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Kathy (#47171935)
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Bio Photo tiagatita at yahoo period com

Are you wearing a safety pin?


I am the historian for one of my ancestral families, the descendants of Alexander Wilson and Jane (Armour) Wilson, who immigrated to America from Scotland around 1740. Their descendants established The Wilson Association in 1903, and adopted a Constitution and Bylaws in 1906. The family has met at a family reunion every year since 1903.

Other family names include Linn/Lynn, Mahl, Strassburg, Heuer, Cooke/Cook, Smoyer, Ortt, Dennis, Cole, Newman, Davenport, Seeley, and too many more to list here.

Found this on the Cemetery page for Chautauqua County, NY, I have no idea who said it, and it isn't attributed to anyone on the page. However, I really like it. So, here it is--

"Lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited,
"Memories are made tangible, and love is undisguised; This is a cemetery.
"Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence,
"Historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.
"Testimonies of devotion, pride and remembrance are cast in bronze
"To pay warm tribute to accomplishments and life, not the death of a loved one,
"The cemetery is homeland for memorials
that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living.
"A cemetery is a history of people
"A perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today.
"A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - always."


A Note About My Marker Photos:

I intend to provide photos of the markers of deceased individuals, not to invade the privacy of living ones. I obscure any information about living individuals in the photos that I post. I do not try to hide the fact that information has been erased, and the captions state that information was removed. If you would like a copy of any of my photos with the full information for your genealogy or because the person is a family member, please let me know.

You may use my photos without permission. It would be nice to see a credit line on them when I find them on other websites. In many cases I have a higher resolution shot which I can send you if you ask.


Update on Saint Charles Borromeo Cemetery, Newfane, Niagara, NY, USA:

As of 29 Jan 2016, I have finished uploading all of the photos I took in this cemetery during the summer of 2015. There are five Memorials for which I did not find a marker. They are:

Lawrence Budnack,

Francisco "Frank" Dudek,

James Alfred Gratto,

Timothy John Gratto, and

Donna Marie "Wert" (Wertman) Hopkins.

The photos are, as far as I know, up to date as of 23 Aug 2015. Anyone buried in St Charles after that date will not be reflected in my photos.

Update on Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery, Town of Royalton, Niagara, NY, USA:

As of 18 Apr 2016, I've finished uploading all of the marker photos I took last summer for which I've been able to decipher identifying information. I still have roughly 100 photos of markers that are either fallen on their faces, severely broken, missing, or otherwise illegible. I will continue working to try to identify those markers.

My marker photos were all taken prior to 28 Sep 2015. If you know anyone who has been buried in Mountain Ridge since then, please let me know and I will try to get a marker photo. With a cemetery this size, just looking around isn't going to be the best way to identify new burials.

I am still working on posting additional information and making family links. If you know any of these families, and can help with that task, I would greatly appreciate the assistance. Also, please do not hesitate to request a transfer if any of these folks are your family, or even your friends. I am liberal in responding to transfer requests.


Update on Greenwood Cemetery, Wilson, Niagara, NY, USA:

Because I am working on a database for Greenwood Cemetery as well as on find-a-grave, posting of marker photos has been slow. If you have family members for whom you would like photos, please let me know, and I will give priority to them.

As of 1 Jul 2016, I've decided to concentrate on posting marker photos, and then come back and do research. I realized that if I continued doing the research as I went along, some of the photos might be two years old before they're up!

I really appreciate all of the information find-a-grave folks have provided on people in Greenwood. It is enormously helpful to have input from the family.


I firmly believe that memorials should be managed by someone who knows the folks. If you would like to manage any of my memorials, please feel free to ask. The worst that can happen is that I'll say no because the person is my close relative or I'm managing the memorial for someone who has asked me to. The best is that folks will get to "go home" to family or friends. Doing research on these folks is my way of helping them find their way home.

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Joann Geybels
Martha (Wendell) James
Thank you for the information on Martha (Wendell) James. I have accepted your suggestions and have added her death certificate to her memorial.
Thanks, too, for all the work you do for Find A Grave.
Added by Joann Geybels on Mar 19, 2017 4:29 PM
Gloria Hall
Memorial# 153229181
Obituary in Tuscola County Michigan

Tuscola County Advertiser, 2 Aug 1912, page 7

Elkhorn, July 30 - Mrs. Rebecca Wendell passed away Tuesday night at 7 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs Edward James, it being due to the after effects of pneumonia and weak heart at the age of 77. She had lived in the home of her daughter, Mrs. James, for the past ten years winning a wide circle of friends. A son, E. Wendell of Lockport, New York and a daughter Mrs. J. H. Hill of Philadelphia, Pa reached her before her death. She was born November 14, 1834, and was married in 1853 at the age of 19. Six children were born three died in their youth. She also leaves six grandchildren. She was a member of the Episcopal church and always attended when possible. A short sermon was held at the house Thursday at 4 o’clock Rev. Perkins of Vassar officiating and, the remains were taken to Lockport, New York, for burial.

Added by Gloria Hall on Mar 18, 2017 4:14 PM
carol fasc
RE: Edits for Susan
Greetings! need for the transfer...she was my Aunt's (through marriage) younger sister...Nice photo of her I thought to share...Carol
Added by carol fasc on Mar 14, 2017 8:14 AM
Melinda Morey Gregory
Elizabeth Babcock Wing Morey
Hi Kathy,
That would be great if you would transfer Elizabeth's memorial. Thank you so much.

Sincerely, Melinda
Added by Melinda Morey Gregory on Mar 12, 2017 6:35 PM
nancy robison
RE: Anna Knight edit
Thank you. I intend to donate all the photos to the Michigan Civil War Archives when I'm done. It's been an interesting journey through the past!
Added by nancy robison on Mar 11, 2017 3:10 PM
nancy robison
RE: Anna Knight edit
Thank you your message. No, I am not related. Someone found the old family bible of my family in a bookstore. He located me through FindAGrave, and sent it to me. In the back were tin plates of men my 2nd Greatgrandfather served with in Co L, 4th Michigan Calvary. Charles Libbie Knight was one of them. He had signed it.
I decided to document the men, and their families, on FindAGrave.
Added by nancy robison on Mar 11, 2017 10:17 AM
Clara Kieper
I received your email regarding this memorial...Im sorry but I am not related in any way. Ive been photo-documenting the cemetery she is buried in. Im sorry I couldnt be more help.

Have a great weekend!

Added by Tammy on Mar 02, 2017 11:10 AM
Tom H
RE: Dorothy Dispenza Edit
Hi Kathy..

I would be happy to take them from you. I do have many of the others in the family to group them together.

I know what you mean about Acacia, I always feel like I'm doing something wrong when I visit.

Thanks for making the edit to Dorothy.

Added by Tom H on Mar 01, 2017 3:44 PM
Art Currie
RE: Shook/Weston Edits
Hi Kathy

Thanks for doing the updates for me.

Lillian & Eugene are husband and wife. I hadn't created Lillian's father because his burial location is unknown. I have just created a posting for him, with his burial as unknown.

Lillian's father's name was Harry Thorne Weston and if I could get you to link Lillian to her father, I would appreciate it. Harry Thorne Weston's Find A Grave # is 176716780.

As for your second question, Lillian's birth place should be Sherbrooke. Sherbrooke is a township in Haldimand Co., ON

Added by Art Currie on Feb 25, 2017 4:30 PM
RE: Van Patten Edits
Hello, thank you for contacting me. I know a lot about the Van Patten's because they are my mother's family :).

If you'd like to transfer their maintenance to me, I have no problem with that.

I mostly just try to keep information in the find-a-grave records for future generations and other family that is trying to link or track family. This is a great site but works much better when the families are tied together and have complete information as I am sure you would agree.

I appreciate your promptness with the updates - some take a long time before they are accepted.

You are a kind contributor. Thank you!
Added by katyknock on Feb 24, 2017 8:39 PM
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