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May 7, 2020 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Houses: Travelers Rest #3

Virginia Historical Inventory. Courtesy Library of Virginia.

It appears that the name Travelers Rest was almost as popular in Buckingham County as Locust Grove.

In 1937, Elizabeth McCraw wrote this for the Virginia Historical Inventory:

On the old Gilliam estate, known as “Travellers Rest,” three-fourths of a mile west of New Store, is the family burying ground. Here are overshadowed by large trees, and the grades and surrounding ground overgrown with lovely periwinkle are three large upright “period” tombstones of marble. These several broken stones and several unmarked graves. Following are copies of the inscriptions on the head stones.



To the Memory of


Born March 24, 1822

Died December 8, 1848

“The Cage was broke, to let us fly,

To build our happy, Nests on high”


Joham [?] Gilliam

Died November 10, 1859,

Aged 86 years.

He died in the hope of a blissful immortality.

Erected as a tribute of filial affection by his children.



To the Memory of

Caroline S. Gilliam

Born June 9, 1817 Died May 8, 1853

“Her soul has taken its flight,

To Mansions of Glory Above,

To mingle with the Angels of Light,

And dwell in the Kingdom of Love.”

Erected as a Tribute of filial affection by her husband.

Chas. W. Gilliam


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  1. Greg Gilliam / May 7 2020 7:15 am

    Here’s a little context for those buried at Traveller’s Rest.

    Sarah E. Gilliam, 1822-1848, is the daughter of Isham Richardson Gilliam (1773-1859) and his wife Sarah Johns. She predeceased both of her parents. She was named after her mother.

    “Joham” is actually Isham Richardson Gilliam, the son of John Gilliam and Susannah Richardson.

    Caroline S Gilliam is another daughter of Isham Richardson Gilliam and Sarah Johns. She married her first cousin Charles Woodson Gilliam (1812-abt 1872), the son of William Richardson Gilliam and Judith Ann Woodson.

    • Joanne Yeck / May 7 2020 7:44 am

      Thanks, Greg!

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