Old Bettie Grizzard Cemetery

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Located 1/2 mile off Fortsville Road and approximately 4 miles west of Drewryville and 4 miles east of Adams Grove.

The old Bettie Grizzard home site was the first thing you saw (mid 1980s visit) before approaching the cemetery. The house was no longer standing. The cellar was an open hole filled with brackish water and there were old bricks scattered around this area; however, in the springtime, jonquils still bloomed around the old home site.
The cemetery was overgrown with brush and trees. Periwinkle had become a thick groundcover. There were many sunken graves with no visible tombstones, but there were two tombstones still standing on two separate inclines. They were the Williams and Kelly gravestones. It is possible that there could be some lost tombstones that has toppled-over through the years and now covered with many years of dirt.

The cemetery is named for Elizabeth "Bettie" Grizzard (1826-1900), daughter of James Gr1izzard and Anna Williams; granddaughter of John E. Grizzard I and Elizabeth Massey and great-granddaughter of Ambrose Grizzard II and Lucy Fort. "Bettie" Grizzard married her 2nd cousin Henry Thomas Grizzard (c1816-bef 1873), son of William Grizzard II and Mary "Polly" Hay; grandson of William Grizzard I and Milly Sledge and great-grandson of Ambrose Grizzard II and Lucy Fort. Bettie and Henry Thomas Grizzard were also 3rd cousins as they were the great-grandchildren of Ambrose Grizzard II and Lucy Fort.

Sarah Mason Grizzard, daughter of Henry Thomas Grizzard and Elizabeth "Bettie" Grizzard Grizzard married as her 1st husband, Joseph E. Kelly (1858-1883) on 2 February 1881 in Sussex County. "Sallie" Grizzard Kelly buried her husband of only 2 years in the family Cemetery called by "old-timers" the "Old Bettie Grizzard Cemetery." "Sallie" Grizzard Kelly married as her 2nd husband, a widower and father of 10 children, Joseph David Smith (c1837-1902) on 21 December 1893 in Sussex County. They were the parents of two children.

In 1903 and after the death of "Sallie" Grizzard Kelly Smith's husband, she sold to the Gray family 372 acres with exception of the family burying ground (Old Bettie Grizzard Cemetery).

Sussex County, Virginia, Deed Book 15, Page 312, Date Wr: 04-14-1903, Date Rec: 04-20-1903 (Note: 1903 Deed of Sallie K. Smith, 372 acres sold for $1000.00 With Exception of Family Burying Ground)

This Deed made this 14th day of April 1903 between Sallie K. Smith of the County of Sussex of the one part and A. I. Gray. E. L. Gray, J. D. Gray and H. A. Gray of the other part.

Witnesseth: that the said Sallie K. Smith for and in consideration of the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1000.00) to her in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, does hereby grant, bargain sell and confirm to the said A. I., E. I., J. D., and H. A. Gray their heirs and assigns forever all of that certain tract or parcel of land lying in the County of Sussex State of Virginia and containing by estimate, more or less, bounded as follows to wit: on the North by Plowman Swamp, on South by lands of Thos. M. Newsome and West by Gregory Rawlings, and estate of John Newsome, EAST BY ELIZABETH GRIZZARD'S ESTATE and Thos. M. Newsome - Together with all the appurtenances to said land belonging or in any wise appurtaining EXCEPTING FAMILY BUORY (BURYING) GROUND AND INGRESS AND EGRESS TO SAME WHICH THE SALLIE K. SMITH RESERVES FOR HER OWN PURPOSE OR TO DISPOSE OF AS SHE MAY SEE FIT. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances aforesaid unto the said A. I., E. I., J. D., and H. A. Gray their heirs and assigns forever. And the said Sallie K. Smith doth covenant and agree with the said A. I. E. I. J. D. and H. A. Gray in manner and form following to wit:

That the Sallie K. Smith is seized in fee simple of the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances aforesaid EXCEPT THE FAMILY BURYING GROUND AND INGRESS AND EGRESS. That the said Sallie K. Smith has good right and lawful power to convey the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said A. I., E. I., J. D., and H. A. Gray in fee simple - That the said A. I., E. I., J. D., and H. A. Gray shall have quiet and peaceful possession of the said land and its appurtenances aforesaid forever. That the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances aforesaid is free from all incumbrances and charges whatsoever and that the said Sallie K. Smith will execute such further assurances of and for the said land its appurtenances as may be requisite to make the title thereto of the said A. I., E. I., J. D., and H. A. Gray sure and complete forever.

Witness the hand and seal of the party the day and year first above written.
Exd. Sallie K. Smith (Seal)

State of Virginia County of Sussex to wit:
I, W. O. Hamlett, a Justice in and for the County aforesaid do certify the Sallie K. Smith whose name is signed to the writing above bearing date on the 14th of April 1903 personally appeared before me in my County and State aforesaid and acknowledged the same.
Given under my hand and seal the 14th day of April One Thousand Nine Hundred and Three (1903).
W. O. Hamlett J. P.

Virginia - In the Clerk's Office of Sussex County Court April 10th 1903.
This Deed of Sale of 372 acres land from Sallie K. Smith to A. I. Gray & others was this day lodged in the said office and with the certificate annexed, admitted to record. Teste: L. P. Hargrave, Clerk

Note: The Old Bettie Grizzard Cemetery is the cemetery mentioned in the above deed.


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