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BigFrench (#46554304)
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Bio Photo *Honorary member Major General John Bankhead Magruder Chapter #258 Military Order of Stars & Bars (M.O.S.B)*
*Honorary member Matthew Fountaine Maury Camp 1722 Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.)*
*Honorary member Rev. Beverly Tucker Lacy Camp 2141 Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans (S.C.V.)*

As a lifetime history buff, and having lived near some old cemeteries, it is only "natural" that the two are now combined.
I've catalogued all the Confederate fallen in the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va. I will soon publish a roster/book with these findings and short bios/service records of these men. A copy will be presented to the Spotsylvania Courthouse Museum.
Also, I'm in the process of doing the same for the Confederate fallen and veterans in the Fredericksburg Confederate and City cemeteries.

As Historian of the above cemeteries, please feel free to inquire of any Confederate burials.
Also, I give tours of each.

The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Park Service refers Confederate burial inquiries to me.

Some of the info I've posted is (c)Historical Data Systems, Inc. and some from the National Archives.

Please include source(s) for ALL edits. Too many times incorrect edits have been submitted, so I rarely accept non-email edits. THANKS for understanding--
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Sharon Fortner Wright
Thomas Wellford
Thanks for the bio information on Thomas Wellford. I am not related to the family but I do like hanging out in cemeteries. They are really peaceful and full of great artwork. I'm working to preserve our history for our children and grandchildren. I am especially interested in defending the good name of our confederate soldiers who seem to be demonized by all these days.
Added by Sharon Fortner Wright on May 22, 2017 3:22 PM
Todd Whitesides
Benjamin Franklin Barlow
Thanks for the additional information. It's been added to his memorial as requested.
Added by Todd Whitesides on May 18, 2017 11:08 AM
Edwin Ridout
RE: William Dickinson
So he is the same solder!
Accordingly I have deleted the memorial I created yesterday as Pvt William Dickinson, and posted the gravestone photo to the existing memorial. Lots of interesting stuff you have posted there!
Thanks so much.
Added by Edwin Ridout on May 10, 2017 6:54 PM
Barry Michie
RE: Sgt Stephen W Dampier

Thanks for the message of enquiry. I have no records for the exact date and place of birth for Stephen Dampier other than what I can deduce from census records in which he appears with his natal family:

1850: Mississippi, Simpson County ( image# 71) age 5

1860: Mississippi, Simpson County, Beat 3 ( image# 26) age 16.

Stephen's father, James Monroe Dampier) migrated from Georgia before 1840; he is in Simpson County in the 1840 census. Stephen's grandfather, Stephen Dampier (1787-1832) was from Georgia and also wound up in Simpson Co., Mississipp. James Monroe Dampier probably married Stephen's mother, Berilla Walker, in Mississipi as that is her birth place. ERGO Stephen was born in Mississippi as his parents were there during the years bracketing his birth.

In addition there are some additional references about Stephen other than those you can pull up on the web, eg. military records and accounts of his death at Bloody Angle.
1. Dampier, James D., "Dampiers in the Civil War",privately published: Jefferson City, TN, 1999
Jim was an excellent and meticulous Dampier researcher who laid the ground work for a lot of us. He unfortunately passed away in 2014.
2. In Jim Dampier's publication he references a newspaper article I have not seen nor been able to find on the web: The Daily Clarion, Meridian, Ms, August 5, 1864.

Stephen W. Dampier was a far distant cousin of mine on a collateral line. My mother was Dampier and was descended from Daniel Dampier (1757-1847) and Betsy Scruggs (b. ? - 1825) as was Stephen Dampier so these two are our common ancestor.

Unfortunately the burial info for Dampier ancestors up the line is not known (or as yet undiscovered). Said Daniel Dampier was a Rev. War veteran about whom the above Jim Dampier discovered documents that he joined the Kings Rifles after the fall of Savannah!

Hope this helps.

Best, Barry Michie
Added by Barry Michie on May 04, 2017 12:13 PM
Carmen Gardiner
RE: William H. McDonald

I'm only going by what his pension papers said when my great great grandfather was applying for William's daughter Flora Elizabeth. I'll dig them out and verify!

Thank you! I do want to be as accurate as possible.

Carmen B. Gardiner
Added by Carmen Gardiner on May 04, 2017 11:29 AM
Kathy Lindner
No, sorry, I didn't know her. I photographed the entire cemetery.

Added by Byron on May 04, 2017 11:12 AM
The Turkey Pen Story
I am the grandchild of some Stafford County locals who used to own a restaurant that you may have gone to. Anyhow, they told me that one day, at you're grandmother's house it began to thunderstorm. Outside there was a turkey pen and when you went to look out the window lighting struck and all the turkeys dropped. Are you the same person as in the story.
Added by Dolores on May 01, 2017 9:51 AM
H. C. Ouzts
RE: James Walter Hill info
Toy aur welcome. Thnaks for your work.
Added by H. C. Ouzts on Apr 30, 2017 7:19 AM
J. Antal
RE: Arthur Britt Bryde photos
You're welcome!

John A.
Added by J. Antal on Apr 29, 2017 10:01 PM
Sandra Pearson
Charles Landon Hall
Thanks for adding the Newspaper article on Charles,enjoyed reading the information, you have on his Find A Grave!Thank-you for your hard work,on the Find-A-Graves-so other's can learn more about their relatives!
Sandra Pearson
Added by Sandra Pearson on Apr 29, 2017 7:38 AM
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