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pkarchs (#47286217)
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Most memorials added or managed by me are family - related either directly or a few degrees removed. The vast majority I researched, discovered, visited, documented, linked beginning in 1994. Unless the subject is part of current research, I'm happy to transfer a memorial to anyone more closely related than I am, regardless of generation and especially if they have further information and connections to add. If I've posted a photo of interest to you, please use it - no permission required, giving credit when practical and appropriate to do so.

I both request and transfer management because the most meaningful memorials on Find-A-Grave are created by many interested and dedicated volunteers working together. Put the memorial in the hands of the most knowledgeable - typically a direct relation with vested interest or a local enthusiast with invaluable insights. The "Family First policy of Four Generations" has become a failed excuse for the well-known few to maintain control and rack up "numbers" at the expense of expanding useful information for the majority and posterity. I respect those who labor long hours by groundwork and online to produce vast data on Find-A-Grave. By contrast, my emphasis is connectivity of the "relative" few I knew or have come to know well. I strive to be accurate, scholarly and welcome corrections.

Hypothetical or "unknown" memorials often lead to real answers; this has happened for me countless times. With the help of others, creative hypothesis becomes discovery when and where least expected. I've not only found unexpected graves, but entire cemeteries. In my sleuthing, I inadvertently stumbled into two ancestral cemeteries in 2011 not previously found on this site and whose descriptions, interments, and transcriptions I introduced and partially or fully manage:

1) Lyon-Rawson Cemetery [Byram Neck, Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT]
2) Solomon Gedney Burial Ground [Village of Mamaroneck, Rye, Westchester Co., NY]

I have a particular interest in design of all kinds - in this context: funerary, both graphic and literary. For this reason, I aspire to accurate transcriptions correct by line, case, font. By means of text transcriptions, Google scans the verbiage and only then does it become searchable on the internet. Few epitaphs are original and with even a few eroded words and partial phrases, the indecipherable becomes known. The best photograph (text unsearchable via Google) is not enough.

Finally, I prefer quality over quantity, recognizing that perfection takes time and you have to start somewhere.

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Joan F. Byington
RE: Adeline Battles
Philip, I've deleted the memorial I created for Carrie. We do come upon interesting facts as we trace our genealogy. Best, Joan
Added by Joan F. Byington on May 13, 2016 8:09 AM
Joan F. Byington
RE: Adeline Battles
She is buried with Helen F. Livingston wife of Leonard S. Bean and Isabelle Livingstone Blake. The office says this is a 12 grave plot and only three are buried here: Adeline Battles, Helen Bean and Carrie Blake. I assume the Carrie is Isabelle? I've uploaded pictures for all. Hope this helps. Joan
Added by Joan F. Byington on May 12, 2016 12:01 PM
RE: Edwin E Seward (1861-1915) and parents Samuel & Lydia | Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA
The next time I visit Woodlawn(probably in a couple of weeks), I will photograph and post the "E.E.S.-M.L.S." marker. Sorry there is no sign of Helen.

Deane Johnston
Everett MA
Added by Dino on May 11, 2016 7:09 AM
Debra Burnsworth
RE: Anne Fowler or Anne Carpenter: which married James Gedney (1733-1809)
Thank you Philip in NYC for taking the time to respond. It is very much appreciated! I will try to dig some more. Best.... Debra Burnsworth
Added by Debra Burnsworth on May 02, 2016 6:48 PM
George and Blanche Gedney
Please check your email.
Added by tcandkk on May 02, 2016 7:25 AM
RE: Nathan Hale Cemetery Coventry CT
I copied the gravestone photos to Jeremiah Fitch d 1736 and eliminated them from the erroneous Jeremiah Elliott d 1736.

I think the statement that you gave Judith to put on Jeremiah Elliott's memorial page is great...describes the error by Hale's men and explains where to find the correct person.

Let me know if I can be of further help,
Added by Sara on Apr 24, 2016 3:01 PM
Don Blauvelt
By the Way
Do you know anyone in NYC who could translate the "gist" of four Dutch notary records at The Hague (1613 to 1622) I believe prove Edward Fuller never resided in Holland before sailing to Plymouth in 1620?

That is, contra the claim that a judicial record in 1612 at Leiden used to claim that Edward resided at Leiden with his brother Samuel and sister Ann prior to 1620.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Apr 24, 2016 2:18 PM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Jeremiah Fitch
The very early 1900s Fuller work claiming Dr. Matthew Fuller of Barnstable was the son of John of Redenhall, England, was erroneous as proved in TAG 61 (1985)194-99 and incorporated into MF5G Vol 4, Edward Fuller.

I currently have a draft under editorial review proving Edward and brother Dr. Samuel's sister Ann Fuller was not one and the same as Susanna, the wife of Mayflower William White, nor was Ann Fuller one and the same as the widow Susanna (---) White, the 2nd wife of Edward Winslow. Ann Fuller's husband William White never sailed to America and was buried at St. Pancras in Leiden in 1631.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Apr 24, 2016 2:11 PM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Jeremiah Fitch
Jemima Richardson's 1st husband Green Hungerford died testate at East Haddam between Apr 29, 1735 (will) and Aug 27, 1735 (inventory.) Jemima m. 2nd as his 2nd wife, Matthias Fuller (Timothy,4 Sgt. Samuel,3 [my ancestor] Dr. Matthew,2 Edward,1 of the Mayflower) at East Haddam on Apr. 16, 1741. In the marriage record Jemima is called "Jemima Hungerford, alias Richardson." No death record for Jemima can be found in the printed Barbour VRs. Matthias m. 3rd an unknown Patience (possibly his cousin nee Fuller), and died testate at East Haddam before October 1768, with Patience surviving him. There are no recorded children of Matthias and Jemima. But, given both Matthias and Jemima are part of my ancestral families, one always asks if someone might claim such descent that does not appear otherwise of any record.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Apr 24, 2016 12:49 PM
Don Blauvelt
Jeremiah Fitch
Coventry VRs:

Capt. Jeremiah Fitch, d. May 22, 1736.

Unfortunately, Susan Dimock's "Coventry VRs" does not include the Book-Page reference from the original records that is otherwise included in the printed Barbour TRs.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Apr 24, 2016 10:11 AM
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