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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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Nancy Simmons
Edmund Allen
Hi, The edits I submitted are based on the photo I took today in response to a request for a photo of Elmond Allen who died 1930. The plat location for that request matched this tombstone, which seems to align better with the Edward W Allen you had listed, which also had the same plat location.

Nancy Simmons
Added by Nancy Simmons on Mar 20, 2017 3:55 PM
Bobbi Keefe Rollins Johnson
Sallie Priddy Ashworth #151213619
Hi Mike, and thanks for the edit on Sallie's date of birth. I couldn't locate a definitive DOB, so I added the following note in her bio:
"Census/marriage/death records show that she was born between 1846-1853, though most show about 1847."
If you have something definitive, please let me know!
Thanks, Bobbi
Added by Bobbi Keefe Rollins Johns... on Mar 10, 2017 1:13 PM
Mary Weigandt
Richard "The Younger" Cocke
Thank you for your effort in attempting to photograph Mr. Cocke's marker. I have asked the memorial owner to note in the bio that it is not possible to photograph. Thank you again.
Added by Mary Weigandt on Mar 04, 2017 8:05 PM
Milo W Grow
Hi Mike,
Thank you for the additional information you supplied which I have added to his bio. You sent a correction that he died in Scotland, St Mary's, Maryland. According to the U.S. Civil War Prisoner of War Records he actually died in Point Outlook. I have added St. Mary's as the county and will approve your request to add PVT to his name.
Added by Susan on Mar 03, 2017 2:49 PM
Berry Family
Thanks for filling in all the details for me.
Added by Jan on Feb 26, 2017 9:29 AM
Barbara Atkins
RE: Sgt. John T Ellis
Mike, thank you ever so much for your help with my search for John Thomas Ellis. You are perfectly correct in your information there's two of them. Ours was not in Georgia that I'm aware of. I don't have pictures of him just his brother. I will check at Oaklawn cemetery for him. Stay in touch.Thank you, Barbara
Added by Barbara Atkins on Feb 10, 2017 7:21 PM
Search Meister
Memorial# 79289139
Please review the above memorial for Everline. Her headstone, does say Eveline, which is correct.

Thanks so much,
Lou Miles
Added by Search Meister on Feb 04, 2017 11:17 PM
Tollison Wilbanks
Hi Mike, thanks for edit for PVT Wilbanks! Much appreciated! Ms.Nana
Added by Ms.Nana on Jan 16, 2017 4:33 PM
A Egan
RE: William Robinson
You are correct. I will retype and add to correct memorial.
Added by A Egan on Dec 31, 2016 11:32 AM
Casey Rutledge Martin
RE: Samuel Woodson Cothran
Thank you for getting back to me so fast. I will send you an email with the information I have. Also he died on 20 July 1862, not 30 June 1862. The latter is the date he was admitted to the hospital. I have multiple military records that will confirm this if you need them. Again thank you.
Added by Casey Rutledge Martin on Nov 17, 2016 8:55 AM
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