|David P. Wilson (#46887005)|
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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 - VERY significantly - to populate it.
To date I've created around 375 memorials for decedents with no family connection to me who are interred in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Cemetery, Blades, DE. That project remains very much a work in progress, and my documentation of many of the now-memorialized decedents buried in that cemetery will be significantly improved over time.
With the exception of the bulk of decedents I've memorialized who are interred in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery (which is where I'll personally someday be laid to rest, and where the very first burial therein was of my own parents' godchild, a baby, in 1950), and a far lesser number of additional select departed souls I've memorialized who are interred in some other area cemeteries, most others whom I've created or maintain a memorial for are people with some sort of family and/or personal connection to me, and/or people bearing this or that of my ancestral family surnames whose precise relationship to me - if any - may not yet be, in every case, known, but hopefully will at some point be determined. I strive always to handle each departed soul with dignity, and to be as thoroughly accurate with all presented details as possible; I quadruple-check all name spellings and entered dates, etc. before signing off on a memorial I've just created, or any memorial that I've newly taken over management of. If you view one of my memorials, rest assured that it was carefully and conscientiously completed.
As much as I conveniently can, I like to add whatever extent of a biography for a decedent. It's always wonderful when a person, particularly one who passed long ago, can go from, rather than being just a name and birth/death dates (often just years), in a generic Find A Grave memorial, to having whatever extent, if only just miniscule, of a presented family context and/or personal story. Numerous memorials I've created (mainly several of those from the first two or so years when I was beginning on the site) remain still just the person's name and dates, though I fully intend to, as time passes, eventually significantly improve the documentation in as many of them as possible.
A gentle reminder and request to my fellow Find A Gravers: Please keep in mind that the decedents we're presenting and documenting may have been the parents, grandparents, other type close family members (any generation thereof), or however else loved ones of, or with close personal association to, people who may view their memorials eventually. We are creating "virtual" graves, that people throughout the future will be visiting. Please handle tragic or unsavory deaths, and any potentially embarrassing and/or upsetting biographical details, with sensitivity and discretion. Thank you.
I welcome contact from anyone who views any memorial I've created, 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.
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|dianne p.||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
|dianne p.||RE: Pilat Family memorials: Excellent job!|
Thanks so much for your kind, gracious words. I'm looking forward to tracking down that PBS documentary. It sounds very familiar. Best wishes to you, as well, for a happy holiday season.
Warmest regards, Dianne
Happy THanksgiving! Miss talking to you!
Added by gennie on Nov 27, 2014 10:24 PM
|Chris||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
Added by Chris on Nov 08, 2014 9:32 AM
|Chris||Ola E Parsons|
Hi David, sorry but apparently I didn't photograph William I Parsons' gravesite. I'll do that the next time I'm in the cemetery. Also, fyi, cemetery records indicate Ola was buried 10 Jul 1939.
Added by Chris on Nov 05, 2014 8:38 AM
|Chris||Ola E Parsons|
Hi David, Buried with Ola E Parsons are James M, Doris E, Wallace J, and William I Parsons. They are buried in OP 304, Ola is in grave #5. I photographed all of them. If I can help with anything else, please let me know.
Added by Chris on Nov 05, 2014 8:12 AM
|Chris||Francis Knowles gravesite|
Hi David, I have fulfilled your request for photos of the gravesite of both Francis and Viola Knowles. There are six plots in their lot, OP541. Francis is in grave #5, Viola #6. Grave #1 is Sharon Lewis Disharoon, grave #3 is Martha A Bowman. There are three empty graves in the lot, all bearing markers of Disharoons still living. I believe there is an error in the cemetery records. I don't think Martha Bowman is in fact buried in the Knowles lot but is next to it. I think this because her grave doesn't line up with the others and because it's a six-grave lot and she makes seven. Just in case, the other grave in front of Martha Bowman is that of William R Stewart. I photographed all of them. Good luck with your searches.
Added by Chris on Nov 05, 2014 7:55 AM
|paul babiuk||RE: Cywinski Family tombstones, St. Stan's Cem., Nanticoke, PA.|
Thanks so much for the kind words...its greatly appreciated. Glad that I could get photos of your family members for you and its good to know that they provided some unknown information and clarification. I found the Brodzinski markers in the first two minutes of my search the other day...they were the fourth grave I looked at. I found the Cywinski plot at the end of my second visit...literally one of the last rows of the cemetery. Again, glad that I could help.
|Patricia Brittingham Secrest||RE: Question about Wm. Murray Joseph (1909-1983)|
I don't have conclusive proof, but I believe you are right. William Murray Joseph was my father's uncle. Please give me a few days to see if I have information which may be of help to you. I am in the process of reviewing my ancestry.com family tree and that of another ancestry.com member with whom I have been in contact in the past. Her tree shows the three spouses you have mentioned and some children's name.
Thank you for contacting me, I will contact you again in a few days.
Patricia Brittingham Secrest (member #46936403)
|Russ Pickett||RE: Military marker question.|
And the answer is ....
Elijah's marker was made in "November, 1957" in Pittsburgh, PA. It was ordered by a Mrs. Monroe Adams who lived on Cannon Street, in Seaford, Delaware.
Noted on the order is that he enlisted on August 16, 1780 and was discharged from the service on October 31, 1780. Also, he was noted as passing away between September 22 and December 3, 1813. (guess they didn't know the exact date of death).
Hope this helps my friend. :-)
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