Introduction to the
This is still a work in progress. It has been slightly over five years since the first edition of this book was printed. In that time, we have obtained more information to add to what we had initially. Several more people who were buried in Percy Cemetery have been discovered. We found more information on those who we already knew to be buried there. Probably 75% or more of the family tree charts have been revised, primarily through the addition of spouses and children. We have corrected a multitude of mistakes that managed to creep into the first edition. The general format of the book remains the same; the primary difference is in the details.
There is a tremendous amount of data here to digest and it is probably better if the reader does not try to read the book like a novel. It is primarily a research tool for use by historians and genealogists or others interested in local history. The significant thing to remember is this: The research on the Percy Cemetery remains ongoing.
So, even though the book is now in its second edition, it is still not finished. As we noted in the first edition, by placing this book in the public arena, we hoped to continue to stimulate the information gathering process. We sincerely hope readers who review what we have written can provide us with new information. Most certainly we hope our readers will tell us where we are wrong and provide us with the appropriate corrections. Others can clarify and help us interpret what has been presented. If we can acquire enough new or corrected information, a third edition or supplement is possible.
Again, we hope this book will provide some insight and assistance to those of our readers who have not yet delved into their family histories as well as for those who are already well on the road. Perhaps our work will provide a stimulus to others. We have immensely enjoyed putting together the jigsaw puzzle of people who populate the Percy Cemetery and wish that others might find similar happiness. We look forward to continuing our work. While we do not wish it to be so, there exists the possibility that what we present will be offensive to someone. That is, we may have inadvertently unlocked the closet door and released some skeletons. If this happens, please recognize that it is unintentional. All of the information we have gathered comes from readily available, public sources and any deliberate researcher will be able to discover what we have uncovered. We have tried to be as truthful and accurate as possible. Our intent is enlightenment rather than maliciousness.
We are extremely grateful to a large number of people who have already helped us by providing us with information from their own ancestral research. We wish to acknowledge their efforts and contributions by listing as many of them as we can remember in alphabetical order in the table on the following page.
We also thank our colleagues on the Percy Cemetery Commission for their financial assistance in getting this book printed: T. William Preston, W. Douglas Thomas, Ernest Ogden, Ralph Race, and Nadeane Gordon.
We dedicate this book, first, to the memory of Sam Layman, an organizer and charter member of the Percy Cemetery Commission and a moving force behind the restoration of the Cemetery itself. Words cannot describe the herculean efforts and inspiration of this dedicated, wonderful man. Additionally, we remember two other charter members of the Percy Cemetery Commission: Daniel Folk and Catherine Thomas. Dan died in 1995 and Catherine in
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