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VATraveler (#48002292)
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Bio Photo Recently, I became interested in my family lineage and have been striving to fill in the blanks. Someone pointed me to to find where a distant relative was buried. I submitted a request and within a couple of days, I had a photo of the marker that showed me that the relative was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in WWII. With this information, I was able to determine where he served and other information about him.

Since a FindaGrave contributor made the effort to acquire the photo that provided me with so much information, I felt that I needed to pay it forward in order to help others in their searches.

Hopefully, my efforts will help others who will volunteer and the Find a Grave community will grow.
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Record Keeper
RE: Aramita Custer - Western State Hospital
Thank you for your message. Aramita's parents, George & Harriett, died before 1900 and I do not know where they are buried. Some of her brothers have death certificates but burial only states 'Botetourt Co.'.
I hope this information is helpful.
Added by Record Keeper on Jul 12, 2017 4:32 AM
nancy baker
Western State Hospital
Hello, my name is Nancy Baker and I have searched for my great grandmother for 30 years or so and still have very little information about her. I think she was at Western State Hospital at one time and may have died there..but, I see no mention of her name along with the people buried in that cemetery. I 'think' her name was Annie Landries/Landreth who had been married to Augustus Freeman. He died at the Battle of Cold Harbor on June 4, 1864. I believe he left two small daughters, most likely Mary Augustus Freeman who married Richard Curd and possibly another by the name of Nora. Of course, I'm not asking you to do any research for me, but wondering if you would know of any other place (or places)close by that she may have been buried in? I've searched many cemeteries, but have not found her...ugh!!! She's one of my nightmare ancestors that I'm just stuck on.
Any kind of information will be much appreciated from you or anyone reading this.
Thanks for your work!!!
Nancy Baker
Added by nancy baker on Jun 25, 2017 2:03 PM
Taylor Shreve
Western State Hospital Cemetery, Staunton Va
Do you know how the plot system works in the Old Western State Hospital? I have a grandmother buried there in plot 21 #53.
Added by Taylor Shreve on Jun 11, 2017 5:42 PM
Suzanne Sanford
Old Link Cemetery
Can anyone provide directions to this cemetery?
Added by Suzanne Sanford on May 21, 2017 8:40 PM
Stephen D Echard Musgrave
mary Lessley
Mary Margaret Crawford Lessley

Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917 No Image

Name: May Lesley
[May Crawford]
Birth Date: abt 1797
Birth Place: Augusta County, Virginia
Death Date: 25 Mar 1892
Death Place: Buff Gap, Augusta, Virginia
Death Age: 95
Occupation: Farmer
Race: White
Marital Status: Widowed
Gender: Female
Father Name: Alex Crawford
Mother Name: May Crawford
Spouse Name: Jas. Lesley (James Samuel Lesley)
FHL Film Number: 2056974

Daughter of Alexander Crawford III
and Rachel Lessley
Added by Stephen D Echard Musgrave on Apr 26, 2017 10:25 AM
Sue Hale Sheppard
William Blankenship #42272769
Thank you for accepting the edit for the memorial of William Blankenship #42272769

I would be pleased if you would go to my Bio and visit my parents' memorials by clicking on their links.
Added by Sue Hale Sheppard on Oct 25, 2016 6:55 PM
Arley Meadows
Justice "Wiley," Memorial #42274811
I have received the commitment papers for this individual and it is evident that he was Justus Willey, son of Eber Willey and Rebecca Maddy in Monroe County, Virginia (now West Virginia). He served with an infantry unit from Tennessee in the Mexican War and I am considering requesting a veteran's tombstone (federal government supplies these for free). But the cemetery operators must agree. Based on what you have told me the cemetery was turned over to a private developer by the city of Staunton (?). From what you know do you think they would cooperate in erecting a tombstone?

Arley Meadows
Added by Arley Meadows on Jul 16, 2016 3:57 PM
Suzannah McCuen
Western State Hospital Register
Please advise as to how you obtained permission to photograph/scan the hospital register and to publicize it on Find A Grave.
Added by Suzannah McCuen on Jun 18, 2016 8:18 AM
Arley Meadows
Memorial #42274811; Justice Wiley
You mention on Find A Grave that we should "Contact for JPG image of register page." Can you supply me with the image for this memorial?
Thank you for all that you do!
Arley Meadows
Added by Arley Meadows on May 31, 2016 4:41 PM
Robert Steen
Mary L Daniel birth year

I just submitted an edit for Mary's birth year. The birth year calculated by Western State is way off (1814). She was the first wife of my wife's great grandfather. I have a marriage record that shows she married in 1884 and proceeded to have three children. If the Western records were correct, that would have made her 70 years old when she married my wife's great grandfather. I have an 1870 census that shows she was born in 1864 which is a much more reasonable date.

Added by Robert Steen on May 29, 2016 6:19 AM
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