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Har37x (#47671892)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.

Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.

I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013

When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.

If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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Frank McKinney
Thank so much for taking the time to photograph and post this picture. M Hahn
Added by rmh on Sep 15, 2014 5:28 AM
Jo Ann Kaufman
chauncey C. Cook, fagr #126702708
Chauncey's parents were Edward L. Cook and Letitia S. Trask. Edward, b. 1825/26 at Madison Co., NY, the son of Barnabas and Lydia Brigham Cook; and Letitia, b. 10 Aug 1827 in Fayette Co., IN, [OH in 1850 census; 1828/29 in other census]the dau of Casper and Grateful Ellis Trask, were married on 31 Mar 1847 at Fredonia, Chautauqua County, NY, both of Sheridan [Fredonia Censor marrs]; she d. 29 Apr 1918, [World Connect] but no further clarification has been found to date.
In 1850, Edward and Letitia were at Richmond, Ashtabula Co., OH. In 1855, they were back at Sheridan with his father, Barnabas, and Chauncey C., age 3, born Ohio and a resident of Sheridan for 3 yrs. Letitia was b. OH and a teacher, Edward a farmer. In 1870, [note no Chauncey] Edward, Letitia, Martin, b. IL, 1860/61; Frederick, b. IL, 1862/63; and Walter, b. IL, 1866/67; were at Senachwine, Putnam Co., IL.
We are still on the trail of the entire Brigham family and would appreciate any further clues to hope this much helps someone else.

Added by Jo Ann Kaufman on Sep 13, 2014 10:16 AM
Robert Drexler
Law Family Grave Stones
Your family line up is correct :-). Thank you for all your hard work. You have made a lot of Henry Family Researchers very happy. You have helped break down a major brick wall for us.

Thanks again,


Added by Robert Drexler on Sep 09, 2014 6:29 PM
Robert Drexler
William and Polly (Henry) Law
Thank You Very Much :-)
Added by Robert Drexler on Sep 09, 2014 5:08 PM
Robert Drexler
William and Polly (Henry) Law
You are the Man! Thank you for going out of your way in solving this problem for my family.

I am trying to determine who Polly's parents are. One record has them as John Lyman and Amy (French) Henry of Killingly Connecticut. The more research that I do, I find the records are showing that her parents should be Francis and Charity (Unknown) Henry. They are also from Killingly Connecticut. It's beginning to look like John would be Polly's older brother.

Your new information has now given me a solid point of reference that I can work backwards from Illinois to Connecticut.

My fingers are crossed there are grave stones a Hopeland Cemetery.

Thanks again,

Robert Drexler
Added by Robert Drexler on Sep 09, 2014 2:51 PM
Robert Drexler
Francis and Madeline (Law) Nordstrom
From the Drexler Family of Pasadena, Maryland thank you for adding Francis and Madeline (Law) Nordstrom grave stone to Find A Grave. My wife is related to the Law Family.

After reading your Find A Grave Bio, I got the feeling you may be able to assist me in locating Madeline great grandparents William Aldrich and Polly (Henry) Law.

William passed away on 1 sept 1860 and Polly passed away on 5 Dec 1900. Both died in Illinois. Polly (Henry) Law is my wife's 2nd great grandmother.

Please let me know if you have any additional information on the Law family or know where I need to look for there final resting place.

Again thanks for adding the grave stone photo.

Robert Drexler
Added by Robert Drexler on Sep 08, 2014 2:15 PM
Hilda and Olen Ely
Is it ok if I use the photo you took of their grave marker on their timelines to document their burials?

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA
Added by Fawn on Sep 08, 2014 12:36 PM
Olen and Hilda Ely photo of St. Patricks in Maytown
Thanks so much for the photo, appreciate it!

Fawn Bowden
Riverside, IA
Added by Fawn on Sep 08, 2014 12:10 PM
juana manzana
RE: request to use photo
Thank you very much. J
Added by juana manzana on Sep 08, 2014 8:20 AM
juana manzana
RE: request to use photo
I'm sorry. I guess I didn't give you enough information. You took the photos for #67340988 (C. Lee Rodefer). I created 2 new memorials for his parents #135576393(Opal Rodefer) and #135576315 (Glen Rodefer). May I use your photo or would you like to manage the latter 2 memorials? JuanaManzana
Added by juana manzana on Sep 07, 2014 10:27 PM
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