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Judy Cain Bowser (#47093208)
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Bio Photo “Who Will Remember You?”
May Sarton, the author and poet, wrote a few lines which should haunt all family genealogists if we don't care and don't share our work: "Who will remember you, my darling ones, when I have gone, or who will remember me? It's only in our hearts the dead live on." Genealogy, when it's more than just names and dates, allow the dead to live on and the living to be firmly grounded in the family history they are part of.

I was born and raised in Sewickley, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, but am now living in California. As far back as I can remember I have had an interest in knowing more about my ancestors, thanks to my maternal grandmother Pearl (Webster) Buchanan who would talk about her Hawk and Webster family connections. She had great heartwarming tales about them all.

My ancestor surnames include the following: Armstrong, Buchanan, Cain, DeLong (DeLange), Doty/Doten, Fish (Fyshe), Hawk (Hawke, Hawks), Jennings, Johnson (Johnston), McCandless, Maitland, Mattox (Mattocks), Moore, Sackett, Sumney, Thompson and Webster. Many of them were born, raised their families and died in the Pennsylvania areas of Butler, Mercer and Venango Counties.

The Armstrong and Fish families originally settled in the New York area after arriving from England. The Delongs/DeLanges, from the Netherlands, also settled in the New York area. The Doty/Doten and Sackett families settled in and around Plymouth and Springfield, Massachusetts and the Webster family (also from England) arrived in Connecticut in the mid 1600s. The Armstrongs, Buchanans, McCandlesses and Moores were from Ireland and the Sumneys from the Alsace area in France/Germany. Any information on any of these families would be greatly appreciated.
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Shawn Andrews
No worries, Judy. Happy to help :)

Best -

Added by Shawn Andrews on May 28, 2017 7:18 PM
Clinton Anthony
Thanks Judy for the info!

I always look out for Buchanan's in the cemeteries when I'm out and about. I'll let you know if I find anymore that arn't on findagrave already. My great great grandfather was George Herman Rea 1862-1926, his first wife passed away and his second wife was Sara 'Sadie' B Buchanan 1873-1919 daughter of Alexander and Fannie Bovard-Buchanan. I'm not related to Sara or the Buchanan's, but the name always stood out. I would be related to Sara's three kids: Dale A Rea, George H.D. Rea and Florence B. Rea.

Added by Clinton Anthony on Apr 12, 2017 3:32 PM
Karen O
RE: Francis Campbell
You're very welcome!
Added by Karen O on Mar 21, 2017 7:15 AM
Brian E. Bailey
Shively memorials
Hi Judy,
I am working on adding various family members that are connected to some you presently manage. I would like to know if you would be so kind as to turn the following memorials over to me, so I can add information and other family members.
These family members are all of the surname, "Shively" and are in the Sewickley Cemetery, Sewickley, PA.
My grandmother was a Shively.

2 in particular I would like to manage are:
If you manage any other Shively memorials, I would like those to manage, also.

Thanks so much!
Brian E. Bailey
Added by Brian E. Bailey on Feb 09, 2017 9:21 AM
Elijah Shalis
James Buchanan
Is your James Buchanan the same as the other one already in that cemetery that was a private in the military or are there two?
Added by Elijah Shalis on Jan 18, 2017 7:00 PM
D. O.
Michael O'Donnell 144371931
Judy, I am very interested to know where you obtained the information regarding Michael O'Donnell's burial information.

I am the widow of one of his descendants - Edward O'Donnell and obviously my family research includes Michael.

I received a hint through that Michael is buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery. I checked that and there is no evidence.

I added him to Find A Grave myself - Find A Grave # 156786277 sometime ago as I have been working on the O'Donnells for a while. There are very many of them.

Any info you can provide me will be greatly appreciated.

Dorothy O'Donnell
Added by D. O. on Nov 15, 2016 6:53 PM
Barb Sumney
RE: Helt
Hey Judy, thanks for getting back to me. Haven’t actually been away for 9 yrs—puttering around off & on for most of that time. As to the Sumney Bible—it’s sitting in a display case I made for it just across the room from me. The grandson of Dr. Frank Foster Sumney passed it on to me about 6 yrs ago after he’d suffered a stroke. The Bible text is in German and printed in Germany in 1720. Unlike later family Bibles, there is no section to record births/deaths, etc. However, within the Bible was a handwritten record by Isaac Sumney, s/o Rev. War patriot, Jacob, listing his birth, that of his wife Maria Turney and the births of all his children. The note is written in German & I had it translated by a professor who specialized in old German writing to make sure we had the correct information. As I recall there was only one correction on the date for one of his daughters. Other than Isaac noting he was the son of Jacob Sumney and another note from Dr. Frank that the Bible had been,” the property of Jacob Sumney a soldier in the revolution”, there isn’t any other family records. I’d be more than happy to forward a transcript of Isaac’s family record if you want to contact me via:
Added by Barb Sumney on Sep 23, 2016 8:35 AM
Barb Sumney
Flash from the past
Barbi Sumney here--It’s been quite a while since we corresponded re. our mutual roots on the Cain/Bowser/Sumney in Butler County, PA—2007 according to the note in my genealogy program. I haven’t done any family research for several years, but now back on the hunt. Wanted to thank you for posting my Gt Grandmother, Jane Helt Sumney’s memorial.
Added by Barb Sumney on Sep 18, 2016 10:46 AM
JoAnne Brown
Maude Webster Wardle
Judy, I didn't know if you got my email. I did look for Maude in Findley Cemetery when I went to Pennsylvania back in July. Her husband Bill is the last in the row and closest to the highway. Next to him is a blank space, but no stone. You may have to contact the cemetery to have them see if she is in that space. I did send you a photo in the email. If you did not receive it, and would like to see it, please let me know.

I am not looking into my DeLong line and I see you have them in your tree as well. I didn't realize. I may be getting with you to ask some questions there.

Good Luck, JoAnne
Added by JoAnne Brown on Sep 09, 2016 10:02 AM
Jenifer Sample
West side Cemetery
I believe I have found the Margaret Patton you were requesting. However, the last name on the stone (which is right next to Thomas Patton) is different. The dates are exact but the name is Margaret M Cocke. If this is indeed her, I can upload the pic..
Added by Jenifer Sample on Aug 28, 2016 12:20 PM
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