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Frank W Nichols (#46614579)
 member for 13 years, 4 months, 4 days
On the Trail
Mt Pisgah Executions
I'm sorry to send another message. I should have included this info in the previous message. This is really a fascination story!

In the records John Layman is listed as John H Layman as you have his name listed in the memorial. However, his name was apparently John Riley Layman, so the R was probably mis-transcribed into an H.

In case you wanted to make Find A Grave memorials for the other men who were court martialed and sentenced to death by firing squad at Mt Pisgah?

In addition to John 'H' Layman, they were:
John Rogers 10th Va
Andrew Riddell Jr 5th Va

John Roadcap 10th Va was also court martialed and sentenced to be executed that day. He was the only member of the group who had enlisted voluntarily. He apparently "escaped" the night before the execution was scheduled to occur.

Added by On the Trail on Apr 20, 2016 8:42 PM

On the Trail
John H Layman
Sent you a message via "correction" about this memorial, but wanted to make sure you saw it. John Riley Layman was the brother of Preston and Jackson Layman. They were the son of Adam Layman. I linked John to his parents and sent you this info via correction:

The three Layman boys were conscripted into Confederate service Company G, the Valley Guards 10th Virginia Infantry. After receiving news from home that his family needed him, John Layman deserted. By order of General Thomas J "Stonewall" Jackson, he was court martialed and executed by firing squad at Mt Pisgah Church. In retaliation for his brother's execution, Preston Layman claimed to have fired the first shot, intentionally initiating the volley of friendly fire that resulted in the mortal wounding of General Thomas J "Stonewall" Jackson at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

Here's an excerpt and a link to the entire info:
"Thirty years later, Preston Layman claimed to his family that he was the one who fired the first shot, that triggered the volley that spooked the 18th NC into pouring fire into (General Thomas J "Stonewall") Jackson and his officers (at Chancellorsville.) Preston told the story over and over for the last thirty years of his life. To this day, most of those in the Shenandoah Valley who know the story, believe it. Mary Marie Arrington (a local historian) said to the authors of this article, 'Stonewall Jackson is much admired, but not in this part of the world. People here think John (Layman) was wrongfully shot and Preston did right.' .....Preston never claimed to have actually hit Jackson, just that he fired the first shot."

Added by On the Trail on Apr 20, 2016 8:07 PM

B Shields
RE: George W Shields (Evergreen)
Mr. Nichols,

I am wondering if you are related to Mr. Shields? If so we are related. I do have all of his information right on down to date of birth. I noticed that you removed the link for family members to be attached. I am wondering why?

If you are not a family member, would you be willing to transfer this virtual memorial to me?

My email is
My research with the Shields family goes back now over 15 years. My brother has participated extensively in DNA for this line.

Thank you so very much for your time. Have a blessed and wonderful day,

Barbara Shields

Added by B Shields on Mar 23, 2016 3:57 PM

Stella L. Obeshaw
You are to be commended for all the extra work you have been doing. The Historical value is priceless! God bless you.

Added by Stella L. Obeshaw on Jan 09, 2013 5:15 PM

Cindy D
Evergreen Cemetery, Camden
Hi Frank, was wondering if you'd had a chance to go by Evergreen Cemetery lately?

Added by Cindy D on Jul 29, 2012 10:22 AM

Jim McMahon
RE: Anna Marshall
You're welcome. I was glad to help. God bless.

Added by Jim McMahon on Mar 01, 2012 11:03 PM

Gwen Dunphy
we have nichols family in our tree. wondering if there could be a connection. family plot in riverview cemetery in trenton.

Added by Gwen Dunphy on Mar 01, 2012 9:31 PM

Marianne K. Maguire
McKeever Stone
Thank you for attempting to take a photo of the grave of Charlotte McKeever. It is a shame there isn't a stone, but good to know. Thank you and good luck with your continued research. ~Marianne

Added by Marianne K. Maguire on Feb 18, 2012 5:28 PM

Nancy Whalen
Hi Frank,
Yes, I agree with you about the condition of this cemetery. Went looking for relatives of mine and could not even figure out where they were buried. Did find out there was no tombstone so that was part of the problem. The Camden County Historical Society in Camden has a map of the cemetery, if you didn't already know that. I would be willing to help you find some graves at Evergreen but I will not go there by myself. Did notice that there are now 40 requests on Find a Grave for this cemetery going back to 2007 that have not been claimed or fulfilled. Maybe we can help out.
Nancy Whalen

Added by Nancy Whalen on Feb 10, 2012 10:16 AM

Tony Klingensmith
A. Rinehart

Thanks so much for the A. J. Rinehart memorial photo and for helping me honor this Civil War veteran.


Added by Tony Klingensmith on Jan 27, 2012 7:43 PM

Joe Nihen
RE: Alexander O'Neill
Hi Frank,

The picture shows up ... three times!

I appreciate the time and effort you spent in finding and photographing the grave of Alexander O'Neill, especially under the conditions found at Mt. Moriah ... a very sad place.

Thank you for helping preserve the memory of the 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.


Added by Joe Nihen on Jan 27, 2012 6:28 AM

Photos for Sheldon and Tiel
Thank you so much for taking the photographs at Mount Peace Cemetery. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this.


Added by SJM on Jan 05, 2012 4:32 PM

oh my! Thank you for the four photos! What a great surprise- I thought maybe it was in a bad neighborhood like Mount Moriah and would never get done.Your time and efforts are very much appreciated!
Take care.

Added by ditdit on Jan 05, 2012 1:38 PM

Crystal Payne
RE: john w little
your welcome, my pleasure


Added by Crystal Payne on Oct 16, 2010 9:31 AM

MEMORIAL # 10128950

Could you add this additional info. It certainly assist genealogist in searching for "family"

Son of Fielding and Betty (Washington) Lewis of Virginia/born at Kenmore Plantation in Fredericksburg,VA.
Attended Princeton College

REV. WAR: March 12th, 1776/Gen. George Washington created the "Commander-in-Chief Guard"
appointing Captain Caleb Gibbs Commandant and George Lewis First Lieutenant as second in command(George Lewis was 19)

October 15th, 1779/George Washington Lewis married CATHERINE DANGERFIELD/daughter of Colonel William Daingerfield, who had been the Commander of the Seventh Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line.

When George Washington died, December 14th, 1799, he left land and gave George Lewis first choice of his swords, which was highly prized in the 18th century.

**his wife Catherine Dangerfield Lewis is buried in same cemetery and they could be linked.Memorial# 1370338/Willis Cemetery/Maryes Heights
Fredericksburg City
Virginia USA

Added by flgrl on Jul 26, 2010 5:08 PM

Frank Russo
Paul Owens
I would like to use your grave picture for former major league manager Paul Owens for my baseball website, Please let me know. I will give you full credit for the photo.

Best wishes


Added by Frank Russo on Mar 10, 2010 5:44 AM

Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Would you please add your beautiful photo of Gen. Corbin's site in Arlington to his wife's memorial number above. She has just been added to find a grave and linked to the General. Thanks very much.

Added by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 on Oct 14, 2009 1:23 PM

Have a beautiful Christmas, and a Sweet New Year 2009!

Added by 20+C+M+B+11 on Dec 19, 2008 2:45 PM

I appreciate the info and picture on St. Maria Goretti. I Tried to post the cemetery, but it asked for the state in Italy, and it wouldn't take it in. I tried. Thanks so much.

Added by 20+C+M+B+11 on Dec 04, 2008 4:01 PM


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