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tofftroy (#47791412)
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Bio Photo Some tough nuts to crack, cracked by a cracked nut who got through them with a little help (or sometimes a lot) from friends and correspondents:

John Augustus Baum (1840-1842)
Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York
Dates legible, but names chiseled off completely. It actually proved possible to determine with a reasonable degree of certainty why it was that the names had been chiseled away.

Frederick Biehler (1853-1889)
Fisher Cemetery (St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery), Bethlehem, New York
An obituary used a name for this Albany patrolman's cemetery that's a name nobody today knew at all; once identified, extant church records were crucial for confirmation. Killed in the line of duty, yet his name isn't included on the NYS Police Officers Memorial as it should be; only the Albany Police can submit his name, yet the Chief evidently doesn't care to do so.

Joel Covington, Sr (1830-1911)
Hebron Cemetery, Clio, South Carolina
It's not every day one can fulfill a photo request for a picture of the person (rather than of the headstone) with a picture of the person standing by his own headstone.

James Harty (1835-1853) A headstone, most of the inscription crumbled away to dust, though with "Lafayette Engine Co. No. X" still showing. It still proved possible to identify the deceased even without a legible name or date.

Millie Levy (1887-1888)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
A name only inscribed; no dates. It turned out she's the granddaughter of a Rabbi.

Emil "Soup Greens" Siefert (d. 1896)
Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Allegedly his grave is marked just by parsley! If it's unmarked today, see if you can plant some soup greens for him?

Charles Smith (1821-1875)
Beth Emeth Cemetery, Bethlehem, New York
Almost entirely illegible due to wear, discoloration, and biological growths; the headstone was identified in large part by process of elimination with reference to past transcriptions.

Helen Lowray Snow (1842-1845) The photo and linked story are both poetically apropos, I hope.

Laura Wise (1847-1849) No recognizable headstone, location of grave unknown, no burial records. Cracked - but not quite solved.

Does NYS Governor Frank Swett Black (1843-1913) have no monument at all?

Where are headstones or monuments (if any) for Cornelius Jacobsen May, Willem Verhulst, Peter Minuit, Sebastiaen Jansen Krol, Wouter van Twiller, Willem Kieft, Francis Lovelace, Anthony Colve, Edmund Andros, Anthony Brockholls, Thomas Dongan, Francis Nicholson, Jacob Sloughter, Richard Ingoldesby, Benjamin Fletcher, Richard Coote, John Nanfan, Edward Hyde, John Lovelace, Gerardus Beekman, Robert Hunter, William Burnet, John Montgomerie, Rip Van Dam, William Cosby, George Clinton, Danvers Osborn, Henry Moore, James Robertson, and Andrew Elliot?
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Thank you for fulfilling my photo request for Amanda Louisa Weaver! Sincerely appreciate your time and effort in locating her stone as well as the fine photography. Many thanks again and again for all you do to help those of us from afar.
Added by ca on Apr 30, 2017 1:32 PM
RE: Pauline Popp Bellinger
Thank you for taking the time to help me! C
Added by Cid on Apr 29, 2017 10:49 PM
RE: Pauline Popp Bellinger
Thanks for your input, obit says 'new' Mount Ida Cemetery, can you steer me to the correct cemetery. Regards, Cid
Added by Cid on Apr 29, 2017 5:36 PM
RE: Eli Wellington's grave?
Thanks for your message and those amazing records. The four pages of death records seem to tell a very sad story of the Wellingtons of Troy:

3/17/1839 Eli Wellington, age 33, died
4/7/1839 Eli's child, age 4 months, died
4/23/1839 Eli's child, age 1-1/2, died
9/14/1839 A Wellington's wife, age 35, died

I don't have any information on the name of Eli's wife but I'll work on that. Here's the death notice I found in the Evening Post dated March 22, 1839:

At Troy, on the 16th inst., after a short illness, from inflammation of the lungs, MR. ELI WELLINGTON, printer, aged 33 years.

Thanks again,

Added by Bob on Apr 23, 2017 11:43 AM
Eli Wellington's grave?
Dear Tofftroy,

I wonder if record #152129239 could be Eli Wellington, an ancestor of mine. He lived in Troy and passed away on March 16, 1839, according to a death notice I found in the Evening Post. Here is some more information on him if you want to add it to your record:

Eli Stearns Wellington
Born 6/19/1803 Brookfield, MA
Died 3/16/1839 Troy, NY


Eli Wellington (1770 - 1837) He died in North Brookfield, MA, but at present I have no burial information for him.

Margery Rich Wellington (1776 - 1847) She is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, NY
Find A Grave #18879226

Eli had 13 siblings. I'll be linking them to Marjery's record soon.


Bob McMaster
Added by Bob on Apr 23, 2017 10:37 AM
Scott Stanley
Thank You!!
Tofftroy, our sincerest thanks for the transfer of the memorials of our family members. Very much appreciated.
Added by Scott Stanley on Apr 01, 2017 5:08 PM
Scott Stanley
Anna C. Feiden
Tofftroy, you created a memorial for Anna C. Feiden(Find A Grave #116854988) who was the second wife of my wife's G-Grandfather, Charles Gottstein. We were inquiring if you would be willing to transfer to our keep as well. Thank you for creating this memorial of our loved one.
Kindest Regards,
Scott (Find A Grave #(#49004756)
Added by Scott Stanley on Apr 01, 2017 11:49 AM
Scott Stanley
Charles Gottstein
Tofftroy, you created a memorial for Charles Gottstein 1867-1937 (Find A Grave#116854949) who is my wife's G-Grandfather. We were inquiring if you would be willing to transfer to our keep. Thank you for creating this memorial of our loved one.
Kindest Regards,
Scott (Find A Grave #(#49004756)
Added by Scott Stanley on Apr 01, 2017 11:44 AM
Diane DeWitt
Frederick Wildman #166353592
Hi tofftroy. I stumbled upon the subject marker and wondered how/why you found the information for Frederick Wildman. His sister (Elizabeth Wildman Boos) was my GG grandmother and while I've been working on my tree for years, I never ran across anything that indicated she had this brother! I have also been unable to find anything about Fanny (Benedict) Wildman. Just curious if you have any connection to the Wildmans, or this was researched for someone else.
Thanks very much for any detail you can provide.
Diane DeWitt
Added by Diane DeWitt on Mar 07, 2017 2:12 PM
Isaac Lansing Van Voast 167619182
Hello, I submitted edit requests to add his full date of death and a notation to the Bio Section "Civil War Veteran"(as of yet I have not been able to determine his unit).

The sources were his obit that appeared in the 01/03/1891 issue of the Troy Times. Thanks for having created his memorial. Paul Turner
Added by pjt on Mar 06, 2017 8:00 AM
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