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Mike Serpa (#48090660)
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Sue Hale Sheppard
RE: Hansford James #70211266
Yes, I clicked on the picture and saw the information and also went to the website.

Thanks again.

Added by Sue Hale Sheppard on Oct 22, 2014 5:48 AM

Sue Hale Sheppard
Hansford James #70211266
What an unexpected but pleasant surprise when I visited the memorial for Hansford James who was my great, great grandfather.

Thank you so much for the nice contribution to his memorial as well as for my family photo collection.

I would be pleased if you would read my Bio and visit my parents' memorials by clicking on their links.

Added by Sue Hale Sheppard on Oct 21, 2014 7:50 PM

Wendi Bevitt
RE: Elijah Borland
Thanks Mike! :)

Added by Wendi Bevitt on Oct 10, 2014 8:25 PM

Wendi Bevitt
Elijah Borland
Hi Mike:) Would you mind if I used your picture of Elijah in a talk I am giving on Osage County Civil War veterans? Please let me know:) Thanks!

Added by Wendi Bevitt on Oct 09, 2014 9:24 PM

5th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry
Hi Mike,
I noticed that you have posted information about Henry Gilbreath. While I'm not related, I do have a site dedicated to my ancestor, Jonas H. Roe (5th Illinois, Company M), who was my 3g-grandfather and I have transcribed the more than 100 letters and documents known to exist at I'm always looking for any additional letters, photos, or other documents that can add to his life story and was wondering if you have any more information regarding the men of the Fifth.

Additionally, Rhonda Kohl recently created a new website for the 5th Illinois at to share and capture additional stories and documents following her book, "The Prairie Boys Go to War: The Fifth Illinois Cavalry, 1861-1865."

Thank you in advance for any help!!

All the best,
Las Vegas, NV

Added by erik on Oct 09, 2014 3:23 PM

Ted Myers
RE: Corp William K. Patton
Mike, Thank you very kindly, very nice photo. Ted

Added by Ted Myers on Sep 24, 2014 5:23 PM

Phil Eaton
Orville Whitcher
I would like to obtain a high-res copy of your photo of my Great Uncle Orville Whitcher. Please contact me at Thank you.

Added by Phil Eaton on Sep 04, 2014 6:11 PM

Shapell Roster
Hi Mike Serpa,

I'm a researcher with the Shapell Manuscript Foundation updating Simon Wolf's 1895 "The American Jew as Patriot, Soldier and Citizen" roster of Jewish civil war soldiers and sailors. We believe William B. Abrams is the W. B. Abrams that Wolf lists in the 97th NY Infantry Company F.
I wanted to ask your permission to use the fantastic picture you have of Abrams, it would be great if we could include an image of him in his record. We would of course give credit to you for the photograph. If there is information you are looking for on Abrams, I would be more than happy to share what we have found.
If you'd rather communicate via email, my contact information is below.


Kimberly Packett // Researcher
Shapell Manuscript Foundation
Find out more about our project:

Added by Shapell Roster on Aug 22, 2014 11:35 AM

Teisha Ingraham
Charles Orson Ingraham
Is there anyway I can get a copy of the picture you have for him and by the way are you related?

Added by Teisha Ingraham on Jul 28, 2014 9:36 PM

jim kontoes
Col.Fletcher Webster
Thank you Mike for posting this so recently; I am a Civil War buff and beginning to write a novel which will feature the relationship between Fletcher and his very famous father, Daniel Webster; having the picture you posted really brings him alive and is the only picture I have been able to find that does that!

Added by jim kontoes on Jun 24, 2014 7:14 PM

Roger Bartlett
RE: Serena Caroline Hughes Knight
Thanks, Mike.

Added by Roger Bartlett on May 11, 2014 11:59 AM

Roger Bartlett
Serena Caroline Hughes Knight
Mike - May I use your picture of Serena on my genealogy and history web site ( I don't charge for viewing it and don't make any money off of it. I will give you a "courtesy of" credit for the picture. And can you identify the child in the picture? Thanks for your consideration. Roger

Added by Roger Bartlett on May 11, 2014 10:35 AM

RE: Joseph Spencer
Mike- That's great. Thank you so much!

Added by Greg on May 06, 2014 9:03 AM

Joseph Spencer
Hi Mike-

Love the photo of Joseph Spencer that you have on the site. I have finished a book wherein he is mentioned several times and would love to get a high-res scan of that image for possible inclusion. Is it possible? Thanks Mike!

Greg Acken

Added by Greg on May 05, 2014 12:27 PM

Family Finder
Thanks for adding the photo of Lt.Creitz in Oakdale cemetery Wilton. May I asked where you found the photo? I would like to down load a copy,
Collene /family finder

Added by Family Finder on Apr 28, 2014 8:59 AM

Robert Hale
Thanks for the photo. I have seen it before but didn't want to post it because I wasn't sure who owned it. Do you own this?

Added by Marc on Mar 13, 2014 8:54 PM

Judy Schriver
Michael Barnet Locke's photo

Thanks so very much for adding my 2nd great grand uncle Michael Barnet Locke's photo. His mother & her 1st husband Michael Barnett, Jr. were my 3rd great grandparents.

Judy Schriver

Added by Judy Schriver on Mar 10, 2014 3:29 PM

Richard W. Surby

Where did you get the photo of Richard Surby? He is my great, great-grandfather's brother, and I had never seen a photo of him before. Are you aware of any other Surby photos? He had three brothers who also served in the U.S. during the Civil War. (Benjamin Franklin Surby, Joseph Surby and James Surby). I would love to hear how you came across this photo.


Added by Frank on Mar 09, 2014 2:38 PM

Claudia Breland
George C. Smithe, Ypsilanti
Hi - I'm wondering where you got the photo of George Smithe? He married my grandmother's cousin, Stella Edna Wyatt, and I've added her to the cemetery, along with their daughter, Geneva Josephine Smithe.

Claudia Breland

Added by Claudia Breland on Feb 21, 2014 7:43 PM

S. Buckles
Captain Zimri Bates
Dear Mike,

Thanks for adding the wonderful photo of my great, great uncle, Zimri Bates to his Find A Grave biography! I had joined the Military Order of the Loyal Legion through Zimri, but had never seen a picture of him.

Thanks again,

S. Buckles

Added by S. Buckles on Jan 10, 2014 12:50 PM

RE: Isaac M. Allen
Very interesting. So someone else put the headstone there. I'm just delighted that there are two folks who are helping me! And I'm pleased to know about the museum. Thanks a lot!

Added by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2013 5:36 PM

RE: Isaac M. Allen
Thanks for writing! Isaac's family lived in Portageville when he enlisted. They only lived there for a few years, as far as I can tell, but I guess they wanted him buried where they were living at the time. None of his siblings are buried there, as far as I know. I can't figure out what made them move to Portageville in the first place.

It's amazing how much text they put on the headstone!

I'd love to know why you photographed that particular headstone and where you got the photograph of Isaac. Does the NY Military Museum have photos (that are on the web)? -Barb

Added by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2013 3:54 PM

Isaac M. Allen
Thanks SO much for the photos of my relative, Isaac M. Allen! We were looking for his grave last summer, but didn't find it. I would love to know why his family moved to Portageville. My great grandfather was Isaac's brother. -Barb

Added by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2013 10:38 AM

Rick Bushong
Photographer and his photo
Hi Mike,

Yes it is John Chester Bushong. Great job finding it! Thank you.
I knew there would be a photograph of a photographer out there somewhere.

I took the liberty of processing and touching up the original photo and uploaded it. It you can copy the new one and remove the original, then repost the corrected photo, I will take down the duplicate.

Thanks again and keep up the good work!

Added by Rick Bushong on Nov 28, 2013 7:08 AM

Kay Cynova
RE: Elbert Corbin
And yes, I LOVE when there is a picture of the person, but I also like a picture of the marker as well, and in some cases that is all I have of a family member.

Added by Kay Cynova on Nov 15, 2013 9:46 AM


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