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Patricia O'Neal (#47113049)
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Bio Photo Family names that I'm researching are OSBORN (CT), O'NEAL (FL, AL, GA) IVES (FL), NC), TUTTLE (NC), MACKEY (FL, SC), DUNN and BARDIN (both AL), as well as McKEE (McKEY), MILLS, STEWART and CORNELLS (AL). I'm also researching BROYLES (VA, TN) and especially SHIPP (VA).
I have completed the Lost Ships project, which includes a memorial for each man aboard the 33 US merchant ships that were "lost" during World War II. These memorials contain information about each ship and its fate, information that many of the families of the merchant seamen never knew. These men have neither cemetery nor grave, only the ocean; their families have no piece of earth to adorn in memory of their lost loved one. I hope these memorials will somehow help to ease that loss.

See the list of virtual cemeteries on the right for names of the ships. The 'Lost Ships' are all identified by (L) after the name of the ship.
My main sources:, and

I am currently creating memorials for other U.S. Merchant Mariners who died in WWII. I've recently found records on that lists the race and nationality of many mariners so I am including this information for any mariner who is listed as 'Negro', 'Black or 'African' in the hope that it will help those of African ancestry to identify their family member(s).
NOTE: Any photo that I post to this website is free to be used by anyone. I gladly donate them, as well as any biographical information, to further genealogical research. I believe family histories, public records, archived newspapers and anything else that contributes to the gathering of genealogy should be free and accessible by the public. That being said, it's not just a necessity for record keeping and provenance to acknowledge any source, but it's common courtesy to give due credit to other genealogists/historians that we 'borrow' from.

Although the administrators of findagrave don't consider this a genealogy website, that is precisely what it has become for many of us. AND IT'S FREE. In fact, this is one of the very few websites with genealogy data that has remained free for everyone. For this reason, I'm especially grateful for findagrave, and to all of its volunteers and contributors - "Thank you."

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Don Blauvelt
Josiah Wright, Jr. (c1756-1792)
Thank you very much Patricia! See also the inscription section of his memorial.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 26, 2016 5:32 PM
RE: Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Photos
This is something we have wanted to be able to do for years, but have only recently come across a program that allows this to be done. It does of course require considerable editing to ensure that the inscription is perfectly horizontal.
There used to be a program by which, instead of drawing the line around the inscription, the entire inscription line could be highlighted with colour.
We use yellow as we think that stands out best.
Kind regards
Added by darealjolo on Sep 23, 2016 9:32 AM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Cherry Hill Cemetery Survey
Hi Patricia,

Thanks for the note. On the web type in "Cemetery Survey of Pitt County." It should result in reference to digital copies in pdf form of both the 2007 Vol One and Vol Two published Pitt County Historical Society work. They are secured to prevent directly copying the text in them, but are fully searchable.

Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 21, 2016 7:49 PM
Created by: Buddy Record added: Feb 01, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 84322109
contributor deceased-you may consider taking over this memorial?
Added by darealjolo on Sep 20, 2016 2:26 AM
Don Blauvelt
RE: Josiah Wright, Cherry Hill Cemetery
Hi Patricia,

See the following:
Cherry Hill Cemetery, Greenville, Pitt County, NC

Location - on S. Pitt St between W 3rd St and W 1st St, Greenville
Coordinates: 35d 36m 54.2s N; 77d 22m 35.5s
Survey compiled by William "Bill" B. Kittrell in 2007.
Owned by the City of Greenville. The cemetery is divided into sections labelled A to O.

140. Wright, Josiah (b. Unknown - d. 6 Feb 1792); Sections J.
Added by Don Blauvelt on Sep 19, 2016 10:01 AM
Hardy Flanagan
RE: John Boyd, Sr. - Cherry Hill Cemetery
You're welcome, It looks like it must have been some kind of system glitch the numbers were only 2 apart. I just happened to come across them and said I know her!!
Added by Hardy Flanagan on Sep 12, 2016 10:10 AM
Jan Heller
RE: Anderson Dayse, Memorial #72102838
It was my pleasure. ~Jan
Added by Jan Heller on Sep 05, 2016 6:12 PM
RE: Jane M. Curran, Memorial #150349766
You are very welcome.
Added by CBontemps on Aug 31, 2016 6:21 AM
Jo Ann Kaufman
Excellent work!
Thank you so much for connecting the Carl Jakubowski dots so thoroughly. Your Lost Ships project has taught me much that I never knew about my aunt's brother.
Added by Jo Ann Kaufman on Aug 17, 2016 9:51 AM
thomas mueller
Robert Henry Mueller Svce#Z19583/70495745

Thank you so very much for the detailed account of the ill-fated MSTS Coamo.

At last I can now visit a grave marked for my dad; that being the site in Battery Park. Both yourself and the ABMC have been an enormous help in this respect.

A question, if I may - where or from whom did you learn that the Coamo was awarded a Gallant ship citation bar?

Kind regards,
Thomas Mueller
Edwin J.O'hara Chapter
Added by thomas mueller on Aug 05, 2016 10:32 AM
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