Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace

Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace
This house and property belonged to John Ward, Jr At his death he willed the property to his nephew William Ward

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 2010 Grave Matters

 The above picture is
the view from the Ward Cemetery in Brights, Virginia.  It's really a lovely spot, but developers are surrounding the area now and all the land is broken up in lots for new homes.  The development has slowed down due to the economy.  I heard a story about when this development first started which may be a little lesson for all us to learn.  Everyone knew about the cemetery and that Robert Adams was buried here with his marker for the revolutionary war.  One of the relatives went up to visit the cemetery and just caught the developers in time before they disturbed the graves.  It was stopped immediately.  So don't think that just because the law of the land says that graves should not be disturbed is obeyed.  If you know about a family cemetery in the middle of nowhere, it would be wise to have someone check on it every once and while to keep it safe.
Gravestone of Anna H. B. Smith  Born December 28, 1803  Died  November 4, 1823
 This is a picture of an unmarked gravestone between the grave of John Ward and William Ward.  I believe this to be the grave of Tabitha Walden Ward.  She was the wife of John Ward and mother of William Ward.  I cannot find a marked grave for her anywhere.  This would be the logical place for her.
 Grave Marker for James T. Johnson Born July 21, 1841 Died April 29, 1919
 Grave Marker for Mary E. wife of J. T. Johnson  Born December 19, 1844 Died  March 4, 1917
Grave Marker for Norman Johnson son of J. T. Johnson Born February 23, 1874 Died January 8, 1902

All the above markers were found at the Ward Cemetery in Brights, Virginia.

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An intimate history of the American Revolution in Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Abstracts of Pittsylvania County Virginia Wills 1767-1820
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Deed Books 1,2,&3, 1765-1774

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