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Carole Elizabeth Nurmi Cummings # 47178231 (#47178231)
 member for 7 years, 4 months, 10 days
RE: You are taking some beautiful photos over there....

Added by Elizablack on Jan 14, 2017 4:40 PM

Cheryl Harding
RE: Hi there Cheryl
I'm in the US as well. I've been tracing that particular Newton line from Wedore, England to Elbridge, New York. James Newton was the school master at Wedmore school for quite some time. One of his children, Joseph, died there in Wedmore in 1831 at 11 years old. I can't seem to find anything on the cause of death which is why I was curious as to more information. Their other son, John, married Rebecca Evans from Draycott at Wedmore Parish in 1850 and they moved to the Elbridge, New York area in the mid 1850s where they died in 1898. I have not been able to find John Newton's immigration to the states. I'm always interested to fill in any missing piece that is found.

Added by Cheryl Harding on Jan 12, 2017 2:50 PM

Cheryl Harding
Find A Grave Memorial# 134114476
Ann Newton died 1 April 1852. Her maiden name was Hooper. She was my 4th great-grandmother.

Added by Cheryl Harding on Jan 12, 2017 12:37 PM

Cheryl Harding
Henry Redman - Wedmore
Hi! Any chance you might be able to find an account of his death in Feb 1837? Your listing says he burned to death which made me curious as to what happened.

Added by Cheryl Harding on Jan 12, 2017 7:12 AM

Kevin Shea
Grace Clark
Thanks for the transfer Carole & the quick response! Yes, and info on Grace Clark would be much appreciated.

Thanks Again,


Added by Kevin Shea on Jan 11, 2017 7:50 PM

Kevin Shea
Rush Taylor - #170660263

Rush Taylor is my great Uncle. I have family history, and was wondering if you could pass management of this memorial over to me?

Thank You for your help,

Kevin Shea, Contributor

Added by Kevin Shea on Jan 11, 2017 3:25 PM

Jackie Edkins
RE: Hello there Jackie!
Thank you for the transfer.

Added by Jackie Edkins on Jan 09, 2017 12:55 PM

Rob F
RE: HOW wonderful of you to do that!
Believe me, it's an absolute pleasure to visit Moravian. It's huge, it's full of history, and although it's at it's most beautiful in spring when the shrubs and trees are in bloom, it's beautiful.

Added by Rob F on Jan 07, 2017 5:52 PM

Rob F
RE: Hugs of appreciation to you!
You're very welcome, it was an immense pleasure. I plan to return to the gravesite, two sides of it were difficult to read, I think if I can get to it in the proper light I can find a few more Demarests and family. I'll be sure to drop you a line when I do.

Added by Rob F on Jan 07, 2017 2:00 PM

Rob F
Aeltje Weaver Blauvelt
Hi, Carole, I put up photos for Aeltje's grave, your FG memorial # 156720451. Thought you'd be interested to know the name is spelled "Altgie" on the stone, perhaps this will help with any research you're doing.

Added by Rob F on Jan 06, 2017 7:28 PM

Richard Arietta
RE: Hello there my good friend!
That's excellent, very happy to meet you cousin!

I definitely understand, our Smith and Blauvelt family is a tangled and confusing one... My line of Smiths is this:

Adriaen Lamberts Smeet (1620 - 1702)
Lambert Ariaensen Smith (1655 - 1754)
Gerrit Lambertse Smith (1685 - 1755)
Lambert Gerritse Smith (1714 - 1774)
Stephen Lambertse Smith (1746 - 1797)
Gerrit Stevensen Smith (1778 - 1857)
Jacob Onderdonk Smith (1818 - 1900)
Richard Onderdonk Smith (1843 - 1876)
Edmund Vanderbilt Smith (1868 - 1947)
Hattie Smith (1895 - 1966)

and Hattie married an Arietta, my great-grandfather :)

Which line is yours?

Added by Richard Arietta on Jan 06, 2017 3:09 PM

Richard Arietta
Much appreciated!
Thanks Carole!!

I think I've already come across a number of my family members under your management along the old Smith line and its branches. Many of them are so far back I don't doubt they are related to half the people in the Rockland County area. I'd be happy to take them over if it's not a bother -- I can send you memorial numbers when I have a chance to put them together :)

As far as obituaries go, I'm so sad to hear they were all taken down! I've found obituaries to be some of the most useful sources in establishing my tree. I love all the other info I've seen you adding to the memorial pages so far, though, so thank you!

If you don't mind, I would love to ask if you have any additional info, obituary or otherwise, for your page on Margaret Dutcher (Memorial# 167708833). I believe this gravesite is that of my third-great-grandmother, originally named Margaret Conklin who married Richard O. Smith before remarrying Alexander Dutcher after Richard's death in 1876. I just have not been able to confirm because of the scarcity of documents on her. Any help on either her or her first husband (Memorial# 119809253) would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

Can't thank you enough, have a great day!

Added by Richard Arietta on Jan 06, 2017 12:52 PM

Ross Adam Wood Sr.
RE: Terrific job you are doing on the Thaw Family!
Thank you and your welcome.

Added by Ross Adam Wood Sr. on Jan 05, 2017 12:22 PM

Richard Arietta
RE: Your wonderful grandparents have been sent on their way!
Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Carole! And for transferring the memorial over. It really means a lot to me to have it in the family :) I have some great pictures of them that I plan to add soon, so be sure to check back!

Added by Richard Arietta on Jan 04, 2017 10:57 AM

Richard Arietta
Raymond and Alice Brown Arietta
Hello Carole! Excellent contributions to the site. I noticed you are the manager of Raymond and Alice (nee Brown) Arietta in Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York. Raymond and Alice are my paternal grandparents. Would it be possible to transfer management of these memorials to me? I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much!

Added by Richard Arietta on Jan 03, 2017 11:48 AM

Martin Douglas Packer
This is a DUPLICATE; can  I respectfully suggest that you delete it?

Added by Martin Douglas Packer on Jan 01, 2017 5:52 AM

squadron a association
Trooper Carole
Keep up the GREAT WORK !


Added by squadron a association on Dec 29, 2016 11:38 AM

Andy B
RE: Happy Holidays Andy!
Carole, Hi, thanks for that thought. although i haven't been at brick church as much as i wanted this past summer im sure that in the spring i will be back.
Best of Holidays and happiest new year.

Added by Andy B on Dec 24, 2016 10:18 AM

Ron Johnson
I'm fairly certain I know who was responsible for removing my pages, though it's supposition and rather moot now. I have certain methodologies in doing this hobby that does not do well with the "higher-ups" - one in particular. She was on my case for having several pages "on stand by"; ie: they were duplicates that I was going to reuse in order to not waste the number. I couldn't use them for newly deceased because they would have been dated before the death, but could use them when I had to add someone who passed a while ago. Those few (about 5) disappeared - though upsetting, not vital.

I like to visit graveyard and take pictures of the gravestones so I know when someone is THERE. I need to know that a person is in the cemetery before I add them. That could be either seeing the gravestone, finding a death certificate, or obituary. Using books is nice and convenient, but not always correct. I've seen names in cemeteries with no dates, no picture, no reference - just a name. There is no way that anyone can prove to me that that person is there. Maybe he is, maybe not. But I prefer to have some sort of support for pacing a name.

I had the habit of adding pages for those who had a gravestone but no death date - they could be alive, but until I looked into their histories in, I wouldn't know for sure. Anyone who has a meager intelligence would realize, if the gravestone exists, that that person, if living, KNOWS he (or she) is going to be placed there. All of those without a death date were removed. Probably about a couple hundred, including those that I found were dead, but I couldn't find a death date. They all had pictures of the gravestone and almost every single one had information on it. A fellow volunteer I emailed about it had over 1500 of hers removed.

I have been told a nice little motto to live by: it's not what happens to you, but how you handle what happens to you. Well, I handled it poorly.

I'm sure that rule of not putting in graves of living people was to keep people from jumping the gun. Situations like 'Uncle Ned is going in for heart surgery for the third time, I'm going to make a page in case he doesn't make it.' Not for persons who had tombstones already placed. Still, if a relative wrote to me and asked it be removed, I did.

I later put some of those back on and they again got deleted. When I found out about that deletion, I was so upset, I was tempted to delete all of my pages. And I'm getting upset just writing about it.

OK ... I ate dinner - I'm better now. Sorry about that.

I am sorry you feel down. At least you are seeing your family again this season. You must be happy they are coming.

I am so pleased you are getting so much enjoyment out of this hobby of ours. It the giving of ourselves that makes us whole. We each in our own way decide how to give. Doing this uses my brain and what meager detective skills I have; I'm sure you, as me, enjoy doing this for the benefit of others.

Added by Ron Johnson on Dec 21, 2016 8:27 PM

Sue Hoddinott
RE: Sue ... with Christmas approaching...
Hello Carole
Seasons Greetings to you and I am truly touched by your thoughtful kind comments.

This website is a wonderful place and together we are preserving a huge neglected area of social history for the future. I love the sense that its random acts of kindness that can reconnect us with ancestors from sometimes half the world away. Through the kindness of others I found memorials to far away ancestors and it has greatly assisted my own researches. So in return I photograph as much as I can hoping it will give someone else that same moment of discovery joy.

I am always happy to visit local graveyards and do look ups in the local North Somerset library and archives where possible. Feel free to ask. I am planning on good weather days to photograph the Non conformist burial yard in Wedmore and out to Theale and the surrounding area.

Happy New Year to you and Thank you

kind wishes


Added by Sue Hoddinott on Dec 21, 2016 3:23 PM

Ron Johnson
RE: your words of appreciation.
Thanks so much for you kind message. I occasionally get a note of thanks but yours really touched me.

I know that not all people have the sources they need to complete a family tree so I try to make it easier with the census reports, which are like little "snapshots" of their lives. I try also to link them to others in their family. I still have several hundred biographies to go find, but slowly I get them done one by one.

Sometimes I fail getting an adequate picture but go on, knowing I can only do what I can. It's also difficult trying to determine the truth when there are conflicting information. Fortunately, there are fellow volunteers who find my errors and send me corrections, which sometimes allows me to change a bleak biography to a more robust one. I couldn't do as good of a job without them.

I know most of what I do may not be seen by the relatives, but some do get seen and they send me a little note of thanks; that makes it all worth while.

Thanks again and have a happy holiday and productive year ahead.

Added by Ron Johnson on Dec 20, 2016 9:50 AM

Hello Carole,
I just processed your request for Cornelius Blacklidge. Not sure if you noticed but in one of the pictures in Cornelius's memorial that I posted, there is a stone next to Cornelius with the name Cornelius Lefferts. As you can probably tell the stone was down and I up righted it but did not have anything with me to clean the stone. Since I couldn't read the dates from the picture, I never created a memorial. The next time I go back to Dale Cemetery I will brush remaining dirt off and get a better picture and create a memorial. Maybe this is one of Cornelius's grandsons. Just thought you might want to know.


Added by rbrunt on Dec 06, 2016 5:32 PM

Ginny G
Baptismal records
Hi Carole,

Wow, this is so wonderful! I can't find the words to tell you how much this means to me. My email is ginnyg at together dot net. I'm looking forward to going through them!

Hugs, Ginny

Added by Ginny G on Dec 04, 2016 12:06 PM

Ginny G
RE: Just called the New City Public Library
Wow, Carole! Thank you so much for looking into William's background for me!!! For a long time I have thought that either Garret or Abraham Garretson was probably his father, but I haven't been able to find any connection. It would be so AWESOME to be able to bridge that gap! I did find that Garret and Peggy (Margaret) Garrison sold land to William Garrison in 1843 (which could be purely coincidence). I would be so grateful for any information you uncover! Hugs back to you - Ginny

Added by Ginny G on Dec 02, 2016 9:48 PM

RE: Why thank you!
Sarah Blacklidge is my first cousin, six times removed (this particular Sarah). Her father was my sixth great-uncle and HIS father (Sarah's grandfather) was my sixth great-grandfather....I would have to look at my tree, but her Bogert children would also be my cousins.

My second great-grandmother was Charlotte Blacklidge, who married Madison Forkner. (I have four Charlotte Blackldges in my tree.) Charlotte and Madison (I don't have a burial location for him) were the parents of my great grandmother, Elizabeth Teresa aka "Lizzie" Forkner Porter. You can see her memorial if you go to my Profile and enter Elizabeth Porter. Her husband, my great-grandfather, was Samuel Jenkins Porter. Their daughter, Elizabeth Porter Ward was my maternal grandmother.

Tell me how you might be related to me....

Added by S.R.F. on Dec 01, 2016 1:18 PM


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