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Finding John Walling
Searching, searching, and more searching that is how an amateur genealogist seems to spend all of his or her spare time. Most of the time you hit dead ends or think you have a connection but can’t find that all-important link that takes the guesswork out of it. Guessing is not permitted in Genealogy. You must have a direct proven lineage in order to present your work.
Gary Walling from Colts Neck, and his sister, Patricia Conwell from Spring Lake Heights were surprised recently by a query in The Monmouth Connection, the newsletter of the Monmouth County Genealogy Club. A distant cousin Charles Harry Walling of Seattle, Washington was seeking the location of the Ancient Walling Family Burial Ground in Holmdel, New Jersey.
The above-mentioned graveyard was found after some research and a lot of walking through farm fields, woods and many brier patches. There are about twenty-five head stones dating from 1724 to 1847 all are in excellent condition except for one. The one that is barely legible, as fate would have it, is the one that is most important. A tracing, using a technique and supplies donated by Joe Uras of Joseph Uras Monuments, was taken of the stone and Eureka! Out from under the blue tracing paper clear as day comes: “In Memory of John Walling departed this life January 31, 1815.”
John is the 5th Great Grandfather of Gary and Patricia. He was born in 1725 and helped defend Monmouth County in the American Revolution.
A discovery such as this makes all the hours, in fact years, well worth it.
Gary and Patricia are both members of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society, the First Families of Old Monmouth County and the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution respectively.
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