If you work on findagrave in or for Westchester County, NY you are welcome to join the Facebook group "Findagrave: Westchester County". We are a small group but look forward to helping others and collaborating together to document the cemeteries in this historic county".
NEW 2018: I have created a virtual cemetery, "THE RADIUM GIRLS", to document the thousands of women who worked as watch dial painters for various firms in Waterbury, CT, Orange, NJ, Ottawa, IL and New York City amongst a few. It is my hope that these women will receive the due respect and honor they deserve in their brave tenacity suffering from the ill effects of radium poisoning whether short-lived or a lifetime. If you come across any obituaries and/or memorials that represent these "radium girls" please contact me to include them in this virtual cemetery. Many of these women were courageous enough to not only manage the pain and suffering but offered themselves for research to understand the damage radium has on the human body. I highly recommend Kate Moore's book on these brave women. Her book gives a more personal view of the challenges faced by the victims. Many thanks offered in advance!
PHOTOS: Please feel free to use the photos I have added to burials for your personal use. As I have been inspired by the generosity of others, I hope that any photo or research info helps someone else in their family research. All I ask is that my name be attached to the photo.
UPDATE: Dear Friends, I will make every attempt to respond as quickly as I can to messages. If you haven't heard back from me, please send me an email directly. Many thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.
NEW YORK: My maternal grandfather, Harry Nelson Foshay, was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Peekskill school system, and my great grandfather and great grandmother were Dr. J. Russell Foshay and Isabella Pierce of Peekskill, New York. I am the 2nd great granddaughter of Nelson Gray Foshay and Amanda Wright Wessells, owners of the Highland Democrat newspaper of Westchester County, New York and Caleb Edgar Pierce and Emma Augusta Pugsley of Peekskill, New York. Bailey, Barker, Carpenter, Clark, Clements, Cranckeyt, DeVoue, Farrington, Franse(n), Gerow, Gilchrist, Gravenstein, Hanks, Halstead, Haviland, Hedger, Horton, Hopkins, Hunt, Jacobs, Jennings, Lent, MacAlpine, Montross, Mullineux, Pierce, Palmer, Pell, Pugsley, Purdy, Romer, Russell, Sands, See, Smith, Spock, Sutton, Sweet, Tompkins, Van Tassel, Wessells, Wooster, Yurkse hail from this branch.
My great grandparents, Wilhelm Magnus Hiort (Hjort) and Charlotta Olivia Andersson, both hailed from Sweden and settled in Peekskill. I take great joy in tracing the family line in Westchester County, New York.
PENNSYLVANIA: My paternal grandfather, Carl Christian Bach hailed from Germany but it was his father, Carl Christian Herman "Herman" Bach who along with a brother, Christian Wilhelm Bach, found their way to the USA and settled in Luzerne County from Rhoden, Germany. My paternal grandmother, Anna Helena Andersson, along with her siblings each made their way from Goteborg, Sweden to the USA settling in Luzerne county.
"I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond.
And their eyes were my eyes.
5 The sun also riseth, and the sun goeth down,
and hasteth to his place where he arose."
From Ecclesiastes Chapter 1:
Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
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