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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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Joyce Niswander
RE: Zion Bloom Cemetery, Vanlue, OH
You're welcome! Please make them easy the next time. :o)
Added by Joyce Niswander on Apr 26, 2015 4:47 PM
Harry Senft
RE: Concordia Lutheran Cemetery, Columbia, Lancaster, PA
Thank you, you're welcome
Added by Harry Senft on Apr 26, 2015 3:14 PM
The Peacock is losing it's tail.

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Dorris Sickels Smith
Added by DORRIS SICKELS SMITH on Apr 22, 2015 9:34 AM
RE: Hope Cemetery, Kutztown, Berks, PA
My pleasure.
Added by cleemiller on Apr 13, 2015 6:55 AM
Storres Myers
RE: Clinton Cemeteries
J Martin,

You are welcome and thank you for acknowledging the photos.--Storres
Added by Storres Myers on Apr 11, 2015 3:06 PM
My mistake, hope we can fix nicely
It was brought to my attention that I duped your memorial for Percival Fenstermacher. He is family, but I am not a direct lineal descendant. I usually check for dupes so am unclear how this occurred. At any rate, my apologies, really. I believe we have both made very good memorials and I do not care about numbers or ownership, so if you would please copy everything off my memorial and let me know when you have done so, I will gladly move my pictures over and delete my dupe... Unless you have a preferred solution. Let me know, and thanks.
Added by sr/ks on Apr 06, 2015 5:44 PM
Marsha Fenstermacher-Binkley
Joyce I am sure you think this is a personal attach but to show good faith, I happened upon another memorial for our cousin Percival 99621400.
I have written a note and asked him to remove his. But, perhaps if you know how to blend, you could contact him and blend both.
Added by Marsha Fenstermacher-Bin... on Apr 06, 2015 4:59 PM
Marsha Fenstermacher-Binkley
# 41514071
This child is attached to the incorrect parents.
Peter Fenstermacher he is linked to was a son of Joseph and Catherine . Not Peter , sorry. Kindly un link him.
Added by Marsha Fenstermacher-Bin... on Apr 06, 2015 1:02 AM
Josephine Fenstermaker

You have a photo request for a Josephine at Northlawn Cemetery. I did find a Goldie Fenstermaker in this cemetery. If I'm not mistaken, I believe her birth year was 1912, and she died in 1999. Do you need her headstone photo as well?
Added by grinsalot on Apr 05, 2015 6:58 PM
Marne Tucker
Charles Fenstermaker
I looked in the Roosevely City Cemetery log book. I could not find anyone with the last name Fenstermaker. Hope you can find him. Marne
Added by Marne Tucker on Apr 05, 2015 5:38 PM
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