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JanisG (#47652946)
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Bio Photo As for the Saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight. Psalm 16:3

If you would like us to add/edit info on a memorial, please include the sources for your information.


Walking through a cemetery and reading the headstones has always been a fun hobby for my grown daughters and me, but Find A Grave has made it more of an "obsession". We live in North Central Ohio (aka "rural America"), so we get to see some long-forgotten stones in out-of-the-way places.

You may use any of our uploaded photographs of headstones, without prior permission, for all non-commercial purposes. Non-grave photos may not be used without specific and written permission.

Additional information is often taken from the deceased's birth, marriage and death records. Birth date is always calculated, using the age on the tombstone, when possible.

We GLADLY transfer memorials, as long as it isn't one of our relatives or some special stone which we've "adopted". Just ask through the "edit" button. We're working our way through Morrow County, Ohio, but have absolutely no family there. We'd love for these memorials to be in the hands of someone who will care for them.

If you take a better-quality photo than one which we've posted or just want the space back on your memorial, just let us know. We'll be happy to delete our photos.

We're having a blast! It's just the running, snarling dogs that we don't like . . .

In the beginning of my association with FindAGrave, I did not calculate birth years. However, having used Find A Grave extensively, I have changed my mind completely. If I am looking for John Smith, let's say (which I often am), it's great if I can filter the search page to show me only John Smiths born before 1840 or 1880 or whatever. This means that I don't need thirty hours to plow through ALL John Smiths (or other names, of course). It is a wonderful search filter but is only as good as the memorials created on here.

If only the number of years is given on a headstone, then I just subtract the number of years from the death year, mark the bio section with "Birth date calculated using age on headstone." and let folks read the transcribed inscription or look at the photo. Researchers will quickly see that the birth year may be off by one year. It does, however, allow them to even find the memorial in the first place.

If there is a full age on the headstone or death record (e.g., 36y 10m 26d), then it seems a no-brainer to include the actual date. There is only one way to calculate these dates (backwards--days first, then months, then years), and the bio section can be marked the same as aforementioned.

Most deaths records contain some kind of age. A good transcriber will make this info available to the researcher and allow the end user to double-check calculations. Since there are SO many errors on headstones, worldwide, all info needs to be double-checked, anyway.

I just finished a defunct cemetery here in Ohio. Everyone seemed to be named Thomas Thomas, Evan Evans or William Williams (huge Welsh influx). I was happy to include possible birth years, in order to help researchers actually find the people. Sure it took a little longer to do, but what good are a lot of memorials which no one can find?
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Chesterville Presbyterian Cemetery
Thank you so much for taking the time to inform me about Chesterville Presbyterian and Maple Grove! I do have a couple of questions. Do you know when they quit burying at CPC, and when MG was started?

I feel certain that Hannah McNay Pharis was buried in one or the other. She died in 1866. Her husband William Pharis remarried and his 2nd wife Lucy Walker, who outlived him, is buried with her family at North Fork, but I think William, who died in 1881, must be at either CPC or MG with Hannah. Their daughter Sarah Pharis Jarvis and her husband William Jarvis are there. (William Jarvis is another name that shows up in both cemeteries.)

If I were to place Hannah and William Pharis in either CPC or MG, the time line for their closing and opening would be the key.

You are to be commended, to say the least, for all the work you have put into this graveyard endeavor! What a blessing it is to all of us who are searching for our ancestors!

Thanks again for your help.
Added by Martha on Sep 21, 2015 8:47 PM
Richard Rieck
John McCracken #141692257
While en route to California on Bear River, Idaho, Harrison Mattoon wrote on June 30, 1850 in his diary "Found a company [wagon train] who had been lying here a week with a sick man, but he died today. His name is J. McCracken from Chesterville O. Three of our boys are well acquainted with him."

In view of the similarity in names, death year and home it seems that John McCracken may actually be buried in Idaho as it was impossible to carry a body a thousand miles or more in the heat of summer. It was not common for families to erect a memorial marker or cenotaph in the family plot in honor of person who died and was actually buried on the trail. So there is a possibility that the JMC stone might only be a memorial.

Thought you might be interested.
Richard Rieck
Added by Richard Rieck on May 01, 2015 12:32 PM
Chris Nelson
RE: Protestan Cemetery at Penang
Thank you!

And you're doing some amazing work yourself, poring through records like that!

Added by Chris Nelson on Feb 09, 2015 1:54 AM
Luke Davidson
Augusta Angus Swetland
I just wanted to let you know that Augusta is also buried with Helen Baxter Angus (1889-1969) and James Angus (1849-1907). I noticed that you have him married to a James Angus (1855-1903). The two James Angus's are not the same person since they each have a different gravestone. I will share the other pictures I took if you would like me to email them to you.
Added by Luke Davidson on Oct 19, 2014 5:32 PM
Gail Rehling
RE: Parsons in Boyd Cemetery, Fredericktown, Ohio
Thank you so very much for the transfers and the photos are just great. It's hard to believe you could find the headstones, amazing.

Thank you
Added by Gail Rehling on Sep 15, 2014 11:33 PM
Susan Cocker Hopkins
Challenge, is Sarah Scott Robinson in Souslin Cemetery, as is husband?
Wonderful, and much appreciated specialty you have developed!

Should you happen to have reason to be looking for more buried grave stones in Souslin Cemetery, Licking County, I have a challenge to suggest. The burial place of Sarah Scott Robinson, the wife of David Robinson, # 80526732, has yet to surface. It may be that she is not buried near her husband, whom you have found in Souslin Cemetery, Licking County. It would seem to be a likely place to look. In the meantime, I've created a memorial page for Sara #134128651 so that family can be linked to her.

However, a grandson of Sarah and David, in his 1941 SAR application, indicated that she had died in 1867 in Illinois. If that is the case, since this is after the Civil War, when it became more common for bodies to be preserved for shipping, that hers was sent back to Ohio. I have not yet followed up on where all of Sarah and David's children are buried, in addition to the ones you found,in case she is buried with them, but one, Julina L. Robinson Painter is in Fallsburg Cemetery, Licking County, Memorial 47260261.
Added by Susan Cocker Hopkins on Aug 10, 2014 7:17 AM
Susan Cocker Hopkins
David Robinson & family, Souslin Cemetery
Wow ! Wonderful that you are searching for buried stones and publishing your results. Thanks so much !

David Robinson, Memorial # 80526732 is an ancestor of my husband. My submission of Julina Latta Robinson Painter as one of his children comes from a transcription of the Painter Family Bible.

I would be pleased to adopt the David Robinson family's graves.

Yet to be found is David's wife, Sarah Scott. She may be interred in Illinois. The hunt is on !

Susan Hopkins
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Added by Susan Cocker Hopkins on Aug 05, 2014 7:25 AM
Earlywine Photos
Thanks so much for the beautiful photos you added.
Glad you are out there recording history! Jody
Added by JodyM on Jan 30, 2014 12:57 PM
Laura Plummer Ranville
Higbie memorial and hints
Thanks, Janis, for the transfer and the hint. I appreciate all of it!

Added by Laura Plummer Ranville on Jan 28, 2014 8:38 PM
Harry Rogers Photo (greendale cemetery)
Fantastic photo and memorial info!!! I will add it and adjust the memorial. Thank you for contacting me and have a great week!!!
Added by FutureAncestor on Jan 13, 2014 1:05 PM
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