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Janet Muff (#46951416)
 member for 9 years, 5 months, 21 days
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Bio Photo Please remember that this website 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. 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."
NOTE: If you send me an edit, please send a source for the information. If I don't receive a source, I will attempt to contact you. But if your contact information is blocked, then I will automatically delete the edit.
NOTE: Please do not use my photographs without permission. If you send me an email message, I will gladly grant permission for your personal use.
NOTE: 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 that's a very disturbing trend. 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.
OK, enough said. And now back to busines:
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!
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RE: Relief (Bent) Gurnsey & Earl Bent
Hello Janet,
I sent the links to the memorials for Relief Bent Guernsey and Earl Francis Bent's parents, David Bent and Phebe Whittemore Bent. You have the parents' names listed on Earl Francis Bent's memorial.

My source is The Bent Family in America genealogy. Page 40 lists the children of David Bent and Phebe Whittemore Bent.

There are several children and as I find their memorials, I am submitting edits to link them to their parents. Relief Bent Guernsey and husband are my husbands' 5x great grandparents, making her parents his 6x great grandparents.

Thank you for your memorials!
Ellen M
Added by emcm on Apr 28, 2017 6:58 PM
P Brock
RE: Isaac Gates
wow! that's pretty neat knowledge you've uncovered. I'll ask at the office and see if they've anything else not on the papers in front of me.
Added by P Brock on Apr 23, 2017 1:20 PM
P Brock
RE: Isaac Gates
I forgot to mention...sorry
I have the records from the office and that's where I got the info for Isaac Gates .
He is a veteran and you can see it clearly on my pic.. I posted it, before seeing yours.
Section 15 is very large and this is the 5th month working hard at the paperwork.
Have a great week!
Added by P Brock on Apr 23, 2017 11:48 AM
P Brock
RE: Isaac Gates
I'm doing the whole of section 15 and ran across him and his spouse
Added by P Brock on Apr 22, 2017 11:23 PM
RE: Phebe M Wilson Burdick
Puppies! Yoorah! Yup it is me :)
take care and enjoy
Added by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2017 12:24 PM
Phebe M Wilson Burdick
thanks very much for sending along details and bringing her cenotaph to my attn. I've updated her memorial. It's good to hear from you! Happy Spring!
Added by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2017 2:28 PM
RE: John Downer
That is so fantastic!! Thank you so much. I will keep this in mind.



Hello Shelly,

Although I appreciate your compliment, the photo of this gravestone was not good, not by my current standards anyway. Nor were the other photos I took in Shaftsbury years ago. So I re-shot all the stones this past summer but have not had time to upload them to find-a-grave. Unfortunately, the stones have become quite stained in the intervening years. But I do think the last crop of photos is a bit better.

I've uploaded the new photo of John's stone, which allowed me to read the whole inscription, to his memorial. You are welcome to use it. And if you'd like a high resolution photo for your records, or if you need photos of any other family members, please let me know I've got a lot going on in the next few days and may not be able to work on them immediately, but I won't let them fall through the cracks.

Janet Muff
Added by Shelly on Apr 13, 2017 5:14 AM
Ross Adam Wood Sr.
RE: Orpha P. (Clark) Finney
I added a copy of her birth record to the memorial.
Added by Ross Adam Wood Sr. on Apr 09, 2017 10:12 PM
RE: Reuben Sanford article
I understand completely.
I also have a picture of him that I can add if you would like.
Added by SvanBen on Apr 09, 2017 6:01 AM
David Harrison
RE: sorry do not know why 2
Thank you
Added by David Harrison on Apr 08, 2017 9:30 PM
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