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Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery

 
 
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By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
1. The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery Marker
Inscription. The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery is located on this ridge top overlooking the Occoquan Bay. The Lees established the cemetery with the death of Henry Lee II on August 15, 1787. His wife Lucy Lee, the only other member of the Lee family to be buried here, died shortly after in 1792. The Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser noted Lee’s passing with an obituary: “Died on the 15th Instant, at the seat of Mr. Richard Bland Lee in Loudon County (sully Plantation), Hon. Henry Lee, Senator for the District of Fairfax and Prince William, in the fifty-eighth year of his age, thirty of which have been assiduously devoted to the service of his Country.”

Captain Henry Fairfax, who purchased the plantation from the Lees in 1825, and his third wife Elizabeth are buried in the enclosed portion of the cemetery. Captain Fairfax passed away on the sixth of October in 1847. Elizabeth died a month later in the same year.

The Lee family stones have long since disappeared. They were replaced with a bronze plaque donated by the Society of the Lees. The Fairfax headstones were relocated in 1969 to Union Cemetery in Leesburg, alongside the tomb of their son John Walter Fairfax. Their remains still rest within the enclosed cemetery.
 
Erected by Leesylvania State Park.
 
Location.
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By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
2. The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery and Marker
38° 35.619′ N, 77° 15.391′ W. Marker is in Leesylvania State Park, Virginia, in Prince William County. Touch for map. Marker is along an historical hiking trail within Leesylvania State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lee Family Cemetery (here, next to this marker); A Railroad Runs Through It (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Wheel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pollution Solution (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Freestone Point Hunt Club (approx. half a mile away); Annoying the Enemy (approx. half a mile away); Swimming in Bounty (approx. half a mile away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesylvania State Park.
 
More about this marker. Above the picture of the Fairfax gravestones is displayed their inscription.

Elizabeth Fairfax                                 Henry Fairfax Snr.
Wife of Henry Fairfax, Sr.                      died Oct. 6th 1847 in the
Died Nov. 6th, 1847 in the                    74th year of his age. Son of
54th year of her age                                    Jonathan Fairfax 
            Daughter of                                  and Sarah his wife was born 
  Thomas Lindsay and
The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
3. The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery
Martha               on the 29th of September 1774
his wife was born March                                                               
15th 1792                                                                 

 
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The Fairfax Gravestones image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
4. The Fairfax Gravestones
when they were still located on this site in Leesylvania.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,339 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 9, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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