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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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|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.
|Spanish American War||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
|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 (https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126927077).
Thank you for the memorial of my great great grandfather William Hogan.
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?
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!
|Anonymous||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.
|Anonymous||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.
|Anonymous||William James Shields|
Please add Captain William James Shields, b. Rockland, Knox Co., ME 1841. Enl. June 15, 1861, as Sgt., Co. D, 4th Maine Infantry. Prom. to 2nd Lt. date unknown. Prom. 1st Lt. Oct. 1862. Wded. “shot through the lungs” at Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. Resigned September 27, 1863. Assigned as 1st Lt. 44th United States Infantry, Veterans Reserve Corp; March 25, 1863. Prom. to Captain, 85th Company, 2d Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps. 1st Lt. William Shields, May 11, 1864, to 51st Company, 2d Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps; m. Sarah Anne Frost (daughter of John Frost # 31838076 and Sarah Anne Burdett # 31838051) Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 2, 1866. Died January 13, 1877, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY from the effects of his wound at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Buried Section C, Plot 63, Laurel Hill Cem., Phila, PA.
Obituary to follow.
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