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Higginbotham Family Cemetery
Amherst County, Virginia
Located on property originally divided among the siblings of Moses Higginbotham (ca1713-1791) in 1751, the Higginbotham Family Cemetery may be the oldest cemetery bearing this surname in the United States. The cemetery is located on that portion allotted to John Higginbotham (1726-1814), which is adjacent to the allotment of his brother Moses, who being the eldest son, presumably kept the land owned by his parents, thought by many to be John (ca1695-ca1741) and Frances Riley Higginbotham. Located on the parcel allotted to Moses was, until a few years ago, an old house foundation that may have been dated to the early to mid 1700's, according to Beverly Morris Higginbotham (1886-1968). The foundation stones have since been removed by person (s) unknown according to Eric Smith of Westvaco, who saw the stones when his company was harvesting the trees located thereon.
The property passed through several hands down through the years, among which have been a family by the name of Whitten. It is currently owned by Westvaco and is used as a tree farm. The cemetery was not disturbed during the original harvesting and is currently untended and overgrown.
This cemetery is listed in the "Gravestone Inscriptions in Amherst County Virginia", Revised Edition 1999, published by the Amherst County Museum and Historical Society, as the Whitten Place Cemetery on page 292. The entry reads:
"Thomas Higginbotham large stone only marked grave, surrounded by graves marked with field stones said to be the graves of his slaves who were freed long before the "War Between the States".
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