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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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Please contact the Green Lawn cemetery for all burials that are after 1979 as they are not on microfilm. Thank You,
Added by Patty on Jul 13, 2014 11:16 PM
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Fenstermakers @ Cypress View Mausoleum, San Diego
I received your requests for transfer of management. I am happy to transfer management, but I think I have photos at home on my laptop. Let me get the memorials as complete as possible in the next day or two, then they'll be headed your way.

Added by Family Finder on Jul 13, 2014 8:09 PM
Little Fir
Agatha L. (Oiler)
Thank you for adding the information I sent. I viewed her memorial. You did a good job of addressing her birth and adoptive situation with what you wrote there!
Added by Little Fir on Jul 13, 2014 6:35 PM
Bonnie Emmert
RE: Gnaden Huetten Cemetery, Lehighton, Carbon, PA
You're very welcome. Bonnie
Added by Bonnie Emmert on Jul 13, 2014 12:33 PM
Mary and Frank Fenstermaker
I have transferred the Fenstermaker's to you. I will get photos for you in this upcoming week.
Added by Janis on Jul 13, 2014 8:12 AM
Lois Revenaugh
Baby George
I see you are managing several Fenstermaker memorials in Neffs Cemetery. I just posted a Baby Boy George, b. 1940, d. 1940. Son of George and Fern (Fenstermaker) George. Just thought you might want to know.
Added by Lois Revenaugh on Jul 07, 2014 4:04 PM
Little Fir
Agatha Fenstermaker
I left a message on her memorial about possibly linking her to her adoptive parents. After reading your bio, I realize I should have included more info. The source of my information for her parentage and adoption is documented on her grandfather's memorial. The bio on his memorial is from a DeKalb County History (1914) and it explains about the death of his daughter Alta and how her daughter Agatha was then adopted by his daughter Cora and her husband. Agatha's grandfather is Sheldon Crooks (memorial number 94867358).

Thank you for your fine work.
God Bless You!
Added by Little Fir on Jul 04, 2014 1:48 PM
Lois Revenaugh
RE: Emma Faust Breisch
Yahoo the PA death certificates thru 1944 were released yestersay! You are right, her maiden name was Fenstermacher...although the spelling looks like Fenstermaker. I will change her memorial today.
Added by Lois Revenaugh on Jun 24, 2014 9:24 AM
Bonnie Hood
David Fenstermaker request
If you can provide section and plot number at Crown Hill Trumbull County OH I will try to get your photo. The cemetery wants to charge me $5.00 for that info.
Added by Bonnie Hood on Jun 24, 2014 9:13 AM
Berks-Dauphin Roots
Wilbert Francis Fenstermacher 128302533
Source added to memorial
Added by Berks-Dauphin Roots on May 28, 2014 6:13 PM
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