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Russ (#309)
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C Slater Moore
Two Memorials for Same Person
How do I go about getting two F.A.G. memorials updated and merged? I just found out that my 2x ggm had remarried after my 2x ggf died and I had made a memorial for her under her first married name. I just found out there was already a memorial under her second married name and I have date of birth info, etc. on her. Thanks.
Added by C Slater Moore on Aug 22, 2017 12:58 PM
Misty Dawn
Milton M Holland
1910 census
May Rowes
Age in 1910: 35
Birth Year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1910: Wheaton, Montgomery, Maryland
Street: Bladensburg Road
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Adopted Daughter
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Native Tongue: English
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Years Married: 15
Number of Children Born: 1
Number of Children Living: 1
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Household Members:
Name Age
Milton M Holland 65
Virginia Holland 65
James T Rowes 39
May Rowes 35
Milton Rowes 13

Added by Misty Dawn on Aug 22, 2017 6:27 AM
Misty Dawn
SGM Milton Murray Holland
"Milton Murray Holland was a Union Army solider during the American Civil War and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his action in the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm. Murray was born on August 1,1844 in Austin, Texas, the son of Bird Holland, a white slave owner, and Holland’s slave whose name is unknown. In the 1850’s, Bird freed Milton and two of his brothers, James and William H. Holland, and sent them to Albany, Ohio, to receive their education at the Albany Manual Labor Academy, a school operated by free African Americans.
When the Civil War started in 1861, Holland, who was 16, tried to enlist in the Union Army but was rejected due to his race. Meanwhile he worked as a shoemaker for the Quartermaster Department of the army. In June 1863 Holland joined the Fifth United States Colored Troops, in Athens, Ohio, commanded by General. Benjamin F. Butler. He fought in the battle of the Crater in the Petersburg campaign in Virginia during 1864 and at Fort Fisher, North Carolina in January 1865.
Enlisting as a private, Holland rose to a rank of regimental sergeant major. When all the white commanding officers of his regiment were either killed, or wounded during the engagements at Chaffin’s Farm near New Market Heights, Virginia, between September 28 and 30, 1864, Holland assumed command and defeated the Confederates. For leading the charge, during which he was wounded, he received the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 6, 1865. Holland was also promoted to captain, but the War Department refused the commission on grounds of his race. In January 1865, Holland and other members of his unit patrolled the lowlands of North Carolina where they killed or captured Confederate guerilla fighters and freed slaves in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Holland was mustered out of the army at Carolina City, North Carolina, on September 20, 1865. Ironically, his father and former owner, Bird Holland, had been killed at the battle of Mansfield in Louisiana in April 1864 while serving as a major in the Confederate Army. About a month after his discharge from the army, Holland married Virginia W. Dickey in Columbus, Ohio on October 24, 1865. Holland resumed his job as a shoemaker and according to his pension records, resided in Columbus and Albany, Ohio between October 1865 and June 1869.
In 1870, Holland’s friend, noted abolitionist and future Virginia Congressman John Mercer Langston, helped him obtain a clerkship in the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. at a salary of $1,200. Future President Rutherford B. Hayes and his former commander, General Benjamin F. Butler, both recommended him for the post. While working in the U.S. Treasury Department, Holland studied law at Howard University and graduated in 1872. He was one of the first black attorneys in the nation to be admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He later served as Chief of Division in the U.S. Auditor’s Office at a salary of $2,000 per year. There he oversaw the accounts of the War Department and the West Point Military Academy.
Holland, an active Republican politician, left the civil service in 1887 and open a law office in Washington D.C. He later became president of the Capital Savings Bank and secretary and general manager of Industrial Building and Savings Company, two black-owned financial institutions. Holland was also the founder and first president of the Alpha Life Insurance Company, which when incorporated in 1892 was one of the first black-owned insurance companies in the nation.
By 1902, Holland and his wife, Virginia, had retired to Silver Spring, Maryland, where they resided until his death at the age of 65 on May 15, 1910 from a heart attack. Hollard was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia".
“Milton Murray Holland,” General Charles H. Grosvenor Civil War Round Table,…/more-about-master-sergeant-mil…/; “Milton Murray Holland,” Texas State Historical Association,; Edwin S. Redkey, A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters from African-Americans Soldiers in the Union Army 1861-1865 (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. 1992)
Momodu, Samuel
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Added by Misty Dawn on Aug 22, 2017 5:47 AM
Natalie Woodall
Col. Francis C. Miller
Dear Russ: When you created the memorial for Col. Miller in Glenwood Cemetery, Oneida, NY, did you by any chance see a stone for his wife, Maria Louisa? I am trying to learn her maiden name and DOD. I am interested in these people because I am researching the members of the 147th Regiment. Many thanks for whatever you may be able to tell me. Best wishes, Natalie J. Woodall, PhD
Added by Natalie Woodall on Aug 20, 2017 4:08 PM
Lynda Puakea
Robert Brown Potter

Just found your wonderful photos of Robert & Abbyʻs gravestones. Robert is step grandson of sister-in-law of my 4th great-grandfather... distant but still on the tree! May I use the photo on my private family tree? I always give credit to the members who share their photos with me... thanks very much...

Lynda Puakea
Added by Lynda Puakea on Aug 17, 2017 5:10 PM
Harry Habbersett
LTC Norris L Yarnall
Russ, send me an email at and I'll send you Col. Norris' obit (which mentions his "exploits" at the Battle of Winchester). ;-)
Harry Habbersett
Added by Harry Habbersett on Aug 17, 2017 12:45 PM
Kaye St. John
Getting Contributor to Answer
How o I go about getting a Contributor (who seems not to be updating anymore) to make corrections/ changes/updates to their memorials OR transfer the memorial to me. (I am referring to Contributors who I have contacted several times and do not get a response on Memorials I have a relationship with.)
Added by Kaye St. John on Aug 16, 2017 4:51 AM
Susan Beth Mohr Engels - Historian TUMC
Cemetery Correct
I emailed Find a Grave to correct a name of a cemetery that I manage. Most grateful that you all made the correction for me. But sadly, as I look at what was inputted there is one error that was made. Some one on your staff miss spelled Cemetery. It reads as follows: Thornhurst United Methodist Cemeter can you get someone to correct the spelling? Thanks sincerely, Susan Beth Mohr Engels - Historian TUMC member (#48825244)
Added by Susan Beth Mohr Engels - ... on Aug 16, 2017 2:02 AM
New Version
I have been member for several years, and have contributed several memorials. I also have lots of information that needs to be added to existing and probably future memorials that I am entering using the existing version. The existing version permits a PC user to see all / or most of the information at one time and permits an easy editing features.

The new version must be handy for viewers using hand held or tablets, but requires continually scrolling to view all the data. To edit, it is even more complicated and cumbersome. I can see where a not genealogist with a handheld and be a casual user may use the new version, I can not see any useful time that I would use it on my PC.
I hope you will keep both versions. Thank you.
Added by ADAMSONANCESTRY on Aug 15, 2017 5:00 PM
Gaynor Caroline Jones
please is it possible to make finding a cemetery in the UK a little easier, for the USA you caN ENTER the state but not for can only use the name of the church/cemetry... I just tried to find one so as to enter a few people but was given 347 same name churches

thank you Gaynor
Added by Gaynor Caroline Jones on Aug 15, 2017 6:21 AM
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