Family History and Research - Poindexter Cemeteries in America
Bedford and Campbell Counties, Virginia
Many thanks to Bob
and Annie Poindexter for all the research to preserve our family history
in Bedford and Campbell Counties, and for documenting how to fine these
cemeteries. They hosted the 1995 PDA Reunion and gave many of us a chance
to visit these cemeteries.
Virginia: a hotspot of Poindexter history, there are several cemeteries
in the Bedford and Campbell Counties area that have been researched by
Bob and Annie Poindexter and their relatives, cousins and friends. One
cemetery is where Revolutionary War Captain Joseph Poindexter is buried.
Captain Joseph's line comprises a large number of the PDA membership.
The 1995 Reunion was held here and we visited all of these cemeteries,
hosted by Bob and Annie. Some of the cemeteries are located beyond this
suggests that if you visit the area, to visit the Bedford County City
Museum, where they have directions to each cemetery.
follow these directions she and Bob provided.
We start with Captain
Joseph's grave, which is located on his plantation, known as Whipping
Creek in Campbell County. Follow each bullet below as we lead you from
one cemetery to the next.
- Go South of Lynchburg
on 501 until you reach 633 going to the right. Cross the railroad track
and go about on 633 (Epsons Road) until you reach the old barn and the
big Sycamore tree on the left. If you cross the bridge, over Whipping Creek, you have gone
too far (mail box did say Irby). Joseph and others are buried under
the Sycamore. More details on this cemetery
- Next stop is the
Claymont Cemetery in the Claymont subdivision where Dabney Poindexter
and family are buried. Return to Lynchburg on 501 North. Follow 501
as it bypasses around the city center. Take Route 22l West by exiting
at Lakeside Drive. Continue to Claymont Drive and turn right. Claymont
Drive is a dead end street. The cemetery is on your left in a yard at
1094 Claymont, marked by a new monument. More
on this cemetery.
- Now, take route
22l West from Claymont drive about one mile to the Shiloh Methodist
Church on your left, where Richard W. Poindexter and family are buried.
Richard is the son of Dabney and a great grandson of Capt. Joseph.
- Next, take 221
West from Shiloh Church to Forest. Take Route 666 left and follow to
the second railroad crossing. The large brick home on the left is "Waverly"
plantation manor and burial place of Thomas Poindexter, his wife Elizabeth
and sons and daughter Margaret Macon Poindexter Moore. These were grandparents
of Peranou Mitchell of which some PDA members met him at the PDA reunion
- Now, from "Waverly"
go across railroad bridge and follow to route 221. Turn right and go
to signal lights, turn left on route 663. Go about one mile to St. Stephens
Church. William Fox Moore, husband of Margaret Macon Moore, and a son
William Poindexter Moore are buried here. Mary Talbot, daughter of Willis
G. Poindexter, is buried here also. She was married to Dr. Talbot.
- Take 663 a couple
of miles past St. Stephens Church, turn left on road l270 (Chestnut
Grove Dr.). Follow road past the Chestnut Grove Church. In about half
a mile, a farm road will fork off to the right. Take this about 300
yards. The cemetery is across the fence to the right and under a power
line. This was the Willis G. Poindexter farm and the cemetery is close
to where the house stood. Willis G. and Emily his wife and some of the
children are buried here. There are unmarked graves here, also.
- Go back to route
663 from Willis G. Poindexter cemetery. Turn left and go to the intersection
of route 663 and 644 where you will fine Mt. Carmel Church. Richard
D. Poindexter and Lelia his wife were buried here. He is a son of Hugh
- From the intersection
of 663 and 644, take a left onto 644 and go until you see 638 to the
right. Follow this road for seven or eight miles. A cemetery will be
on the right a half mile before you get to route 637. This is where
Capt. Jacob White is buried. He is the father-in-law of Caroline Poindexter,
daughter of Samuel and Sarah Garth Poindexter. She is probably buried
here but there are only field stones, except for Capt. Jacob White and
- Go back to route
644, turn right and go to the village of Cifax. You will pass the "Cedars"
(another Poindexter manor) in this village on the left just before 643
turns to the right. Stay on 644 for about another mile and Ebenezer
Church will be off to the right. Hugh D. and Fanny S. Poindexter are
buried here as are Sidney Poindexter, Emma C. Poindexter (wife of Gideon
Wildman) and Mary L. Poindexter. (This Property is owned by Jerry Falwell,
Jr. and he would like for you to get permisson to be on his property.
He bought the two old churches and the cemeteries. His father is the
Rev. Jerry Falwell of Liberty University in Lynchburg)
- To reach this last
cemetery, the best way is to go back to Lynchurg. and take route 501
North to Coleman Falls (about eight miles from Lynchburg. Turn left
on road to Cove Methodist Church. Follow this road several miles to
the home place of William Dabney Poindexter, Jr. The cemetery is on
a ridge about a quarter mile west of the house.
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