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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, 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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nov 6 seminar

My husband, Bob, and I recently gave a presentation at the Hunterdon County Library about the cemeteries of the county for the Tricentennial. Included in this event is a county-wide “scavenger hunt” where participants will return on Nov 6 and collect prizes for their participation at the Main Branch Library. We wanted to make that return lecture an informal meet and greet where anyone interested in getting involved, whether it be in cemetery restoration, work at the Historical Society with cemetery records, working in support of specific cemeteries, or with findagrave. Whatever it may be, and offering a way for like minded cemetery folks to network, share resources, advice, and the like. I am extending an invitation, hoping you are available and would like to come out and share you own expertise with the group. It’s, November 6, 7-9 PM at the Hunterdon County Main Branch Library. If you can make it let me know, thanks.

Added by Leslie on Oct 20, 2014 11:23 AM
Peter Doane
Question about GWD
I'm trying to find out if I'm related to Reverend George Washington Doane.

I have lived in Medford, NJ for the last 19 years and recently discovered the Doane Academy in Burlington.

My grandfather

was a genealogist and traced our family back to Deacon John Doane of Plymouth, MA

Added by Peter Doane on Oct 14, 2014 8:55 AM
Maureen Hains
Request for Transfer # 8641194
Dear Mr. Spesh,

Thank you for approving relationship updates for Maj. General Peter Conover Hains Sr. - I have just sent a request to update his death date. I am his direct descendent and would be honored if you would please transfer his memorial to me. My ID is: #48545502

As his son, Peter Conover Hains Jr. is my great-grandfather it is your duty to transfer his memorial over to me. If you would be so kind to do so, in order for me to update his bio and death information, I would greatly appreciate it.

Again, if would be an honor and much appreciated if I could have both men's memorials transferred. You will of course retain the record of creating the memorial.

Thank you again in advance,
~Maureen Hains~
Added by Maureen Hains on Oct 10, 2014 12:49 PM
Ida Franks
William Henry Raynor
William Henry Raynor
Find A Grave Memorial# 8474592

An article on him attending the annual reunion of the 56th.
The Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio
Wednesday, October 02, 1901
Bill Raynor, Gallant Colonel of the Fifty-Sixth Here
Added by Ida Franks on Oct 10, 2014 1:36 AM
Pvt Joel M Larrison
Thank you for your service, and all of your contributions!

I was wondering if you would transfer Joel M. Larrison 13708650. You still get linked and credited. History has not been kind in preserving my g grandfather's legacy and I have been tirelessly trying to uncover his story.

Thanks again!
Added by AmbrosioNJ on Oct 08, 2014 8:43 AM
Maureen Hains
ERROR Find A Grave Memorial# 8641206
Dear Mr. Spesh,

I requested a photo be taken of Peter Conover Hains Jr's grave at Arlington National Cemetery, and the cemetery has no record of him being buried there. The person who so generously took time out of his day to research was unable to fulfill the request because this man is not buried at this cemetery.

He is my great grandfather and I have more information regarding his bio etc. that I would like to update on this website. If you would please be so kind to fulfill my request to maintain his memorial so I can update the information appropriately, I would greatly appreciate it.

His ID is # 8641206

Thank you!
~Maureen Hains~
ID #: #48545502
Added by Maureen Hains on Oct 06, 2014 11:12 AM
Deanne Moore
Incorrect daughter attached to these parents
Memorial # 12001006 for Thomas McNaught.

Daughter Emma McNaught Adams memorial # 42729917 is not the daughter of Thomas and Laura McNaught. She is the daughter of Rebecca Adams #57697792 and James McNaught #57697787.

Thomas and Laura's daughter named Emma was born in about 1853. Please see these two US Census Records for proof.

Thanks for providing such a wonderfully detailed memorial for Thomas McNaught.
Added by Deanne Moore on Oct 03, 2014 10:09 PM
Maureen Hains
Transfer Account Request
Dear sir,

I am the great-granddaughter of Capt. Peter C. Hains Jr. and would like to take over the account of his - 8641206 - to update it with more information and photographs etc...

Thank you
Added by Maureen Hains on Sep 28, 2014 9:14 PM
Molly Kenyon-Plutt
Captain James Primrose
Mr. Spesh,

What was James Primrose a captain of? Can't seem to track this down.
Added by Molly Kenyon-Plutt on Sep 04, 2014 1:56 PM
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.


Joan Frum
Added by Joan Frum Marshall on Aug 22, 2014 2:52 PM
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