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This cemetery includes two burial areas. One is a customary plot behind the house to the left and not too far and the other is a stone vault on the mountain side, which houses four burials. George Hancock was the original owner of Fotheringay and he named his estate after a castle in England, where the imprisonment, trial and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, took place. The large plantation house on the estate has been preserved over the years and a visit in 2014 confirmed that the outside was still in very good condition. As for the vault, it was composed of 76 marble blocks, placed in a pyramid shape. The base of the tomb measured 17 feet and the vault was about 8 feet high and about 30 feet deep. The roof was of stone. During the years since the tomb was erected, nature has covered it with earth and a growth of trees and much of the stones have been destroyed by time. At one time the sunís rays on the stone wall made the vault visible for miles away. This stone vault was also the subject of a burial mystery. People wanted to know if George Hancock, who was buried in the vault, was buried standing or sitting in a marble chair. In 1935, some Edmundson and Eskridge relations stated they visited the vault in 1886, when it was to be repaired. On the floor was a mass of crumbled bones with a skull at the top. At the bottom of the pile were leg and trunk bones. This bone position and the fact they were intermingled with disintegrated stone, led them to believe his body had rested on some kind of support in a sitting position and it was more credible than the assumption he was interred standing up. The theory of the sitting position was further substantiated by the fact the tomb contained three other bodies, all laid to rest in the usual way. These were his daughter, Julia Clark, a son, John Strother Hancock, who died at age 8, and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Patrick Lockhart, the former Mrs. George Strother, and the mother of Georgeís wife, Margaret Strother. Source: Richmond Times Dispatch, issue of April 28, 1935.