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Stratford in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Slave Cemetery

In Memoriam

 
 
Slave Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
1. Slave Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This monument was erected by the Board of Directors of Stratford Hall in 1953. The reference to “those negroes who served Stratford so faithfully” reflects the attitude of the time shown by upper and middle class whites to former slaves and their descendants.

The cemetery is the final resting place for many African Americans, including members of the Payne family, whose association with Stratford Hall dates back to the early 19th century and possibly to the period when Stratford was owned by the Lees. Wesley Payne (1875 – 1954), who continued to work at Stratford Hall after its acquisition by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation in 1929, provided names of some family members interred here:

Walter Payne (uncle)*
Hannah Jackson Payne (mother), c. 12845 – 1886
Ardrick [Theodorick] Payne (brother), 1879 – 1883
Lal [Lawrence] Payne (brother), 1879 – 1883
Wesley Payne (great-grandfather)
Ardrick [Theodorick] Payne (great-uncle)
William Payne (great-uncle)
Walter Payne (great-uncle)
Hannah Payne (infant sister) 1886 – 1886

*Parentheses indicate each family memberís relationship to Wesley Payne.
 
Location. 38° 9.094′ N, 76° 50.07′ W. Marker is in Stratford
William Wesley Payne (1875 - 1954) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
2. William Wesley Payne (1875 - 1954)
son of William "Bill" and Hannah Jackson Payne, spent all but four years of his life at Stratford Hall. he is buried in the cemetery at Shiloh Baptist Church near Stratford Hall's entrance gate.
, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Great House Road 0.7 miles north of Stratford Hall Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of Stratford Hall Plantation, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. This historic site is open to the public, for a fee. Marker is in this post office area: Stratford VA 22558, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oval Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clifts Plantation Burial Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away); Clifts Plantation Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Controlling the Water Supply to the Mill (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Stratford Mill (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Stratford Cliffs (approx. 0.8 miles away); To Keep in Perpetual Remembrance the Name of Thomas Lee (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stratford Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stratford.
 
More about this marker. Stratford Hall is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee.
 
Also see . . .  Stratford Hall. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..)
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
An Older Slave Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
3. An Older Slave Cemetery Marker
This marks the area where are buried those negroes who served Stratford so faithfully on this plantation

The old marker sits a few paces behind the newer marker.
Slave Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
4. Slave Cemetery Marker
A Private residence to the Left of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
5. A Private residence to the Left of the Marker
Entrance to Stratford Hall and Shiloh Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
6. Entrance to Stratford Hall and Shiloh Baptist Church
Stratford Hall image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 2, 2010
7. Stratford Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 809 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 15, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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