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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, 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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Messages left for tofftroy (74)[Leave Message]
RE: Head Stone
Thank you for the work you have done. Be careful with those ticks.
CRC, Cathy
Added by CRC on Feb 11, 2015 1:10 PM
Head Stone
Dear tofftroy,
May I have permission to use your information and picture for Elias J. Agan? I am working on my family tree on
Thank You,
Added by CRC on Feb 10, 2015 10:22 PM
RE: Old Baptist Burying Ground Poughkeepsie
There is a Samuel Dodge at the Old Baptist Burying Ground #140420708. You are right that the Baptist Burying Ground is the original name of the Old Baptist Burying Ground and the cemetery description refers people to the Old Baptist Burying Ground for grave finding. I think the Old Baptist Burying Ground should have the information you attached in your message regarding construction and movement of graves or headstones.
Added by Deb on Feb 02, 2015 9:18 AM
sheri kehrer
RE: Luke Rokovich
Yes, that's the one!
Added by sheri kehrer on Jan 02, 2015 6:06 PM
sheri kehrer
RE: Luke Rokovich
Ty for letting me know that. The only info I have is from the church. Luke Rokovich
St Johns Cemetary
N. Brandywine avenue, 12306
Section 7 lot # 264
St Johns baptist church
427 Franklin street, Schenectady
Conway funeral home
Barbara Kercel buried there too
Still money owned on the plot
Maybe Edward Sitterly and Barbara Kercel buried in same location. I hope this may help. I've been to this cemetery before but couldn't locate without map. Ty for you help.
Added by sheri kehrer on Jan 02, 2015 5:34 PM
Christopher White
Soldier's missing grave stones
Hello, my name is Chris White and yesterday I met a Mr. Dodge whom I showed the gravesite of a Rev War veteran in East Greenbush. We talked about many topics and you were mentioned. Could you please contact me at I am looking for info on obtaining gravestones for some of my ancestors who do not have stones and also were in the civil war, war of 1812, and WWI. Thanks - Chris
Added by Christopher White on Dec 28, 2014 2:02 PM
Shayne Davidson
I suggested you include the surname "Nicoll" for Caesar, the man buried in the Nicoll-Sill Cemetery in Bethlehem, New York. Without a surname, his Find A Grave page becomes impossible to find in a search. He was enumerated with the surname "Nichols" on the 1850 federal census:
Thanks for the memorial!
Added by Shayne Davidson on Nov 23, 2014 7:23 AM
RE: Mary E. Sanderson Pierce
I did notice that Wm. A. Sanderson in Sec. S, lot 120, has a gravestone, but there is no X signifying it on the Lot map.
Added by Cathy on Nov 22, 2014 4:36 PM
RE: Mary E. Sanderson Pierce
I wasn't aware of that. Thank you for letting me know. Cathy
Added by Cathy on Nov 22, 2014 4:24 PM
RE: John H. Pierce
I don't know where he is buried. Can you make mention of his name on his son's memorial?
Added by Cathy on Nov 22, 2014 4:21 PM
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