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Jan Franco (#46625834)
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Bio Photo If you are new to findagrave, I suggest you read "frequently asked questions" carefully before making entries or requests.

Since I get a huge volume of requests, please make it easier for me to add biographical information, relationship links, or corrections by going to the page you want linked or corrected and click on "edit." Your info will be emailed directly to me and I can click on the link. If I get the email I will make changes, but generally I don't have time to email you. Please double check dates and info; if multiple items are misspelled or have typos, I am inclined to believe the other material may also be erroneous.

Please state your relationship when making transfer requests. You are able to add photos to any entry.
When the website started there was no option for linking relatives. I am happy to add desired links: please double check your numbers so errors don't make double work for both of us.

I am related to some of the people I have added; entries are also posted in the interest of genealogy and history, and the hope that someone will add my lost ancestors.

Please take digital photos of old gravestones in your area; some that exist today may crumble in a season or two, especially in areas with winter frost. In a way, your photo will preserve it. Perhaps it will be the only record of a particular gravestone. Please do not apply any substance to a gravestone to make it more legible; it damages the stone.

You may use my findagrave photos for your personal use, with attribution; anything to be published - please contact me for permission. Click on photo for larger format.

If you are requesting a photo in a large cemetery please take the time to get section and plot number from the cemetery office, if there is one. Your request has a better chance of being fulfilled that way. Most volunteer photographers work on the weekends when cemetery offices are not open.

Verify everything; transcriptions and even information "written in stone" may be inaccurate. A good example is when the date April 31 appears on a gravestone.

Most of the CT cemeteries have already been added to findagrave. When in doubt check under "New" and "Old" to see if you've missed the listing. Please HESITATE before creating a new Connecticut cemetery on findagrave. I'll be happy to research it for you to avoid duplication; so many alternate names and town name changes make it likely it is already listed in another place. The majority of CT cemeteries that existed in 1934 were surveyed on the Hale Index: Although it contains errors and omissions it is still very helpful.

Another source of information is the Ct Gravestone Network:
Your local library or historical society can also assist you. Ask for the person most familiar with the cemeteries or the history of the town.

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M W Bencal
Mary Benton White #117242743 -- Mary Grant #10751920
Dear Jan,

Thank you so much for transferring Mary Benton White Grant to my care. You are so very kind.

I have finished combining the memorials. It can be seen on your original memorial page at Mary Benton White Grant #10751920.

I thanked you and the other contributor at the end of Mary's bio.

I just found out that I have to email Find A Grave to have the other memorial #117242743 deleted, so I did.

Thank you again for your kindness, and all that you do here to remember those who have passed.

God Bless,
Added by M W Bencal on Oct 04, 2015 7:14 PM
M W Bencal
Mary Benton White #117242743 -- Mary Grant #10751920
Hi Jan,

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, and explaining the memorial plaque.

Mary Benton White #117242743 and Mary Grant #10751920 are the same person.

Mary Benton White was my 5th great-grandmother. She first married Lt. George White who is one of my American Revolution Patriot 5th great-grandfathers. George died of small pox a days ride away from home after being released from a British prison ship, and sadly on the same day of the birth of his 5th child.

Mary married 2nd, Azariah Grant. (You created the memorial for Azariah Grant which is absolutely wonderful!)

I would like very much to combine the memorials for Mary Benton White Grant so that the information is correct on Find A Grave. I have asked the person who created the memorial for Mary Benton White #117242743 to transfer the memorial to me.

Would you please consider transferring Mary Grant #10751920 to me? Once I have made the necessary corrections, I will link Mary to both of her husbands.

I am M W Bencal (#47746036).

Thank you again for all that you do here on Find A Grave, and for your consideration to transfer Mary to me.

God Bless,

Added by M W Bencal on Oct 04, 2015 10:33 AM
M W Bencal
Mary Benton White #117242743
Hi Jan,

Thank you for all the wonderful work you do on Find A Grave to remember those who have passed. Your work is very helpful to my research!

You added a memorial photo to Mary Benton White #117242743. Can you please tell me what the plaque says as I cannot make it out.

Thank you so much for your time.

God Bless,
Added by M W Bencal on Oct 04, 2015 8:39 AM
Julia Holmes Hahn
RE: Lost grave?
Thank you, Jan! I really appreciate your insight. Vandalism seems to be rampant. Such a tragedy.

Again, thank you!
Added by Julia Holmes Hahn on Oct 03, 2015 11:02 AM
RE: Union Cemeteries-Toland County
Thank you so much for taking the time...I appreciate it and the info...I will contact him. Sincerely, Wendy
Added by Wendy on Oct 02, 2015 9:06 PM
Union Cemeteries-Toland County
Hi name is Wendy and I feel sure we have emailed before but cannot locate an email for you. I have a question..Can you please tell me if there is there a data base of old burials for these cemeteries that lists who was actually buried there? I ask because I need some help finding a few people that I know are buried there but cannot find the documentation and absolutely do not want to make entries without it. I hate to bother people but am at a loss. I tried to contact Jack S. as he seems to know a lot about the cemeteries too but he has his messages disabled. I thank you sincerely in advance for your time..Wendy
Added by Wendy on Oct 02, 2015 1:57 PM
Julia Holmes Hahn
Lost grave?
I was told by someone on the Fairfield County Genealogy Facebook Group to contact you regarding my G-Grandmother.

Can you please help me locate Edith Morehouse's grave?

Edith May Kedney Morehouse died in 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. However her death certificate has the burial location as PEQUONNOCK cemetery. I understand that is another name for the Old Stratfield Cemetery.

I am unable to locate her grave there or in any other Fairfield County cemeteries.

Her mother-in-law (Mary Jane Wilson Morehouse #13964272) was buried in Pequonnock Cemetery three years (1920) after Edith's death, so it's plausible she was buried near by.

Edith's husband, Leonard Morehouse remarried the housekeeper shortly after she died....He was buried in Brooklyn with his second wife. I've searched Brooklyn cemeteries too for Edith.

Edith's father is buried in a veterans cemetery. I'm unable to locate her mother's far.

I believe her family was likely Methodist.

I've made a Find A Grave memorial for Edith Morehouse as a place holder only. #141238202.

I live in Colorado and am unable to come to CT to walk the cemeteries myself.
Thank you for any help you may provide.
Added by Julia Holmes Hahn on Oct 02, 2015 12:32 PM
Emma D'onofrio
Thank you so much for getting the picture of the headstone for me. My grandma is Emma's sister, and they lost each other after ww2 in Germany. We have wondered for a while what happened to her, and it is nice to see she had a husband and evidently was a grandmother herself. I greatly appreciate you doing this!

Rachel Burr
Added by Rachelb on Sep 29, 2015 5:44 PM
RE: 130290011 Michael & Lena Petrucelli
Yes, Michael apparently had two spouses by the name of Lena. You may create a memorial for the first Lena and I will connect them on Michael's page. Thanks, Jan.
Added by FRANMIS on Sep 29, 2015 6:04 AM
Interesting first burial - noted on the stone.... Cheers
Added by history4sure on Sep 27, 2015 2:31 PM
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