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Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The William Letcher Grave

 
 
The William Letcher Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
1. The William Letcher Grave Marker
Inscription.  Enclosed by this fence, is the grave of William Letcher an American patriot. This is the oldest known marked grave within Patrick County. William Letcher was born about 1750, and married Elizabeth Perkins about 1778. The couple most likely settled here on the Ararat River shortly thereafter. Letcher's married life was cut tragically short for in 1780 at the height of the Revolutionary War, Letcher, a militia officer was murdered at his home by one "Nichols” a local Tory sympathizer. Lord Cornwallis was making his way through the Carolinas in 1780 on the road to disaster at Yorktown in 1781. The presence of the British Army encouraged the Tories and Letcher was an easy target isolated on the frontier as he was. Virtually all accounts of his murder indicate that the murder was politically motivated. William Letcher is traditionally thought to have been an ardent and vocal supporter of the Revolution. William and Elizabeth Letcher were the parents of one daughter, Bethenia, born March 21, 1780. Later, Bethenia married David Pannill in Pittsylvania County. This marriage produced two children, Elizabeth Letcher Pannill and William Letcher
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Pannill, both of whom were named after their maternal grandparents. Elizabeth Letcher Pannill later married Archibald Stuart and became the mother of J. E. B. Stuart. To your right, you will see a discontinuous hedge of boxwoods that oral tradition ascribes the planting of to Elizabeth Pannill Stuart. It suggests that an earlier building may have been erected on this site, which may be have been occupied by the Stuart family during the construction of Laurel Hill, and after the Stuart home was destroyed by fire. Further archaeological investigation will have to be conducted to determine if the site was, in fact, the site of the home of William and Elizabeth Letcher.
 
Erected 1999.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is March 21, 1780.
 
Location. 36° 34.059′ N, 80° 33.331′ W. Marker is in Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Letcher Lane (Virginia Route 749) and Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773), on the left when traveling west. On the grounds of the William Letcher Home Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ararat VA 24053, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Grave of William Letcher (here, next to this marker); Stuart Well (within shouting
The William Letcher Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
2. The William Letcher Grave Marker
distance of this marker); Life after William Letcher (within shouting distance of this marker); William Letcher (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dellenback Family (within shouting distance of this marker); William A. Mitchell Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Finding William Letcher's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Stuart's Boxwoods (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
The William Letcher Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
3. The William Letcher Grave Marker
The William Letcher Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 26, 2020
4. The William Letcher Grave Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 19, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2020, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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