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Near Ararat in Patrick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Stuart Graveyard

 
 
The Stuart Graveyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
1. The Stuart Graveyard Marker
Inscription. This small graveyard has presented a historical mystery. In 1855, Archibald Stuart, the father of General Stuart passed away and was buried in the graveyard before you. In July 1859, his wife, Elizabeth Pannill Stuart sold the property and in so doing, she reserved two small graveyards from the sale. The text of the deed reads: "one in which Wm. Letcher and others are buried, another where A. Stuart is buried." In 1952 Archibald Stuart's remains were exhumed and reinterred next to the grave of his wife in Saltville, Virginia. According to oral tradition there is evidence that two of the Stuart children, Virginia (1835-1842), and an unnamed infant son were buried here and that their graves were enclosed by a brick wall. However, based solely on the text of the 1859 deed it is possible that the deceased Stuart children are the "others" to whom Elizabeth Stuart referred when describing the Letcher graveyard. While it may be reasoned that Elizabeth Stuart would have interred her husband alongside his children, it must be remembered that none of William Letcher's descendants appear to have lived on the property after his death in 1780 until the arrival of the Stuarts in the mid 1820s. This would seem to limit the possibilities of who might be buried in the "other" graves at the Letcher site. Thus, until further conclusive evidence is made
Archibald Stuart image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
2. Archibald Stuart
available to solve this mystery, this cemetery is respectfully dedicated to the memory or the Stuart family.

This sign is a gift of
James & Tamara Epperson
In Memory of William Forester & Hattie K. Epperson and
Rev. David E. & Valley S. Hill

 
Erected 1999 by J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc.
 
Location. 36° 33.8′ N, 80° 33.2′ W. Marker is near Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached from Ararat Highway (Virginia Route 773). Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Jeb Stuart Birthplace (Laurel Hill). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1091 Ararat Hwy, Ararat VA 24053, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stuart Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The "Lee" Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Stuart the Raider" (about 400 feet away); "Stuart the Scout" (about 400 feet away); "Stuart the Commander" (about 400 feet away); "Stuart the Leader" (about 400 feet away); "Flora and Jeb" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
 
Also see . . .  Jeb Stuart website
Elizabeth Pannill Stuart image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
3. Elizabeth Pannill Stuart
. (Submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Stuart Graveyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 21, 2012
4. The Stuart Graveyard Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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