Brookneal in Campbell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Henry Family Graveyard
The other double box tomb marks the graves of John and Elvira McClelland Henry, Patrick Henry's youngest son and his wife. He and Elvira married in 1826 and lived here all their natural lives.
Alexander Spotswood Henry, Henry's sixth son, died in 1854 in Charlotte County. In 1975, Mabel Bellwood, the first caretaker and curator of Red Hill, discovered a mention of the location of Alexander's burial in a Patrick Henry biography and marked the grave.
Laura Henry Carter was the daughter of John and Elvira Henry, and it was after her death and marking of her grave that John marked the graves of his father and mother. It was not unusual in the 18th and 19th centuries in family or rural plots to leave graves unmarked.
In 1997. three unmarked graves were located during an archeological investigation. There were several members of the Henry family who died at Red Hill, including Jane Robertson, Patrick Henry's youngest child, who died in 1798, aged four days, but no sign of her grave was found.
Graveyard landscaping, completed in 1998, was funded by the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust, under the direction of Perry Wheelock.
Erected by Red Hill, Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 1799.
Location. 37° 1.958′ N, 78° 53.878′ W. Marker is in Brookneal, Virginia, in Campbell County. Marker is on Red Hill Road (County Route 677) one mile south of Staunton Hill Road (County Route 619). Marker is about 500 feet from the visitor center. Walk 500 feet south from the Visitor Center to Patrick Henry's house and then 300 feet east to the cemetery. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Last Law Office of Patrick Henry (within shouting distance of this marker); Osage Orange Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Patrick Henry House (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Red Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quarter Place Trailhead (about 400 feet away); Red Hill Plantation (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookneal.
Also see . . .
1. Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial. The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation (Submitted on January 15, 2019.)
2. Red Hill Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation. (Submitted on January 16, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 14, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.