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Donna (#46910450)
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Bio Photo Welcome -

We are doing a holy service by remembering the dead, and preserving history.

I think we all have a piece of the puzzle and if everyone contributes, questions will be answered.

This a wonderful site for remembering people. Peoples lives are fascinating and they deserve to be remembered and documented.

Please remember we are not just entering names or stones, but real people. Please ask yourself if your memorial is search-able. All memorials should have last names. Women who never marry, and children don't have maiden names. There is no maiden name unless the name changes. Also please do not use ().

Please do NOT create duplicates.

If you notice any mistakes, please let me know, and I will be happy to fix them. Nobody is perfect, we are all fallible human beings mostly doing the best we can at the moment.

We are merely stewards of 'our' memorials - we manage them and are entrusted with their care and maintenance, but we do not technically 'own' them.

Please read the FAQs (frequently asked questions). Thanks, and please try to resolved unknown burials ASAP.

Please free to use any of my photos with appropriate citations. Will also add updates, -the more info, the better. I don't have a policy about transfers - ask and we can work it out.

"A cemetery is a history of people - a perpetual record of yesterday and sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - always." (author unknown)

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Beverly Kane
Hi Donna

Thanks for the photo you took for me in Wiltwyck cemetery!

Added by Beverly Kane on Apr 13, 2015 6:22 PM
Marie Kaltenbach
Thank you!
Added by Marie Kaltenbach on Apr 13, 2015 3:32 PM
RE: 90242411
Hello Donna, I received your e-mail & I am very confused by the brief message : This is duplicate please delete. what am I supposed to delete ?, how & why? Please clarify this if you could, thank you very much. Thomas
Added by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2015 11:27 AM
Marie Hayes
Mary Ellen Brandow Schryver

I did know about her first marriage. I am never quite sure what to do with another last name.

Added by Marie Hayes on Apr 10, 2015 2:34 PM
Mary Swackhamer
Hi Donna,

Thanks for your message about Mary. I'm not sure what to do with this one to be honest. The memorial I created was from an actual visit, and #7370495 appears to be in a different burial ground. I'm inclined to say that the other should be removed for accuracy's sake, but would love your opinion.

Added by gazelle on Apr 06, 2015 3:50 PM
RE: 117025782
My apologies for not realizing yours were the sponsored memorials. Also there is sometimes a problem with photos taken with and uploaded using an iPhone or iPad which is what I use. The photos sometimes appear normal to me but sideways to others. Unfortunately there's no way for me to tell unless someone is kind enough to tell me. I tried to fix it. Hopefully they look right now but I do not know. Thanks, Jim
Added by Anonymous on Apr 03, 2015 6:31 PM
Dan Brown
RE: Benton-Bar Cem
Thanks .... add another "favorite" to my list ! I tried the site a little but need to figure how to use it. Could find something useful.

Spent two days going through 1900 thru 1950 on-line copies of the Kingston Daily Freeman which are available via Ancestry's "Card Catalog" tab. Did screen-shots and copied-out a lot of interesting articles about many members of the family line i.e. birth, engagement, marriage and death notices; car accidents, court hearings, probate records (lots of info in those), land sales, taxes, .... great stuff for the trivia buff and good bio data.

If you are at all interested in the genealogy side of people (even your family's side) let me know via my email
Added by Dan Brown on Apr 03, 2015 5:12 PM
Dan Brown
RE: Benton-Bar Cem
PS for you ... As you know, NY State did not require local government bodies to forward birth, marriage and death information to the state until 1880-1881. In going thru such indexes at the NYS Archives Dept in Albany, I've found that often local governments did not forward such information in any routine manner until about 1882 .... disappointing to those of us doing research.

So one must go to local governments, usually a town clerk or often the town historian (if they have one), to access such records. County Governments usually have a County Historian who have limited data in regard to town affairs. Personally, I have a terrible time in Columbia County when the towns are the record keepers and their historians are unresponsive, difficult or impossible to work with. Contrary to public law requirements, they keep these old records at their home where they are prone to mis-placement, damage or loss during a fire.

I have not dealt in that regard with Ulster County but hope they are better at it.

Dan Brown
Added by Dan Brown on Apr 02, 2015 9:04 AM
Dan Brown
RE: Benton-Bar Cem
Hi Donna .... The fellow who created Sarah Spencer's Find A Grave page for her at Benton-Bar Cemetery Find A Grave site states there that he based his posting on that 1931 book. I emailed him after discovering his page for her and asked if he had personally seen the cemetery and if Sarah's husband Seldin was also buried there. He didn't comment about visiting the cemetery and said he didn't know anything about her husband Seldin as he was not mentioned in the 1931 book. I have not seen or read that book but maybe could access it thru a local library. Did you ever read the book ? Dan Brown
Added by Dan Brown on Apr 02, 2015 8:39 AM
Dan Brown
RE: Benton-Bar Cem
I'd like to maybe join you and walk the cemetery. Think a few of their children may be buried there. Mother definitely there but have not accounted for children C1, C3, C4, C12, C13 or 14 below.

Husband Seldin b.1803 - no records so far.
Wife Sarah (in Benton-Bar per book) b.1805 d. aft say 1855 - no record.
C1: Ezra b.1824 died young or in Michigan 1860.
C2: Alvin D. b.1826 buried in Wiltwyck.
C3: Phebe M. b.1827 - disposition unknown.
C4: Mary S. b.1829 - disposition unknown.
C5: Sarah M. b.1831 d.1887 - My maternal GGGM buried Clermont Cem Columbia Cty.
C6: Ellis/Elihu E. b.1833 - think I found him.
C7: Abbie/Abby M. DuBois b.1838 in Yonkers 1915.
C8: Elsie/Elcie C. Plass b.1840 in Kingston 1915.
C9: Ezra b.1842 d.1926 - Civil War Vet buried near Sarah in Clermont Cem.
C10: John (E./H.) B.1844 - in Cleveland Ohio 1915.
C11: Elizabeth/Anna E. Havenburg b.1848 - in Kingston 1915.
C12: Charles D. b.1851 d.Dec 1915 - Can't find; died Saugerties; had land there; had son James L. in NYC.
C13: Sally C. - no info no trace.
C14: Silas S. - no info no trace.
Added by Dan Brown on Mar 31, 2015 2:54 PM
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