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May 6, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Burials: Elysian Grove


On February 3, 1937, Elizabeth McCraw surveyed the Frank McCraw graveyard. She described it at being located “.5 mile north of Andersonville on Route #638; thence .5 mile west in body of pine woods.”

The McCraw burying ground at “Elysian Grove”, a pre-Revolutionary estate, now owned by the heirs of Richard Morgan, is back of the house in a dense body of pines. There are eight or ten graves here, sunken and neglected. Tho the grave is not marked, the one of Frank McCraw, pioneer settler of that name in Buckingham and teacher of Peter Francisco, is here. A tree as large as a man’s body is growing in the center of this grave. Only one marker could be found; that of a Confederate soldier who died of fever while with Jackson on his “March to Romney”.

In Memory of

R.M. McCraw

Born in Buckingham Co., Va.

Nov. 14, 1841

Died Jan. 15, 1862


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  1. Joanne Yeck / May 6 2013 5:09 pm


    Thank you for including Estaline. I appreciate her knowledge of the McCraw family and look forward to seeing Frank McCraw’s arithmetic book.


  2. / May 6 2013 4:26 pm


    I called Estaline to read her this post. She said to tell you the next time you go to Buckingham to the museum ask to see Frank’s handwritten arithmetic book that her family donated. It is faded but you can still read it. She said there was one other known copy that went to a cousin in W VA. Her son-in-law has done some research and says that Frank was in the Revolution – at Valley Forge.


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