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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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Photos posted to memorials on Find A Grave are copyrighted by the member who submitted the photos. Lifting the photo to use elsewhere would be a violation of copyright. You must obtain written permission from the member to use any photo for your own use. In general if you did not take the photo yourself, you do not hold the copyright to the photo.

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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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bill preston
Biographies @ St. Mary's and Ballston Spa Cemeteries
SnS: Many thanks for posting bio's to the following:
Fanny M. Brooks Kenney, John Wilfred Gray, Levi Currier,
Olivine Currier, Edmond Currier, Olivine Frances Gray Rooke &
James R. "Jim" O'Brien
-- Bill P.
Added by bill preston on Feb 25, 2017 11:47 AM
bill preston
Biographies @ St. Mary's and Ballston Spa Cemeteries
SnS: Many thanks for posting bio's to the following:
Fanny M. Brooks Kenney, John Wilfred Gray, Levi Currier,
Olivine Currier, Edmond Currier, Olivine Frances Gray Rooke &
James R. "Jim" O'Brien
-- Bill P.
Added by bill preston on Feb 25, 2017 11:45 AM
In Loving Memory
Judy
Thank you for your posting about Judy. Judy was an amazing person. I will never forget her. She will always be dear to my heart.
Added by In Loving Memory on Feb 22, 2017 6:25 PM
bill preston
Edmond Currier @ St. Mary's
SnS: Thank you for posting the edit. Bill P.
Added by bill preston on Feb 19, 2017 8:14 PM
bill preston
Edits @ Ballston Spa & St. Mary's
SnS: Many thanks for posting the edits for Fanny Kenney, Anna Bell Kenney, Lillian Wright @ Ballston Spa and James O'Brien, Olivine Rooke, Eliza Rose @ St. Mary's. The Best. Bill P
Added by bill preston on Feb 17, 2017 8:11 PM
bill preston
Eva Fisher Walsh at Ballston Spa
SnS: Many thanks for posting her obit. Have been working w/another contributor formerly from Ballston now out of state on her tree. The best. Bill P
Added by bill preston on Feb 11, 2017 6:07 PM
bill preston
Ballston Spa Cemetery & St. Mary's
SnS: Many thanks for posting edits and/or obits for the following:
Anna Kenney, John W Gray, Eva F. Walsh, Evaline Walsh Gray, Emmett Kenney, Lillian Wright. I am working w/another contributor, formerly of Ballston now out of state, gathering photos & info. An interesting project covering 3 cemeteries. Your help is very meaningful and appreciated by both of us.

At St. Mary's for Eliza F. Rose, where my quest began. Start out w/one and before your know it your in 3 cemeteries and about 20 some people later. Having a nor' easter today, expect a 1' of snow. Yesterday many parts of the Ballston Cemetery were under 6" + of water. Water wings yesterday, snow shoes today. The best, Bill
Added by bill preston on Feb 09, 2017 8:51 AM
bill preston
Claire Gray & Eva Walsh @ Ballston Spa
SnS: Thanks for posting the edits and obituary. Bill P.
Added by bill preston on Feb 07, 2017 8:15 PM
Sherrie Hardin
RE: 71106634 Betor Memorial
Thank you for getting back with me.

I do have a memorial for Ronald, buried in the same cemetery and my Ronnie's parents are Mettrey and Nellie.

The death dates are the same, but I've been hesitant to send an edit to you to link them, it could always be a coincidence, however, unlikely.

I have a memorial for his brother Sam too. I've also got bio info for Mett and Nellie and a photo of Nellie to add.
Added by Sherrie Hardin on Feb 02, 2017 5:39 AM
bill preston
Margaret & Eutilia Pastore @ St. Mary's
SnS: Thank you for posting their edits. Regards, Bill P
Added by bill preston on Feb 01, 2017 8:28 PM
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