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Montgomery County
Virginia

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Montgomery County

Index to Locations

  • Private or family graveyards
  • Blacksburg Preston Cemetery at Smithfield Plantation
  • Christiansburg Sunset Cemetery
  • Shawsville Fotheringay Cemetery


    Private or family graveyard
    Montgomery County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      George Hancock (1754-1820) — of Virginia. Born in Chesterfield County, Va., June 13, 1754. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Virginia 5th District, 1793-97. Slaveowner. Died June 18, 1820 (age 66 years, 5 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Preston Cemetery at Smithfield Plantation
    Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      James Patton Preston (1774-1853) — also known as James P. Preston — of Richmond, Va. Born in Montgomery County, Va., June 21, 1774. Colonel in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; crippled by injuries received in the war; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1816; Governor of Virginia, 1816-19; postmaster at Richmond, Va., 1824-37. Died in Montgomery County, Va., May 4, 1853 (age 78 years, 317 days). Interment at Preston Cemetery at Smithfield Plantation.
      Relatives: Son of William Preston and Susanna (Smith) Preston (1740-1823); brother of Francis Smith Preston and Letitia Preston (1776-1852; who married John Floyd); married to Ann Barraud Taylor (1778-1861); father of William Ballard Preston; uncle of William Campbell Preston, James McDowell, John Buchanan Floyd, John Smith Preston and George Rogers Clark Floyd; granduncle of Robert Jefferson Breckinridge Jr. and William Campbell Preston Breckinridge; great-granduncle of Levin Irving Handy, Desha Breckinridge and Henry Skillman Breckinridge; first cousin of John Breckinridge; first cousin once removed of Joseph Cabell Breckinridge and Robert Jefferson Breckinridge (1800-1871); first cousin twice removed of John Cabell Breckinridge and Peter Augustus Porter (1827-1864); first cousin thrice removed of Clifton Rodes Breckinridge and Peter Augustus Porter (1853-1925); second cousin once removed of James Douglas Breckinridge.
      Political families: Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell family of Virginia; Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Monroe-Grayson-Roosevelt-Breckinridge family of Virginia and Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      Preston County, W.Va. is named for him.
      See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Sunset Cemetery
    Christiansburg, Montgomery County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Otho Webb Altizer (1888-1957) — also known as O. W. Altizer — of Christiansburg, Montgomery County, Va. Born in Floyd County, Va., January 3, 1888. Republican. Farmer; miller; Montgomery County Sheriff; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1944. Presbyterian. Member, Lions. Died, from histoplasmosis of lungs, in Lewis Gale Hospital, Roanoke, Va., June 16, 1957 (age 69 years, 164 days). Interment at Sunset Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John L. Altizer and Kate (Peterman) Altizer; married, February 29, 1924, to Ruth B. Patterson (1899-1965).
      The Altizer Bridge (named 1957), taking Route 8 across the Little River, from Floyd County to Montgomery County, Virginia, is named for him.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Fotheringay Cemetery
    Shawsville, Montgomery County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry Alonzo Edmundson (1814-1890) — also known as Henry A. Edmundson — of Salem, Va. Born in Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Va., June 14, 1814. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Virginia 12th District, 1849-61. Slaveowner. Died in Shawsville, Montgomery County, Va., December 16, 1890 (age 76 years, 185 days). Interment at Fotheringay Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page

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