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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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Michael Silvis
Susanna Silfies Fenstermacher

I just want to let you know that you have 2 same
Susanna Silfies Fenstermacher 125938649 at Emmanuel's Union Church Cem. and 125933727 at
Fairview Cem. You need to double check and which one right does Susanna Silfies Fenstermacher bury at.

Thank you,
Best Regards,
Michael Silvis - California
Added by Michael Silvis on Oct 30, 2014 9:39 PM
Vicki Karas
RE: Olive Fredonia Willson Fenstermaker
Can I leave a private message?
Added by Vicki Karas on Oct 26, 2014 4:45 PM
Helen Farrell
RE: Clayton Frederick Fenstermacher
I don't have a photo of the headstone, but I don't understand why you think I have him listed in the wrong cemetery. The data matches the information on the veteran's card you posted.
Added by Helen Farrell on Oct 26, 2014 4:42 PM
Helen Farrell
RE: Clayton Frederick Fenstermacher
I have him listed as buried in Riverview Hospital, Portland, Northumberland Co., PA.
Added by Helen Farrell on Oct 26, 2014 12:15 PM
C Bednar
RE: John Theodore Bednar
The link is:

She is the birth mother of my late grandfather John G. Bednar, Jr. who died in 1995. Although it might be confusing, my great-grandfather's name was John Theodore Bednar. According to my grandfather, it was common at the time that if the son's first and last name were the same as the father's they would be called Sr. and jr. even if the middle names were different. They are buried in the same section of the Memorial Park Cemetery. The obituary information is included here:

John G. Bednar Jr.

September 21, 1995|The Morning Call

John G. Bednar Jr., 75, of Allentown died Wednesday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Erma S. (Stull) Bednar. They were married 55 years in July.

He was a locomotive engineer for the Philadelphia, Bethlehem & New England Railroad at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 34 years before retiring in 1980.

Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late John G. Sr. and Cora (Stocker) Bednar and a stepson of Flora (Fenstermacher) Bednar of Bethlehem.

He was a member of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem.

He was a corporal in the Army during World War II.

Survivors: Wife and stepmother; sons, Ronald B. of Bethlehem and William J. of Allentown; brother Thomas of Allentown; sisters, Kathleen, wife of Joseph Stangl of Bowmanstown, Mrs. Cora Baker in Hawaii and Mrs. Leonore Hensinger in Florida; stepbrother, Donald Bednar of Allentown; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, Long Funeral Home, Bethlehem.
Added by C Bednar on Oct 25, 2014 9:04 PM
Joe Chando
RE: Calvery Cemetery, N Catasauqua, Northampton, PA
I've posted the photo of the date you requested, I wasn't really thrilled with the picture because of the angle that I had to take the picture from to get the dates. You may want to update the photo order. Marie's birth date on the stone was marked as the 25th.
Added by Joe Chando on Oct 24, 2014 4:41 PM
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
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