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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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Messages left for tofftroy (169)[Leave Message]
Joseph W Ager
Hi and thanks so much for doing this!

I see headstone photos for Joseph and his wife Susan in Old Mt Ida:

I was wondering if there was another marker for his second wife Abigail Emerson Ager? His will provided for a headstone for her and asked for her to be buried on his left. (With Susan on his right - so cozy!).

Interment records show Abigail with her first husband and son, both named John). I realize the cemetery is not in good shape but would appreciate your help.
Added by Litebluetoo on Sep 16, 2017 11:52 AM
Cathleen Cavanaugh Savage
RE: Joseph C. Cavanaugh
Sure! That would be nice.
Added by Cathleen Cavanaugh Savage on Sep 15, 2017 10:56 AM
Gary Urbanowicz
Rufus Belknap Crissey
Thank you. I added the bio and linked him to his parents. But his mother shows a different maiden name than the one in the bio you sent.
Added by Gary Urbanowicz on Aug 25, 2017 2:52 PM
Chuck Miller
RE: Charles H. Fort
Oh, yes, I see. I didn't think it was possible to, but I figured out how to do it. Thanks!
Added by Chuck Miller on Jul 11, 2017 8:51 PM
Shellie Harrington Karol-Chik
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I would like permission to use some of your photos on my personal, non-profit, genealogical website, If this is ok, please email me your name so that I can make sure the photos are correctly attributed to you. Thank you! Shellie
Added by Shellie Harrington Karol-... on Jun 29, 2017 9:28 PM
Katherine White
Alexander Clokie # 145973114
While looking for a different Alexander Clokie, I happened upon this one and read with both interest and sadness about his demise; struck by lightening.

I did notice (as did you) that the age on his stone appears to say 31 (hence the birth year of 1842), but after looking at census records and the age stated in the article (60), I'm guessing he was born around 1811-1815 depending on which census you look at.

I didn't want to send an edit, I figured you could just have a look-see when you have time. Thank you; great job on your obits!

Added by Katherine White on Jun 16, 2017 11:30 PM
John Barrett
Anthony Barrett
Dear Tofftroy,
Thank you so much for the photo of the gravestone of Anthony Barrett at St. Patrick's Watervliet. He died 29 Dec 1875 leaving a wife and 5 children and I thought he didn't have a gravestone. He's my gggrandfather and every generation has had a middle name "Anthony" in his honor. And I found your photo on "Decoration Day" - he was a Civil War Vet. My family is still in the Albany area and I will try to find the grave when I visit.
John Anthony Barrett
Added by John Barrett on May 29, 2017 9:13 AM
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
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