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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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William G. Thompson
William Arthur Williams transfer
Thanks for the transfer of the William A. Williams memorial. Nice job on the Civil War bio also.
Added by William G. Thompson on Aug 23, 2015 12:05 PM
Diana Gibson
pvt henry gallahan
hello cousin, this is one of my uncles, you can found his obituary The Free Lance dated Dec 3 1910 pg 3, orget a hold of me I will send it to you, thanks Diana
Added by Diana Gibson on Jul 29, 2015 6:45 AM
Michael Gaines
RE: James Clark
It came from a family tree on; unsure of their source.
Added by Michael Gaines on Jul 23, 2015 3:55 PM
David Lacy
Pvt Richard Hammond Key
An innocent oversight on my part as well, for the same credit needs to be added to the Cenotaph memorial for Pvt Key. Memorial #12464370
Added by David Lacy on Jul 12, 2015 12:45 PM
David Lacy
Pvt Richard Hammond Key
Big French

I am sure it is only an innocent oversight that on your memorial for Pvt Richard Hammond Key (31354036) you use in your "(bio by: BigFrench)" a rather long quotation of Phoebe Yates Pember from chapter 11 in her 1879 publication - "A Southern Woman's Story" and do not credit her extraordinary contribution to what we know of the burial circumstances of Pvt Key. I'm confident you will be willing and able to correct this unintentional omission.

David Lacy
Added by David Lacy on Jul 12, 2015 12:25 PM
Kathy W. Johnson
RE: Mary Louise Fletcher Garnett
If ancestry's relationship chart is correct, we are 1st cousins 4 X's removed! We both descend from the Baker family of Frederick, VA.

Thanks so much for the corrections!
Added by Kathy W. Johnson on Jul 09, 2015 11:58 AM
John Curtis
RE: Welford Embrey
Dan, I appreciate you response and link. Would you believe that I had the record. Have you by any chance been able to locate a birth certificate for Welford? I haven't been able to find anything. One reason I would like to find one is this. I have found a Strother Embrey, born right around 1800. He had someone in the census with the name Wilford. That may have been a transcription error as it could have been Welford. The peculier thing about it is he is the same age as Welford. Coincidence? I would think the government record of his military service would have been correct. Your thoughts?
Added by John Curtis on Jul 07, 2015 1:10 PM
John Curtis
Welford Embrey
Big French, How sure are you that Welford's parents were henry and Louise? I had his parents as Strother and Mary, but after seeing your entry on find a grave I think you may be correct, but now can't figure out where Strother fits into the family. Can you help?
John Curtis
Added by John Curtis on Jul 05, 2015 7:29 PM
Gale Kell
George Franklin Elrod
I'm so sorry to learn that there's no grave or marker for him. His brother , William Boyd Elrod, is buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Savannah. He died in a hospital shortly after being injured in the battle of Gettysburg. He is one of the very few who were identified. A picture of his headstone is shown on his Find A Grave Memorial page.

Another of his brothers who fought in the Civil War (although not in Gettysburg) was Andrew Elrod. He's buried in the Dry Pond Methodist Church Cemetery in Jackson/Banks County, Georgia. He was my Great Grandfather.

A brother, Isaac, fought as well . He's supposedly buried in the Old Dry Pond cemetery, which is near the church.
Added by Gale Kell on Jul 05, 2015 9:07 AM
Jane Feldmann Cook
RE: Mr & Mrs Eberenz
Thanks for reminding me about the other two. I just changed the photo for Anna and John Eberenz. Let me know how it looks. I live my life on my iPad so they always look straight for some reason. Jane
Added by Jane Feldmann Cook on Jul 01, 2015 12:01 PM
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