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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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Terry Alphonse
Additional Information -Rockwood
I am researching the celebrated photographer George Gardner Rockwood (1832-1911) which you added on this site.

Are you a family member, or did you work with a surviving Rockwood family member to add the family information? A contact would be greatly appreciated. My email is for further correspondence.
Added by Terry Alphonse on Nov 04, 2015 1:26 PM
RE: Rensselaer County Farm Cemetery
I appreciate your diligence in this matter. I will try contacting the Cemetery again and perhaps the County Health Department to see if they can direct me forward in solving my mystery. Regards,
Added by Cyndi on Oct 28, 2015 7:28 AM
RE: Rensselaer County Farm Cemetery
Her namesake granddaughter is there, but i havent found any documentation that she is there.
Added by Cyndi on Oct 26, 2015 6:19 PM
Rensselaer County Farm Cemetery
Her name was Julia Ann Flint Adams;

New York, Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1830-1920
Name:Julia Adams
Birth Year: abt 1809
Birth Place:Sandlake, Rensselaer, New York
Admission Date: 25 Aug 1891
Thanks for the info and your help,
Added by Cyndi on Oct 26, 2015 12:52 PM
Rensselaer County Farm Cemetery
It appears that you have transcribed this cemetery, can you tell me your source ? I am looking for someone who was admitted in 1891 at the age of 82, pretty sure she would be buried here, but am not finding a memorial here or in the county. Is there perhaps another almshouse cemetery in the same county ? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Added by Cyndi on Oct 26, 2015 10:03 AM
Allison Ferris Pierce
Benjamin Mann
Very good ~ thanx very much for the sound advice!
Added by Allison Ferris Pierce on Sep 06, 2015 1:34 PM
Allison Ferris Pierce
Benjamin Mann
Thanks very much for posting the photo of his gravestone. Am I reading correctly that the death year on the stone says 1851 (and not 1831, as the sources I've used have)?
Added by Allison Ferris Pierce on Sep 06, 2015 1:19 PM
Flo Hemming
RE: Thaddeus Stevens
Thanks I will replace it with one of him as an old man that I have that was handed down through the family.
Flo Hemming
Added by Flo Hemming on Aug 02, 2015 7:25 PM
Allison Ferris Pierce
.loehanah Daly
Very true ~ thank you ~ guess I should upgrade my reading glasses!
Added by Allison Ferris Pierce on Aug 01, 2015 12:52 PM
Allison Ferris Pierce
.loehanah Daly
Thank you for your edit request; however, the first name spelling you sent is the same as I have it already. Would you like to withdraw your edit?
Added by Allison Ferris Pierce on Aug 01, 2015 7:33 AM
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