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Giles County
Virginia

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Giles County

Index to Locations

  • Old Chapman Graveyard
  • Pearisburg Birchlawn Burial Park
  • Rich Creek Peterstown Cemetery
  • Ripplemead Chapman Cemetery


    Old Chapman Graveyard
    Giles County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      William P. Cecil (1820-1899) — of Virginia. Born in Tazewell County, Va., April 9, 1820. Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861. Died July 20, 1899 (age 79 years, 102 days). Interment at Old Chapman Graveyard.


    Birchlawn Burial Park
    Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Anderson Everett Shumate (1879-1947) — also known as Anderson E. Shumate — of Pearisburg, Giles County, Va. Born December 24, 1879. Democrat. Member of Virginia state house of delegates from Giles & Bland counties, 1916-19; member of Virginia state senate 19th District, 1928-39. Died October 3, 1947 (age 67 years, 283 days). Interment at Birchlawn Burial Park.
      Relatives: Son of Rufus Harrison Shumate (1838-1890) and Celia Ann (Meador) Shumate (1841-1888); married to Lillian M. Hale (1883-1973).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Peterstown Cemetery
    Rich Creek, Giles County, Virginia
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      Wade Hampton Ballard III (1924-2006) — also known as Wade H. Ballard III; Jim Ballard — of Peterstown, Monroe County, W.Va. Born November 30, 1924. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 5th District, 1964; chair of Monroe County Republican Party, 1968; campaign manager for Gov. Arch A. Moore, 1968; U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1969-70; candidate for West Virginia state senate 10th District, 1970. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Legion; Sons of the American Revolution; Rotary; Odd Fellows; Phi Kappa Psi; Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa. Died June 29, 2006 (age 81 years, 211 days). Interment at Peterstown Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Wade Hampton
      Relatives: Son of Sherman Hart Ballard and Maudie Mae (Jessee) Ballard (1900-1987); married to Valeria J. Ballard (1931-2010); great-grandson of Lewis Ballard; second cousin thrice removed of St. Clair Ballard; third cousin once removed of Oscar Hampton Ballard and John Reginald Ballard.
      Political family: Ballard-Gadsden-Randolph family of West Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Sherman Hart Ballard (1894-1963) — also known as Sherman H. Ballard — of Peterstown, Monroe County, W.Va. Born in Peterstown, Monroe County, W.Va., July 22, 1894. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Monroe County, 1941-44, 1947-50, 1953-54; defeated, 1938, 1950, 1954. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Rotary; Sigma Nu; Phi Delta Phi; American Legion. Died in Peterstown, Monroe County, W.Va., December 25, 1963 (age 69 years, 156 days). Interment at Peterstown Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Wade Hampton Ballard (1859-1919) and Lillie Elizabeth (Williams) Ballard (1868-1943); married, November 15, 1922, to Maudie Mae Jessee (1900-1987); father of Wade Hampton Ballard III; grandson of Lewis Ballard (1826-1906); second cousin twice removed of St. Clair Ballard; third cousin of Oscar Hampton Ballard and John Reginald Ballard; third cousin thrice removed of Coleby Chew.
      Political families: Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Ballard-Gadsden-Randolph family of West Virginia; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Lewis Ballard (1826-1906) — also known as "Dock" — of Monroe County, W.Va. Born in Monroe County, Va. (now W.Va.), August 26, 1826. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Monroe County, 1863. Died in Peterstown, Monroe County, W.Va., July 26, 1906 (age 79 years, 334 days). Interment at Peterstown Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Jeremiah Ballard (1788-1867) and Juliana Thompson (Williams) Ballard (1792-1873); married, March 13, 1855, to Malinda Jane Spangler (1838-1892); grandfather of Sherman Hart Ballard; great-grandfather of Wade Hampton Ballard III (1924-2006); first cousin twice removed of Oscar Hampton Ballard and John Reginald Ballard; second cousin of St. Clair Ballard; second cousin four times removed of Peyton Randolph; third cousin once removed of Coleby Chew; third cousin thrice removed of Benjamin Chew, Edmund Jenings Randolph, Beverley Randolph and Meredith Nicholson; fourth cousin once removed of Elliot Woolfolk Major and Edgar Bailey Woolfolk.
      Political family: Ballard-Gadsden-Randolph family of West Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
    Val J. Ballard Valeria J. Ballard (1931-2010) — also known as Val J. Ballard; Valeria Jancso — of Peterstown, Monroe County, W.Va. Born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, December 26, 1931. Republican. Insurance agent; chair of Monroe County Republican Party, 1972-73; candidate for West Virginia state house of delegates 19th District, 1974. Female. Missionary Baptist. Member, Order of the Eastern Star. Died in Peterstown, Monroe County, W.Va., May 30, 2010 (age 78 years, 155 days). Interment at Peterstown Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of Arpad Jancso and Valeria (Deak) Jancso; married to Wade Hampton Ballard III (1924-2006).
      Political family: Ballard-Gadsden-Randolph family of West Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, November 4, 1974


    Chapman Cemetery
    Ripplemead, Giles County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Albert Gallatin Pendleton (1807-1875) — also known as Albert G. Pendleton — of Giles County, Va. Born in Culpeper County, Va., June 28, 1807. Member of Virginia state house of delegates from Giles County, 1855-56. Died in Giles County, Va., June 19, 1875 (age 67 years, 356 days). Interment at Chapman Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William Pendleton (1779-1824) and Nancy (Strother) Pendleton (1784-1819); brother of John Strother Pendleton; married to Elvina Chapman (1811-1868); grandfather of Sidney Fletcher Taliaferro; great-grandnephew of Edmund Pendleton; first cousin of Aylett Hawes Buckner; first cousin twice removed of John Pendleton Jr. and Nathaniel Pendleton; first cousin thrice removed of William Grayson; second cousin of Philip Coleman Pendleton; second cousin once removed of Philip Clayton Pendleton, Zachary Taylor, Edmund Henry Pendleton, Nathanael Greene Pendleton and Charles Rittenhouse Pendleton; second cousin twice removed of John Penn, James Madison, William Taylor Madison, George Madison, Alfred William Grayson and Beverly Robinson Grayson; second cousin thrice removed of John Walker, John Tyler (1747-1813) and Francis Walker; third cousin of Henry Gaines Johnson, George Hunt Pendleton and Joseph Henry Pendleton; third cousin once removed of William Barret Pendleton, Francis Key Pendleton and John Overton Pendleton; third cousin twice removed of Robert Brooke, Meriwether Lewis, Richard Aylett Buckner, John Tyler (1790-1862) and Max Rogers Strother; fourth cousin of Coleby Chew; fourth cousin once removed of Gabriel Slaughter, Francis Taliaferro Helm, Thomas Walker Gilmer, Aylette Buckner, George Cassety Pendleton, James Benjamin Garnett (1845-1921), David Gardiner Tyler, James Francis Buckner, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Hubbard T. Smith, Carter Henry Harrison II, Charles M. Pendleton, John Brady Grayson and Daniel Micajah Pendleton.
      Political family: Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial

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