A Family Memorial
Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Joseph Burwell Ficklen purchased Belmont in 1824, just as he began making his mark as a mill operator in Falmouth. He did not marry until 1843, at age 43. Ellen McGehee Ficklen died in 1845. Her grieving husband buried her here along with their infant daughter, Ella, who had died a year before her mother. Ficklen married Anne Eliza Fitzhugh in 1847, and they had six children. J.B. Ficklen, wife Anne Eliza Ficklen, and several of their children are buried in the Fredericksburg City Cemetery. In 1916, Ficklen's daughter-in-law, Julibelle Stansbury Ficklen, sold Belmont to Gari and Corinne Melchers.
Joseph Ficklen purchased a stately tombstone for his first wife. Made from marble, the table-top style grave marker had fluted corners and solid sides. Ella's grave is a bed style marker, with a head and foot board. The rose symbolizes heavenly love, while a broken bud signifies a life cut short before it had a chance to bloom.
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
Location. 38° 19.499′ N,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome To Our Trails (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Supply Methods (within shouting distance of this marker); A Working Farm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne (about 400 feet away); Caretaker Cottage (about 400 feet away); Gari Melchers Home and Studio (about 700 feet away); Capt. John Smith (about 800 feet away); Transportation and Settlement (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falmouth.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.