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Bill Thayer (#46555645)
 member for 13 years, 3 months, 18 days
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Bio Photo History buff with a large site on American history, with over 5,300 webpages and including 70 books and 1900 photos and illustrations. I'm especially interested in the pioneer period (which can range from the 16th to the 20th centuries depending on the part of the country!), and more particularly but not exclusively in the earlier pioneering east of the Mississippi; and in naval history. With particular reference to Find-a-Grave, my main usefulness online is as an annotated HTML transcription of Cullum's Biographical Register of the Graduates of the U. S. Military Academy (at West Point): many of those graduates are buried on Find-a-Grave with little information, and I hope to help put a face on some of these men again.

In order to avoid spam, I'm not displaying my e-mail, but I'm easily reachable, and very often respond within the hour: you can find my e-mail on this page.
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 • 14 Memorials Added
 • 20 Memorials Managed
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 • 1,516 Virtual Flowers
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West Point Graduates (1727)
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Marva Bigler
RE: George W. Deshler
Thanks Bill! I just needed to verify that this is the same George Deshler. I totally understand that no agency is error-free! It's just hard to believe in almost 140 years, no one has brought up the error on this stone to the cemetery or thought to correct it, especially given the glowing history of this man, and his service. Might you put a note on his memorial, for other people who are researching, just to let them know? Thanks!
Added by Marva Bigler on Dec 23, 2015 1:05 PM
Marva Bigler
George W. Deshler
Memorial #2935387 - I am very confused as to the dates on this tombstone versus the dates you refer to in your memorial: how can George have been a West Point Graduate when he wasn't born in 1868? Is the tombstone wrong? Are the dates mixed up or transposed? I have that George was born 30 Jul 1844, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and died 28 Jul 1875, Florida. Is this not the same George? Please help!
Added by Marva Bigler on Dec 22, 2015 12:52 AM
Steven M
A. T. Lee (#146386746)
Thanks for the correction, Bill. If you want any of the West Pointers I've added transferred to you, just let me know.
Added by Steven M on Jul 04, 2015 7:19 AM
Sue (Lumley) Sayre
Farrand Sayre
Is he buried in Baltimore? And what of his wife and daughter? There is a difference in the birth dates. Thank you.
Added by Sue (Lumley) Sayre on Mar 06, 2015 2:16 PM
George Seitz
Thomas Mann Randolph Talcott

Thank you again. I regret not recalling where I read he attended West Point. In a cursory search, I saw nothing that says he did. I am going to change the sketch and hope to see it again someday. I apologize for involving you in an exercise without any benefit.

Best Regards,

Added by George Seitz on Jan 29, 2015 10:20 AM
George Seitz
Colonel Thomas Mann Randolph Talcott
Mr. Thayer,

Thank you for making available your virtual cemetery regarding the United States Military Academy. In perusing it, I noticed the inclusion of Andrew Talcott, but not of his son, Colonel Thomas Mann Randolph Talcott, Find A Grave Memorial# 16660239. He is near the same plot in Hollywood, Richmond.

Thank you again,

George Seitz
Added by George Seitz on Jan 28, 2015 12:38 PM
Chris Mills
Gen Heber Creel
Hi Bill,

I ended up deleting my memorial for him as it turned out to be a duplicate for 136161410. However, that memorial has been updated with the appropriate biographical information.

BTW, you should not add biographical info using the virtual flowers, according to the site FAQs that is considered an abuse of the virtual flowers feature. Please just use the edit button on the memorial and request the information you are sending be added to the bio section.
Added by Chris Mills on Jan 10, 2015 2:19 AM
RE: Stanton A. Mason 30016241
Thank you, Bill. I've modified the memorial.
Added by Carol on Dec 12, 2014 10:32 AM
Brenda Goldy
RE: J M Allison 24948220
Hi Bill,

I did some looking and I'm sorry but this is Jacob M. Allison. I have updated the memorial with more information.

Brenda Goldy
Added by Brenda Goldy on Oct 02, 2014 11:19 PM
Sherry W
RE: Samuel Crane Williams
Hi. My husband's grandfather is Samuel Crane Williams and he has a library named after him at the Steven's Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He attended this school and also taught there. The library is called the Samuel C Williams Library (link is: ). My first guess is that maybe the book was from this library? Does it have library call numbers on it? My husband also has an uncle, who is his dad's brother, named Samuel Crane Williams Jr and a cousin who is Samuel Crane Williams III. I know Samuel C Williams Jr was in the Navy during WWII. I'll ask my husband and his cousins who they think the book belonged to and if they have other info. Will get back to you when I hear more. Let me know if it has a library call number on it since this will probably be helpful.
Sherry Williams
Added by Sherry W on Sep 11, 2014 2:08 PM
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