|265 Poplar Grove Lane|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This cemetery is on the Poplar Grove Plantation grounds.
It is a well kept cemetery surrounded with a brick capped wall. There are five headstones and a footstone next to the Colonel.
History of Poplar Grove:
POPLAR GROVE, MATHEWS COUNTY also lies in that part of old Gloucester County which now bears the name of Mathews. It was built over a century (1700's) ago by Mr. John Patterson, who was an Englishman by birth, but who, during the Revolution, warmly espoused the cause of American freedom. When he planned his house, feeling between the Whig and Tory parties ran high and he beautified the grounds with numbers of Lombardy poplars, the party symbol of the Whigs, and gave the place the name of Poplar Grove.
This charming old homestead was a noted social centre during the time of Mr. Patterson and of his daughters, Mrs. Thomas Robinson Yeatman, of Isleham, and Mrs. Christopher Tompkins. Here was born and grew to womanhood the famous "Captain" Sally Tompkins, one of the most beloved and widely known of Virginia's daughters. During the War between the States she devoted her fortune, her time and her strength to nursing the sick and wounded soldiers at the hospitals in the Capital of the Confederacy, and in order that she might go and come with greater freedom and have the authority to order supplies as she needed them for her work, President Jefferson Davis made her a regular commissioned captain. She became the only female Confederate-commissioned officer during the war, accepting the commission, but refusing the pay. The war, her charity work and generosity, exhausted her fortune. In 1905, she moved into the Confederate Women's Home in Richmond, Virginia, as a lifetime guest.
Poplar Grove was long the residence of Judge G. Taylor Garnett.
William and Mary Quarterly, xiii, 174-175.