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Michael S. Caldwell (#47174042)
 member for 8 years, 1 month, 20 days
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Bio Photo If you contact me, please take a moment to say hello, good morning, or hey how are ya. On occasion I get "suggest a correction" notices that are brief, abrupt, and unfriendly in tone and seem more like robot communication than actual human beings. It's a personal pet peeve and I don't react well to those sorts of messages. A little simple human courtesy goes a long way with me.

I research my family history in southwestern and south central Pennsylvania for the most part, although I live in northeastern New Jersey. Counties of interest include Bedford, Blair, Franklin, Fulton, Somerset, Westmoreland, Cambria, Fayette, Washington, Indiana, and others.

PLEASE: If you request an interaction with me, whether to discuss a memorial or request a transfer, please do not be "Anonymous" and not provide any means to contact you. I recently had someone request a transfer but when I tried to contact the person, was told that the submitter was anonymous and there was no way to leave a public message for him or her. I'm not comfortable with this method of communicating. Thanks.

PLEASE: If you write to me via "Suggest a Correction" PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE provide me with evidence in the form of some kind of documentation for any edits you'd like me to make. This is especially true if I don't already know who you are. It's not possible for me to simply accept what someone out of the blue tells me is valid without sources, documentation, proof or some other compelling argument. Sorry to sound like a grouch, but that's just the way my work goes.
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K. Westwood
Reffner Grove Hill
Iv'e been looking into your photo request for:

Simon Reffner
b. 1852, d. 1916
Plot: Section 16, Lot 35
Requested by Michael S. Cald...
May 15, 2017

I went to the Oil City Genealogy department and found Simon was buried with Norman d.2008, Arnold d.1955, John W. d.1948 and Fannie d.1937. I went to Grove Hill Cemetry and found that Fannie J. Reffner 1881-1937 was the only stone in the plot. Your other request for Esther 1850-1904, was not located either. I hope this information is helpful. If need me to check into anything else please let me know.
Added by K. Westwood on Oct 14, 2017 4:08 PM
Jennifer White
Kisamore of Westmoreland County
Hi Michael,

I am in the process of working on the Kisamore line and wanted to give you a heads up that I sent you a few edits (though not many as you are so thorough!). Sara and Gib were our next door neighbors, dearly loved within our community. Thanks for all you do here.

Warm regards,
Jenny (Heming) White
Added by Jennifer White on Oct 13, 2017 11:59 AM
Layne Bell
RE: Mickey
Hi Michael,
Sorry for the delay, I had to get back down there. This is what the stone reads.

Sarah Mickey
Jan 28 1817
Apr 13 1901

H H Mickey
Aug 18 1890
74y 4m 5d

At the very bottom of the stone on Sarah's side it has MICKEY. Also underneath HH's age, there appears to be something, but I wasn't able to make out if it was text or a design. The other two sides of the stone are blank.

Added by Layne Bell on Oct 13, 2017 11:57 AM
Carol Wangler
RE: Photo request for Sarah Boyd Swope
Thank you for letting me know.
Added by Carol Wangler on Oct 09, 2017 12:56 PM
Staff Sergeant (Ret) Brian J. Ensley
Ira McCleester
My son never showed to look at my laptop and to make matters worse, I had what the hospital called a "cardiac event" yesterday. I think I over did it with walking around St. Stephens- a cemetery meant for billy goats to traverse. They admitted me last night but after my tests finally came back down to normal, they agreed to let me go home providing I follow up asap with the doc.

We're expecting rain for the next 5 days, remnants of the tropical storm that recently hit the Gulf. They always seem to drift east, hit the Appalachian mountains and follow the ridge line up to our area. If my millennial son finally decides to help his father out that would be great. If he can't get the files off of my laptop and I have to take it to a shop, I'll have to wait for better weather and re-take the photos.

Either way, I've committed to taking them. The good news is, I won't have to hunt for them. I'll know right where they Maybe this will teach me to not be so lazy and back up my material more often on my external hard drive. I'm too stupid to know about that cloud thingy and too stubborn to learn, but I just might have to.
Added by Staff Sergeant (Ret) Bria... on Oct 08, 2017 7:26 PM
Carol Wangler
Photo request for Sarah Boyd Swope
Hello Michael,
I attempted to fulfill your request for a photo of Sarah Boyd Swope's (50382009) grave stone. I thought I had found the correct grave, but the one I could find was the wife of Abraham B Swope.

I'll check with the cemetery supervisor to see if there is another Sarah Swope.

Added by Carol Wangler on Oct 08, 2017 7:21 PM
Martha Davis Burns

I want to thank you for posting the death certificate of my paternal great grandmother. I am planning to visit her gravesite soon.

Your work is much appreciated!


Mary F. Burns
Added by AncestorSeeker on Oct 08, 2017 10:01 AM
Staff Sergeant (Ret) Brian J. Ensley
Ira McCleester

I got your photo for Ira McCleester, but my laptop bit the dust and I didn't have a chance to copy today's photos over to my main computer. My son is supposed to come over tomorrow to look at it. Hopefully I'll be able to get it up and running asap and upload the photo.

Added by Staff Sergeant (Ret) Bria... on Oct 07, 2017 5:55 PM
Carol Wangler
RE: Edmund Boyd
I'm glad that you're ok with the picture.
Added by Carol Wangler on Oct 01, 2017 5:44 PM
Carol Wangler
Edmund Boyd photo request
Good Afternoon Michael,
I just fulfilled your request for a photo of Edmund Boyd's stone. Unfortunately, there is a lot of moss on the stone and it's hard to read. I will stop by his grave again armed with a toothbrush to see how much I can remove safely. If all goes well, I will take another photo and replace the one that I added or I can just leave the original one if you'd like to see the before and after.

As you can see from the family plot photo I took, the graves are underneath a tree that does a great job of shading the stones, but not so good at keeping the mosses from growing.

Carol Wangler
Added by Carol Wangler on Oct 01, 2017 11:30 AM
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