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M W Bencal (#47746036)
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Bio Photo ***** If you have emailed me and have not heard back, please email me again. I never thought this would happen, but I am getting swamped with emails from FAG and, and I may have mistakenly missed a few emails. *****

I will gladly transfer memorials to family, no matter the lineage, as well as to friends. :-) Any photo I take is yours. :-)

I have always been drawn to old cemeteries where I read and touch headstones as my way of remembering those who have passed on.

I am forever grateful to the following FAG members:

Janie #47619161, who located numerous documents for me about my great grandmother who died in 1912 and started my family tree on, giving me an incredible jump start on my ancestral research.

Clint Black #47536687, who was instrumental in helping me learn about my Wyoming ancestors from back when Cheyenne was still a territory.

Van Bender #47533106, who brilliantly took photos of all the damaged crypts at Saint Bernard Memorial Gardens after Hurricane Katrina. Without him I would have never known where my dear friend Dianne Agnes Bird May lays peacefully after a horrific death.

Dee #48005787, who went to an incredible amount of work to locate the gravesite of Hung Anh Truong #96905085 in order to be able to photograph his headstone. Hung, a Vietnamese teenager, is considered to be one of the first hate-crime victims in Houston, TX.

Judy H #46977685 who has filled over 30 of my photo requests in Milwaukee, and has even created memorials with photos of my family that I did not realize were buried in Milwaukee, and then transferred the memorials to me. Judy's work provided me with many dates of birth and death I was not able to find on my own.

And those who have transferred memorials of my ancestors to me, filled photo requests for me, and have taken their time to help me along the way.

I have had the privilege of documenting an old forgotten Jewish cemetery in Hallettsville, Texas, that is in deplorable condition, and over 150 graves in a Historic Black cemetery in Colorado County, Texas.

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William C Berryman
Hi Maurene, thanks for updating William Berryman's memorial page. Have a great day.
Added by Rcc on Mar 03, 2015 11:19 AM
Keep up the good work!
Just wanted to say "Hi" and keep up the good work you are doing on!
Added by Janie on Mar 02, 2015 6:03 PM
RE: Fanny Schwartz #106027458
Hi Maurene,

Thank you for the transfer of Fanny's memorial. I did notice that there were many other potentially related persons in that cemetery and I appreciate your willingness both to transfer memorials and your offer to take photos.

Is the newer Hallettsville Jewish Cemetery a separate cemetery listing on FindAGrave or are both cemeteries included as one listing? I searched but did not find the newer Hallettsville Jewish Cemetery.

I sympathize with you in your dismay over your research results. I can only imagine how distressing those discoveries must be!

To answer your question, I am in Louisiana, but with family roots in both states. You mentioned the orphanage; my grandfather and his siblings grew up in that orphanage!

Kind Regards,
Added by ShaRon on Dec 28, 2014 7:26 AM
RE: Fanny Schwartz #106027458
Hi Maureen,

Tnank you for your kind reply. I am not really related to Fanny; she's a "collateral" person in my tree. If you want to transfer her to me, that's fine ... or if you choose to keep her, that's OK too. I did send you a 2nd edit that you apparently overlooked ... to add her maiden name.

Added by ShaRon on Dec 27, 2014 2:22 PM
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Maurene, my Find A Grave friend! Let me hear from you!
Added by KATHY on Dec 25, 2014 10:08 AM
RE: Emma Amdursky and Samuel Gardner
Thank you Maurene!
Added by WalksWithAngels on Oct 24, 2014 11:27 PM
Louis Freeman
Memorial #110033308. Please remove the death certificate from the photo section of Louis' memorial. Thank you.
Added by Tyler on Oct 20, 2014 11:01 AM
RE: Joseph M Freeman #36899205
You're most welcome!
Added by LLH on Oct 18, 2014 2:56 PM
RE: Joseph M Freeman #36899205
Hello Maurene,

I always write down the birth and death dates as I'm photographing, and you are correct - the date of birth for Joseph Freeman is November 11, 1849. You are more than welcome to use the photo anyway you wish!

Have a great weekend,

Added by LLH on Oct 17, 2014 7:17 PM
Pat Griffith Brown
RE: Ferdinand D. Rothschild
My husband, Mike Brown, shares some ancestors with Ferdinand Rothschild (1906-1991). Ferdinand's mother, Bess DeWitt Rothschild (1877-1965), was a half-sister to my husband's mother's mother's father, John Howard Smyth (1864-1947). Their mother was Leora E. McGannon (1842-1938) of Jennings Co, IN. Leora married first John A. Smyth (1837-1869) in 1861 in Jennings Co, IN, then Franklin Peter DeWitt (1839-1911) in 1873, also in Jennings Co, IN. But they soon moved to Tipton Co, IN. After her second husband's death, Leora moved to Indianapolis. She spent her last days living with her widowed daughter, Bess DeWitt Rothschild. My mother-in-law remembers her mother taking her on visits to that household when she was a little girl.
Added by Pat Griffith Brown on Jun 23, 2014 7:22 PM
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