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BigFrench (#46554304)
 member for 12 years, 11 days
L. K. Perry
Alfred M Strother
All the children were from the first marriage.
The 1920 census of Alexandria lists Sarah J. Strother (82) as a widow. She is living with her unmarried sisters Julia F. Brawner (84) and Virginia E. Brawner (80) in a house at 1225 King Street.
Lynne Simpson wrote me, "Sarah Jane Brawner (often called Sally)... [and] Alfred Strother ... had no children. She died May 27th, 1927, age 91 years. She is buried in Union Cemetery, Alexandria, VA."
It is possible that she is the Sarah Jane BRAWNER in Find A Grave Memorial# 131614848. I think it is, since her parents (Basil and Melinda) and sisters Julia and Virginia also are buried there.
Union Cemetery is now known as Washington Street United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Their only brother, William Garner Brawner, was killed in battle during the War. I am sure you know all about that. See Find A Grave Memorial# 113693805. (Grave marker says William Gardner Brawner, but his his maternal grandfather was Garner Fortune.)

Added by L. K. Perry on Sep 28, 2014 6:22 AM

D K Railsback B
Chewning obit
That was a great obit. I wasn't sure about the day he was born. You can use the edit tab or send me a message.

Added by D K Railsback B on Sep 25, 2014 9:09 PM

Thank you
Thank you for all you have done for our confederate heroes.

Added by Ann on Sep 21, 2014 1:08 PM

Sparrow ~ Dashiell
Big French... I appreciate all of the work you are doing here at Find-a-Grave. You have created several memorials for various relations; including the Sparrow-Dashiell, aunts & uncles and cousins who are buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. That family was known for their Episcopal ministers, educators and soldiers in the early to late 19th century.

On another note, great photo of you with the "Bowie" knife at your induction in the MOSB. ~ many thanks aagin for your help linking the relatives, George Gaston

Added by GMG on Sep 16, 2014 6:23 PM

Katie Hanes McClain
Pvt. Jacob H. Hanes 18821885
Thank you for this posting and the picture of his tombstone. Was the tombstone part of a National Park project? Jacob is a cousin and his name is also inscribed on a tombstone memorial, along with his brother George, at cemetery in North Carolina. Both were killed in the Civil War.

Added by Katie Hanes McClain on Aug 19, 2014 11:54 AM

Pleasant Martin
thank you for the info.
so disappointed tho

Added by deegraver on Aug 06, 2014 5:36 PM

RE: William Bruce
I should have added that Robert S Andrews was the father of Mary H Andrews Bruce, Williams wife.


Added by Robin on Aug 03, 2014 7:42 AM

Norma Wilkinson
RE: Lieut John Latane'
I used and I think his was from

I try to check both to find dates.

Added by Norma Wilkinson on Aug 03, 2014 7:30 AM

RE: William Bruce
My great great grandparents were Edwin Garnett and Hortensia Sale Andrews. I have spent a lot of time explaining to people that Edwin G died before the war and it was his son Edwin "Ned" who served with the Sparta Grays. Many still think otherwise so I appreciate your question. A descendant of Robert S Andrews (my cousin a few times removed) gave me Sale as Wm Bruce's middle name. His grandmother was a Sale so I didn't have any reason to not accept it at face value.
Whatever you decide, add or not add, is fine with me.

Best regards,


Added by Robin on Aug 02, 2014 4:25 PM

On the Trail
RE: Elsberry
Ahhhhh. Good point. I hadnt thought of that and you are probably right. Thanks again for helping me better understand. I am relatively new to this and really appreciate when folks who have more knowledge and experience are willing to help.

Added by On the Trail on Jul 30, 2014 10:41 PM

On the Trail
RE: William Walker Fitts
Thank you so much for your message. I am working on a virtual cemetery of the 16th. So far I have located and linked nearly 500 memorials. I have created memorials so far for 26 of the men killed in battle and who have no known burial or memorial (including my husbands gg grandfather William Walker Fitts.) I am including available information from official records on them as time allows. I am currently working in Company I "Hutchins Guards."

I did have a question about Elsberry, Sgt Benjamin R killed at Spotsylvania that you may be able to help with. His date of death in the officials record is listed as May 11, 1864. Do you think this is correct or a mistake?

My husband and I were lucky to be able to visit Spotsylvania last April and our guide (John Cummings) showed us where he estimates the 16th was prior to being called up into the trenches at the Bloody Angle and approximately where he thought they were in the salient (2nd line and pretty far left as facing the Union forces.) He said they were guarding the roadway/intersection before being called up to plug the gap in the Confederate line. Is this pretty much your understanding of their role and locations? I didnt think to ask if they were actually engaged on May 11. Do you know? Thanks for any info you can provide.

Thanks again for your kind help. I was not sure how many markers were there in the cemetery for members of the 16th. Here is a link to the virtual cemetery if you are interested.

Added by On the Trail on Jul 28, 2014 8:37 PM

On the Trail
RE: William Walker Fitts

Thanks for your was a long time ago, but I am just now replying. Thanks for all the work you have done to post the info for graves at the Spotsylvania cemetery. I was wondering if there is a way to search the listings for all burials of members of the 16th Georgia Infantry? I have created a virtual cemetery of the 16th and would like to add to it any members buried at Spotsylvania. Thanks.


Added by On the Trail on Jun 26, 2014 9:35 PM

Pvt William Shepherd Cloe
I notice he is listed twice on the findagrave site at two different places. It looks like the site at Cedar Run Cemetery is correct. If so, could I please use the picture of his gravestone and the bio on my site?


Susan Goodman
My grandmother was a Cloe!

Added by sgoodman on Jun 23, 2014 2:13 PM

RE: Pvt John Dunning

You're welcome; sorry it didn't work out. Loudon Park's records are very low tech, disorganized, and incomplete, so it's certainly possible that he is there. Unfortunately, since the cemetery is 350 acres with 100,000+ burials, there's little chance of finding his grave without knowing where he is buried. I keep a running list of photo requests, so if I run across any information on him, I will let you know.

Joe Canner

Added by Candeux on Jun 13, 2014 6:39 AM

Richard Hornsby
Lieut Samuel A Albright
I have very little on this, although I have a Samuel Albright listed in my family tree as one of Alexander's sons, born 1835 in Orange County, NC. But I have no documentation for it. Your memorial cites Samuel's home as Graham, Alamance County. Alamance was created from Orange County in 1849. So that as well as his age (about 29) suggest that the relationship may exist. There were lots of Albrights living in the area at that time, though.

Added by Richard Hornsby on Jun 12, 2014 8:34 AM

Robert Jesse Wright Photo Request
Dear Sir,

Today I fulfilled your photo request for Robert Jesse Wright . He has a dual headstone with Ethel Campbell Wright (1909-1991), who has no Find A Grave memorial page. Their headstone is next to James Paige Wright (1937-2008, their son according to his obituary) who has no Find A Grave page either. If these are your relations, I would be happy to create memorial pages and transfer them to you. If you'd rather create the pages, I can either email the picture files to you or post them from my computer. Please let me know how I can help.

Kindest regards,
Shelby (HomesickOkie)

Added by HomesickOkie on Jun 02, 2014 11:48 AM

barbara spears
RE: Reuben Henry McGhee (30th Va. Infantry)
Big French,

Thanks so much for adding the info. I'm going to let my brother in law know. He will be so tickled. I may be getting back in touch with links to his other family members.

This is so exciting!

Added by barbara spears on May 24, 2014 3:16 PM

barbara spears
Reuben Henry McGhee (30th Va. Infantry)
Big French!

Reuben Henry McGhee, Jr.#5556208 was my brother in laws GG Grandfather and Reuben's birth date was 11/3/1836. He married first Mariah "Maria" Ann Lewis #6306417 on 9/15/1859. They had 10 children. Second he married Ida Bell Humphries on 9/9/1903. They had 2 children. Reuben died in the soldiers Home in Richmond, Va.

Can you please make these corrections and link Reuben to his two wives.

Thanks a bunch!

Barb Spears

Added by barbara spears on May 23, 2014 8:35 PM

barbara spears
RE: Lieut Dent Burroughs

The stained glass is located Christ Church, Wayside in Newburg, Charles County, Maryland. There are a total of 8 of them in a small church, which is one of the oldest churches in Maryland, dating back before 1692. During the Civil War the North took over the church, burned the pews, shot out the windows and housed their horses inside.

After the war, around 1869 members wanted to do something special when restoring the church and that is when the stained glasses were designed. Three of them were dedicated in memory of Confederate Soldiers. Lieut. Burroughs, Capt. Michael Stone Robertson and Major Charles Hume. The others were relatives of church members.

They are so beautiful in person when the sun shines through them.

Thank you for all of your hard work on Find A Grave!
Barb Spears

Added by barbara spears on May 23, 2014 8:06 PM

William G. Thompson
Lawrence H. Downs / Myrtle Watson Downs
Hello,BigFrench. We must have almost crossed paths yesterday in the Virginianna room at CRRL. Thanks for posting the obits of Lawrence H. Downs and his wife, Myrtle Watson Downs. Their son, Stephen Paul Downs, was my buddy in elementary school. I was at CRRL getting his obit yesterday, 5/21/2014. His senior class is having their 50th year reunion this summer and not many of his classmates know a lot about him. Do you know if he's related to Pvt William F Downs #30498670?

Added by William G. Thompson on May 22, 2014 10:52 AM

Suellen Browning Dennis
James Ransom Boggs #10280260
James Ransom Boggs Find A Grave#10280260 is a relative of mine. His parents are Ezekiel Boggs Find A Grave#128399609 and Eliza Ann Nichols Boggs Find A Grave#128400472. Can you connect him to his parents. Thanks, Suellen Browning Dennis

Added by Suellen Browning Dennis on May 08, 2014 12:40 PM

Sandford Mackey
RE: Charles
I also added a Melvin and Erlean PAYNE. They were in the same plot so I would guess they are related.

Added by Sandford Mackey on Apr 25, 2014 6:50 PM

RE: Lucy H Cartrell Mounger
Very welcome! cat

Added by Cat on Apr 23, 2014 8:29 PM

Ann Parkinson
RE: Averitts
Wonderful! Thanks for telling me I help! Mission accomplished :))

Added by Ann Parkinson on Feb 23, 2014 1:38 PM

Lawrence Washington's Obit
Thanks Big French for the Obituary for Lawrence Washington, II

Added by Spotsgenie on Feb 18, 2014 4:54 PM


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