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David Edsall (#46906546)
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Bio Photo My ancestors settled in Bergen and Sussex counties, New Jersey, in the 17th and 18th centuries, where some descendants have remained to the present day. I grew up in Cambridge and Dedham, MA with one foot in Vermont. Until recently I lived in Amherst, MA, where my graving was concentrated in Hampshire and Franklin counties in the Connecticut river valley. I have recently moved to Woodstock, VT, with part of the summers in Greensboro, VT, so my graving will now be concentrated in Windsor, Orleans and Caledonia counties.

I only create relationship links when there is clear evidence of a relationship, such as an inscription or other available information. Once bitten, twice shy. So, help me bring family members together if you can.

I welcome your corrections, as well as any additional information you can provide - but, PLEASE, I MUST INSIST THAT YOU INDICATE YOUR SOURCE, OR IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED - NO EXCEPTIONS. After all, the memorial goes out over my name!

I am happy to transfer memorials if you are related. You are welcome to use any of my photos - I'd appreciate a credit. Thank you.

You are welcome to use any of my photos, and please add an appropriate credit.

Family names of interest to me: Edsall, Tileston, Dunham, Cranford, Barton, DeKay, Foote, Lawrence, Linn, Morse, Noyes, Seeley, Tiffany, Woodhull.

I've used Find-a-Grave extensively in my own researches around the country, and benefitted greatly from it. My contributions to the website are a way of saying thank you.

I have concentrated on the following cemeteries, working systematically:
Holy Rosary (Hadley, MA)
Plainville (Hadley, MA)
Russellville (No. Hadley, MA)

Batchelder Road (Stannard, VT)
East Craftsbury (E. Craftsbury, VT)
Felchville (Reading, VT)
Gill (Hartland, VT)
Greensboro Village (Greensboro, VT)
Hardwick Center (Hardwick, VT)
Lincoln Noyes (Greensboro, VT)
Maple Street (Hardwick, VT)
Methodist (Barnard, VT)
Mitchell (Greensboro, VT)
Pinehurst (So. Ryegate, VT)
Prosper (Woodstock, VT)
Randall (Woodstock, VT)
River Street (Woodstock, VT)
St. John of the Cross (Albany, VT)
South Albany (So. Albany, VT)
Taftsville Burying Ground (Taftsville, VT)
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Linda L
RE: Elliot Heald
I have been trying to connect Healds so that relatives can "climb" their family tree. I have a goal to take pictures of Heald headstones before the information is lost. There are several Healds in this cemetery who are not pictured. I plan to photograph it in a few weeks.

Thank you for your prompt reply.
Added by Linda L on May 21, 2016 3:48 PM
Anna Jaech
Emma Adams
I sent an edit suggestion several days ago, neglecting to send the sources: The Book of St. Louisans, A Biographical Dictionary, John W. Leonard, 1912; and a splendid book that's online, Westmoreland and Portland Places, Julius Hunter, 1988, U of Mo Press. This is a masterpiece of a book. It details life on two private streets in STL. 'Tis fascinating how he weaves together the architecture and fine art, careers and integrity, social snobbery and philanthropy. And the daughters! Homes were occupied in the late 1890s, in time for preparations for the Exposition of 1904. The Adams home is featured in a special section. Indexed.

Added by Anna Jaech on May 17, 2016 1:03 PM
Joni Spellman Krause
Munsey/Stevens Transfers
Dear David, Thank-you so very much for the six transfers. I can't believe how fast you are. I want to especially thank-you for everything you do for Find A Grave. You are the reason Find A Grave is so awesome! Warmest regards, Joni
Added by Joni Spellman Krause on May 06, 2016 12:58 PM
In case you're not already a member, I hope you'll consider joining Vermont Old Cemetery Association. Check out're having the annual meeting this Saturday in Rutland.

Added by LadyGoshen on May 02, 2016 2:09 PM
Willard updates
I've sent you a few updates--the source for these are "Willard Genealogy: Sequel to Willard Memoir"
By Joseph Willard, Charles Wilkes Walker.

just so you know I'm not channeling ;-) I've been working in the Hartland cemeteries for a few years now and just recently caught a bug about the Willards.

Thank you,
Added by LadyGoshen on May 02, 2016 2:06 PM
Ann Cook
PS I live in Essex CO NJ so if you need anything here, let me know. A
Added by Ann Cook on May 02, 2016 8:22 AM
Ann Cook
Amos and Emory Ashley
Yes, I called the VT health department and got those records and posted them on Ancestry. I have gone as far as I can without going back to VT to get the actual certified records, which the town clerk at the time was not too very helpful when I was doing the Atwood line for some reason. Town politics I guess.

I will have to do that, and I will post them on Ancestry to share. I have been researching the Ashleys for some time and always a pain.

Nice chatting and enjoy VT! Hope you survived the winter up there!

Added by Ann Cook on May 02, 2016 8:18 AM
Ann Cook
Ashley, Emery and Amos, Rachel Childs
Dear David,
I am doing genealogy research on the Ashley family. I see you have birth certificates for Emery Daniel Ashley and his parents Amos and Niomi? I am really hard pressed for thier information if you want to email me at I am writing DAR papers on the Ashley family in Woodstock and Hartland VT.

Rachel Childs & Emery Daniel Ashley birth certificate would be helpful.

Ann Cook
Added by Ann Cook on Apr 30, 2016 4:49 PM
Janet Muff
"I hope I got them all"
Boy, do I know that feeling! Sometimes I lose track of the stones, or the rows are so higgledy piggledy that I have to ask Fay, who accompanies me, "Did we do that row?" I worry, especially if it's a difficult-to-get-to burial ground because I don't want to make a return trip.

I've been so busy this year that I have yet to upload all the photos I took last summer and that's weighing on my mind as I find the trip back to Vermont fast approaching (June). There's no point in "doing cemetery" if I don't get the photos on the memorials I've prepared.

I keep telling myself, "Well, when I get back from Tucson, then I'll work on the photos." But no sooner am I back from Tucson than I have to prepare for a 3-day teaching gig in Minneapolis, which takes a LOT of preparation. And I've got ongoing seminars here in L.A. One of these days I'm going to learn NOT to bite off more than I can chew.

OK, enough late night lamenting. Thanks so much for your message.

Added by Janet Muff on Apr 20, 2016 1:08 AM
Janet Muff
Levi Aldrich
Hello David,

I declined your edit for the transcription of the tombstone because I wanted to include the entire transcription, not just the verse.

I have now done that. Thanks very much for the photos and the transcription of the verse.

Janet Muff
Added by Janet Muff on Apr 19, 2016 6:02 PM
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