NARA, other on-line sources, personal library, obituaries, newspaper items, etc.

Presenter of Betty Allen Chapter DAR and Friends of Lilly Library sponsored "Celestial Residents Walking Tours": Bridge Street Cemetery (Northampton), Park Street Cemetery (Florence), Spring Grove Cemetery (Florence), West Farms Cemetery (Florence) and a virtual tour of "The Celestial Residents of Chesterfield".

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My pleasure. Found the article while researching my grandmother Marcia who had been a guest at the gathering. The Smalls, also mentioned there, were her sister's in-laws.
Thank you for posting operational preferences in your bio. Being new it helps to see how things work. I had asked others for transfers out of guidelines to post many details, which I constantly continue to research, but only if no other family member was managing or interested, before I realized, why some transfer and some don't. I did faithfully write biographies for persons transferred, which can be seen when looking at the memorials I manage. I don't belong to those "collecting" memorials! And I agree, there is so much false information underway and am also interested in setting the record straight.
I read original 19th and 20th century newspapers that have been scanned in and not just quotes on genealogy sites. Also have compared original birth certificates with gravestones to find interesting differences. Using scanned original census documents, I enjoy piecing the families together.
Added by Jole on Mar 16, 2017 2:18 AM
Elizabeth Sheehan
Permission to quote Starkweather info
March 11,2017
Dear Mr. Magruder,
I am writing because I have been researching and writing about Charles G. Starkweather's life (based on his letters) for the past three years as a volunteer project for Historic Northampton.
Several years ago I found your "Find-A-Grave"page for CGS and found it very helpful. I have been attending the Meadow City Historian group's meetings for the past year and recently saw the postings by people working on the Bridge Street project and thought I'd submit a listing/mini-bio for them.
I was not aware of your extensive "Find-A-Grave" Starkweather work until this past week when I started creating listings to submit to the group.
I am writing to ask your permission to use information from your pages to add to some of what I know from other sources.
I am grateful for all the work you have done.
Betsy Sheehan

Added by Elizabeth Sheehan on Mar 11, 2017 1:22 PM
Spanish American War
RE: Raoul Dragon # 97999374
Thank you for the notes on Dragon and Train. I have added them to our register.
John Sims, Sr. VP, SSAWV
Added by Spanish American War on Mar 04, 2017 6:56 PM
Samuel Bayard Woodward memorial photo
Thanks so much for the photo. I am still not sure whether he is buried in Massachusetts or in Ireland, but I suspect Massachusetts. The one in Ireland appears to be a memorial only.
Added by Stny52 on Mar 02, 2017 11:00 AM
RE: Robert Starkwather info
Thank you. My pleasure. I inherited the Starkweather Family History book "Robert Starkweather and his Descendants", nice to use it in the memorials.
Added by Beals on Feb 22, 2017 5:36 PM
Would you be willing to transfer Manley Milton Mowry and Lilla Josephine Mowry to me? My father, brother and sister and our families are the only descendants. If you were able to photograph the gravestones of their daughters, Mary Elizabeth Mowry (1879-1965) and Lucy White Mowry Baird and Lucy's husband, Everett Jamieson Baird, we would appreciate it.
Added by Andrea on Nov 23, 2016 5:35 AM
RE: Transcribed Obits

If you want to send it along I will add obits to the bio.
Added by Scout on Oct 21, 2016 7:25 AM
Helen Ullmann
RE: Mary Tower
Thanks for your messages. I appreciate it. I have Corbin myself, but if you want to cite it, it could help others.
Added by Helen Ullmann on Jun 05, 2016 5:38 PM
Erin Bohannon
profile pic
Nice male dobsonfly on your profile...I used to see those all the time when I worked night shift.
Added by Erin Bohannon on May 08, 2016 7:47 AM
Judith Lee Howard Shea
Erastus Hopkins' House
Dear Dobson Fly,

Thank you SO MUCH for including Erastus Hopkins' house, now demolished, on his Find-a-Grave page. I was so curious! I am reading the book "Letters From Erastus" by Anne D. Emerson, which I discovered doing my investigations. I recommend it! It was just published last year.

Judy Lee Shea
Added by Judith Lee Howard Shea on Feb 19, 2016 11:14 AM
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