In 1936, 18 skeletal remains were uncoverd by the National Park Service (NPS) in an old cemetery, which previously was surrounded by a brick wall. During the years before burial, careful study of the bones were made and the Martiau gravesite was mapped. Bennett T. Gale, NPS park engineer reported to B. Floyd Flickinger, park superintendent, that grave 1 was Elizabeth Martiau Reade, 2 was George Reade, 4 was Jane's daughter Jane Martiau or his 2nd wife Isabella Martiau, 6 was Nicolas Martiau, 7 was wife Jane Martiau, 9 a small casket possibly of Nicolas's son Nicolas who died young. (Ref: Extracted from the Huguenot Publication No. 12, 1943-45, Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia).
OLD TABLETS ARE RESTORED
Grave of Colonel and Mrs. George Read at Yorktwon Again Plainly Marked.
Two old memorial tablet in Virginia, and which were found during the excavation of Buckner street, in Yorktown several months ago, have just been restored and erected on new foundations in the churchyard at Yorktown.
The tablets orginally marked the graves of Colonel George Read and his wife, Elizabeth Marteau Read, and have been restored at the expense of their lineal descendants, Mrs. Letitia Pate Evans, by the firm of Lawon & Newton, monument builders of Norfolk.
The tablets are inscribed as follows:
"Here lyeth intered Col. George Read, Esqr., who was born ye 25th day October in ye years of Our Lord 1608, and deceased October, 1674, he being in the 66th yr of his age."
"Here lyeth intered Elizabeth Martiau, deceased wife of George Read, day October in ye years of Our Lord Esqr., was born in ye years of our being in ye 71st years fo her age."
(ref: unknown newspaper clipping of October 1931)
Note: Col George and Elizabeth Read markers moved to Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Yorktown
Martiau Family Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 37.23708, -76.50936
Created by: Thomas
Record added: Jan 08, 2013
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