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Dave Peck (#46966140)
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Bio Photo Researching one's genealogy is a bit like a treasure hunt. As you learn more and more about your ancestors, surprises keep occuring. I am thankful to all the people who have taken the time to research the past. I aim to contribute as well. I am working on my Peck ancestry which goes back to Joseph and some of his immigrant sons who arrived in 1638. Other names include Vanderwerker, Van Patten, Shoup/Shoop/Schupp, McNeil, Cramer, Paine, McDougall, Lant, Reid, Campbell, Wagman, Foster, Cushman, Grandy, Bartlett, Haverly, Duesler, Snell, Wendell, Glen, Hawley, Harmon, etc. I get great satisfaction in discovering and entering these historical records, before they are lost for good. Most of my entries are in MA, RI, CT and upstate NY where I live. I am a retired HS biology and chem. teacher. I have completed 10 Earthwatch expeditions and travelled to over 60 countries. Climbing mountains is also appealing having been up Kilimanjaro, Whitney, Olympus, Rysy, Ben Nevis, Algonquin, Marcy and others. Genealogy is another fun and productive way to spend my time.
One of my great joys is to visit villages where my ancestors lived before coming to America. In 2010 I visited Hingham and Beccles, England where the paternal Pecks lived in the 1500 and 1600's. We also visited Petten, Holland for the maternal Van Pattens and Meppel, Holland for the Van Alstynes and Vanderwerkers. In 2012 I visited Scotland for the McNeils and Reids and then the Mozel River Valley in the Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany for the Shoups/Schupps and Mais lines.
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Lieut. James P. Brown
I am working to list the casualties of the 14th R.I. Heavy Artillery and thought you might be interested in the following information.

Concerning his military unit:
“H” Co., 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery was first changed to "H" Co., 8th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery and later to "H" Co., 11th U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery.

Additional info:
The Fourteenth regiment Rhode Island heavy artillery (colored) in the war to preserve the Union, 1861-1865.
By William H. Chenery, Late First Lieutenant, Company F, Second Battalion.
Providence: Snow & Farnham, Printers and Publishers.

Page 220
James P. Brown. Enrolled and mustered as private Co. K, Tenth Rhode Island Infantry, May 26, 1862; mustered out Sept. 1, 1862; commissioned second lieutenant Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, Dec. 31, 1863; assigned to Co. H; detached as officer of the provost guard March 27, 1864, and so borne until May, 1864; ordered to command detachment opposite Plaquemine, La., Dec. 28, 1864; died at Donaldsonville, La., Aug. 13, 1865.

Pages 328/329
Second Lieutenant James Peck Brown, son of Eleazar and Charlotte (Wright) (Peck) Brown, was born in Rehoboth, Mass., on the 4th day of November, 1844. His ancestors were of sturdy New England stock.
James, the subject of this sketch, at an early age manifested a strong desire for a liberal education. At the age of fifteen he commenced the study of Latin, which he continued, with some interruptions, until he arrived at the age of seventeen. He then attended the University Grammar School, at Providence, R. I., where he remained nearly two years.
He was at this school when Fort Sumter fell. He manifested a strong desire to enlist, but his parents would not consent. In the spring of 1862 the consent of his parents was obtained and he enlisted for three months' service in Company K, Tenth Rhode Island Infantry. The regiment left Providence on the 26th of May, 1S62, and was mustered out Sept. 1, 1862.
After his return from the service he continued his studies at the University Grammar School. In September, 1863, having completed his preparatory studies he entered Brown University in the class of 1867. His heart, however, was still with our armies in the field, and, having passed a satisfactory examination before the Examining Board at Washington, D. C, he was commissioned second lieutenant in the Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, Dec. 31, 1863, and assigned to Company H. He was detached as officer of the provost guard at Plaquemine, La., March 27, 1864. On the 28th of December, 1864, he was ordered to take command of a detachment of twenty-four from his battalion and proceed to the telegraph station directly opposite Plaquemine. Captain Southwick, acting assistant inspector-general, in a report to headquarters, says: "At the telegraph station, directly across the river, are twenty-four men of Company G, Third Rhode Island Cavalry, in charge of a second lieutenant of that company; also twenty-four men from the artillery companies. Lieut. James P. Brown, Company H, Eleventh United States Colored Artillery (Heavy), commands both the detachments. He is about twenty years of age, but evidently a very fair officer. His detachment was in very good shape."
In June, 1865, his battalion was stationed at Donaldsonville, La. Here Lieutenant Brown died of congestive chills, Aug. 23, 1865.
The letters written to his friends by the several officers of his battalion give the best account of his sickness and the estimation in which he was held by his comrades. We quote a few extracts.
Lieutenant Gaskill, who was in temporary command of the company during the absence of Captain Addeman, says: "It is with feelings of sadness that I communicate to you, the death of your brother James. He died about four p.m., today, at the hospital, of congestive chills. He had not been well during the past two months but was not considered dangerously ill until a few hours previous to his death…
"It is useless for me to speak to you of his merits. It is sufficient for me to say that he was an excellent officer; for in such an officer is embodied every quality pertaining to manhood. He was a strict disciplinarian. He possessed that firmness and decision of purpose, and that ability to command, which few of his age are endowed with. He strove to excel. If a person can ever be said to be generous to a fault, I surely think he could be said to be that person.”
Captain Addeman writes: "We have now for nearly two years been associated with each other. I had learned to love him as a brother. His high sense of honor, his conscientious attention to every duty required of him by his superiors, his temperate habits, his generous and kind heart, not only attached me to him as his captain, by the strongest ties, but also awakened the deepest love and respect of all his brother officers. There are none who are free from the weaknesses of frail humanity, but I have often thought, and as often remarked to others, that James was remarkably free from the common errors of young men. His character was pure and irreproachable. His life was unblemished…
"He possessed a high degree of physical and moral courage. In the moment of threatening danger his cheek would blanch, but it was from no source of fear. He fully appreciated the extreme peril of the hour, and he heroically nerved himself to meet it. I do not think the torture of the stake or of the rack would have extorted from him a murmur. His brave soul would have rendered him equal even to that emergency. He was often envied by his brother officers for the splendid physical development with which nature had endowed him."
Captain Cragin says: “I was struck from the first the remarkable interest James manifested in military duties. He seemed to be peculiarly fitted for the profession of arms. His manly air and bearing, erect figure, powerful muscular development, ability to endure protracted labor and fatigue, undoubtable courage, resolute spirit, and especially love for the service, seemed to furnish an unusual number of qualifications for the trying exigencies of military life. I need not say that subsequent experience proved that he possessed all these soldierly qualities in a rare measure. He suffered very severely from the chills. He frequently went on duty when he was not able to do so, but was never known to utter a word of complaint. He was selected for the dangerous post of Plaquemine on account of his habits of strict discipline, and for successful command over his men."
The officers of his regiment during his sickness cared for him with a tenderness more than filial, and he was accorded a soldier’s burial. His remains now rest in his native village.
Added by Jerry on Jul 15, 2016 8:37 PM
RE: Vance in Greenwich
That works. The stones are in a tough section of the cemetery. Alice
Added by Alice on Jun 19, 2016 4:42 PM
Hi Dave. The Peck Cemetery looks wonderful! Thanks so much!!! The new metal signs are great. Entirely different subject... please take a look at memorial 71999659 for Tommy F Tefft in Greenwich Cemetery. The lot photo you added needs to be removed because it's for a different Tefft lot. Tommy F. is in the front of the cemetery in lot H3, with his father Charles K. Tefft, and I've added recent photos for lot H3. Thanks! Alice
Added by Alice on Jun 08, 2016 6:30 AM
First Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Hello Dave,
My ancestor, Capt.Job Allen,Jr., is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Our DAR chapter is creating a book to commemorate the lives of our Revolutionary War patriots. I would like to include your photo of the cemetery entrance as part of my chapter. Capt Allen's father was the builder of the First Presbyterian Church and his son completed the work on the church some years later.

Thank you for your consideration. I really appreciate your work and contribution to Find A Grave! It is so much fun to find these "treasures" online!

Best wishes,
Added by PeggyO on Jun 04, 2016 11:31 AM
David Christopher Benton
RE: PAYNEs in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Fred PAYNE (1867-1940)'s parents are Alfred Daniel PAYNE (1840-1873) & Mary Augusta (Ebbets) PAYNE (1840-1889) of Brooklyn, NY, USA. Fred's paternal grandparents are John PAYNE (1797-1869) & Rebecca (Norbrook) PAYNE (1805-1892) of London, England, and of Brooklyn, NY, USA. I have written a detailed family biography for John PAYNE (1797-1869) on his page. Fred's maternal grandparents are James EBBETS (1815-1897) & Catherine A. (Wood) EBBETS (1815-1892) of Brooklyn, NY, USA. Thank you again for Fred's memorial.
Added by David Christopher Benton on Jun 02, 2016 5:26 PM
David Christopher Benton
PAYNEs in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Hello Dave,
* I got your e-mail, and I have deleted the duplicate for Emma J. (Kelly) PAYNE (1866-1945). I am a great-great grandson of Frederick Ebbets "Fred" PAYNE (1867-1940) & Fred's first-wife, Amelia V. (Hudson) PAYNE (1869-1903). Fred & Amelia had two children, born in Brooklyn, before Amelia died of a blood clot at the age of 34. Amelia is buried in Brooklyn. As a widower, Fred remarries Emma in 1904. Fred is also a distant-cousin to Charles Henry "Hercules" EBBETS, Sr. (1859-1925) who owned the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field until his death.
* Thank you for creating FindAGrave memorials for Fred & Emma. Will you, please, Transfer Management of them to me.
Fred is # 81153896
Emma is # 81154034
I am David Christopher Benton, # 47947317
Thank you again
Added by David Christopher Benton on Jun 01, 2016 12:00 PM
RE: Lieut John Crocket
Cenotaph is a much mis-used word by findagrave-there are actually very few in the UK, because a cenotaph is an empty grave. Once upon a time, we would not create what is in effect, a confusing duplicate. Instead, we were permitted to show an image of the family grave [memorial site] on the page where the casualty is interred, or if he has no known grave, on the page where he is officially commemorated.
Added by darealjolo on May 18, 2016 2:26 AM
RE: Lieut John Crocket
no-he definitely is not actually-soldier's bodies were not repatriated-we know his burial place.
Added by darealjolo on May 17, 2016 4:22 PM
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William Grandy
Hi -- we were at Green Hill Cemetery on 4/30 and found William Grandy's grave! Very sunny so photos could be better. Text is:

William Grandy 1835-1911
Amanda His Wife 1935-1904

Will be going back to Green Hill over the next month or two and will look for Josephine Grandy at that time.

I need to figure out to make photos small enough to upload them to the website. Will try to do this asap.

Added by Meerkat Girls on May 08, 2016 1:55 PM
Wendell family
I realize that their are no gravestones for James Van vorst Wendell at AR only records they are buried with her Scottish family.
RHL Wendell, Agnes Fonda and husband are in separate grave sites at Vale. RHL gravestone is almost unreadable.
Hendrik Janse and Maria Lansing Wendell are assumed buried at Vale via DAR and Holland Dames. Frankly,
they both could be at the Van Rensselaer cemetery which is in horrible condition. Jerry Van Rensselaer documented all the family members. A relative Daniel Vandenburg who resides in England was here for the seminar last Sept of New Netherland Institute. He found and walked the cemetery. Hendriks father was Jacob married Helena Van Rensselaer and they are buried in VR cemetery.
What can I say.
Added by huguenot/dutchny on Apr 26, 2016 8:32 AM
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