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Memory Keeper2 (#47434953)
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Bio Photo My mother had done family history research years before it was available on computers. I started out as the data entry person for all the information she had collected. I continue to search and research family lines.

Coming from a family of veterans who served in the military, I try to include memorial pages for veteran's who do not have pages and I try to include additional information for those veterans who have pages.

I have great appreciation for the volunteers on Find A Grave who create memorial pages for veterans and who photograph memorial stones of people they do not know who are buried in military and civilian cemeteries.

You are welcome to use photos of memorial stones at any time and anywhere you wish. Please ask to use photos of people before you do.
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PA Indpt Battery B
Capt. Sam McDowell (2988234)
Hi MK2,

Thanks for your reply! You've done a great job honoring the Captain; I don't see any need to xfer the listing, unless you want to.

You mentioned a plaque at Chickamauga -- Their battery saw heavy fighting in that engagement, and ended up losing most of their cannon on the second day (9/20), as well as, their first captain (AJ Stevens, KIA) -- prob. up on that hill where you saw the marker; to my knowledge, Stevens was never recovered from the battlefield.

Again, thanks for helping solve part of the puzzle!
PS. Had the opportunity to be at Chicka. for the 150th commemoration in 2013.
Added by PA Indpt Battery B on Aug 03, 2015 1:43 PM
PA Indpt Battery B
CW Capt. Samuel M. McDowell
Greetings! I just wanted to thank you for posting the wonderful, detailed listing for Capt. Samuel McLanahan McDowell ( I have actually been trying to find his gravesite for a couple years now, and am currently near Marietta, GA, at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park, where he was KIA. They have no record of him at the Marietta Nat'l Cemetery.

It is odd that he was re-interred at Chattanooga, although, perhaps with the monument to the battery being located there, it was thought at the time a better (closer) place for people visting to pay their respects (?) Sadly, Independent Battery "B" lost its first commander -- Alanson Joshua Steven (nephew of Congressman Thaddeus Stevens) on the second day of the Chickamauga battle (9/20/1863).

The date on McDowell's stone, IS, unfortunately, incorrect; the captain died just before the infantry attack on Confed. fortifications the morning of June 27 (this is documented in several books); the batteries commenced bombardment just prior, and probably drew enemy fire in the process.

My 3rd GGF was a member of the battery, and I've been trying to assemble as much detail on their unit as possible. If you are one, look for my public 'tree' dedicated to members of the unit, and for Samuel McDowell's page -- I also maintain a page for the battery at Wikipedia, and will post a memorial for the captains (both Stevens & McDowell) on

Added by PA Indpt Battery B on May 29, 2015 5:02 AM
Elizabeth Beyus
RE: Ward Walker
No, I am not. I have already submitted the merge request to Find A Grave. If you are family, then I will turn the listing back to you. I am currently updating a book about cemetery inscriptions that was published in 1986 about Pleasant Hill & Oak Dale Cemeteries. It was published by Wellfleet Historical Society and Rich Family Association, the second of which I am a member and the editor for their quarterly publication. While doing the updated publication, I am also including listings on Find-A-Grave for folks who aren't listed. I have walked the 2 cemeteries for 3 days, and will have to do more. Back to Wellfleet in September.
Added by Elizabeth Beyus on May 26, 2015 1:59 PM
RE: memorial # 55852545
They are not duplicates....if they were at the same location yes...but he's got memorials at Arlington, Riverside and they are not duplicates and should not be combined.
Added by ShaneO on Apr 06, 2015 7:50 PM
James Grant Mayhair Sr.
RE: William Herbert Mayhair
James Franklin Mayhair is my cousin, my father was J,D. Mayhair the uncle to Williams (Bill) Mayhair and James Franklin Mayhair. I would love to hear any stories your husband would have of my cousin or any photos. This is great!
Added by James Grant Mayhair Sr. on Nov 17, 2014 10:56 PM
RE: Ervin Baumann
You're very welcome-it was my honor. Yes, we got this, our first snow, earlier in the week. It was supposed to be more but we lucked out-not over the boots yet so good to go graving. I always check for a spouse and/or children behind or next to the soldier's headstone and have already linked them as spouses.
Added by Lleeah on Nov 13, 2014 6:58 PM
RE: Thank you!
Although I'm only a distant relative of Lt. Malcolm Hutchinson, I would be glad to manage both memorials if necessary. Since the markers are in two different cemeteries, perhaps it makes sense to keep both memorials with cross references and the same bio info in each one?

Added by Peg on Nov 12, 2014 6:25 AM
Thank you!
Thank you very much for the information on the dual memorials for Malcolm Hutchinson, information I've added to the memorial for him that I manage. Hope we can keep both memorials--since he was in a military plane lost in action. Thanks again.
Added by Peg on Nov 11, 2014 7:31 PM
Joey Hansted
Doyle Hansted
Thank you so much for including the story of Doyle's service. I've submitted edits that link him with his parents, Percy & Agnes Hansted, who are also in Highland Home Cemetery. Doyle is my husband's uncle and is still spoken of fondly by his surviving brother and sisters.

Thank you,
Joey Hansted
Added by Joey Hansted on Sep 26, 2014 6:57 PM
RE: Joseph Freeman
Your very welcome, glad I could help.

Added by Hoby on Sep 22, 2014 2:16 PM
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