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.
DEAR ANCESTOR 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.
RE: Bethel Cemetery Dear Dan Thanks for your response. I visited lovely Chesapeake City, November last and found most of what I was looking for and a few surprises. Bethel Cemetery was easy to search and located many of my ancestors. Along with your postings I knew what I was looking for. Having stayed at Dr Smithers B&B even found the Barwick house on Bohemia Ave. Your input here on F.A.G. was a big help Thank You for your contribution to my research. Yours truly Robert Barwick
Philip Haines Hi Dan. I also descend through Philip's son, Benjamin Markwood Haines, then through his daughter Etta Victoria Haines who married Robert Beauregard Nelson. You are welcome to see what I have in my tree. It is located on Ancestry.com titled Tammy Abe's Roots and Branches. If there is another way to share, please let me know. Any information you have would be welcome, also if you find mistakes I would like to know.
Do you know of any historical society that may have newspapers that had covered the Paw Paw area in the late 1800's? If so, any idea where I can obtain copies? I am curious as to the cause of death for Harry Catlett 80339815 buried in Camp Hill cemetery.
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)
cw 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)
cw 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.
cw 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. Gennie