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Gregory Spesh (#31762373)
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Bio Photo I was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and grew up in Hudson and Bergen County before settling in Sussex County. When I was a boy I listened to family members talk about the Italian, German, French, Irish and Native American (Mohawk) ancestry that runs through my blood. Growing up with no father and having a mother who supported five kids and worked three jobs was very tough on the whole family. I needed someone or something, I didn't know. I started hunting for snakes at the local cemeteries and found myself surrounded by tombstones that I really didn't pay attention too. Just about that time I saw a television series "Roots" by Alex Haley. I was amazed on how he traced his family all the way back to Africa, I was hooked! When I was in Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma someone told me about Geronimo's grave being on post, well I was excited and had to see it. I had served in the military for 8 years. When my father heard that I was in the Army he told my family that he needed to see me. It was a year and a half before Desert Storm. This meeting took place at his apartment in North Bergen and from that day on, I had my father's connection that I was missing my whole life. But life itself isn't fair and on the day I was supposed to see him in uniform, he suffered a major heart attack. That connection was broke forever and so I searched for someone or something once again to fill that void in my life. It took a couple of years but I had finally found that missing piece. It was genealogy and like a lightning bolt I was struck, big time. That lead me to findagrave.com, slowly but surley I now arrived to my Africa. I hold my dearest memories not only to humans but animals too. I had two loving cats in my life, Ginger and Kizzy.
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Laurel
LTC Wallace B. Ioor
Gregory, a well-meaning volunteer answered a photo request for LTC Wallace Ioor's grave site, but he took a photo of his father and mother's stone instead, Dr. William B. Wallace and Ann Bolyn Mathewes Ioor. I ask him to remove the incorrect photo and the volunteer removed it. However; the incorrect birth and death dates have not been removed. His father, Dr. William Ioor, born Jan. 4, 1780 died Jul. 30, 1850. According to Civil War historians, LTC Wallace Ioor was born in Savannah Georgia in 1821 and died in Arkansas in 1879. He was married, twice in fact and I'm going to link his four sons today. Please remove the incorrect birth and death dates. LTC Wallace Ioor could not have lived from 1780 to 1850 and served in the Civil War! I have been researching this family for over a year now and would appreciate it so much if this correction was made.
Added by Laurel on Nov 08, 2014 9:11 AM
Scott Hann
Captain William S. Provost, 11th NJ
Dear Gregory, thank you for sharing the photo of Captain William S. Provost, 11th NJ. As you may know, he was wounded in the elbow at the battle of Gettysburg, most likely on July 2, 1863. Can you please tell me how the photograph you posted is identified? Best wishes, Scott
Added by Scott Hann on Nov 06, 2014 11:29 PM
Janet
14th New Jersey soldier
Hello, I found your Virtual Cemetery on the 14th NJ and since you have expertise on them, I was wondering if you could help me figure out a soldier who died as a Prisoner of War at Augusta, Ga.

He is listed in the burial register as:
A. Bangsley, Co A 14th New Jersey. Died March 6, 1864 at Augusta, Ga.

The VA grave locator has him listed as RANSCLEY.

I could not find either name in the roster. Do you have any resources that would help figure out who this is?
Thanks.
Added by Janet on Nov 04, 2014 10:52 AM
Ginny
Victor Drake grave at Laurel Hill, Pa.
Hi Greg,
I hope you can help me. I'm trying to verify if Victor Drake is, in fact, buried at Laurel Hill cemetery on the grounds of Grey Towers in Milford, Pa.

I have a list of surnames from Grey Towers, and Drake is among them, but no "Victor."

He was, for a time, editor of the Independent Republican in Goshen, NY, the next town over from me. I want to write about him, but need to verify where he was buried. I also see there is no photo of a grave marker. Can you tell me how you learned he is supposed to be buried in Laurel Hill at Grey Towers?
Thank you so much for your help and what you do to preserve the memories of the deceased--and enlighten the public.
Regards,
Ginny Privitar
Added by Ginny on Oct 29, 2014 8:15 AM
Randy Fletcher
Alexander K. Thorp
Greg - I have sent you some edits for the Thorp memorial.

Randy
Added by Randy Fletcher on Oct 28, 2014 6:34 PM
Leslie
nov 6 seminar
Hi,

My husband, Bob, and I recently gave a presentation at the Hunterdon County Library about the cemeteries of the county for the Tricentennial. Included in this event is a county-wide “scavenger hunt” where participants will return on Nov 6 and collect prizes for their participation at the Main Branch Library. We wanted to make that return lecture an informal meet and greet where anyone interested in getting involved, whether it be in cemetery restoration, work at the Historical Society with cemetery records, working in support of specific cemeteries, or with findagrave. Whatever it may be, and offering a way for like minded cemetery folks to network, share resources, advice, and the like. I am extending an invitation, hoping you are available and would like to come out and share you own expertise with the group. It’s, November 6, 7-9 PM at the Hunterdon County Main Branch Library. If you can make it let me know, thanks.

Leslie
Added by Leslie on Oct 20, 2014 11:23 AM
Peter Doane
Question about GWD
I'm trying to find out if I'm related to Reverend George Washington Doane.

I have lived in Medford, NJ for the last 19 years and recently discovered the Doane Academy in Burlington.

My grandfather

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119475137

was a genealogist and traced our family back to Deacon John Doane of Plymouth, MA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Doane

Added by Peter Doane on Oct 14, 2014 8:55 AM
Maureen Hains
Request for Transfer # 8641194
Dear Mr. Spesh,

Thank you for approving relationship updates for Maj. General Peter Conover Hains Sr. - I have just sent a request to update his death date. I am his direct descendent and would be honored if you would please transfer his memorial to me. My ID is: #48545502

As his son, Peter Conover Hains Jr. is my great-grandfather it is your duty to transfer his memorial over to me. If you would be so kind to do so, in order for me to update his bio and death information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Again, if would be an honor and much appreciated if I could have both men's memorials transferred. You will of course retain the record of creating the memorial.

Thank you again in advance,
~Maureen Hains~
Added by Maureen Hains on Oct 10, 2014 12:49 PM
Ida Franks
William Henry Raynor
William Henry Raynor
Find A Grave Memorial# 8474592

An article on him attending the annual reunion of the 56th.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=S9ByAo1SvpUC&dat=19011003&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
The Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio
Wednesday, October 02, 1901
Bill Raynor, Gallant Colonel of the Fifty-Sixth Here
Added by Ida Franks on Oct 10, 2014 1:36 AM
AmbrosioNJ
Pvt Joel M Larrison
Thank you for your service, and all of your contributions!

I was wondering if you would transfer Joel M. Larrison 13708650. You still get linked and credited. History has not been kind in preserving my g grandfather's legacy and I have been tirelessly trying to uncover his story.

Thanks again!
AmbrosioNJ
Added by AmbrosioNJ on Oct 08, 2014 8:43 AM
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