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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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L. K. Perry
Emeline (Bowles) Flournoy #155055046
Thank you for checking with the office for me about this burial. I appreciate your conscientiousness and your contributions to Find A Grave. -- L. K. Perry (#47129998)
Added by L. K. Perry on Apr 26, 2017 1:49 PM
John Frith
Thanks for looking for John Frith for me.
Added by SWHendricks on Apr 24, 2017 9:17 PM
Nancy Simmons
RE: Jacob Watkins Browns
You have established a good relationship with the staff at the cemetery. I was trying to whittle down the photo requests for Oakwood, but it's impossible without knowing the grave location. I thought at least the LVA records would have the location. The woman who works in the office at Oakwood was very reluctant to even give me copies of your maps so that I could look up graves in plats A & B that already had locations. She wouldn't give me more than two. She also told me she could only help lookup two without an appointment. And she clearly was not willing to let me access the records on my own. I don't really blame her because she doesn't know me. I don't live in the area, but would be willing to help. If you can figure out a way for me to do that, please let me know.
Added by Nancy Simmons on Apr 23, 2017 7:57 PM
Nancy Simmons
Jacob Watkins Brown edits
The suggested edits I submitted to his dates came from the interment card on microfilm at the Library of Virginia.
Added by Nancy Simmons on Apr 23, 2017 3:29 PM
John Holton
RE: Alfred Willis Grave
Thank you very much!
Added by John Holton on Apr 17, 2017 5:23 AM
John Holton
Alfred Willis Grave

I am related to Alfred Willis, a Civil War soldier who was buried at Oakwood Cemetery. I was wondering how you got the information that he died in Chimborazo hospital of pneumonia? Thank you!

Added by John Holton on Apr 16, 2017 1:02 PM
Dee Mack
Gilbert McKnight Information
Thank you so very much fro sending me the burial information for Gilbert McKnight. I am very thankful to have this information for my family history. I have updated Gilbert's memorial with his burial information.

Have a great day!
Added by Dee Mack on Apr 15, 2017 6:49 AM
Michael Brewer
Wallace W. Wilson at Cold Harbor
Thanks for the heads up on the dupe. I have transferred the additional info I have to his memorial page and deleted the one I put up.
Added by Michael Brewer on Apr 10, 2017 9:49 AM
Edits on M herbert Long
I sent edits on Mamie Herbert Long date of birth I accidentally put date of birth 1879 but, the year was Jul 9, 1878 per her death certificate. She was my great Aunt.
Added by kk on Mar 30, 2017 10:52 PM
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
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