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Dan Cowgill (#47381861)
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Bio Photo Born in Winchester, VA - lived outside of Romney, WV for a few short years - in Delaware now. Picked up on family genealogy where my mother left off after her passing in 1988. Also have a deep interest in the Civil War and soldier burials - primarily Hampshire County, WV and surrounding areas in VA and MD.

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and 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 and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

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Bethel Cemetery
Dear Dan
I have enjoyed connecting with my ancestors through Your Photographs. Your work at Bethel Cemetery in Chesapeake City is greatly appreciated. I'm planning trip this fall and am wondering how familiar you are with the 'lay out' of this Cemetery. Might there be a map with reference coordinates to facilitate location of final resting places. My primary interests are Barwick, Clark, Colmary, & Hammond Families Thank You again Robert Barwick (Wyck)
Added by Wyck on Sep 02, 2015 1:49 PM
Lydia Jane (Miller) Rainey
Thank you for the transfer of the memorial for Lydia Jane (Miller) Rainey (# 83938346). Your work is much appreciated.
Rhetta (#48765189)
Added by Rhetta on Jul 31, 2015 6:30 PM
And if they are not my soldiers and I find info/I send to whomever has them--they don't always add the cw info and I can't make them. If I leave the info on a "flower" they remove. I have found that if I have a pic to post, I can add it under the photo in the caption area.(just discovered I can do that)
Added by gennie on Mar 31, 2015 7:51 AM
I have gone into those cems-photo'd EVERY grave that is there with a stone-whole or broken.....if they have a name on the stone-am adding the name/info on stone.

IF there is broken stone or grave with unreadable stone or only a cast of a grave with no stone(indentation or discoloring of grass) I then go thru old records to FIND out who is there and find as much info as I can about that person to add to the cemetery listing.

If the names fall within Rev/CW/SpAM wars, I then go thru old military records to find out if they have served if possible...Russ Pickett also has alot of the old soldiers....sometimes I give to him, sometimes I get his help with info...FOR exam: In Goshen cem in Milton-I found a Rev/War soldier who piloted the FIRST boat FOR GEN.Washington to cross the Delaware.......or in my digging of an old soldier I discovered his son and a local boy was one of the FIRST Tuskegee Airman and I did his bio and gave to Russ so that he would get more recognition with people doing later wars...

And I find graves in clumps of woods etc that I document BEFORE someone illegally moves their stones so that they can sell property and their resting places are no longer visible.......

I have access to historical info/records that I use to document. There have been ALOT of soldiers in Union and ME that do not have for one reason or another a stone--ie in Union there are several that ONLY have a number inscribed on a concrete chunk--these were soldiers who could not afford a stone so "in respect" they were done in replace of a real tombstone.
Added by gennie on Mar 31, 2015 7:45 AM
btw-Prettyman's in Seaford Odd/laurel Odd/Milf Odd are my relatives, and they were civil war-documenting them also as I come to their info
Added by gennie on Mar 30, 2015 3:41 PM
I am also doing 2 really really old cems; Union cem in Milford, and Methodist in Milford that have civil war soldiers in it....I had them closed as they were in very very bad disrepair and have had people come in with heavy equipment to upright and repair stones. This is a long project, but am going thru old old records to find names and info.....please chk them out to see the old soldiers.
Added by gennie on Mar 30, 2015 9:50 AM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 133219260
I updated his military service info if that helps you....I "think" I also have a pic of his grave, but I have to go thru my records. I have been going thru old records from basement of churches,etc., to find documentation of those who have no info on their stones, or stones at REMEMBER our past. I will let you know and post if I find his stone(provided he had one).
Added by gennie on Mar 30, 2015 9:34 AM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 133219260
Added by gennie on Mar 30, 2015 9:31 AM
Thomas Wise Rorrer, Jr.
There is some info on the Rorrer website,, in he genealogy section I believe.
Lots of photos, etc.
Added by Thomas Wise Rorrer, Jr. on Mar 09, 2015 7:18 PM
Thomas Wise Rorrer, Jr.
RE: David Charles Rorrer
My information was that David Charles Rorrer, son of David Alexander Rorrer, Sr and Nancy Brown, served in Companu=y G of the 21st Virginia Cavalry.
Added by Thomas Wise Rorrer, Jr. on Mar 09, 2015 7:16 PM
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