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JoLee Gregory Spears

(This page was last updated March 11, 2009 )

Submitted by Kathy Liston

Elam Cemetery at Westview Plantation

Charlotte Co., VA

John Elam Family/Henry Cemetery, Charlotte County, Virginia

This cemetery is located at our home, Westview, built by John Elam in 1832, in the Aspen Wall area near Brookneal. John Elam was the son of Edward and Jane Elam, and he is buried here with his second wife, children, son-in-law, and sister-in-law. The stones are plain, with just names and dates.

John Elam 1769 - June 11, 1847

Martha J[ane Davis] Elam 1796 - November 29, 1873 [wife]

Ann Eliza Elam November 13, 1828 - September 20, 1858 [daughter]

Susan J[ane] Elam December 22, 1832 - September 14, 1890 [daughter]

Isabella D[avis Elam] Williams September 9, 1830 - June 12, 1901 [daughter]

F[rancis] S. Williams March 4, 1823 - July 13, 1882 [husband of Isabella]

Ann G. Davis 1793 - November 1886 [sister of Martha]

Also in the cemetery are members of the Henry family, 20th century descendants of Patrick Henry' youngest son. Elizabeth Terrell Henry was the grand-niece of John Wesley Elam's wife, Elizabeth Nowlin. Elizabeth Henry's mother, Kathryn Nowlin Terrell, inherited the property after the deaths of John Wesley and Lizzie Elam.

James M[arshall] Henry [jr] - 1905 - 1970

Elizabeth Terrell Henry January 7, 1913 - July 27, 1966, Daughter of Kathryn Nowlin and William Ervin Terrell [wife of James]

Kathryn Ann Henry April 25, 1939 - May 28, 1955, Daughter of Elizabeth Terrell Henry and James Marshall Henry

In addition to the family cemetery, there is an African-American cemetery that was in use from ca. 1830 until the 1930s. This began as an Elam slave burial ground and continued to be used by neighboring black families until the establishment of cemeteries at Aspen Hill and Spring Hill churches. The graves are only marked with field stones and coffin sinks. In 2001 we surveyed the site and identified at least 70 graves. While we don't know who is buried in each grave, we do have the names of several people buried there. Posted March 2008 by Kathy Liston