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Aislin (#46535342)
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Bio Photo When I was researching my own family, I received a great deal of help from complete strangers who were willing to help me without asking anything in return. This my way of paying that forward. So it tickles me beyond words to discover my headstone photos as part of someone's family tree. How sad would it be if after all the photos are taken and posted and researched and documented that no one looked at them or cared that they were there. So to those of you who have found my photos and made use of them, thanks for caring and you're most welcome.

I feel that its important to say at least a little something about each of their lives. They lived, they loved, and had families. For those that have nothing there, they're not forgotten, I just haven't gotten there yet. And while I don't always cite my sources on each memorial, for Long Island special thanks goes to Carolee Nichols Diamond and David Roberts for their unending patience and wealth of information; the transcriptions and family photos of Elbert N. Carter; George Moraitis, Historian for the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Port Jefferson (R.I.P. my friend); Steve Gill from the Patchogue Cemeteries Restoration Committee; Dan Prunty, Ruland Funeral Home and President of Cedar Grove Cemetery, for his patience and tireless trips into the basement.

If you find something that needs correcting, or if you have information you'd like added, please use the SAC and I'll be happy to make the changes. If you need to contact me, send to aislin at optonline dot net

(p.s. Nastiness and rudeness will be ignored completely and any correspondence will be deleted without further thought.)

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RE: FAG #65614332
That's not going to happen! You make great contributions and you have a very pleasant way of going about it.

Thank you!
Added by Dyane on Sep 18, 2017 9:00 AM
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Thanks again, Aislin!
Obituary - Huntington- Charles Irving Tappen
Added by Dyane on Sep 18, 2017 8:22 AM
Lorinda Hudson
Added by a2 on Sep 17, 2017 8:06 AM
Teacher Sleuth
Rosa Taylor/Hopfengartner
I just declined your edit request to change Rosa Taylor to Rosa Hopfengartner. But, by accident, I approved the one naming her parents. Please show me why I should change her maiden name and where Taylor comes from. If I don't hear from you, I will remove the names you gave for the parents
Added by Teacher Sleuth on Sep 15, 2017 1:36 PM
Clyde Solenski
Walter H Weeks
Dear Aislin:
You solved my 20 year search. Walter H Weeks was my Great Grandmothers first husband. Her name was Margaret Eunice Christian Weeks Archie.
Margaret was the Mother of Annie Richie Archie Pedrick, Margaret May Archie Bowie and Alexander Price Archie. We know that she was born in Wales but where in Wales is still a mystery. Family oral history from her daughter Annie was that she was born in Cardiff, Wales which is on the southwest coast of Britain. In searching records, Margaret used Wales or the Isle of Man as a birthplace. We know that she was born in January of 1842 and Baptized on August 21, 1853 on the Isle of Man in the Patrick Parish. The records that we found for this event has the correct Mother and Father for this Baptism.

Again from oral family history, (same source as above), Margaret came to the United States in 1870 to be the companion of another young girl. The arrival of 1870 is what she stated on the 1900 US Census. I found her arrival date to be 1869. This means that we should be able to "find" her in the 1870 census.

Again from oral family history, (same source as above), Margaret was first married to Mr. Weeks. Oral history does not provide a first name for her husband. Again, using available resources, we found a probable marriage in Sayville, New York on 10-23-1873 to Walter Weeks. This was published in the Republican Watchman Newspaper, published in Greenport, New York. If this indeed accurate, Margaret would be 31 and Walter was 23. From Annie Pedrick, Margaret's first husband and child died from typhoid fever. ("Black Water Fever") Although at one time I heard where they were buried on Long Island, time has taken it toll on my memory. It is my belief that the burial place was in Sayville, New York in a church property cemetery. There is no one in the last generation left to ask.

We have a conundrum with investigating the 10 years of Margaret between 1870 and 1880. If the above marriage announcement is indeed correct, Margaret would have been 31 and Walter 23. This doesn't "seem correct." It would have been highly unusual for a younger man to marry and older women during this time of history. Most marriages of different ages would have had an older man marrying a younger women. Also, why can we not "find" her in the 1870 census? Even though we "found" Walter's death in the correct time period and location we can not find his burial place. His death was published in The Republican Watchman in July of 1875. We did find their child's headstone; Mary M. Weeks daughter of Walter H and Maggie E. Weeks Died August 21, 1875. This "fits" the families oral history because it tells us that Margaret's first husband and child died very close to one another.

I think that to find a simple answer is not in the cards. We need to do research of the actual physical records in the state of New York for both Suffolk and Nassau counties. We can not perform this on line since they require information that we simply don't have. Do we have a volunteer? This will remain a paradox until this has been accomplished.

Back to what we know. On May 5, 1880 Margaret married Alexander W. Archie in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Margaret listed that she was from New York and that her name was Margaret Eunice Christian Weeks (Archie). They were married by the Justice of Peace. What we also know is that Alexander W. Archie did work his trade for a few years in New York before moving to Gloucester. How they met in New York is their secret.

Margaret and Alexander had three children. Annie Richie Archie, Margaret May Archie and Alexander Price Archie. Alexander worked at his trade as a stone artisan and Margaret raised the children and kept house. Margaret was quite a women. Married at 38 and having three more children between age 38 and 42 is not unusual today, but astonishing because this occurred 129 years ago. I "feel" that I have gotten to know Margaret; she certainly was a "proper Victorian women."

They lived in a house that Alexander built on 54 Dennison Road, Gloucester, Massachusetts. During their lives together, the street addressed stayed the same but the town name would change from time to time from Cape Ann to Annisquam and then back to Gloucester; I guess that it was how people were feeling on that particular day. Again from family oral history, their property had the only fresh water spring in the area.

Over the years, the house on Dennison was sold, refurbished, expanded and remodeled. During the mid 2000's, the home was destroyed by fire. The home on Dennison was know as "the Archie residence" over the years. We believe that after the Archie's, the home was purchased by Ms. Mary Farwell who purchased
the, then in poor condition, family home and turned it into a spacious, modern, luxurious home. During the time that she lived there, a modern garage had been built and the upper floor was refurbished into attractive living quarters. One of Ms. Farwell frequent guests was her niece, Ms Dorothea Day. After Ms. Farwell died, her niece was living in the home and became seriously ill and died. Ms. Day was young and very attractive and her death was a shock to the people in the surrounding area.

The house was then sold to the Fitzmaurice family who lived there for 10 years. We believe the next owner was Judson R. Butler who was a Dean at Boston University. Dean Butler found the commute between his home and Boston interfered with his duties at the university and sold the home after only 18 months of ownership. The last owner we believe was to James H. Gilman Jr., and family, who was associated with the Dewey-Almy Chemical Company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Margaret's husband , Alexander, died on November 14, 1912. After his death, we assume that Margaret sold the home because she would rotate living for 4 months at a time with each of her children. Margaret died December 15, 1913 at the age of 71 at her daughters home (Annie R. Pedrick) on Church Street, in Richmond Hills, New York. Margaret died of pneumonia after a short illness.

She was buried next to her husband Alexander W. Archie in the Mt Adah Cemetery, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Clyde A. Solenski
Added by Clyde Solenski on Sep 11, 2017 4:17 PM
Brian Hemmerly
Joel A. Biggs
Biggs Photos
Thank you very much for the Joel A. Biggs (128286507) photo. He is my 3rd great-grandfather.
Added by Brian Hemmerly on Sep 04, 2017 6:37 PM
Rick Wilde
Edwards Cemetery-Calverton NY
I was wondering what you can tell me about Edwards Cemetery in Calverton new York. Have the headstones been removed? I was there this past weekend on a trip from Virginia and found no headstones but did find two markers with N.Y. on them. I can be reached at Thank You. Rick Wilde
Added by Rick Wilde on Aug 28, 2017 6:42 PM
John T Anderson
My second great-grandfather was Charles H. Beers, who married Catharine L. Anderson when he was a widower, and she was a widow. Catharine's parents were John A Anderson, born in Sweden, and Hannah M Jackson, born in Suffolk County, New York. Catharine's siblings were John T, George A, William H, Alfred, and Ellenora (spelled variously). I saw your write-up on John T. Anderson, and many of the facts seem to match. I wonder if you know any more information than what is in the sketch. According to census records, he was divorced by 1875. I have him on 1850, 1855, 1860, and 1875 census records. On 1850, the indexed record said John F, but when I looked at the original, it looked like John T to me. Possibilities: I think his first wife may have been Maria Merritt(John and Maria were living with John's parents in 1860), and they may have been married in 1854. I have found an indication that he and Honora Butler had a child Marvin J, born in about 1865 in Ireland. Then you wrote that he was the third husband of Margaret Gray Tappen. This could have been the same man, but there could also have been multiple men named John T in NYC. One source said his middle name was Tadden. These last are all just facts that I gathered. What I know about the family came from the above census records. Do you know if your John T had a son Martin or Marvin?

Added by Kathleen on Aug 26, 2017 3:51 PM
David MacCabe
Thank You for Your Efforts
Thnak you for your dedicated efforts in documenting the gravesites and the lives of almost 24,000 people! The sentiments expressed in your bio are shared by many family history researchers.

You have helped many of us establish and confirm relationships and bring families back together many years after our ancestors and cousins have left this Earth.

I am especially gratefully for your documentation and links to information for the Maccabe/ McCabe/ MacCabe family.

David MacCabe
Added by David MacCabe on Aug 21, 2017 5:56 AM
Debra Virginia Siebold
RE: Doris Magnuson
Dear Aislin, you will never know how comforting it was for me to see my Grandma's burial site. She died way before I was born and as child I was never able to visit her grave. Thank you so much, you inspired me to become a finder. I hope I can bring happiness to someone as you have done for me.
Added by Debra Virginia Siebold on Aug 12, 2017 7:23 PM
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