I realized quickly, with the lack of records for my family, that I’d really have to “think outside the box”. I LOVE to interview people, and ask about "the older days" in Mecklenburg. I also study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try help preserve some of those memories people share with me. The results of my findings are posted on my blog. Feel free to sign my guestbook stating surnames you are looking for, who you're related to etc. Even if it's for neighboring counties. I added pages to my blog that I will continue to add files to. (Top left column) Pictures of churches and slide shows of whole cemeteries. I have much more records to add, little by little. And much more I want to take pictures of. Always a work in progress, a work that I truly love!

12 April 2014

Point Lookout Confederate Memorial Park (all southern states included)

I took a lot of pictures, so I thought the best way to share this was in a slide show. There is no sound. It is a standard setting, the picturing moving every 4 seconds. You can pause this. I have high resolution pictures of all of these pictures that can be zoomed in with still excellent resolution. So if you see a relative on a brick and would like a copy of a picture I took, I'd be happy to email you a copy of the picture. My first time posting this, blogger compressed it too much to read anything. So I posted this to you tube, then attached it to this post. At first I was just going to take Mecklenburg and Brunswick Virginia pictures, then I thought I'd take all the pictures, for those not close by. So all states and all names are represented in this slide show.

The first day, it was rainy and hard to see. None of the "In the Pen" pictures turned out, which are the story of a Point Lookout POW, one per state. I tried several times for each state. Some turned out the second day, March 8th. I'm sure the stories are posted somewhere else too. My goal with these pictures was to let others see what the monument looked like, what all was there, and then get all the names on the bricks to share with those looking for info about Confederate ancestors. One thing I thought was neat, is it listed survivors too. It's really a memorial about the people who were there, not just that died there. The monument for those who died, is the cemetery, just through the small band of trees. The trees were still bare, so I could see this monument through the trees, while I was at the cemetery. My next posting will be a slide show of the cemetery and ALL the names there. Run time 3:44 (at 4 seconds per slide)

30 March 2014

Point Lookout- Where the Prison and cemtery was during the war

I took these pictures on a cold, rainy, overcast (rather dark) day. There were prisoners there on cold rainy days too. Many prisoners from North Carolina and Virginia were there who could see the Virginia coast. The prison and cemetery were in the areas I took these pictures. You can see all the standing water, and why the cemetery had to be moved. Then soil erosion, loosing the coast line, and more standing water cased another move.
Here is a lithograph link to show where things used to be: http://www.mdhs.org/digitalimage/point-lookout-maryland
Now, near the tip of the land, it is barely big enough for the road. There was a lighthouse then too. Click to view the pictures full screen. So these pictures are taken where you see the circle of hospital buildings. Park service told me the first burials were right outside the hospital. These pictures were taken 7 Mar 2014.

16 March 2014

Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery

Last weekend, I went to see Point Lookout. I have a lot of Ancestors from VA and NC, who of course would have been Confederate. Many of them spent some time in Point Lookout, and close to 4,000 men didn't make it out alive. Point Lookout was the really bad notorious prison for Confederates suffering, as Andersonville was for Union. As I stood on the coast at Point Lookout, I could see Virginia, which had to be an extra torture for the inmates, so close to home, separated by a mere few miles; but it was water, and heavily guarded.

I took many pictures, of both monuments, and the area. I took pictures of all the names there, at two monuments. So this will be the subject of my next few posts. I also added a tab under pages/pictures so that after this post isn't visible, the pictures will be easily accessible.

Here is a muster roll picture showing my ancestor Alvy Dortch. He was only 17 years old in Point Lookout, already orphaned. He did make it out alive, later married, had 11 children, and raised two grandchildren. (Image downloaded from Fold3.) Click on images to view full screen.
Alvy Dortch muster roll-Point Lookout prisoner
I was surprised that there were no tombstones for the cemetery. I was told by the Park Service that the cemetery had to be moved twice, because of water and loosing land to erosion. The first place prisoners were buried was right outside the hospital. Which was by the hospital, right near the lighthouse. I was there after rain, and there was standing water every where. Over 300 yards of coast have eroded from storms since the war. The Park Service said this monument was only one of two paid for by the Federal Government, for the Confederacy. All other Confederate Cemeteries, markers etc have been privately funded, which I did know. So it was interesting that Point Lookout was paid for by US "Northern" money, and am curious now what the other place is. Here is the monument which is actually also the cemetery, a mass grave:
Point Lookout Confederate Cemetery

At the base of the monument, all the names and unit are inscribed. Here is an example.  Fletcher Floyd and Elizabeth Mathis had several sons join the confederacy. They lived awhile in Brunswick, VA, then Warren, NC. Wyatt Floyd died at the Spotsylvania courthouse battle and I have his tombstone picture. His daughter Mattie Floyd married Charles Gray. Fletcher Floyd had another son Charles Floyd who died at Point Lookout. Here is his name on the monument: 
Charles Floyd Point Lookout
I found another person I believe to be related on another side of my family. WLStowe. Here is his name on the wall, and the notation on his muster roll showing he died at Point Lookout. Next week I will post about the privately funded memorial close by, with the pictures I took of it.
WL Stowe Point Lookout