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Dottie Colleen K. (#46831435)
 member for 10 years, 2 months, 10 days
Deborah Kresse
Townsend Family Cemetery
Hi Dottie,
I have just recently started researching my family history and, thanks to your research, found that my great great grandparents on my father's mother's side were Absolum and Mary Townsend, and that they are buried in the Townsend Family Cemetery. I live in Milford, and am trying to find the cemetery using the description of its location on "Find A Grave". Have you actually been to the cemetery? Are there tombstones to mark the graves? Do you know who owns the property, so that I can get permission to access it?
How are you related to Absolum and Mary Townsend? I am assuming we are cousins of some sort!

Added by Deborah Kresse on May 24, 2016 12:30 AM

Dan Phelan
RE: Thanks!
Hi Dottie, you are very welcome--take good care of them for me! I figured it would be best if you managed them.
Dan Phelan

Added by Dan Phelan on May 14, 2016 5:39 PM

Mark Cravens
Dorothy Rayman 43230857

This information on this grave is incorrect. Dorothy was the first wife of Burton Rayman. The Marriage cert and death cert verifies this. How should I proceed? 43230857

Added by Mark Cravens on May 05, 2016 1:32 PM

cathy w
Dorothy Andrist
Thank you for helping to link Dorothy to the Andrist entry. I did my best to find her children to share our Andrist story with them and even sent an envelope of data that came back to me, thanks for your help. Cathy W. from Berne, Minnesota Andrist researcher.

Added by cathy w on May 04, 2016 9:25 PM

Kathy Dettwyler
Dedication ceremony for DSH cemetery
I'd like to send you an invitation to the upcoming dedication ceremony for the Delaware State Hospital Cemetery on May 9th. This is where your cousin Gove Atkinson is buried. Please send me your email and I will send you an invitation.

Kathy Dettwyler

Added by Kathy Dettwyler on Apr 23, 2016 4:14 PM

Ellie's Grandma
When I looked at your bio on your Findagrave page, I saw the name Condon. I also have Condon's in my family tree. Would love to share if you are willing.

Ellie's Grandma

Added by Ellie's Grandma on Apr 22, 2016 9:05 PM

Ellie's Grandma
Sarah Hopkins
Thanks for letting me know. I've fixed it and added the photo to your memorial. I am sorry that happened.

She is also a cousin of mine through the Yelton line.

Ellie's Grandma

Added by Ellie's Grandma on Apr 22, 2016 8:57 PM

Michelle Truitt
RE: Harold Truitt
O wow. Yes.

Added by Michelle Truitt on Apr 22, 2016 2:46 PM

Michelle Truitt
Harold Truitt
Hi, Just joined. I'm in Cov., KY area. U?

Added by Michelle Truitt on Apr 15, 2016 4:02 PM

Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington
Dear Sir/Madam:

I am writing to you because you are listed as a person who posted a burial on the Find-A-Grave website for Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington.

I have been researching this cemetery for awhile and I have yet to find a record of the cemetery closing or the bodies being removed, and yet it must have happened. I'll be going to Orphans Court this next week to check some further records, otherwise it has been very difficult to find anything.Harrisburg's PHMC has nothing on this cemetery.

The cemetery above the ground does not exist. It has been paved over. The best I can tell is that it was active from 1832 to about at least 1868, which is the last burial at the cemetery that was found by Charles Barker, a Philadelphia cemetery historian, who wrote a monumental work back in 1947 that was never published, but which the mss exists at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

In the 1820s the fashion of creating mutual beneficial association cemeteries came into vogue. Prior to that it was churchyards and potter's fields, with a very occasional odd cemetery like Kensington's Kensington Burial Ground, a.k.a. Palmer Cemetery, where the Palmer family in 1765 gave the community a burial ground and it was not related to any particular church.

There were 5 mutual grounds founded south of Philadelphia, and at least 3 north of Philadelphia, the 3 in Kensington (Union Harmony Burial Ground part of the Hanover Grounds, Union Burial Ground of Kensington and Northern Liberties a.k.a. West Street, a.k.a several other names, and Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington).

However, these were beneficial societies, and thus once the original generation died off, the organizations seemed to have failed as well, and they were taken over by local funeral directors, etc. Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington does not seem to have officially owned the cemetery grounds, rather they used the grounds to bury their members, with Nicholas Helverson seeming to be the man that did the burials (he was from down on Fairmount Avenue, and was an undertaker).

So as the cemetery either filled, or the society folded, the burial ground became defunct, and eventually was "presumably" removed and things were built on top of it.

Right now the cemetery is "sealed" and protected. However, there is a chance of the buildings on top of it coming down and the ground being disturbed.

We (a concerned group of preservationists, historians, neighbors, and folks with family burial in the burial ground) have researched the cemetery and wrote up an historical nomination application. It first has to get on the calendar for the designation committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC), once on the calendar the application will be heard by said committee, they give it a thumbs up or thumbs down, or they ask you to tweak it and come back to next meeting, or if it gets a thumbs up, it goes to the full board of the Historical Commission for the same process, a thumbs up or down or a request to tweak and return.

At present we are at the point where we are trying to get the application scheduled, calendared, by the designation committee. PHC is in the process of moving their office, thus there is at least a two week delay in reading applications (the staff reads applications, makes sure they are correct, etc etc, if they have any requests, they send it back to you, you tweak it, hand it back in if good they put in on the calendar). There is also a slight backlog of applications, so it could be 2 or 4 weeks before our application is read.

We would like to preserve the cemetery. By preserving the cemetery it will help protect any human remains that might still exist underground.

I have been in contact with the Clerk of the Orphans Court of Philadelphia, that handles defunct cemeteries, I also notified the Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission, to see what options there are. There is a law already in place that if human remains are found in a construction site, they have to shut the site down and notify the city.

I would like a letter of support from you and any others in your family, if you agree with me. Our best recourse would be to have descendants support in preserving the cemetery and to not disturb any human remains that may lie under these grounds. If you would like to support us in our effort, you can simply send me an email of support, stating support, the name of your ancestor if you have it (I got you email off of find-a-grave website), the name of cemetery, etc. I will print out copies and give them to the Historical Commission. I will also keep you posted on the progress. Also, get your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and anyone else that has a connection to this ancestor of yours that is buried in this cemetery.

I realize that some folks have posted on Find-A-Grave and the person you posted is not your ancestor, that's okay, you could still send a letter of support. It won't be an ancestor, but it will be from a person knowledgeable about the cemetery.

Thanking you in advance,

Added by KENNETH MILANO on Apr 08, 2016 8:38 PM

carole taylor puntenney
George Truitt 68006399
Ok, done.. and added a little. If you have photos of our property... plz add it to the memorial and check out the site

Added by carole taylor puntenney on Mar 29, 2016 10:04 AM

Jane Hamilton
Dottie, is Biggard your family? Do you want any others transferred, let me know.

Added by Jane Hamilton on Mar 22, 2016 1:23 PM

Dana Garrow
Helen May Robinson
Hi Dottie! Thanks for the edit on Helen's memorial! I wanted to check and see if you are in any way related to her? If you are, I'd be happy to transfer her memorial to your care! I'm not related at all. Just let me know! Blessings, Dana Garrow

Added by Dana Garrow on Feb 10, 2016 9:21 AM

Colleen Sanders Broyles
your name!
lol...I just had to send this when I got a request for an edit earlier on Freeman Truitt's memorial...I saw your flowers that you had left and your name: Dottie Colleen....this is why this caught my eye! My older sister is named Dottie and my name is were the chances of that being another person's name lol! Anyway just thought it was funny!

Added by Colleen Sanders Broyles on Jan 09, 2016 5:32 PM

Tom Townsend
Hester Townsend FindAGrave information
I am researching my Townsend line and am getting hung-up on a person about whom you provided information to FindAGrave.

Hester Townsend (b: 19 Mar 1787, D: 17 July 1781) is buried in the Townsend-Derrickson Cemetery near Millville, Sussex, Delaware. She was the wife of John Townsend.

FindAGrave index is 49049034. The website lists her name as Hester LYNCH Townsend where Lynch would be her maiden name. You are listed as the creator of this information.

When I search for and find Hester listed in Ancestry family trees, most show her maiden as Maul or Maull with parents of John and Mary Marsh Maull.

When I do a similar search of, her maiden name is listed as Hester (Hettie) Lynch.

Do you have any idea which of these is correct? Is there any sources you can point me to?

Added by Tom Townsend on Dec 13, 2015 5:52 PM

Harriett and George Truitt
Oh, Colleen, thanks so much for letting me know about the duplicate for Harriet. I transferred her photo to your memorial, then double checked on George - and yes, that tooI had created a duplicate, so I moved his photo to yours and depleted both of my duplicates. Thanks so much for letting me know. As You are aware, unless names match exactly in Find A Grave, duplicates can be created - but so appreciate your feedback.

Added by lolo1951 on Nov 27, 2015 7:36 PM

Hugh Brown
Brownsville, Kent County, Delaware, Brown family
Hello Cousin Colleen,
Our branch of the Brown family is descended from our ggg grandfather John Brown b. c.1770 (married Nancy Cain b. c.1768). His son Tilghman Brown (b. 1796 (married 2nd Mary Porter) is our gg grandfather. Both Tilghman and Mary, along with a few of their children and family members, are buried in the Brown family farm cemetery in Brownsville, DE. This cemetery is much larger than the 9 existing stones would initially suggest. There are many more graves within and without the electrified fenced area, extending on both sides and to the rear well into the pasture. While these graves are unmarked, they are bricked over beneath the sod. One of Tilghman's sons, Joseph Brown, is our great grandfather born 1839 (married 2nd Lydia Harrington). They are buried in Greenmont cemetery in Hillsboro, MD. Our grandfather, Hugh Brown (married 'Birdie' Alberta Fisher) is buried in Greenmont cemetery in Hillsboro, MD. Alberta has two stones (cremated), one at Barretts Chapel, Frederica, DE and the other in Greenmont cemetery in Hillsboro, MD. Our father Hugh Theodore Brown is buried in the Greenmont cemetery in Hillsboro, MD. We also have many Browns and relations buried in the Hollywood cemetery in Harrington, DE, and are also related by marriage to the Thawley, Clark, Wix, Blades, Hopkins, Masten, and other local area families. Any help given in extending this John Brown lineage prior to 1770 would appreciated. We would also love to know who are those buried in the unmarked graves in Brownsville, DE. Happy to share information with those who are interested. ( Thanks, Hugh Brown

Added by Hugh Brown on Nov 25, 2015 1:34 PM

Dennis Tucker
RE: Smith @ Asbury Cemetery
Hi Dottie,

There is an Asbury Church Cemetery in Millington and there is a map tab showing its location in town. There is a cemetery between Chestertown and Milligton that is duplicated as Asbury Church Cemetery and also, Chesterville-Forest Cemetery. Take a look at the Asbury Church Cemetery page and its location on the map and you'll see what I mean.I asked FindAGrave to merge them but that didn't happen.

I first found 600+ interments listed at Asbury Church Cemetery and few at Asbury Cemetery. I went to Asbury Cemetery and found it to be rather large and when I created memorials and looked others with that surname in Millington, I found them duplicated at Asbury Church Cemetery. It is not in Millington and much smaller than 600+ graves. I have since been there and documented the entire Asbury Church site.

I contacted some memorial managers with this information and most memorials were moved to Asbury Cemetery. It has been a while but I must have contacted you at that time. Take a look at the cemetery pages and their locations on the map tabs and you'll see what I mean. The church around the corner from the Asbury Church Cemetery is no longer used and displayed a "For Sale" sign when I saw it. There was nobody to talk to about Asbury Church Cemetery but it seems that rural cemetery has a Millington address and probably the source of the confusion. Once you have located the two cemeteries on the map, you'll see what I mean.There are some Smiths at Asbury Church Cemetery and I documented them. Sorry for the confusion, I was simply looking for some of my ancestors when I stumbled upon the mixup.

With Kind Regards,

Dennis Tucker

Added by Dennis Tucker on Nov 20, 2015 4:39 PM

Barratts Chapel Cemetery
Say, been up at Barrettes photographing and documenting past several weeks and noticed I'm adding photos to your several of your cousin's memorials. Just thought I'd pass along the info for your use.

Added by lolo1951 on Nov 07, 2015 12:57 PM

Linda Dearing
William Purnal Truitt

Years ago I was given a written transcript of William Purnal Truitt's obituary. It gives the date of his funeral. I am sending it to you in case you want to use it in your research. I don't know if this is part or the whole thing, I wasn't told.

TRUITT, Mr. W. P., died at his home in the 11th district last Friday after an illness of fifteen weeks; he was born in Wilkes county on the 31st of Dec., 1812 and removed to Meriwether about 1844; on the 25th of May, 1833 he married Miss Dearing of Wilkes, who survives him; in 1849 he joined the Baptist church at County Line church and he was buried last Saturday at Union church; Vol. 9, No. 31, July 15, 1881

Linda Dearing

Added by Linda Dearing on Nov 02, 2015 8:25 AM

Dennis Tucker
Smith @ Asbury Cemetery
Just a brief note regarding John Smith. The cemetery map tabs should explain the confusion. is buried in Asbury Cemetery in Millington, MD and not Asbury Church Cemetery near Chesterville.

Added by Dennis Tucker on Oct 16, 2015 8:57 PM

pattie sepulvado
Harry L Rushing
I see you added my grandfathers death certificate--Edgar Bryan Rushing in Joaquin Cemetary. Could you possibly find his brothers Harry L Rushing 1906-1978?

Pattie Sepulvado

Added by pattie sepulvado on Sep 29, 2015 3:31 AM

pattie sepulvado
Harry Rushing
I noticed you added my grandfathers death certificate to findagrave. I have desperatly been searching for his brothers death certificate Harry L Rushing who is also buried in Joaquin Cemetary. He died in 1978.

Added by pattie sepulvado on Sep 15, 2015 11:53 AM

Corey & Douglas Marshall-Steele
Townsend Family Members in Clarksville
Hey there Dottie - I've added a few handfuls of Townsend family members in Clarksville, and as always please let me know if you'd like transfers. Always happy to return loved ones to loved ones. My best, Cor.

Added by Corey & Douglas Marshall-... on Sep 12, 2015 7:40 AM

pattie sepulvado
Edgar Alanzo Rushing
I noticed you posted my great grandfathers death certificate. I would like to know more about that side of the family. My grandfather was Edgar Bryan-he had a brother Harry-Im looking for his death certificate and my Aunt Blanches death certificate.

Thank you
Pattie Sepulvado

Added by pattie sepulvado on Aug 11, 2015 2:47 AM


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