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sticksandstones (#46888135)
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Bio Photo BIO: Interested in genealogy, cemetery art, historical preservation, Colonial, Civil War, and present day history of the Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina low country regions, plus visiting historically significant cemeteries in the United States. My interests have lately focused on the Baynard, Barnwell, Bailey, Burrows, Elliott, Jenkins, Mikell, Jones, Smith and Whaley families of Beaufort, Edisto Island, Charleston, Columbia, Orangeburg, Port Royal, South Carolina.

Why Sticks and Stones?

I have to take a moment to express appreciation for a book I found about year 2000 in an independent bookshop on the 2nd floor of a building in Wake Forest, North Carolina. That book was ' Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers (Richard Hampton Jenrette Series in Architecture and the Decorative Arts) by M. Ruth Little'. It spurned my interest in the historical and cultural aspects of cemeteries, and lured me into exploring the backwoods, and not so backwoods cemeteries of North Carolina and South Carolina, and eventually led me to join Find A Grave to help document and photograph stones for others to see.

I've stood in amazement looking at wooden gravemarkers over 300 years old, learned of the stone carvers trade, dominated by the Italian stone artists of Connecticut and Massachusetts, that were first imported to the south, and later done locally by stonecarvers who moved to the South. I learned about the distinct regions of distribution of peoples in NC,from many places; the Scot-Irish of the mountains, the Germans and Czechs(Moravians) of the piedmont, the English in east central NC, and the French Huegenots and Irish who settled along the coast. Many of the settlements were influenced by early Indian trade routes. I encourage you to get a copy for your taphology library.


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I will no longer do additional information/links etc from this message area... Please use the EDIT tab on the far upper right of each memorial for that.

Transfer are typically done by FIND A GRAVE Rules and Guidelines and with-in the generations noted..PLEASE read the rules carefully..... and do not expect to get transfers automatically, just because you state they are in your FAMILY lines. Please clearly state your relationship to the deceased.

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

I am more than happy to add detailed biographical information to memorials. Please upload it using the EDIT tab in the upper right, pasting it into the box in 'Make A Suggestion'.

You are free to use any of my photos for personal genealogy and family tree work. It would be much appreciated if you give credit to me as the photographer and be sure to note Find A Grave as the source. Please do not use my photos for any commercial purpose without contacting me. Thanks for assistance in this request.

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Per Find A Grave Newest Rules:

Please be aware of the rules when asking for transfers. Guidelines

Transfer requests should be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Please state your exact relationship when you contact me.

You should not ask for transfers of people whom were born and died in the 1700 time frame. MANY OTHERS MAY ALSO BE RELATED TO THESE SAME PEOPLE.

Again: Please use the edit tab on the upper right hand corner of the memorial when wanting additional information added... Please use the suggest a correction link.


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Jonnie in SC
Jane Kirk
Thank you kindly for linking Jane to her mother and two siblings. I feel that she is properly placed 'at home' now. Thank you for all your contributions to FindaGrave. It is indeed a wonderful resource.
Added by Jonnie in SC on Mar 24, 2017 5:51 PM
bill preston
Lillian Provencher & Melvina Dallas @ St. Mary's Ballston Spa
SnS: Thank you for posting their edits. More research being done, they are related. Bill P.
Added by bill preston on Mar 24, 2017 5:55 AM
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The Castle clan @ Ballston Spa
SnS: Great, thank you for the quick turnaround in posting the edits for William, Thomas, Elizabeth, Ann and George Castle all siblings. Bill P
Added by bill preston on Mar 22, 2017 1:55 PM
Suzannah McCuen
RE: McCuen Condolences
Thank you. We were very fortunate to have them as our parents and to be with them for so long and in their final months. They taught us valuable lessons every step of the way.
Added by Suzannah McCuen on Mar 22, 2017 7:36 AM
Suzannah McCuen
RE: Broughton Question
I believe it was in 1991 that a local Eagle Scout and the man who was then Chaplain for the hospital worked with a local funeral home to mark each grave with a steel plate almost flush to the ground. There were some errors made in transcribing names and dates. Some of the markers have since been damaged by mowers. And a few people have been buried there since. The current chaplain is working with me to see that damaged markers are replaced and that those recently interred there have markers in place. Everyone currently interred there is commemorated on Find a Grave. From a distance the old cement posts bearing the chains still look as if they are the markers but there are, on average, four burial plots between each pair of posts. The current count of 1585 is correct. Thanks for asking. It's a lovely place to visit. The hospital has done a nice job in maintaining it and in seeing that the graves were marked. Many state hospitals have failed to do so.
Added by Suzannah McCuen on Mar 22, 2017 7:33 AM
bill preston
Rooke, Vickrage, Kenney
SnS: Many thanks for the 11 edits on these folks @ St. Mary's & Ballston Spa. Bill P
Added by bill preston on Mar 21, 2017 10:31 AM
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David L Kenney @ Ballston Spa
SnS: Thanks for posting his military record. Bill P
Added by bill preston on Mar 21, 2017 10:00 AM
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Etta O. Howe & Henry Vickrage @ Ballston Spa Cemetery
SnS: Thank you for posting their obituaries. Bill P.
Added by bill preston on Mar 21, 2017 7:49 AM
Walter Bothamley, Saratoga, NY
Walter is a brother of Lillian, not her husband. He never married. Lillian married William Whittam and had a son George in 1909. The grave photos you have attached to these three do not make that clear.
Added by Shillaker on Mar 18, 2017 8:31 AM
bill preston
RE: Map Images
Thanks. I agree it may be helpful when we are long gone. Adds a little more flavor to the memorial. Bill
Added by bill preston on Mar 15, 2017 6:14 PM
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