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Jo Ann Kaufman (#47622932)
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Bio Photo My sources include cemetery records, Federal and New York State Census records, newspaper obituaries and other local resources [with much thanks to Lois and Norwood Barris who made so many of them easily accessible.]

Research documents for each family will be shared upon request but please explain your relationship, too.

If you can collect enough clues, the puzzle pieces do eventually begin to connect and Find A Grave is a terrific spot to stash basic family history for posterity! [photo borrowed here, with thanks to Phyllis L. Buckley]

June 2012 update re Mayville Cemetery, Chautauqua County, NY: using cemetery records and four different cemetery readings between 1927 and 1952, we have been able to compile a relatively complete list of names and locations which has recently been published in book form by the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society. This information has made it possible to identify many otherwise illegible stones in the Old Cemetery which has no lot numbers. This is a new and ongoing project. Be sure to check for captions on photos added to existing memorials as they may include more information. Also note that Peacock Cemetery is the original section within Mayville Cemetery and not a separate entity despite being entered on findagrave as such.

January-February 2013 project was to consolidate the Diane Chase lists of burials in St. Hyacinth Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY. Email names if you need more information about that cemetery.

March 2013: all names added at St. Marys Cemetery in Dunkirk resulted from a project to research the families of Dunkirk Lighthouse Keepers. I do have the Barris book on that cemetery and may be able to answer some questions.

April 2014: a project to reconstruct the Old Town of Dunkirk Cemetery (aka German Burying Ground) is coming together and those records are being added. Dunkirk Cemetery is now a separate section within St. Mary's Cemetery and we are adding them accordingly. Ask and you might receive answers as many extended family members were later buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia, so some family documents now exist.

August 2015: funeral records from St. John's German Lutheran Church in Dunkirk (now United Church of Christ) are slowly being researched and added. Many records specify Dunkirk Cemetery and it seems to be the default cemetery before 1897, but findagrave memorials are being upgraded or added to all local cemeteries as needed, including Cassadaga, Laona, Forest Hill, Sheridan, Arkwight, etc.

June 2016: slight detour as inlaws and outlaws have me in Glenwood and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, adjacent cemeteries in Silver Creek, NY. We were able to find an 1888 map of the planned cemetery but it differs from the reality in 1984 map (e.g., what genius reversed the old sections 2 and 3 along the way? and why were some letter sections combined or renamed with repeating numbers?) We're attempting to determine the actual lot number in some areas and settling for compass directions in others, e.g., Ss K;NC is north center area in section K. Email me if interested in the maps.
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Dan Stropes
RE: Claiborne Cemetery question
Hi JoAnn, I received your message. My info. may be useful. I have ancestors buried at either Claiborne or Longs Chapel, which is nearby. Claiborne is partly surrounded by woods. I saw many burials where mowing stopped years ago - these burials are now in the woods. What I saw is on the East and Southeast sides of the cemetery. In the woods I found a number of stones, many with the names obliterated or never marked to begin with. I made no attempt to document all those burials in the woods, but I did get the easier ones. Vegetation was heavy. Last year I cut vegetation back on some of my relatives' graves. Also deceased relatives may not have had money for a grave stone and may have used wood, which would have rotted away by now.

Since moving to Florida my trips to Claiborne are few - usually one-two times a year. There is another Find A Grave volunteer who may be able to help you. His name is Joey Asbury (#46793110). Joey has a number of virtual cemeteries containing coal mine accident victims, plus he has relatives buried locally.

Finally, as Claiborne is an open cemetery, there must be a caretaker and/or someone who takes care of the place. There must be a map showing who is buried where and what sites are for sale. That map would tell you more than anything else. If you contact a local funeral home or someone in Sullivan County government, they could tell you who takes care of the place. Two local contacts I've spoken with are Kenny Sevier, Longs Chapel Cem. (812-397-5703) and Sharon Sparks, Records keeper for Fairview Cemetery, Greene Co. (812-847-4856). Both have lots of area historical knowledge.

Please let me know if you find out anything. If you have no success I can make some inquiries next time I am in Indiana (spring 2017), and search my genealogy for the names you mentioned - they may be distant relatives. Hope this info. helps. Good luck, Dan Stropes
Added by Dan Stropes on Dec 27, 2016 12:27 PM
Patricia O'Neal
Carl Jakubowski, Memorial #86280990
Hi JoAnn,
Thanks for your acknowledgement on my profile page. Mr. Jakubowski's memorial has been online since 2012 and you're the only person I know of who has commented on it. Since he's your aunt's brother, that makes you his niece, whether by blood or marriage (at least that's the way it goes down here in the South). That being said, and the fact that you're an active graver and genealogist, I'll be glad to transfer his memorial to you if you're interested.

I enjoyed your profile page, and I appreciate all the work you've done and continue to do. But most of all, I appreciate the fact that you're sharing the 'fruits of your labor'. Thank you.

Patricia O'Neal
Added by Patricia O'Neal on Aug 24, 2016 5:18 AM
Lea Anne Grabb
RE: # 153147423 Jeremiah Donovan
Jo Ann, I would like to follow up on Jeremiah and Sarah Donovan. They are my maternal great great grandparents. I have been working quite hard on this line. This family settled in Olean, listed as Hinsdale in 1855 Census. They can be found in Olean in the 1860, 1865, 1875, 1880, the 1892(which you have seen) and the 1900 Census where Jerry can be found widowed at the age of 70. There were 8 children from what I can find on census: Mary, Daniel, Jeremiah, Sarah, Eliza, Julia, Bartholomew (also known by Patrick who is my grandfather), Ella also known as Helen or Nellie.
From the picture that is posted of Jeremiah's and Sarah's grave stone, I can see 2 stones clearly, one says Bartholomew and the other says Mary T. Why is Bartholomew not listed as being buried in St. Bonaventure? If one does a search, his name comes up with no results. I just read the note under the picture, so the stone on the left, is it broken? This is the one that says father on it?
My grandmother gave me information that says her mother, Kathryn Donovan was also buried in St. Bonaventure. Her parents are buried there also, James and Kathryn White.
Do you live in the area? Are there any of these other graves closeby to Jerry and Sarah's?
I have a copy of a death notice from the Times Herald for Bartholomew that I got from He died February 29, 1916. If you would like to see it I could send it to you via your e-mail.
Lea Anne Grabb
Added by Lea Anne Grabb on Aug 17, 2016 7:53 PM
RE: Allen Welton family in Cedar Grove Cemetery
Hello Jo Ann,

Just curious Gwen... do you remember who is to the left of the big Allen Welton monument, if anyone?

FROM GWEN: No one that I know of.

Odd that they are all to the right like that and we're still missing family members somewhere.

FROM GWEN: The Welton's (at least the ones in Ohio) have no great love for gravestones; they like to buried without them (ha).

Thanks! and thanks for finding 4Gr-grandmother Hannah, too!

FROM GWEN: The name on the stone is Hannah - I still have to get in touch with the graveyard administrator to find out if she has any information on Hannah buried in Cedar Grove. As I told my husband, she could have been a child of the Welton's who they named Hannah. From some of the things I have read - it seems as if Allen Welton is a bit of a mystery...some say his mother was not Hannah. I will seek out an answer about Hannah in the grave - I will let you know what I found out.

How are you related to Allen Welton?

Allen Welton is my husband's 3x great grandfather: Allen - George Washington - George Winfield - Betsy - Harry - my husband, Ron.

Got to run...took a late lunch at work; time to get back to the old mill stone.

thanks for writing

Added by Gwen♥ on Aug 16, 2016 1:09 PM
RE: Poltz, Glenwood Cemetery
Fred Poltz's wife, Elsie was related to me through her uncle, William Regg. Her dad, Charles Regg is buried in Potter County, PA. He and William were brothers. Do you know where in Glenwood Cemetery they are (Fred & Elsie)? I have a feeling Fred's dad is right near him.
Added by BK on Jun 08, 2016 8:33 PM
Ron Kinney
St Mary Cemetery
Hi Jo Ann,
I don't know how you do it, but down the line a lot of descendants are going to be very grateful for you perseverance.
Added by Ron Kinney on Apr 08, 2016 2:13 PM
Family Roots
Beers Family
Thank you for all the information so I could update the records for the "Beers" family.
Added by Family Roots on Jan 19, 2016 5:35 PM
C Clark
RE: Christine Jacobson Loyd
So here's what little I know...Christine Jacobson Loyd had a son with John J. Loyd (son of John B. and Delilah Irish) of Westfield. I don't know if he married Christine as I've not found any documentation, but given that Loyd is on her gravestone, it's highly likely. Not sure as to the reason, but at some point John moved to Ohio and remarried. The son was raised by Christine and by her family after she passed away. This particular branch of the Loyd family has been spelled with one "L", so I don't think Milton Lloyd plays into this story.

Thanks so much for responding!
Added by C Clark on Sep 19, 2015 3:13 PM
Linda Proudler
I almost forgot them! Thank you very much. People like you make the world go-around! Thank you for your time, patience and laughter!
Added by Linda Proudler on May 06, 2015 7:49 AM
Laurie Stewart Tokarsky
A Darrow Thank You
Hi Jo Ann,
Thank you so much for going out for me to take extra shots at different angles for John Darrow's gravestone That was really a wonderful thing to do & you are absolutely the BEST !!!

Yes, I can see Apr 19, 1828, no name because it broke off. A loaded photo into the computer is the best thing. I am able to blow it up ( so to say ) & most of the time I am able to get out what the gravestone is saying.

Thank You so much, I truly & greatly appreciate your time & effort put into John's gravestone !!!

Merry Christmas to You & all of Your Family and have a wonderfully Happy & Healthy New Year !!

Sincerely Your Friend Laurie # 47375347
Added by Laurie Stewart Tokarsky on Dec 09, 2014 5:03 PM
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