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Janet Muff (#46951416)
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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: Joseph Humphrey # 100098425
Hi Janet - Every file I have is archived in so everyone can see them. From my dave-Humphrey file. [Ancestry Hints for Joseph HUMPHREY  5 possible matches found on] These are links.
Name: Joseph HUMPHREY
Sex: M
Birth: 20 Mar 1770 in Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire 1 2 3
Death: 4
Burial: 30 Nov 1852 Evergreen Cemetery, Pittsford, Rutland, Vermont, USA 5
Ancestral File #: 1D53-39
See 'Proctor: The story of a Marble Town' pg 45 thru 50.
BIRTH: Some have 24 March 1770 and 17 March 1769 in Dorchester, Norfolk, MA & 17 Mar 1772 in
Father: William HUMPHREY b: 25 Mar 1729/1730 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts c: 3 May 1730 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Mother: Olive Olivia PRATT b: 1735 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Marriage 1 Hannah PARMELEE b: 23 Oct 1776 in Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts
Married: 1795 in of Pittsford, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA 7
William HUMPHREY b: 25 Nov 1796 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
Diana HUMPHREY b: 17 Sep 1798 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
Mercy HUMPHREY b: 24 Mar 1801 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
Willard HUMPHREY b: 2 Jul 1803 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
son HUMPHREY b: EST 1805 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
Adeline HUMPHREY b: 8 Jul 1807 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
Moses Parmelee HUMPHREY b: 17 Dec 1809 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
Joseph HUMPHREY b: 26 Jun 1814 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA
Ashbel HUMPHREY b: 25 Dec 1816 in Rutland, Rutland, Vermont, USA


Title: The Humphreys Family in America - aka HFinA
Author: Humphreys, Frederick & Nash, Gilbert
Publication: New York, 1883
Page: 860
Note: family 26
Title: NEHGS - American
Page: 1885 pg 30

Title: New Hampshire, Births and Christenings Index, 1714-1904
Title: 1850 Census Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Title: Find-A-Grave
Note: # 100098425
Name: Family History Library
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA

Title: Ancestral File (R)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998

Title: The Humphreys Family in America - aka HFinA
Author: Humphreys, Frederick & Nash, Gilbert
Publication: New York, 1883
Added by DaveRichardson on May 25, 2017 4:36 AM
Cathy Porter-Maynard
SAR information.

Hello, Janet...
There is nothing that you need to do; however, I sincerely thank you for asking.
FYI: I recently came across the SAR information and file number, and am trying to share it with others, who may also be interested.

Peace and blessings,
Cathy Porter-Maynard.
Added by Cathy Porter-Maynard on May 24, 2017 8:07 PM
Cathy Porter-Maynard

*SOLDIER IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: RUBEN MAYNARD, (1752-1829). SOURCE: The SAR Magazine, Volumes 10-11. [Page 29]; By Sons of the American Revolution. RUBEN MAYNARD, CORPORAL MASS. MILITIA. Death: 9 Mar 1829; Massachusetts. SAR Membership: 27293. ROLE: ANCESTOR. Application Date: 01 Oct 1914. (Also See SAR Application): Solomon V. Maynard, grandson of Ruben Maynard, listed as a "Reference/Witness" for Stoakes / Jameyson cousins, applying for membership in the SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, via their ancestor, Reuben Maynard, who served in the Rev. War.
Added by Cathy Porter-Maynard on May 24, 2017 3:00 PM
Jim Pulver
RE: John J. Maranville
Thank you very much!
Added by Jim Pulver on May 24, 2017 5:39 AM
Douglas Day
RE: Jackson Leonard
Just in case you were not aware (but I assume you are) Jackson Leonard was a Civil War Veteran of Company A, 6th New York Infantry.
Added by Douglas Day on May 23, 2017 6:57 PM
Jim Pulver
RE: John J. Maranville
The Vermont birth records for his son, John Jay Maranville Jr. gives the full names of both parents.
Added by Jim Pulver on May 23, 2017 2:33 PM
Deana B.
RE: Hattie L. Bourne Clark
Excellent! Thanks for the confirmation of burial location. I've added the memorials for Hattie, George, Mary and Martha as well as family links. I hadn't realized Martha was there, so that was a good find as well.

Thanks also for adding the memorial for Alanson Douglass' first wife, Mary. With her addition, I've almost found my direct ancestors on this branch of the family all back to the same level.

Which goes to your second post... The only ones who are missing are Henry Bourne's parents. One tree on (with no sources listed, so not sure how trustworthy) says their names are Orson and Susan. I do have sources that say Henry was born in Rutland County. So if you happen to come across them, that would be great. Thanks again for your help :)
Added by Deana B. on May 14, 2017 5:10 PM
Deana B.
RE: Alanson Douglass Memorial
Thanks! Here's what I've got from my mom's old family scrapbook/album. But if this/these stone(s) really exist, they haven't been entered yet. And I am not a fan of making memorials with burial unknown as placeholders -- that's how we end up with duplicates when someone actually walks the cemetery. I did find her mother and siblings in the Poultney Cemetery (#75696197). So maybe these ones are there also.

Harriet "Hattie" Louise Bourne Clark
b. 1 Mar 1866, Poultney, VT
d. 14 Dec 1940, Elmira, NY
Daughter of Henry Austin and Lydia (Douglass) Bourne.

At the end of her obit, it says: "The body will be taken to Poultney, Vt., and a committal service held at the grave there Wednesday at 11 a.m."

Then there is an old paper with the inscriptions:

(Poultney, Vermont)
Mary F
Daughter of
H.A. and L.D. Bourne
Mar. 8, 1870
AE 5 Yrs, 5 Mon. & 25 Das.
Gone to that savior she loved
so much to sing of ______
George W. Clark
Hattie L. Bourne
1866 - 1940
Added by Deana B. on May 14, 2017 7:28 AM
Deana B.
RE: Alanson Douglass Memorial
Hi Janet, No problem, and thanks for the nice detailed reply. I figured it couldn't hurt to ask, but I completely understand your reasons for keeping it! Interestingly, Alanson's granddaughter Harriet "Hattie" (my great-great grandmother) married a George Clark. I've been trying to figure out where he came from/who his parents are. I've found a few George Clarks, but they have turned out to be the wrong ones. If you run into a George Clark with ties to this area, I'd be grateful! Additionally, Hattie's body was apparently sent to Poultney, VT for burial after her death, but I haven't found any Harriet or Hattie Clark memorials.
Added by Deana B. on May 13, 2017 8:37 PM
cat howell-thomas
James Rustin Wallingford VT
Hello I'm not sure how this site works but I saw you posted about James Rustin, Hatter. Married to Sarah Louise Dickerman.

I wondered do you have a name of either of his parents?

He is my grandmothers, grandfathers, father.
I have come to a dead end with James, except a possible William Rustin in Litchfield CT.

Any snippet would be great.
Many thanks Cat Howell-Thomas
Added by cat howell-thomas on May 08, 2017 1:22 AM
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