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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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Hello! Would you please tell me the origin of this photo? I'm trying to locate the original at the LOC but cannot. Thank you so much
Added by DJHinVA on May 26, 2016 6:36 AM
D. Montgomery
RE: Francis Jones-Mary Roy Jones
Thank you so much for being so kind as to add the additional material to memorial of Mary Roy Wright. I am not at all surprised to hear that it was Mary who was actively trying to recognize her (half) brother's war service. She apparently adored him and after the war when several family members were ill with typhoid at the same time, only Francis succumbed Mary wrote that Francis was so weakened from war experiences that he had no strength to recover as the others had. Very sad, as you say He was so young. So she wanted to do something for his memory.
What book are you writing? about Fredericksburg area military units or certain families or a time period or certain battles?
Also could you suggest a website about the Confederate Cemetery there in Fredericksburg?
Lastly, Roy Jones had a very large family it seems, is there a printed biography about him? He seems to have been a very colorful personality.
Best regards, D. Montgomery
Added by D. Montgomery on May 23, 2016 2:15 PM
D. Montgomery
RE: Francis Jones
Followup on your query.
First I reviewed my family files here and did find a few more bits on Roy Jones and his first wife. The Jett name is a colonial era name in Virginia so there is info about her family, I have no burial/cemeteries for her parents. She did have 4 total children with Roy Jones, but she died soon after birth of her last daughter in Dec 1947. Unfortunately, once she died there is not more info about her. I posted what data I have now.
I rechecked the federal census info about the family of Roy Jones after death of Alizra, he remarried and new wife Mary already had more than one child,(see census 1860, 1870, 1880 so must have been married before (but I do not have her 1st husband's name).The Civil War really disrupted this family who spent years in Richmond as well as Fredericksburg. Check the census names and dates for names of children relationships and parents.
Awaiting your responses.

Added by D. Montgomery on May 21, 2016 7:23 PM
D. Montgomery
RE: Francis Jones
Hello.Thank you for contacting me...yes that family group is unusual only because the father was married twice.There were children in each marriage. Francis is son of 1st wife. (Jett). After she died then Second wife (Stone) Marie in as stepmother and mother to her natural children.
Those were troubled times and as you appear to specialize in Civil War Era you know this better than I do. FREDERICKSBURG was a trying place for families at that time.
I was trying to understand the timetable of young Francis service and then death.Can you give me you understanding of his movements after conscription.? Is his image in uniform somewhere in local archives?
Appreciate your time.
D. Montgomery
Added by D. Montgomery on May 21, 2016 4:29 PM
David Engel
55th VA Infantry Grave
Hello BigFrench,

My great great grandfather is Benjamin Warner Pritchett. He served as a private in Company M of the 55th VA. He was one of a handful of men who made it to the surrender at Appomattox from the 55th.

I noticed you have a photo of the grave of his company commander, Captain John F Alexander.

Benjamin Warner Pritchett died at his home which is on the present day, Robert E Lee Drive. He was buried on his farm. Deeds to the property say that the family cemetery is there, but it's unknown exactly where it is located. His farm is located at 38.206813, -77.649035 or about 9098 Robert E Lee Drive. Heth's Division, which included the 55th VA fought on this farm and the farm of BW Pritchett's father, William Warner Pritchett on May 10, 1864 as part of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Please include Benjamin Warner Pritchett in your cemetery records for the 55th VA.

Thank you,
David Engel
Added by David Engel on May 19, 2016 3:45 PM
Your book sounds interesting and I appreciate your endeavors to document history. We are History buffs in my household too.
Added by April on Apr 29, 2016 4:36 PM
John McHugh
Thank you for your detailed biography on his Memorial Page. It was instrumental in my being able to tie him to his wife Sintha/Cynthia/etc, a 2nd Great Aunt.
Added by April on Apr 29, 2016 4:34 PM
Syntha Davis McHugh
My Sources are as follows:
1) Family info

2) Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978
Name: John McHugh
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 22 May 1860
Marriage Place: Gwinnett, Georgia, USA
Spouse: Syntha Davis
Spouse Gender: Female

3) 1860 United States Federal Census
Name Lytha McUe
Age 15
Birth Year abt 1845
Gender Female
Birth Place South Carolina
Home in 1860 District 444, Gwinnett, Georgia
Post Office Cains
Family Number 441
B F McAne 48
Lyntha McAne 44
Toliver McAne 19
Samuel McAne 16
John McUe 18
Lytha McUe 15

4) 1870 United States Federal Census
Name Senpha Mchugh
Age in 1870 24
Birth Year abt 1846
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1870 Hog Mountain, Gwinnett, Georgia
Race White
Gender Female
Post Office Cains
Rison G Davis 52
Mary Davis 52
Owen Davis 18
Senpha Mchugh 24
Charles L Mchugh 9
Mary J Mchugh 6

5) 1880 United States Federal Census
Name Syntha E. Mchugh
Age 35
Birth Year abt 1845
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1880 Hog Mountain, Gwinnett, Georgia
Race White
Gender Female
Relation to Head of House Self
Marital Status Widowed
Syntha E. Mchugh 35
Charles L. Mchugh 19
Mary Jane Mchugh 17

6) Book Source:
Title: The Family of Owen Gray Davis
Author: Winton Teagle
Note: Spiral Bound Family Book
Publisher: Name: Winton Teagle; Location: Georgia; Date: 1986;

Please leave names spelled as is.
I would appreciate a bit of credit for pulling this together.

Thank you,
Added by April on Apr 29, 2016 4:30 PM
William Scott
My great great uncle was Prt. Nicholas Ewing Scott

Thank you from the Scott family!!!
Added by William Scott on Apr 19, 2016 5:33 PM
William Scott
Thank you
Thank you for posting the photo of the headstone of my great great uncle. I hope to visit the gravesite this year.

My great grandfather, Henry Reid Scott, was born during the civil war. He should be added to the siblings. He is buried at the Union Chapel UMC cemetery. I assume his birth and death are on his tombstone. I live in OR now and can't get that info for you. I don't know if you could find it on the findagrave web site.

I appreciate all that you have done!!!! I never knew where Nicholas was buried. All I knew growing up was that he died as a teenager in the war.
Added by William Scott on Apr 19, 2016 5:27 PM
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