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Pittsylvania County
Virginia

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Pittsylvania County

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    Pittsylvania County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Champe Terrell Barksdale (1853-1933) — also known as Champ T. Barksdale — of Danville, Va. Born in Halifax County, Va., December 2, 1853. Republican. Attacked and seriously hurt, in August 1895, when Buford Wimbish struck him over the head with an iron bar; postmaster at Danville, Va., 1898-1908. Died, from coronary thrombosis and lung abscess, in Memorial Hospital, Danville, Va., February 12, 1933 (age 79 years, 72 days). Interment somewhere.
      Relatives: Son of Dr. Randolph Vaughn Barksdale (1817-1899) and Frances Clapton 'Fannie' (Wimbish) Barksdale (1830-1870); first cousin of William Randolph Barksdale; first cousin once removed of Alfred Dickinson Barksdale; second cousin of Howell Edmunds Jackson (1832-1895); second cousin once removed of William Barksdale, Ethelbert Barksdale and George Annesley Barksdale; fourth cousin once removed of Allen Arnold Barksdale and Randolph Hunter Barksdale.
      Political family: Barksdale family of Virginia.


    Private or family graveyards
    Pittsylvania County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Matthew Clay (1754-1815) — of Halifax, Halifax County, Va. Born in Halifax County, Va., March 25, 1754. Democrat. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1790-94; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1797-1813, 1815 (at-large 1797-1807, 14th District 1807-13, 15th District 1815); died in office 1815. Slaveowner. Died suddenly while making a speech at Halifax Court House, Halifax County, Va., May 27, 1815 (age 61 years, 63 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Son of Charles Clay (1716-1789) and Martha 'Patsy' (Green) Clay (1719-1793); brother of Green Clay; father of Matthew Clay; uncle of Brutus Junius Clay (1808-1878) and Cassius Marcellus Clay; granduncle of Thomas Clay McCreery and Brutus Junius Clay (1847-1932); first cousin by marriage of John Williams and Lewis Williams; first cousin once removed of Henry Clay (1777-1852) and Porter Clay; first cousin twice removed of Thomas Hart Clay, Henry Clay Jr. and James Brown Clay; first cousin thrice removed of Henry Clay (1849-1884); first cousin four times removed of Oliver Carroll Clay; first cousin five times removed of Archer Woodford; second cousin by marriage of Archibald Henderson, Leonard Henderson (1772-1833), Robert Overton Williams and Marmaduke Williams; second cousin once removed of Clement Comer Clay; second cousin twice removed of Clement Claiborne Clay Jr..
      Political families: Williams family of North Carolina; Clay family of Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Walter Coles (1790-1857) — of Virginia. Born in Coles Ferry, Halifax County, Va., December 8, 1790. Democrat. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1830; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1835-45 (4th District 1835-37, 3rd District 1837-39, 4th District 1839-41, 6th District 1841-43, 3rd District 1843-45). Slaveowner. Died near Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Va., November 9, 1857 (age 66 years, 336 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Son of Isaac Coles (1747-1813).
      Political family: Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell family of Virginia (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Isaac Coles (1747-1813) — of Halifax County, Va.; Pittsylvania County, Va. Born in Richmond, Va., March 2, 1747. Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; planter; member of Virginia state house of delegates from Halifax County, 1780-81, 1783-88; delegate to Virginia convention to ratify U.S. constitution from Halifax County, 1788; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1789-91, 1793-97 (at-large 1789-91, 6th District 1793-97). Slaveowner. Died near Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Va., June 3, 1813 (age 66 years, 93 days). Interment in a private or family graveyard.
      Relatives: Son of John Coles (1706-1747) and Mary Ann (Winston) Coles (1721-1758); married 1771 to Elizabeth Lightfoot; father of Walter Coles; cousin *** of Patrick Henry (1736-1799).
      Political families: Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell family of Virginia; Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      The World War II Liberty ship SS Isaac Coles (built 1942 at Terminal Island, California; scrapped 1967) was named for him.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Chatham Cemetery
    Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph Whitehead (1867-1938) — of Chatham, Pittsylvania County, Va. Born in Pittsylvania County, Va., October 31, 1867. Democrat. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1900; U.S. Representative from Virginia 5th District, 1925-31. Died in 1938 (age about 70 years). Interment at Chatham Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Richard Whitehead and Sallie Hunt (Graves) Whitehead.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      William Marshall Tredway (1807-1891) — of Virginia. Born in Virginia, 1807. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Virginia 3rd District, 1845-47; delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861. Slaveowner. Died in 1891 (age about 84 years). Interment at Chatham Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page

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