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Eric Thomsen (#29506898)
 member for 15 years, 28 days
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Bio Photo Researching the Attell and Tomsky families of San Francisco, California. First became interested in grave hunting when I went off by myself, away from my tour group, to find Henrik Ibsen's grave in Oslo, Norway, in 1993. I found out about Find-A-Grave a short time later and began posting photos of both the famous and my family (and famous family -- Abe and Monte Attell are brothers of my great-grandfather Caesar). Visiting famous graves during vacations has now become a hobby, especially graves of authors -- Ibsen, William Wordsworth, Franz Kafka. I don't consider a vacation complete until I find at least one famous grave. And if I have to go off on my own to find it, so much the better.

My most recent project, while I was attending school in the Boston area, was to visit all of the graves of the British and American soldiers and civilians killed during the hostilities of the ever memorable April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. To see the results of my search, please click on the website link below or my "Shot Heard 'Round the World" virtual cemetery.

If you send me an email, please put the words FIND A GRAVE (in big letters) in the subject line so that I can pick it out from among all the spam. "I don't like Spam!!!"
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Avellina Balestri
American Revolution
Hi, Eric Thomsen,

I'm new on Find a Grave, but noticed that we both have an interest in the early days of the American Revolution. Last year, I was the Maryland representative at the Sons of the American Revolution Historical Orations Contest in Greenville, South Carolina.

My topic of choice was the forgotten connections and divided loyalties that went on between Brits and Americans in the war, particularly highlighted by the marriage of British Gen. Thomas Gage and his American wife, Margaret. I love researching the various aspects of the revolution that revealed it as the civil war it really was.

Also, I am working on writing a novel set in Boston, 1775, featuring Major John Pitcairn as one of the main characters. It has been a joy getting to research him for the project, right up to his home town in Dysart, Fife, Scotland, UK!

Anyway, if you'd ever like to chat about revolutionary stuff, please feel free to chat!

Added by Avellina Balestri on May 30, 2015 9:53 PM
Dennis & Jean Boyer
FIND A GRAVE memorial #7398260, James Barrett, SAR Patriot #P-109643
Thanks for your permission for Sons of the American Revolution to use your photo to be linked from the Patriot Index at

Warm regards,
Dennis Boyer, Find A Grave contributor #47495147
Added by Dennis & Jean Boyer on Jan 26, 2015 8:00 AM
Justin L. Smith
RE: James Barrett
Thanks a lot! No problem. Now other Patriots can see his headstone through the SAR database.

Added by Justin L. Smith on Jan 25, 2015 3:18 PM
Justin L. Smith
James Barrett
Sons of the American Revolution asked me to see if they could use the headstone photo of James Barrett for their Patriot graves database. Would that be ok? If so, let me know how to cite you. Thanks!

Added by Justin L. Smith on Jan 24, 2015 8:36 AM
Justin L. Smith
Col. James Barrett
Thanks so much for the transfer of my paternal 9th great-grandfather Col. James Barrett! One question though: I thought you said you were also a descendant of him? Thanks again!
Added by Justin L. Smith on Nov 30, 2014 5:55 PM
RE: Herbert and Baby Tomsky
My pleasure, it is always my goal to put these memorials with a family member. I hope you can find out more about the baby.
Added by Eileen on Jul 09, 2014 8:44 PM
RE: Baby Tomsky Memorial
Thank you for clearing up the vitals for this memorial. I have not been to the cemetery myself so I don't know if the grave has a marker or not.

Would you like this transferred to you? Id so send me a request through the memorial.

Added by Eileen on Jul 09, 2014 5:21 PM
Barbara Poole
Revolutionary War memorials
This pertains to the site with those who died April 19h, 1775. I believe there are several for Whitney and Ladd, they both died April 19, 1875, 100 yrs. later and in another war. Were you aware of this?
I was in the Old Lexington Cemetery today, and found a new marker, for the 8 British soldiers, but it isn't on your site. I live in Lowell, so I picked up immediately about Ladd and Whitney. Thank you.
Added by Barbara Poole on May 06, 2014 5:27 PM
David Streeter
RE: Jonas Parker 7517397
You are quite welcome. Jonas is my 5th GGF which I only discovered this year
David Streeter
Added by David Streeter on Dec 01, 2013 8:50 AM
RE: That's interesting
That is interesting we've been on findagrave the same amount of time....
Added by TLS on Aug 16, 2013 3:17 PM
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