|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1895|
Alfred Bishop was born in about 1811, on the Bishop family farm in Lunenburg County, Virginia. His family had lived there for 3 generations. His father, John, and grandfather Edmund, having raised their families there. Alfred married Mary Elizabeth Robertson before 1841.
When the Civil War began Alfred enlisted into the 122nd Virginia Militia, whose task it was to protect Lunenburg from invasion.
Alfred was very close to his eldest son, John Anthony Bishop, who enlisted into the 9th Virginia in June 1861.
By 1864, John was a 1st Lieutenant with the 59th Virginia, Company H2 (Alfred's younger brother Robert was also in this Company).
John was wounded on 7 July 1864, during the Siege of Petersburg, and was sent home to Lunenburg because of continued high fever after the partial amputation of one hand.
John's mother cared for him, and when he was well enough to return to duty (in August), Alfred travelled back to Petersburg with his son, and enlisted in the 59th.
By April, the war was over, and they were able to return home to Lunenburg. Alfred and Mary remained in Lunenburg, farming and raising their children until 1876. At this time, their son John lost his wife Lucy. She died giving birth to triplets. Edward Stokes Bishop was the only one of the triplets to survive.
Alfred and Mary moved to Dinwiddie County to help raise John's sons: John Coles Bishop, and baby Edward Stokes Bishop. John remarried and had 4 more children, but his two elder sons lived with their grandparents.
In June, 1887, Alfred and Mary lost their beloved son, John, and continued to raise his two eldest children as their own.
Alfred died on 7 July 1895 in Dinwiddie County. Mary died around 1900. They were both originally buried at White's Chapel in Dinwiddie, but when Fort Pickett expanded its boundaries, Alfred, Mary, and their son John, were moved to Butterwood Chapel cemetery, Dinwiddie.
Alfred and Mary were loving parents to:
Harriett Iverson Bishop (born1840/died1842),
John Anthony Bishop(b1842),
Harriett Adams Bishop (b1843),
Mary Jane Bishop (b1846),
Peter Francis Bishop (b1847),
Sarah Stokes Bishop (b1850),
Elizabeth Taylor Bishop (b1849),
Alfred Richard Bishop (b1852),
Edward C Bishop (b1854),
Permelia Frances Bishop (b1857), and
Upton Olander Bishop (b1859).
Mary Elizabeth Robertson Bishop (1821 - 1900)
John Anthony Bishop (1842 - 1887)*
Mary Jane Bishop Elmore (1846 - 1923)*
Elizabeth Taylor Bishop Ragsdale (1849 - 1924)*
Edward C. Bishop (1854 - 1936)*
Permelia Frances Bishop Eckles (1857 - 1939)*
59 VA Inf
Reinterred from White's Chap
Created by: A DePrisco Bishop
Record added: May 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14150626