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SheWalksTheseHills (#46847797)
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"She walks these hills in a long black veil, she visits my grave when the night wind wails.
Nobody knows, nobody sees but me...."

(song lyrics by Dill and Wilkins)


For years I have been intrigued in researching the history of my family. I had no idea when you pull one thread, dozens more appear. I have met many wonderful fellow historians in this pursuit and in this aspect I am forever grateful to Find A Grave.

I simply enjoy people's stories and each grave and headstone mark a life that is interesting and worth knowing more about.

Often times we are so consumed by our own lives we forget- or overlook the voices from the past. They were here before us, we can learn from their lives.
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Warren Roberts
Edmund Fontaine's military title
The entry for Col. Edmund Fontaine on the Find A Grave website states that he gained his military rank of colonel in the Confederate States army. However, according to the Fold 3 internet site, Edmund's post-war petition for amnesty states that "he has participated in the late rebellion only in common with other citizens of the Southern States who were not in the Military or Civil Service and held no commission."
I don't question his title of "Colonel," but think it was probably acquired well before the war as commander for a few years of the Hanover County militia, whose main function at the time was to discourage and suppress slave rebellions.
Sorry to be so cranky, but too many people cite Find A Grave entries as gospel.
Warren Roberts
Added by Warren Roberts on Jul 05, 2014 1:20 PM
Warren Roberts
Maria Louisa Shackleford Fontaine
There is still an error in the Find A Grave entry for Maria Louisa Shackleford/Shackelford Fontaine, which states that she was a maternal granddaughter of James and Elizabeth (Dabney) Shackleford. Her parents were Lyne Shackleford Jr. of King and Queen County, then Mathews County, and finally Henrico County and Elizabeth Price Dabney, one of the seven daughters of Capt. George Dabney "of the Revolution" and of the Grove in Hanover County and Elizabeth Price. So Maria Louisa's maternal grandparents were George Dabney and Elizabeth Price. There may have been a James Shackleford who married an Elizabeth Dabney, but if so, he cannot be the maternal grandfather of Maria Louisa.

The note on Maria Louisa also seems to say that she was the paternal granddaughter of Col. William Fontaine and Anna Morris. Perhaps you meant to say that Edmund Fontaine was a son of Col. William Fontaine and Anna Morris, which he was, according to the John Blair Dabney Manuscript, p. 47. The paternal grandparents of Maria Louisa were Lyne Shackleford Jr.'s parents, Lyne Shackelford Sr. and his first wife, Elizabeth Taliaferro, of King and Queen County.

Maria Louisa was not an only child. Her siblings were: Elizabeth Lyne (1793/94-5 Sep 1886); Martha L. (abt 1795/96-bef 1826), Nancy/Ann (1797/98-_____), George Cluff/Clough (1800/01-21 Sep 1861), Mary (1799/1800-______), all born before Maria Louisa. All except Maria Louisa, who was born after Lyne's death, are mentioned in Lyne's will dated 10 May 1806, proved 6 Oct 1806, Henrico County Will Book 5, p. 260.

I'm sorry to bother you again, but many people are inclined to cite all information offered by Findagrave as if it were of the same record quality as the grave stone inscriptions.

Warren Roberts
Added by Warren Roberts on Jun 14, 2014 7:09 PM
Warren Roberts
Maria Louisa Shackleford Fontaine
I believe your Find A Grave entry for Maria Louisa Shackleford (sometimes spelled Shackelford) Fontaine is mistaken in stating that she was a maternal granddaughter of James and Elizabeth (Dabney) Shackleford.

The John Blair Dabney Manuscript 1795-1868 (Richmond , VA: no publisher or date given), available at, mentions Louisa Shackleford on p. 34. He states that she was a a granddaughter of the writer's grandfather, Capt. George Dabney of the Grove, Hanover County, Virginia. He states that her parents were Linn (actually Lyne in numerous records) Shackleford and Elizabeth Dabney (more often given as Elizabeth Price Dabney). Her mother later remarried to William Pollard Jr., who was clerk of Hanover County 1781-1829. He mentions that she married his cousin, Edmund Fontaine.

Maria was a cousin of Gen. Stuart because her mother's sister, Nancy Dabney, married Judge Alexander Stuart (1770-1832), whose son, Archibald, was the father of General Stuart.

Thank you for finding and posting the three photos on Maria Louisa's Find A Grave site, which I found especially interesting.

Warren Roberts
Added by Warren Roberts on Jun 09, 2014 7:03 PM
A AAA American at Find A Grave

You have done so well and I see your memorials are keen.

Please add me as your friend. On Find A Grave also here too now.


Jonathan Robert De Mallie
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Harvey Kligora
Henry Herring

I am a 3rd great niece for Henry Herring. I would like to find out if there a way that That I would be able to take the picture of Henry Herring to my private ancestry. Can you be of any help.
Added by Harvey Kligora on Apr 24, 2014 7:22 PM
Nancy P. Tyree
I was wondering if you had any further info on her daughter, Nancy Tyree. I am looking for a Nancy Tyree that married Martin Via. Thanks!
Added by Mom2Colby on Apr 20, 2014 9:19 PM
m barton
John Wingfield and Martha Tinsley Wingfield
I believe John and Martha were my 3rd great grandparents.
Added by m barton on Apr 06, 2014 12:41 PM
Dr. William Price Palmer
I've had a chance to add a detailed biography for this Confederate physician. Thanks again for the transfer.

F. Terry Hambrecht, M.D.
Senior Technical Advisor to the
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Added by bioengineer on Feb 21, 2014 12:51 PM
Sharon McRee
Va Waller
Hi Sandy - I can't imagine what's wrong with my email address. In case I wrote it incorrectly, here it is again:

I don't have a photo of Virginia Waller, but I can give you contact information for one of her children and some of her grandchildren. (I "met" them on Facebook.)

Claudia Straw and her mom at

On Facebook: Waller Austin, Christopher Austin

A good contact is professor Sean Heuvel, who edited my grandmother's memoirs and knows most of the family:

Let me know if this works out. As a backup email, you can write to my law office at

Good luck!! Sharon

Added by Sharon McRee on Feb 12, 2014 4:28 PM
Brenda Walton Walls
Advent Christian Cemetery
Hi Sandy,

I need some help. I'm trying to locate the Advent Christian Church Cemetery in the Beaverdam area of Hanover County. Do you know where this is located or if the church is renamed? I know it existed in 1983 but cannot find it on Find A Grave which is unusual.

Brenda Walls
Added by Brenda Walton Walls on Jan 24, 2014 10:30 AM
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