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Laurie Stewart Tokarsky (#47375347)
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Member Find A Grave: 7/23/2002 - name: Snowbird * Genealogist for 43 years, since 1972 *
* (8th generation Western New York'er) *

"Every cemetery gives a history of people that once lived, loved & worked hard to scrape up a living for their Families. It's important to take Photos of All Gravestones while they are Still Readable, Writings Wash Out or Vandalism Destroys them". Laurie S Tokarsky

" Consider, Friend, as you pass by: As You are now, so once was I. As I am now, You shall be. Prepare, therefore, to follow me ". A Scottish Gravestone epitaph.

The Rose Upon The Wall
" A Rose once grew where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
And as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall...

One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide
The Rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side.

Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
be comforted- the Rose blooms there -
it's beauty even greater now, nurtured by
God's own loving care " a shorter version
of A L Frink's Rose Beyond the Wall

" Dear Ancestor,
Your gravestone stands among the rest;
Neglected & alone
The name & date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I existed
You died & I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone
Our Blood contracts & beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived & loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you ".

Written by: Walter Butler Palmer(1868-1932)
Published in " Heart Throbs & Hoof Beats"
San Jose, CA, Hills-Murgotten Co, 1922

* My OLD New England Lines:
Spring, Tarbell, Wilder, Walker, Proctor, Powers, Upham, Nourse, Persons, Whitcomb,Cowels/Cowls, Frost,Root, Spaulding/Spalding, Chase & Bloomer & Darrow, Stowell, Frost, Sewall, Converse, Keep, Hildreth, Blaisdell, Prescott, White, McClure, Bartlett & Bolles & Lines & Griswold, Wolcott, Colton, Leonard, Tilden more....

* My Scottish and /or Canadian Lines:
Stewart, Gordon, Millar/Miller, Hogg/Hog/Hogue, Kydd/Kyd/Kyde, Lumsden, Marshall, Trail, Boyles, Clarke, Reid/Read, Ogilvy, Corsar/Corsair, Coulter, Powers, McKee, Kerr, Graham, Merritt, McLean, McAdam, Cummings, Jackson, Foye, Byrd, Keeler
& more .....

* My Welsh Lines:
Evans,James, Davies & Rees/Reese, & more ....

* My Eastern European Lines:
Tokarsky, Hoch, Korba, Milyan, Marco/Marko & Patlovich, Zulick, Barna, & more.....

* My German Lines:
Eller, Kibler, Ruhl, Reichart, Sweger & more....

Most families came from USA states of MA,ME,CT,VT,NH,RI,PA,OH & New York Counties: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany, Chautauqua, Otsego, Westchester, Erie & Washington

Canadian families are scattered from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewa, & British Columbia.

Daughters of the American Revolution(DAR) & some United Empire Loyalists(UEL) & Mayflower Families & many others.

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Pl Wilke
Ann Shepherd
Hi Laurie, can you tell me please if you are a relative of Ann Shepherd # 145376239. She is located in Kincardine Cemetery, Kincardine, Ontario? If not, is it possible to transfer her to me? She is my 4x g grandmother

Added by Pl Wilke on Jun 26, 2015 2:19 PM
Linda Sibley Zimmerman
Willard S White
That was quick, we (Doug & Myself) are up were till Saturday trying to find info on Dewitt Clinton White, will be again at the White cemetery, and the Sandusky Cemetery taking photos. Marcellius White was his brother. Look's like you are in the Cattaraugus area, would you be interested in meeting?
Added by Linda Sibley Zimmerman on Jun 25, 2015 9:39 PM
Mark Peebles
RE: Oakwood Cemetery
Hi Laurie,

I went yesterday and finished two sections of Oakwood Cemetery. I will go back and do more in a few days as I have the time right now and then a week off from school in a few days.

It makes it so much easier when the information is already there on Find A Grave.


Added by Mark Peebles on Jun 23, 2015 12:06 PM
Linda Proudler
STOVER, George Harley
#5563134. Are you a relative?
Added by Linda Proudler on Jun 23, 2015 10:33 AM
Farrar and related families
Thank you for your helpful photography.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on Jun 20, 2015 1:59 PM
Marcia Ray
Royal B Williams
Royal is the son of Samuel B and Margaret Williams. Samuel and Margaret are my Great Great Grandparents their daughter Grace who married Howard Pingrey is my Great Grandmother. If you would like to transfer Samuel and Margaret to me that would be great. Margaret's maiden name was Davies. Her father was Ishmeal Davies and mother was Mary. I posted a picture on Samuel's page of the family. They had a large family.
Added by Marcia Ray on Jun 18, 2015 7:23 PM
Mark Peebles
RE: Oakwood Cemetery East Aurora, NY
Hi Laurie,

I was there yesterday and took about 80 photos in section 2 I think. I live in Alden so went to another cemetery today in Elma (Annunciation Cemetery) and photographed all of the stones not done yet. Looks like Oakwood will be a summer hobby for me.


Mark Peebles
Added by Mark Peebles on Jun 13, 2015 6:15 PM
Mark Peebles
Oakwood Cemetery East Aurora, NY
Hi Laurie,

I see you added many names to this cemetery. I was there this morning taking photos and was wondering where you got the cemetery list from? I found one at rootsweb but it only lists the surnames that begin with the letter A. All other links go no where. I just want to make sure I am in the correct cemetery?


Mark Peebles
Added by Mark Peebles on Jun 12, 2015 2:26 PM
D. Larocque
Epaphras Nott/Jemima Sumner
Hello!! I see that you are related to Epaphras Nott. I am related to his wife Jemima Sumner. Her father Ebenezer Sumner, Sr. sold his land to Epaphras in this document:

Vermont, Rutland County, Wells Town Land Deeds: page 74;
Know all men by these present that I, EBENEZER SUMNER of Wells in the County of Rutland and State of Vermont for the consideration of thirty
seven pounds ten shillings lawful money received to my full satisfaction of EPAPHRAS NOTT of Danbury in Fairfield County and State of Connecticut do give grant bargain sell and confirm to the said EPAPHRAS NOTT and to his heirs and assigns forever fifty acres of land i n the Township of Wells aforesaid in the County and State aforesaid being part of l o t number sixty two drawn to JOSEPH MARWIN as original grantee— butten and bounded as follows, that is to say—beginning at a stake and stones fifty eight rods south of Mountain Brook and from said stake running north ten degrees east eighty six rods to a dry white oak tree marked A.W. Then turning and running east ten degrees south one hundred rods to a White Pine tree marked
A.W. Then turning and running south ten degrees west eighty six rods to a stake and stones and thence running to the first mentioned bounds.
To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises with the appertenances thereof unto him the said EPAPHRAS NOTT his heirs and assigns forever to his and their own proper use and behoof—and also I the said EBENEZER SUMNER do for myself my heirs executors and Administrators covenant with the said EPAPHRAS NOTT his heirs and assigns that at and untill the ensealing of these presents I am well seized in fee of the premises as a good indefeasible estate in fee simple, and have good right to bargain and
sell the same in manner and form as is above written and that the same is free and clear of all incumberances whatsoever—and bind myself and my heirs forever to warrant and the above granted and bargained premises to him the said EPAPHRAS NOTT his heirs and assigns against all claims and demands whatsoever—In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this first day of April AD 1782.
Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of


Wells the 19th day of April AD 1782 personally appeared EBENEZER SUMNER the signor of the within written instrument and acknowledged it to be his free act & deed before me

This deed was red and recorded on 13th day of May AD 1782
Added by D. Larocque on May 31, 2015 9:04 AM
Rebecca Bromley-Guenther
Foster Paddock
Hi Laurie,
Thanks for your detailed work on Foster's memorial. Do any of your sources help us determine when his mother, Mary Foster Paddock, died? Her memorial says she died in 1840, but Foster was born in 1844. Something is awry either with her date of death or Fosters DOB, though I agree with you that he was likely born in 1844. Thanks, Rebecca
Added by Rebecca Bromley-Guenther on May 31, 2015 8:23 AM
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