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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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Floyd and Leora Manwarig
Thanks Laurie, back in June you photographed these headstones for me and even though I'm a little late... I wanted to tell you I appreciated it!

Added by Robin on Jul 28, 2014 8:25 AM
Marilyn Boyles
August Puff
Thank you so much for the headstone photo of August Puff. Mr Puff was my grandmother's first husband who died at the age of 38 from tuberculosis.
Your contribution to this site is very much appreciated.
Marilyn Washburn Boyles
Added by Marilyn Boyles on Jul 28, 2014 6:34 AM
Christine Wheeler
Thanks, Laurie, for doing the cemeteries around Franklinville!
Added by Christine Wheeler on Jul 27, 2014 4:13 PM
Tammy Ezakovich
Mount Prospect Cemetery
Thank you for working the Mount Prospect Cemetery. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Added by Tammy Ezakovich on Jul 26, 2014 9:09 AM
Robert Boehm Rathbun
Correction Does should have been dates. Sorry Rob Rathbun
Added by Robert Boehm Rathbun on Jul 21, 2014 7:32 PM
Robert Boehm Rathbun
Charles, the son of Joshua and Phebe Rathbun---does should be born 22 Sep 1845 and died 15 Jan 1848.

Rob Rathbun
Added by Robert Boehm Rathbun on Jul 21, 2014 7:29 PM
Diane Ford
RE: Thank You
Hi Laurie,
In addition to putting flags or flowers or toys on a relative's virtual grave, I like to periodically give another birthday gift in the form of sponsorship.
I use the site frequently so I like to give back in addition to honoring my family members.
Sarah Wainwright is my 7th great-grandmother.
Thanks for all your work on this site, and for contacting me.
Take care,
Added by Diane Ford on Jul 19, 2014 9:50 PM
J. G. in NC
Ooops! I accidentally deleted John Gretchell PHINNEY. I should have just corrected that memorial. He is Marie May PHINNEY's sister. Would you kindly resubmit the grave photo to his memorial #132987958?

Sorry for the extra work. In the meantime, I will put on a new thinking cap. Thanks!
Added by J. G. in NC on Jul 18, 2014 2:26 PM
J. G. in NC
RE: Mount Prospect Cemetery
Dear Laurie,
You are doing a fabulous job. Every day I look forward to receiving updates from you.

There are so many memorials to research I would not know where to begin. You are my driver. When I receive an update from you, and the memorial has little or no information, I research it.

I cannot begin to tell you how much pleasure I get in connecting/linking families.

In answer to your question, No I do not have a map of the cemetery. I bet Babbit & Easton Funeral Home has a map, but would they be willing to share it? They must have something in order to direct family members to a burial site.

I will send an email with possible solutions.

In the meantime, thanks for everything you are doing. Please stay safe and well.
Added by J. G. in NC on Jul 16, 2014 6:10 PM
William Brockett
I had changed my mind on asking you a question and
I hit the mouse by mistake at the wrong time and sent a blank message. :-{
I figured you were too busy to look on his stone and not sure if he even has one.. It is no small task taking those grave marker photo's, getting them labeled and entered onto Find A Grave.

I decided I will call Cleon Easton for verification on memorial 108681558's death year. I found him in the 1910 census records living with wife and two daughters. I found his wife Nettie and one daughter buried in the Allegany Cemetery and am trying to verify connections. I linked him to Nettie but will unlink him if I am incorrect with the relationship.

Thanks, Kathy
Added by Kathy on Jul 15, 2014 8:59 AM
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