When the book "Cemeteries of Lower
Gloucester County, Virginia" was written, the objective was to prepare a very
small piece of recorded history that might be of interest to a select few.
However, after the enthusiastic response from many sources, it was decided that
there was indeed an interest which would warrant-expansion of the original goal.
And, so, this latest effort was undertaken.
It is easy to see that a prime objective of this
undertaking was the attempt to not only preserve a part of history of
Gloucester County but also to
increase awareness of the need for preservation of that history as well as our
heritage. The genealogist, as well as the historian, hopefully can obtain
information from these pages that is not readily available from any other
source. This is especially true since Gloucester, in its history, has
unfortunately lost so much of its officially recorded data because of war and
gathering data for this book, it was frustrating at times, exciting at other
times, and interesting at all times. Frustration existed when a cemetery or
burial plot was found but there were no identifiable markers of those buried
there - a loss of history. Excitement resulted when a cemetery, long lost,
overgrown and forgotten, was uncovered so info could be" gathered for use by
others. In all cases it was interesting and challenging.
Because of the ravages of time, some of the gravestones
had eroded and deteriorated to the point that accurate reading was almost
impossible. Spellings could be wrong because of this. Additionally, there were
occasions where there was evidence of wanton or accidental destruction of
I regret that books were not compiled years earlier
while our parents and friends were living so we could draw on their knowledge.
So many more unmarked and lost graves could have been
identified. This is sad -
again important history was
Special thanks are
extended to those who supplied historical information pertaining to the many
churches listed herein. They are George Garnett, Charlie Carter, Louise
Corbin-Reed, J. H. Pryor, Jr, Isaiah Brown, Beatrice Hearn, Shirley Cook, Dr.
Dorothy Cook, Gladys Fary, Scott Fenstermacher, Lillian Cox, Carol Ziencik,
Doswell Horsley, Clarence Dutton, Elsie Dame, Bessie Emory, Mary Miller,
Patricia Eastwood, Boy Scout Troop 113, and Tyler Harris.
Additionally a debt of
gratitude is owed to the following for their assistance not only in providing
historical data but also in gathering cemetery data: Tom Nesbitt; Rev. Daniel
O. Worthington; Betty Wise; Rachel Burnette; W. H. Nuttall; Mary Barnett; Betty
Jean Deal; Paul Brown; Charles Kerns; Betty Zahn; and David Burke. Their
untiring help made completion of the book
A special thanks to all those who supported this effort
by providing encouragement as well as contacts as to where other cemeteries may
be located. And, to my family, who again demonstrated patience, and restraint,
during the time I have spent in preparing this document.
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Any cemeteries begun before 1865 and having no burials
after 1865 were excluded from this book. For information concerning
those cemeteries it is recommended that "Epitaphs of
Mathews Counties in Tidewater, Virginia" by Joseph Bryan Branch be
consulted. Other cemeteries are also listed in "Cemeteries of Lower
Gloucester County, Virginia."