Researching the Attell and Tomsky families of San Francisco, California. First became interested in grave hunting when I went off by myself, away from my tour group, to find Henrik Ibsen's grave in Oslo, Norway, in 1993. I found out about Find-A-Grave a short time later and began posting photos of both the famous and my family (and famous family -- Abe and Monte Attell are brothers of my great-grandfather Caesar). Visiting famous graves during vacations has now become a hobby, especially graves of authors -- Ibsen, William Wordsworth, Franz Kafka. I don't consider a vacation complete until I find at least one famous grave. And if I have to go off on my own to find it, so much the better.
My most recent project, while I was attending school in the Boston area, was to visit all of the graves of the British and American soldiers and civilians killed during the hostilities of the ever memorable April 19, 1775, the first day of the American Revolution. To see the results of my search, please click on the website link below or my "Shot Heard 'Round the World" virtual cemetery.
If you send me an email, please put the words FIND A GRAVE (in big letters) in the subject line so that I can pick it out from among all the spam. "I don't like Spam!!!"
I'm new on Find a Grave, but noticed that we both have an interest in the early days of the American Revolution. Last year, I was the Maryland representative at the Sons of the American Revolution Historical Orations Contest in Greenville, South Carolina.
My topic of choice was the forgotten connections and divided loyalties that went on between Brits and Americans in the war, particularly highlighted by the marriage of British Gen. Thomas Gage and his American wife, Margaret. I love researching the various aspects of the revolution that revealed it as the civil war it really was.
Also, I am working on writing a novel set in Boston, 1775, featuring Major John Pitcairn as one of the main characters. It has been a joy getting to research him for the project, right up to his home town in Dysart, Fife, Scotland, UK!
Anyway, if you'd ever like to chat about revolutionary stuff, please feel free to chat!
James Barrett Sons of the American Revolution asked me to see if they could use the headstone photo of James Barrett for their Patriot graves database. Would that be ok? If so, let me know how to cite you. Thanks!
Revolutionary War memorials This pertains to the site with those who died April 19h, 1775. I believe there are several for Whitney and Ladd, they both died April 19, 1875, 100 yrs. later and in another war. Were you aware of this? I was in the Old Lexington Cemetery today, and found a new marker, for the 8 British soldiers, but it isn't on your site. I live in Lowell, so I picked up immediately about Ladd and Whitney. Thank you.