A Need In The Haystack Find!

This is a story I have not told before… but one that Yerks cousin Gibby Iannotti will appreciate. Many years ago I learned from Gibby of a gravestone of one of her great ancestors. It may be her great x2 Grandparents. Emeline Yerks married Benjamin Schenck. She indicated that their headstone also has someone named Lucinda Y Tompkins on it. To make a long story, short… Lucinda Hadden, married William Townsend Yerks. They are Colleen Hayes 3x Great Grandparents and probably the same for Gibby. After William died in 1900, Lucinda a man named Charles Tompkins in 1905, just two years before her death (age 62).

Well.. I lost contact with Gibby but was still determined to find that headstone to confirm it was her. So I drove to New York and pulled into the Oaklawn Cemetery in Mount Kisco. It was quite large and I really had no idea where to start. So I drove around the Cemetery until I suddenly felt the need to stop. I parked the car, looked around and then climbed a large hill along the driver’s side of the car. When I arrived at the top of the hill and encountered my first gravestone, there it was… the very one I was looking for. It could not be seen from where I was parked. Talk about finding a needle in a haystack!

To this day, I am a bit creeped out by it as I am sure someone wanted me to find it.I couldn’t get over my find. I took a picture of the car in the exact position in the Cemetery to remind myself of this story. Absolutely Crazy!

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Philip (Phil) Hayes is the CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC. As CEO of Sirius Innovations, LLC, he served as a Technology Solutions Consultant and Web Applications Programmer for fortune 500 companies, large municipalities and hospitals. He is fluent in the SQL, ColdFusion, PHP and Javscript programming languages. He is also a power user of the WordPress Content Management System, commonly used for blogging. Phil's latest product development includes a service called 'Map The Past'. The advanced, yet easy to use functionality offered in this product will enable its members to "Walk in the Footsteps of Their Ancestors". Phil became a Genealogy addict when in 1998, his Uncle, Lloyd W Lewis, sat he and his wife down on the deck of his Uncle's Pennsylvania home and told them the story of his Great, Great Grandfather Henry W. Lewis, the Privateer. The story was so intriguing that Phil found himself yearning for more details. Hence…. Philip Hayes, the Genealogist was born. Leveraging his technology skills, Philip has grown and developed the family tree well beyond what his Uncle could have ever dreamed of. Combining the power of technology and the primary sources from historical documents, Philip developed his own family history web site, based on the Word Press Content Management System (https://www.hayesfamily.us). Upon publishing the site, it has inspired many people to develop interest in the family's history and has connected Philip to several undiscovered relatives and their family stories. Phil is a member of numerous historical and genealogy societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists

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