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Researching Ancestors Who Were Committed to Asylums in New York State

Since sharing the information of the upcoming Willard Tour I have received more than a few emails, I have tried to answer all of them and I have been more than happy to share lodging recommendations, and other basic information, but there is one request that has had me at a loss: “How do I research …

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Lawrence Mocha to be Memorialized May 16th, 2015

Lawerence Mocha, the Willard Grave Digger will be given a proper memorialization May 16, 2015!  After years of work the Willard Cemetery Memorial Committee, with the help of John Allen of the Office of Mental Health, has made contact with a relative of Lawrence Mocha and the family has given their consent to proceed with a …

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Lawrence Mocha: The Willard Grave Digger

When a reader recently emailed me suggesting I update my Willard posts to correct the name of the Willard grave-digger and patient from “Lawrence Marek” to his actual given name Lawrence Mocha. I was happy to make that correction, even happier to learn that Lawrence Mocha will most likely be properly memorialized in the cemetery to …

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