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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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Steve S
David D. Morgan photo
Thanks for the photo Laurie. I see where you noted that you'd try and get a better one when the weather changes. I can't really read the inscription and wonder if it is at all readable?
Thanks, Steve
Added by Steve S on Oct 30, 2014 5:27 AM
C Cox
Thanks for the great photos.

Added by C Cox on Oct 26, 2014 11:08 AM
Phil Cote
Thank you very much of the photo of the headstone!
It helps me put together another piece of the family tree puzzle - it is truly appreciated!
Phil Cote
Added by Phil Cote on Oct 23, 2014 6:04 AM
Stuart Reynolds
I deleted the memorial.
Added by caroline on Oct 21, 2014 5:24 AM
RE: Thank You
You're welcome. I had entered the family before I realized they were already entered onto Find A Grave. The more I thought, I really didn't want more memorials to maintain..... so I thought it best to have you change the cemetery for them instead of deleting it. When I first went to the office to see if they were really buried there, there was not a record to be found! I came home and looked through the trees and found their daughter Rena Halladay and as the grave stones were side by side....I went back to the office and sure enough they were on the cemetery card for the Halladay grave plot....Another mystery solved for that cemetery. Have a great evening, Kathy
Added by Kathy on Oct 16, 2014 6:08 PM
Farrar and related families
Sarah Farrar Gould
Thank you for your photographic efforts. The Farrar family is grateful to you.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on Oct 15, 2014 8:14 AM
Bob Simpson
Milton F Thompson.
Hi Laurie - Thank you for adding Milton's grave photograph at Mount Franklin Cemetery. I am researching 117th. New York infantry veterans and this is a nice addition to the files. Regards from Bob in Australia.
Added by Bob Simpson on Oct 14, 2014 11:36 PM
RE: Your photo on memorial # 39034330
Me too, getting my laundry on the line and am going to do some work at the Allegany Cemetery. Perfect day for it and hope for the same weather tomorrow. Kathy
Added by Kathy on Oct 12, 2014 10:09 AM
RE: Your photo on memorial # 39034330
You're welcome. It is tedious work to photo a cemetery. With some families using the same name over and over, it gets confusing. Great accomplishment when most of the cemetery is photo'd. Kathy
Added by Kathy on Oct 12, 2014 8:16 AM
RE: Your photo on memorial # 39034330
That's ok, I just thought you should know which Jonas the photo belonged to. Kathy
Added by Kathy on Oct 10, 2014 8:59 AM
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