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Dennis Brandt (#47232334)
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An independent Civil War researcher and the author of:

From Home Guards to Heroes: The 87th Pennsylvania and its Civil War Community

Pathway to Hell: A Tragedy of the American Civil War

Shattering the Truth: The Slandering of Abraham Lincoln

All books available at the York County Historial Trust at 250 E. Market St and online at standard outlets such as

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Carol & David
Jeremiah Still 16866746
Thank you for the edits for Jeremiah Still. I do not live that far from St. James Lutheran Cemetery and will check on a stone for his wife, Mary.

I did see an obituary for Jeremiah Still online and to my amazement, found that his daughter, Barbara was married to my Great Uncle, Frank Stecker at the time of her father's death in 1931. Frank died in 1940 of an apparent heart attack and I did not know what happened to Barbara, who was his second wife. I found from an Ancestry Tree, she remarried and is buried in the same cemetery in Massachusetts as Frank under her Barbara Holsen, who was her third husband I believe. I linked her to Frank and sent edits to link her to her father, Jeremiah.

Added by Carol & David on Apr 24, 2017 4:08 PM
Thomas F Higgins # 137717161
Thank you for the additional info on Thomas' life. Could you note what the source material was the info you referenced.
Added by dzr130 on Apr 22, 2017 9:05 AM
Nanci McCune
James M Neely #84319335
Hello, you are missing a few records about my g g grandfather, James M. Neely, (1843-1911) a Civil War Veteran,(I have one set of his discharge can papers on my family tree) was married to Mary Ellen Fought and had 5 daughters. One was my grandmother, Grace Margaret Neely who was 42 when my mom was born in Nebraska. I actually have both sets of his discharge papers as well as his letter giving him $12 a month as a pension. I'm trying to solve a few family mysteries that are driving me crazy. He purchased a large (1+ acre) burial plot in the Harrisburg Cemetery with his father in law, Jonas Fought, March 21, 1876. I have the document and I just scanned it and it is also on my family tree. I can't find any record of the other daughters deaths,
Sally Jo, 1874. - 1876 and Anna Florence, 1877-1878, Mary Ellen died in childbirth at age 34, (the baby died too ) and Emma Rachael, almost 6, died 6 weeks later after starving herself from grief. You have her n your report. I can't find any record of James' other daughter,Kathryn Elliot Neely Rohr, born in 1887. I figured she must have been buried with her husband's family, but she has just DISAPPEARED after the age of about 20 and her husband raised their son. Are there hidden death records that are not accessible to the public? Or maybe there is a grave for her that no one has bothered looking for? How about records to mental institutions? I don't understand how someone can be in records then NOTHING!!
Added by Nanci McCune on Apr 19, 2017 11:16 PM
Susan Fabian
Joseph Stone Info Request
Hello, I was checking out the memorial for my 3xggf, Joseph Stone (Find A Grave memorial 104970706) and I see that you contributed information about Joseph and his wife and children. I'm curious where you got the wedding date for Joseph and Mary O'Brien. I'd love to list that on my Ancestry page as a reference. Message or email me at peebsmama(at)comcast(dot)net. Thank you.
Added by Susan Fabian on Apr 12, 2017 4:07 PM
Cindy Pelfrey
Jacob Stichler
Just wanted to tell you that I am very impressed with your page for Jacob Stichler. Where did you find all that info? Jacob's brother John Henry is my G G grandfather. Thank you for posting that. Love it.
Added by Cindy Pelfrey on Apr 05, 2017 9:51 AM
Angela Crumpler
Post Regarding Diary
I'm sorry I forgot to add the reference number: Benjamin Franklin Frick: 32113432

Thank you
Added by Angela Crumpler on Mar 31, 2017 10:11 AM
Angela Crumpler
Benjamin Franklin Frick's Diary
I am the GGGranddaughter of James Jackson Farmer the Captain of the Confederate Militia and Magistrate in Johnston County, NC. I am fairly certain that my GGGrandfather and Frick met and became friends near the end of the Civil War when Sherman's headquarters was located at Gulley's Store just outside of what is now Clayton, NC. My GGGrandfather's farm was located beside where Sherman's camp was located and as the Captain of the local Militia and Magistrate would have been at the camp. Furthermore, the Governor of NC sent a delegation to that site and surrendered the Civil Government on April 12, 1865.

The reason I am fairly certain that they knew each other is that I have inherited the only known existing handwritten copy, not in the National Archives, of General Orders #46 issued by General Schofield on May 15, 1865 which outlined the freedoms and rights of newly freed slaves in areas controlled by Dept of NC, which I am thinking is the areas controlled by the Army of the Ohio. This copy was issued and signed in red "TRUE COPY BF FRICK 39TH USCT"

I have been researching the significance of the order and how my GGGF acquired it since I found it in stuffed in the back of my Daddy's underwear drawer in 2013 with documents from the Farmer family going back to the 1700's including a ticket on the military railroad from Raleigh back to my GGGF home on May 26, 1865.

I have consulted with Archivists, historians, etc. including Dr. Mark Bradley of the Army War college who is the leading authority on this time period. My working theory at this point is that Frick and Farmer met each other in Johnston County. Bradley has opined that Frick may have been billeted with him. Later, after Johnston surrendered at Bennett Place, Sherman was recalled to Washington, Schofield took over, Frick was made acting adjutant on May 12, the order was issued on May 15, etc. This order was so significant hundreds if not thousands of copies were printed and distributed and it was printed in all of the newspapers. Frick was probably given the order to get it printed and have it published. After it was printed and published, he could dispose of it as he wished. At some point, I think he must have met up with my GGGF and given it to him. My GGGF kept it and his railroad ticket and it came down with some of his papers to me.

The question I have is did he mention any of this in his diary - being at the surrender in NC, Order #46, James Farmer, being in Raleigh. Please let me know. Where is his diary. I would love to see it.
Added by Angela Crumpler on Mar 31, 2017 10:04 AM
Tina Kime-Patton
Abrahan Kime
I added your changes for Abraham Kime
Added by Tina Kime-Patton on Mar 26, 2017 11:13 AM
Peggy Bargen Duey
Henry J. Myers # 145341459
Can you verify the edit that you sent me for his birth year and place of birth and death? There are several Henry Myers and I can't find this one. thanks!!!
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Mar 17, 2017 5:42 AM
Lincoln Cemetery Mechanicsburg
Finally verified this and Upper Allen Freed Slave cemetery are the same place. Find A Grave has merged with Lincoln remaining and UAFS as an AKA. You have posted USCT bios for many memorials on this cemetery, so I assume you have some interest. This I am asking your help -
PROBLEM 1 - There are now 11 or 12 duplicates needing to be resolved. For all of them one instance of the memorial is managed by a deceased Find A Grave contributor. Sometimes his is the older and sometimes not. For example Find A Grave 39543538 has a dup created 3 months later. Any thoughts on this?
PROBLEM 2 - One contributor has posted a notice as a grave photo in more than 30 memorial. The notice says there is no grave marker and asking for notice if one is found. Since these are posted as a grave photo none of these memorials show up when listing graves without photos for this cemetery. This means the percent photographed value for Lincoln Cemetery is completely useless. it also means people visiting the cemetery won't know these graves need photos. For example, Find A Grave 140507630 is like this. I have sent SACs to all 30 plus memorials, but I am afraid the member is going to be unhappy about this. Any suggestions?
Added by SueB on Mar 14, 2017 11:05 PM
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