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Todd Leiss (#47181180)
 member for 4 years, 10 months, 7 days
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Bio Photo I live in Middletown, PA, with my wife and our Siberian Husky puppies who keeps us busy. In my spare time I enjoy watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. I've been working on my family genealogy for the past 18+ years in the Lebanon, Lancaster, Berks and Dauphin County, Pa areas as well as in the Logan, Shelby, Union and Putnam County, Ohio area. Most of my entries in Findagrave are family members that I am researching or members of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Please send an email if you have any additions or corrections and I will make the necessary changes.


My wife's branches include:

We are actively seeking descendants of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment, if you are a descendant please email me or visit our Descendants of the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment website at the link below or find us on Facebook.

If you're researching any of these families, or the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment feel free to contact me and maybe we can help each other out.
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Kate M. ANDERSON Kelly
Todd, I was trying to find the grave stone for my Kate M. ANDERSON Kelly, so I was curious if there might me another inscription on the ANDERSON stone you've already posted.(Find A Grave Memorial# 29503603). Thanks for your consideration. Dan Carrier, Dallas, TX
Added by dantcarrier on Jun 08, 2014 3:44 PM
Neil D Scheidt
Owen, Henry 75030180
Please remove your flower from this memorial. This is not the grave of your Henry Owen of the 88th who deserted June 24, 1865.
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Feb 11, 2014 7:52 AM
Billie Keaffaber
RE: Bright/Brecht family PA
Todd thanks for adding me as friend here and there is alot of us Brights online. I am willing to share information. Billie
Added by Billie Keaffaber on Apr 06, 2013 10:30 PM
Hello again

I just left you the previous thank you about Pvt. Shelly and I need to do it again.

I am also a direct descendant of Corp. Robert Jones and just stumbled across that one too. I understand that you transferred it to another member. In the information there was a web site about Descendants of the 88th PA? Can you give me more information about that?

Thank you.

Georgeann Sprague
Added by gsprag on Feb 14, 2013 6:09 PM
what you are doing is really special! Found you because I am a descendant of Pvt. Jesse Shelly #63274346.
I looked at your virtual cemeteries! Wow!

Thank you very much.

Georgeann Sprague
Added by gsprag on Feb 14, 2013 5:55 PM
Neil D Scheidt
RE: 88th PVI
Hi Todd,
See memorial 63625833
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Jan 31, 2013 8:53 AM
Neil D Scheidt
RE: 88th PVI
You're welcome. That should be it for a while.
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Jan 30, 2013 7:39 PM
Corp Jones & Battle at Bull Run
I read a good part of the account of the battle that day, and the 88th reg. [Co.I imparticular]
was first to adavance that day. They were on the
front line at the commencement of that battle.
Amazing that anyone survived!

Added by aptpat on Jan 29, 2013 3:11 PM
Corp. Robert Jones

In regards to Corp. Robert Jones, Corporal of the 88th Infantry Reg.; Co I; PA Volunteers
Find A Grave Memorial # 97292235:

I appreciate your transferring this memorial to my care. I do have a problem, however, with the designation of "burial unknown" as Robert's fi- nal resting place.

According to the guidelines of Find a Grave, this designation is only to be used for recent burials, and then to be upgraded with a place of burial, cremation, etc. as the final resting place of the remains, within 30 days of death.

When I did a search, and could not find Robert in any other memorials, I created my own. Because of the above mentioned policy, I created mine with the designation "body lost or destroyed". I truly believe this is the case, and I have good reason for this.

I have a copy of the pension file for Robert. When he was killed he left 4 minor children orphaned. Their mother had died of consumption in 1860, so, Simon Kissinger and his wife Sarah* petitioned the gov. for guardianship and the widow's pension in order to help support the children. Throughout the whole procedure, Robert was referred to as "private" Robert Jones. It occured to me that they had no knowledge of his rank. This indicated to me that he that they had never received Robert's remains for burial.

Surely they would have had knowledge of his rank, had they received his body!! They also would have received a higher allotment had they known he was a "corporal". They surely would have asked for it so they could properly care
for Robert's children.

At, any rate, he is truly "lost", because, either he was left on the field [perhaps in pieces], or he was buried elsewhere. His burial is not "recorded" in the gov's official records, so my deduction is that his remains are "lost".

I am telling you this because I changed "burial unknown" to "body lost or destroyed", so as to
comply with the official rules of this site, and because I truly believe it to be factual, and I wanted you to know my reason for doing so. I used this mode, because I have no other means of communicating with you.

*Sarah was the sister of these minor children's mother, Rebecca. She and Simon were their Aunt and Uncle.

Added by aptpat on Jan 29, 2013 2:32 AM
Neil D Scheidt
RE: Pvt. Henry Arnold, 88th PVI
You're quite welcome. I have a few more to verify and will send as I do.
Added by Neil D Scheidt on Jan 28, 2013 8:36 AM
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