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LadyGoshen (#46951894)
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Bio Photo trying to stay ahead of developers who want to cover historical markers... and the weather, time and vandals that obscure the inscriptions... to honor those that walked before us.

Although I visit cemeteries whenever I travel (to the dismay of others in the car), most of my work is in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York's lower Hudson Valley and Washington State's Skagit County. I've been known to wander off to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine given the opportunity.

Whenever possible, I post a photo--a photo makes it real. I also try to list the sources I've used to stitch together family relations or any info that I might find. I will not link to those who are listed as burial location unknown.

Thank you in advance for sending in corrections or additions using the Edit button. I appreciate your updates very much. Although I try to thank and acknowledge all corrections, I may not always have the time. Edits posted in the message area below will be ignored and deleted.

I transfer direct relatives within three generations (that means: your siblings, parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren). As Richard H so aptly puts it:
"... someone who died 200 years ago could be related to thousands of people." Please use the virtual cemetery feature to group your family memorials.

My activity is seasonal--I use the New England winters to create new memorials with the images I've collected the rest of the year. There are several thousand waiting to be processed... Click here to see the memorials I've added in the past few 7 days.



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Norman C Thornton, 46951894
Nicole - I transferred the Thorntons to you - Norman & Clara Matilda Root Thornton, 20904878. If there are any others, let me know.
Added by GrannyT on Jun 22, 2017 7:36 PM
Phebe Giles death date
Hi lady Goshen
A close look at Phebe Giles 39563844 headstone in Little Britain cemetary shows that she died in 1868 - not 1858
The stone also says that she was 77 when she died, which means that she was born 1791, not 1781.
It appears that both her birth and death years need to be slipped by 10 years
Thanks for all the work you do.
My mother in law's parents are buried in Little Brittain Cemetary.
I am researching the Sloan Giles side of the family.
Added by Christine on Jun 22, 2017 6:23 AM
Bruce Thornton
Clement Corbin Thornton
Hi Lady Goshen

I updated the bio for Clement Corbin Thornton as you requested. I was wondering if you know who Elsie Stevens parents are. Elsie was Clement's first wife who is my third great grandmother? I am planning on checking some gravestone markers in a Concord, Vermont cemetery around the fourth of July weekend. How about you?
Added by Bruce Thornton on Jun 21, 2017 6:40 PM
Sue Fetzer
Thanks for letting me know about the Boy(George) Goss dup...

Added by Sue Fetzer on Jun 16, 2017 1:02 PM
C White
RE: Virginia A Strong
Thank you, I actually had the wrong wife Virginia is now deleted from my family tree thanks to you!
Added by C White on May 30, 2017 1:46 PM
C White
Virginia A Strong
Do you know if Virginia and Asa Strong are in the same plot as I am trying to verify Virginia Strong's husband's name? They are in Slate Cemetery in Goshen, NY.

Thank you,
Caroline White
Added by C White on May 30, 2017 9:49 AM
Gail Walkowich
Dr. Willard H. Lemmerz
Hi. I just found his obit in the Jersey Journal, Sept 1, 1970. I thought you would be interested. (He was my Dr.)
Added by Gail Walkowich on May 27, 2017 5:49 PM
Fran Hanchett
RE: Choate and others
So would I. It breaks the link for Henry and siblings.
Added by Fran Hanchett on May 26, 2017 3:27 PM
RE: seems like way too much details
oh well.
Thank you.
Added by BobBoston on May 25, 2017 1:08 PM
seems like way too much details

Find A Grave contributor LadyGoshen has made a suggestion to you regarding your Find A Grave memorial for John Symmes.
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son of John Symmes (~1720 and Abigail Dix (21 May 1733-28 Mar 1761)
baptized 3 Sept 1758

m Elizabeth Wright (-18 Jul 1848) on 31 Oct 1780
- John Symmes (27 Jan 1781-) m Pamelia Richardson
- Thomas Symmes (30 Mar 1783-)m Sarah L. Wait
- Abigail Symmes (11 Feb 1785-) m Ellas Tufts
- Elizabeth Symmes (10 April 1787-) m Abel Stowell
- Marshall Symmes (30 Jul 1789-) m Lephe Stowell
- William Symmes (14 Aug 1791-) (went to Vermont)
- Ebenezer Symmes (17 Aug 1793-) m1 Hannah Davis, m2 Lanissa
- Edmund Symmes (14 Aug 1795-) m Elizabeth A. Smith.
- Charles Symmes (4 April 1798-) m Hannah Ricker

Capt. Symmes was a soldier of the Revolution. He was one of the Medford company, commanded by Capt. Isaac Hall, which marched to Charlestown on the memorable 17th of June, 1775. They did not arrive on the ground till near the close of the action, when our forces were falling back from want of ammunition. It is well known that while a firm, undaunted front was presented by the men who were with Prescott in the redoubt on Breed's Hill, and with Putnam, Knowlton, Stark and Reed at the rail-fence, great numbers of the American troops refused to advance any nearer the scene of conflict than Charlestown Neck. The fire of the Glasgow frigate across the isthmus, of the Cerberus, Symmetry, and several floating batteries a little further off, the flame and smoke arising from hundreds of burning houses, and the incessant roar of the battle only a mile distant, may furnish a partial excuse. It is said that the Medford company paused at the Neck, Capt. Hall not daring to proceed.

It is also said that Sergeant Thomas Prichard, unappalled by the danger, exclaimed, " Let those who are not afraid, follow me," and with a few followers rushed to the scene of combat. This brave man was soon raised to the rank of captain, and did good service in the field near New York and elsewhere. The enlistments in 1775 were for the term of only eight months. At the reorganization of the army, March, 1777, Mr. Symmes enlisted for three years. He was one winter in Ticonderoga. At the close of the three years he came home ragged and emaciated. He
was paid in a depreciated currency, with which he bought a yoke of oxen. The oxen he sold, and took his pay in the same currency, which he kept for a short time, and then paid it all for a bag of Indian meal. Soon after he left the army, 1780, the old "continental money," of which three hundred millions had been issued, became absolutely worthless.

After leaving the army he built a wheelwright's shop at the intersection of two roads, now known as Main and Grove Streets in the
present town of Winchester. It was at the locality which has since been well known as "Symmes's Corner." He also built there a blacksmith's shop. He built carts and wagons for the army in these two shops, that being the only way in which he could obtain good money. He had previously lived with his father on the river's bank, in the house where now stands the house of John Bacon. But a few years after, we suppose in 1783, he built a house for himself on what is now Grove Street, where he afterwards lived and died, as did his son Edmund after him. This house was burned, August 17, 1864.

On the 9th of October, 1801, Capt. Symmes conveyed by deed a certain portion of land to the Proprietors of the Middlesex Canal, the canal passing very near it. He afterwards sold to them another portion. A bill of his now before me is for business done for the canal, in 1818-20, especially in carting materials and machines to and from Boston. Among these were steam engines to be used on the canal, as early as 1819. Mr. John L. Sullivan, of Boston, was agent for the canal, though a part of the business transacted by him was on his own private account. In 1800 or 1801, Mr. Sullivan purchased of Josiah Symmes, brother of Capt. Symmes, his share of the mill and mill-privilege, being three-fourths of the same, which had come to him from his grandfather, William Symmes." Soon after this Mr. Sullivan and Capt. Symmes built a new mill-dam, which considerably increased the water fall, raising it to six feet. It flowed the land above, and interfered with the operations of the grist-mill higher up the stream, then owned by Abel Richardson. Several lawsuits with Richardson and others followed, continuing ten years or more, which were not finally settled till 1820 or later. These suits were decided against Sullivan and Symmes.

Capt. Symmes, in 1801 or soon after, built a grist-mill at the eastern extremity of the milldam. The premises now conveyed by him were, "my grist-mill, and all the rights, privileges and appurtenances thereof; and all the right, title and interest which I have in the land, buildings, dam, privilege of flowing and using water on Symmes River, in Medford, my right and interest in the property being estimated as one-fourth part thereof."

The mill and mill-privilege had never passed out of the possession of the Symmes family till 1823, since the country was settled, one hundred and eighty years. In another document of the same date, the property now conveyed is called " one fourth part of the Medford factory estate." It appears also that a trip-hammer and a turning lathe for making hubs for wheels, were reserved by Mr. Symmes, as owned by his sons John and Marshall.

Capt. Symmes had a large farm and a large family. When his son John came of mature age, he gave up to him the care of the wheelwright shop, and to his son Marshall the care of the blacksmith shop. The father and sons carried on a flourishing business nearly fifty years.

He was captain of a company of Light Dragoons. He received his commission, still preserved in the family, from Gov. Sumner. He held various other offices of trust.

Twice he went to Canada to visit his youngest son Charles, who had settled on the Ottawa River, near the present city of Ottawa. Such a journey was then a formidable affair.

- The Symmes memorial a biographical sketch of Rev. Zechariah Symmes By J.A. Vinton

Added by BobBoston on May 25, 2017 9:39 AM
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