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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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Jo E
93917690 Maj Bancker
Hello, thanks for your recent note. but I am not sure I fully understand. Is your name Rena?
I can add the rest, but is
"Revolutionary Soldier's Grave Forgotten; Maj. Bancker Surveyed Troy In 1789." : the full name of the article? and are you going to add pic's. or do you want me to add more info? I don't know how you found it or what it says. I did google it and nothing came up. JoE
Added by Jo E on Apr 18, 2014 6:22 AM
Peggy Mealy
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Hi Tofftroy, I'd like to make a friendly request of you. You are clearly a huge contributor to this website and you have taken photos of many of my husband's ancestors, for which I am VERY grateful. I work for the DAR (Dau of Am Rev)and I would like to ask you a favor. I use this website daily in my work. We at the DAR have a policy: The only information we can use as PROOF is that what can be read in a photo. I can't tell you how many times, I am looking at a photo that clearly shows full dates, and the person that has posted the photo has entered different information on the website. Not to say that you have done this, I am not aware of anything you have misposted. However, if possible, can you please try to obtain a legible photograph of the tombstone. Example:Elizabeth Foster Filkin (1819-1868) - wife of John Filkin (1808-1855), son of above Lewis Filkin. Thank you for your help.
Added by Peggy Mealy on Apr 13, 2014 9:28 AM
Rebecca Knickerbocker Bradshaw
Excellent. Rebecca's all linked up to the Knickerbockers. Thanks so much! :-) Alice
Added by Alice on Apr 08, 2014 5:09 PM
Rebecca Bradshaw #102909898
Do you have a source for the parents of Rebecca Bradshaw? Alice
Added by Alice on Apr 07, 2014 3:48 AM
RE: Saint John's Burying Ground NYC
Thanks, I did look at Greenwood and noted no listing for her. I suspect her headstone is buried as the article listed. Too bad!
Added by Saratoga on Mar 24, 2014 11:24 AM
RE: Saint John's Burying Ground NYC
Thanks for the website. Very interesting. I updated some of the information for Hamblen and Brett. Nice of you to let me know. I wonder what ever happened to their graves. Did they move them or not?

Added by Saratoga on Mar 24, 2014 11:03 AM
RE: Jonas Morgan 44869443
Thanks, The quote is sufficient for me to request that the manager change the memorial. I also thought it was 1824 from the Morgan Geneology. No need to go rephotograph, unless the manager gives me a hard time. ASB
Added by ASB on Feb 23, 2014 6:47 AM
Jonas Morgan 44869443
Hello, You took the photo of Jonas Morgan's grave. The Morgan Genealogy says he died 7 Oct 1824 age 72 which is about right for his birthdate in 1752. Do you keep your original photos? If so could you take a close look to see if the 1821 is 1824. If you use photo shop try inverting the photo. If you don't would you be willing to go back and take another look and/or photo. I'd be happy to put in a request so you can get credit. Thanks a lot. ASB
Added by ASB on Feb 22, 2014 11:46 AM
Nancy D
William Peart
Thank You Very Much for the links to his parents.

Nancy D
Added by Nancy D on Jan 25, 2014 4:10 PM
Sue Williams
Dexter vs. Herbert Bailey
Yes, makes sense. Do you have Dexter Bailey's memorial #? I tried to take Herbert off as father and Find A Grave doesn't seem to respond. Will try again later!
Added by Sue Williams on Jan 23, 2014 7:18 AM
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