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Brownsville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Rothwell Family ... / Elisha Wm. Robertson ...

Rothwell Family Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
1. Rothwell Family Face of Marker
The Rothwell Family of Albemarle County Virginia.
Claiborne one of the first of the Rothwells to live in this county, was born about 1741 as reported in The Virginia Advocate, Saturday Oct. 11, 1828 and “died on Oct. 6 in his 87th year... He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, a good neighbor and a humane master ... a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.” He was buried in the family cemetery, remains of which may be seen near the home of Wm. D. Ballard, Killdeer Farm, near Crozet. The Rothwell property of 238 acres was bought from Philip & Elizabeth Arnent in 1799. The Rothwell home stood on a slope in the edge of a wooded section very close to the family cemetery; only the chimney remains following a destructive fire in the early 1900’s. Before moving to this part of the county about 1800, Claiborne had lived on his 390 acre place on the west side of the Southwest Mountains, NE of Charlottesville near the home of Col. Nelson. He had bought the place from Josiah and Mary Wood in 1787; the bounding neighbors
Elisha Wm. Robertson Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
2. Elisha Wm. Robertson Side of Marker
were Wm. Sandridge, decd., Gideon Carr, decd., Nicholas Cain, John Robertson, and Cornelius Carver.

Elisha Wm. Robertson, 1850–1894: His Forebears and Descendants.
E. W. Robertson led the Piedmont Nurseries from his farm home just opposite this spot for almost all of his adult life, cut short after an injury incurred in breaking a young horse. He was born, died, and was buried on the 230 acre place extending from present-day Hillsboro Baptist Church toward Brownsville. He and his wife, formerly Alberta Bertrand Rothwell, had eight children: Willie Anderson who left home to make a successful life in Gainesville, TX where he married Annie Long; Rev. Cosby Minor 2nd, a Baptist minister, whose wife was the former Rosebud Johnson of Louisa; Louis Temple who married Mr. Jack Apperson ... their three children lost both parents In the early 1920's; Rev. Elisha Warren, also a minister ordained at Hillsboro as was his older brother... married Mabel Wiley, daughter of a former minister at Hillsboro; Josephine L. and Annis Pickling both died young; Archie Frank served in WW I, became
The Rothwell Family Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
3. The Rothwell Family Side of Marker
a public school administer and had three children; Judson Hall, Ph.D. in Chemistry, UVA 1920, was survived by five children. He died in 1962 on the eve of his retirement as Professor of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Location. 38° 3′ N, 78° 42.517′ W. Marker is in Brownsville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Rockfish Gap Turnpike (U.S. 250) west of Crozet Avenue / Miller School Road (Virginia Route 240), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Hillsboro Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Crozet VA 22932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crozet (approx. 1.4 miles away); Miller School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Jackson’s Valley Campaign (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mirador (approx. 3.6 miles away); Staunton and James River Turnpike (approx. 3.9 miles away); VDOT Workers’ Memorial
Elisha Wm. Robertson Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
4. Elisha Wm. Robertson Side of Marker
(approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Mirador (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Valley Campaign (approx. 5.7 miles away).
Additional comments.
1. Rothwell farm (Killdeer)
The farm that was described is now part of a new housing development. The cemetery will be between two townhouses, but the developer has pledged to rebuild the stone wall around the cemetery, and maintain it. I have been in Charlottesville since about 1996, and have been working in the cemetery since then during the summers. When I first went to it, it was nearly impossible to enter the cemetery, as it was totally overgrown and most of the markers were knocked down. It is now cleared, and the markers raised when possible. There are a number of field stone marked graves, and I believe Clairborne and Judy are buried under them, as there is no marker for them.

If you happen to watch the movie Evan Almighty, the ark was built on the
A Rothwell Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
5. A Rothwell Gravestone
“Paul E., Dec. 7, 1859 – July 4, 1930. Josephine W. Mar 12, 1859 - (illegible). We will meet again.”
property across Lickinghole creek, and on top of a hill on the property. I have not seen the film, but if they show a housing tract in the background (not the houses NEXT to the ark) that is where the cemetery is. The chimney mentioned earlier is still there as of June 2007, with a large tree growing adjacent to it. Since I was not aware this was the original house, I did not do any digging around the chimney. The road to another part of the development passes close by, so some of the house grounds may have been disturbed. There is/was a road named Rothwell lane that originally led to the farm gate, but I am not sure if it will survive the development. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted January 29, 2008, by Kenneth Rothwell of Charlottesville, Virginia.

2. Greetings from Rothwell (from Claiborne) in Tenn
I just chanced and searched for Albemarle County to see how many Rothwell's perhaps were listed and ran across the pic of this
The Rothwell Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, September 19, 2009
6. The Rothwell Family Cemetery
The Rothwell Family Cemetery, now surrounded by townhouses in the planned community of Old Trail, in Crozet.
    — Submitted July 1, 2016.

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