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Wiregrasswalker (#46887942)
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Bio Photo "Life's Greatest Handicap is Being Contented."
-Anne Nichols
"I believe that love and prayer are the most important things in life," -Anne Nichols

Excerpt from "Abie's Irish Rose:

FATHER WHALEN. Sure, we're all trying to get to the same place when we pass on. We're just going by different routes. We can't all go on the same train.
RABBI. And just because you are not riding on my train, why should I say your train won't get there?
— Anne Nichols (1891-1966), American playwright; from Abie's Irish Rose (play), 1922


Haunting eyes peering at me
Through the veiled, forgotten past;
Spirit voices, phantom actors
Beckon me to join their cast...
Time unravels ancient stitches
As I vainly grasp each thread;
Scattered whispers, faded photos
Tell the tale of those long dead...
Withered memories pressed like flowers
Speak of young love once in bloom;
Scented traces faintly linger
Over long-neglected tomb...
Ghostly chanting leads me blindly
Down each darkened corridor..
As I ponder things that once were
-Things that are will be no more...

One of my favorite poems by Alan Seeger:

"I Have a Rendezvous with Death"

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath--
It may be I shall pass him still..
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope or battered hill.
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down.
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear--
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips forth again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

-Alan Seeger (1888-1916)

I would like to take this time to thank all of those who have visited my family including, my mother Hazel Eileen Westberry Paesano and granny, Vera Griffis Westberry (who got me started on genealogy). Also many thanks to those who have visited my Anne Nichols and Adelaide Matthews Memorials. These were two wonderful ladies of the theatre who knew each other as friends and wrote plays together. I am fortunate to be related to Anne and to have known her and Adelaide through the eyes and memories of my friend, Janet. I am always looking for more information on Anne and Adelaide. If anyone has information please contact me or Janet (capecodder). After all, Anne's most popular quote was:

"Life's Greatest Handicap Is Being Contented!"

The following poem was found in my mother's (Hazel Westberry Paesano) belongings after she passed:

"The Time Is Now"

If you are ever going to love me,
Love me now while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings,
Which from true affection flow.
Love me now, while I am living...
Do not wait until I'm gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me, please tell me now...
If you wait until I am sleeping, never to awaken,
There will be death between us and I won't hear you then.
So, if you love me , even a little bit,
Let me know while I am living so I can treasure it.
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Janet Woudenberg & Leah Conti
RE: Cuddeback
You're very welcome.
Added by Janet Woudenberg & Leah C... on Jul 28, 2017 3:09 PM
Ann Maree
Wilbur Fiske Noyes
I recently acquired a new portrait painting by him. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the woman (the portrait sitter) :( I remembered that you were also interested in his work. If you would like to see this painting, let me know. It is much smaller than my grandmother's portrait. I would say it is about 1/4 of the size. Still very lovely and a wonderful portrait. He was quite talented. If you have information about other portraits at any time I would love to hear as well. Perhaps I should ask his children if they recognize the sitter(?) Seems like a long shot.
Added by Ann Maree on Jul 20, 2017 9:38 PM
FAG # 22396657
Find A Grave # 22396657 .. You were kind enough to add a picture to this..But there is some incorrect information on his marker....Would you please be kind enough to go to your picture, and add this as a "caption"...many thanks...


This is a modern gravestone. The grave stone is incorrect in stating that Lane belonged to the Georgia Militia, it should read “North Carolina Militia.”

Added by STEVE BEATY on Jun 10, 2017 3:07 PM
Steven M
Julien Celos (30341648)
Are you still looking for a photograph of his grave?
Added by Steven M on May 24, 2017 9:56 AM
Bryan Winter
RE: Anne Nichols
It seems that images can not be sent this way - I would need an email address. I can share the links. The articles are from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

What I find strange is that he is said to be buried in St John's Cemetery (under others) on wikipedia, but he there is no lot listing for him when his name is entered in the cemeteries search engine...


Added by Bryan Winter on Apr 01, 2017 10:57 PM
Bryan Winter
Edward Payson Weston
I've been doing a little research on him of late. I see that you left some notes and that you are a relative of Anne Nichols. I would like to thank you for your relatives kindness.

I have emailed FindAGrave in the hopes that Mr Weston will be granted famous status.

I've also noted that he was buried in St John's Cemetery (not Columbarium). Therefore the location would be in Queens not Brooklyn. Another contributor has the correct resting place.

I've contact both contributors in the hopes of correcting this.

I have a copy of his obit and another about your relative's kindness to Mr Weston - if you would like to read them - from the Brooklyn Eagle.

Thanks again, Bryan
Added by Bryan Winter on Mar 31, 2017 1:06 AM
juliana usina
Please contact me at
would like to have a talk about my family and yours, thank you, cousin's
Added by juliana usina on Jan 20, 2017 1:20 PM
Ca Phillips
fisk o'hara
please contact me at regarding pictures of Fisk O'Hara. thanks

Added by Ca Phillips on Nov 16, 2016 2:41 PM
John Gardner
RE: Stinson
Thank you, I shall try to contact Jennifer and will certainly put you on my notification list -- thanks for asking!

Added by John Gardner on Oct 08, 2016 7:50 PM
John Gardner
William Russ Eldridge Stinson

You did the memorial for Mr. Stinson several years ago. Do you have any contact info for the family? I am working on a biography of Victor Young and he worked with Mr. Stinson in Paramount's music dept.


Added by John Gardner on Oct 08, 2016 4:55 PM
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