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Sue Downhill (#47347066)
 member for 6 years, 8 months, 22 days
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Bio Photo Find A Grave - one of my favorite sites. If you are new, please, take time to read the FAQs. They will help you succeed on this site.

I was Formerly PhotoGrapherInTheWoods for about 5 years; I'm also known as sudown on Ancestry and RootsWeb sites.

I've had so many requests for photos that I've decided to use my family name. Please use this when using my photos "Photo / Biography courtesy of Sue Downhill, Find A Grave Volunteer 47347066."
Please see further below.

Genealogy research has taken me to cemeteries in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Nebraska, Nevada, and California. Check my "Virtual Cemeteries" for some family members!

Surnames I'm researching are:
(1) England > USA > Can., CT & MA: Owen, Downhill
(2) New England: Elmer, Van Valkenburg, Steele, Nims, Clark, Dix
(3) Can., Pol., NH & MA: Biela, Charette, Gagnon, Rogers
(4) Ire., MD, FL: Ford, Vail, Geoghegan, Dixon
(5) VA, PA: Johnson, Avery, Hardaway, Harrison
(6) NY, NE, NV, TN, AL, TX: Nesbitt, Pearce, Johnson, Bennett
(7) NY, PA: Welter-Lyman

I hope you find someone you're looking for in my postings and enjoy them as much as I did creating the memorial and adding the photos. Please, feel free to upload your own picture to any memorial I have created or maintain.

I have found several of my photos on Ancestry dot com used with no permission granted by myself, and no credit given. When I find my photos used without consent on Ancestry dot come I will leave a note stating who took the picture and to whom it belongs, just in case someone will need my consent to publish in the future. They are not in public domain.
Here's links to the Copyright Law.

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10 Big Myths About Copyright

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UK ~ Leeds University Copyright and Licenses
UK ~ Leeds University Images and copyright

Grave Addiction website.
Gravestone Symbolism

The biographies and photos posted here are copyrighted, -and, updated often. Please ask permission if you should want to use one of my photos and, please give credit to: Find A Grave volunteer Sue Downhill, AKA sudown on Ancestry and RootsWeb, formerly PhotoGrapherInTheWoods, 47347066, here at Find A Grave.

The EXCEPTION to the condition above is for the National Cemetery headstone photos I've uploaded families please use these to your hearts content. If you are looking for someone who might be in a National Cemetery go to
National Gravesite Locator

I do enjoy sharing the photos when proper credit is given! Many miles were traveled to obtain pictures of these stones. If you should need a higher resolution picture -just ask! thanks! Saw this link on another gravers' profile page the information was so terrific I want to share it here. It's about 9 printable pages How To Get Great Photos For Find A Grave .

Thank you to all who walk the yards of stones, and photograph what they see. As I visualize some of the old stones I realize how important it is to have a digital record the stone cutters's creations, -and, the memorials they created of our past generations.

The Final Gift
Scatter me not to restless winds
Nor scatter my ashes to the sea
Remember now those years gone by
When loving gifts I gave to thee
Remember now the happy times
The family ties we shared
Don't leave my resting place unmarked
As though you never cared
Deny me not one final gift
For all who come to see
A single lasting proof that says
I loved... and you loved me
~D.J. Kramer
Thanks to Find A Grave Contributor, Mark's Mom #46620026, for posting this.

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Dance In The Grave Yard please read the comments.
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Lila Marie Anders Feist
Hi Sue:
I transferred Lila to your care.I didn't know her personally as I just created her memorial at Black Hills National Cemetery as it is my way of honoring our Veterans and their families...

If I have any other memorials that your interested in,be it family or friends etc,please feel free to ask for a transfer 😊

Have a great day,

~ Beth ~
Added by Beth on May 21, 2017 9:31 AM
Mike Berrell
RE: Church & Graveyard Photos
You can find many church photos here:

Mike Berrell
Added by Mike Berrell on May 17, 2017 8:30 AM
Thank you -
Sue, Thank you for your contribution to Mark Whitehead's Winthrop Cemetery memorial. -Zoe
Added by zoomurray on Mar 10, 2017 3:20 AM
Chris Carroll
RE: Civil War Biography
Thank you Sue.
Added by Chris Carroll on Feb 05, 2017 1:33 PM
John Quiring
George Johnson
Hi. I just transferred Mr. Johnson's memorial to you. Do you live close to Aurora? If not I will put this grave down for a photo. Should be done in the next week. John Q
Added by John Quiring on Jan 12, 2017 3:47 PM
Ashbel Steel
Thanks for the information. I added a message to the memorial about it being a cenotaph. I tried to add the link, but it wouldn't work.
Added by Marte on Dec 10, 2016 12:55 PM
Dave Robison
Clara Elmer Smith #46550174
Thanks for the data on Clara. I picked up her exact date and locations of birth and death from NEHGS then linked his parents. But I took the easy route and simply did a copy/paste of the data from your note. Ironically, her address of 13 Elliot Street in Springfield is a couple of hundred yards from where I went to grammar school.

These memorials that were originally put up by John O'Connor were actually done by John and a volunteer, me! We put up about 22,000 or so. But John had his "style" and insisted on back-filling info in a very peculiar way. He transferred hundreds over the years but the last 18- or 19-thousand were turned over to me as John is in his 80's and can no longer work the site. So I've been editing on a daily basis with help from people like Sue Downhill!!

Thanks again,
Dave Robison
Old Bones Genealogy of New England
Added by Dave Robison on Dec 02, 2016 9:13 PM
Edith Myers
Sue, O would leave it up so others will realize that a stone/marker is not available as if this time. Phil
Added by Wildcajun on Sep 15, 2016 6:42 PM
Edith Myers
Thank you Sue for your effort in trying to get a picture of Edith's gravestone. Your effort and time are greatly appreciated. Phil
Added by Wildcajun on Sep 15, 2016 11:37 AM
Ford family
Oh, and you may post them with credit:)
Added by CJBiller on Aug 29, 2016 11:23 AM
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