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Zella (#46524425)
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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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Twin of an Angel
William Harvey Bittaker Photograph
Not sure if I thanked you properly or not for the headstone photograph. Thank you! Your time and effort are greatly appreciated.

Darlene Bittaker
Added by Twin of an Angel on Oct 22, 2014 7:34 AM
Randolph Stilson
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 124473220

Thank you for straightening out that conundrum. I had thought that Eliza was going by a first name that I hadn't known about but now I understand that Mary E. was the second wife who survived her husband by quite a few years as she is listed in many of the Akron city directories as his widow.

I am a great great grand nephew of Eliza. Henry T. Randolph, her brother was my gg grandfather. The family had a fairly tragic history in their generation. I think the only son that survived past 1870 (the date of Henry's death) was Lemuel who if I remember correctly moved eventually to Michigan and died there. The family was fairly extensive - both the father (William) and mother (Rachael nee Johnston) are buried in Glendale Cemetery as well (no headstones for any of the family evidently), as are Henry and his wife and infant son all dead by 1871 of consumption. Henry's older sisters are there also, one still a Randolph by name, several of the others under the names Flower, etc. If you are interested I will send you the whole list.

Randolph Stilson
Whose interest in the Randolphs is probably obvious.
Added by Randolph Stilson on Oct 21, 2014 8:39 PM
Randolph Stilson
Find A Grave Memorial# 124473220
Memorial for Eliza Randolph Cleveland, wife of Charles G. Cleveland. - There is evidently two Eliza Clevelands, one died in 1866 as per this memorial and the other outlived her husband and died in 1924 after living in Akron, Ohio as a widow for many years (according to the Akron City Directories). Eliza's first name was evidently Mary as she is referred to as Mary E. Cleveland in several sources, specifically in the Akron City Directories where she is referred to as the widow of Charles G. Cleveland.

Can you shed any light on this quandry?
Added by Randolph Stilson on Oct 19, 2014 10:35 PM
Spouse of Nadia Govendo
Thanks so much for getting back to me. Max Govendo had a previous marriage to a Mary, who died between 1937 & 4 April 1940. They had 2 kids, with a son dying & buried in NJ in Jan 1940. He had a daughter, Sophie, but I have no info what happened to her. Perhaps Max, even though dying in Akron, OH, may have been buried in NJ? I ahev not found a death or burial Info for his first wife.
Added by SA-Brit on Oct 19, 2014 12:20 PM
Family Searcher
RE: Caroline Thompson in Hollidaysburg
Thank you
Added by Family Searcher on Oct 19, 2014 9:06 AM
Spouse of Nadia Govendo
Dear Zella,
You kindly submitted the gravestone photo of Nadia Govendo buried at the Farband and Workmen's Circle Cemeteries, Akron, OH, USA.
I have a feeling her husband, Max Govendo is buried in the same cemetery, but I don't have any details other than his death date. I have just created a memorial for him & have linked him to Nadia. If you or anyone else is able to locate his burial place & photograph any stone, I would greatly appreciate that. With thanks
Added by SA-Brit on Oct 18, 2014 4:27 PM
Charles C Fitch
Thank you for the additions that connects him with his pioneer family of the Western Reserve.
Added by schwartzie on Oct 18, 2014 3:12 AM
Bill Pallatt
RE: Mary Cunningham Baird
Thank you
Added by Bill Pallatt on Oct 15, 2014 7:40 AM
RE: Deitz child
Thanks for the suggestion about making a virtual cemetery of E.M.Deitz stones. Now that I know what his "mark" was and where to look for his signature, this may be something I could accomplish.

Once again you've been so helpful, Zella. Thank you for everything.
Added by tdefrange on Oct 14, 2014 7:52 PM
RE: Fobes at Graceland
Sorry it took so long to get back to you on this. It means so much that you would take the time out of our day to do this for me.
Thanks so much Diana
Added by Diana on Oct 13, 2014 5:52 PM
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