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BigFrench (#46554304)
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Bio Photo *Honorary member Major General John Bankhead Magruder Chapter #258 Military Order of Stars & Bars (M.O.S.B)*
*Honorary member Matthew Fountaine Maury Camp 1722 Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.)*
*Honorary member Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp 2141 Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.)*

As a lifetime history buff, and having lived near some old cemeteries, it is only "natural" that the two are now combined.
I've catalogued all the Confederate fallen in the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va. I will soon publish a roster/book with these findings and short bios/service records of these men. A copy will be presented to the Spotsylvania Courthouse Museum.
Also, I'm in the process of doing the same for the Confederate fallen and veterans in the Fredericksburg Confederate and City cemeteries.
As Historian of the above cemeteries, please feel free to inquire of any Confederate burials.
Also, I give tours of each.
The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Park Service refers Confederate burial inquiries to me.
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Laura Elliott
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 Laura Elliott 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
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