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Bill Siddall (#47142982)
 member for 7 years, 2 months, 14 days
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Board member of Oakland Rural Cemetery, Town of Porter, Niagara County, New York State.
Board member of the Town of Porter Historical Society.
Genealogy hobbyist.
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RE: Halstead-Fillmore Cemetery
Hi, Bill,

Okay, so we're only shirt-tail cousins.

There are some photos that were taken by others, but you've taken the most. The stats say it is only 37% photographed.

I'm sure you have enough other things to do. As I said, it will be a couple months before I'd be able to get to the cemetery, but I'm more than happy to take photos if you don't get an itch to go out that way before then. I intend to go anyway, because I'd like to check on the exact location of some of the folks in whom I'm particularly interested for any relationship clues that might offer. Let's leave it that I'll plan on photographing the whole cemetery unless I hear from you or see that a bunch of new photos have been posted.

Thanks, again, for all you do.

Take care.

Added by Kathy on Apr 03, 2016 12:02 PM
Halstead-Fillmore Cemetery
Hi, Bill,

I hope you are doing well.

I was looking for the children of some folks buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Wilson tonight. I think there is a possibility that several of them are in Halstead-Fillmore, but none of them have marker photos. Because you posted so many of the memorials, I was wondering if you knew if the lack of photos is because no one has had a chance to get out to take them, or because a lot of markers are missing/illegible/whatever. If it's the former, I have camera, will travel. It would probably be a couple months before I could get over there, but I'm more than happy to do some photography.

I was also wondering if you have an Ortt in your ancestry - perhaps a Harriet Ortt who married Charles Siddall? If so, we're distant cousins.

Thanks for any help and/or guidance you can give me. I really appreciate all of the work you've done on find-a-grave.

Take care.

Added by Kathy on Apr 03, 2016 12:54 AM
Grace K. (Crewe) Austin
39962021 DIEZ
Bill the Find A Grave # for Benjamin's mother Lillian Pearl NICHOLS Wagner is: 157831570, she is also the mother of Helen DIEZ Fletcher who you also have # 399627730 I don't see a William DIEZ JR. who died in 1907 as an infant BUT if you have him, he too is a child of Lillian & her 1st husband William DIEZ who died in 1916. REASON I'm getting these all completed is for the 200th Anniversary Celebration of OUR Ancestor ROBERT NICHOLS who settled here in 1816 Lillian was one of his descendants. Celebration is being held June 4, 2016 at the Cambria Fire Hall IF you know of anyone related to this PIONEER have them contact me: for details
Added by Grace K. (Crewe) Austin on Feb 05, 2016 9:23 AM
Grace K. (Crewe) Austin
3996021 Benjamin C. Wm Diez
Bill could you please add the parents for Benjamin as father: William C. Diez #39962017 and his birth mother is located at Oakwood as Lillian Pearl NICHOLS Wagner, I'll have to get back to you with her Find A Grave #. Thanks Grace
Added by Grace K. (Crewe) Austin on Feb 05, 2016 9:03 AM
Walter Bennett
Thank you for updating his memorial, much appreciated.
Added by Lavelle on Dec 01, 2015 11:10 PM
RE: Pauline Sullivan
I know what you mean. I entered the sisters and brothers in the bio section of Agnes, too, because of the limitations of the linking. Glad to help. We're still trying to decode Agnes' headstone but we're having great fun doing it on Cemetery Oddities on Facebook. I actually volunteer at Oakwood so I just have to get into their books and do a little detective work to solve that little headstone mystery.
Added by scotdeerie on Sep 29, 2015 1:24 PM
Chris Snyder

My name is Chris Snyder. I am a fellow Find A Grave member from Marshallville Ohio. My wife and I are traveling to New York this weekend for a little get-away and also to see some family history.

My 4x great grandfather was Lyman Whittaker - born 1805 in New Hampshire, died 1873 in Porter. He and his wife are buried in the Tower Cemetery. - My first question- is this cemetery accessible since it appears to be behind someone's house?

Lyman came to Porter in 1840 and was a carpenter.

My 3x great grandfather was John L Whittaker - buried at Oakland Rural cemetery.

born 1830 in New Hampshire

died 1882 while visiting my 2x great grandfather in Cleveland

his wife was Emeline Huntington Whittaker - I have been able to locate her grave

According to the source below- John was a town constable in Porter for 18 years.

Biographical and portrait encyclopedia of Niagara County, New York

page 476

Son Elbert moved to Cleveland and is buried there with my family

Son Fletcher Whittaker married an Esther Bale, owned a grocery store and was postmaster in Lewiston according to several records on

I am also trying to locate their graves.

Any assistance, advice, recommendations would be appreciated.

I know this is short notice. I'm hoping to visit the Porter Historical Society while in town.


Chris Snyder
Added by Chris Snyder on Sep 23, 2015 8:25 AM
Grace K. (Crewe) Austin
Koepke # 44225753
Bill, this is WILHELM FREDERICK KOEPKE Jr. the son of IDA CREWE & Wilhelm Frederick Sr. he was born June 09, 1878 in GERMANY, married the former Louise Werth (she died Feb. 03, 1960) and the had 5 children per the 1925 census of Lewiston. Wilhelm was 41 years old when he died in Lewiston NY on Dec. 22, 1939, his obit was on page 17 of the Niagara Gazette. He is part of MY "CREWE" family and he is also related to MY "SIECK' family who have the largest stone in the St. Johns Cemetery. I'm going to add his obit to your site. Please add this info and mention it came from me. Make his connection to his wife also. His parents are buried in the St. Peters Cemetery at North Ridge located behind the church there. HE is a grandson of the CREWE'S on the back side of the SIECK stone. Thanks Grace
Added by Grace K. (Crewe) Austin on Aug 15, 2015 10:41 AM
Philip Kohler
Gertrude Bodekor
I am trying to locate Gertrude Bodeker and wanted to hopefully confirm this person is she. The person I am looking for has the maiden name of "Graff" Born about 1903 in Tonawanda to Jesse and Mary Graff. Do you have any information on her maiden name or if at one time she lived in Monroe, Michigan? Phil Kohler
Added by Philip Kohler on Jul 09, 2015 7:18 AM
RE: Morris
Thanks, Bill! Sorry for all of the confusion initially between the two names of the same cemetery; I guess we learn as we go along. Findagrave is a such a wonderful site--thanks for all you have done to document the lives of all these loved ones!
Added by Anonymous on May 10, 2015 12:45 PM
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