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Bio Photo Some tough nuts to crack, cracked by a cracked nut who got through them with a little help (or sometimes a lot) from friends and correspondents:

John Augustus Baum (1840-1842)
Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York
Dates legible, but names chiseled off completely. It actually proved possible to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty why it was that the names had been chiseled away.

Frederick Biehler (1853-1889)
Fisher Cemetery (St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery), Bethlehem, New York
An obituary used a name for this Albany patrolman's cemetery that's a name nobody today knew at all; once identified, the headstone could not be found except by process of elimination with reference to the church's records. Killed in the line of duty, yet his name isn't included on the NYS Police Officers Memorial as it should be; only the Albany Police can submit his name, yet the Chief evidently doesn't care to do so.

Joel Covington, Sr (1830-1911)
Hebron Cemetery, Clio, South Carolina
It's not every day one can fulfill a photo request for a picture of the person (rather than of the headstone) with a picture of the person standing by his own headstone.

James Harty (1835-1853) A headstone, most of the inscription crumbled away to dust, though with "Lafayette Engine Co. No. X" still showing. It still proved possible to identify the deceased even without a legible name or date.

Millie Levy (1887-1888)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
A name only inscribed; no dates. It turned out she's the granddaughter of a Rabbi.

Emil "Soup Greens" Siefert (d. 1896)
Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Allegedly his grave is marked just by parsley! If it's unmarked today, see if you can plant some soup greens for him?

Charles Smith (1821-1875)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
Almost entirely illegible due to wear, discoloration, and biological growths.

Helen Lowray Snow (1842-1845) The photo and linked story are both poetically apropos, I hope.

Laura Wise (1847-1849) No recognizable headstone, location of grave unknown, no burial records. Cracked - but not quite solved.

Does NYS Governor Frank Swett Black (1843-1913) have no monument at all?

Where are headstones or monuments (if any) for Cornelius Jacobsen May, Willem Verhulst, Peter Minuit, Sebastiaen Jansen Krol, Wouter van Twiller, Willem Kieft, Francis Lovelace, Anthony Colve, Edmund Andros, Anthony Brockholls, Thomas Dongan, Francis Nicholson, Jacob Sloughter, Richard Ingoldesby, Benjamin Fletcher, Richard Coote, John Nanfan, Edward Hyde, John Lovelace, Gerardus Beekman, Robert Hunter, William Burnet, John Montgomerie, Rip Van Dam, William Cosby, George Clinton, Danvers Osborn, Henry Moore, James Robertson, and Andrew Elliot?
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William Snider
Old Mount Ida
Thank you for your hard book at Old Mount Ida.I cannot seem to find anyone who has the records. Can you tell me the section or a general idea of where in the cemetery the Methodist plot is. I am particularly interested in the graves of Sherman and Covell. Thank you.
wm snider
Added by William Snider on Nov 01, 2014 7:14 PM
RE: Re: St Patirck's Cemetery
Thank you so very much!! Your hard work is greatly appreciated.
Added by KMSM on Oct 08, 2014 8:15 AM
RE: Re: St Patirck's Cemetery
I'm looking for O'Brien, Goodyear, and McQuade.
Added by KMSM on Oct 06, 2014 8:35 AM
Re: St Patirck's Cemetery
Thank you so much for the photos from St. Patrick's Cemetery in Watervliet. We have several family members buried there, and it's difficult to get there ourselves because we live out of state. You wouldn't happen to know what happened to the church burial records after they demolished the church, would you?
Thanks again for all your hard work.
Added by KMSM on Oct 05, 2014 6:49 PM
Diana L
RE: John Murphy
November 29, 1879, a stone had in fact been issued for John by D. W. Whitney. I believe a new one was issued because John was actually 25 years-old when he was killed in action. Some of this is still a mystery. I am so happy that you made this fantastic discovery.

Added by Diana L on Oct 05, 2014 8:11 AM
Diana L
RE: John Murphy
Yes, thank you. Too bad the stone is so faded. I would love for this to be his stone. Just not sure. Let me know what you find out. There was a stone found buried in the back yard of a Watervliet resident that was for our John. It couldn't be determined whether or not it was the original stone perhaps stolen from the cemetery. I had a new stone made for him, which you can see on my page. It's in St. Patrick's next to his brother, Peter.


Added by Diana L on Oct 03, 2014 7:35 PM
Diana L
RE: John Murphy (1836-1862)
Thank you. I have another question for you? Were you able to decipher the date on this stone? I loaded the picture onto a program that combines different shades to the stone and It looked like it might say 1872.
Added by Diana L on Oct 03, 2014 6:27 PM
Diana L
RE: John Murphy (1836-1862)
Hi, I viewed your photo of John Murphy's headstone. Please tell me which cemetery this is in as I would like to take a trip up there to view it myself. It's very difficult to read with certainty. Not sure if the date of death is 1862 or 1872. This will really change things if it's his stone. I had been searching for it for years and couldn't find it. That's why we have a memorial stone for him at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Latham. This is also the cemetery where all documentation points to as his burial place. Just couldn't find the stone.

Thanks so much!!

Added by Diana L on Oct 03, 2014 6:03 PM
Jerry van Rensselaer
Are you being coy? One needn't many guesses to discover "what county". I honestly do not see your choice of sending an 'in your face' message as you did. You are relying on newspaper articles if I am correct. I was able to read the 3rd pdf in message, not the first two.
You are asserting he is not there. Other than the articles, what documentation can you share?
Added by Jerry van Rensselaer on Sep 01, 2014 11:55 PM
Jerry van Rensselaer
Do you have any documentation that he was re-interred elsewhere? County records indicate burial, they do not show he was disinterred. County records do indicate several disinterments otherwise.
Added by Jerry van Rensselaer on Sep 01, 2014 11:32 PM
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