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J Martin (#47658574)
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Bio Photo Due to health issues I have slowed down - so please be patient! I will eventually get to the requested updates and photo acknowledgements. Thanks



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.


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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I have looked at your photo requests for cemeteries in the Lehigh Valley area, and I can get you newspaper obituaries for 20 of these memorials:
Caroline Bechtel #139125316
Robert Fenstermacher #140623459
Lewis Fenstermaker #129403363
A Franklin Fehr #129960177
Theodore Fenstermacher #134124988
Joseph Fenstermacher #170367112
Adele Stetler #134123692
Raymond stetler #13412274
William Mimlitsch #139072217
Arthur Fenstermaker # 126376618
Edna Fenstermaker #126376692
Mary Ackerman #139120549
Isabella Clader #140886264
Mrs William R Henninger #140643141
Emaline Jacobs #132967752
Annie Fenstermacher #68622279
Catharine Clewell #147071288
Clayton Fenstermacher #137803162
Emma Pearson #139964848
Elizabeth Fenstermacher #139358498

These all appear in the Morning Call newspaper of Allentown, PA; let me know if you are interested.
Added by Fishindoog on Sep 25, 2016 8:20 PM
Marilyn Suter
Warren Fenstermacher Jr
Warren Fenstermacher Jr. Memorial# 104719442. I believe this child to be buried with his mother and sister Dolores, however the headstone says his name is Wilson unless there is another child? I will post the photo you can remove it if it is not the correct child.
Added by Marilyn Suter on Sep 22, 2016 7:40 AM
John Beiseigel
RE: Jordan Lutheran Cemetery, Orefield, Lehigh, PA
I,can only add a picture if there is a photo request (at least that's the only way I know). If you can add that request then I can upload the photo.
Added by John Beiseigel on Sep 13, 2016 7:34 AM
RE: Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, Dekalb, Illinois
You are most welcome.
Added by Steve on Sep 12, 2016 1:34 PM
Jody Gonda
Bateman B. Fenstermacher - 70289389
Ooops - please ignore my previous message. I found the 'missing' piece and the memorial is correct. Sorry for confusion!
Added by Jody Gonda on Sep 01, 2016 8:19 AM
Jody Gonda
Bateman B, Fenstermacher - 70289389
Will you please tell me what documentation shows that George & Elizabeth Fenstermacher are Bateman's parents? I know that on the Find A Grave Memorial it does state that on the inscription it says that they are his parents, but since there is no stone, what document or book says this? I am curious as to the dates, as Elizabeth would have been 63 years old when Bateman was born.
Since you are only maintaining the memorial, maybe the original creator would have this info if you don't and I can contact her.

Thank you!
Added by Jody Gonda on Sep 01, 2016 8:14 AM
your photo request for Sunset cemetery
Hi I go to this cemetery several times a year. They will not give plot and section locations to non family members. If you could call and get that i will get the picture(s) next time I am up there.
Added by cllfdl on Jun 14, 2016 5:59 PM


Added by DORRIS SICKELS SMITH on Mar 04, 2016 4:39 PM
RE: Cemetery Photos
You're very welcome!
How are you doing in your Fenstemacher, Fenstemaker, Fenstamaker, etc. spellings of the surname quest? There are so many to find and the branches must be taking you on an extensive journey!
Every time I see a related name, I make sure to take a photo.
Are you planning on publishing the Fenstemacher genealogy when you are finished?

Always glad to be of assistance with photos or research here in PA - Beth
Added by Beth on Sep 19, 2015 9:29 AM
Heavenly Bliss
Adelia Fenstermaker
I just got back from trying to find Adelia's gravesite, but unable to locate it. IOs the grave marked? I found Augusta, Edward, Gale,Erma, Francis, Tillie. I will go to the library and see what I can find.
Added by Heavenly Bliss on Aug 09, 2015 2:38 PM
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