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Melissa OBrian (#47282686)
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"The purpose of life
is to Live it,
to taste it, experience
to the utmost,
to reach out eagerly
and without fear
for newer
and richer

Eleanor Roosevelt

"The past is never dead-
it is not even past."

William Faulkner

""If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people." --Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Monk and Writer. b.1926)"

quoted from FAG #47487289

In Christ Shall All Be
Made Alive

I Cor. XV 22 KJV

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Carolina Caswell
I will make evidence based updates to memorials. Please send links to primary source documents in support of your requested edits.
Added by Carolina Caswell on Feb 19, 2017 5:39 PM
Ron Rader
Richmond - Pleasant Hill
I have provided photos of the Richmond stones at Pleasant Hill. I will try to take a wide-angle view of Daniel-Anna-Joe at a later date. I believe these stones sit beside each other, so I will get a photo showing that.

If you would like to manage these Richmond memorials, or any others I have--just let me know. I can transfer them to you.
Added by Ron Rader on Feb 19, 2017 8:35 AM
RE: Ary ANDERSON FAG #97843699
Hello Melissa,
I received your second note regarding your second great grand aunt Ary and your desire to have her memorial page transferred to you. As I responded to you before there are four of us in our immediate family who have worked together on our family tree for many years. I manage the Findagrave entries of our ancestors for the four of us. As I said before Ary Anderson Hathaway is the great great grandmother of one of us. Therefore I would like to continue managing the memorial page we created for her.
Added by MYEY on Jan 08, 2017 6:10 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
RE: Re photo
I think it is a cute picture. Let me know if you learn any thing more about William Sharpneck's picture though. Thanks, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Dec 13, 2016 4:03 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
RE: Re Pvt William William Sharpnack
Melissa, Is this a picture of you on your Find A Grave Contributor site?
The first photographs were put on glass. Frequently the were encased in a book type case which protected the picture. They they started putting pictures on tin, frequently called "tintypes." These were harder to damage, but the picture on the tin was like paint and if you creased it or folded it, the paint or image would chip off. Then they started experimenting with putting the pictures on paper. The early soldier pictures were called CDV's, Carte de Viste, I think is the say it is spelled. The French perfected it, I believe, thus the French Carte de Viste or CDV for short.
If you go to my Contributor site and go to my Virtual Cemetery for Co. H, you can see the biographies and photographs of the "Boys" that Private William Sharpneck served with. He would known some of these "boys" very well, some of them being his best friends. Check out the tintypes of William Bennett and John W. Hart. Hart's is one of those encased in a beautiful case that folded shut to protect it.
Then check out the CDV's of Wilbur E. Hodge and William T. Keener. CDV's were approximately 4 X 2 1/2 inches in size.
Most of the CDV's I have found of 86th Illinois boys were taken in Nashville in the spring and summer of 1863. By the time that William Sharpneck arrived in Nashville, he was already probably quite sick. I am guessing the last thing on his mind when he got to Nashville was to sit for a portrait. My guess is that this is a prewar print, which is very rare. Of all of the pictures I have seen of the men and boys of the 86th, I believe only one is a prewar picture and it is a tintype.
I would still love to know who has the original picture and find out what is perhaps written on it or what they know about the picture.
Well, better close. Check out what I have now on William's site. Thanks, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Dec 13, 2016 5:55 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
RE: Re Pvt William William Sharpnack
Dear Ms. OBrian, I have never seen the picture before. If you take a look at William Sharpneck's site and the picture, you will see that a Connie Sharpnack Capehart added the picture. I have no idea who she is. I sent her an email asking her about the picture and asking her about the picture. My first impression of the picture is I question whether this is a picture that was taken in the 1850's or even early 1860's. The gentleman does not appear to be in uniform.
What can you tell me about the picture? Do you believe it really is the Civil War veteran, William Sharpneck, who died in 1862? Can you tell me where the original is and is it a CDV? I would love to learn more about the picture, because if it truly is William Sharpneck, then it is a GREAT addition to his site.
Is there anything you want me to add or change on William Sharpneck's site? Hoping to hear from you and perhaps learn more about the picture. Sincerely, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Dec 11, 2016 5:14 PM
Daniel Mills Ellingson
RE: Re Major Thomas Hughes FAG # 12710197
Good news Melissa, according to wikipedia it is on the National Historic Registry.,_Pennsylvania)

I "borrowed" their picture for find a grave because I think it puts it in the public domain.

Greene County restored it and used it as a museum and library for a while and then sold it in 2014 to a private owner for $54,000.

I also would like to visit Greene County as well as the Shenandoah Valley where The Hughes, Swans, Van Meters and others migrated from.

Take care cousin,


Added by Daniel Mills Ellingson on Dec 09, 2016 10:41 AM
Sue Tanner
RE: Source for Lillian Beal Edits
Hi Melissa, Her Find A Grave # is 112042756

Added by Sue Tanner on Nov 28, 2016 7:10 PM
Thomas M. Campbell
Melissa, I'll go ahead and accept the edit because I just discovered that McClain was the maiden name of Thomas's maternal grandmother (as you apparently already knew).

Along with the family trees, the California Voter Registers also have Thomas's middle name spelled McClane and McLane, so I'm just not completely sure how Thomas Campbell spelled his own middle name.

Janet W.
Added by JKW on Nov 28, 2016 5:49 PM
Thomas M. Campbell
Hello, with regard to your edit suggesting that Thomas Campbell's middle name be spelled McClain rather than McClane, could you please give me the source for that? I can find no records with his middle name. The Ancestry family trees have his middle name spelled McClane.

Thank you.
Janet Ward
Added by JKW on Nov 28, 2016 5:31 PM
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