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Kathy (#47171935)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 15 days
Mike Rastatter
RE: William H and Esther Stern
Thank you Kathy.

Esther is my wife's cousin.

I just (also) added in her birth and death dates and places.

Mike Rastatter

Added by Mike Rastatter on Feb 07, 2016 8:09 AM

RE: Helen Retchless McOmber
Hi Kathy,

Helen's brother Robert Retchless was married to my husband's aunt Margaret 'Jean' Laughton. I've been working on genealogy for several years and just started trying to help connect families in Find A Grave.
Sorry, but I don't know anything about the McOmber family.
Thank you for all of your efforts for Find A Grave.


Added by LRL on Feb 04, 2016 12:24 PM

Tom Duncan
Lawrence Budnack
Hi Kathy,

Thank you for all the time you've spent at the Newfane cemeteries, I sure appreciate your efforts. Lawrence's parents were Staniflaus (Stanley) Budnack (d 1944) and Jaidwiga "Hedwig" "Agnes" Budnack (d 1919). I have not located their burial location, but my guess is that they are in Newfane or Lockport. Thanks again for your efforts, you can contact me directly at


Added by Tom Duncan on Jan 30, 2016 3:51 PM

Tom Ryan
RE: Mary Perry Preish
Thanks for your help. If you would transfer me her site I appreciate this.
Tom Ryan

Added by Tom Ryan on Jan 29, 2016 10:23 AM

Stacey Croft
RE: Jacob Bixler
Hi Kathy. Jacob Bixler is buried in Corwin Cemetery. He's buried near Lockport Olcott Road just behind the fence that runs along that road. If you face Lockport Olcott Road, Hatter Road is to the left. Hope all is well with you!

Added by Stacey Croft on Jan 29, 2016 8:41 AM

Re: Bowker family
Thanks for your note; I have already submitted other edits for this family, including the one you suggested. Alice's husband was Silas Ames, Jr., according to the census. I am not sure if there was a divorce, as he appears to be buried in another county with another wife sharing the headstone. Thanks for your interest.

Added by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2016 6:44 PM

Ellen Herrmann
Lawrence R. Andrews
Hello Kathy,

Thank you once again for fulfilling another of my photo requests. As always, I feel so indebted to my "Find A Grave" friends and their willingness to help those of us who have moved away from home.
I will be forever grateful for your contributions to my family tree.

Best wishes dear one; sincerely,

Added by Ellen Herrmann on Jan 10, 2016 2:47 PM

Terry Evans
David Ralph Evans
Could you provide a picture of his marker. I would assume he is buried close to his wife and daughters. Thank you.-Terry Evans

Added by Terry Evans on Jan 09, 2016 9:46 AM

Lee Ashmore
RE: Hopkins & Lapps
Hi Kathy,
Everything looks great! Thanks so much for all your help and dedication to findagrave.

Added by Lee Ashmore on Dec 27, 2015 9:39 PM

Carl Catherman
Dorwin Bowersox
Thank you very much for accepting my edit suggestions.

Added by Carl Catherman on Dec 27, 2015 8:15 AM

Lee Ashmore
Hopkins & Lapps
Yes, thank you for your offer to transfer the Lapps. I am related to the Hopkins you have as well so transfers of them would be much appreciated. Please delete your memorials for Robert M. Hopkins and Jared Robert Hopkins and let mine stay.
Thanks again for all your hard work. My Hopkins were concentrated in Niagara Co., especially in Lockport, NY. If you run across any more Hopkins, please let me know.
Thanks so much!!!

Added by Lee Ashmore on Dec 27, 2015 12:02 AM

Lee Ashmore
Robert Hopkins & son Jared
I have moved Robert M. & Jared Robert Hopkins into Mountain Ridge Cemetery so that you can add their grave photos. Thanks so much for the photos and finding their correct cemetery.

Added by Lee Ashmore on Dec 26, 2015 11:50 PM

Tom Schoening
RE: Jean Demmin
Kathy - My source of information is the Social Security Applications and Claim record which clearly shows her parents as Michael Ritz (aka Hritz) and Dorothy O'Dell and the dates match exactly to Your memorial. The claim does show place of birth as Grampian, Clearfield Co. Pa. I like this set of records because in most cases it was completed by the person of reference (in this case Jean). Please share any info that You have that might help shed some light. Please NO TRANSFERS - I do not claim to be perfect and do stand subject to correction.

Regards - Tom Schoening

Added by Tom Schoening on Dec 09, 2015 3:43 AM

Dawn Haase
I am so sorry I called you mary in my earlier post.


Added by Dawn Haase on Dec 07, 2015 6:27 PM

Dawn Haase
Mary Manchester
Hi Mary,
Thank you for making the memorial for my cousin Mary manchester memorial number 80552441 and her husband John Mamnchester I sent you the links to her parents and named her siblings in the bio. Mary is a distant cousin (1rst cousin 3x removed) if you are not related to her would you.consider transfer her and her husband to me. I did ask for a photo request for both Mary and John.


Added by Dawn Haase on Dec 07, 2015 6:26 PM

Paul Ring
RE: Dale Family Sponsorships
We all thank you for your hard work on behalf of the family! Please continue to manage the memorials with your kind and generous spirit.

Please let me know if there is anything that we can do for you. Let us know if you ever need a place to stay on the coast of Maine at Pemaquid Beach...

Added by Paul Ring on Dec 02, 2015 11:46 AM

Barb Kopshina
Roush Transfers
Thank you!

Added by Barb Kopshina on Dec 02, 2015 7:40 AM

Bill Merchant
RE: Charles Merchant in Hillside Cemetery
Got 'em all, Kathy. Thanks for trusting me with them.


Added by Bill Merchant on Dec 01, 2015 5:25 PM

Barb Kopshina
Hi Kathy,
I am related and would appreciate the transfers. My number is 46948124. Thanks, Barb

Added by Barb Kopshina on Dec 01, 2015 9:31 AM

Kevin J. O
RE: Frank Wayman in Greenwood Cemetery
Thank you

Added by Kevin J. O on Nov 30, 2015 9:18 PM

Bill Merchant
RE: Charles Merchant in Hillside Cemetery

Yes. I will accept management of Charles.

Regarding the Vanderwalkers: I have tried to discover the significance of James's middle name. It was common, during that era, to use the mother's maiden name as a middle name for a first born son. Since I did not know his mother, Esther's (or Ester), maiden name, I tried that approach but with no luck. (I discovered much later that her maiden name was Marshall.) The only connection I made to Vanderwalker was that Elijah was a neighbor to a Jones Vanderwarker(a variation of Vanderwalker).

Elijah was a founding elder of the Reformed Dutch church (circa 1840) in Gansevoort; James was one of the first children to be baptized into that church. The first minister of the church, John Birkby, was Elijah's neighbor to the north. It is possible that James's middle name was, in fact, Vanderwarker and that his middle name was in honor of Jones or one of several other Vanderwarkers nearby. Some of them were likely members of the Reformed Dutch church, as well.

Another item of interest of my ties to Saratoga County: My niece, Nancy (a daughter to my older sister) lives just outside the town of Schuylerville, not far from Gansevoort. In 2007, following my retirement from Sprint, I visited Nancy and her family to celebrate her oldest daughter's high school graduation. (For reasons not prudent to this e-mail, I had not seen Nancy for about 25 years. I thought it was time to reconnect with her.)

I had not yet discovered my family's linkage to Saratoga County. Had I known at the time, I would have spent a couple of weeks instead of two days! I've often thought how ironic it is that, 140 years after he left the area to homestead on the prairie of Missouri, one of James's 3-times great grandchildren returned to a nearly adjacent property.

I will let you know what else I can uncover about the relationship between the Merchant and the Vanderwarker/Vanderwalker families. (While writing this e-mail,I was reviewing the 1866 map of area south of Glens Falls, NY. I discoverd a parcel of land owned by George W.Carr,the widower of Elijah's daughter, Asenath (Merchant) Carr. (Seems that the more I study a particular document, the more useful information I gleen.)

Time to close this letter out and go downstairs to spend some time with my wife.

Let's keep in touch.

Bill Merchant

p.s. Here's a link to the 1866 map to which I referred.

Added by Bill Merchant on Nov 30, 2015 6:38 PM

Bill Merchant
RE: Charles Merchant in Hillside Cemetery
Good evening, Kathy, and thank you for your response.

I don't know if or how I am related to this Charles. For some time now, I have tried to make the connection, if any, to his ancestors to mine. There were many Merchants in Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer and Oneida counties during the 1800s.

My 4-times great-grandfather, Moses Merchant, came to Saratoga County from Massachusetts between 1810 and 1815. Moses's son, Elijah, lived near Gansevoort with his family for about 50 years. He died in 1867 and is buried, along with his wife and a couple of their children, in the Old Gansevoort Cemetery. Elijah's son, James Vanderwalker Merchant, left Saratoga County after Elijah's death in 1867. (Other Merchants from Saratoga and Oneida counties came to and settled in other nearby counties in Missouri during the same period.)

James along with his family, including my great-grandfather, David Elijah Merchant, settled near the small town of Plymouth, Carroll County, MO on an 80-acre parcel of land. My grandfather, Lyle James Merchant, and father, William Oliver Merchant, were born near there. I am the first son (second child) of William Oliver. I was born in Illinois. In 1987, I, along with my wife and family, moved to Overland Park, KS (near Kansas City).

I began my genealogy research 6-7 years ago. During the past couple of years, I have spent a considerable amount of time on; I enjoy finding and linking people -- such as Charles -- to parents and other relatives.

Sorry about the long "non-answer." I sometimes tend to go into greater than necessary detail.

Bill Merchant

Added by Bill Merchant on Nov 29, 2015 6:58 PM

RE: Clarence and Laura Chamberlain

A quick note as I'm heading off to work.

They are actually inlaws of a distantly related 2nd cousin, so I'm probably not any closer in relationship than you.

This is how I found the connection, with his spouse being the daughter of Clarence and Laura.


Added by newsoul on Nov 27, 2015 3:43 AM

SWVA Genealogy Searcher
RE: Betty Baron
You are quite welcome.

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well

Added by SWVA Genealogy Searcher on Nov 24, 2015 8:54 AM

Michael Moore
RE: Elizabeth Patterson
Hi Kathy:

It was not my intention to remove Elizabeth - I must have pushed the wrong button by mistake when adding the parent relationships. Thanks for catching that mistake.


Added by Michael Moore on Nov 19, 2015 12:47 AM


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