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October 31, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Mills: Death at Rock Mills

SRR_Death Card

“Little Angels” (1890) by Edith Penman.

The April 16, 1841 issue of the Richmond Whig ran this moving and detailed obituary for Nathaniel Lancaster, squire of Rock Mills, a Buckingham County plantation on the Willis River, not far from Arcanum.

At the Rock Mills, his residence, in the county of Buckingham, on the 19th of March 1841, Nathaniel Lancaster, in the 51st year of his age.  Mr. Lancaster was attacked about the first of February with a rheumatic fever, which for some time did not appear to be of a threatening character – but by the 20th of that month, the disease had gradually and insidiously advanced – inflammation having located on the lungs and spine, producing their characteristic symptoms of harassing cough and train of most painful neuralgic sufferings.  From that period, every effort that could be made for his relief was put into practice – and if the unceasing attention and nursing of a devoted wife and son and daughter, and kind neighbors, could have availed, he had not died.  If the unremitting and vigilant efforts of his physicians by day and by night, could have arrested the hand of death, he would have lived – if the prayers of pious friends, and the wishes of all who knew him, could have been granted, he had still been among us to relieve the widow and the orphan – to instruct by his example and life, and to comfort a bereaved family.  But an all-wise Providence has seen fit to direct otherwise, and it is our duty to submit, and prepare to follow him.

To locate Arcanum, see: Detail Map: Sheppards, Curdsville, and New Store


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  1. hacken2013 / Oct 31 2013 12:42 pm


  2. J Cooke / Oct 31 2013 11:08 am

    Son of John Lancaster and Margaretta Druscilla LeGrand. Husband of Sarah R Cooke, and nephew-neighbor of Col George & Elizabeth [Cooke] Hooper of Hooper’s Mountain.

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 31 2013 1:14 pm

      Many thanks for the information about Nathaniel Lancaster’s and connection to the Hooper family.

  3. onestitchatatime / Oct 31 2013 10:58 am

    What a beautiful tribute. How fragile life was then …

    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 31 2013 1:13 pm

      I found it very moving.

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