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Jan Franco (#46625834)
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Bio Photo If you are new to findagrave, I suggest you read "frequently asked questions" carefully before making entries or requests.

Since I get a huge volume of requests, please make it easier for me to add biographical information, relationship links, or corrections by going to the page you want linked or corrected and click on "edit." Your info will be emailed directly to me and I can click on the link. If I get the email I will make changes, but generally I don't have time to email you. Please double check dates and info; if multiple items are misspelled or have typos, I am inclined to believe the other material may also be erroneous.

Please state your relationship when making transfer requests. You are able to add photos to any entry.
When the website started there was no option for linking relatives. I am happy to add desired links: please double check your numbers so errors don't make double work for both of us.

I am related to some of the people I have added; entries are also posted in the interest of genealogy and history, and the hope that someone will add my lost ancestors.

Please take digital photos of old gravestones in your area; some that exist today may crumble in a season or two, especially in areas with winter frost. In a way, your photo will preserve it. Perhaps it will be the only record of a particular gravestone. Please do not apply any substance to a gravestone to make it more legible; it damages the stone.

You may use my findagrave photos for your personal use, with attribution; anything to be published - please contact me for permission. Click on photo for larger format.

If you are requesting a photo in a large cemetery please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. Your request has a better chance of being fulfilled that way. Most volunteer photographers work on the weekends when cemetery offices are not open.

Verify everything; transcriptions and even information "written in stone" may be inaccurate. A good example is when the date April 31 appears on a gravestone.

Most of the CT cemeteries have already been added to findagrave. When in doubt check under "New" and "Old" to see if you've missed the listing. Please HESITATE before creating a new Connecticut cemetery on findagrave. I'll be happy to research it for you to avoid duplication; so many alternate names and town name changes make it likely it is already listed in another place. The majority of CT cemeteries that existed in 1934 were surveyed on the Hale Index: Although it contains errors and omissions it is still very helpful.

Another source of information is the Ct Gravestone Network:
Your local library or historical society can also assist you. Ask for the person most familiar with the cemeteries or the history of the town.

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Debra Larson Tietz
RE: Sgt Samuel French b 1667 New Haven CT.
Thank you, Jan.
Added by Debra Larson Tietz on Jul 27, 2017 7:01 AM
Tom Harmon
Abiathar Lyman b. 1758
I have been under the impression that Abiathar Lyman (my grandfather five times removed) was a soldier in the American Revolution. I have this belief partly because of the marker and the American flag placed next to Abiathar's gravestone. However, I have spent a lot of time trying to verify this through the Connecticut military records and have been unable to confirm. Can anyone tell me if he was or was not a soldier in the American revolution? And what source they use to confirm this information? Thank you so much, Tom Harmon. tharmon(at)relaypoint(dot)net
Added by Tom Harmon on Jul 24, 2017 5:46 PM
Jim & Linda Alcott Maples
Mary Dickinson Chamberlain #9915096
Jan, I am a 6th great-granddau. of Mary Dickinson Chamberlain, #9915096 and her husband Richard #9915102. Both buried in Jones Hollow Cem., Marlborough, Hartford Co., CT as are her parents David and Mary (Perrin) Dickinson.

Mary was the daughter of David Dickinson, #9915011 and his wife Mary Perrin Dickinson, #9915073.

I have researched the family from my Alcott/Skinner line back so I can do DAR supplemental on Richard Chamberlain, soldier in CT 2nd Regiment, headed up by Captain Wells and Colonel Wyllys. Richard also was a POW - captured fall 1776 as the Americans were retreating from the New York City areas of Fort Washington and Fort Lee. Not sure of exact date of his parole but believe was in spring of 1777 as that is when many of the American POWs were exchanged.

Also, during my research discovered that Richard's father-in-law David Dickinson in 1779 took the Oath of Allegiance to the Patriot Cause which qualifies him for DAR as a supporter of the American Revolution.

All this info is in the DAR database.

Would you so kindly, when you have time, link Mary Dickinson Chamberlain to her father David Dickinson and mother Mary Perrin Dickinson.

Thank you very much for everything you have contributed to Find A Grave! It is truly mind-boggling all the time you have spent adding photos and info on people you are not related to.

Linda Alcott Maples
Added by Jim & Linda Alcott Maples on Jul 24, 2017 5:26 PM
Cathy Collins
RE: Judson
Elizabeth Judson is on find A Grave
She was born a Beers
But she is under Elizabeth Abigail Judson
How she could have marred Abner Judson when she did , Abner Judson died on the 18th Feb 1774
Added by Cathy Collins on Jul 21, 2017 9:55 AM
Cathy Collins
You have Abigal Elizabeth Beers married to Abner Judson and you have their marriage date as as 1786 Abner Judson died in 1774
Added by Cathy Collins on Jul 20, 2017 6:00 PM
Margaret M Neville
Downs Family Hillside Cemetery
I have a site that helps me figure out a persons Birthday,+1767/to/Oct+3,+1812
I had made an edit to a few of the Downs.
My question is are you related to the Downs family? I am doing research for my boss on this family name and I am looking for any connection to a Danny Downs born about 1949-1951. He served in the military during Viet Nam and was stationed between 1965-1973 in Udon Thani, Thailand.

Thanks for all your help
Margaret Neville (
Added by Margaret M Neville on Jul 19, 2017 6:28 PM
Debra Larson Tietz
Sgt Samuel French b 1667 New Haven CT.
Sorry I should have included the Find A Grave #...
You included an extended bio which was helpful but at the end I had a question regarding Samuel's mother's maiden name - was it Button or Walthen?

You answer is much appreciated as she would be my 9th great grandmother who I am tracing through DNA.
Added by Debra Larson Tietz on Jul 19, 2017 1:07 PM
St Patrick Cemetery Enfield MA
Do the "New" and old cemeteries have different photos for their locations?

Thanks, Maureen
Added by MO La on Jul 17, 2017 8:11 AM
RE: George O Leduc
Thanks for your prompt response,
that would be wonderful if you could find anything. I am doing this research for my son.
Lorraine Lapointe
Added by Lorraine on Jul 16, 2017 2:14 PM
George O Leduc
I was looking for this for a long time, after many years of research I found information on the subject. I have people who have known this person in the past in Montreal, Canada and I would like to know more about the person, if we could communicate in private. I have no idea how to do it.
Added by Lorraine on Jul 16, 2017 9:42 AM
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