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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.

map of LynchburgLynchburg, 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 city map.

Annie suggests that if you visit the area, to visit the Bedford County City Museum, where they have directions to each cemetery.

Otherwise 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 n 1995.
  • 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 D. Poindexter.
  • 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 Wife.
  • 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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