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pkarchs (#47286217)
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Bio Photo New York, New York

Nearly all memorials added or managed by me are family - either related to me directly or by marriage one 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 generally happy to transfer a memorial to anyone by chance more closely related than I am, regardless of generation and especially if they have further information and connections to add. By all means, if I have 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. I'm fine with the hypothetical memorial as it often leads to real and unexpected discovery; this has happened for me countless times. Creative hypothesis can lead to real answers when and where least expected with the help of others.

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. In this way, Google picks up the verbiage thus becoming searchable. 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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Tina Adams
RE: Lansing & Louisa M. Jones Bailey - Glenwood Cemetery
You are most welcome, it was our pleasure.


Added by Tina Adams on Jan 24, 2015 2:06 PM
Carla Case
RE: Moses Chase
I have removed the duplicate, thanks for pointing it out. Blessings
Added by Carla Case on Jan 17, 2015 3:46 AM
RE: Thomas Toole (1796-1865) - Rookwood Catholic Cemetery
Hi Philip
I took 3 x high resolution pics of the O'Toole/McQuade plot
Am happy to email them to you if you like
Added by Jeff on Jan 10, 2015 2:32 PM
RE: Charles Henry (1862-1931) and Catherine Ellis (1867-1939) Burcham - Rookwood Catholic Cemetery
Hi Philip
I have 6 x high resolution pics of the Burcham plot. Am happy to email these to you if you like
The inscription at the top of the stone reads UHS I'm not sure what this stands for
Added by Jeff on Jan 10, 2015 2:29 PM
Elizabeth Toole Burcham
I inadvertantly attached a photo to Elizabeth Toole Burcham's page (a monument photo for Charles and Catherine Burcham). This photo does not belong on Elizabeth's page. Sorry
Added by Jeff on Jan 09, 2015 3:06 AM
RE: Lois Jones (1796-1877) - Meadowlawn Cemetery
Thanks so much for the quick reply!
Added by Alysia on Jan 08, 2015 6:26 PM
RE: Re: Mary Gedney Westerfield
Hi Philip,

Thanks very much for the interesting information. A bit of a downer, but I will continue to try to find her real mother. I was so sure when I found that Mary Gedney Westerfield's father Absalom Gedney was a near neighbor to Phebe M. Westerfield Dick's father-in-law David Dick in 1801, 1802, and 1803. I pictured her growing up and knowing the Dicks in White Plains. I have long searched for the actual parents of Phebe. Do you believe there is any doubt that Phebe's father is Nicholas Westerfield? The only strand connecting Phebe to Nicholas I could discover was Mary Gedney Westerfield. I have never been able to discover what the M. stands for in her name.

Thank you,
Added by Su on Jan 05, 2015 9:38 AM
Mary Gedney Westerfield

I have been unable to find any trace of Mary G. Westerfield b. 1785 after the 1850 Federal Census. She is included in the 17 Sep 1850 enumeration in Yonkers living with her son John G. Westerfield & his family and on 4 Oct 1850 at the home of her daughter Phebe M. Westerfield Dick and her family in White Plains. If you have any further info on her, I would be most grateful to learn of it. I am a descendant through her daughter Phebe. Thank you.

Added by Su on Jan 05, 2015 2:38 AM
Elizabeth Marlow O.
Polly Haight
This transfer falls outside the site's guidelines. If you are not familiar with these, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (sometimes refered to as Help With Find A Grave) for more information.
I am always happy to correct, edit, add to or link any memorial I manage, and I am looking forward to hearing from you to make this a better memorial. Please use the Edit tab on the memorial to submit what you would like included.
Added by Elizabeth Marlow O. on Jan 04, 2015 5:01 PM
James Burcham
My bio is meant for those people that are rude, know all, on & on. Seems Find A Grave has become home to so many. The entire concept of "volunteer work" has changed drastically! However, I agree with you on the four generations rule. Your grandfather has been transferred to you for safe keeping. Happy New Year!!
Added by Helen on Dec 29, 2014 9:54 AM
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