Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Two Widows Claimed Same Grave

The Landmark, Statesville North Carolina, 24 September 1897

Bridgeport Connecticut Dispatch to Baltimore Sun

Each of two widows yesterday claimed the same grave in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport as the last resting place of her husband.

Mrs. otto Jones had already erected a monument over the mound in memory of the late Mr. jones, when Mrs. Charles H. Gould went to give directions for erecting a granite shaft on the same plot.

To Mrs. Gould's surprise, the grave was green, the grass neatly cut, and the headstone informed her that there rested the body of Otto Jones. Mrs. Jones was summoned, and to setle the dispute, the grave was opened.

The coffin plate bore the name of Mr. Gould. Mrs. Jones fainted on learning that through a mistake during four years she had wept over the wrong grave.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Births And Baptisms In Poplar Chapel, London County, England 1584 ~ 1799

Hi all

I have added a few more records for Poplar Chapel, London County, England.
This time it is Births And Baptisms 1584 ~ 1799. Now it is just a few records and is far from complete but it may be of interest to someone searching for ancestors in London. This new data will compliment the Poplar Chapel, London County Marriages 1670~1753 that I have had on line for some time.

If you want to have a look at the records go to Poplar Chapel Records

Good Luck

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Coffin Plates, Nason, Crawford, and Fernald.

Hi all I have added coffin plates for Mary E Crawford, George Fernald and William P Nason.

Coffin Plates

I have also updated my Ontario Birth Records and Death Records page.Death Records

Good Luck

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Minnie S Pace and Margaret C Clark Coffin Plates

I have added a few more Coffin Plates. Minnie S Pace and Margaret C Clark are two of the new plates. It looks like Minnie may be from KY. It is unusual to find plates from KY as it was not a common practice for people living in KY to keep the plates.

Coffin Plates

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Great New Irish Databases

Hi All

Lots of great new Databases added to Ancestors At Rest this week.

People from the Fitzwilliam estate who settled in Ontario, 1847-55. In
the late 1840s a program of assisted emigration was initiated by Lord
Fitzwilliam to reduce the number of tenants on his estate in southwest
County Wicklow Ireland. Most of these emigrants sailed from New Ross to
Quebec City, but few of them stayed in Quebec, where the population was
for the most part French-speaking. Instead, they continued on up the
St. Lawrence River to the province of Ontario (then called Upper
Canada) and became part of Irish communities there. The following data
was compiled by Anne Burgess. It lists many of the Irish from the
Fitzwilliam estate who settled in the West 1/2 of Ontario, from roughly
Belleville to Lake Huron.

I have also added Tenants renting land from Earl Fitzwilliam in the
townlands of Aghold, Ardoyne, Coolboy, and Kilcavan County Wicklow
Ireland. 1839.

You can see all the new data at
Ireland Genealogy

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

To Whoever Took my Work and put it on Wikipedia....

I was browsing Wikepedia and stumbled on my own article and write up about Coffin Plates. It came directly from my website in my Coffin Plates section.

Wow. Deju vu!

It was a direct copy and paste from my site with NO credit to me as the author, despite the copyright notice front and center.

Yeah, those are my words on Wikipedia. My research into the topic. My hard work.

I wouldn't care if whoever lifted it from my site and submitted it to Wikipedia had done the right thing and credited me and my site for it. Of course it'd be better if this person of questionable ethics had written to ask my permission.

So whoever you are, would you copy Steven King's latest novel and put it online? (not that I'm saying I'm in his league!) Sure you would! Your morals are questionable. Apparently you don't know right from wrong. But most of us would not do such a thing.

Internet publishing is no different than real-world publishing.

So - if someone ELSE did the work, the research and the writing, don't take credit for it (that's called plagarism) and don't take it without permission and publish it somewhere else (that's called copyright infringement)

Monday, September 24, 2007

More About Baby Kintyre

The Toronto Star has another article on the mummified baby found buried beneath the floorboards of a house at 29 Kintyre Ave. in Toronto. This has been an ongoing story and many people in the genealogy community have spent a lot of time trying to figure out who the baby was.

Baby Kintyre

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Irish & German Immigrant Skeletons found on Staten Island

Last summer a team of archaeologists dug up skeletal bones from beneath the asphalt of a municipal parking lot in St. George, Staten Island

The bones are believed to be the remains of more than 50 19th-century European immigrants, among them victims of the Irish potato famine. There are about 10 intact adult skeletons, most of them men in their 20s and 30s. There are smaller skeletons too, but none complete as children’s bones do not survive the acidic soil.

Archaeologists have concluded that the site was a mass grave for patients quarantined at the nearby Marine Hospital. Patients died of typhus, yellow fever and other infectious diseases in the mid-1800s

More than 150 years ago the Marine Hospital was where patients were taken, and where they died in such numbers that they had to be buried in trenches, sometimes three or four bodies deep. Those were peak famine years, and most immigrants who passed through were Irish families escaping hunger and destitution and Germans fleeing political turmoil in their homeland. In 1858, the hospital burned to the ground.

Read Honoring The Bones, the story about the controversy over what should be done with these remains of Irish and other immigrants

Search for ships passenger lists carrying Irish Immigrants to America during the Famine Years. Search for German immigrants to America

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Boy in Iron Coffin Identified as William White died 1852

A body in a cast iron coffin found by utility workers in Washington in 2005, has been identified.

Dozens of individuals used census records, obituaries in newspapers and DNA Testing to identify the remains as 15-year-old William Taylor White, who died in 1852.

William Taylor White was buried in the Columbia College cemetery and it appears he was simply left behind when the cemetery was moved.

White, from Accomack, Virginia was a descendant of Anthony West, one of the Jamestown settlers

The team of scientists working on finding who was buried in the coffin found an obituary published in the Daily National Intelligencer newspaper of Washington on Jan. 28, 1852, confirming White died Jan. 24, 1852, after a short illness.

Clothing historians were able to determine that he was dressed in a shirt, vest and pants that are consistent with clothing styles of the early to mid-1850s.

Read the online story

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

415 Ancestor Coffin Plates Death Records online!

Ancestors At Rest has the largest collection of Coffin Plates with birth and death dates online.

Coffin Plates (also called Casket Plaques) usually have the name of the deceased, date of birth and date of death. now has 415 of these little-known genealogy death records online!

We welcome submissions - all you need to do is send a scan of your ancestor coffin plate or death record of any kind to Brian at (Change AT to @ before you hit SEND). By submitting a death record of any kind, you can help other genealogists and make connections with others searching the same family tree

You can also find funeral cards, memorial cards, wills, obituaries, cemetery recordings and more at Don't miss these death records for your ancestor!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Getting Copies of Documents on AncestorsAtRest

Genealogists frequently ask me where and how they can get copies of a genealogy document they saw listed on my Blog ( or my website

Many documents such as coffin plates, funeral cards, obituaries and family bibles are submitted to me by visitors. Sometimes they want to be contacted, so I provide their email address and name. Sometimes they don't. In those cases all you will see is their name.

Some items, especially the coffin plates, are my own private collection. I probably won't sell you the coffin plate (although you can always ask).

If I don't have a name with the items, it's either mine or it was an early submission (before I was careful about putting submitter names with those items!)

I hope you have found an interesting item for your ancestor and can enjoy the items online.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Victoria County GenWeb Host

I'm the new host of Victoria County GenWeb and am looking forward to the challenge. Victoria County Genweb is part of the Ontario GenWeb Project.

The former hosts left the genealogy data online which was appreciated! I'm busy adding more so check back frequently.

Don't hesitate to write to me if you have Victoria County links or genealogy data you want added to the site! My email address is on the website

Friday, August 31, 2007

New Naturalization Certificates online

Email on the mailing list:

Naturalization Records today added Naturalization Certificates and Alien Registration Cards for several individuals in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan,
Massachusetts and Colorado. Is one your ancestor?

See index to Naturalization Records on

These are the certs added today:

*Certificate of Naturalization Elizabeth Koval, from Czechoslovakia, in Pennsylvania 1945

*Certificate of Naturalization Alexander Johnson Duncanson from Canada or United Kingdom, of East Jordan, Michigan 1925 + wife & children

*Certificate of Naturalization Michael Chekorin from Russia, New York City 1940

*Naturalization Certificate William Parker Deerfield,Franklin County Massachusetts 1859

*Certificate of Citizenship Henry A. Foye from Ireland Arapahoe County Colorado 1894

See index to Alien Registration Records on

This registration was added today:

*McKeesport, Alleghany County, Pennsylvania Alien Identification Card for Elizabeth Koval 1940 (includes her exact date of immigration and port of entry)

Thanks to the submitters who generously shared these records, we're building a very nice online free database!

If you would like to submit a record or a scan of a record for your ancestor, please send it to (replace AT with @ in the email)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Kent County Ontario Deaths 1870 to 1879

Kent County Ontario Deaths 1870 to 1879

I have put a few Kent County Deaths that people have submitted to me over the years. You can see them at
Kent County Deaths

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Death Records on Paper Trails Blog

Death Records found on Paper Trails Blog

* Tredegar Cemetery Exhumation Certificate from 1879... South Wales, Tredegar Cemetery, United Kingdom

* Obituary Hattie Wilson 1888 Illinois

* WW1 Death Records DUGGAN

* Last Will and Testament, June 2, 1866, Mrs.Mary Harrold

* Probate of Will, October 11, 1871, Mrs.Hannah Smith

* 1825 FALKIRK SCOTLAND Doctors medicine bill -

* New Hampshire Will 1859 - Isaac Morse

Monday, August 20, 2007

Are you related? Mummified Baby found in wall

Jul 25, 2007

A local renovator found a mummified infant wrapped in a flowered comforter and old newspaper dated Sept. 12, 1925, in the wall of a house he was working on in Riverdale, Toronto.

A land title search showed that the Kintyre Ave. home was purchased in 1919 by Wesley Russell. Newspapers report that Mr. Russell died in February, 1939 and his wife Della lived in the house until 1941, when she was admitted as a patient to Toronto Ontario Hospital. It isn't known if the baby belonged to the couple who lived in the home at the time. In fact it isn't known when or how the baby died - while the 1925 newspaper might seem like a clue, that doesn't mean the death happened that year.

Many reports and articles are circulating and some reporters have discovered a few genealogical facts about Wesley and Della - such as their marriage in Belleville Ontario in 1898. I thought it would be interesting to see if I could find more, as some papers are stating that they hope relatives will be found who might see to the burial of the infant.

Wesley Russell & Della Rutter were married 12 Oct 1898 in Belleville Ontario. records do not show parents' names but the online Bridge St. Wesleyan Methodist (now United Church), Belleville records show Wesley as age 19 son of
Wellington RUSSELL & Fanny BELLKNAP

The 1901 Census finds Wesley F Russel age 21 and Della Russell, age 20, living in Ameliasburg, Prince Edward County

The 1911 Census finds Wesley Russell age 29 and Della age 25 along with Charles Rutter age 23(probably Della's brother) living at 3 Ashby St in Toronto.

Charles Ruter is found in the 1901 census for Prince Edward County with his parents James A Rutter (born ca 1851) and Emmma J. (born ca 1861) along with 2 siblings - James M born ca 1889 and a daughter born ca 1893.

Checking the online Ontario Vital Stats found James Morden Rutter born 3 Oct 1889 to James Albert Rutter and Emma Jane Babcock in Prince Edward County

More checking found other children born to James Albert Rutter and Emma Jane Babcock:

* Alla [Ella?] May Born 20 May 1893 in Prince Edward County

* Herbert or Howard born 14 Jan 1897 in Prince Edward County

Next I found the marriage of James Albert Rutter and Emma Jane Babcock on 13 Aug 1876 in Ameliasburg Township. Unfortunately the parents' names are not given

The last great clue came from the 1881 census -- James Rutter, 28, wife Emma J. 22 and two children - Sarah A age 4 and Ardelia E age 4 months, are found in Ameliasburg, Prince Edward county.

Ardelia of course is our DELLA who married Wesley Russel and who may or may not be the mother of the dead child found in the walls

I haven't found the birth of Della or Charles Rutter but many births were never registered. However I am sure that Della was a child of James Rutter and Emma Babcock.

Hopefully someone recognizes these names as being part of their family tree!

(Sources:,, Automated

Read some of the news stories on Google or copy and paste these links into your web browser

Staunton, Macoupin County Illinois Court Records

Hi All

I have created a index to a Staunton, Macoupin County Court Records Book that I have in my collection. The ledger covers the years 1930 to 1957 and gives lots of great info on the court cases of that time period. The index is free for everyone to see. You can find it online at

Staunton Court Records

I hope you find someone of interest.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Special August Discount Membership!

More news from Olive Tree Genealogy! After talking to Footnote .com they agreed to extend the special discount offer on memberships for the rest of August for anyone using a special link on Olive Tree Genealogy website.

You can get this discount price by going to Olive Tree Genealogy and clicking on the link at the top of the page

or at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Feel free to tell others about this Special Price for all of August through the Olive Tree Genealogy Special link

Monday, August 13, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

More Kansas Obits Online

I have added more Kansas obits. You can see them at

Some of the new names are

Allen, Bailey, Brasted, Brooks, Buckbee, Burke, Davis, Deterting, Dietz, Dollar, Dulohery, Foster, Golden, Gray, Hake, Hamilton, Hanks, Hanni, Hoyt, Hudiburg, Hudiburgh, Iverson, James, Jarus, Jenkins, Johnston, Kasselman, Kirkman, Kraus, Krebs, Knutson, Lawrence, Lindholm, McCann, McCormick, Meridith, Meyer, Miller, Million, Oursler, Overstreet, Parker, Peal, Pfeifer, Pickens, Prichard, Ross, Salina, Savant, Scharping, Schmidt, Short, Sonderegger, Stickney, Tate, Wiedeman, Williams

Good Luck

Friday, August 10, 2007

Cheshire England Memorial Cards (over 50)

Memorial cards many from the Tarporley and Eaton areas of Cheshire England.

name of deceased, their location, and date of death:

John Asprey, Tarporley, 1876
Alice Burgess, Luton, 1934
George Bell, Tarporley, 1889
Edward Barton, Luton, 1931
Elizabeth Banks, Westhead, 1888
Robert Brackenridge, Liverpool, 1875
Henry Carter, Tarporley, 1910
Frances Carter, Eaton, 1903
Maria Carter, Eaton, 1902
Richard Cooke, Londonderry, 1893
Eliza Cawley, Tarporley, 1910
Ellen Clarke, Tarporley, 1889
Joseph Clarke, Tarporley, 1873
Alice Caiger, Paddington, 1897
Anne Done, Tarporley, 1872
John Deveraux(?), Lee, 1912
Frances Dolben, 1892
Thomas Dickinson, Luddington Hill, 1914
Hannah Dickinson, Tarporley, 1909
Ann Deakin, Cote-Brook, 1911
Eli Deakin, Cote-Brook, 1911
Lydia Forshaw, Skelmersdale, 1909
Edwin Fitton, Eaton, 1882
Martha Hasall, Eaton, 1887
Mary Hassall, Eaton, 1880
John Hassall, Eaton, 1900
Elizabeth Hassall, Tarporley, 1896
Rose Heath, Tarporley, 1915
Sarah Jane Hewitt, Tarporley
Frederick Hall, Gillingham (Kent), 1909
John Johnson, Cote-Brook, 1909
Richard Jones, Smithdown Lane, 1870
Mary Kay, Eaton, 1894
Martha Lewis, Cote-Brook, 1904
Christopher Orton, 1893
Emily Pinney, Ecton, 1894
Elizabeth Prince, Tarporley, 1895
Thomas Prince, Delamere, 1876
Elizabeth Prince, Tarporley, 1895
Elizabeth Prince, Eaton, 1906
Sarah Prince, Tarporley, 1866
Thomas Prince, Delamere, 1876
Ruth Prince, Eaton, 1899
George Prince, Tarporley, 1876
Ruth Prince, Eaton, 1899
Mary Stockton, Tarporley, 1898
Albert Shewring, Lea, 1921
Robert A. Taylor, Lathom, 1937
Eliza Tomlin, 1906
Annie Tuddenham, Basingstoke, 1948
John Turton, Latham, 1947
Herbert Vernon, Chester, 1897
John Vernon, Eaton, 1872
Thomas Vernon, Eaton, 1872
Jesse Walker, Eaton, 1908

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Funeral Card Harry and Sarah Kriner

Funeral Card

Henry Kriner
born june 7, 1827
died March 22, 1906
age 78 years

Sarah A. Kriner
born Oct. 20, 1833
died Feb. 10, 1908

Monday, July 16, 2007

1914 Funeral Card H.D. Nortrup

1914 Funeral Remembrance Mourning Cabinet card. Black with gold print and decoration. Shows a bible, dove, and scroll with verse.

In Loving Remembrance of
H. D. Nortrup
Born Dec. 12, 1854
Died Feb. 2, 1914
Age 59 yrs. 1 mo. 21 days

Sunday, July 01, 2007

How to date and identify ancestor photographs

Helping researchers identify Ancestor Photosis now online at Olive Tree Genealogy.

It is a companion project to Lost Faces - Photo Albums, which is the rescue of old albums from the mid to late 1800s

See graphic examples of

Types of Early Photographs

Hints for Dating Old Photographs

Dating Old Photographs through Clothing & Hairstyle

How Revenue Stamps Can Date Ancestor Photos

This project should help anyone who has an old photograph of an ancestor but doesn't know how old it might be.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

Funeral Card Phebe Garnett of Nantwhich 1904

Phebe Garnett of Nantwich departed this life March 10th 1904 (probably Nantwich Cheshire England)

Submitted by Chester Graham. No Photo included

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Funeral Card William Fisher, Nantwich Cheshire England 1906

William Fisher of Nantwich died 16th December 1906.

See Funeral Card for his wife Ann Fisher.

The 1891 England census shows Fisher, William born about 1823 Rixton, Lancashire, England living in Burland, Cheshire England with wife Ann born about 1824 in Acton Cheshire England and daughter Ellen born 1850 in Acton. Find this family on more census records for Cheshire England on U.K. & Ireland Genealogy Records

Submitted by Alice Fisher (no photo)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Memorial Card Alfred Little 1882 - 1889

Framed Memorial Card

In Affectionate Remembrance of Alfred Little who died on May 29th 1889, Aged 6 years & 11 months.

The card is mounted in frame with handpainted trees, flowers and pots on the inside of the glass. The Card was framed by A Turley, Carver,Gilder & Picture Framer- A speciality in Funeral Card frames.

Submitted by Corinne Gladley (no photo)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Scottish Passenger Lists 1823-1829 Online

More Scottish Passengers Lists have been added to Olive Tree Genealogy.

These are partial lists, gathered from the names of those admitted to the New York Almshouse before 1830. The New York Almshouse records give details of the ship name, port of departure and place of origin of each individual (as well as the standard date of admission, age and so on)

This is part of an ongoing project to extract the names of passengers on board ships sailing from Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany and France, to New York. See Ships to New York 1800-1824

The following ships are now online:

* Ships Passenger List of Ship Comet Sailing from Greenock Scotland for New York
* Ships Passenger List of ship Friends sailing from Greenock Scotland arriving New York
* Ships Passenger List of Ship Camillus Sailing for New York from Greenock Scotland before
* Ships Passenger List of Ship Richmond Sailing from Greenock Scotland for New York
* Ships Passenger List of Ship Franklin sailing from Greenock Scotland arriving New York
* Passenger List of Ship Eliza Sailing from Dundee Scotland for New York
* Ships Passenger List of ship Tom sailing from Greenock Scotland arriving New York
* Ships Passenger List of Ship Hero sailing from Greenock Scotland arriving New York
* Ships Passenger List of ship Roger Stewart sailing from Greenock Scotland arriving New York
* Ships Passenger List of Ship Superior sailing from Greenock Scotland arriving New York
* Ships Passenger List of Brok or Brooke sailing from Greenock Scotland arriving New York

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Ships Passenger Lists Ireland to New York 1819-1829

27 Ships Passenger Lists Sailing from Ireland to New York between 1819 and 1829 have been added to the current ships passenger lists online at Olive Tree Genealogy.

These are partial lists gathered from the names of individuals admitted to the New York Almshouse before 1830. The New York Almshouse records give details of the ship name, port of departure and place of origin of each individual (as well as the standard date of admission, age and so on)

This is part of an ongoing project to extract the names of passengers on board ships sailing from Canada, Scotland,Ireland, England, Germany and France, to New York. See Ships to New York 1800-1824 and 1825-1849
or choose Ships From Ireland 1825-1830

The following ships lists were added today:

* Ship Otis from Dublin Ireland
* Ship Ontario from Dublin Ireland
* Ship Prince from Dublin Ireland
* Ship John & Adam from Cork Ireland
* Ship Schuykill from Cork Ireland
* Ship William from Cork Ireland
* Ship Laurel from Dublin Ireland
* Ship Lord Strangford from Dublin Ireland
* Ship Louisa from Belfast Ireland
* Ship Wilson from Cork Ireland
* Ship Ganges from Cork Ireland
* Ship Henry from Cork Ireland
* Ship Dianna from Cork Ireland
* Ship Liverpool from Cork Ireland
* Ship Union from Cork Ireland
* Ship Trio from Cork Ireland
* Ship Hope from Galway Ireland
* Ship Marcella from Galway Ireland
* Amanda from Galway Ireland
* Ship Jubilee from Galway Ireland
* Ship Newry from Newry Ireland
* Ship Mary from Dublin Ireland
* Ship New England from Dublin Ireland
* Ship Thomas from Dublin Ireland
* Ship Hibernia from Dublin Ireland
* Ship Dublin Packet from Cork Ireland
* Ship Othello from Dublin, Ireland

Friday, June 08, 2007

Burials in Milwaukee County Wisconsin Almshouse & Poor Farm Cemeteries

The Milwaukee County Farm Cemetery (a.k.a. Potter's Field) was used during the years 1872-1974. This cemetery was used for the poorhouse inmates and also for burial of other indigent people and transients for whom no funds were available for burial.

There are nearly 6,400 names in the burial register book. The names of the deceased are now online for 1872-1974 at Burials in Milwaukee County Wisconsin Almshouse & Poor Farm Cemeteries The years 1893-1913 are missing.

Search other Almshouse records for Canada, USA & England on Olive Tree Genealogy

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

New Sections On Ancestors At Rest

I have added some new sections to Ancestors At Rest in the last little while. The New sections are Newspapers, Institution Records, School Yearbooks, Ships Passenger Lists, and Naturalization Records. The New sections are not yet finished but I have made them live so I thought it would be OK to tell you all about them. It will take me a few more days to polish them up.

You can have a peek at the new sections by using the links below.

Institution Records

Naturalization Records

School Yearbooks


Monday, June 04, 2007

Canadian Ships Passenger Lists being indexed

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and will focus on indexing the Quebec City passenger lists from 1870 - 1900, totalling more than 750,000 names. The digital images of these and other Canadian ships passenger lists are already on the LAC website but can only be searched by ship name or date of arrival.

The index for Quebec City will be available free of charge on LAC as well as on Eventually the entire Canadian passenger list collection from 1865 to 1935, which includes ports in Halifax, St. John, Vancouver, Victoria and North Sydney, is digitized and indexed.

In addition to the Canadian passenger list collection, later this year and LAC will make available border crossings records from the United States to Canada that took place between 1908 and 1935.

These additions add to's current online Canadian Border Crossing Collection, which include more than 4 million names of individuals who crossed the Canadian-U.S. border between 1895 and 1956.

For more Canadian Passenger List Resources, visit Olive Tree Genealogyand Ships Lists Online

Thursday, May 31, 2007

NEW!! Civil War Records online at

Exciting News! has digitized and indexed records including Confederate Soldiers Service Records, the Southern Claims Commission Records, and the Lincoln Assassination Trial Papers. brings to life these stories within millions of original Civil War documents, most of which have never been available before on the internet. This was made possible through their partnership with NARA

Footnote plans to eventually create the largest Civil War community on the web with additional options such as being able to upload their own photos and documents and create their own footnotes by annotating and commenting on the records.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

More New Data On Ancestors At Rest

Hi All
I have added more data to Ancestors At Rest

Marriages in Littleton, County Middlesex 1564 ~ 1652. This went on line the other day but I forgot to tell you all about it. Littleton Marriages

Death Records in the Emmetsburg Democrat, Wednesday, May 20, 1885. Emmetsburg Death Records

I have also updated my school yearbook section.
School Yearbooks

Good Luck

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Littleton, County Middlesex England, Genealogy

I have just added some records for Littleton in County Middlesex England. Baptisms for the years 1579 to 1652 from the Parish Register.

You can see all the genealogy records for England including the new Littleton Baptisms at

Ancestors At Rest

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Theft of 800 Gravestone Bronze Urns

Police suspect high price for bronze behind theft of 800 tombstone urns

John Willox and his girlfriend had hoped to place some flowers at her father's grave over the weekend. It was the second anniversary of his death and they wanted to mark it.

But when they arrived at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Toronto's west end they found the bronze flower vase mounted on the tombstone was gone. So were the vases on about a dozen other tombstones nearby, all part of an apparent theft of about 800 vases from the Albion Rd. cemetery.

Rest of story on The Toronto Star

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Funeral Card Elizabeth Bond 1898

Elizabeth Bond died April 22nd 1898 (probably Nantwhich Cheshire England)

Submitted by Chris Bond, no picture available

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Some More Coffin Plates

I have put some more coffin plates online in the last week or so. Some of the names are Sanborn, Micklejohn, Fitts. You can see them at

Coffin Plates


Tuesday, May 15, 2007 Teams with FamilySearch to Release Revolutionary War Pension Files

Today, announced an agreement with FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of genealogical information.

This new partnership brings together two organizations that will utilize their combined resources to digitize and make available many large historical collections. The first project will be the three million U.S. Revolutionary War Pension files which will be published for the first time online in their entirety.

The Revolutionary War Pension Files feature original records that include muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns and other miscellaneous personnel pay and supply records of American Army Units from 1775-1783. They provide a wealth of new information for historians and genealogists which they can share with other colleagues and family members.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Burial Site Found in Lincoln, Niagara County Ontario

Cemeteries Act (Revised) Notice of Declaration

Re: Burial Site located at the South Side of Chestnut
Street, (formerly St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church &
Cemetery circa 1876, and no longer in existence), Part of
Part of Lot 17, Concession 2, Lots 75-82 in Registered
Plan #41A, Town of Lincoln, Regional Municipality of
Naigara, Province of Ontario.

Take notice that on June 19th, 2006, a burial site at the
above location was reported to the Registrar of the
Cemeteries Act (Revised).

An investigation conducted under the provisions of the
Cemeteries Act (Revised) indicates a burial of one adult
within lot 79 close to the lot 80 boundary.

The Registrar hereby gives notice of the intention to
declare the site to be an "Unapproval Cemetery", and
invites representatives of the person whose remains are
still interred to contact the Registrar in writing within
two weeks after May 18th, 2007.

Dated at Toronto this 11th day of May 2007.

Michael D'Mello
Registrar, Cemeteries Act (Revised)
Cemeteries Regulation Unit
Ministry of Government Services
5775 Yonge Street, 15th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E5

Telephone 416-326-8393 Fax 416-326-8406

FYI: Chestnut Street is located off Jordan Road in Jordan
Station, Town of Lincoln.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Funeral Card William Hay, Scotland 1904-1924

In Loving Memory of WILLIAM WATSON HAY - dearly beloved son of ALEXANDER AND BELLA HAY of MUIRS OF CLOVA, KILDRUMMY [Aberdeenshire Scotland] who was accidentally killed at GARTLY [Aberdeenshire Scotland] on 22ND AUGUST 1924 aged 20 years.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

Death Record Finder - Finding an Ancestor in Death Records and Substitutes

Most genealogists search death records such as Cemetery records, Obituaries and Vital Stats (Death Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those death records, we're stuck! Where to search next? The ADF (Ancestor Death Finder) can help.

What happens when a loved one dies? What events take place around the death of a family member? What kind of death record paper trail is created on the death of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of death records and hopefully end that brick-wall.

When an ancestor dies, many records of that death might be created. Let's talk about records kept before an ancestor death and those created after a death.

Was your ancestor ill before death? Look for records of your ancestor in health care records before death
* Hospital Records & Receipts
* Doctor's Bill & Receipts
* Druggist, Pharmacy and Store Bills & Receipts

Your Ancestor Dies - what happens now? Depending on the type of death (accident, suicide, murder) an inquest might be held. A coroner's report might be filed. There may be a newspaper account of the death. There will be a doctor certificate of death and possibly registration of the death.Look for death records in
* Coroner's inquest
* Court records
* Newspaper accounts
* Doctor's certificate of death
* Church Record of Death
* Death Registration in Vital Stats

Friends and relatives have to be notified so look for death records in
* Funeral Cards
* Obituary
* Death Notices

Continue reading this Deatch Recorder Finder article for more tips and suggestsions on finding Death Records for an ancestor

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

More Meath Ireland Data On Ancestors At Rest

I have added Bishops of the Diocese of Meath Ireland 1152 ~ 1897 to The Diocese of Meath was established in the year A.D. 552. It has remained an independent diocese in the Roman Catholic Church. In the Church of Ireland, it is part of the Diocese of Meath and Kildare.

Bishops of the Diocese of Meath Ireland 1152 ~ 1897

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Funeral Cards DE YONG 1916, 1917

These cards are for a mother and son:

Dirk De Yong, born Oct. 27, 1899 Died April 13, 1917, Age 17 yrs. 5 mos. 16 days

Mrs. Anthony De Yong born Jan. 15, 1881, died March 30, 1816 Age 35 yrs. 2 mos. 15 days.

On the backs of the photograph card #1 are written: Dirk De Young oldest son of Ione (Anthony?) & Lilly De Young

and on #2 card "Lilly de Yong"

Thursday, April 12, 2007

FREE Access to's Immigration Collection!

To celebrate the 100 anniversary of 1907 - the largest year of immigration through Ellis Island - Ancestry is giving all researchers FREE ACCESS to their Immigration Collection until April 30, 2007

Discover your ancestors in the largest collection of passenger lists available online. Search more than 100 million names from more than 100 U.S. ports.

See details and link to Ancestry's FREE Immigration Records Collection (Free Until April 30, 2007) Includes arrivals in New York (Castle Garden, Ellis Island), Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and more

Monday, April 09, 2007

Seventy tombstones toppled at Delhi Cemetery Ontario

Cemetery vandalism 'just awful'

Seventy tombstones toppled at Delhi Cemetery; monument makers help fix damage for free


Wednesday April 04, 2007

"Is nothing sacred anymore?" asked Norfolk County OPP Constable Marc Perrier, as he surveyed the Delhi Cemetery last Thursday.

Perrier and Const. Dave Ongena were at the cemetery collecting fingerprints, footprints, paintballs and other evidence left behind after 70 headstones were toppled sometime during the early morning hours of March 29.

Fresh flowers scattered and trampled could be found littered around toppled headstones.

While all the headstones represent loved ones now resting in peace there were some that stirred emotions, like that of the late Linda Marlene Derer who was six at the time of her death.

"Look at this," said grave technician Orrie Ecker, who was at the cemetery assessing the damage, as he held up a piece of a porcelain broken off the wing of Derer's tombstone angel. "This was the angel her parents probably put on her gravestone to act as a guardian. Now it has a broken wing, what a shame."

Shaking their heads and trying to figure out why anyone would find pleasure in disrupting the dead, Ecker said this is a crime without any just cause.

"These people have done nothing to deserve this," he said. "It's a shame."

Ongena, the first officer at the scene, said he originally thought the act of vandalism was reserved to a few headstones near the centre of the cemetery, until he
continued to the north side of the cemetery where the majority of the damage was concentrated.

"People are obviously very upset by this," said Ongena, as random people entered the area to check on their loved one's headstones. "The problem with vandalism in a cemetery is that these headstones aren't just headstones, to the families and loved ones of these individuals these headstones represent their deceased loved ones. It's there [sic] memory that's been disrespected."

Ongena is hopeful that fingerprints from the monument surfaces and fresh footprints in the soil may help identify those responsible.

"My mothers and fathers headstone has been overturned," said Delhi Cemetery Company director George Kough, pointing in the direction of their plots. "I want to find out what joy anybody would get out of treating someone's late loved one this way. What did it accomplish?"

Although Kough had questioned how the estimated $5,000 in damage would be corrected, he speculated last Thursday the cost would likely be incurred through insurance or from the family's pockets.

But it was an offer from Jack Bradfield, of Bradfield Monuments, and Peter Mauthe, of J&M Memorial, that provided comfort.

"They were so disgusted by what happened they came forward and offered to fix the headstones free of charge," said cemetery board president Bert Hooftman. "This was a Godsend to us because (the DCC) is not a money-making outfit. We didn't know where we were going to come up with the money to fix all the damage done."

Bradfield said he closed his Simcoe location to bring his entire staff, while Mauthe said he left just his wife in their Simcoe office and brought the rest of his staff to Delhi.

"It's just awful what has been done here," said Bradfield. "These stones aren't light, which is why I can't for the life of me figure out how they managed to get so many of them off."

"If you've got to find a positive here, it's that at least there wasn't a lot of damage done to the headstones besides being push off their mounts," said Mauthe. "This is the worst case of cemetery vandalism I've seen, that's for sure."

As Bradfield, Mauthe and their crews worked to erect the monuments, many local residents were arriving at the cemetery to check the status of family headstones.

"My father's stone has been turned over, who do I talk to about putting it back up?" asked one gentleman, who declined to give his name.

"You don't have to worry about it," responded Bradfield. "We're here and we're going to take care of it."

"You are?" said the man. "Oh, thank you so much. I didn't know what I was going to do. Thank you."

The two simple words made the effort worth it for Bradfield and Mauthe.

"All I have to hear is thank you and I know I'm doing a good thing," said Mauthe.

Last weekend two Norfolk County youths contacted OPP about their involvement with the cemetery vandalism, which resulted in both being charged with mischief over $5,000

The first youth, a 14-year-old Delhi boy, contacted police and revealed his involvement on March 31, while the second youth, a 17-year-old male, came to OPP headquarters in Simcoe on April 1 and admitted his involvement with the incident.

The two are to appear in Provincial Court in Simcoe at a later date to answer to the charges.

Police believe other persons may be involved with the vandalism. Police are asking for those responsible to come forward. They are also encouraging anyone with knowledge on
this crime to come forward.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Victoria Harbour Ontario, Honor Roll 1916

I put this data on line a while back but I think I forgot to add it to the blog.
This is a scan of the Victoria Harbour Honor Roll Feb 24, 1916. It was taken from The New Era Newspaper Feb 24 1916. The New Era was published in Victoria Harbour. It is a list of men from Victoria Harbour and vicinity who have enlisted for overseas service in World War One.
Honor Roll 1916

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Staunton Illinois Data Comming Soon

I have just purchased a fantastic Court Records book for Staunton Illinois. It has hundreds of names of people who were arrested or sued in Staunton Illinois in the 1930s 1940s and 1950s. I will be putting a list of names found in the book online in a few days.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

More Names Clear Spring, Washington County Maryland 1860s Store Ledger

I have had so many people requesting lookups in the Clear Spring, Washington County Maryland 1860s Store Ledger that I have made notes of any new surnames that I find in the book. The Clear Spring ledger is starts in September 1861 and ends in April 1874. The ledger contains 405 pages of great genealogical and historical information for this part of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

I have put the new list of names on line at Clear Spring Ledger.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Obituary James DRENAN, Vermont


Died at his residence in Woodbury, Sept 12, James DRENAN, aged 42.

For the last tenyears he was a worthy member of the M. E. church. He was a zealous and devoted Christian. A warm friend to the chruch, the slave and unconverted sinner—and for these he plead, with powers that few possess.

He had a peaceful and triumphat death. When drawing near the close of life he remarked ”that he longed to depart and be with Jesus.” He observed to his wife, “I love you and the dear children, but I love my Jesus more.” Thus he joyfully took his departure to the world of spirits, leaving a wife and six small children, together with a large circle of friends to mourn their loss, but comforted with the assurance, that their loss is his gain.

East Calais, Oct. 10, 1848

(No name of paper given. East Calais presumed Vermont. Pasted inside front cover of Bible.) Transcribed by Ruth Barton, 11 March 2007. Her comments in ( )

See Drenan Family Bible More obituaries to follow

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Obituary Jennie S. Haskell nee Lilley, Vermont & New Hampshire


Died in Acworth, N. H., November 7th, of typhoid fever Jennie S. HASKELL, daughter of Patrick and Clarissa LILLEY of Woodbury, Vermont., aged 36 years, 5 months and 4 days.

As a child she was known but to be loved, and as she advanced in years and he acquaintances extended, she commanded universal respect where known.

At the age of about twenty years she married Charlie E. HASKELL of Calais. In September, 1878, they went to Acworth, New Hampshire where they resided until her death and the high esteem in which she was held by the people where she lived, the following shows, having been written by a lady of that place:

”Of a quiet, unobtrusive nature, always in her proper place and industriously striving to do her whole duty in her home, she steadily gained the esteem and love of all who knew her.

Only three short years since she came among us a stranger, and today the
tearful eyes and tender words of her friends and neighbors, as they review
together their pleasant recollections of Jennie, prove how strongly she had become endeared to their hearts, and how kindly her memory will be

’She’s crossed the shining river
On waves of azure blue,
To weave with fragrant garlands
A home of rest for you.

You’ll cross the shining river,
You’ll clasp her to your heart,
Where love shall reign forever,
Where loved ones never part.’
South Acworth, N. H. , Nov. 8, ‘81”

The circumstances of her death in some respects were very afflicting. The sad news of her sickness reached her parents on Saturday evening, and on Monday morning her mother started to see her, arriving at her home two and one-half hours after her death, not having heard the sad news until she reached the door of the home.

The remains were brought to her former home where her funeral was attended by many of her friends and acquaintances.

Mr. and Mrs. LILLEY wish to say “that the people in Acworth have their highest esteem and most profound gratitude for their kindness to their child while in their midst.”

Transcribed by Ruth Barton, 11 March 2007. Her comments in ( )

See Drenan Family Bible More obituaries to follow

Saturday, March 31, 2007

More Coffin Plates Today

I have put some more coffin plates online on AncestorsAtRest. One is for Adam H Jaynes from Ontario.

Adam H Jaynes
Died Feby 26th 1921
Aged 71 years 10 mons

If you want to have a peek at the index to coffin plates go toCoffin Plates

Good Luck

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Obituary Warner S. DRENAN, Vermont


Warner S. DRENAN is dead. After years of suffering, he breathed his last, Thursday night at his residence on Highland Ave., surrounded by dear friends, in the presence of a loving wife and baby children. It is not known how long he had been ill nor how much he had suffered. Born of hardy, pioneer parents, his wasn’t a nature that would complain and it is evident that he has suffered in silence for several years. The recent and more severe illness came upon him more than a year ago and cause was then diagnosed as consuption. About three months ago he was prostrated with the terrible malady and from which prostration he never recovered. Kind hands of loving friends ministered tohis every wnt and the best professional service was tendered him, but the fell destroyer had a too tenacious grasp on a constitution never strong and he passed away as in a gentle sleep, mourned by friends, relatives and neighbors alike. The editor of the GAZETTE regrets to state that he had no personal acquaintance with Mr. DRENAN, but he notes that his neighbors were his friends and a shadow of sorrow seems to hang over the whole community in the untimely demise of this popular young man. He has been a resident of Hardwick since he was five years of age.

He was born at Fort Slocum in 1864 and moved here with his father in 1869. Though bereft of a mother’s careduring his tender years his manly nature led him in paths that were right and he grew to manhood with attainments that, had he health, would have given him a peerage among peers. A close student at the Hardwick Academy, at the age of seventeen he was possessed of qualifications that entitled him to the positon of teacher which fact was taken advantage of and he followed that vocation for eight years, teaching the East Hardwick school successfully for seven terms.

In 1889 he married Miss Alma M. SILLOWAY, an estimable young lady of Elmore, who had been an assistant teacher to him during several terms. It may have been about this time that Mr. DRENAN became cognizant of the malady that later caused his demise. Leaving bright prospects at the old home, taking with him his bride of but a few hours he went to Sprague, Wash., where he secured a lucrativ position with the Union Pacific railroad. After five years of constant labor there he returned to Hardwick the illness of his father demanding his attention. Since then he has earned his livelihood by such light work as he was able to do.

The funeral was heldd from the Methodist Episcopal church last Saturday at one o’clock, Rev. W. S. SMITHERS officiating. The Hardwick band of which the deceased was an honored member attended the procession from the residence to the church thence to the cemetery, rendering beautiful dirges, of which the deceased was fond in life.

One of the largest congregations ever assembled in the M. E. church was present to do homage to an honest man. The floral offerings were very beautiful and were ingeniously arranged among the floral tributes was a very beautiful wreath in the centre of which were the letters “H. C. B.” The arrangement of the flowers was made by Miss Carrie WILLIAMS. A large procession followed the remains to the new cemetry. There he peacefully sleeps on the hillside among the flowers of his native town, and though interred with sorrow and gloom the birds are singing requiems over the new made mound in joy that a suffering soul has been released from troulbe and is at last at rest.

Some other world is glad to see
One star that ‘s gone away;
The light whose going makes our night
Makes somewhere else a day.

(No date or name of paper noted) Transcribed by Ruth Barton, 11 March 2007. Her comments in ( )

See Drenan Family Bible More obituaries to follow

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Funeral Card Ann Fisher 1824-1900 Cheshire England

Ann Fisher beloved wife of William Fisher who departed this life Oct 1st 1900 age 76 years. See funeral card for her husband William Fisher

The 1891 census shows Fisher, William born about 1823 Rixton, Lancashire, England living in Burland, Cheshire England with wife Ann born about 1824 in Acton Cheshire England and daughter Ellen born 1850 in Acton.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

WW1 Memorial Card Ivy & Freda REEVES Victims on board Galway Castle, England to S. Africa 1918

In loving memory of Ivy and Freda, beloved children of Howard and Frances Reeves of Johannesburg, who were lost in the Galway Castle which was torpedoed by a Geman submarine when returning home from England.

On September 12, 1918. Aged 9 and 7 years.

Friday, March 23, 2007

1904 Funeral Card Matilda McClure

1904 Funeral Remembrance Mourning Cabinet card. White with silver and black decoration. Shows a bird carrying a scroll with a verse.

In Loving Remembrance of
Matilda A. McClure
Died May 5, 1904
Age 66 years 5 mon 1 days

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Casket Plaque COCHRAN 1886

Phoebe Cochran died 97 years old in 1886

no photo available, submitted by Phyllis Jenkins ( October 2006

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Funeral Card Christiana Baker 1855-1923

Funeral remembrance card for Mrs. Christiana Baker, who died on July 25, 1923 aged 69 years

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Names Of Electors In Oswego New York

I have put a new database online for Oswego, New York. Names Of Electors In Oswego New York. The list of names on this page were found in the Samuel Stevenson papers. Samuel Stevenson ran a sawmill in Oswego, Oswego County, New York. He started to run the Sawmill in Dec of 1858 and was still running it in 1860.

The list of names on this page were found on some old papers that have been torn out of a ledger. The ledger was in alphabetical order but the only pages that have survived are C, D, V, W, H, S. I have not yet been able to determine the year of this election but from looking at the names and comparing them to census records I feel that it is most likely from the 1860 to 1900 time frame.

If you want to have a look at the database go to

Names Of Electors In Oswego New York.

Good Luck.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Fraserville Cemetery, Cavan Township, Peterborough County Ontario

I hane put some photos of graves in Fraserville Cemetery, Cavan Township, Peterborough County Ontario online at Ancestors At Rest.

You can see them at

Fraserville Cemetery

Good Luck.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

West Yarmouth Woodside Cemetery, County of Barnstable Massachusetts

West Yarmouth Woodside Cemetery County of Barnstable Massachusetts in the village of Yarmouth Port which is part of the town of Yarmouth.

I walked West Yarmouth Woodside Cemetery in Barnstable
Massachusetts in August 2006.

Following is a PARTIAL list of photos I have online at

Ancestors At Rest


Ancestors At Rest Massachusetts

E. Elliott son of Elnathon & Julia A. Baker

Eliza wife of Elkanah Crowell died May 8 1884 (Eliza Bacon)

Elkanah Crowell died December 30 1885 age 92 years 9 months

Francis Crowell died 1905

Isaiah Crowell and wife Mercy Baker with children Lewis
Francis, Amelia, Francis Bacon and infant son

Ezekiel Crowell Jr who died on board Ship --- on her
passage from New York to New Orleans November 12, 1844 age
21 years

Capt. Abner Crowell died April 18, 1836 aged 63

Olive Widow of Abner Crowell

Lucendie Baxter (wife of Prince) died 1831 - December 29
age 66

Patty Gorham (wife of Jeremiah) died Nov. 16, 1863

Jeremiah Gorham born May 3 1787 died Dec 3 1861

Cynthia Gorham (wife of Jeremiah) dborn July 6 1783 died
Feb 16 1841

Joshua Taylor (son of Joice & Ruth) died Aug. 28, 1855

Joice Taylor Jr died 1848

Ruth wife of Joice Taylor

Charlotte L Jones (dau of Ansel & Eliza) died 1855 age 19

Prince Webber died 1845 age 38

Polly wife of Prince Webber

Ansell Hawes died March 1806 in his 29th year

Ebenezer Crowell (son of Gorham & Bethiah) died January

Isaiah Parker Born Jan. 10, 1770 Died Jan. 15, 1836

Temperance Parker (wife of Isaiah) died October 28, 1811

Nancy Carlow (wife of Lyman) died December 1811

Molly Gray wife of Gideon Gray, died 1813 in her 70th year

Abigail wife of Capt. Jeremiah Farris who died October 1805

In Memory of Mrs Molly wife of Cap Obadiah Baker who died
Oct 12 1806 in her 41st Year

In memory of Captain Silvenus Crowell Jr who departed this
life March 8 1803 age 42

Elizabeth Taylor wife of Abner Taylor died Dec'r 5th 1803
in the 57th Year of her age

Thomas Parker Departed this life April 9 1783 in the 31st
year (of his age)

Dorcas A Crowell

Jacob Parker died 1776

Abner Taylor son of Abner and Ruth died 1810

Lieut. Daniel Crowell

Susannah wife of Winthrop Sears

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Obituary Josie L. Batchelder nee Drenan, Vermont

(No paper name given. Pasted in back cover of Bible.)


BATCHELDER—Died, in Hardwick, Vt., November 13, Josie L. BATCHELDER, aged forty-five years, six months and four days. Mrs. BATCHELDER was born in Woodbury, Vt., and was the youngest daughter of the late James and Clarissa DRENAN. She was married January 1, 1860, and in September, 1861, Mr. BATCHELDER enlisted in the United States service in which he continued for three years. Being quite frail during this time, Mrs. BATCHELDER broke down in health and never recovered. Throught the close attention of a kind husband and friends her life was prolonged much beyond
its apparent limit. She early gave her heart to the Savior, and though deprived of many religious privileges by reason of poor health she took great delight in reading her Bible and in religious conversation, thus showing her sincere love for Christ and his cause. She ever had a pleasant word for all.

A few days before her death she told Mr. BATCHELDER that she was soon to die, and gave directions in regard to her funeral, making choice of those who should assist inits duties, and choosing two friends who should care for her in her approaching dissolution and prepare her for burial. In a few hours she was taken violently worse and continued to decline until death came to her relief. She leaves no children, a son of four years having died some twenty years ago.

Her funeral services were held in Woodbury, Rev. J. D. BAILEY officiating and speaking from Psalms xi: 1, “In the Lord put I my trust”-- words of her selection. The high esteem in which she was held was shown by the many friends who attended her funeral and by the sympathy expressed in various ways. The following lines were kindly composed by Mrs. S. L. SABIN of Woodbury:

Another has passed from this world of ours,
And tender ties are riven”
While one is left alone to mourn,
Another’s found the rest of heaven.

How sad the loss, the parting pain,
The bleeding heart and sore,
While we yearn for a voice and footstep
That returns to us no more.

But we know there are mansions in heaven,
and beside the jasper sea
Our dear ones are watching and waiting--
Yes, waiting for you and for me.

Ne’er let the heart give place to doubt,
Nor ask, nor question why;
Enough to know, if faithful her
We’ll meet the loved ones by and by.”

Transcribed by Ruth Barton, 11 March 2007. Her comments in ( )

See Drenan Family Bible More obituaries to follow

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Funeral Card William Watson Hay 1924

 Funeral Card William Watson Hay son of Alexander & Belle Hay, who died August 1924 age 20
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Clergy List Of The Diocese Of Meath 1622 Online

I just put a new Irish database online on Ancestors At Rest. Clergy List Of The Diocese Of Meath 1622.

You can see all my Irish records at Ireland.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007

Obituary Major J. S. DRENAN 1840-?


Hardwick (presumed Vermont)
Death of Maj. J. S. DRENAN

We regret to chronicle the death of Major J. S. DRENAN, which occurred at his home here on Sunday last. Deceased was born March 22, 1840. He enlisted at the beginning of the civil war and served for three years, making an excellent war record; for nine months he was confined in a rebel prison. After the war Major DRENAN lived at Morristown for several years, removing to Hardwick, where he had resided ever since, esteemed by his fellow citizens. He organized the G.A. R. post at Hardwick, which bears his name, and was its first commander; for four years also he was secretary and treasurer of the Vermont Association of ex-prisoners of war. The funeral was held on Wednesday under the auspices of the post, the Masonic fraternity also participating. (No date or name of paper on obit) Transcribed by Ruth Barton, 11 March 2007. Her comments in ( )

See Drenan Family Bible

More Drenan Family Obituaries to follow

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Genealogy Records online

Hi All

I have put a little bit of new data on that may be of interest to some of you.


I have put a list of Officers, Council and Members of the County Louth Ireland Archaeological Society 1913 ~ 1914. I think it has about 150 names.


Cumberland County, Nova Scotia Marriage Records 1896 ~ 1908


I have added a few more coffin plates to the index. They are all from the U.S.A. this week.

Hope this post helps.


Friday, March 09, 2007

Funeral Card Lizzie Sahler, 1892

1892 Victorian Funeral Remembrance Card for a 3 year old child named Lizzie D. Sahler age 3 years 3 months 8 days old

Died October 24th 1892

(no image available)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Funeral card Ray Brown 1908

Funeral card for Ray Brown who died August 8th 1908

Memorial Publishing, Greenfield Indiana, Publishers

Gold on Black card with closed book design (bible), poetic verses,and "In Loving Rembrance" banner

no photo available

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Funeral Card Louis Ward WW1 1916 Scotland & France

In loving memory of Louis Barker Ward, 4th Yorkshire Regiment, beloved son of John and Margaret Ward, Scotland Farm, Snilesworth, who was killed in action in France September 17th 1916 age 20 years

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Obit Hattie Wilson Illinois 1888

Mrs. Hattie Wilson Obituary Chenoa Illinois Oct. 18, 1888. Mrs. Hattie Wilson, visiting her sister Mrs. David Codlin, died from overdose of morphine

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Funeral Card Frederick Jollow 1863-1907, Ontario Canada

1907 Ancient Order of Foresters Funeral Card for Frederick J. Jollow, died in Bowmanville Ontario Canada, November 1907, age 44

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

More Burials in Snow Church in Aberdeen, Scotland

I have added more burials in Snow Church in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Snow Church dates back to the 1100s. The burial records that I have on this site start in 1776 and end in 1857.

Snow Church Burials


Monday, February 12, 2007

Funeral Card Arabelle Sahler, 1892

1892 Victorian Funeral Remembrance Card for a 1 year old child named Arabelle Sahler age 1 year 28 days

Died November 9th 1892

New Genealogy Data On Ancestors This Week

I have put some more new data online this past week that may be of intrest to a few of you.

I have as always put more coffin plates online. A few of the names are Rounds, Caswell, Leighton, Thompson, Gordon, Haupt, Clark, Merritt, Collins, Judd, Avery Glenn, Sprague and more.

Coffin Plates

I have also added a bit more Irish genealogy data for Dean's Grange Monumental Inscriptons, Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland and the Kings County Ireland Protestant Orphan Society in 1889.

The Dean's Grange Monumental Inscriptons have been online for a few years now but I have added a few more names.

Deans Grange

The Kings County Ireland Protestant Orphan Society in 1889 is a new data base that just went online today.

Orphan Society

Good Luck

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Friday, February 09, 2007

1917 Funeral Card Frances Marek

1917 Funeral Remembrance Mourning Cabinet card. Black with gold decoration. Shows two doves carrying a scroll with a verse.

In Loving Remembrance of
Frances Marek
Died Feb. 26, 1917
Age 41 years

Addressed to Miss Matie Trauernicht of Barneston, Nebraska. Postmarked Wymore, Nebraska April 9, 1917

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Funeral Card Amos MARTIN 1839-1907

Funeral Card: In Loving Remembrance Of Amos Martin died April 8th 1907 - 68 years old

Monday, February 05, 2007

Funeral Card Mary Schunk Wisconsin 1915

Funeral Memorial Death Card of Mary Schunk born in County Mayo Ireland died November 25, 1915 at Waunakee, Wisconsin

Pennsylvania Funeral Card Bertha MARTIN 1882-1908

Funeral Card: In Loving Remembrance Of Bertha L.B. Martin born June 21 1882 died Dec 13th 1908 - 26 years old. Found with Amos Martin in Lancaster County Pennsylvania - see his Funeral Card on this blog

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Funeral Card Eliza SNYDER, Ontario 1840-1911

Died near Roseville on Tues July 25 1911, Eliza Snyder age 71 years. Funeral at residence of David Snyder, Interment Roseville Cemetery

Brian's Note: Found in 1901 census for Dumfries Township, Waterloo County as

David D. Snyder born Aug 30 1838, sister Eliza Snyder born Mar 19 1840

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Funeral Card Julia BUTLER 1887

May 4, 1887 Funeral Remmbrance memorial death card for Julia Alexander Butler, age 5 months, 17 days.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Tag! I'm it ~ 5 things you may not want to know about me

Tag! I'm it ~ 5 things you may not want to know about me

There’s a new game taking place among Internet bloggers. If you are tagged, you're supposed to blog about "Five Things You Didn't Know About Me." Then you tag 5 other bloggers.

I got tagged by Lorine, "The Olive Tree Lady"

#1 ~ I do not know five other bloggers.

#2 ~ I love chickens. I keep them as pets.

#3 ~ I have a Coffin Plate collection. I have over 200 now.

#4 ~ I can sing with an Irish accent.

#5 ~ I think Doctor Who is the best show in the history of T.V.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Friday, January 19, 2007

New Death Records On Ancestors At Rest

Hi again

I have put more new data online on Ancestors At Rest this week. I have added more coffin plates to the index. One pair of plates is most interesting as they are for a husband and wife from Maine. Andrew Leighton and his wife Sophia. The coffin plate for Sophia who died in 1864 is quite nice as it is one of the more rare patterns of early coffin plates

I have also updated my Death, Funeral and Burial Customs pages

Hope you find a ancestor.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Funeral Card Mary Kaercher Sararas, Ontario 1911

Mary Kaercher, Died In Wilmot Township Sunday Jan 14th 1914
Relict of the late Andrew Sararas
aged 92 year 4 months 18 days.

Brian's Note: found this family in the 1881 census online as
Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion

Andrew SARARAS French 72 born Ontario Farmer
Mary SARARAS French 60 born France

Carles SARARAS 37 born Ontario Farmer Evangelical Association
Leah SARARAS 27 born Ontario Evangelical Association
Rebecca SARARAS 25 born Ontario Evangelical Association
Margaret SARARAS 22 born Ontario Evangelical Association
Mary SARARAS 16 born Ontario
Erabella SARARAS 34 born Ontario Evangelical Association
Ervin SARARAS 5 born Ontario Evangelical Association
Alfred SARARAS born July, 9/12 months Ontario Evangelical Association

Census Place Wilmot, Waterloo South, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375900
NA Film Number C-13264
District 161
Sub-district A
Division 3
Page Number 2
Household Number 9

Monday, January 15, 2007


Hi All

I have just put up some more coffin plates on Ancestors At Rest and one is from Ontario. The plate is for Eve Gordon 1786 ~ 1878.

I found Eve in the 1871 Census index in Wellington North.

If you want to see the plate or have a look go to the coffin
plate index

Good Luck