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TomDuse (#46954032)
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Gail Schinnerer Jorgensen
RE: St Michael Cemetery
Let me give you a little more info.
It is actually - hopefully - 1 memorial with both a father and son with the same name. No matter wether you get a memorial photo or a photo of where the plot is with no stone, I have 2 memorials where I want the photo to go.
The first one is for Find A Grave Memorial# 101502823 - for George Hammond
The second one is for Find A Grave Memorial# 101806946 - also for a George Hammond
If there happens to be a stone and there are other names on it, I can add memorials for those and then you can add the photo there.

I am just so happy that you can get the photo that I am really OK with waiting.
Take care, Gail

Added by Gail Schinnerer Jorgense... on Jan 31, 2013 11:10 PM

Gail Schinnerer Jorgensen
RE: St Michael Cemetery
The time frame is no issue. I am a patient person (or I try to be :)

The name is George Hammond and the plot location is Plot: Lot 6710, Section 9. If there is no stone, do you mind taking a photo of the area where the plot would be?


Added by Gail Schinnerer Jorgense... on Jan 29, 2013 12:46 PM

Gail Schinnerer Jorgensen
St Michael Cemetery
Hello Tom
I was wondering if you went to St Michaels any longer for taking photos of memorials?

Added by Gail Schinnerer Jorgense... on Jan 22, 2013 12:03 PM

Kathryn Whittamore
Ann M. Speer at B.Evergreens Cemetery
Tom, I've got a copy of the death certificate. Can you send me your email and I will send you a copy. My email is Thank you!

Added by Kathryn Whittamore on Jul 19, 2012 10:05 AM

Kathryn Whittamore
RE: Anna Speer
This is the information I have. I'm assuming that she was born between 1836 and 1838 because she was 30 years old when she died from hydrothorax (she had been ill with it for ten months). Her husband was August Franz Speer. I got this information from her husband's pension record and believe that's where it said she was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. I don't have any other information for her.

Added by Kathryn Whittamore on Mar 29, 2012 8:34 AM

Lynda Medlyn
Annie Starr resting in Baron Hirsch Cemetery
I believe Annie Starr, a Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire victim, may be an ancestor of mine. I am hoping that information on her tombstone will help me solve this mystery. I would be most appreciative if someone could take a photo or post the information found on her tombstone, but I fear that it is most likely overgrown with thickets and vines. Still I am hopeful that someone has information they can share with me. Thank you. LM

Added by Lynda Medlyn on Mar 08, 2012 8:24 PM

Rick Bushong
RE: Doc Bushong's stone photo
Thanks for adding the stone photo to Doc Bushong's family's memorials.

I doubt they'd let you transfer Doc's memorial to me as he is listed as "famous", which he is.

Rick Bushong

Added by Rick Bushong on Feb 16, 2012 12:43 PM

Rick Bushong
Doc Bushong's stone photo
Hello Tom,

Could you please add your stone photo from Doc Bushong's memorial to his wife and three children?

Doc's Memorial# 36563033
Theresa Memorial# 73954790
Charles Memorial# 73955031
Alice Memorial# 73954942
John Memorial# 73954883

Thank you,
Rick Bushong

Added by Rick Bushong on Feb 15, 2012 6:58 AM

Nettie Rosenthal
Hi there.
I stumbled on her memorial yesterday and today I read this article and thought that you might like to read it if you have not seen it.
Best regards to you and yours, Bud

Added by Bud on Nov 30, 2011 7:17 AM

Triangle SW Fire-Anna Altman
Anna Altman was the daughter of Louis and Sarah. She had the following siblings: Morris, Harry, Mary, and Rebecca (who was younger than Anna).

Added by GenealogyBuff on Oct 30, 2011 4:13 PM

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Thank you. I absolutely agree with the no pics of the fire, event or aftermath. I am not a fan of adding photos of that sort. I am more interested in adding photos of the victims or genealogical information to help remember them.

Added by GenealogyBuff on Oct 15, 2011 9:01 PM

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
i was about to start making memorials for the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, but i see you have done so already
I thank you very much for doing so.
I have some photos i shall add, if you don't mind.

Added by GenealogyBuff on Oct 13, 2011 12:30 PM

RE: Robert Harron
In the battle of the untimely replies, I do believe I am the victor. At any rate, please accept my much belated thanks for adding the photo to Bobby Harron's siblings' pages. I really appreciate it!

Added by SDH on Oct 06, 2011 6:50 AM

Karen Schlussel
Schlissel gravestone
Thank you for posting the picture of my great grandfather's grave!! My father had never seen it or met his grandfather so this was so exciting!!!

Karen Schlussel

Added by Karen Schlussel on Aug 09, 2011 12:17 PM

Robert Harron
Thank you for adding the grave photo to Robert Harron's memorial page! I've been waiting several years for someone to get that picture, and was beginning to think that I'd have to make the trip to New York and do it myself.

May I request that you also add the photo to the memorial pages for his siblings that are listed on the same stone?

Frances Veronica - #68844186
Anna Teresa - #68844194
Charles Peter - #68844241

Thanks again!

Added by SDH on Apr 24, 2011 3:34 AM

Dear Mr Tom Duse :
I apologize for making the following remark in the spirit of correctness.
Caterina Maltese and her children were no-show aboard the S.S. Sofia Hohenberg that arrived in NYC on July 2nd, 1907. Actually they left on S.S. Francesca (Austro-American Lines) from Palermo on July 16th and docked in NYC on August 3rd, 1907. All were detained while Caterina and her daughter Maria were hospitalized. Maria died on August 5th. The departure delay might have been caused by non receipt of the ticket or possibly by Maria's poor health - coughing - that deteriorated on account of the voyage fatigue.
Ernesto R Milani

Added by arnatese on Apr 20, 2011 6:25 AM

Joe Preston
RE: Possible Relation to Tri-Fire Victim
Hi Tom,

I can't thank you enough for your detailed reply. I've reached out to the oldest of the family, and there wasn't any stories that were passed down, or names that rang a bell. I will gander into and do some research, and certainly let you know what I come up with. Should any new information come your way, please don't hesitate to contact me if you can. Deep in my heart, I still believe there's a link that will solve this mystery. Thank you for all the hard work you're doing on behalf of the victims.

Best, Joe Preston

Added by Joe Preston on Apr 02, 2011 6:04 PM

Triangle Disaster
Hello Tom:

I wanted just to drop a note to let you know that I have now left flowers for all the victims of this disaster. Time-consuming, but a labor of love.

Take care. Michael

Added by Michael on Mar 31, 2011 5:49 PM

Joan Benanti Lawless
Thank you.
Dear Tom,

Thank you for the work you do. Back in the 1970's, shortly after having read a book about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, I was looking in Calvary Cemetery for my mothers grave, and I stumbled upon the grave of Vincenza Benanti. I was quite moved. I know she was a relative. We are Benanti's from the same town. The 100th Anniversary of the tragedy made me look for information on Vincenza. I found your site. Ironically, by chance, I was taking my grand daughter to her music lesson on Washington Pl near the park, and chanced upon the memorial celebration. I stayed with the car on Broadway, and my daughter walked my grand daughter to her lesson, through the crowd. Shortly after 1:30 PM, I heard the bells tolling, and left the car to watch from the distance. Just as my daughter and grand daughter were approaching, at about 1:40 PM, the bell tolled for Vincenza Benanti. It was quite moving. I noted that the name of her brother Fedele Benanti, that was spelled incorrectly in the article was corrected. Thank you for all you do. It is very much appreciated.

Joan Benanti Lawless

Added by Joan Benanti Lawless on Mar 25, 2011 5:44 PM

Joe Preston
Possible Relation to Tri-Fire Victim
Hi Tom,

Hope all is well. I trust you were at the memorial today at the intersection of Greene & Wash. Pl. as I was. I took to the internet and looked at a list of the victims only to discover a family name that spurred my interest. Her name was Annie Colletti, and lived at 410 E.13th St. Ironically, my Great-Grandmother, Guiseppa Colletti lived across the street at 401 East 13th, on the corner. I am trying to link the two somehow, but the only clues I have at this point are the same surnames, the close proximity of their homes, and the fact that my GG arrived in New York from Sicily in 1911. Made me wonder....How could I go about any further investigation to find out their possible relation ship if any?

Best, Joe Preston 212.673.4388

Added by Joe Preston on Mar 25, 2011 12:48 PM

Triangle Fire
Tom: I am probably just one of many who appreciate your exceptional efforts in creating memorials for the victims of this tragedy. As you may know, HBO will broadcast a new documentary about the Triangle Fire on Monday, March 21st.


Added by Michael on Mar 10, 2011 11:16 PM

RE: Thanks
Tom, thanks so much for your kind note. I've had an interest in the Triangle fire for some time. I was very impressed with the work you put into your memorials, giving personal information that you could find on the victims. I KNOW that could not have been easy information to find! And, including pictures of the tombstones when possible. It's so sad that so many of them are almost illegible now.

I read recently that they think they have identified the victims that were not identified at the time and were buried in the one grave under the statue. (I think this is at The Evergreens Cemetery?) It will be interesting to see what happens with that. If they decide to leave the victims where they have been for almost 100 years or if they move them. Personally, I think it would be better to leave them there, but to place their names and dates on the monument. Being unidentified for all these years is a big part of their story. Such a tragedy! HBO is making a documentary which will be on later this month. I hope they do a good job of it.

I meant to drop you a note to compliment you on your memorials, but got busy. I'm so glad you contacted me! It was an honor to visit these memorials!

Toni (aka Stray Kitten)

Added by StrayKitten on Mar 07, 2011 3:33 PM

Brock Bierman
Gussie Bierman
I am interested in your reserch about Gussie. Did you ever have the Hebrew on the gravestone translated? My Great Grandfather Abram Bierman immigrated in 1906 from Bessarbia, now Moldova.

Two of his daughters worked in a similar factory, although I can't say which one. I can send you additional information but I am trying to discover whether they are related.

Bierman as it is spelt in the US was spelled "BIRMAN" in Moldova.

Best regards,

Brock Bierman

Added by Brock Bierman on Dec 04, 2010 6:23 PM

RE: Francis W. Taylor
Hi Tom,

Not worry! I certainly understand - it must be the picture time of year for all of us, as I just finished scanning in over 250 old family photographs (and I feel like I didn't even make a dent in the 'to scan' pile!).

I have never been to the cemetery, so I will be sure to look at the page you mentioned to get a general idea. I hope someday I will be able to come visit in person - I used to live in NYC, but moved away about 2 years before I started my family research. Now that I have so many of my ancestors lived there, I wish I had started sooner!

I appreciate you adding the pictures to Ida & Albert's pages as well.

Thank you!


Added by Colleen on Nov 29, 2010 3:49 PM

RE: Francis W. Taylor
Hi Tom,

So sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner. Thank you so much for the photograph of Frank W. Taylor's headstone! I very much appreciate it, and would love to see the wider shot as well, if you still have it. You can go ahead and post it on the memorial, I certainly don't mind.

I didn't know that Frank was buried with his second wife (Ida) and her son (Albert), otherwise I would have had memorials up for them as well - I've added one for Ida and will get one up for Albert shortly. I didn't want to just copy your photograph, though, in case you'd like to post it yourself so you get the deserved credit? Let me know!

Thanks again!


Added by Colleen on Nov 22, 2010 11:59 PM


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