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J Martin (#47658574)
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Bio Photo The information provided in the Memorials I have created are directly from our family records.

Please consider the information a guide rather than factual as I have no verifiable records, other than those quoted, but believe some information pointing in the right direction is better than none.



For those frustrated by LACK OF EXACT INFORMATION bear in mind these were PIONEERS.

Mass immigration occurred 30 or more years PRIOR to U.S. Independence. Most U.S. births, deaths and marriages occurred AT HOME, and may or may not have been documented by Church Records or the Family Bible, but were not a requirement of the BRITISH EMPIRE.

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.

Outside of the largest cities, there were no churches, schools, hospitals, stores, or CEMETERIES. Most pioneer graves occurred near where the individual died and were generally marked only by piles of stone or wooden crosses that disintegrate over time.

Early cemeteries did not bury families together – that is a modern day concept. Pioneer cemeteries originally buried people next to each other in the order of death, with separate locations for adults, children and ethnicity.

Foreigners who could not read or write in the native language where they live were functionally illiterate, but the backbone of this nation, building as they traveled.

Illiteracy was the norm, and only the wealthy were able to afford to send their progeny off to the city for several years to be educated.

During pioneer times quill and paper were not standard household items, blackboards and chalk were, which is why there are so few paper documents and the Bible used to document family history.

It isn't that we "FAILED" to find the documents; very few actually exist, and due to illiteracy and language barriers, their accuracy is highly questionable and information often conflicting.

I offer known, but unsubstantiated, optional dates in the files - not to confuse - but to reflect the diversity in record keeping of that era.

Be thankful we have the pre-independence records available, instead of critical of their inaccuracies.

~~~~~~~ FENSTERMACHER ~~~~~~~

After immigration a wide diversity occurred in the spelling of the name Fenstermacher.

Since immigrants usually couldn't speak, read or write English, their name changed as often as the person writing it - and was often phonetic.

Accents, and the fact that other languages do not have the same 26 letter A-Z alphabet that English does, also contributed to making translations tricky and documentation difficult.

As if that wasn't enough the spelling of names is complicated by relocation. As they moved, individuals in one county or state would be taught the spelling of their name differently than the same family members in another.

In addition, names eventually were Anglicised, making it difficult to determine which is the actual, correct, version, so for the most part I have used the spelling of the name the family has agreed upon or where possible the name on the headstone.


~~~~~~~~~ OBITUARIES ~~~~~~~~~

I have no problem adding obituaries and newspaper photos to this site, because I do contact the source and request permission - even after the fact, such as for those that were already in the files when I obtained them. Please be sure to site the source if you have it.



All suggestions & corrections MUST be accompanied by file number, as there are multiply individuals with the same first and last name. If you wish to have files linked, provide the file number for each individual!

NOTE: I reserve the right to verify information prior to annotating any file. Please include source of information.

FYI: Original file links only. I WILL NOT link family members to duplicate or triplicate files. [This note is a result of multiple duplicate files created by Marsha Fenstermacher Binkley.]


I am reviewing every Fenstermaker record, or derivative of, and would be happy to accept management of any or all, if you are interested in transferring. It is not my intention to just "collect" them - I intend to spend at least a year or so "connecting" them. I do not expect everyone to just hand over their records. Feel free to transfer, or "politely" advise me you decline.


I am the 9th great granddaughter of Conradt Fenstermacher c1627 Hillscheidt, Rhenish Bavaria, Germany.

GGF-9: .. Unknown - Fenstermacher, Conradt
GGF-8: .. 1650-1678 Fenstermacher, Conrad
GGF-7: .. 1678-1761 Fenstermacher, John M
GGF-6: . c1715-1790 Fenstermacher, Philip
GGF-5: .. 1749-1831 Fenstermacher, Michael
GGF-4: .. 1777-1849 Fenstermaker, Philip
GGF-3: .. 1803-1881 Fenstermacher, Michael
GGF-2: .. 1836-1911 Fenstermaker, Aaron
GGF-1: .. 1878-1959 Fenstermaker, Daniel
GMthr: 1906–1978 Oakes, Rose Fenstermaker
Mother: 1930-pres Martin, Lillian Oakes
ME: ...... 1954-pres JMartin
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Harry and Myrtle Bolin
The Bolins are in the cemetery Book. a copy of the page was sent to me by a person that a copy of the book. If they are your family please add them to Clarks Chapel Cemetery. Patty
Added by Patty on Oct 14, 2014 4:52 PM
Ralph & Charles Fenstermacher

The memorials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park lay flush with the ground. Ralph Fenstermacher’s (Find A Grave # 99382672) grave does not have a plaque.
Added by whitepaper on Oct 14, 2014 6:14 AM
Myrtle & harry Bolin
would you like to have copies of the death certificates of the Bolins. Patty
Added by Patty on Oct 12, 2014 5:47 PM
Helen Farrell
Clayton Fenstermacher
Thanks for the addition of his middle name. You have me confused about the cemetery as I do have him listed in Riverview Cemetery.
Added by Helen Farrell on Oct 12, 2014 2:12 PM
Ellen Headington
RE: Joseph Fenstermaker
Got the point!114469879
Added by Ellen Headington on Oct 08, 2014 7:23 AM
Harry & Myrtle Bolin
Green Lawn Cemetery:
I Went to the Ohio department of health today. I found that Harry & Myrtle Bolin are buried at Clarks Chapel Cemetery ... Athens County Ohio USA. I did take a picture of their cert. if you r interested. Patty
Added by Patty on Oct 06, 2014 8:22 PM
Michael Milliken
East Harrisburg Cemetery
I see you have a request for a photo of William Irvin Fenstermacher's grave marker at East Harrisburg Cemetery. I did a walking survey of the cemetery a few years ago, but did not find William I, but I've added a photo today of his parents grave marker: William H & Elizebeth Fenstermacher (memorial #122799329). I also added a note to his Wm H's bio that the other side of his grave marker is Elmer E Heckert & kin. I have a death certificate for Wm I, which gives his name as Irvin Fenstermacher. I'll gladly sent you a copy, if you want to e-mail me (my address is in my FindaGrave profile). Good Luck in your research.
Added by Michael Milliken on Oct 04, 2014 6:00 AM
Diana Perry
Fenstermache Photos
If you send me your email address I will send you all the photos I took at the cemetery. My email is
Added by Diana Perry on Sep 28, 2014 2:19 PM
Vicki Karas
Olive Fredonia Willson Fenstermaker
Hi: Fredonia Fenstermaker is my mother. The last names of her children are incorrect. The names should read:

Edwina Fedorishen
Vicki Fedorishen
Lynne Fedorishen
Walter Fedorishen

Thanks you. Vicki Fedorishen Karas
Added by Vicki Karas on Sep 17, 2014 9:51 PM
Several months ago I had fulfilled a request for you and I told you if I came across other Fenstermacher stones I would let you know. I actually just found one in Gratz at the Simeon United Lutheran Church Cemetery the other day. George Fenstermacher born in 1882 and died in 1935. If you have any other information for him let me know and I will be more than willing to include it.
Added by Imhoff on Sep 11, 2014 5:41 PM
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