This cemetery is on land originally owned by Henry Chiles & patented on 12 January 1746 when the land was still located in Brunswick County. Henry died in Amelia County prior to 20 March 1746 shortly after acquiring the land. His eldest son Paul inherited the land & in 1753 sold it land to Valentine Allen, said by some to be the husband of Susanna Chiles.
Allen sold the land in 1757 to John Ward, husband of Anne Chiles, sister to Paul & Susanna. At the death of John Ward in 1816, the land went to his son Henry Ward who died in 1823, then to Henry's daughter Henrietta Eloise Ward who married William Jones McElhiney. William and Henrietta sold the land to Thomas Cook & wife Dorothy S. Brown Cook in 1834 & Thomas left it to his granddaughter Amanda Cook Graves, wife of Jeremiah Hunt Graves.
Paul Chiles also wrote in his will about land where he lived being left to his wife & sons Henry & Rowland - "I lend my loving wife Anne Chiles all my land where I now dwell during her life, then after her decease I give to my son Henry Chiles one hundred and forty acres at the upper end where I now live." & "I give to my son Rowland Chiles, not yet baptised, the remainder part of the land I now live on after my wife's decease...". This could also be considered the land mentioned above by Maud Carter Clement.
It is noted again here as the following land:
05 August 1763
HALIFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA, DEED BOOKS 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6, 1759-1767 transcribed by Marian Dodson Chiarito. 1989.
Chiles, Ann, Henry, Paul & Rowland - 105
"p. 23 05 August 1763 John Payne of Goochland County to Ann Chiles, Henry Chiles & Rowland Chiles of Halifax County....whereas Paul Chiles of Halifax County, deceased, in his lifetime, by deed 30 November 1757 conveyed to said Payne 234 acres, of record in said county, & on the 17 December 1759 said Payne did oblige himself to convey to said Paul Chiles the aforesaid land when reasonably required, and whereas the conveyance NOT being made in his lifetime & having published his will dated 17 February 1761 did lend to his wife, Ann Chiles the land whereon he lived, being the land hereby intended to be sold during her life & after her decease, 140 acres at the upper end to his son, Henry Chiles, and the remainder to his son, Rowland Chiles.....and in order to comply with the will, the said John Payne, for £150, paid by Paul Chiles, deceased, 234 acres with all estate, right, title.......
Signed: John Payne
Witnesses: Jesse Abston, Maher Shalal Hasbaz Lyle, John (x) Marton, John Ward
Recorded 16 February 1764"
With the subsequent county formations, the land where this cemetery is located eventually ended up in Pittsylvania County & is known as the River View Manor, a lovely estate where many weddings and other events take place.
GPS Coordinates: 37.12135, -79.25493
- Added: 7 Oct 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2652568
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