Harrisonburg Rockingham Historical Society
Rockingham County Tombstones by Cemetery
Magill-McGill-Gibbons Plantation Cemetery
|Bridgewater area, Rockingham County, Virginia. In
1967 located on the Stoutamyer sisters home south of Bridgewater on Route 42.
|No attempt was made to find this cemetery in 2003.
On August 3, 1957, Dr. John W. Wayland noted: A house now stands on the spot where this
graveyard was located. In 1967 J. Robert Swank notes: There was a burial plot on the hill
south east of the house said to be for slaves of the Gibbons and/or McGill families. It is
also said there were Revolutionary soldiers buried on the hill beyond the house. In Dr.
John W. Waylands Journal #12, page 134, dated April 7, 1929, he wrote: Near the old
Allemong (Cline, Gibbons, Magill) house, on a hill is a cedar tree. There said Mr. (Samuel
H. W.) Byrd, used to be a number of graves. One was of --- Herring, father of Philander
Herring. The said --- Herring was a soldier of the Revolution. This information Mr. Byrd
had, he said, was from Capt. Philander Herring. In another journal Dr. Wayland wrote on
August 3, 1957; I knew about the Magill graveyard - was there years ago and found broken
tombstones gathered around a cedar tree. A house now stands on the spot. Dr.
Waylands book 'History of Harrisonburg' page 152, mentions S. B. Gibbons, Col. 10th.
Reg. Va. Infantry killed at McDowell, born 25 May 1833 killed 8 May 1862 -- burial place
not mentioned. Mr. Byerly in 1937, working for the WPA, wrote the following: The Magills
were very early settlers in Virginia, and lived here prior to 1800. The Magills are buried
in the family lot, but only a couple of broken stone markers, piled under an old cedar
tree in an open field, remain. Robert Magill is said to have dropped dead in Bridgewater,
Virginia, on February 22nd, but the year is obliterated on marker. Stone reads, Sacred to
the memory of Robert Magill, born 11 Jan 1772, and died Feb. 22nd year obliterated. There
are several other graves but no markers.
|Survey Date and Recorder|
Surnames are sorted by section / plot / row / grave - only rows are shown
|Surname||Given Name & MI||Birth Date||Death Date||Headstone Notes||Remarks|
|Magill||Robert||11 Jan 1772||22 Feb ?||Recorded by Wayland in 1932 & WPA in 1937|
|Magill||Mary||30 Aug 1774||15 Jan 1833||Recorded by Wayland in 1932 & WPA in 1937|
|Unknown||Jas. M. ?||28 Oct 1817||Recorded by Wayland in 1932|
|Herring||On 7 Apr 1929, Samuel H. W. Byrd told John W. Wayland, that Capt. Philander Herring of Bridgewater, Va., told him that his father, a soldier of the Revolution, was buried here.|
|Gibbons||S. B.||25 May 1833||8 May 1862||Buried here??? In book "History of Harrisonburg" page 152 by Dr. Wayland, he mentions S. B. Gibbons, Col. 10th Reg. Va. Infantry killed at McDowell, burial place not mentioned.|
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