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When genealogy’s greatest discoveries – are people~

Sheryl Robinson has been one of my greatest treasures in Genealogy – She and I have worked together for a couple of years on the Chagum/Barber lineage – Her husband is a distant cousin to me and descendant of this line also – I’ve been trying to find another of my lines graves sites Thomas & Mercy Keeney – 5 x G Grandparents to me – and Sheryl is involved with the Riverside Cemetery – AND THOMAS & MERCY are buried there along with my Parshall lineage !! She has been working to get the Riverside cemetery on the National Register and now they are!!!

Read article in the newspaper on the Riverside Cemetery in National Register’s sights (just click this link)

Sharing an email from Sheryl – on the discovery of Thomas and Mercy’s Graves at Riverside Cemetery in Lowman, Chemung,  New York – we had just been discussing the cemetery and such and low and behold she made this discovery in her own cemetery which she takes care of~

Dear Coni,
 I received a phone call last Wednesday that someone plowed into our cemetery fence at the cemetery of which I am president.  I told the sexton I would meet him Friday afternoon at the cemetery to assess the damages. The date yesterday (Friday) was February 18th.  That morning I was able to download and get into the files you sent me. (took 45 minutes to download)  I read Lion Gardiner’s personal account of the Pequot War….he was a good writer, VERY interesting!  Then, right before I was to get ready to go to the cemetery, I read the Gardiner genealogy and recognized a name, Israel Parshall.  I have a person by that name buried in my cemetery.  I followed the line of descent and found our Israel Parshall and Ruth Howell/Hoel in the Gardiner line.  I then closed down my computer and went to the cemetery to meet the sexton.  I took my camera to take a picture of the damages.  When I arrived I noticed, just behind the fence that was plowed down by a drunk driver, a stone that had “just” been missed. Deacon Thomas Keeney. and next to his stone was Israel and Ruth Hoel Parshall.
 I took a picture of the stones and the damage that almost collected them all. On Israel Parshall’s stone was his death date, February 18, 1827, exactly 186 years before the date I was there.
 This morning I looked at your descent from Lion Gardiner to your dad, Rex Allen and there they were, Israel and Ruth Hoel/Howell Parshall, their daughter Anna and her husband, son of Deacon Thomas Keeney.
 I’m sorry but that gave me “chicken skin”!!!!!!!!! 
I am trying to get my cemetery on the Historical Register.  I have submitted a book with all the historical things I could come up with related to it.  The meeting to determine the cemetery’s status is in March.  I need to get this information to our representative so he can have it at the meeting.
 I also have an advocate, Dr. Earl Robinson (no relation) who writes historical articles for a local paper.  I don’t believe he has ever made this connection.  I plan to forward the info about Israel Parshall’s  descent from the famous Lion Gardiner.
 You know how we have talked about our ancestors directing us to important information and connections?  Well this is a PRIME example of how it can happen!!!!
 Luv ya!
 Sheryl Robinson


I’ve been a family Genealogist/Native American Researcher for over 30+ years and have traced over 65,000+ people for my research - My main area of research is in MI, IN, CT, NY, RI, PA, MA, VA, VT, NJ, OH, KY, Block Island & Long Island areas - dealing with many of the colonial people & tribes in these locations.

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