With infinite love and thanks for my awesome big brother Michael "Mike" J. David-Wilson, who passed away on 4/12/2016. Rest in peace, dear Mike. You will be - and now are - greatly missed by many.
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I've extensively researched both sides of my family, and had two well-received books professionally published relating to my maternal-side research. My roots on that side are in Baltimore, MD and west-central Poland, while my paternal roots are deep in Sussex Co., DE, and, earlier, in what is today known as the United Kingdom. Needless to say, I'm a "friend" of cemeteries, and have visited many.
My definitely known paternal side ancestral families of direct personal descent are (on my late dad's paternal side) WILSON, PALMER (originally Par[r]imore), JOHNSON, REYNOLDS, and WALLS. Those families were settled throughout the territory from the area of today's Sussex Co. Airport (located two miles to the east of Georgetown) through, eastward, into Lewes, with some members settled, or at times having resided, northward to in and around Milton to Milford, and others southward to in and around Millsboro. On my dad's maternal side, which features my known direct personal ancestral families KNOWLES, KIRBY, and MORGAN, they were settled in Broad Creek Hundred, Concord through, westward, Blades, and to in and around Woodland, also, many members, as time passed, immediately northward into adjacent Seaford, and some to as far southward as to in and around Bethel. Except for the Kirbys, who crossed in to western Sussex from the neighbouring portion of MD during the late 1800s, all other listed ancestral families were solidly settled in Sussex by the time of the American Revolution (several since decades prior). These truly were pioneer Sussex Co. families, who worked immeasurably to help clear and settle the area, not to mention - significantly - to populate it.
My maternal side genealogy that's represented on Find A Grave is much more limited and concentrated, to members of my LEWANDOWSKI, KANIECKI, and CYWINSKI ancestral families. The immigrants of those families came to America during the 1870s and 1880s, all settling in Baltimore, MD, except for two known Cywinski great-great uncles who settled in PA.
In addition to members of my own families, I also memorialize many other decedents, who I simply want to make sure they make it on to the Find A Grave map. Decedents interred in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Blades, DE get particularly a lot of TLC from me, as that's my parish cemetery.
I welcome contact from anyone who views any memorial I manage, or any floral note I've added somewhere, and realizes I'm their relative, or who otherwise would like to share or ask/discuss anything. If e-mailing me, please be sure to put something like "I saw one of your Find A Grave memorials" in the Subject line, so I'll know your message isn't spam. Thanks.
Anyone who may wish to, I invite you to visit the memorials for my parents, BENJAMIN T. WILSON (1916-1988) and STELLA E. WILSON (1916-2012), both interred in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, and leave them flowers or some other nice graphic. I'm sure they'd like and appreciate that very much.
RE: St. Mary's Cemetery, Nanticoke, Luzerne Co., PA Hi Dave, I appreciate your message. Though I cannot update the cemetery's home page myself, I did update the caption to my picture I had uploaded. The entrance is on E. Field St. roughly midway between S. Walnut St. and S. Chestnut St. Hope that helps. Best Wishes, Scott.
I've run into this type of situation before. He did enlist as "William R. Trice" and all military records note him as William.
Without seeing his birth certificate you can never tell what his first name truly was .... but he thought it was William more than likely because he knew his first name was William even though his family called him by his middle name of Raymond.
Newspaper articles from that time period are unreliable, unlike today, and are for the most part exactly what the family stated and nothing more .... I've even seen "so many" newspaper articles that note a soldier was "Killed In Action" when military records say they actually died for some other reason such as a vehicle accident and many other reasons....
Either way "Raymond" stated his first name was William and since his headstone is shown that way I'll leave it as it is. :-)
"Thank you very much" for the article .... it helps and is a "great" addition to his record.
RE: Novak transfer thank you David: Thanks for writing and for the kind words. It's always a pleasure to know that I was able to help a family member. As a WWII veteran he was indeed part of the greatest generation. Thanks to your family for sharing him with America. God bless & have a great day. John
RE: Question I am so glad I was able to help with your questions on St. Mary's in Moosic.
Minooka is a section of Scranton. St Mary's Cemetery is about half a blook from the Scranton border. There are quite a few cemeteries in Minooka including a cluster of cemeteries and I don't know the names of all of them. The one you recerenced does look like it's in Minooka but I'm not familiar with it. Do you have a name or document I can review to see if I can find any info to be sure it is the correct one?
RE: Question Dave, Hello again! Yes you have come to the right person with your questions. You are correct with the names - the Cemetery is located on Greenwood Avenue so many refer to it as the Greenwood Cemetery or simply as St. Mary's Cemetery. I was born & raised literally across the street from this Church/cemetery so please let me know if you need any more info.
Nancy Elliott James edit Thanks Dave, I do appreciate your explanation of date change edit...I do the same thing with dates, names, etc to explain my sources to contributors will accept my edits knowing things have been verified. Nice of you to take the time to do that too! If you were at that cemetery and photographed any stones, would you let me know when you post some on my memorials please? I always love to see the stones for my memorials. much appreciated!
RE: Pilat Family memorials: Excellent job! I look forward to viewing the original production. I'll send a note to MPT or Uv of Md. Your family's memorials are simply incredible, rich in history and beautifully written. I find much pleasure and relaxation in reading them. Take care, Dianne
RE: Parsons Cem. Knowles-Parsons PS Hi David, You are most welcome for the photos and information I was able to provide for your Knowles/Disharoon/Parsons family members. The Knowles/Disharoon/Bowman graves are side-by-side, Knowles/Disharoon in one lot, Mrs. Bowman in the next lot. The Parsons are not buried in the same section with them. They are a couple of sections away and I realize now I didn't photograph William I Parsons' grave. I'll get it next time. This is a very large cemetery, it currently has some 5000+ marked graves and with a recent clearing of land they've added 2000 more sites. It's on Johnson's Lake and is extremely well-maintained. Look on Google Earth and you can see how large it is. There is a map of the cemetery in the cemetery's office and the next time I'm there I'll photograph part of it and mark where the Knowles/Disharoon and Parsons grave sites are and I'll email it to you along with directions. Good luck with your research. Glad I could help. Chris