This is probably the oldest Unmarked Grave / graves. The stories say that soldiers asked to stay the night in the Church because one of them was sick. At least one (maybe more) died of smallpox and was buried here in 1844 and the church was burned down because the soldiers had spent the night in the church building. Most likely the soldier was buried closer to the other church building site which was told to me by several people to be "directly" to the west closer to Sandy Creek. It is also VERY possible that the body was burned with the church to prevent the spread of small pox.
I would like to know what kind of Soldiers these were? It's too early for the Civil War. So maybe just Soldiers from Fort Washita, Nida (near Durant), Bryan County, Oklahoma?
Virginia Point Church - History
In 1844, soldiers passing through the area asked to spend the night in the building because one of them was very ill. The man died and was buried near the church. This is believed to be the first burial in the Virginia Point Cemetery. When it was learned that the man died from small pox, the settlers burned the structure from fear of an epidemic.
Church services were then held in member's homes until the Illinois School was built. This log structure was located about three miles west of the original church building.
In 1860, a location was selected for the construction of a new church building. Andy B. Youree and his wife, Athalia, sold two acres of land to the church trustees for the sum of $1.
Note: Unmarked Grave
Virginia Point Cemetery
Maintained by: Virginia Point Cemetery ...
Originally Created by: Kimlite
Record added: Aug 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95921972
Michael L. Ramsey
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Added: Mar. 26, 2013