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Nikita Barlow (#46508077)
 member for 12 years, 6 months, 2 days
Clarence Derwent - Walter Marx
Hi Nikita,
I took your advice and contacted Actors' Equity. A very kind employee thought my question was interesting - why would a German-Jewish fellow named Marx show Clarence as his 'cousin' and apparently his sponsor in the eyes of the US Government?

Take a look at this page from an AE publication appearing the year after you posted Clarence's memorial page to find a clue:

AE recently moved its offices, and my contact is now looking for a book about Derwent - I ordered a used copy of one that he wrote.

Perhaps we'll unravel this riddle yet! Many thanks for pointing me on the right path. If you wish to respond privately, or have more info, please email to boztepe.69 at gmail dot com.

Added by VicW on Apr 09, 2014 4:26 PM

RE: Joanna Ogden Crane
Nikita. I'd love to share with you the data I've pulled about the Ogdens and Cranes. If you'd like to do that, please email me at emersunrose at yahoo dot com.

Added by emersunrose on Mar 22, 2014 1:51 PM

RE: Joanna Ogden Crane

Thank you so much for your thoughtful, thorough explanation of the now defunct town of Williamsville, NJ. I've added your comment to our family tree, for posterity.

Best regards,

Added by emersunrose on Mar 22, 2014 10:05 AM

D J Pimentel
RE: Horatio N. Sherman

Thank you for your gracious response.
I know what you mean about the search engine having had a similar problem because the first memorial had a typo in the first name.
I'm fortunate that most of my searches start with a known cemetery so I just search on the surname and scroll through the entries.

Donna aka D. J. Pimentel

Added by D J Pimentel on Mar 22, 2014 9:57 AM

RE: Horatio N. Sherman
My mistake for which I apologize profusely. The photo of Horatio Nelson Sherman, Sr. and wife is indeed them and uploaded by me as is the small marble stone memorializing his death.

For some unknown reason, when I brought up his page(he was my Great Granduncle), when I first brought up his page here at Find a Grave, no pictures appeared. It must have been a computer or site glitch.

Please accept my apology. Richard B. Hall

Added by Preservationist on Mar 17, 2014 10:03 AM

Horatio Nelson Sherman.
Dear MS. Barlow,

Would you kindly return my photos of Horatio Nelson Sherman (my Great Granduncle) and that of his gravestone if not to this site, to me personally?? I do NOT have back up photos.

In adding information to his burial record I did not mean for you to take down those photos. I do NOT have them saved anywhere else and they are MINE.

Thank you for your considerations

Richard B. Hall

Added by Preservationist on Feb 23, 2014 12:12 PM

carolyn leonard
First Presby Church, Orange NJ
Long story - will try to shorten. I wonder if there is a family tree for the Conduit/Condit/Condict family buried in this churchyard. I believe they are connected to my illusive 3rd great grandmother Mary "Polly" (maiden name unknown) wife of Stephen Smith who died in Orange, Meigs Co Ohio 1841. Mary and Stephen came from Sussex Co NJ and their first son was named ADONIJAH - I found an Adonijah Conduit (and other family names) in that churchyard which you manage. Rare name.
Can you help?

Added by carolyn leonard on Feb 20, 2014 10:54 AM

Iain MacFarlaine
Tom Lefroy
Dear Nikita,

Last Autumn, I was in Dublin, where, among other graves, I photographed Tom Lefroy's, in Mount Jerome.

I have just added the pictures to the website, and I thought that, as you wrote such a detailed biography of him, you might like to see where he is buried.

Best wishes,


Added by Iain MacFarlaine on Feb 15, 2014 8:45 AM

RE: Phebe Williams
So interesting!

We have alot of Dutch ancestors that came to Nieuw Amsterdam, Elizabethtown (NJ), and Bergen County!

AND, my Italian grandfather and 100% Irish grandmother lived in Bergen County, also! ;-)

S.R.F. :)

Added by S.R.F. on Feb 08, 2014 3:22 PM

RE: Phebe Ogden Williams
Hi, Nikita!

Getting back to you on your question. Sorry it took so long.

When I joined ancestry about 28 months ago, I decided to enter the data from my DAR tree into my free on ancestry. I thought it would be easy!

My DAR Revolutionary War ancestor is a Blacklidge (I have since found others), and I found that the Blacklidges married in with the Ogdens. That's how I got to Phebe.

I always thought these were English names, but actually, they were Anglicized from the Dutch (Blaklits, and de Okedon, which means "oak valley". Funny, our house is surrounded by tall oak trees, which drives my husband crazy every Autumn!) :)

I think the birth date might have come from someone else' tree. Now, everyone has 1702 0r 1703, which can't be right, because if you subtract those dates from 1769, you don't get 62 or 63 years, the age at death.

I've been searching for some corroborating record or story that will give the birth date I have some credibility, but I haven't found anything yet. I don't think it is wrong, however.

I believe you are correct that, "in her 63rd year," means she has achieved 62 years and is approaching the 63rd birthday.....

Hope this answered your question!

S.R.F. (my anonymous handle)

Added by S.R.F. on Feb 07, 2014 5:38 PM

RE: Phebe Williams
I would have to look it up. Some people do that 1706/1707 to account for the difference between our calendar and the Julian calendar used before 1752.

I will check it out tomorrow. I am bushed. :)

Added by S.R.F. on Feb 06, 2014 7:26 PM

The Derwents
A mystery wrapped in an enigma, etc!

Apparently they lived in the same building in Manhattan, where a lot of other theatre folks also rented or owned.

Still trying to find out why a 20 year old Jewish German refugee, my cousin, would have been headed to their place in 1940!

Will have to call the number you previously gave me.

Many thanks for the update, Nikita.


Added by VicW on Feb 03, 2014 4:57 PM

Clarence Derwent - correction
Hi - regarding Clarence Derwent, Elfreda Derwent was his sister, not his spouse, per his draft card which can be viewed by means of the website at:

Added by Scotty on Feb 01, 2014 3:16 PM

Diane Winters
RE: Benteen children
Thanks for responding ~ I've been working on the interments at Fort A. Lincoln that were moved to Custer National cemetery as we're heading up there in May to visit the grave sites of our relatives that were eventually relocated there.

The Benteen children show up in the record books and I was doing a little research to build memorials for them when I found your memorials. Part of my research was the US census records that I'd mentioned, which clearly show son Fred, Jr. age 3 in 1870 at Fort Hays, KS and age 13 in 1880 at Fort Meade, DT. I also saw the grave marker & interment control card for a Frederick that was born in 1873. I cannot explain this discrepancy but just wanted to let you know.

Thanks for all your work ~ Diane

Added by Diane Winters on Feb 01, 2014 6:26 AM

Bill McKern
RE: Frances Seward
I think you can select "Washington" for a death location by selecting District of Columbia for the state and then selecting District of Columbia for the county. Then the city drop down menu should appear -- Washington, Georgetown, Anacostia, and other options should be visible.

Added by Bill McKern on Dec 26, 2013 9:17 PM

Bronx Cop
James Edward Kelly
It is done. Thank you!

Added by Bronx Cop on Dec 18, 2013 10:32 AM

Bronx Cop
James Edward Kelly
Today I added a memorial for James Edward Kelly. After I did, I realized that you had already created a memorial for this person. And a very good one, I might add. But you have him in the wrong cemetery. You have him listed in New St. Raymond's Cemetery. He is in Old St. Raymond's Cemetery in section 3. If you correct this, I will delete my memorial. Thank you.

Added by Bronx Cop on Dec 17, 2013 7:56 PM

George Musser Jr
RE: Michael Chitterling
Great! Do you have any information on Chitterling? He lived in our house and we'd love to learn more about him to round out our house history.

Added by George Musser Jr on Dec 08, 2013 4:32 PM

RE: Evelina Martin Alexander
Will do !

Added by LadyGator on Nov 24, 2013 3:55 AM

RE: Evelina Throop Martin Alexander
Nikita, Thank you so much for your insights. As you know not everything one reads on the internet is true, so before I was adding this info to my "The Girl I left Behind" quilt I just wanted to check. As a retired Army Officer I have enjoyed the brief bios that accompanied the Block of the Month Quilt project from a quilt shop in Leavenworth KS. I have FINALLY finished the quilt top and for the backing I'm printing out brief bios on fabric to add to the back side of the quilt. As I am also a genealogist, I'm interested in being sure I have good sources... thank you for sharing yours.
Joyce AKA Lady Gator (FL '77)

Added by LadyGator on Nov 23, 2013 1:50 PM

Eveline T Alexander
Where did you get your wonderful info on Alexander Jonathon Alexander's wife. Wonderful bio.

Added by LadyGator on Nov 22, 2013 5:02 PM

Grace (Cronin) Schmitt
RE: Capt. John Bowne
Sorry I offended you! Can only guess that I put the wrong date with the wrong Contributor. Whenever I encounter a double entry on Find A Grave I try to let both parties know so they can get it down to just one.

Yes, Find A Grave started as a simple cemetery/burial database, but the users have made it much, much more. That's why it was sold to It has become far more than the originators ever thought, and they like the way it is going. I'm sure you've seen the posting about this on-line. If I accidentally duplicate a Memorial, or if someone duplicate mine, I would certainly want to know about it.

I'm glad you know about double dating, but apparently the other Contributor did not. I thought the diplomatic way to get it fixed was to present an explanation in both emails, rather than take any other tone. Again, I'm sorry this offended you: it was not my intention. Grace

Added by Grace (Cronin) Schmitt on Nov 17, 2013 9:07 AM

Bill McKern
RE: George Opdyke
The individual who posted my Opdyke bio from Find A Grave to the page she created on Flickr has added my name and Find A Grave's to the bio. I contacted her directly after I got a reply email from Flickr which contained a ridiculously long process for making a complaint. I presume that she will do the same for anyone else's work she's made use of.

Bill McKern

Added by Bill McKern on Nov 07, 2013 4:55 AM

Maud Munn
Hello, Nikita - thank you so much for your message. Maud's was one of those stories that really touched my heart, and I was honored to be able to sponsor her memorial. I do think of her now and then and revisit the memorial. I appreciate your letting me know about the updates!



Added by Faith on Nov 05, 2013 9:56 PM

Bill McKern
RE: George Opdyke
Thanks for the info.

I don't any problems with people making use of my Find A Grave photos and bios, as long as they acknowledge that the work originated with me.

I'll follow up on the Flickr account you mentioned.

Bill McKern

Added by Bill McKern on Nov 05, 2013 1:16 PM


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