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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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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
John Folyard
I saw the excellent notice you have for John Folyard

I'm working on my 3rd great grandmother's line. She was born Catherine Maria Folyard about 1824 in Columbia County, NY.

Wondering if there is any relation - have you found anything to suggest that John had a wife and children?

Thanks for the work you do!

Added by Litebluetoo on Jun 28, 2015 4:38 PM
Elsie Scharpf Saar
Clarissa Allen
So sorry, so many stones are broken and flung around. We try out best to find all the pieces and capture the essence of the complete stone. Thanks for all the work you do, too!!
Added by Elsie Scharpf Saar on Jun 24, 2015 8:27 PM
Eddie Morris
Correction: the other two names on the stone are his siblings....his parents seem to be elsewhere at Oakwood. Still...thank you for this heads up!
Added by CSW on Jun 24, 2015 3:33 PM
Eddie Morris
Absolutely, this is the same person--thank you so much! Our source was from a lengthy obituary at the time, describing the details of the funeral. Whether his remains were moved (not unusual for the day, oddly enough), or his name was placed on the stone when his mother, Margaret died--or the newspaper got the information wrong, we'll likely never know. Regardless, thank you! I'll figure out how to straighten it out.
Added by CSW on Jun 24, 2015 2:37 PM
RE: Bertha Blum Ballin
Wow, thank you so much! Your information really helps. I wasn't doubting that Eva was a Ballin just that you hadn't listed her under Children of Bertha on Bertha's memorial page. You only have Seth there and wondered why. Thought maybe she was a daughter of Silas and his second wife but now see she was 9 in 1892 so was born before Bertha died.

I'll try and find the names of her daughters and maybe get in touch.

Thanks again for clearing this up for me.

Added by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2015 9:32 PM
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