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February 12, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Stanton Family Cemetery

Stanton Cemetery

Stanton Family Cemetery, Courtesy Virginia Department of Historic Resources

In 1993, the Stanton Family Cemetery in Buckingham County was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery was established by an Antebellum Free Black family and is located in the northeastern section of the county, about five miles south of the James River on the east side of Route 677.

According to the Nomination form for the National Register:

The Stanton Family Cemetery, approximately sixty-eight by sixty-five feet, contains at least thirty-six burials and is large for a rural African-American family cemetery. Its layout features six rows spaced from one to five feet apart and varying in size from two to nine irregularly spaced graves. Most graves have both head and footstones and two children’s graves are identified by their small size. All are oriented on an east-west axis — an old tradition particularly pervasive in African-American cemeteries. The cemetery was overgrown with vegetation for many years and some markers have become partially dislodged or are leaning, but there has been little disturbance of the cemetery.

The Stanton family has traced its roots in Virginia back to 1820. In 1853, Daniel and Nancy Stanton purchased 46.5 acres of land in northern Buckingham County from H. C. Hill. Nancy Stanton is the first known internment in the cemetery. Daniel Stanton farmed this land.  According to the 1850 census, two of his sons were boatman.

In addition to farming and working the river, the Stanton men worked as blacksmiths, carpenters, soldiers, and quarrymen.


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  1. Sam Towler / Feb 12 2015 12:52 pm

    In Albemarle, Henrietta Stanton (22, dau Bill & Angelina “Staunton”) married “at Scottsville” in 1877 John Robertson (25, son Martin & Celia). “William Stanton gives his sanction” is written on the marriage license. So the clerk wrote it once as the city Staunton, and once as Stanton. All this info is from the m. license, Henrietta was the only Stanton to marry in Alb. (and listed as African American) between 1865-1895. They show up in the 1880 census as John Robinson and Etta and adj to Martin & Celia Robinson.

    • Joanne Yeck / Feb 12 2015 1:00 pm

      Thanks, Sam. Perhaps someone will recognize Henrietta.

  2. Patt Freedman / Feb 12 2015 9:03 am

    In Jacksonville, Fla. – there was a Black High School with the name “STANTON”


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