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Last Day for Kick Starter promotion!

Hey Everyone!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for the Kick Starter promotion!  Please visit the link below for more details.

Great Opportunity from Maureen Taylor

This is Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, with a great offer to help you solve some of your family’s photographic riddles and also allow you to participate in a unique project. I’m bringing the photos I’ve uncovered of people from the Revolutionary War era for The Last Muster into a film that will put faces on the people who fought for America’s freedom!

I’ll provide you with a 15-minute recorded phone consultation on up to three photos that may have stumped your family for years if you pledge $50 to our Kickstarter Campaign. Since this is an all-or-nothing platform, our donors pay ONLY if we reach our goal of $27,500 by April 10th, just about 15 days away.  But I believe so deeply in the project that I’m guaranteeing you the consultation for your pledge alone. If we reach our goal (we’re almost halfway there) you’ll also receive a set of The Last Muster note-cards.

Please go to the link below to watch our four-minute trailer that will entice you to make a pledge. I’d love it if you share this link with your friends and family, too..

Once you’ve made your $50 pledge, send me your receipt ( so I can schedule a telephone consultation and explain how to get your photos to me. Become a part of this important project and enjoy The Photo Detective’s expertise on a personal level by responding today!

To see more of the images and learn more about the project, you can also visit

“Revolutionary Voices”: A Last Muster Film

By Maureen Taylor and Verissima Productions

At some point in our lives we have all studied the American Revolution.. For most of us it seems long ago and far away, but it doesn’t have to…

Ten years ago, I was presented with an old photograph and asked to analyze it. Suddenly, I realized that I was looking into the face of someone who was a young adult during the Revolutionary War! While it may seem surprising, many of our founding countrymen and women lived into the photographic age…and I discovered that more than 200 years later, I could look directly into their faces.

To read more and watch the video, click HERE!

Last Muster and the Genealogy Guys

I hope you listen to one of the most talked about podcasts. It’s George Morgan and Drew Smith’s Genealogy Guys podcast. I love it! On April 9th they even mentioned my book The Last Muster. You can listen in by clicking here. Thank you George and Drew!

Revolutionary Perspectives: Association of Personal Historians

I’m off to Valley Forge Pennsylvania on October 21 and 22 to be the keynote speaker at the Association of Personal Historians Conference. It’s so exciting to be able to present “The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation” at the event. Eight years of research and writing and the book is almost finished! Kent State University Press is the publisher. It’s due out in June of 2010. At APH I’ll discuss how this project developed.

I’ll also be talking with the group about family history and kids in my interactive lecture, “Is my pet frog part of the family?”

Hope to see you there!

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Lost Pictures: New York Gathering of Last Men of the Revolution

Searching GenealogyBank’s database of newspaper, I came across a notice for a reunion of Revolutionary War veterans in the New-Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette for August 28, 1845.

In that month, George Washington Park Custis, adopted son (and grandson) of President George Washington visited New York City. There was a reception at the house of Alderman Peters attended by “the friends and companions in arms of the great Washington.” At that time, photography was still a relatively novel invention, but it’s quite possible that some of the attendees sat for a daguerreotype portrait before their death.

The following individuals were at the reunion. Their ages at the time (if known) are in parentheses. Not all were veterans. Some were well-known in New York while others were children of veterans.

Major Popham (93)
John Battin (93) of New York City
Major General Van Buren of Staten Island
Judge Miller
Judge Lynch
Thomas Lyell, Rector of Christ Church
William Mandeville
George B. Thorp
Elisha Whittlesey of Ohio
James M. Crane of Virginia
Samuel L. Waldo
Dr. John W. Francis
Isaac T. Hopper
Homer Curtis of Mount Vernon, Ohio
Jacob Hays
Dr. James E. Maney
Thomas Morris (born in 1771)
Teunis Quick (born in 1767)
A.S. Norwood (born 1770)
Philip Schuyler
Gilbert Smith (born 1772)
Sylvanus Miller
James Black of Newark, New Jersey
W. Vermilye
Joseph Weeks
Cornelius Bogert
R. Cheseborough
John W. Mulligan
Daniel B. Tallmadge
J.M. Matthews
A.L. Underhill
J.D. Beers
Judge Ogden Edwards
Geroge F. Hopkins
George Coggill

These are the only individuals named in the article, but according to the report about two hundred men who had served in the American Revolution came to pay respects to Custis. I’ve already checked online databases and historical societies collections.

If you know of any images of these men, please contact me at

Thank you for your help!

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