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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 unattended "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, deductive hypothesis becomes actual 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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Janet Muff
RE: Three children of John Ray (1802-1868) | North Russell Cemetery; Plot 43
Thank you for your message, Philip. My husband descends from the Ray family in Tinmouth and Middletown, hence my interest in them. In fact, it was his grandmother, Ethel Ray, who eventually led to the Mayflower.

I'd very much like to find the burial location of Orin Linden Ray, and have been unable to do so. How someone who was so well established could have disappeared is beyond me. But so far, no luck.

If I run across any Ray-Smith unions, I'll let you know.

Added by Janet Muff on Jun 25, 2016 12:37 PM
RE: Sarah
You're very welcome! I found this cemetery a few weeks ago and it had lots of giant fallen branches and brought it to the attention of the city and the branches were removed. Looks great and I then had access to gravestones that had been covered.

This cemetery's history is that some of the bodies that had been buried here were moved to Walnut Grove Cemetery. Matthias may never have been moved to Lawrence Street Cemetery from his original internment from Walnut Grove; I dont know. Walnut Grove's records only start in 1930; Matthias died in 1900. Lots of stones here are broken or buried under a ton of pine needles. I can keep looking for Matthias at both cemeteries.

Added by Homeboss on Jun 25, 2016 10:41 AM
Janet Muff
Harlow H. Ray
There is no birth record for Harlow Ray in Poultney, Vt (the records burned), and I'm not sure that he was born there, although we may well have been as John Ray is recorded there in 1830 and 1840. But I'm going to decline your edit because I find nothing that supports his having died in De Kalb. He was living in Russell in 1850 and 1860. And his wife, Almeda, was living there in 18070. If Orin Linden Ray says he died in De Kalb, please let me know and send the page reference so I can check it when I return home. And if you can send a source, please re-send the edit.
Thank you,
Janet Muff
Added by Janet Muff on Jun 22, 2016 8:44 PM
Janet Muff
RE: Three children of John Ray (1802-1868) | North Russell Cemetery; Plot 43
Thank you for the edit on Harlow H. Ray. My copy of the reminiscences of Orin Linden Ray is in California and I've just arrived in VT, but I'll confirm the edit when I return home. Meanwhile, I've re-linked Harlow to the parents you sent: John and Diadama (Lawrence) Ray.
Janet Muff
Added by Janet Muff on Jun 22, 2016 7:37 PM
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
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