Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
tofftroy (#47791412)
 member for 2 years, 11 months, 4 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
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?
 Contact: Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 4,099 Memorials Added
 • 3,976 Memorials Managed
 • 27 Memorials/Week
 • 3,829 Photos
 • 27 Photo Requests
 • 74 Volunteer Photos Taken
 • 11 Virtual Flowers
 • 9 Virtual Cemeteries
 • 2 Fame Ratings
 • 4 Sponsorships
 • 10 Friends
Search Contributor's Records

First NameLast Name

Virtual Cemeteries
British Colonial New York... (10)
Dutch Colonial New York G... (2)
HCD (8)
New York Governors (50)
New York Local Historians (7)
New York State Historians (4)
Troy newspaper poets (32)
Troy NY Mayors (17)
Troy NY Village President... (6)
Find A Grave Friends
Alysia, Brian J. Schiff..., C. Ann Carruthe..., Edmund C. Dodge, Jeanne Ringland, Jeanne Ringland, Jeff Levy, Mark Bushong, Starr Herscovit..., WTL
Messages left for tofftroy (84)[Leave Message]
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
Donna Burkert Grothaus
Ham Contribution
Thanks, so much, for sending the newspaper article concerning the Ham couple. Your efforts are certainly appreciated!
Added by Donna Burkert Grothaus on Mar 23, 2015 5:08 AM
Gwen and Bob
Permission to use photo
May I please have your permission to use your photo of the gravestone for Ann Bacon Cook on my family tree, with attribution to you and to Find a Grave? My husband and I visited Old Mount Ida cemetery in Sep 2013 and looked for her then and didn't find her. Somewhere I had found that Rice Cook, Anna Bacon Cook, and Rachel Rice Cook were all on the Henry Cook monument, but we could not find them there at all, so it is a bit comforting to see that Anna, at least, is not on the Henry Cook monument. Do you happen to know where Rice Cook and Rachel Rice Cook are buried? Thank you very much for your consideration. Gwen
Added by Gwen and Bob on Mar 19, 2015 12:36 PM
Gwen Lockwood
John Lockwood

Thank you so much for John Lockwood's memorial. I'm looking for my 3rd great grandfather and he might be him!

Gwen Lockwood
Added by Gwen Lockwood on Mar 18, 2015 5:48 PM
RE: Elias Agan Maplewood Cemetery
Thank you very much,
CRC Cathy
Added by CRC on Mar 16, 2015 11:02 PM
Denise Patton
Drusilla Gorton Patton
Hi! I left a correction on entry for Drusilla Gorton Pattison in Mt. Ida Cemetery, Troy, NY. She is my GRGR Grandmother and was married to Thomas Patton.

Thanks for the picture. I thought her gravestone was gone.
Added by Denise Patton on Mar 10, 2015 6:46 PM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service