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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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Ellen Bonbright
Photo of O.J. Sands

I live in a home built in 2013 by Oliver Jackson Sands, Sr. I see that you have submitted a portrait of Mr. Sands to this site. Is it possible to learn more about the photo -- is it OJ Sands, Sr or Jr? Where was it found? I would really like to have a copy of the photo.

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Thank you for your help!
Added by Ellen Bonbright on Oct 21, 2014 9:51 AM
Carol Smith
Sarah Overstreet Goddin
Did you find her in the record book or see a gravestone? Years ago, when I when I went there, I went up the street to the church office where they had a book with the grave info from the original church. It is my recollection that the church in use today, which has been there since the 1700s I think, is the 2nd church and the original is on the back corner of the same property. It was excavated in about the 1920s when Wmsbg was under renovation and the names were recorded from the markers and recovered. I was wondering if Sarah was there or in the ones that can still be seen today. Any info? Thanks 7th cousin twice removed.
Added by Carol Smith on Oct 07, 2014 1:58 PM
Mary Mann Page Newton
No doubt you'll be interested in who she was. Please visit your biopage of her...
Added by BigFrench on Sep 16, 2014 3:24 PM
Parrish Todd
Thank you so much for transferring these memorials to me. I appreciate it greatly :-)

Christiana Booth Tyler Curtis #28944907
Benjamin Curtis 28944962
Bartlett Anderson Curtis # 28944998
Fanny M Curtis # 28945018
Added by Parrish Todd on Sep 12, 2014 6:45 PM
Parrish Todd
Transfer of Memorials

Christiana Booth Tyler Curtis #28944907 is my 3x great grandmother. Would you be so kind to transfer her memorial to me?

Also, you manage her children:
Benjamin Curtis 28944962
Bartlett Anderson Curtis # 28944998
Fanny M Curtis # 28945018

I would love to manage them also, if you don't mind.

Thank you,
Parrish Todd
Added by Parrish Todd on Sep 06, 2014 12:38 PM
Valice Raffi
Sue Bartlett
Thanks for adding more information to her memorial!
Added by Valice Raffi on Aug 05, 2014 6:44 AM
D. Mack
Fannie Edwards Dold Sands
Hi. I believe I have found the mother of Fannie Edwards Dold Sands. I was filling a photo request for Mary Porter Sands Echols who is buried in the Alderson Cemetery in Alderson, WV and in the Echols plot, there was a grave for Mary Willis Dold with dates of March 11, 1859 and death date of August 19, 1941. I am not related to the Sands/Echols family but wondered if you could confirm this information. Thanks.
Added by D. Mack on Aug 02, 2014 10:27 AM
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
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