Sunday, April 8, 2012

Civil War Mystery Veteran

Greetings Cosmic Americans!

I was taking a walk yesterday in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, as I am wont to do, and I stumbled across this grave - one that I had never seen before. The person buried here, F. A. Whitehead, is clearly a veteran of Civil War United States Navy. The usual Internet searches yielded very little information...but now I have to know. Seeing that this is a veteran that somehow found his way to Los Angeles after the war, it might be worthwhile to find out who he was and exactly what he was up to.

If you know anything about this sailor fellow...please fill me in.




  1. According to the 1920 census, there is a "Capt. Frederick Whitehead" listed as living in Los Angeles, with his wife, Mary A. Age of both match... generally. Both were born in New York; resided on Carlson (?) Way.

  2. Check-out your FB page, Keith... I'm positive I found this fellow... died 2/24/1921, Hollywood, CA.

  3. Thanks very much to the both of you. You have discovered exactly what I was looking for. Now that I am doing a project on vets who moved west, I am going to start poking around here in Hollywood and see if he turns up in the historical records. Since he was involved with citrus in Florida, it makes sense that he would be up to similar things here. Before the movie business really took off, much of Hollywood was a giant lemon and orange grove. I'll keep you posted with any updates. Thanks again!!!

  4. "Before the movie business really took off, much of Hollywood was a giant lemon and orange grove."

    Hollywood still does produce some real "lemons" and one notable lemon was "Gods & Generals"... Here is hoping Speilberg's Lincoln is much better...