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Jane Ferner Lawrence (#46541743)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogy for my family and my husband's family for several years. In 1852, my dad's grandfather and grandmother came from a Bavarian village called Godramstein and settled in Rochester, NY. I grew up in Rochester, and following many moves (23)due to corporate transfers, my husband and I have finally settled in Rhode Island. Our three children are grown and we have two delightful grandchildren. It is for them that I continue to research and add to our family history.
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RE: Annie Schwab Bandi
Hi, I just transfer her memorial to you. God bless!
Added by Zina on Sep 18, 2016 9:53 AM
Memorial photo
I added some information to Find A Grave Memorial #21440112 today and noticed that you had posted a photograph of a headstone to this page. Unfortunately, it is not the correct photograph for the memorial.
Added by Rover on Jan 29, 2016 4:34 PM
Col Thomas DeKay
Hi again Jane,

I am always searching for interesting images for the MVG blog and facebook page. This turned up at the NY Historical Society while searching "Orange County". Note there is no image on the webpage and TDK is listed as "possible former owner"

Sword and scabbard
Object Number:

Possible Former Owner:
Thomas De Kay
Steel, other metal, leather
Part (sword): 41 3/8 x 5 x 1 1/8 in. (105.1 x 12.7 x 2.9 cm) Part (scabbard): 35 3/4 x 3 x 3/4 in. (90.8 x 7.6 x 1.9 cm
Sword with curved, singled-edged steel blade with two fullers, one broad and one narrow, and etched designs on obverse and reverse; steel stirrup hilt with grip covered in leather and wound with a narrow metal strip; flat pommel with capstan rivet and backstrap extending to ferrule at base of grip; leather scabbard (in three pieces) with steel throat with oval frog stud and steel tip.
Gallery Label:
According to the accession records, this sword belonged to Thomas De Kay, Colonel of Orange County Militia in 1757.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Augustus Davis

Added by ATJ on Dec 23, 2015 5:37 AM
RE: Capt Thomas DeKay, Jr
You're most welcome, Jane, glad to help out!

fyi - "Sussex County Excursions" is writer/researcher Jeff Stoveken who deserves the credit for following this trail of the NY NJ boundary lines history across time and exploring the DeKay burying grounds #1-3! He rambles widely across Sussex Co, writes a regular column for the newspaper and commands a loyal following of readers, including myself.

Best to you both,

Added by ATJ on Dec 17, 2015 6:00 PM
Re Thomas & Mary Roe DeKay
Perhaps you've seen this article by Ivy Jordan Tulin in the NJ Herald on the DeKay Cemetery 3?

"...The plot that was enclosed by the stone wall belonged to members of the DeKay family with one of the graves unmarked. These stones were for Capt. Thomas DeKay, who "departed this life, Feb. 12th, 1810, in the 78th year of his age." Also, "In Memory of Mary Roe DeKay, wife of Thomas DeKay, who departed this life, Dec. 21st 1820 in the 82nd year of her age."
Added by ATJ on Dec 16, 2015 7:46 AM
Capt Thomas DeKay, Jr
Hello Jane,

I thought you might be interested in this article from the facebook page "Sussex County Excursions" with photos of the original tombstone / grave site of Capt. DeKay.

A Vernon Township Cemetery lies in Warwick New York - "...Last year while researching the NY/NJ boundary war Dan Tassey and I stumbled on 2 old burial grounds , one I had always wanted to visit was the Dekay Cemetery and the other also had Dekay names. Thomas Dekay was a pioneer that settled in Vernon. He fought during the French&Indian War, sided with New York for the state boundary conflict and chose his own burial spot as soon as he settled on this land ! When we located the second burial ground I immediately contacted Lisa Permunian ( Vernon Historical Society genealogist) Who informed me that these were Dekay Cemeteries 1 & 2.
So just for the heck of it after I had visited this particular cemetery and since it was so close to Vernon, I figured I would ask her about this as well. Her answer : Dekay Cemetery 3 ! Prior to 1774 this was claimed and deeded by Vernon and Thomas's son, Who was also named Thomas, settled on this land and therefore was buried in Dekay cemetery 3. So hearing that, I needed to see if I could locate the DeKay headstone. My friend Meredith Lucarelli offered her assistance and we headed out to this old graveyard. Sure enough we came upon his stone pretty quickly and this linked all the graveyards into the DeKay family.
So prior to the official New York New Jersey state borderline, this was part of a settlement in Sussex County!"

You should be able to read the article and view the photos without being a member of facebook:

Best wishes,

"ATJ" on findagrave &

Minisink Valley Genealogy on facebook
Added by ATJ on Dec 16, 2015 5:33 AM
RE: Mary Roe DeKay, # 66529453
Thank you.
Added by Ferber on Nov 30, 2015 7:42 AM
Patricia Zeis
Hello again, Jane,

I was in Ridgelawn recently and located the Ziesche plot. I took several pictures of the surrounding area, so you could see that there are no other markers for the Ziesche family. There is quite a bit of space around the markers, so the family members certainly could be there in unmarked graves. I took the liberty of posting the pictures on your sponsored memorial. You can rearrange them as you wish. If you want me to remove any pictures, I will not be offended at all. I know you live in another state and it is unlikely that you would be able to visit the cemetery in person. The pictures give you some perspective as to whom is buried in front and to the sides. Unfortunately, they don't seem to be relatives. Please feel feel to re-save and crop or photoshop as you wish for your purposes. There's no need to give me credit as photographer; I am glad that I can be of some service. Again, I will be happy to remove any photos that you do not want. I give you permission to remove them, but I don't think FindaGrave allows it. I wish I had more positive results.

All the best,

Added by Patricia Zeis on Sep 29, 2015 1:36 PM
RE: Belknap and Ferner
I don't think you missed anything! .^_^. Sorry for my confusion. While in that cemetery, I noted two duplicated Belknap memorials and notified the member of them. Instead of deleting, though, he transferred them to me. Since I didn't create them, I can't delete them. I had to appeal to the administration to do it for me. Going the long way around!
Added by seekerJay on Sep 22, 2015 7:41 PM
RE: Belknap and Ferner
Sorry! It's Mary's birth name that's unknown and not Margaret's. Oooops!
Added by seekerJay on Sep 21, 2015 6:34 PM
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