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Denise Crawford (#47058042)
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Bio Photo I live in Arizona and have been interested in genealogy and family history for many years. I have been using Find A Grave for quite while and found it especially helpful on a research trip I took to Michigan in April 2008. That trip really got me thinking - and knowing that all my tombstone pictures will get tossed after I die - I decided to start participating!

I am contributing in hopes of helping others who may be searching for names in their family tree. If you have additional information or corrections - please contact me. If I have made a memorial for your direct relative and you'd like it transfered to you, just ask.
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JanisG
RE: Morrow County Cemeteries
What a joy to find such a nice note waiting for me this morning. Thank you for your willingness to help on this. Yes, we are always using headstone ages to calculate birth dates for pre-1867 burials. 1867-1908 may be either headstone or county burial record age. 1908ff may be either headstone age/dates or death cert dates. We do not use censuses or online trees. County birth records are probably the best, but we don't get a lot of those in the older Morrow County cemeteries (smile). On my own memorials, I always note (in the bio section) if birth dates have been calculated and give the source.

That said, we ARE excited about Chester Baptist. It has had a special place in our hearts (myself and two grown daughters) since we first stepped foot in it several years ago. Two years ago, we spent a week in the springtime and went through the overgrown and tree-infested area near the main road. We uncovered many stones (all of which are now on Find A Grave). We have been through everything that was piled under the big tree near the parking area and have finished the far side (kind of hidden) where the beautiful Swetland monument stands. What's left is the main portion, and it's in a pitiful shape. The mud is atrocious there, so we're always limited in access. We will definitely be rooting around for buried stones. My daughters still have keen, young eyes and are very good at reading even the "faded" stones.

Once we've finished, I will ask Find A Grave to put a note on the "home page" for Chester Baptist that indicates the end of a new survey. We'll double-check to make sure that everything has been cleared and photographed and the move on to somewhere else. I've tried to contact the church about old record books, but they do not receive mail delivery and have no phone number that we can find. What we need is to find a Morrow County person who attends there or knows someone who does. Unfortunately, we live in Knox County and go to church in Licking County.

Again, thanks for being so great to work with on this. If you know of another cemetery around here that needs a little special care, let me know.

Janis
Added by JanisG on Jan 29, 2015 4:59 AM
JanisG
RE: Jane McCraw
Thanks for the encouraging words about our work at Chester Baptist. We've been working on this particular cemetery for three years, now. Lord willing, we will do another complete survey and photographs this summer, and it will be as complete as possible.

Coming up with the McCreary surname was no problem, really. I feel like I know every one of these families as if they were my own. The minute that I saw the book entry, I knew there was a problem and that we had a McCreary stone. 1) There is absolutely NO one named McCraw in this area. 2) We were missing a Jane McCreary. 3) The folks who did that 1990s survey were REALLY struggling (and often failing) with reading those old stones. (The place is, as you say, in horrible disrepair for a still-meeting church.) This is, simply, an error and should read McCreary.

It would be great, working at Chester Baptist, if we could get photographic proof of everything, but it just isn't going to happen. (Boy, how I wish it were possible!) Even the stones read by the folks in 1993 aren't all there anymore.

This cemetery is my "favorite" of the oldies, because it is so neglected and unwanted. Last night, I finished a month's worth of work in going through the book again (working with Don Curtis, who's a marvel at listing) and linking as many as possible with parents, spouses, and children. I've also tried to give every married woman a maiden name, but that hasn't always been possible, of course. The only thing left to do is get over there one more time when the nice weather comes.

Thanks for your work and understanding about this error-filled book. It's a good springboard, and I'm grateful that they took the time to walk the place more than twenty years ago, when things were in a little better shape. It makes the job much easier when you know who is buried with whome. It's time, however, to move beyond the errors, and you're doing a bang-up job in helping us do this.
Added by JanisG on Jan 26, 2015 5:32 AM
JanisG
RE: Abraham Ogden
Hi! Actually, I asked for the name change, because the 1993 Cemetery Transcriptions book which I have shows ABRAM. Perhaps we have two different books.
Added by JanisG on Jan 26, 2015 5:21 AM
Pat
RE: Laurence W. Carr
Thank you!
Added by Pat on Jan 09, 2015 8:13 PM
Kathy Londo Barnes
Johnathon Irwin
I am perplexed on this one. I didn't make the original memorial and have a message out to my cousin who did.

Added by Kathy Londo Barnes on Jan 09, 2015 2:27 PM
Madeline B
Halifax Center Cemetery
I want to thank you for all the wonderful pictures you took there! They were a whole lot better than the rather gray photos I took several years ago.
Madeline
Added by Madeline B on Jan 07, 2015 12:05 PM
Carl Nollen
RE: Samuel & C. L. Fleming in Rising Sun Cemetery
The two stones are right next to each other; I think I put a note to that effect on one of the captions. I didn't see a stone for Harriet & she is not in the cemetery list. However, I will check further around there next time--I still want to get a better sunshiny photo for each stone, which may be a while.
Carl
Added by Carl Nollen on Jan 04, 2015 6:24 PM
David Smith
John Morton
Thank you for the transfer.
Added by David Smith on Jan 04, 2015 2:11 PM
Pat
RE: Laurence W. Carr
Thanks for the transfer of Laurence, Happy New Year to you too!
Added by Pat on Jan 01, 2015 5:46 PM
JanisG
RE: Ira Corwin & David Davis
Calculated using age on headstone. I always mark the bio sections as such. It helps when using the FindAGrave search page and looking for someone born before or after a certain date. Thanks for taking care of this for everyone who's looking (smile).

Janis
Added by JanisG on Dec 31, 2014 3:59 PM
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