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Spaceman Spiff (#46783007)
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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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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.
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Added by Mary Button on Aug 01, 2015 5:12 AM
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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
Loretta Thompson Harris
RE: Tamson Cuff
Yes, her death record is online thru under Lamson Cuff. Source Information New Jersey, Deaths and Burials Index, 1798-1971 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Original data:

"New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 17201971." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

It's very common to find headstones that don't match actual records. After researching at local historical societies and area cemeteries, I find it to be quite common. I've documented many branches of my family into the 1600 & 1700s. Thompson, Cuff, Wilson, Willett, Pierce, etc. Some of the earliest. mlatree on Ancestry and Loretta on Mitsawokett.
Added by Loretta Thompson Harris on Jul 12, 2015 5:26 PM
Loretta Thompson Harris
RE: Tamson Cuff
Her death record is erroneously recorded as Lamson Cuff (nee Gould) b. abt 1809 Bridgeton, daughter of Benjamin & Hannah Gould. DOD 8 Jun 1877. White. Single. I believe the "single" status is incorrect as both her maiden and married names are shown. Actually, I have her married twice: #1 William Cox (Steward's "Indian half'breed") and #2 Reuben Cuff, Jr. Receptive to contrary thoughts.

Added by Loretta Thompson Harris on Jul 12, 2015 8:49 AM
RE: Catherine Dishon's mother
It is odd by our culture, but I figured out many years ago that America Adams Dishon was basically a child bride. The census records indicate that her husband Louis was about 30 years older than her. She had Catherine when she was about 12 or 13. Wiley was the only family member who spelled his name DeShon. Everyone else spelled it Dishon. America lived with Wiley's family up until her death. They were all just poor uneducated farmers. She could not read or write. She is my GG Grandmother. This is her grave.
Added by Avian on Jul 11, 2015 11:11 PM
RE: Catherine Dishon's mother
Yes, I believe this is the correct America Dishon. Follow her through the census records. She was very young when she married Louis Dishon and had her first child. She was living in Garrard County KY in the last census I can find her alive. Her son Wiley spelled his name Deshon and he lived in Garrard County. The big clue is....she is buried in the same cemetery as her son-in-law Thomas Holtzclaw. This is daughter Eliza's husband. He and America died a few years apart. There are only 29 graves in the cemetery. It is just up the road from where the family lived. I feel confident that it is her.
Added by Avian on Jul 11, 2015 10:58 PM
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