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Mike Serpa (#48090660)
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Melanie Taylor
RE: Forrester Lore Taylor
Found your other message saying you had some information on my great-grandfather & asking if you could email it? Yes, please. I'll be interested to see what you've found. Thanks. My email is Best regards, Melanie
Added by Melanie Taylor on Mar 29, 2015 11:04 AM
Melanie Taylor
RE: Portrait of Forrester Lore Taylor
Thought you might like to know that someone decided to return his CMOH photo to his page, after my 2nd request, but I don't know who it was. I appreciate your offer to help if it had been needed... Thanks, Mike.
Added by Melanie Taylor on Mar 29, 2015 12:51 AM
Melanie Taylor
RE: Portrait of Forrester Lore Taylor
Thank you, Mike. I appreciate your understanding. In the meantime, I have sent a couple of messages to Russ Dodge, the original creator of the Find A Grave page for FLT and a senior editor. The first email bounced, hence the second message. Hopefully, he can clarify the situation for us. Best regards, Melanie
Added by Melanie Taylor on Mar 28, 2015 11:29 PM
Melanie Taylor
Portrait of Forrester Lore Taylor
My attempt to re-upload my ancestor's original Find A Grave portrait were rebuffed saying that only one portrait is allowed per page. I don't understand why our family provided original portrait was allowed to be replaced by you, if they indeed were constrained by this criteria. My only other recourse is to ask you to remove your photograph which is unknown to his family and is unconfirmed to be him so that the original portrait may be restored to his page. Thanks again for the link to the auction house. I have tried to contact them to see if they might put me in touch with the owner, as the lot was unsold at that time (2007), and hopefully will still be available. I would be unhappy if multiple people, with more disposable income than I have, would also see this link and be more successful than I in my attempt to return these items to our family. Therefore, I respectfully request that you remove your photograph quickly, thereby also removing this link. Thanks for your understanding for why I make these requests. Best regards, Melanie
Added by Melanie Taylor on Mar 28, 2015 2:32 PM
Melanie Taylor
RE: Forrester Lore Taylor
Thank you for the link, Mike. I'm amazed that anything like these items exists, and I wonder who had them all these years. The Taylors moved to the Lynchburg, VA area in 1882, but their home burned down along with all of his military papers sometime before the 1890 census. The census asks for ranks, dates, etc, and his entry says that he could only provide limited information due to the fire. And, yes, I provided the later picture to Wikipedia. I believe it was taken ca.1902, perhaps at the GAR encampment in DC, as it was taken after he was awarded the CMOH (1897) and before 1907, both the year that he died and when the CMOH accounts were first published in books. I posted that photo and another to his FindAGrave page, but I don't know if either will be accepted and become viewable. The other photo is of him & others of the 34th NJ (with the others mostly cropped out). He is the short one with the short beard at the end of the back row (he was only 5'4" tall). Strangely, the man in your picture appears taller... well, thanks again for the link & for responding to my inquiry. This is a mystery for another day.
Added by Melanie Taylor on Mar 28, 2015 12:22 AM
Melanie Taylor
Forrester Lore Taylor
Mike, last year you posted a picture of a young man in uniform, saying it is of my great-grandfather, but I am unfamiliar with this picture. Would you please tell me how you came about finding it & how it was labeled?

Melanie Taylor
Added by Melanie Taylor on Mar 27, 2015 10:07 PM
Dee Mansker
Samuel E Ayers
I noticed you added a pict and am wondering if he is related. In my grandmothers stuff is a pict I now have that is signed on the back by Samuel E Ayers Wilkes Barre Penn. I have looked at your pict and this could be an older pict of him . If you would like me to post it or send it to you in an email let me know.
Added by Dee Mansker on Mar 27, 2015 10:47 AM
Deborah Deuel
RE: Leroy P Deuel
Thanks for taking time to include the info.
Added by Deborah Deuel on Mar 24, 2015 11:10 AM
Deborah Deuel
Leroy P Deuel
Thanks so much for sharing this photo. Its a great experience to place a face with a name from the past.
Deb Deuel
Added by Deborah Deuel on Mar 23, 2015 10:05 PM
Carolyn Owen
Avra P. Russell
Hi Mike, are you related? May I ask where you found his photo? Avra is my 2nd cousin 3x removed according to Ancestry. I have lots of info on Captain Avery. Also Russell county & City are named after him. If you are not related, would you consider transferring his file on Find A Grave to us. Robert & Carolyn Owen #47221145. e-mail is
Added by Carolyn Owen on Mar 12, 2015 8:10 PM
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