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Gregory Spesh (#31762373)
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Bio Photo I was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and grew up in Hudson and Bergen County before settling in Sussex County. When I was a boy I listened to family members talk about the Italian, German, French, Irish and Native American (Mohawk) ancestry that runs through my blood. Growing up with no father and having a mother who supported five kids and worked three jobs was very tough on the whole family. I needed someone or something, I didn't know. I started hunting for snakes at the local cemeteries and found myself surrounded by tombstones that I really didn't pay attention too. Just about that time I saw a television series "Roots" by Alex Haley. I was amazed on how he traced his family all the way back to Africa, I was hooked! When I was in Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma someone told me about Geronimo's grave being on post, well I was excited and had to see it. I had served in the military for 8 years. When my father heard that I was in the Army he told my family that he needed to see me. It was a year and a half before Desert Storm. This meeting took place at his apartment in North Bergen and from that day on, I had my father's connection that I was missing my whole life. But life itself isn't fair and on the day I was supposed to see him in uniform, he suffered a major heart attack. That connection was broke forever and so I searched for someone or something once again to fill that void in my life. It took a couple of years but I had finally found that missing piece. It was genealogy and like a lightning bolt I was struck, big time. That lead me to findagrave.com, slowly but surley I now arrived to my Africa. I hold my dearest memories not only to humans but animals too. I had two loving cats in my life, Ginger and Kizzy.
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Joan Frum Marshall
Everyone has a Story
I just read your bio and it touched me like no other. Most people on FindaGrave seem to be walking these cemeteries for the exercise, fresh air or love of photography. Some of them are so fanatical about their photos being "copyrighted" that their entire bio is a huge warning not to "steal" their photos to post on family trees and share with relatives. Ridiculous, since many others volunteer specifically to share and help others like us make those emotional connections by finding our roots!

Since my father died instantly from a heart attack last year, I have been on my own personal quest to find the truth and the elusive ancestors I never knew about before, so your story really rang a bell. I only had a few visits with my father. I met him when I was 17, eventually went to our ancestral home in West Virginia for the first time in 2005, and there were maybe 3 other visits since I was born in 1951...but we still had a strong connection. I miss him every day and have a thousand questions I wish I could ask him about our family history.

Thank you for your service to this country and for all the hours you put into this effort to help other genealogists like me. It's a significant contribution.

Sincerely,

Joan Frum
Added by Joan Frum Marshall on Aug 22, 2014 2:52 PM
V Cacciotti
Toshachs in Greenwood Cemetery
Hello Mr. Spesh,

I have visited Greenwood Cemetery and taken photos of the head stones for
William Newman Toshach
Find A Grave Memorial#11618008
Amy E Toshach Find A Grave Memorial # 57429679. I have added them to your memorial and linked them with their daughter Elizabeth and her husband William who are also buried in this plot.

Regards
Virginia

Added by V Cacciotti on Aug 15, 2014 5:16 AM
Larisa Roderick
Jacob Aderhold
Jacob Aderhold is NOT buried in Mt. Peace Cemetery, St. Cloud, FL.
Aderhold is actually buried one town over, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, FL. There is already a Find A Grave memorial listing his correct location: # 20512167.
You can verify the location of Aderhold’s grave yourself by searching the VA’s Nationwide Gravesite Locator: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/ or Rose Hill Cemetery’s online database: http://www.map.ramaker.com/kissimmee/
This is my 3rd message to you regarding Aderhold.
Added by Larisa Roderick on Aug 14, 2014 11:09 AM
Kip Lindberg
Memorial # 20903116, Alasco White
Hello Mr. Spesh,

Alasco Charles White is my 3rd great-grandfather. I have his birth & death dates, and other biographical information and photo, but the folks at Fairmount Cemetery cannot find a record of his interment. Can you confirm for me he was buried in Fairmount Cemetery? Many thanks! V/r, Kip Lindberg
Added by Kip Lindberg on Aug 07, 2014 11:21 AM
Bronx Cop
John Eichler
Gregory: There was an article in the Riverdale (Bronx) Press this week about John Eichler (Find A Grave Memorial# 16877902). You created the memorial for him. I posted it. I thought you might like to see it. Keep up the great work you do on find a grave. - Kevin
Added by Bronx Cop on Jul 12, 2014 12:15 PM
Laurel
LTC W.B. Loor
I have been researching the Ioor/Loor family history. I see a LTC Wallace B Loor listed as being buried at Springwood Cemetery. He served in the Civil War, 16th Regiment SC Vols. I contacted Springwood Cemetery to find out exactly where his grave is located and they said they have no record of his grave there. I do know his parents, Dr. William B and Ann Mathewes Ioor are buried there, but no record of him. Could you please find out if LTC Wallace Ioor/Loor is buried at Springwood. Researchers have been trying to locate his grave for some time. Thank you very much for your help.
Added by Laurel on Jun 26, 2014 10:33 AM
Cymburleigh
Capt. John H Vanderveer
Hello Gregory,

I've been researching Capt. John H Vanderveer and I would like to thank you for adding photos of him to his findagrave profile! I was wondering if you knew anything about him. The profile listed he died in 1864 but under close examination of another photo I found of his gravestone it looks to me as if it says 1866. Do you happen to know his accurate death date and what wounds he suffered in battle? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

~Kimberly
Added by Cymburleigh on Jun 01, 2014 11:54 AM
Direwolf
Isaac Welling
Thanks for linking him
Added by Direwolf on Jun 01, 2014 7:25 AM
Dawna
Find-a-Grave Memorial Edits
Please see the "Edit" tab on your Find-a-Grave Member Page for pending changes or corrections. Thank you.
Added by Dawna on May 29, 2014 2:20 PM
Carol Tessein
George Zeke Wrigley
He was born and died in Philadelphia, PA. Thank you. Carol Tessein, Ewing, NJ
Added by Carol Tessein on May 05, 2014 4:30 AM
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