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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 this way, but entire cemeteries. In my sleuthing, I inadvertently stumbled into three 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]
3) Bailey Cemetery [Mahopac, Putnam 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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RE: James Gedney
I have seen his spreadsheet and worked a little from it. I am temporarily living with my brother in White Plains and saw the burial ground every time I got off 95 and was determined to visit it. I was sad to see the stones like that when I finally got there. They should leave the cemetery there and fix it but now a days no one seems to care.

I transferred all the Gedneys I created to you.
Added by BarbaraLL on Aug 25, 2016 8:29 AM
James Gedney
Transfer complete. Have you ever been to this cemetery. I tried contacting the historical society to see if it could help repair the stones but got no answer. It is a shame that it has been vandalized and disturbed by contruction.
Added by BarbaraLL on Aug 25, 2016 7:06 AM
Joyce Niswander
RE: Adelaide Frances
You're welcome, Philip.
Added by Joyce Niswander on Jul 06, 2016 4:06 AM
RE: Squire Baily (1840-1842) | Bailey Cemetery; Mahopac, Putnam Co., NY
Thanks, Convinced I'll change my record.

Regards Fred
Added by Fred on Jul 03, 2016 5:57 PM
Gary Boughton
RE: Joel Marchant (1762-1844) | Umpawaug Cemetery; Redding, Fairfield Co., CT

Very happy it helped you,

Added by Gary Boughton on Jul 03, 2016 3:21 PM
RE: William Robert Mullins (1851-1903) | Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; East Orange, Essex Co., NJ
You're very welcome. Thanks for the good words.
Added by Roibeard on Jul 03, 2016 1:44 PM
Janet Muff
RE: Three children of John Ray (1802-1868) | North Russell Cemetery; Plot 43
Jim's grandmother was a Ray, so his genetic "footprint" doesn't correlate with the Ray YDna. There's no doubt about his line, however, as his family has been in Rutland Co., for 8 generations and he's related to many of the old settler lines.
His Ray line is as follows:

Gilbert Ray and Rachel Perry
Benjamin Ray and Gloriana Gillett
Franklin Horace Ray and Anna Lobdell
John Lobdell Ray and Emma Matilda Gates
Ethel E. Ray and James Bree
Mary Emma Bree and George Potter Boyce
James Daniel Boyce

His Mayflower line goes up from Ethel Ray and her mother, Emma Matilda Gates to Francis Cooke and the Chiltons (not through the Ray line per se).


Added by Janet Muff on Jun 27, 2016 9:06 AM
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
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