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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.

Cleaning techniques known to damage stone
• Bleach or bleach‐like products
Household bleach or other oxidizing cleaners, such as Daybreak cleaner or HTH Shock ‘N
Swim pool treatment may chemically react with the stone surface and leave soluble
salts in the pores of the stone which will lead to decay. Check the label of the cleaner or
the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for active cleaning ingredients. If the products
contain sodium hypochlorite (NaClO), sodium perborate, sodium percarbonate, sodium
persulfate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, calcium hypochlorite or urea peroxide, do not
use them for cleaning the headstone. For example, Daybreak cleaner contains 14%
sodium hypochlorite and is not recommended.
• Strong acids or bases
Strong acids, including muriatic acid, hydrochloric acid, or others are too harsh and will
dissolve the stone surface. Because they are corrosive, they can also be hazardous to
workers. Strong bases, such as concentrated ammonia, sodium hydroxide, calcium
hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, or others may be aggressive on the surface of the
stone and may be hazardous to workers.
• Mechanical cleaning: Power tools
Harsh mechanical devices such as sand blasting, or power tools such as sanders or drills
equipped with a wire brush remove the original material of the grave marker.
• Mechanical cleaning: High‐pressure washing
Pressure washing systems are mechanical sprayers that use water under high pressures
to clean surfaces. Commercially available pressure washers operate at pressures
between 750 psi and 30,000 psi that will damage marble headstones. This technique can
cut into and mar the surface of the stone. The appropriate distance and pressure
needed to properly clean an individual headstone is generally about 12 inches with a
pressure of 500 psi or less. Some stones may not be able to tolerate these conditions
depending on their condition. A test patch in a small unobtrusive area on the headstone
is recommended prior to cleaning.

Biocidal cleaners are available for use on stones that have biological growth, such as
algae, mildew, moss, and lichen. Most biocidal additives also help to keep biological
from returning to the stone for an extended period of time. Recommended biocidal
cleaners include D/2 Biological Solution manufactured by Sunshine Makers,2 Enviro
Klean® BioWash®,3 or other cleaners that contain quaternary ammonium compounds.
Consult with the product manufacturer to determine if the biocidal cleaner contains
buffers that may leave salts behind on the stone. Follow directions as specified by the
biocide manufacturer, making sure to rinse thoroughly. It is important to know that
marble cleaned with biocides should continue to lighten over the next few days. The
advantage of a biocidal cleaner is that it helps remove a wide range of soiling including biological growth. The disadvantage is that the cleaners are more expensive than other
products on the market.

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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Judy Annis
RE: Pvt. Elijah Dampier
Thanks for adding that info.
Added by Judy Annis on Jul 13, 2015 5:39 PM
Catherine Creede
RE: Thank you
I appreciate your kind words. You have also been a great help to me with my research. Thank you for all the work you do on FindAGrave.
Added by Catherine ... on Jun 21, 2015 12:56 PM
M Sardelis
William Robbins Corp VT
William Robbins is part of my ancestry.
He was born in Thetford, Orange, Vermont on 13 April 1806. He was the brother of my 4th great grandfather James Madison Robbins SR. This family was hugely involved in the Civil War and William also lost a nephew (George Robbins) at Andersonville. I would be happy to take ownership of him and add the rest of the family as I have pictures of memorials and publications with their names on it.
Feel free to pass it on and I promise to do justice to this family in their memory.
Added by M Sardelis on May 28, 2015 2:16 PM
David Melton
RE: Sgt. William B. Melton
According to Ancestry the following are his parents, along F.A.G. Memorial #

Mother: Nancy Elizabeth "Betty" Moser Melton F.A.G. # 67564000

Father: William Amon Melton F.A.G. # 67563978
Added by David Melton on May 27, 2015 2:25 PM
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
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