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May 22, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Dr. Wm. M. Swoope

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 The Battle of Fredericksburg

In Frank O. McCraw’s letter home from the front, written in the summer of 1861, he mentioned Dr. Swoope who resided in Buckingham County.  In 1937, Elizabeth McCraw surveyed the Swoope home, “Allandale,” for the Virginia Historical Inventory.  In the mid-19th century Dr. Swoope lived there with his second wife, Elizabeth (née McCraw), and his large family.  Mrs. McCraw noted:

Dr. Swoope was married twice and reared seventeen children.  One son, George Washington Swoope, was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg, 1862.

In 1937, Mrs. McCraw also surveyed the Swoope cemetery:

The graveyard is fenced in, and is clean and well kept.  There are a number of unmarked graves.

This cemetery was opened about 1830 or 1832 by Allen Jones.  The first owner of the estate.  None of the Jones graves are marked.

A family burying ground of a well known and honorable Buckingham family, the Swoopes.  The first member of the Swoope family to be buried here was a son of Dr. William M. Swoope, father of Frank Swoope, who was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg, in 1862, and was buried here.

The following names and dates are copied from headstones found here:

G. Washington Swoope:  1842 – 1862

Eliza S. Swoope:  1822 – 1864

E. Mildred Swoope:   1847 – 1865

Dr. W.M. Swoope: 1819 – 1895

Informants: Dr. W.M. Swoope’s family and Mr. Albert Rush, Katrina, Virginia

Coming Next: Allendale

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  1. Trish and Joe Hood / May 31 2014 8:20 am

    I liked the Manor House called Mohawk. It recently sold. What a lovely house, but needed much Love and Tenderness. I hope who ever bought this house restores it to its original beauty.

  2. Kimberly / May 22 2014 7:19 pm

    The first house Dr. Swoope built was for his first wife. It is Woodside, which was just recently for sale in Buckingham. It was built sometime 1855-1860 and he didn’t live there very long. My understanding is that his second wife was not interested in living in a house built for his first wife. Woodside is in the National Historic Register. It is a Greek Revival home now on about 60 acres. It is on Mohawk Road, which runs roughly parallel to the south of Route 60 right in the Courthouse. My great grandmother’s family bought the home in about 1940 and she lived there for more than 40 years. She had always loved the house. Apparently her good friend was one of the Garnett girls, and the Garnetts owned the home at the the time my great grandmother was in highschool (1910-ish) and she used to spend the night there from time to time. She fell in love with the home then.

    I spent time there as a small child in the summer, and remember how cool the hallways felt (because the ceilings are something like 15′ on the first floor and 12′ on the second and because it was designed to catch the air and cross-breezes.)

    • Joanne Yeck / May 23 2014 8:00 am

      Kimberly, Many thanks for this background about Dr. Swoope. Watch for an upcoming post about Woodside! Joanne

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