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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: 19061978 Oakes, Rose Fenstermaker
Mother: 1930-pres Martin, Lillian Oakes
ME: ...... 1954-pres JMartin
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Attilio Angelone
RE: Jewel Edna Faqua Fenstermacher
Ok thanks I will head out there tomorrow.

Added by Attilio Angelone on Feb 25, 2015 3:32 PM
Attilio Angelone
Jewel Edna Faqua Fenstermacher
I can get a picture ofthe gravesite but I need the exacts of where she is in the cemetery. Thanks.

Added by Attilio Angelone on Feb 24, 2015 4:29 PM
Elizabeth Fenstermaker
I thought you moved Elizabeth's memorial to Wood Lawn so I deleted the memorial that I set up. So I see your memorial is also deleted?? I set up a new one just now. If you want to set one up for Elizabeth I will delete this one.
Find A Grave Memorial# 142878710
Birth: Mar. 25, 1861, England Death: Mar. 20, 1929
Leipsic Putnam County Ohio, USA
Woodlawn Cemetery
Lima Allen County Ohio, USA Plot: Section 15 Lot 153

Added by Patty on Feb 21, 2015 7:22 AM
Mark Sandell
Clementine Fenstermacher
I am systematically photographing Coral Ridge Cemetery along with another person. This afternoon I took this photo of the marker for Clementine which apparently had been previously requested and not found.
Added by Mark Sandell on Feb 17, 2015 1:59 PM
Elizabet Jones Fenstermaker
Now that we have Elizabeth at the Woodlawn Cemetery you will need to read the message from findagrave and make a correction and delete their message. Elizabeth I believe is buried beside her son not husband.
Added by Patty on Feb 14, 2015 8:03 PM
Elizabet Jones Fenstermaker
Now that we have Elizabeth at the Woodlawn Cemetery you will need to read the message from findagrave and make a correction and delete their message. Elizabeth I believe is buried beside her son not husband.
Added by Patty on Feb 14, 2015 8:03 PM
RE: Freewill Cemetery, Columbia, PA
The Freewill Cemetery is right next to the old church, which has been converted to a private residence. George is buried there, but there are a lot of plots that don't have stones. I talked to the gentleman who lives in the old church and he said a lot of tombstones have been destroyed over the years. Mostly to time, but a few were actually struck by lightning.
Added by RoadRunner on Feb 11, 2015 2:05 AM
Bruce W. Miller (varkaard)
RE: Jacob Fenstermaker, Jr
Thanks for the message Judy. I enjoy cleaning up the errors from years ago.
Added by Bruce W. Miller (varkaard... on Feb 10, 2015 7:41 PM
Joyce Niswander
Thank you for removing the obituary from the photo section of George Fellers's memorial page. #68158322 I have updated the page.

Please removed the obit that appears on the photo section for Clayton Verl Fellers #68158314
I will add some of the info to the Bio section and make updates.
Thank you.
Joyce Niswander #48034852
Added by Joyce Niswander on Feb 09, 2015 7:22 PM
RE: George Fenstermacher's grave
I finally was able to talk with the manager of the cemetery & I also checked the plot map of the area I had photographed. Unfortunately, she didn't know for sure where the "Improved #5" area was & George was not in the area I photographed, all graves were accounted for. I'm taking the photo off his memorial since it is inaccurate. There was another area a short distance north which did have one grave marked "Improved #5" area, but George wasn't listed there either. He does not have a marker or it would be marked on the plot map, according to the manager. I very much apologize!
Added by Nancy/catsaver on Feb 04, 2015 10:32 AM
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