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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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Jim Easom
grave picture
Thank-you very much Laurie for the grave marker pictures for Henry and Flora Draper in Maple Grove Cemetery in Machias, NY. I appreciate it.
Jim Easom
Added by Jim Easom on May 27, 2015 12:18 PM
Thank you for the headstone photos of these people. Very clear and easy to read. Thanks also for your volunteer work that you do. A thankless job but so rewarding
Added by Mary(Coggin)Russell on May 24, 2015 10:15 AM
Phil & Donna Whitaker
RE: Dudley Armstrong
Either way does not matter to me. I just noticed the duplicate. It is unclear if he is buried in NY or Pennsylvania. If one if a cenotaph it should say which one in the bio and behind the photo. doesn't matter to me.
Added by Phil & Donna Whitaker on May 18, 2015 4:09 PM
Jim High
RE: Thank You !!!--John P. Sutphen gravestone
John P. Sutphen gravestone -- You're welcome but the stone I found and photographed was located in the Roseboom Cemeter and not in Cherry Valley.

Added by Jim High on Apr 28, 2015 8:25 AM
Doris Smith Evans

In the burial records for Newton Falls West Cemetery, there isn't any Doris Smith Evans listed, nor her husband Dr. Evans.

Thank you.
Added by rms on Apr 27, 2015 10:03 AM
J. G. in NC
RE: My husband
You have no idea how pleased I am to hear from you. You have been in my thoughts, and I knew you would write when you could. I hope everything goes well for your husband and you.

Please, do not worry about me, the photographs, or the cemeteries. Family first! That includes you. As a caretaker, you need loving support just as much as your husband. Know that I am sending healing thoughts your way.
Added by J. G. in NC on Apr 16, 2015 6:53 PM
RE: Orrin Thrall Higgins - again
See bio of Frank W Higgins at
halfway down page
Added by dzr130 on Apr 16, 2015 5:32 PM
RE: Orrin Thrall Higgins - again
Source: Richard Higgins: A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and His Descendants
Mrs. Katharine Elizabeth Chapin Higgins K.C. Higgins, 1918
TIMOTHY7 HIGGINS Find A Grave Memorial# 46371790
(Timothy6, Israel3, Israel*, Samuel3, Benjamin2, Richard1), born Nov. 24, 1801, at East Haddam, Conn.; died Sept. 4, 1891, at Rushford, N. Y.; married (1) in 1825 Elmira Thrall
Find A Grave Memorial# 46371720
, born Aug. 18, 1807; died Oct. 1, 1836; married
(2) Sophronia Thrall, Find A Grave Memorial# 46371755
born July 1, 1819; died March 24, 1890.
Timothy Higgins studied medicine and became an eminent physician. He went to Rushford, Allegany County, N. Y., in company with his two brothers before the Erie Canal was opened, and resided there the remainder of his life.
767. i. Orrin Thrall, b. Aug. 14, 1826; married Lucia C. Hapgood.
ii. Helen M., b. Sept. 8, 1830; d. Dec. 12, 1893, unmarried.
Added by dzr130 on Apr 16, 2015 4:58 PM
Marie Schu
RE: Oliver Cromwell Bennett
I am guessing that Huldah died in Vermont. Just a hunch. A few years ago I contacted the Historian in Pawlett and she had no information. Also checked the Pawlett cemetery records and none of Oliver's family is buried there, no records of them. Oliver was in Aurelis for awhile, but did not find anything there either.
I have much information on Oliver's family forward and backward. I am on Ancestry if you belong, check it out. Are you related to Oliver?

Thanks, Marie Schu
Added by Marie Schu on Apr 12, 2015 6:44 AM
Gordon Nagle
Sally Reed, Find A Grave Memorial #130320592
Sally Reed buried at the Day Dawn Cemetery, Angelical, Allegany County, New York. The Sally Reed I'm looking for father's name was Ephraim C Reed and mother Ann(a) E Reed. She was born 1841 and died around 1856-1860. She lived in Wirt township, Allegany County in 1855.

Thank you

Gordon Nagle
Puyallup, WA
Added by Gordon Nagle on Apr 04, 2015 2:40 PM
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