Thanks for writing to me.I really appreciate it....How far do you live from Mercer Co?I will be flying/driving into KC in 2008...for a High School Reunion in Wichita, KS.. If I drive, I'll be driving across the middle part of MO and then go up to KC after stopping in Wichita, KS.So I can give it another try at that time.
Do you have any pictures of our ancestors?I did pick up quite a LOT of obits at the library in Princeton.They had them in a book by surname so it was fairly quick/easy to do.Had some trouble finding the cemeteries but should be able to go back with very little refresher.
Regards...War of 1812 tombstones.I got one on my families other side last year....it was very easy and painless.They call them "Ol Boys" at the government place.I got the pension papers of my 3rd great grandmother since John was NEVER listed in any of the War of 1812 lists...and it had all the extensive documentation in it that she had to get in order to collect a pension in late 1880's to 1895 when she died.It was a real gem.When I ordered the stone, I completed the paperwork--order them on line (they are in triplicate, etc) or see if a local mortuary will give you copies of the forms.You have to have the Cemetery sexton or township trustee sign, the "place/person" who will accept the tombstone...I got the local Tombstone place to sign (this one is an absolute must or the government won't ship the stone), and then you, as a relative must sign.Now MOST states will install them free BUT and it's suppose to be a federal rule that they do but they REQUIRE a cement base and that is different for each state.I was able to get from the local veteran's group the flag standard.If you get it ALL correct, it only takes about 4-6 weeks to get.So you have to get moving if you are trying to do by MAY?...The lady at the other end was very helpful and we made sure that we completed it ok....IF THERE is an existing stone at the location, be sure to check the box that the stone is ILLEGIBLE...that's the only way you will get the government stone.
If you want to chat more off line contact me at the same address but use @comcast.netinstead of the yahoo one as I don't access it very often.
I never knew any of the Girdners.My paternal GRANDFATHER was married to Etta Girdner but she's buried in LaBell Cemetery and he's in Mercer Co.I don't have her exact death date...still looking.My paternal grandfather felt badly about his son's divorce of my mother so at his death he left my brother and I a bequest.