My name is Tracy Robb whose gg grandfather, William Williston Sterry, came to Sycamore Village near Nashville TN from Syracuse in the 1840's. He and his family came to Syracuse in 1825 from the Albany area via the Eire canal. I have fruitlessly tried to determine the identity of his parents; they seem to have disappeared.
Do you have any info that shows a Sterry buried in the First Ward Cemetery?
What a pity its condition is as several of you (notice I did not use the more covenient "you all.") have indicated. It is a wide spread malaise in our country.
I have chosen to do my part to help fix this problem by assisting a group in my home town of Ridgetop Tennessee. The group has worked to restore what is now a Black (African American) cemetery in Ridgetop. My gggg grandfather, David Smiley (white) and his wife Temperance (white) are buried there. Few gravestones were ever placed there, so identifying those buried there is difficult. Besides clearing the under growth we have identified the location of many graves and mapped them. From memory of individuals and so on we know who several of the individuals are, but do not know in which grave the person is buried. Maybe future simple and sophisticated DNA sampling and testing techniques will enable identification. After working we treat ourselves to a big "brunch". I have supplied the Missouri champagne for that as well a bit of labor. It is a gratifying experience.
I'm grateful for any help you are enble to give me.
Tracy V. Robb, Moberly, MO
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