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Mike B. (#47525629)
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Bio Photo There are over 98,100 souls buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond, Va. and 11,800 Confederate soldiers give or take a 1,000. The picture on the left Is the Confederate section Oakwood Cemetery taken in 1865.



You can destroy them by using any kind of soap, bleach, Ajax. I came across a marble stone over 200 years old a few years ago. I went back and somebody had cleaned it. It was all pitted and the details were almost gone and the stone turned gray. Reason you do not clean them. There are chemicals in all modern cleaning materials. They will eat them away faster than the weather. SO LEAVE THEM ALONE!!! If you can't read them DO A RUBBING with paper and pencil. Post the headstone and the rubbing together. I also found out you can use thin aluminum foil using a soft brush and brush lightly over the letters. Shaving cream has salt in. It gets into the stones pours and cracks.

Cleaning techniques known to damage stone
Bleach or bleach‐like products Household bleach or other oxidizing cleaners, such as Daybreak cleaner or HTH Shock N Swim pool treatment may chemically react with the stone surface and leave soluble salts in the pores of the stone which will lead to decay. Check the label of the cleaner or the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for active cleaning ingredients. If the products contain sodium hypochlorite (NaClO), sodium perborate, sodium percarbonate, sodium persulfate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, calcium hypochlorite or urea peroxide, do not use them for cleaning the headstone. For example, Daybreak cleaner contains 14% sodium hypochlorite and is not recommended.
Strong acids or bases Strong acids, including muriatic acid, hydrochloric acid, or others are too harsh and will dissolve the stone surface. Because they are corrosive, they can also be hazardous to workers. Strong bases, such as concentrated ammonia, sodium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, or others may be aggressive on the surface of the stone and may be hazardous to workers. Mechanical cleaning: Power tools Harsh mechanical devices such as sand blasting, or power tools such as sanders or drills equipped with a wire brush remove the original material of the grave marker.

I'm starting to see where people are rewriting history to fit there agenda.

F. A. Q. How do I get a relative's memorial transferred to me?
First, Determine if you really need the memorial transferred to you for management. Transferring of management should only be requested If you have extensive changes to make to a memorial. You can add photos and suggest corrections without having to request management. Simply having someone in your family tree is not grounds for a management transfer request. With hundreds of thousands of contributors, we have many overlapping family trees and it would be impossible for all contributors to manage their entire tree. Also, the goal is not to "own" every memorial of those to whom you are related. The ultimate goal should be to have meaningful, accurate memorials that honor those who have passed away, regardless of who created the memorial or who maintains it.
I like to thank you to those who contribute to my memorials for sometimes I forget to say that. Thank You.
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Everett Parker Ragland
Mike - I put in edits for Ragland just based on the dates on the stone. (but we both know they can be wrong). He is buried next to Eunice E. Ragland. FYI, Larry
Added by LLL-SAL on Jun 29, 2016 4:39 AM
James Hartwell
RE: Pvt James J Martin
Name: Jeremiah Martin
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Virginia
Regiment: 24th Battalion, Virginia Partisan Rangers (Scott's)
Company: A
Rank In: Private
Film Number: M382 roll 36

from ancestry page his first name was james

finda agrave has this info
James Jeremiah Martin
Birth Date: 1825
Birth Place: Virginia, USA
Death Date: 22 Jul 1864
Death Place: Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Cemetery: Oakwood Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Added by James Hartwell on Jun 27, 2016 6:30 AM
MarySue Pletcher
Pvt. John B Ward
My two Civil War buff cousins and I have tried to piece together the information on our uncle for several months. Now, I find it was already done. Thank you. I will link him to his father and 3 sons and his wife. Please tell me if you are related. His given name at birth was Jehu, but he used John B.
Mary Sue Pletcher
Added by MarySue Pletcher on Jun 03, 2016 7:02 PM
Barbara Anne (Brownell) Potter
D2 Biological Solution Cleaner: How to clean Heastones, gravestones, tombstones, and monuments
D2 Biological Solution Cleaner: How to clean Heastones, gravestones, tombstones, and monuments
Added by Barbara Anne (Brownell) P... on May 06, 2016 5:22 PM
Richard Carson
Aaron Butler

Thanks for all you work on this find a grave site! Do you know if Aaron Butler has a headstone or just appears on a registry?
We have been looking for his gravesite for years. He died of wounds sustained at the Battle of Malvern Hill and have been thinking he was perhaps buried in a unmarked mass grave. Any help you could lend would be most appreciated.

Please let me know if you have anything in the Houston area I can help you with.

Thank you,

Richard Carson
4th Great Grandson of Aaron Butler
Added by Richard Carson on Mar 19, 2016 2:34 PM
Nancy Cornelius
William F Gibson at Mt. Vernon
Hello Mike, I will post the picture you wanted but wanted to let you know that the picture may not answer the questions that you need. I have found over the years, some stones were marked wrong. The stone says William F Gipson and the death date for him says May 26, 1932. Sorry
Added by Nancy Cornelius on Mar 07, 2016 2:26 PM
Lyda Jane Hicks, Oakwood, RVA
Message sent to Babara Nichols:

Lydia was born near Mannboro, Va, in Amelia Co, not Sussex. No "e" is correct. Mike B has a Lyda which is the same person as Lydie or Lydia 13768946


Dean Featherston RVA vcudean@ find a grave:

Added by vcudean on Feb 25, 2016 7:27 AM
Charles A Featherstone
I sent this message to Barbara Nichols:

this is same person as 137689483. He and I spell Featherston without the "e". No need for duplicate memorial with the "e". CAF is my father. memorial


Dean Featherston RVA FAGrave vcudean
Added by vcudean on Feb 24, 2016 10:52 PM
Lydia Featherston, B1884, D1964
Please see memorial in Oakwood for Lydia Jane Featherston Hicks

Dean Featherston RVA
Added by vcudean on Feb 18, 2016 3:47 PM
Cheryl Washer
Calculated relationships for Norman Jerome Washer
Hi there --

Norman Jerome Washer was my great-grandfather. I'd appreciate it if you could add his daughter, Rosa Lee Smith as a relationship.

PS -- the rest of the family buried in Oakwood is correct - Ella, Mayme, and Edna as children, Catherine as wife.

If you would like additional family information, I can be reached at


Cheryl Washer.
Added by Cheryl Washer on Feb 01, 2016 3:05 PM
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