Find A Grave is a volunteer website that yields no reward other than the satisfaction it brings to each contributor for their own personal reasons. With that, this is just a hobby for me and I will tolerate no rude, condescending emails disguised as corrections; such as the one I received in April regarding my apparent lack of gratitude over information and numerous other character flaws from another contributor whose ire and contempt for me is blatantly obvious.
My only goal here was to document as many graves as I could before time does her work. Especially in Oakwood Cemetery because she is 200 years old, 140 acres in size and has several other cemeteries, such as Eternal Rest (Jewish) and Saint Margaret's (Catholic) which legally speaking are separate cemeteries owned by Temple Beth Or and Saint Peter's Catholic Church within her boundaries but whose grounds and interments are handled by the Sexton of Oakwood, Phillip Taunton.
Her records were lost in a court house fire and a walking survey done in the early 1900's to at least provide some record of burial and locations. Those whose graves are not marked far outnumber those that are. Montgomery saw several yellow fever epidemics and there are several mass graves located under her sod. Oakwood also has several pauper sections with unmarked graves and some sections such as Square Eleven in Scott's Free Ground [old division] and the V Plat [new division] have a lot of burials and few markers.
For more than ten years I have documented 34 thousand plus graves with only a smattering of appreciation or words of encouragement from anyone but unlike others I need no kudos here. That I have given starting points, provided proof of a loved ones burial for so many others is enough.
If there is something you want added or changed, please be specific with your request and please pay attention to your wording. There are errors in my submissions because I am not perfect. Again this is a volunteer effort and there is no need to send a condescending, confrontational correction to me or anyone else. A simple will you double check this information will suffice. Sometimes though no matter how hard we try someone is bound to find fault. Just keep in mind what you send to me will be returned in kind.
All contributors have twenty-one days to accept or decline edits and thirty days to respond to emailed corrections. Please do not send multiple emails regarding the same memorial. All will be handled in the time frame allotted.
To those of you who have transferred memorials to my management that were out of guidelines, such as my son's biological grandparents [Nancy R.] , I appreciate you more than you know. Please do not use any of my photos without consent anywhere. I have driven a long way and put many miles on both feet and vehicles to document graves.
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