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Near Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Peake Family Cemetery

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 29, 2019
1. Peake Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Rumored to have been a slave cemetery, this burial ground is the final resting place of several white and black residents of Gum Springs.

In 1762, Humphrey Peake inherited three slaves — Caesar, Ben and Allee; a mare named Flower, five leather chairs, a silk rug, and 150 acres on Little Hunting Creek from the estate of his father William Peake. The elder Peake and Augustine Washington, George Washington's father, were fellow Truro Parish vestrymen. Humphrey Peake continued his family's long friendship with their Mt. Vernon neighbors until his death. Peake was buried on this site in 1785 followed by his son William in 1793, his niece Kitty Adams in 1797, and his wife Mary Stonestreet Peake in 1805.

Two of the gravesites here belong to heirs of West Ford, who as a child was a slave at Mt. Vernon. Granted his freedom in 1805, Ford received 160 acres of marshland upon the death of Bushrod Washington, the General's nephew, in 1829. Four years later, West Ford sold his property to purchase another 214 acres at Gum Springs. By 1880, 12 families of freed blacks and Ford descendants inhabited the community. Two of these,
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 29, 2019
2. Peake Family Cemetery
William Dandridge Smith, a farmer, and his wife Annie, a schoolteacher, owned a six-room house and a 14-acre lot. Together they may have earned an annual income of $600. Dandridge Smith was buried in this cemetery in 1906. Annie Smith was laid to rest near her husband in 1907.

The three remaining headstones belong to Elizabeth Clements, Edith Anderson and Emily Alexander who were interred in the Peake Family Cemetery between 1825 and 1884. Their kinship to the Ford family is unkown.
 
Erected by Fairfax County Park Authority, Division of Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 38° 44.224′ N, 77° 5.04′ W. Marker is near Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Jackies Lane east of Brosar Court when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3192 Jackies Lane, Alexandria VA 22306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. US Route 1 Wall of Aviation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bethlehem Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Woodlawn Methodist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gum Springs (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hybla Valley Airport (approx. 0.9 miles away); Original Mount Vernon High School (approx. one mile away); Park and Parkway (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Washington-Rochambeau Route to Victory (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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