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tofftroy (#47791412)
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Bio Photo Some tough nuts to crack, cracked by a cracked nut who got through them with a little help (or sometimes a lot) from friends and correspondents:

John Augustus Baum (1840-1842)
Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York
Dates legible, but names chiseled off completely. It actually proved possible to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty why it was that the names had been chiseled away.

Frederick Biehler (1853-1889)
Fisher Cemetery (St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery), Bethlehem, New York
An obituary used a name for this Albany patrolman's cemetery that's a name nobody today knew at all; once identified, extant church records were crucial for confirmation. Killed in the line of duty, yet his name isn't included on the NYS Police Officers Memorial as it should be; only the Albany Police can submit his name, yet the Chief evidently doesn't care to do so.

Joel Covington, Sr (1830-1911)
Hebron Cemetery, Clio, South Carolina
It's not every day one can fulfill a photo request for a picture of the person (rather than of the headstone) with a picture of the person standing by his own headstone.

James Harty (1835-1853) A headstone, most of the inscription crumbled away to dust, though with "Lafayette Engine Co. No. X" still showing. It still proved possible to identify the deceased even without a legible name or date.

Millie Levy (1887-1888)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
A name only inscribed; no dates. It turned out she's the granddaughter of a Rabbi.

Emil "Soup Greens" Siefert (d. 1896)
Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Allegedly his grave is marked just by parsley! If it's unmarked today, see if you can plant some soup greens for him?

Charles Smith (1821-1875)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
Almost entirely illegible due to wear, discoloration, and biological growths; the headstone was identified in large part by process of elimination with reference to past transcriptions.

Helen Lowray Snow (1842-1845) The photo and linked story are both poetically apropos, I hope.

Laura Wise (1847-1849) No recognizable headstone, location of grave unknown, no burial records. Cracked - but not quite solved.

Does NYS Governor Frank Swett Black (1843-1913) have no monument at all?

Where are headstones or monuments (if any) for Cornelius Jacobsen May, Willem Verhulst, Peter Minuit, Sebastiaen Jansen Krol, Wouter van Twiller, Willem Kieft, Francis Lovelace, Anthony Colve, Edmund Andros, Anthony Brockholls, Thomas Dongan, Francis Nicholson, Jacob Sloughter, Richard Ingoldesby, Benjamin Fletcher, Richard Coote, John Nanfan, Edward Hyde, John Lovelace, Gerardus Beekman, Robert Hunter, William Burnet, John Montgomerie, Rip Van Dam, William Cosby, George Clinton, Danvers Osborn, Henry Moore, James Robertson, and Andrew Elliot?
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Diane DeWitt
Frederick Wildman #166353592
Hi tofftroy. I stumbled upon the subject marker and wondered how/why you found the information for Frederick Wildman. His sister (Elizabeth Wildman Boos) was my GG grandmother and while I've been working on my tree for years, I never ran across anything that indicated she had this brother! I have also been unable to find anything about Fanny (Benedict) Wildman. Just curious if you have any connection to the Wildmans, or this was researched for someone else.
Thanks very much for any detail you can provide.
Diane DeWitt
Added by Diane DeWitt on Mar 07, 2017 2:12 PM
Isaac Lansing Van Voast 167619182
Hello, I submitted edit requests to add his full date of death and a notation to the Bio Section "Civil War Veteran"(as of yet I have not been able to determine his unit).

The sources were his obit that appeared in the 01/03/1891 issue of the Troy Times. Thanks for having created his memorial. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Mar 06, 2017 8:00 AM
Richard Wetjen
RE: McNamee St Patricks
OK, thx. I'll check those out.
Added by Richard Wetjen on Feb 06, 2017 10:21 PM
Richard Wetjen
McNamee St Patricks
I see you created memorial # 136543553 for a McNamee stone in St Patrick's, Watervliet. I'm trying to find Michael McNamee b abt 1835 Ireland, d bfr 1870 Albany. Trying to find out if he's interred in this grave. Contacted the Diocese but no answer so far. Any idea who to contact for St Patrick's?
Added by Richard Wetjen on Feb 06, 2017 9:56 PM
Patty Krueger
RE: Find A Grave Correction: William Toohey
Oh right I forgot the SAC went to the owner not to the picture person, (dull brain) - I'll send that person a note thanks!
Added by Patty Krueger on Feb 06, 2017 12:54 PM
Joseph Christien, Old Ida Cemetery, Troy
This memorial says Joseph Christien died 1834 but I was wondering if there is any possibility that he died later? There is a son b. 1837 who claims this Joseph is his father. So - I was wondering if perhaps there could be a typo or whether wherever this info came from could be hard to read or incorrect? thanks, MB
Added by embee on Nov 30, 2016 7:08 AM
Harris Tombstones
Thank you!
Added by Patti on Nov 10, 2016 7:17 AM
James Smith grave
Hey tofftroy,

Could you send me your email have some questions on the James Smith grave.


Added by Mark on Sep 26, 2016 9:54 AM
RE: Ezra Bronk
It would help to send my email address, lol
Added by Catskill123 on Aug 24, 2016 7:48 PM
Hey tofftroy, Could you send me your email address? I have pictures of Ezra Bronks Company Muster Roll I want to send you. I'm going to stop by again and research further into when he was freed. Rick
Added by Catskill123 on Aug 24, 2016 7:47 PM
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