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Janet Muff (#46951416)
 member for 9 years, 8 months, 20 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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Julie Grabill Rasmussen
RE: J. Edwin Coleman
Thanks for getting back to me.
Added by Julie Grabill Rasmussen on Jul 24, 2017 6:56 PM
Jim Jones
RE: Mary L. (Whitney) Race
Hey Janet!

I loaded the clippings about Mary R (Minnie) Race's death and funeral onto your Minnie Race memorial. You can see she died on the 29th in Glens Falls hospital. Funeral was on August 1st at her mother's home in West Granville/Fort Ann.

Also found funeral announcement for James Madison Race that said he was buried at Union Cemetery in Fort Edward, which is not a surprise since that's where his parents are buried. There was no grave record for him there so I created one and will transfer it to you to manage. Also submitted another couple edits for you to list James as Minnie and Vernon's father.

Minnie was a schoolteacher and in 1904 a bookkeeper at Auburn State Prison. She began training as a nurse about 1906 at Parks Hospital (where she later died) in Glens Falls and graduated in 1908, working at Parks as a nurse until she became too ill to work. By the fall of 1911, she was reported seriously ill in West Granville under the care of a full-time nurse.



Added by Jim Jones on Jul 23, 2017 10:36 PM
Jim Jones
RE: Mary L. (Whitney) Race

The below is a transcription of a book, "The Descendants of John Whitney" (1895) which also lists Mary's middle name as "Lawrence.",_page_220

Added by Jim Jones on Jul 23, 2017 1:01 AM
Jim Jones
RE: Mary L. (Whitney) Race

I've not heard back yet from my genealogy friend who tracks the Otis/Whitney families.

The only source I have that I can cite is which gives the two daughters' names as Sarah Davy Whitney and Mary Lawrence Whitney.

I can't find any other edits I sent you, looking on my contributor page, either pending, accepted, or declined. Would appreciate it if you would tell me what they were!



Added by Jim Jones on Jul 22, 2017 10:48 PM
Don & Susan Lee
RE: Memorial# 36341683
We routinely photograph Potter tombstones on the chance that the person was related to my husband's gr-gr-grandfather Edmund Potter (who is buried in Dorset). Marjorie is no relation, so the memorial has been transferred to you.
Added by Don & Susan Lee on Jul 22, 2017 7:10 AM
Jim Jones
RE: Mary L. (Whitney) Race
Janet, which edits do you need documentation for? I've asked a person I work with a lot how she knows Mary's middle name was Lawrence so hopefully she has a source for that. I was working on Wards, Whitneys, and Otises when I updated Mary Race.

If you could remind me which edits those were I am sure I can provide documentation on them. It is amazing -- I've been looking for Mary's exact death date and it has eluded me so far. I think it was likely June 1916 as the will was probated on June 23rd. I've found ten references to her estate but no obit. Scanning the Washington County papers now...

Looked at your profile -- wow! Thanks for all you do...

Added by Jim Jones on Jul 21, 2017 11:28 PM
john komar
RE: Zlpha and Moriah Conkey
First I understand you objection but don't agree.
Historically Asa does exist and their is plenty of documentation. Such as document written by Charles Nash Conkey about his grandfather. But it's your choice and I will abide by it. John
Added by john komar on Jul 21, 2017 5:39 PM
Mary Arvidson
RE: Hillside Cemetery-Rhoda Stewart
You sent me a correction suggestion on July 16th. The memorial # is 171109679
Added by Mary Arvidson on Jul 19, 2017 3:02 PM
Mary Arvidson
Hillside Cemetery-Rhoda Stewart
Hi Janet-I have corrected the info on the husband of Rhoda Stewart. If she is a relative of yours at all and you would like the page transferred to me please let me know and I would be happy to do so...Mary
Added by Mary Arvidson on Jul 18, 2017 10:31 PM
Scott and Priscilla Butler Fraser
John and Adin
I have a Sara requesting date changes for John and Adin? Do you know anything about these wrong dates that I may have?
Added by Scott and Priscilla Butle... on Jul 16, 2017 1:52 PM
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