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Zella (#46524425)
 member for 12 years, 5 months, 9 days
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.

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Thayer M Bishop/Mary Thayer
Hi Again - The Cleveland Register shows the name as Thayer Bishop. It also showed that she was disinterred. I couldn't find where she was reinterred until I got your email which clarified things. You had added her under her correct name of Mary Thayer and have her buried in Glendale Cemetery, so I deleted my entry. Thank you so much for this information. Cindy
Added by CindyS on Jul 31, 2014 8:39 PM
RE: Erie Street - cleveland
Hi Zella - I have had several contributors mention to me about the duplicates that the other contributor had made of my memorials. I didn't realize that amount though! I had previously advised the admins, I am just waiting for a response from them. Thank you for letting me know. Cindy
Added by CindyS on Jul 31, 2014 8:29 PM
Ralph Hammond-Green
RE: Thomas & Catherine Armstrong - photos
Thank you.
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on Jul 31, 2014 11:47 AM
Ralph Hammond-Green
RE: Thomas & Catherine Armstrong - photos
Do you by chance have plot info for these?
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on Jul 30, 2014 4:38 PM
Ralph Hammond-Green
Thomas & Catherine Armstrong - photos
Thank you very much for taking and posting the pictures of their grave markers.
Added by Ralph Hammond-Green on Jul 30, 2014 3:36 PM
RE: Grace Page Clark - East Akron
Mabel K. Page (daughter of Thomas S. Page and Flora Ann Kent) was born February 22, 1866 in Akron, Ohio. She married Francis Cooke on 1898.

Added by Linda on Jul 28, 2014 9:14 PM
John Williams
RE: John H. Sandrus
Note: All Civil war records give his name as John H.; the obit was apparently in error (he had a son named Johnson K.P.); his age was also incorrect. Government issue tombstone was provided in 1879 giving place of burial as "Hutchingsons" in Eldorado; another entry says buried 'at or near Altoona'.

Apparently he was removed to Oak Ridge at some point. Hutchinsons is nearly destroyed; could a government issue stone still exist for him there?

The stone at Hutchinsons was for both John and His Wife. The government stone at Oak Ridge was only for John.

I never mentioned Rose Hill for this Person.
Added by John Williams on Jul 27, 2014 3:36 PM
Lois Allison
Blair Penlow
A Blair Penlow is listed in the 1860 Census, Blair Co., Pa. As age 2, s/o Haiden Penlow. This would make him born abt 1858. Could the 1852 birth date be an error? Otherwise it could be the same person I was searching for.
Thank you
Added by Lois Allison on Jul 27, 2014 1:18 PM
RE: Bonstedt
No need to type it over, but you may want to put a note that if they click on the article picture it will enlarge it enough to read the bio. Thank you.
Added by Linda on Jul 27, 2014 12:29 PM
RE: Grace Page Clark - East Akron
I wasn't able to find her in the 1870 census either. The date was given to me by another researcher.
Added by Linda on Jul 27, 2014 12:27 PM
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