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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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Kenneth Schaeffer
Anna Fenstermaker
During my walk around Union Cemetery in Slatington,PA I found a headstone for Anne E. Fenstermaker 1916- . Is this the Anna Fenstermaker 1917-2008 that you are requesting a photo for?
Added by Kenneth Schaeffer on May 28, 2015 2:38 PM
Gary Roberts
RE: James Henry Fenstermacher
I moved the Death Cert to "Ohter" Gary
Added by Gary Roberts on May 16, 2015 10:47 PM
Dan Oh
RE: Green Mount Cemetery, West Chester, Chester, PA
Did you get all the photos I emailed?
Added by Dan Oh on May 16, 2015 7:05 PM
Gary Roberts
James Fenstermacher
I will be going to the Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa, Columbia Co. next week and was reviewing some of the requests there. I did not find James Fenstermacher, so I decided to look at the Death Certificates posted in Ancestry. I found your James Fenstermacher, however, he is not buried in Hillside Cemetery, rather in a cemetery in Danville, Montour Co.

The Death Cert does not provide the exact cemetery name unfortunately. I have added the DC to James' Memorial Record for your reference.

Let me know of I can help in other searches. Contact me directly at

Thanks, Gary
Added by Gary Roberts on May 15, 2015 1:14 PM
RE: Northlawn Memorial Gardens, Peninsula, Summit, OH
Hi J,

You're very welcome. I'll try to get back to the cemetery this weekend to get Goldie's grave photo as well.
Added by grinsalot on May 14, 2015 3:19 AM
Dan Oh
Fralick & Lytle at Greenmount
I have multiple photos of the obelesk that I'd like to email to you with all the names close up. drop me an email at so I can forward them to you.

Your call.
Added by Dan Oh on May 13, 2015 10:22 AM
Ella Fenstermacher #134539375
Hello, I am wondering if there is any way in which we are related. The above person is my great aunt on my mother's side. I am also wondering if you would be willing to transfer her memorial to my care. I would greatly appreciate so I could add it to the other Klingers that I have been researching. Thank you.
Added by Sharon on May 12, 2015 9:55 PM
Kimberly Scott
RE: Norland Cemetery, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA
You're welcome. Sure I will do that. :)
Added by Kimberly Scott on May 12, 2015 7:37 AM
Dr. Linda R
RE: Redwood Memorial Cemetery, West Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah
J Martin:

You are most welcome. It gives me great pleasure to help families with their family history records. Cemeteries often represent the critical link for where to search for further information.

Best wishes in your genealogy work,

Added by Dr. Linda R on May 11, 2015 11:12 AM
Theresa Ely
RE: Unionville Cemetery, Unionville, Chester, PA
You are very welcome.
Added by Theresa Ely on May 11, 2015 4:41 AM
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