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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.

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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Sandra Fisher
RE: Katherine Courtney
It appears he was married twice. Both wives had the name Katherine. His first wife Katherine Thomas Tignor died in 1976 and she is buried next to him. He remarried in in 1977 Katherine Loving Prince. She passed away in 1994. Do you know where she is buried? Since you maintain memorial for Catherine Thomas Tignor Courtney you could delete her incorrect parents and add a bio showing her parents as Thomas Tignor and Violet Stevens as her death certificate shows.
Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave.
Added by Sandra Fisher on Nov 25, 2015 3:27 AM
RE: Cold Harbor names -ODIN-, -ERG
Yes, I agree these are unique and special examples. It will be interesting to see how Find A Grave decides.
Added by Chris on Nov 23, 2015 11:12 PM
RE: Cold Harbor names -ODIN-, -ERG
The reason for the edits (which you declined) is to bring your memorials into compliance with Find A Grave rules regarding the use of punctuation and unreadable names:

FAQ #147 - Memorial Naming Conventions: Non-famous Memorials

FAQ #166 - What information do I include from a headstone?

You can add any other information to the bio area of the memorials. However, if you choose not to comply with these naming rules, I will forward the edits to management for resolution.

Added by Chris on Nov 23, 2015 3:21 PM
Marnie W
RE: Robert G. Lundy
Thank you, Mike!
Added by Marnie W on Nov 02, 2015 5:45 AM
Annette Gauthier
RE: Cleaning headstones
The ammonia solution only had ammonia, soap and water. It is basic. The chemicals you mention are all acidic. Acidic chemicals do react with rocks. Basic chemicals do not. That's my background in chemistry showing through. Thanks for you thoughts. Annette Gauthier
Added by Annette Gauthier on Oct 12, 2015 9:56 PM
Annette Gauthier
Cleaning headstones
I got this information from a professional genealogist. Headstones can be cleaned by using a mild sudsy ammonia and water solution with a soft non-metal brush. Rinse with clean water. I have used it with much success. The ammonia is slightly basic. This will kill microorganisms that grow on old tombstones without damaging the stones. Annette Gauthier
Added by Annette Gauthier on Oct 12, 2015 2:50 PM
Annette Gauthier
James M Hoon
The person Dennis who set up the original Find A Grave page for James M Hoon must have either seen the stone or looked at the cemetery records. His military record is added to his Find A Grave page. I appreciate your effort to locate and photograph his grave site.

James is the brother of my great great grandfather and had no children. I would like to take over management of his Find A Grave site. There are photos of him and information about his family that I can add. Thanks. Annette Gauthier
Added by Annette Gauthier on Oct 12, 2015 11:39 AM
George S. Ellington
Thomas Phillip Jones Stark!
Hollywood Cemetery does not have him either so I do not know where to look now! Are there other cemeteries that he could be in in Henrico County VA?
Added by George S. Ellington on Oct 01, 2015 9:01 AM
Amy B.
RE: Benjamin Blow
I appreciate that Mike, I believe he was my maternal g4 uncle.

Added by Amy B. on Sep 11, 2015 5:19 AM
Amy B.
Benjamin Blow
Hi There:) I put in a request for this forever ago and was wondering since you posted this if you woul dmind taking a picture of it and any surrounding family? I am happy to do the transcribing. :) I woul truly appreciate it. Thank you.


Pvt B. Blow

Birth: unknown, USA
Death: unknown
Virginia, USA

Co. F, 4th Florida. C.S.A.

Oakwood Cemetery
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec. G, Row C, Grave 46

Created by: Mike B.
Record added: May 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90501572
Added by Amy B. on Sep 11, 2015 1:27 AM
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