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Penny D. (#47422595)
 member for 6 years, 2 months, 6 days
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Bio Photo Although, I have been interested in genealogy for nearly 30 years, I only recently became aware of the truly fragile state of our ancestors' headstones and how important it is to preserve them, if only digitally, for future generations.

As information is being digitized and made public, we are learning more and more about those who went before us. The information is mostly good, but sometimes it is not. I think that we need to be judicious about what should be added to our memorial sites.

My purpose for placing memorials on Find A Grave is to honor and recognize these individuals from our past. I’m not interested in volume added as most of the memorials that I create are connected with my (or my husband’s) families – albeit sometimes they are quite distant.


1. Please do not add death certificates to my sites. In many instances the causes of death and the physician’s comments (never intended for general public view) can be very hurtful for descendants and families. They are wonderful tools when working on genealogies, but are often riddled with errors and “too-much-information.”

2. Remember, pictures are copy-written. You are welcome to my gravestone/cemetery pictures, but please acknowledge your source. There are other members who also add pictures to my memorials. Click on their names to check on their policies. Most often, they just want acknowledgement as well.

3. If you find errors, know of family links, or have information that I might add, please let me know through Corrections & Additions edits or at

Thanks, Penny
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Jan A
O Fairview
Hi Penny, it's been a WHILE! I recently added a new photo to "our" cemetery. Can you ask admin to remove the older ones? I was going to post another one but wanted to wait and see if they were smart enough to remove the old ones for the new ones.. Nope they have to be TOLD. Tks and hope all is well! ............Jan
Added by Jan A on Feb 08, 2016 12:37 PM
Myra IV 💕
RE: James Henry Diven
Thank you for that info! My former mother-in-law is a descendent of Robert Calvin Diven, (James Henry's bro) as is my ex, out children & granddaughters.
Robert Calvin Diven & Milissa Palmer
Ralph Hutchison Diven & Edna Gertrude Kerr
Jess Robert Diven & Mildred Elizabeth Morton
(My living MIL) & Charles Owen Camp III
(My ex) & myself
Our children
Our granddaughters

I'm not a paid ancestry subscriber so I can't view public trees without an invitation. And I am happy to extend the offer to you as well. Please email me at so I can email an invite to you as well. I look forward to collaborating with you Penny!

Added by Myra IV 💕 on Nov 18, 2015 8:21 PM
Myra IV 💕
James Henry Diven
Hi Penny,
You have James' first wife as Mary E Laney. I thought Mary was married to James' brother, John, who died young (20 something...) can you please share your source with me for this info? You mention in his bio that you have combined several sources, obit... Would you be willing to share a copy? I am currently working in this branch. -myra
Added by Myra IV 💕 on Nov 17, 2015 2:39 PM
Lynn Bensy
RE: The Thornileys
Exactly what *I* thought. Thanks again!!

Added by Lynn Bensy on Aug 16, 2015 9:03 PM
Lynn Bensy
Thanks, Penny, for transferring my dad's and my 2 grandparents' graves to me!

Lynn Thorniley Bensy
Added by Lynn Bensy on Aug 16, 2015 4:48 PM
Lynn Bensy
Find A Grave Memorial# 121180590

I had contacted you about 6 mos ago, because you kindly posted a picture of my dad's grave, and I had you add a little to the info about him. I didn't know at the time that it was possible to transfer the memorial to a person other than the one who originally posted it. I just learned that last night, and now I'm wondering if you would mind transferring his grave to me. I am his only child, and there is no one closer who will ever be asking for this honor. His name is Robert Irwin Thorniley, and his grave is # 121180590.

Lynn Thorniley Bensy
Added by Lynn Bensy on Aug 14, 2015 12:49 AM
Marriage of James Lydick to Sarah Chapman
What source did you use for the date and location of the marriage of James Lydick to Sarah Chapman (4 Mar 1824 Indiana Co PA)? Thanks for any citation you can provide!
Added by holberttm on Jul 19, 2015 9:21 AM
Eleanor Morrison Lawson
Morrison, Lyda, Justus, Hill, many more NC and SC names
Penny, I want to thank you so much for all you do for others through Find A Grave. I am trying very hard to put as much on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker as I can of family history so that my descendants and others can view their heritage. I am no longer able to visit cemeteries because of age and health, but thanks to Find A Grave I can still visit them. Thanks to people like you I CAN view where they rest. I hope you will not mind my using copies of your photos in my family files. I have had so many gracious people to help me along. In my contacting others for permission I have only had two out of well over 200 to be less than helpful. May God bless you as you try to preserve and help others with records through Find A Grave.
Eleanor Morrison Lawson
Added by Eleanor Morrison Lawson on Jun 16, 2015 11:17 AM
Thank you for willing to transfer Sonya to me. We were 1st cousins 1x. Her papaw & My papaw were brothers. We were close growing up then got back in touch several years ago, with all the research we did. I was so glad to have the time with her that I did, like you said despite her health issues.

I guess we would be related by marriage as they say :-)

I truly appreciate you doing this and taking the time to take care of these memorials.

Added by jc~roadrunner on May 26, 2015 3:24 PM
Jan A
Old Fairview Cemetery
Hi Penny, it's been a while! I cleaned up Old Fairview (again) prior to Memorial day and even found yet another name/stone. I'll be getting more of the stones out from under the sod and hope to get this cemetery back in shape and identify more of them. Hope all is well. ......Jan
Added by Jan A on May 28, 2014 8:01 AM
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