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The Cemetery Committee continues to locate and document family cemeteries. If you know of any cemetery and you are not sure it has been documented, please contact us at the Chesterfield Historical Socity of Virginia.  


About the Cemetery Committee:  Extensive research and publication of cemetery data has been an on-going project of this committee for many years.  Their research is recorded and cataloged records are available for our patron's research.  Our Cemetery Committee chairperson Rachel Lipowicz is responsible for turning the hard copy data into a usable spreadsheet.  So many people ask the CHS for info from this work that we have made it available to all.  Our constant aim is to be thorough and accurate; however, any researcher would be wise to check the original record or microfilm to insure that it is what they are looking for.  For this document,  enslaved persons are listed at the end with no last name unless one was given for them and then they are alphabetically listed with everyone else.  The owner's name is given when available.  Most of the pages on the microfilm have no numbers and so the district is used instead.  usually, there are no more than 2-3 pages per district per year and so searching the film isn't difficult. 


POWERS GRAVE Travelers along Hickory Road will notice a single grave at the roadside.   Often referred to as The Lone Prophet, this is the resting place of Rev. J. K. Powers, a minister of the Methodist Church.  The inscription explains the placement of the stone.  (Click on right side bar photo of the grave site) 

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Cemetery Research

The Chesterfield County Death Register 1853--1896. 


Abstracted by Pattie Grady (PMG) and Terry Roach (T1 & T2).  The sources marked "PMG" & "T1" are for the years 1853--1865 and are complete.  Pattie did her work from the actual register at LVA and Terry did hers from the microfilm at the local history room.  T2 covers the years 1866--1896 and are abstracts only (names, years and ages).

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