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Spaceman Spiff (#46783007)
 member for 10 years, 6 months, 22 days
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(Will be spending part of the summer in southwestern Maine).

Happy to photograph at any cemetery in the Tampa Bay, FL area! (or in the Lakes Region of SW Maine).

Born in Dover, DE, (to parents from NJ & WV), I lived in southern CA until age 12, & then in Raton, (a small town in N.E. New Mexico), which I consider my home town. I attended NM State Univ for 4 years (with a 1-yr exchange to Oregon State Univ), but did not complete a degree at that time, & later moved back to southern CA, settling in the Orange County area. After 10 yrs in the O.C., I moved to St. Petersburg, FL (Tampa Bay area) in 1990, & have been here ever since.

I have avidly worked on my family's genealogy since the age of 15 ... 41 years ago!

I am a member (and former chapter registrar) of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) with 7 qualifying ancestors submitted (more to come!), a member of the SUVCW (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War) with 10 qualifying ancestors or brothers of ancestors (more to come!), a member of the SVR (Sons of Veterans Reserve--affiliated with the SUVCW), a member of the S&DUSCT (Sons & Daughters of U.S. Colored Troops), a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of New Jersey, and an associate member of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware.

(Click on my profile pic above to read the story of the Civil War ancestor whose headstone I'm posing with).

I'm very proud that every single branch of my ancestry has been in America since at least pre-Revolutionary times.

Having taken numerous college courses over the years, I finally bit the bullet & enrolled in a program in 2003 to complete my degree, & graduated from Eckerd College (a local, private, liberal arts college) in May 2005 with a B.A. in Creative Writing.

Besides genealogy & writing, my other interests include: clock collecting, books, movies, photography, the Civil War, the space program, many types of music, & visiting cemeteries!

Thanks to the creators of this site for doing such a great job!

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RE: Your Edit Suggesion
Hi John, My cousin has a copy of a deed that has Dennis Trammell and his wife Mary selling the land of her father Samuel Baker. I will try and get more information from her tomorrow. Keep the question mark if you prefer until I can give you the proof.
Sincerely, Judy
Added by jlh on Sep 21, 2015 5:31 PM
Scott Hill
RE: Your Edit Suggestions
In response to Ulysses Simpson Blankenship he is our 4th cousin to may mother's side of the family.

Which Charles are you reversible you?

I have been member working on all the Blankenship's starting on our 9th Ancestry - Ralph Blankenship.

Added by Scott Hill on Sep 18, 2015 10:52 PM
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John E March
Thank you for adding the photo.
Added by Stone Finders on Sep 18, 2015 11:41 AM
Barbara Hensley Baker
RE: Hensley Cemetery clarification
John, I have only heard of 3 Hensley Cemeteries in the Harlan, but only know one of them very well. That is the one on Martins Fork, Smith, Harlan, KY. I have heard there is one in Cawood, KY which is just next door practically, to Smith, but I have not seen or documented it. The other one I have heard of is the Speed Hensley Cemetery, of which I know nothing about either. It does get very confusing from the obits. They are not always clear or correct on the location. If you are interested, send me a specific name and I will try to find out more for you. You can email me at

Added by Barbara Hensley Baker on Sep 17, 2015 6:31 AM
Bob McLellan
RE: Locke
John, thank you very much for the Locke photos and transfers.
Added by Bob McLellan on Aug 17, 2015 11:54 AM
Mary Button
RE: Mary Law Torrey
oops!! many of the Laws started out in Mass, is why I said that
Added by Mary Button on Aug 01, 2015 8:38 AM
Mary Button
Mary Law Torrey
thank you for the photos! I'm in NY state & will never make it to Mass.
Mary (Law) Button
Added by Mary Button on Aug 01, 2015 5:12 AM
Susan Szewczyk
John W Cobb photo
Thank you very much!!!

Added by Susan Szewczyk on Jul 30, 2015 9:40 AM
RE: Lydia Burton Johnson
Lydia was a friend of my family on my Mother's side. I spent summers in Harrington Delaware and knew Lydia and her sisters. My Mothers best friend was Hazel Johnson. Thanks for the offer though. Ray
Added by rgs on Jul 18, 2015 8:34 AM
Loretta Thompson Harris
RE: Tamson Cuff
Your call. I'll be looking at source documents again this week. Will look for this one. Probably transcription errors discerning Ts,Ls,Ss. I was sure you didn't connect me with the other groups.
Added by Loretta Thompson Harris on Jul 13, 2015 4:10 AM
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