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Michelle McKenzie (#47086929)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family since 1992 and have created several websites for various branches. I enjoy visiting area cemeteries and usually take some extra photos in the hope of helping someone else.

If you're interested in who my ancestors are, you can look under my virtual cemetery for the link to "My Ancestors". These are my direct line ancestors only, but will give a good feel for the surnames I'm researching and why.

Please feel free to use my photos for your personal, non-commercial use. I appreciate being given credit.
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Richard Rieck
Thomas Small
Thanks for the attribution and the information about the cemetery being newer than Small's death. Richard
Added by Richard Rieck on May 13, 2015 8:40 AM
Richard Rieck
Memorial #51523086, Dr. Thomas Small

While en route overland to California on May 8, 1849, James M. Daigh made an entry in his diary dealing with the death of Small. "That evening we passed the Indian Agency and camped on Agency Creek. Here beneath a large tree was the grave of a Dr. Small from New York who had died on the day before at the age of twenty-five." Daigh was writing near what is now Highland, Kansas, about 20 miles west of St. Joseph, MO.

On May 7, 1849, Henry S. Crandall wrote in his overland diary "Today we had the terrible misfortune to lose our much esteemed physician, Dr. Small, of the Schaghticoke Co. He died of cholera after a sickness of but twelve hours." Crandall and Small were both in the Washington County & California Mining and Trading wagon train.

Because the grave was observed by the diarists, it is clear that he was actually buried in Kansas. By the time word was received in NY (at least several weeks later) the remains would have been in no condition for exhumation and transport back to Cambridge. When families became aware of a trail death they quite often erected a cenotaph or memorial marker in a hometown cemetery. Over succeeding generations this information was lost and although the stone seems to imply his remains are beneath, it is almost certain that Small is not buried in Cambridge but rather where he fell in Kansas. Again, such situations are fairly common in eastern cemeteries.

Thought you might be interested.

Richard Rieck
Added by Richard Rieck on May 09, 2015 1:37 PM
Thank you Michelle, it was so very kind of you to transfer Benjamin to me.
Added by crissy on Apr 26, 2015 8:04 PM
Transfer Request
Could I ask for the transfer of #58292883 Benjamin Guitar. He is my 1st cousin and today we lost his twin brother. I would like to link him to his family and add Bio information. Thank you kindly ~~ Crissy
Added by crissy on Apr 26, 2015 3:39 PM
Polly Whelden Hill, Woodlands
Are you sure you've linked Polly to the right parents? The gravestones and probate (see Giffords in Methodit Stump Cem.indicate that the last name is Whelden, not Wheldon, and it was Ruth Gifford Whelden, not "Polly Gifford Wheldon."
What is your source for the names of Polly's parents?
Added by AAW on Apr 19, 2015 10:39 PM
Fran Hanchett
RE: Melancon
As you drive into the cemetery you go right and Mt. Calvary doesn't begin until the last cut off road. The rest of the cemetery is Glenwood, so Mt. Calvary is very small.
Added by Fran Hanchett on Apr 08, 2015 6:20 AM
Fran Hanchett
Sorry, they did not come up when I searched the cemetery.
All of the Melancon duplicates are now gone along with the links.
Added by Fran Hanchett on Apr 07, 2015 5:56 AM
Laporte/Robidoux graves
Hi Michelle! Thank you for all your work in adding the memorials at the clark hill cemetery in Canaan.(we always called it St. Mary's, by the way. I have many Decato relatives buried there. I noticed that you added the graves of Oliver Laporte and Julie Robidoux(my great-great grandparents) to the Mount Calvery cemetery in Lebanon. I was hoping to get a photo of the graves on my next trip to NH. Have you ever been at this cemetery before, and do you have any idea where the graves might be? I have gone on a few wild goose chases looking for family graves in the past with no good results. Thanks for your help. Martha
Added by mtucker on Apr 06, 2015 7:08 AM
Gale Vanselous
F Leroy Hendrickson
Thank you Michelle
Added by Gale Vanselous on Feb 08, 2015 8:01 AM
Gale Vanselous
Family Marker
I am very interested in the marker for F. Leroy Hendrickson 1873-1939 at Woodlands Cemetery Cambridge Washington New York. I believe this is my Great Grandfather and as the stone has a photo in it I would love to get a better view. His name was Frank Leroy Hendrickson if this is truly his marker and he did move to New York when he remarried after being widowed for many years. I was hoping you may have a copy of this stone that I could enhance to see better. Thank you for your good work. As the rest of the family is in Trenton NJ and he used Frank L. there, it took me a while to find this and then I found a family letter that backs up the move and second wife's name. Thank you for your time.
Added by Gale Vanselous on Feb 08, 2015 3:31 AM
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