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Bill Thayer (#46555645)
 member for 11 years, 9 months, 5 days
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Bio Photo History buff with a large site on American history, with over 4700 webpages and including 60 books and 1700 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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Louis Philip Brant # 28951547
I received your correction suggestion. After reading what you've written above I can see that this is your area of expertise. May I go ahead and transfer the memorial to you? You will be able to write up the bio better than I could. I'm just a picture taker.

Added by Carol on Jul 19, 2014 11:54 AM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
General Glasgow 701384
Would you believe one of our fellow Findagravers stole that memorial from me, 'rewrote' the biography and submitted it to Famous? And they accepted it. It's got the photo I hunted down, all the links to family members that I did work hard to find, and a hashed up bio that he 'wrote.'
The bio looks like a copy/paste job to me. If I find that it is, I"m going to report it as plagiarism and ask that my bio be restored.

What a prince of a guy.
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Jul 15, 2014 5:56 PM
Kit and Morgan Benson
RE: George Wallace 5816415
Regarding the differing middle names for George Wallace, it is difficult 100 years later to know how a change of middle name was originally created. In my study of genealogy, the 1800s was well know for phonetical spelling, resulting in many variations, as well as the changing of spellings (and sounds of names) in official documents. It is well known, for example, that immigrants coming into this country often had their names changed into American sounding spellings by Immigration Officials. My own family tree contains at least one such official changing of a family's name. In many cases, the person himself used different names at different times, because the exact birth name was not important. In my own family, I have one ancestor whose first name is found with six different spellings (and dissimiliar pronouncations) so while it is clear that he was the only person in the county with a name close to one of the many spellings, it was also clear that it wasn't that important. Only in today's society, with its 400 million inhabitants in the US, and its stress on legalities, that we insist on absolute accuracy; accuracy which was not needed in the 1800s. I have rewritten the biography to allow for both middle names, which I suspect is closer to the absolute truth - that both names are in official documents. And that the officer used both names at different times in his life, perhaps for varying reasons. Hopefully, this will resolve your problem with the other middle name. But it is a fact, that the 1800s was a time of multiple spellings in different official documents, so determining which is the "correct" name is very difficult. The issue may never be totally resolved.

Morgan Benson
George Wallace 5816415
On the Find-a‑Grave page, the statement is made that this man's name is sometimes mistakenly given as George Daniel Wallace. Do you have a primary source for the middle name David?

Heitman's Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903, has Daniel. Like everything else, of course, it has mistakes from time to time; it's als an unofficial and secondary source, some years after the man's death; but the Official Register of Officers and Cadets of the U. S. Military Academy, June, 1869, has him listed (p20) as George Daniel in the entering 4th Class at West Point: that's a contemporaneous primary source, in essence the admissions office of the university he was currently attending. (The 1870‑1872 Registers are inconclusive, as is his obituary at the Association of Graduates: listing him only as George D.).

It would be good to clear up the mystery!

Kind regards,
Bill Thayer
American & Military History

Added by Kit and Morgan Benson on Jul 04, 2014 1:27 PM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
email replies are undeliverable
twice I get this:

: lost connection with[] while receiving the initial server

is there another email addy I can respond to? I will delete the message if you will post it here.
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Jun 28, 2014 10:12 AM
Julia Cruz
RE: William Jefferson Glasgow Jr.
Thank you for the information on William Jefferson Glasgow Jr.!
Added by Julia Cruz on Jun 28, 2014 4:52 AM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
American Catholic history
Please email me! I want to ask you about this man-Father Joseph O'Connell 124429047 and his siblings and nephew, Bishop Denis O'Connell, who was a protegee of Cardinal Gibbons.

Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Jun 27, 2014 11:58 PM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
RE: Fr. Matthew O'Keefe
You said: (I imagine you poked around on my site and found the biography of Servant of God Fr. Kapaun, CMOH, among either my Catholic History

I certainly WOULD, if I could find it. Can you just email me at Would be easier.
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Jun 27, 2014 11:26 PM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
RE: Fr. Matthew O'Keefe
I saw a little article about Father O'Keefe's death in an old paper and looked him up. Whatever you can find by googling him and finding old news articles, is all I ever found. I wrote more of that memorial myself than I did General Glasgow's.
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Jun 27, 2014 11:03 PM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
O'Keefe 116116811
You might like to take a look at this memorial. A *very* minor figure in history and not at all military, but my favorite memorial that I've done.
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Jun 27, 2014 2:37 PM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
RE: W. J. Glasgow
Ok, I added 'Callum's Register.' I personally believe the Register should have his name as William Jefferson Glasgow.

Can you send notes to the holder of W J Glasgow, jr's memorial?

Thank you very much for the input on the General's memorial.
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Jun 27, 2014 2:25 PM
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