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Mark Bodnar (#11235995)
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Bio Photo I am the current President of the Historical Society of the Town of Colonie (2012-2014), with special interest in Civil War soldiers and sailors buried in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, NY, located in the township of Colonie. In enjoy Civil War history, particularly history local to Albany, with an emphasis on what local citizens & soldiers did during the Civil War. I've helped compile a list of 1,008 Civil War soldiers & sailors interred in Albany Rural Cemetery, which includes six Medal of Honor recipients from the CW, as well as three Confederate soldiers. I also conduct Civil War tours of Albany Rural Cemetery for various size groups. In addition, I have given Power Point presentations: "A Civil War Tour of the Albany Rural Cemetery" to numerous historical societies, Civil War Round Tables, genealogical societies, Boy Scout troops, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and various other civic organizations. Great history lessons! Email me if you are interested.
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RE: PVT George R. Bailey
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have removed the picture.
Added by Marte on Oct 30, 2015 6:52 PM
Greg Rupnow
Chas. Pease
A couple of Questions, Was Chas. Pease ever promoted to Col. or brevet Col. ? I have in my collection a fancy grade Field and Staff sword that is engraved Col. Charles Pease on the blade. I also have 6 documents signed by Mr. Pease 1862 in Yorktown Va. under Gen Van Allen. I wish I could hear you speak sometime of this gentleman. Thankyou, Greg Rupnow ph. 608-354-3356
Added by Greg Rupnow on Apr 15, 2013 10:52 PM
Pvt John Herring Dyer - Albany Rural
After a closer look of the pictures, I realized the picture I took was for Julia, his wife. I have linked their memorials. Thanks for your help.
Added by Marte on Nov 19, 2011 8:03 PM
Susan S
RE: Frank Boardman
Thank you so much for your prompt reply and transfer. -sue
Added by Susan S on Nov 19, 2011 8:18 AM
Pvt John Herring Dyer - Albany Rural
I took a picture of a headstone for John H. Dyer, 7th N.Y.S.V. who died 5/5/1902, age 57. Could this be the same Pvt. John Herring Dyer you listed? The date of death is different.
Added by Marte on Nov 12, 2011 6:03 PM
Rick Bart
Charles E. Pease
He was the son of Richard Henry (Earl Percy, Nathaniel, Samuel, Robert, John, Robert) and Mary Elliott (Dawes)Pease.
Here is some more info on him
Charles Elliot Pease; b. Aug 16, 1838 in Albany, NY; d. Mar 25, 1886 from diabetes at his home of 918 Seventh Avenue in New York, NY; bur. in Albany; m. Nov 14, 1865, Catherine Gainesroot Trotter; b. Jul 20, 1839; d. Jul 06, 1897 in New Brighton, S. I.; bur. in Albany She was the daughter of John Henry Trotter; b. Jun 14, 1813 in Stillwater, NY; d. Dec 30, 1861, and Hester Elizabeth Van Vechten; b. Jun 18, 1815; d. Sep 20, 1881. John and Hester were married Jun 28, 1838. Charles's obituary was in the Mar 27, 1886 edition of the New York Herald Tribune. He graduated from Union College and manufactured farm tools. He enlisted in the Civil War as a first lieutenant with the 144th New York Infantry AKA the "Ellsworth Avengers" Sep 25, 1861, promoted to captain in 1863. After General Hooker was relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac, Pease was made an adjutant-general with the rank of major in Aug 1864. At the battle of Gettysburg he had a horse shot out from under him. The letter of surrender by Lee was sent to General Meade who forwarded it to General Grant by Major Pease. After the surrender Pease carried the news back to Meade. He resigned Apr 20, 1865 and joined the New York Life Insurance Company.
Rick in Taunton, MA
Added by Rick Bart on Oct 13, 2011 7:24 AM
Laura Zak-Smith
Charles E PEase
Thank you for such a wonderful presentation and enlightening me with a glimpse of the life of Charles E. Pease. How interesting a life for a young man during the Civil War riding with Lee and Grant on the same day in Appomattox. ...
Laura Smith
Added by Laura Zak-Smith on Jul 01, 2011 9:52 PM
C Zimmerman
George I. Amsdell
Thank you for the transfer. I'll see what I have about his military service & send it to you.
Cynthia Chappell Zimmerman
Added by C Zimmerman on Apr 02, 2010 11:11 AM
John Lauler
RE: Transfer Management
Thank you Mark. Much appreciated.

John Lauler
Added by John Lauler on Mar 13, 2010 6:54 AM
Genealogist's Christmas Eve
'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried! (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug."
He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."
As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family history is Fun! Merry Christmas! Goodnight!"
Added by GenealogyGirl on Dec 25, 2009 3:59 AM
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