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Mike B. (#47525629)
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Bio Photo There are over 98,100 souls buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. and 11,800 Confederate soldiers give or take a 1,000. The picture on the left Is the Confederate section Oakwood Cemetery taken in 1865.



You can destroy them by using any kind of soap, bleach, Ajax. I came across a marble stone over 200 years old a few years ago. I went back and somebody had cleaned it. It was all pitted and the details were almost gone and the stone turned gray. Reason you do not clean them. There are chemicals in all modern cleaning materials. They will eat them away faster than the weather. SO LEAVE THEM ALONE!!! If you can't read them DO A RUBBING with paper and pencil. Post the headstone and the rubbing together. I also found out you can use thin aluminum foil using a soft brush and brush lightly over the letters. Shaving cream has salt in. It gets into the stones pours and cracks.

I'm starting to see where people are rewriting history to fit there agenda.

F. A. Q. How do I get a relative's memorial transferred to me?
First, Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Transferring of management should only be requested If you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree. Also, the goal is not to "own" every memorial of those to whom you are related. The ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it.

I like to thank you to those who contribute to my memorials for sometimes I forget to say that. Thank You.
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dawn oats
RE: Pvt. Green B. Petty
On the 1850 Federal census of Pickens Co., AL Green (43) & Elizabeth (33)show to have William P. (6), James P. (5) and Susan A. (4).

On the 1855 Alabama State Census it shows 2 white males under 21 & 1 white male over 21; 1 white female under 21 & 2 white females over 21; 2 slaves.

On the 1860 Federal census of Pickens Co., AL Green (52) & Elizabeth (46) show to have Wm (17), Phillip (15) & Susan (13).

On other ppls Ancestry trees (which sometime are NOT correct) there are several people who show a number of children NONE by the names listed above.

And all of these same ppl shows Green B. married a Susan Langley in 1867. Either they are mixed up and have another Green B. or something is wrong. I NEVER copy and paste information from another persons tree until I can personally verify it.

There is however one person who has a tree that list a William and she shows him to have been born in 1844 and Green Wesley born in 1836 & James born in 1845 & Susan born in 1846.

Once again thank you for help and interest in my Civil War Heroes! dawn
Added by dawn oats on May 21, 2015 9:39 AM
dawn oats
RE: Pvt. Green B. Petty
Thank you so very much! I have never "met" anyone in all my years of genealogy research that has been so timely and accurate in their responses. I would have never thought to look in Virginia for their graves.

So sad that they died on the same day. How could Elizabeth continue in life....strong lady I guess.

Again thank you! dawn
Added by dawn oats on May 21, 2015 5:52 AM
dawn oats
RE: Pvt. Green B. Petty
Hmmmm....the son I am related to is Green Wesley Petty and he died in Alcorn Co., MS and is buried at Fraley Chapel Cemetery in Corinth. He was in the 26th and 32nd MS Inf.

I guess William S. Petty was a brother to Green Wesley.

Thank you for the info. I will look at William S.'s memorial.
Added by dawn oats on May 20, 2015 1:32 PM
dawn oats
RE: Pvt. Green B. Petty
Wife's name was Elizabeth Barlow Petty. I see on the 1850/60 census he has children: William P.; James Phillip; Susan A. My 2x great grandfather was Green Wesley Petty (born 1833). Haven't checked out other children that ppl have listed on

I am a little confused because on his widow's application for pension it indicates his death date to be June 12, 1862 but I have copies of muster rolls that appear to be dated in the 1863-64.

Thank you so much for your help!

Added by dawn oats on May 20, 2015 9:34 AM
dawn oats
Pvt. Green B. Petty
The Alabama Dept of Archives sent me a document that indicates my 3x great grandfather (named above) had a "Find a Grave" referenced. When I entered his information it guided me to your wonderful work and interesting information.

Can I request a photo of his grave site and e-mail it to me at

Thank you so much for filling in a MAJOR blank in my genealogy searches and for all the work you do!
Added by dawn oats on May 20, 2015 9:11 AM
Jennifer McNair
RE: Thanks
He was pvt. Co. B, 24th Reg't GA Vol. Inf.
I have his death date as 24 June 1862 of measles in Richmond, Virginia hospital. Thanks so much for your help!!
Added by Jennifer McNair on May 12, 2015 11:18 AM
Carolyn B. Johnson
Graves at Oakwood Cemetery
Just wanted to say "thank you" for the nice words on his and the other memorials.

They must NEVER be forgotten.

Pvt. Austin Brown (my great grandfather).

Carolyn Brown Johnson
Added by Carolyn B. Johnson on May 10, 2015 1:45 PM
Ronald Keel
RE: Pvt. Noah Keel
Noah Keel born abt 1834 Jackson Co. Alabama
Died April 28, 1862 Orange Co. Virgina
Married on March 28, 1854 Madison Co. Al.
to Sarah Whittenburg abt 1830

William Keel 1812-1861 Jackson Co. Al.
Malinda Lucinda Lewis 1814 Al.
5 more generations back Just let me know.
I believe that my Keel family in South
Carolina is linked to the North Carolina Keel
I just can't proof the link. Ron
Added by Ronald Keel on May 08, 2015 1:32 AM
Ronald Keel
RE: Pvt. Noah Keel
Mike I will get back to you. I have gathered info on several of the Keel family even the ones not related to my line. I know I have seen the name Noah Keel before maybe more than one. I'll look and get back to you. Ronald Keel
Added by Ronald Keel on May 07, 2015 11:27 PM
George S. Ellington
Reuban Clay
Were there any markings on that stone for Reuben Clay I can not make any out.
Added by George S. Ellington on Apr 29, 2015 5:51 PM
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