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Leanne Keefer Bechdel (#46601597)
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I found a photo of a relative on Find A Grave, can I use it?
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I am ever searching for my ancestors. Both our families are 12 generation Americans, some 13! Most German, Dutch and Native American. Surnames: Bechtel, Bechdel, Keffer, Keefer, DeHaas, Van Houten, Rohrbach ,Strouss, Houser, Lozier, Losier, Le Sueur Begraft, Slot. I have always been seeking their old headstones and cemeteries so I started "collecting" photos years ago. Now, I finally have a place to help people find those long lost graves. I am earnestly trying to photograph the numerous very old graves scattered about my area of Central Pennsylvania. Many a brave pioneer family headstone will be lost to ravages of time. I've been known to commit various acts of genealogy kindness. Willing to headstone hunt in Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Lycoming and parts of Centre Counties. Contact me with any ?s, corrections or requests. Presently trying to start getting all the churches to transcribe their records for better availability as well as historical document preservation techniques. Help is needed. If you see my name on a cemetery photo, then it is accessible to me and I may have more information, feel free to ask. IF I HAVE ENTERED OR PHOTOGRAPHED YOUR ANCESTORS, PLEASE write me, I can give you "ownership" of their memorial here! Follow the guidelines and I need the memorial # and your member number.
Proud member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century John Hand Chapter and the Shikelimo DAR chapter, Senior re-organizing President of The Regina Hartman Society of The Children Of The American Revolution. I have been an active living history presenter for the past 20 years. A gunner of Coren's Independent Artillery with the Continental Lines. Living history presenter with focus on Revolutionary War and late 18th c Pennsylvania, various class portrayals, laundress, street cryer, tapes weaving, letter writing, representing everyday colonial American ancestry.
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kat woodfill-childress
Hello! I was wondering if I could use your photo of the gravestone for Johann Dietrich Struble & Elizabeth Pfort, my 7th great grandparents. I always credit with the name of the person who took it and their Find a Grave number.
Added by kat woodfill-childress on Jan 31, 2017 11:40 PM
Emilie Jansma
Hannah Hartman
I am an amateur historian and folklorist from Central Penna. and I am writing to ask for permission to use your picture of Hannah Hartman's tombstone in the Keister Cemetery, Hartley Twsp. Union Co., Pa.
I am currently compiling a book about the past 246 "Women of Weikert". Of course, photo credit will be given.

While a picture of each woman would be ideal (but impossible), I am happy to at least be able to use her tombstone picture to validate her existence. If you care for more details please contact me at My thanks in advance
Added by Emilie Jansma on Dec 09, 2016 3:04 PM
The Irish Lady
Lewisburg Cemetery - Jane Nancy (McCall) Brady
Many thanks for getting the picture onto Find A Grave of Jane's stone. It's a shame that it's unreadable. Still, I love to see them.

I wonder if you'd allow me to use the picture in my family research, with credit of course?

The Irish Lady - Gail 46995691
Added by The Irish Lady on Nov 08, 2016 5:13 PM
Dawn Gary Dickens
thanks so much
thanks for all the edits on Meek, Coates, Foresman, etc..sure to be more & going down the chain. I really do appreciate all the time & effort you have given to make the connections. I imagine you out in those cemeteries with your camera taking pictures & so grateful to have each & every one that has been provided. Have a blessed day, Leanne & be safe. Dawn Gary Dickens
Added by Dawn Gary Dickens on Oct 09, 2016 4:26 PM
Dawn Gary Dickens
81961137 correction
I mess up and requested a link for parents under wrong parent. I put in her grandparents link (George Sr) and Mary Schooley. It should be George JR & Mary Meek. The problem is I cant find their cemetery records. If you have any info, I would be forever grateful. PLEASE Delete my request to link parents of: 16464544 & 118766711 for Mary Foresman Coates mem# 81961137. May I please use photos you provided for this family?
Added by Dawn Gary Dickens on Sep 17, 2016 8:51 AM
Dawn Gary Dickens
mem# 16464158
may I please have your permission to use this photo of Sarah Cutter Meek for use in my family genealogy records & on Ancestry profile. I have many (hundreds) more requests to send & will credit your photo. So grateful for your work and time and on many instances helped me to get thru the grueling searches. Thank you so much
Added by Dawn Gary Dickens on Sep 14, 2016 12:37 PM
Charles Kotch
RE: Distant Cousin?
I was just reconnecting with this site and wasnt sure if I ever answered your message.. I am going to try and update family info on here and my upline grandparents as soon as i dig out my paperwork... I am a descendant of Jacob Hepler

so sorry charlie kotch
Added by Charles Kotch on Jul 13, 2016 3:30 PM
Christ Lutheran Stone Church Cemetery in Allenwood
Leanne, I'm not sure if you posted the commentary on this cemetery. If you did, and have all the photos, could you look for Daniel Welsh and wife Mary? Also for any other Welsh names, and thank you!

Added by Leslie on Nov 18, 2015 7:51 AM
Nicole C
Harriett DeHaas photo request
Hi Leanne!

I was trying to fulfill the request for a photo of Harriett DeHaas's monument. Unfortunately the cemetery index doesn't have any information as to where exactly in the cemetery she's located. It has her date of death listed at 9-6-1889 and stated she was 90 years of age when she died but that's all it says. I'll try to look again.

Nicole C.
Added by Nicole C on Oct 14, 2015 1:05 PM
John & Gene Sharp
Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner, 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B
Ms. Bechdel,

Hi, We are related to Civil War soldier Private Benjamin F. Warner 7th PA Cavalry and were hoping you might include this biographical information to his memorial . Many thanks

Gene & John Sharp
Concord California

Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner, 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B
(December 21, 1842 – February 22, 1896)
In a little over one year, Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner experienced all the dimensions and horrors of the American Civil War as he survived deadly combat, a severe wound, disease, and incarceration as a prisoner of war in the brutal Andersonville Prison.
Benjamin F. Warner was born in Ohio and raised in Muncy Township, Pennsylvania. His mother was Abigail Rodgers, and his father was Samuel Warner. Abigail and Samuel had seven children; Benjamin was their youngest child. Samuel Warner was a farmer, but young Benjamin took work as a blacksmith apprentice prior to the Civil War with his uncle Henry Hahn Straub.
In 1862, Benjamin F. Warner married Annie Sims and the young couple had a son; Benjamin Warner Jr. In 1864, Benjamin along with other Muncy men in search of adventure, joined the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. In 1864, the Civil War was in its third year and was unpopular with large sections of the State of Pennsylvania population. To increase the number of volunteer enlistments, Lycoming County government offered $300.00 to Warner and other recruits as a bounty or incentive to enlist for three years, or the duration of the war. Benjamin’s cousin Pvt. Edward Adlum Straub (also from Muncy Township) wrote about how he and Benjamin Warner joined the 7th.
“On the 17th of February 1864, we went to Pennsville where we met Aaron H. Malaby, Pierson Baker, and Benjamin F. Warner, who informed me they intended to enlist for a year. They told me I had better go with them; I said "All right I 'am with you." The next morning we all started for Williamsport, and after our arrival there we went to City Hotel where we met Lieutenant Heber S. Essington of Company B, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry. Lieutenant Essington was assigned to Williamsport for recruiting up his company and regiment. We all informed him that we had intended to enlist in the artillery service but he advised us to join his company and regiment. After an hour and a half pleasant chat, we told him to enroll our names for his company and regiment. (When we enlisted for the war we had intended to return again before going to the front and bid our parents goodbye, but we suddenly formed the idea that we had better remain away, as it would be harder to part from them a second time. Before our departure from Williamsport for Camp Curtin my father and brother came to Williamsport to see us off and bid the party who were going to leave Friday evening goodbye.

The next morning we were closely examined by a skilled army surgeon and we all passed the examination and no objections to our being enlisted were known to exist. On Friday February 19th, we were all sworn in the military service of the U.S. Army.”

Warner’s enlistment documents describe him as 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark hair and blue eyes. Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner’s pension file recounts and documents the rest of his wartime service with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B. Pvt. Warner’s application describes his wounding in the Battle at Noonday Creek, Georgia, and his subsequent time as a prisoner of war in the notorious Andersonville, prison camp.

"On the 20th day of June 1864 I was wounded in an engagement at Noonday Creek Georgia and taken prisoner. My horse was shot from under me and I was seriously injured in the breast and also wounded in the left thigh, the bullet still remaining in my body ..... (I) was for six months a prisoner at Andersonville."

Warner's 1884 pension application was later consolidated with one filed by his widow Carrie. Carrie’s application included a deposition filed by John C. Mervine, also a member of Company B. In Pvt. Mervine’s account we get a real sense of what happened that June day at Noonday Creek, Georgia, between June 10th and July 3rd 1864, for Pvt. Mervine’s account is important because it is based on extracts from his diary.

"I know he was in action with the Company that day . . . . I kept a diary during my service - On the 20th of June of 1864 I find the following in reference to Benjamin Warner.....the Company fell back in behind the works, the rebs followed a mile or so, and tried to place a battery but our artillery shelled them so they left leaving their guns behind them when they left, but returned in the morning and got them. J. H. Youmans was wounded in the head while charging; Sgt. Black was shot in close quarters in the side. Ben Warner was dismounted sitting behind a tree holding his horse, not hearing from him do not know whether he was wounded or not - Dan Keifer missing - not knowing whether - of him. 10 Horses were shot, some dead others slightly. While crossing the creek several horses floundered. Bill's horse stuck fast. Wilders men advanced and checked the rebs taking a Colonel and some prisoners. Our own Company B took 5. Made some Coffee and had supper, it is awfully muddy where we lay, spread my gum [tarp] on the some leaves and went to sleep.”

“June 21, 64 ....a scouting party went out this morning and brought in John Youmans who had been taken to a house. Black had died about midnight - the rebs took John's boots and rifled his pockets. Another party went out and got the body of Sgt. Black they brought him in the ambulance and I helped take him out and carry him on a stretcher to the Company."

There follows a series of questions and answers:

"When you saw Ben Warner as described how far distant from him were you?"

"Probably not more then 10 or 12 feet."

"Did you speak to him ?"

"No - we were going back as fast as we could - What I meant by saying he was sitting behind a tree - was that he was sitting behind a tree from the rebel fire."

"Did he speak to you, or was any one with him?"

"No I don't think there was."

"Did he appear wounded or injured?"

"I suppose it was one or the other or he wouldn't have been there as affairs were at the time."

Shortly after being wounded, Benjamin Warner was captured by Confederate forces and placed in the notorious Andersonville Prison. By July 1864, 32,000 Union soldiers were crowded into a stockade compound built for 10,000. There at Andersonville, inadequate shelter, bad sanitation, food shortages, and lack of medicine all contributed to an appalling death toll. By the war's end 12,912 prisoners had died. The Andersonville Prison Camp Commander, Major Henry Wirz was later executed as a war criminal (This was the only such trial to result from the Civil War.) because of his alleged abuse of prisoners.

Another soldier Josiah Anderson who was with Warner at Andersonville recounts:

"...we were well acquainted - from Andersonville ....He was pretty slim and worn out - he had been a prisoner of war some time when I first met him - he was about starved to death - that is about all I know that ailed him.....he got sick from combined effects of starvation and diarrhea and was one of those paroled along in latter part of Nov. or early December 1864."

After his parole in November of 1864, Pvt. Warner spent a few months in a military hospital at Annapolis, Maryland, and was finally mustered out of his regiment on August 23, 1865. His wife, Annie, died shortly after the war, and Benjamin subsequently remarried Carrie Elizabeth [surname unknown]. Warner tried to pick up his blacksmith trade but his health was never the same. He filed for an army disability pension in 1884, citing his old wounds and the brutal conditions at Andersonville. In 1896, Warner’s health rapidly deteriorated and he died on February 22, 1896. Pvt. Benjamin F. Warner was buried in Hill Station Cemetery, Pennsdale Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Later that same year his beloved Carrie received a widow’s pension.

Added by John & Gene Sharp on Sep 19, 2015 6:01 PM
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