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Laurie S Tokarsky (#47375347)
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Member Find A Grave: 7/23/2002 * Genealogist for 42 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, Stowell, Frost, Sewall, Converse, Keep, Hildreth, Blaisdell, Prescott, White, McClure Bartlett & Bolles,Lines
& 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, 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 & 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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Hemingstein III
Goo Family
I am related to the Goo family from Delevan, New York. I see you have added some relatives of mine. Are we related by chance? I hope so!

Larry from Minnesota
Added by Hemingstein III on Aug 17, 2014 6:45 PM
Deborah ( Lamoni ) Jenkins
David and Caroline Boyce
Thanks so much for the photos of David and Caroline's grave markers , and thank you for adding them to their memorials . I appreciate it and you did a good job . Thanks again, Deborah
Added by Deborah ( Lamoni ) Jenki... on Aug 13, 2014 10:44 PM
Also, Thx for David Burgasser's marker, much appreciated. Are he and the Chase men near each other?
Added by BK on Aug 13, 2014 6:10 PM
Chase (Mt. Prospect/Franklinville)
TYVM for the pictures of Tim and the 2 William Chase markers. I added "murdered" to William H. Chase IV's memorial. Did you happen to see which section of Mt. Prospect they are in?
Added by BK on Aug 13, 2014 6:07 PM
Headstone photos
Thanks so much for the Hogue photos. I was at that cemetery last year and couldn't find them.
Added by KSBlack on Aug 09, 2014 6:37 AM
J. G. in NC
RE: Some of Gravestones
Dear Laurie,
Yes, I think they need to be redone. Actually, the photos would have looked bad even under the best of circumstances. I use a hard-bristle brush lightly applied. It may take a little longer to get the moss off, but it is effective and gentle on the stones.

I was surprised you went out in the rain. Wow, you are an intrepid photographer. I see the total is 53% complete. Way to go!
Added by J. G. in NC on Aug 07, 2014 4:56 PM
CROSBYs @ Mt Prospect
THANKS, Laura, for your clear, readable pics, Bill
Added by WMVAN on Aug 06, 2014 4:24 PM
Tim Lunn
Helen Thomas Scott Mathewson(#130256910)
Hello Laurie,

Is Helen family to you? If not, would you be so kind as to transfer her memorial to me? Helen is my Great Grandmother, her and Clyde Scott's son Donald T. Scott was my Maternal Grandfather. Thanks for your time and consideration Laurie,

Tim Lunn
Find A Grave member #48456405
Added by Tim Lunn on Aug 06, 2014 12:32 PM
Joni Spellman Krause
Hobson Photos
Dear Laurie, I just read my message to you and realized I made a mistake. I meant to ask if I could put your photos on with credit given to you. Thank-you again for the many, many photos you have taken. You are a truly generous person. Warmly, Joni
Added by Joni Spellman Krause on Aug 06, 2014 2:23 AM
Ila Marie Goss Decker
Thank you very much for taking the time to photograph my family members grave. It is greatly appreciated. May I have your permission to copy the photo for my tree. I would give you credit for taking the photo. Holly
Added by Holly on Aug 05, 2014 1:14 AM
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