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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.

Please include source(s) for ALL edits. Too many times incorrect edits have been submitted, so I rarely accept non-email edits. THANKS for understanding--
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Pvt Solomon K Ayers #9791581
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Solomon was the son of Jeduthen Ayers and Lucinda Twedell Ayers. He married Jane Elizabeth Swink on October 6, 1858 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

North Carolina, Index to Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Name: Jeduthen Ayers
Gender: Male
Spouse: Lucinda Twedell
Spouse Gender: Female
Bond Date: 15 Jan 1844
Bond #: 000053215
ImageNum: 008119
County: Guilford
Record #: 01 018
Bondsman: Samuel William
Witness: M. Mendenahll

1850 United States Federal Census:
Name: Solomon Ayres
Age: 10
Birth Year: abt 1840 <----------------
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1850: Southern Division, Guilford, North Carolina, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 79
Household Members:
Name Age
Jordethan Ayres 48
Lucinda Ayres 33
Allice Ayres 15
Harper S Ayres 13
Solomon Ayres 10
Martin Ayres 10
Elizabeth Ayres 3

North Carolina, Index to Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Name: Solomon K Ayers
Gender: Male
Spouse: Jane E Swink
Spouse Gender: Female
Bond Date: 6 Oct 1858
Bond #: 000122784
Marriage Date: 6 Oct 1858
ImageNum: 007802
County: Rowan
Record #: 01 014
Bondsman: J H Brown
Performed By: J H Brown, Justice of the Peace

1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Solomon K Ayres
Age: 20
Birth Year: abt 1840 <------------------
Gender: Male
Birth Place: North Carolina
Home in 1860: Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina
Post Office: Salisbury
Family Number: 194
Household Members:
Name Age
Sarah A Rimer 37
John L Rimer 15
Milton F Rimer 13
Joseph S Rimer 11
Charles C Rimer 8
Stephen R Rimer 6
Margaret Swink 20
Solomon K Ayres 20
Jane E Ayres 21
Ellen F Ayres 1
Harp Ayres 23

U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865
Name: Solomon Kendall Ayers
Residence: Rowan County, North Carolina, North Carolina
Occupation: Farmer
Age at Enlistment: 21 <----------------
Enlistment Date: 21 Jun 1861 <-------
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Rowan County, North Carolina
State Served: North Carolina
Survived the War?: No
Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, North Carolina 7th Infantry Regiment on 21 Jun 1861.Promoted to Full Sergeant on 01 Feb 1863.Mustered out on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Birth Date: abt 1840
Sources: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster

U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963
Name: Solomon K Ayers
Death Date: 12 May 1864
Cemetery: Confederate Cemetery
Cemetery Location: Spolsylvania, Virginia
Added by 4losthistory on Feb 11, 2016 4:46 PM
Christmas Greetings
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Thanks for all you do on Findagrave.
Added by Birdgirl on Dec 23, 2015 5:50 AM
Shirley Wadell
Memorial 68789382 Pvt Geo W Dunaway
Hi. I thought I would tell you I enjoyed the bio you put there for Pvt Geo W. Dunaway. I'm doing research for a cousin's husband and this is his direct ancestor. Would you have any other information on Pvt Geo W. Dunaway?
Thanks, Shirley :0
Added by Shirley Wadell on Dec 16, 2015 12:29 PM
Judy Robinson
RE: Thomas Bayne
Hello Big French- I am really embarrassed to say I have no record of suggesting an edit to Thomas Bayne. I do remember working recently on someone who's buried in Fredericksburg City Cemetery or Sunset Park. Looking at my FT I see Thomas Bayne, 1804-ca 1870,son of Matthew Bayne and Lucy Robinson Bayne, but that's not ringing a bell either. I'm not even sure abt his DoD. If you email me at with details of those edits maybe I can respond sensibly. Thanks for your work on Find A Grave- seems to me I've seen your name on many more than 14 Memorials as I've worked on my Faith Robinson FT on Ancestry. Sorry I'm so befuddled.

Judy Robinson
Added by Judy Robinson on Dec 15, 2015 7:14 PM
bonnie a
Samuel C Anderson
My great, great grandfather- I am looking for any and all info regarding the family. Thank you for the info. I can be reached at
B. Anderson
Added by bonnie a on Dec 05, 2015 11:54 PM
Krista AQ & Tommy Thompson
Charles A. Gore III
Hey, thanks for the edits! Safe to assume that Charles A. Gore III is the son of Charles A. Gore Jr.? Please let me know if you're aware.


Added by Krista AQ & Tommy Thompso... on Nov 10, 2015 8:53 AM
Story re James L Henderson
Thought you, in your Confederacy research, might find this old blog piece of mine interesting...
Added by mizkathy on Nov 10, 2015 6:56 AM
RE: Sgt James L Henderson
While 'Lewis' has come to me by anecdotal confirmation from great grand children of James, the only concrete-ish confirmation is that the year James died, 1906, there was a grandson born the same year named 'James Lewis Henderson' link provided here:

I continue to look for more records - that L appears to have been very important to gg-grandfather James, and if I can find more clarification in James L's history, I'll be sure to note it clearly in his record. I probably need to get the KG historical society to check handwritten records at the courthouse... KAN
Added by mizkathy on Nov 10, 2015 6:54 AM
RE: Sgt James L Henderson
I wish I could answer your question for I have asked it and looked across my Ancestry tree as it developed in that arm of the family and have still not found a maternal surname or even Lewis even as a male middle name that would clear up the mystery. One thing about the broader scope of a 15-year building of an Ancestry tree is that chipping away in small chips seems to eventually bring the mystery to the surface - eventually! So I will be sure to let you know if/when this happens.

Thanks for getting in touch; I'm working in my Henderson line to connect the family records into this line of records, as well as other lines. Maybe something will surface in that way!

Thanks for your good work; I keep an eye out for your work as I toggle across programs; Find A Grave is a vital component for my hunting and gathering - thanks so much...

Kathy Naumann
Public Ancestry Tree: Naumann2007
Added by mizkathy on Nov 10, 2015 6:25 AM
Kathy Hill
RE: Perry Carter
I will post the picture of Perry's widow's petition for his military pension. This is where I obtained the information. I hope this helps.
Please let me know if I can help you.
Added by Kathy Hill on Nov 02, 2015 1:53 AM
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