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tofftroy (#47791412)
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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, extant church records were crucial for confirmation. 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; the headstone was identified in large part by process of elimination with reference to past transcriptions.

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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kim mabee
RE: Mabee farm cemetery
I will-- not feeling so great today!
Added by kim mabee on Apr 11, 2015 4:48 PM
kim mabee
Mabee farm cemetery
Many thanks! Did not realize! They have been that way for years!
Added by kim mabee on Apr 11, 2015 3:33 PM
Dannat and Sanderson gravestones
Thank you so much for your time and effort in photographing the Dannat and Sanderson gravestones. I really appreciate it.
May I have your permission to use them in my online family tree?
I will credit you for them.
Added by Cathy on Apr 06, 2015 8:21 PM
Chaun Owens-Mortier
RE: Elijah Janes
Hi, he is my first cousin 6x removed thru my Great Grandmother, Frances Lula Jane Jines. She married my paternal Great Grandfather, Benjamin Sanford Owens.
Added by Chaun Owens-Mortier on Apr 06, 2015 11:52 AM
Chaun Owens-Mortier
Elijah Janes
Thank you so much for your work.
Added by Chaun Owens-Mortier on Apr 06, 2015 9:34 AM
Bertha Blum Ballin
I wonder if it would be possible for you to check something that you have added to the page of Bertha Blum Ballin? Find a Grave Memorial no. 102156083.

You have an obit for her that was in the Troy newspaper April 20, 1886. It says her father was Moses Blum "from this city." It was in the "City News" section of the paper. I know from searching other papers that it may have been listed under "Albany" which would mean that Moses lived in Albany. If so this Moses wouldn't be her father. Is there anyway for you to check this out for me? I have been searching for who Bertha was married to for many years! In Moses of Troy's obit it lists her as Mrs. S. Cohen of NYC.

Thanks for your good work and would appreciate any help you can provide.

Sandi Goldsmith
Added by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2015 10:04 AM
Gwen and Bob
RE: Permission to use photo
Thanks! I have been working on Charles R German this afternoon. Quite a sad story! He died in the forest fire that followed the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia in 1864. His gravestone actually has the wrong year on it, 1865. He was married but apparently there were no surviving children, and so far, I've found no surviving children of his father, William P German, who outlived his two wives and his children. He is not listed among the Germans buried in Mount Ida Cemetery, and the Troy Daily Whig database of deaths does not say where he is buried--a rather cryptic message says: "Some of Family Buried Pawling Ave. Cemetery," --not too helpful. The information you supplied about Charles R German's gravestone was very helpful! Thanks again, Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Mar 27, 2015 2:40 PM
Gwen and Bob
RE: Permission to use photo
Oops, I got that really confused. Rachel Rice Cook German was the daughter of Ann Bacon Cook and Rice Cook, not the mother of Rice Cook! Rachel married William P German, and was the mother of Charles German. It's been a while since I did much with this family, but no excuses! Thanks again, Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Mar 27, 2015 11:49 AM
Gwen and Bob
RE: Permission to use photo
Thanks so much for the information. Rachel Rice Cook was Ann Bacon Cook's mother-in-law. Ann's husband was Rice Cook. I'm not sure where Charles' last name comes from--more research is needed on my part here, but your information about the graves is very helpful. Thanks again for checking further and getting back to me. Regards, Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Mar 27, 2015 11:44 AM
Gwen and Bob
RE: Permission to use photo
Thank you very much for your permission to use the photo of Ann Bacon Cook's gravestone. We were quite bemused when we did not find her listed on the Henry Cook monument, as was indicated in the transcription we found of Old Mount Ida. If we get back to Troy again, we will do some more scouting for Rice Cook and his mother. Thanks again, Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Mar 23, 2015 12:54 PM
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