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rjschatz (#46560566)
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Bio Photo I'm a 67 year-old retired high school teacher living just outside Philly. My wife and I currently have ten children, aside from fourteen we have fostered over the years. I hope that I'm preserving some history, family, and heritage for them. I've received e-mails from people offering information to add to memorials. One connected an isolated memorial of 13-year-old girl who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic with memorials of her parents and sister; another, provided birth information for a Civil War soldier. I'm also interested in the industrial life of 19th Century Philadelphia which produced as many wealthy humanitarians and philanthropists (e.g., Henry Disston, Matthias Baldwin, William Bucknell) as it did robber barons (e.g., Edward Berwind). If you see inaccuracies in my information, please contact me and I'll make corrections. If you find the the existence of a memorial causes emotional hurt or pain, let me know, and I'll remove it, but I'd ask you to first consider that the purpose of posting memorials is to honor a memory--to insure that the person is not forgotten. Please be patient with any changes you request that I make. I'm discovering that I'm sometimes busier in retirement than I was in the 44 years that I taught.

I'd like to thank all the folks who send me corrections and additional information to post on the memorials. It's fascinating to be able to find insights into the lives of people who, except for time and space, may not really be all that different from us. It makes "the human family" more than a trite phrase.
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Peter Hartman - # 14084722
This memorial for Peter Hartman lists the wrong cemetery.
He is buried in Saint Peters Lutheran Church Cemetery in Chester Springs, West Pikeland Twp., Chester Co., PA.
He has a memorial in the correct cemetery - # 43172469- which includes a photo of his tombstone; additional info; & links to his family members.
Please either delete your memorial, or merge it with the memorial in the correct cemetery.
I have requested this correction several times via the edit key on the memorial. Thank you for your attention to this issue.
Pikeland Cemetery Committee
Added by SHARON NEIMAN KLEINSTUBER on Sep 25, 2017 4:14 PM
Sandy Boyd
h disston
I have a very good picture of Hamilton Disston's marker (Laurel Hill Cemetery, Phila). If you would like to add it to his memorial, let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.
Added by Sandy Boyd on Aug 22, 2017 5:32 PM
Sons of Spanish American War Veterans
SAW Remembrances
On behalf of the Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, I just want to thank you for the memorials and photos you have posted for 37 of "our" veterans. It is appreciated.
John Sims, Sr. VP, SSAWV
Added by Sons of Spanish American ... on Jul 08, 2017 8:41 AM
John Rigali
memorial transfer request
Although he hasn't died yet, thank you for creating his memorial.

MEMORIAL ID: 10703806
NAME: Justin Francis Rigali
CEMETERY: unknown (none yet)
STATE: unknown (none yet)
REASON FOR REQUEST: I'm a grandson of one of his 1st cousins
MY ID: 48686096

I already maintain the memorial for one of his sisters (
Added by John Rigali on Apr 03, 2017 3:29 PM
Memorial 10859543
Thank you for the memorial of my great great grandfather William Hogan.

Lizanne Smith
Added by lizweaves on Mar 27, 2017 10:40 AM
John Hancock
I see on the Find A Grave site that there is a note regarding Col John Hancock that might need to be checked. It says that after the war (Civil War) he served as a railroad ticket agent. However, the 1910 census, which shows John Hancock living with his wife, Augusta, in Washington DC. His occupation is "lawyer." His daughter, Amanda, son Winifred and grandson, John A, are also living with them.

Added by Ric on Jan 31, 2017 1:51 PM
Jim Bramble
Capt William A Coleman
You posted a photo of Capt Coleman (Find A Grave Memorial# 15449947). His wife was Margaret Chapman, daughter of Hiram and Margaret Cooper Chapman) buried nearby in Reading Cemetery. Can you verify the photo with a source? I have been unable to locate a copy on the web?

Added by Jim Bramble on Dec 26, 2016 10:57 AM
Local History
Local history is not taught and is sadly underappreciated now days, so I want to thank you for your Find A Grave memorials, well-written biographies, and tributes to the notable men and women in our communities' past. It matters!
Added by ellenflower on Nov 17, 2016 4:44 PM
William James Shields (obit)
Capt. Shields, son of the late Chas. Shields of Rockland, died at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday, 13th inst., from the effects of wounds received at the battle of Fredericksburg, when he was shot through the lungs, the bullet remaining in the wound. He served in the 4th Maine Regiment.
Portland Daily Press, January 26, 1877, p. 3, c. 4.
Added by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2016 9:42 AM
William James Shields
Following his resignation, Captain Shields worked for the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Popularly know as the Freedmen's Bureau. He served as the Assistant Sub-assistant Commissioner(Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia) in 1867.

The Freedmen's Bureau was created to assist former slaves in the South following the Civil War. They were authorized to issue provisions, food, clothing, shelter, and fuel as he deemed necessary for the “suffering and destitute refugees.” In addition to providing these basic necessities, the Freedmen’s Bureau agents attempted to assist former slaves in locating lost relatives, legalizing slave marriages, settling labor disputes, usually with whites, and negotiating labor contracts.
Added by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2016 9:35 AM
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