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Ursula Byrd Beverley
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Tomb Of Mrs. Ursula (Byrd) Beverley.

Some years prior to the Civil War the tomb of Usurla, daughter of William Byrd 1'ist) and wife of Robert Beverley, the historian, remained in the churchyard at Jamestown, almost intact. A visitor fortunately copied the epitaph and sent it to a newspaper. It is as follows :

[Arms ]

" Here lyeth the body of

Ursula Beverley late wife of Robert

Beverley, daughter of ye Hon'ble

Col. William Byrd, who departed

this life the last day of October

1698, being much lamented of all

that knew her. Aeed 16 years, 11

months and 2 daies."

During the years immediately preceding the war the tomb was mutilated, and about 1861 only a piece containing the arms was left. Dr. Frank Hall, a Confederate soldier, while doing sentry duty in the churchyard, made on July I, 1861, a sketch of the fragment. We are indebted to Miss Jane Chapman Slaughter for the copy of the drawing published in this number of the Magazine, and for information of its existence.
Added by: RF
6/20/2009
 
 
 
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