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Find A Grave is a website that allows the public to search and add to an online database of cemetery records. It is owned by Ancestry.com. It receives and uploads digital photographs of headstones from burial sites, taken by unpaid volunteers at cemeteries. Find A Grave posts the photo on its website; the site was created in 1995 by Salt Lake City resident Jim Tipton to support his hobby of visiting the burial sites of famous celebrities. He added an online forum. Find A Grave was launched as a commercial entity in 1998, first as a trade name and incorporated in 2000; the site expanded to include graves of non-celebrities, in order to allow online visitors to pay respect to their deceased relatives or friends. In 2013, Tipton sold Find A Grave to Ancestry.com, saying that the genealogy company had "been linking and driving traffic to the site for several years. Burial information is a wonderful source for people researching their family history." In a September 30, 2013, press release, Ancestry.com officials said they would "launch a new mobile app, improve customer support, introduce an enhanced edit system for submitting updates to memorials, foreign-language support, other site improvements."As of October 2017, Find A Grave contained over 165 million burial records and 75 million photos.
In March 2017, a beta website for a redesigned Find A Grave was launched at gravestage.com. Public feedback was mixed. Sometime between May 29 and July 10 of that year, the beta website was migrated to new.findagrave.com, a new front end for it was deployed at beta.findagrave.com. In November 2017, the new site became the old site was deprecated. On August 20, 2018, the original Find; the website contains listings of graves from around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, many cemetery records contain Google Maps and photographs of the cemeteries and gravesites. Individual grave records may contain dates and places of birth and death, biographical information and plot information and contributor information. Interment listings are added by individuals, genealogical societies, other institutions such as the International Wargraves Photography Project. Contributors must register as members to submit listings, called memorials, on the site; the submitter may transfer management.
Only the current manager of a listing may edit it, although any member may use the site's features to send correction requests to the listing's manager. Managers may add links to other listings of deceased spouses and siblings for genealogical purposes. Any member may add photographs and notations to individual listings. Members may post requests for photos of a specific grave. Although it does not ask permission from immediate family members before uploading the photos, it will remove and take down photos or a URL for a deceased loved one at the request of an immediate family member. Find A Grave maintains lists of memorials of famous persons by their "claim to fame", such as Medal of Honor recipients, religious figures, educators. Find A Grave exercises editorial control over these listings. Canadian Headstones Interment.net United States National Cemetery System's nationwide gravesite locator Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Tombstone tourist Official website
Thomas Chittenden was a major figure in early history of Vermont, was leader of the territory for nearly two decades. Chittenden was the first and third president of the state of Vermont, serving from 1778 to 1789, when Vermont was a unrecognized independent state, called the Vermont Republic, again after a year out of office, from 1790 until his death. During his first term after his return to office, Vermont was admitted to the Union as the 14th state. Chittenden was born in East Guilford in the Colony of Connecticut on January 6, 1730, he married Elizabeth Meigs on October 4, 1749, in Connecticut. The couple had six daughters while they were living in Connecticut. All the children survived to adulthood, he was a justice of the peace in Salisbury and a member of the Colonial Assembly from 1765 to 1769. He served in Connecticut's 14th Regiment from 1767 to 1773. Chittenden moved to the New Hampshire Grants, now Vermont, in 1774, where he was the first settler in the town of Williston. In 1777, a convention was held in Windsor, which drafted Vermont's first constitution, establishing Vermont as an independent republic.
During the American Revolution, Chittenden was a member of a committee empowered to negotiate with the Continental Congress to allow Vermont to join the Union. The Congress deferred the matter in order to not antagonize the states of New York and New Hampshire, which had competing claims against Vermont. During the period of the Vermont Republic, Chittenden served as governor from 1778 to 1789 and 1790 to 1791, was one of the participants in a series of delicate negotiations with British authorities in Quebec over the possibility of establishing Vermont as a British province. After Vermont entered the federal Union in 1791 as the fourteenth state, Chittenden continued to serve as governor until his death in 1797. Chittenden died in Williston on August 25, 1797 and is interred at Thomas Chittenden Cemetery, Chittenden County, Vermont. Citing Vermont's tumultuous founding, his epitaph reads "Out of storm and manifold perils rose an enduring state, the home of freedom and unity." An engraved portrait of Chittenden can be found just outside the entrance to the Executive Chamber, the ceremonial office of the governor, at the Vermont State House at Montpelier.
A bronze sculpture of Chittenden can be found on the grounds of the Vermont State House near the building's west entrance. In the 1990s a statue of him was erected in front of the Williston Central School; the town of Chittenden in Rutland County is named for him. Vermont Republic Constitution of Vermont List of Governors of Vermont Frank Smallwood, Thomas Chittenden: Vermont's First Statesman, The New England Press: 1997, 304 pages, ISBN 1-881535-27-4 Thomas Chittenden at Find a Grave Vermont Governor Thomas Chittenden – National Governors Association
Homer Elihu Royce
Homer Elihu Royce was an American lawyer and jurist. Royce was born in Berkshire, the son of Elihu Marvin and Sophronia Royce, his uncle Stephen Royce who served as Vermont Chief Justice and Governor. Homer Royce was educated at academies in St. Albans and Enosburgh, he studied law with Thomas Child, was admitted to the bar in 1844, partnered with Thomas Child, Jr. for several years in his hometown. The University of Vermont awarded him the honorary degrees of Master of Arts in 1851, Doctor of Laws in 1882, he married, January 23, 1851, Mary T. Edmunds, of Boston, who bore him three children, he was state's attorney for Franklin County in 1846 and 1847, represented Berkshire in the Vermont Legislature the latter year as well. He was a district delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1847. In 1849, 1850, 1851, 1861 and 1868, he was elected to the Vermont Senate from Franklin County. In 1856 he was elected by a majority of 5,960 votes as a Republican Party representative to Congress from the Third district, becoming the youngest member of the Vermont contingent in Washington.
He served two terms, from March 4, 1857 to March 3, 1861. During his first term he was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, he won a second term by a majority of 4,129 votes. During his second term, he wrote a part of the Foreign Affairs Committee report opposing annexation of Cuba, delivered a speech in opposition to President James Buchanan's Cuban policy. Senator Jacob Collamer spoke out against the acquisition as well. Royce did not run for a third term, he returned to his law practice until he was elected as an associate justice in the Vermont Supreme Court in 1870, succeeding William C. Wilson, he was appointed chief justice in 1882, succeeding John Pierpoint, John W. Rowell was appointed to the resulting associate justice vacancy. Royce served as chief justice until 1890. Royce died in St. Albans, is interred in Calvary Cemetery, East Berkshire. United States Congress. "Homer Elihu Royce". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Crockett, Walter Hill. Vermont The Green Mountain State, The Century History Company, Inc.
New York, 1921, iii:366, 450, 453-454, 462, 467, 470. Dodge, Prentiss C. Encyclopedia Vermont Biography, Burlington, VT: Ullery Publishing Company, 1912, p. 74. Ullery, Jacob G. compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, Brattleboro, VT: Transcript Publishing Company, 1894, Part I, p. 155-156, 183-184. Homer E. Royce at Vermont in the Civil War Homer Elihu Royce at Find a Grave Works by or about Homer Elihu Royce at Internet Archive
John S. Robinson (governor)
John Staniford Robinson was an American lawyer and politician. He is most notable for his service as the 22nd Governor of Vermont from 1853 to 1854. Robinson was born in Bennington, the son of Nathan Robinson and Jerusha Staniford. Governor and United States Senator Moses Robinson was his grandfather, Senator Jonathan Robinson and Vermont House Speaker Samuel Robinson were his great-uncles, he graduated in 1824 from Williams College, studied law and passed the bar in 1827. In October, 1847 he married widow of William Robinson, they had no children. Robinson continued to practice until his death, he served in local offices including justice of the peace, was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1832 to 1833 and the Vermont Senate from 1838 to 1839. Robinson's political aspirations were somewhat thwarted by the fracturing of the Democratic Party over slavery. In 1852, he was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee, he placed second in the 1853 election. In such cases, the Vermont General Assembly chooses a winner.
Serving from 1853 to 1854, he was the first Democratic Governor of Vermont and remained the only Democrat elected to the governorship for 110 years. The Republican winning streak ended when Democrat Philip H. Hoff won the governorship in 1962. In 1860, while Robinson was serving as chairman of the Vermont delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina, he died from apoplexy, he is interred at Old Bennington Cemetery in Vermont. John S. Robinson at Find a Grave The Political Graveyard National Governors Association List of Governors, Vermont History & Genealogy
Philip H. Hoff
Philip Henderson Hoff was an American politician from the U. S. state of Vermont. He was most notable for his service as the 73rd Governor of Vermont from 1963 to 1969, the state’s first Democratic governor since 1853. Hoff was born in Turners Falls, the son of Agnes and Olaf Hoff, Jr, his father served two terms in the Massachusetts General Court. Philip was a star high school football player, scoring the winning touchdown in Turners Falls High School's 1942 annual game against rival Greenfield High School. Hoff attended Williams College, where he studied English, but postponed graduation for two years in order to serve in World War II, he saw combat action during World War II aboard the submarine, USS Sea Dog, which took part in combat patrols throughout the Pacific Ocean theater. He attained the rank of Seaman First Class with the rating of quartermaster, was discharged in 1946, he met his wife, Joan Brower, during his naval service and they were married in 1948. He attended Cornell Law School, graduating in 1951.
The Hoffs moved to Vermont, in 1951, where Hoff began a law practice. He became involved in local politics as a Democrat, was a founder of the activist group Vermont Democratic Volunteers. In addition to serving as a justice of the peace, he was chairman of the city zoning board. Hoff was an officer of the Chittenden County Bar Association and a member of the Burlington-Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Hoff was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 1960, served one term, 1961 to 1963; as a legislator, Hoff was a member of the "Young Turks," a bipartisan alliance of progressive and reform minded representatives and senators that included Republicans Franklin S. Billings Jr. and Ernest W. Gibson III. In 1962, Hoff was elected Vermont's first Democratic governor since the Vermont General Assembly selected John S. Robinson after no candidate obtained a popular vote majority in 1853. Hoff waged an energetic campaign against incumbent Republican F. Ray Keyser Jr. and capitalized on local factors including a split between Vermont's conservative and progressive Republicans.
Rather than support the conservative Keyser, many of Vermont's liberal Republicans opted to support Hoff on a third party line, which contributed to his narrow margin of victory. Hoff was aided by national factors, including the popularity of incumbent Democratic President John F. Kennedy, to whom Hoff was compared. Hoff won reelection in 1964 and 1966. During his governorship, he pioneered unprecedented environmental and social welfare programs, including the creation of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. Concerned about racial justice, he joined with New York Mayor John Lindsay to co-found the Vermont-New York Youth Project, which brought minority students from the city together with Vermont students to work on joint summer projects at several Vermont colleges. According to the Boston Globe, the program, which temporarily doubled Vermont's black population, "uncovered some latent bigotry that had not been visible before." The poll tax was eliminated during his tenure as governor, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Legal Aid and Vermont Public Television were established.
Hoff was the first Democratic Governor in the nation to split with President Lyndon Johnson over the Vietnam War and campaigned across the country to promote Robert Kennedy's effort to obtain the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. After Kennedy's assassination, Hoff endorsed Eugene McCarthy. Democrats who opposed Johnson came close to nominating Hoff as a candidate for Vice President at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, but after some initial enthusiasm, Hoff declined to put his name forward. Hoff's endorsement of Kennedy and McCarthy upset conservative Democrats and Hoff was criticized for increases in state spending which some claimed led to hefty deficits. In 1970, Hoff challenged incumbent U. S. Senator Winston L. Prouty, but Prouty won reelection. During the campaign, Hoff announced. Had he won, Hoff would have been the first Democratic senator in Vermont history. In the 1980s he returned to elective politics, he served in various advisory and honorary positions and as President of the Board of Trustees at Vermont Law School as well as continuing his work as a lawyer in private practice.
In 1989, he co-founded the law firm of Curtis. Hoff died on April 26, 2018, at The Residence at Shelburne Bay, a Shelburne, Vermont independent and assisted living facility where he had resided in his final years. Hoff was the subject of a biography, 2011's Philip Hoff: How Red Turned Blue in the Green Mountain State by Samuel B. Hand, Anthony Marro, Stephen C. Terry. In 2012, Castleton State College named its newest residence hall after Hoff, the first building to be named in his honor; the Vermont Encyclopedia, J. Duffy, S. Hand, R Orth, Editors "Biography, Governor Philip Henderson Hoff". Www.nga.org. Washington, DC: National Governors Association. 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2018
Ryland Fletcher was an American farmer, the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont from 1854 to 1856, was the 24th Governor of Vermont from October 10, 1856 to October 10, 1858. Fletcher was born in Cavendish, in his early years he worked on his father's farm, he attended Norwich University, from which he graduated in 1824 and taught in a local school during the winter months. He married Mary May on June 11, 1829, they had three children, he was the brother of Horace Fletcher. When Fletcher was eighteen, he became a member of the Vermont state militia, where he attained the rank of Brigadier General in 1835, he was a noted anti-slavery and temperance advocate who served in the Vermont State Senate, he became a Republican when the party was founded in the 1850s. In 1854, Fletcher was the nominee of the Whig, Free Soil, Liberty Parties, won the election as Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. Nominated by the newly formed Republican Party, he was re-elected in 1855, he was a strong proponent of biennial rather than annual gubernatorial elections and was a tireless worker for the anti-slavery and temperance causes.
After the State House burned down in an 1857 fire, he called a special legislative session to plan for rebuilding. In 1858, he called the first training of the Vermont militia since the Mexican War; that training proved useful at the start of the Civil War. Fletcher was a member of the anti-immigrant Know-Nothings after the demise of the Whigs, said that "immigrants brought with them the'mortal disease monarchy and despotism, of Romanism and heathenism... which left unchecked would sweep away our most cherished liberties and dearist institutions.'" He became a Republican. After leaving the governorship, Fletcher served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1861 to 1864, a Presidential Elector for Vermont in 1864, he received an honorary degree of master of arts from Dartmouth in 1869. He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1870. Fletcher died in Cavendish, is interred at Cavendish Village Cemetery, Vermont. National Governors Association Ryland Fletcher at Find a Grave The Political Graveyard The twentieth century biographical dictionary of notable Americans Times Argus
Berkshire is a town in Franklin County, United States. The population was 1,692 at the 2010 census, up from 1,388 at the 2000 census, it contains the unincorporated village of East Berkshire. Berkshire is located in northeastern Franklin County, its northern boundary is the Canada–United States border. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.2 square miles, of which 42.0 square miles is land and 0.2 square miles, or 0.54%, is water. The Missisquoi River, a tributary of Lake Champlain, flows westward across the southeast corner of the town; as of the census of 2000, there were 1,388 people, 495 households, 376 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.9 people per square mile. There were 550 housing units at an average density of 13.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 97.55% White, 0.58% African American, 0.50% Native American, 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population. There were 495 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.0% were non-families.
17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.15. In the town, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males. The median income for a household in the town was $37,059, the median income for a family was $40,833. Males had a median income of $29,688 versus $19,545 for females; the per capita income for the town was $15,713. About 10.9% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over. Silas Barber, politician Sereno W. Graves, politician Henry Leavens, politician Horace Rublee, newspaper editor and diplomat