These are books that we have found beneficial to our research. They are
not necessarily written by us, nor do we benefit in any way financially by them.
We thought it would be a good idea to share these resources. If you know
of a book, CD, or other resource you wish to share send it to me and I will add
to the list. Karen
80% HEAVEN BOUND
DEATHS & BURIALS
CHARLES CITY COUNTY, VIRGINIA
compiled by Sherry Brown Tyler
Recently published book available to those researching Charles City County, VA
records spanning four centuries
275 private cemeteries
79 slave cemeteries
41 church cemeteries
3 public cemeteries
Historical background of the county and of the churches and the private burial
Site surveys, church records, court records, obituaries, military records, index
8 1/2" x 11" - hard cover - 644 pages
$65.00 + $2.93 tax + $5.00 postage
by Karen L. Salisbury
80% HEAVEN BOUND,
DEATHS & BURIALS IN CHARLES CITY COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Compiled by Sherry
The Charles City County
Historical Society, in 1994, began to record the cemeteries in the county.
The known cemeteries were surveyed and the project was expanded to
include the deaths and burials found in extant records.
During the Civil War many of the records at the courthouse were destroyed
or taken from the county and while a few of these records have resurfaced,
research suffers from the loss.
centuries, the book contains brief historical sketches of the county, the
churches and the private burials sites, including information found in church
records, court records, military records, obituaries, family histories, other
published sources and personal knowledge of county residents.
Nearly 400 cemeteries were found: 275
private cemeteries, 79 slave cemeteries, 41 church cemeteries and 3 public
there are no towns or villages in Charles City County and most of the properties
continue to be recognized by their historical names – “Westover,”
“Berkeley,” “Sherwood Forest” – accounting for the large number of
private cemeteries. Along with the
church cemeteries, these private cemeteries are listed in the Burial section of
the book. Example:
“Shirley,” the plantation of the CARTER family, is listed as one of
the private burials sites and a brief historical sketch of the property is
presented as it relates to the people who lived and died there.
Other pertinent information is generally arranged chronologically,
beginning with the names of settlers who died on the plantation during early
1620s. The record of the family
cemetery follows, enhanced with additional data from the Westover Parish
Register. Other possible
“Shirley” burials are listed next, as found in the various records, which,
in this particular case, included the “Shirley” Papers.
Though the slave cemeteries on the property have no markers, it was
possible to list the deaths of many of the plantation slaves using these papers
and other available records.
Data that could
not be reasonably placed with the appropriate cemetery or property has been
included in the Death section of the book.
concludes with several previously unpublished ghost stories uncovered during the
research for this book.
Every name in
the book appears in the index and the facts presented are well documented,
making it a most useful tool for anyone doing research in Charles City County.
The index alone is 75 pages.
This book is
beautifully bound with maps in the frontispiece. The organization is well thought out and presented in a
logical manner. I recommend this
book highly to anyone interested in Charles City County genealogy.
The book can be
obtained from Sherry Brown Tyler, 168 Queensbury Court, Newport News, VA
23608-3217. The cost is $65.00
+$2.93 tax + $5.00 mailing fee. Make
checks payable to Sherry B. Tyler.
Karen L. Salisbury
24 April 2001
Gloucester Point, Virginia