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David Laughlin (#47881454)
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I joined Find A Grave because I wanted to find where my ancestors were buried. Then I learned that I could link them for not only me, but for anyone else interested in the same line. I now really enjoy creating non family member memorials and linking their family members.

My maternal 3rd great-grandparents were William and Elizabeth Short Dodson.

My maternal 2nd great-grandparents were Andrew Jackson Rebecca Williams Dodson Sr.

My maternal great-grandparents were William and Ida Flack Dodson.

My maternal grandparents were James (Jessie) Joseph and Helen Elizabeth Demuling Dodson.

I'm descended from the Laughlin, Murphy, and McGinnis lines from Onoville, N.Y and the Demuling and Dodson lines in Pennsylvania.

My wife is descended from Isaac and Lucinda Hill Brock from Texas and the William T. and Sarah Sallie Johnson Gaston line from North Carolina.

I've no problem with the use of my photographs for your own purpose's but please be kind and ask first, and if used, please give credit.
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Linda Ford Qualls
You are very welcome. I'm just glad I could help.
Added by Linda Ford Qualls on Jun 07, 2016 12:38 AM
Daniel and Audrey Briggs
Hi David,

Again sorry for the delay, I can check the cemetery records and find out. Not sure when I can get to it. But I will soon.

Added by Daniel and Audrey Briggs on May 16, 2016 6:26 AM
Daniel and Audrey Briggs
Hello David,

Sorry for the delay, I was checking my old photo's and didn't come across the Gribben sisters. I can check with the cemetery and see if I can find them.

Added by Daniel and Audrey Briggs on May 16, 2016 6:23 AM
glenda (contributor #47305349)
Edit Request - 9195652
Thank you for the edit request. It has been completed. Just a reminder, or in case you don't know, I thought you might like to know that I transfer out of guidelines. If you would like custody of any memorials I manage please submit an Edit request using the "Suggest any other correction or addition" option. If I am not related I will transfer. Thank you!
Added by glenda (contributor #4730... on May 12, 2016 12:35 PM
Albert Ledoux
You're quite welcome. And it looks like "Kat" already accepted the edit suggestions.
Added by Albert Ledoux on May 05, 2016 4:52 PM
Albert Ledoux
Well, you were in luck. I looked out the window to the west around 2 pm and saw an almost unending roof of chunky clouds as far as the eye could see - BUT - with these tiny peep holes for the sun every once in a great while. So I headed down to Altoona, 15 miles away, found the tombstone, wiped off the lichen as best I could and waited ... After about 25 minutes, a peep hole materialized for no more than three minutes. But that was enough.

I posted new photos for Matilda and Michael, asked "Kat" to recognize the birth date for Matilda, and asked her also to link the two as spouses. If she checks her edit suggestions with any frequency, all should be set in a few days.

Father Ledoux
Added by Albert Ledoux on May 05, 2016 2:06 PM
Albert Ledoux
Well, I'd go right on down to Altoona lickedy-split except we haven't seen the sun in about two weeks, and the weather man promises we won't for at least another seven days. (April showers have come a tad late this year).

I went back through my folder of St. John Cemetery pictures and have a pretty good idea of where the stone sits. So it will have to go onto the to-do list.
Added by Albert Ledoux on May 05, 2016 11:17 AM
George Moran
O'Connor/Dodson Family

Thanks for your service to Find A Grave.
I found my Great Great Grandparents in
St. Johns Cemetery in Altoona Pa. Patrick
O'Connor and Catherine (Dodson) O'Connor.

I also found my other Great Great Grandparents,
Francis Moran and Bridget (Bradley) Moran in
St. Michael's Cemetery at Loretto Pa.There are
a lot of other Moran ancestors buried there
also,along with Moran family I have found in
other Cambria County cemeteries.

I am a newbie on computer and family research.
You have been a big help in this search,Thanks
again for this service.

Most of my ancestors farmed in Ashville Pa. A
lot of O'Connor and Moran connection in Altoona
also. It has been fun and a challenge so far.

I don't know if we have a Dodson connection
but I would not doubt it,with all the Dodson
names in Cambria census.

My email is

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

Warm Regards,
George Moran

Added by George Moran on Feb 24, 2016 6:47 PM
Albert Ledoux

I take it you've seen the photos on Findagrave as well as this site:

As for earlier paper records, don't get your hopes up too much. Extrapolating from my own area of PA, the priests, generally speaking, did not keep burial records at all. After a few bucks exchanged hands, establishing that a family had the right to bury, say, eight bodies in the cemetery, from that point on the family just kept track of which holes had been filled. It's not until well into the 20th century that we start seeing burial registers in the parishes hereabouts. My own parish dates from 1855, but the first honest-to-goodness maps of the cemetery only date from 1945. These were constructed after the fact from the names on the stones.

Two possibilities come to mind if you wish to be sending out letters. Address one to the Archivist of the Diocese of Buffalo (not Arch-). If there was a now-closed mission in the area, its books may have been deposited at the Diocesan Chancery. Then again, they could have been confided to the nearest existing Catholic parish.

You can also try to pursue the secular route by contacting any historical society that Cattaraugus might have.

Sorry not to be of more help!

Fr. L

Added by Albert Ledoux on Feb 15, 2016 1:00 PM
Doc Grauberger
Hey Dave,

Good to hear from you again. I was not aware of the Kuhn/Jackemy connection to the Demulings, which makes things more interesting. We all ready know that Johns Groh's sister Sophie was married to your great uncle Frank Demuling. So here is something new perhaps for you to chew on.

I still don't know if the unnamed child stone next to John's stone is there to represent Ellie Groh or not. However, the cousin that I told you she died with was the daughter of Hattie Jackemy's sister Caroline and her husband Casper Schlaudecker. That child's name was Estella. If memory serves me right I believe the Schlaudeckers are buried in the same cemetery as your Demulings back in Pennsylvania.

Hattie's Grave location I was not able to find as of yet.
Added by Doc Grauberger on Jan 26, 2016 12:35 PM
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