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Your post here and to Joan is very interesting, thank you. This is all I have on my grandfather. (From death certificate)
Adam Spies Penfold, born June 27, 1867, Brooklyn, NY, died November 25, 1950, Elizabeth, NJ. His father's name is listed as William Penfold, mother unknown. My grandmother's name is Celia Calvert. Possible siblings for Adam: May, Maude, and Edward. My father's memory was a little foggy. I will add another post after this one with our link to the SPIES surname.