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Benjamin Drake Villeponteaux

South Carolina, USA
Death 1886 (aged 55–56)
Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: buried in Berkeley County, SC
Memorial ID 101240307 · View Source
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1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Benjamin B Ponteaux [Benjamin D Villeponteaux]
Age in 1870: 36
Birth Year: abt 1834
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1870: St Johns Berkley, Charleston, South Carolina
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Oakley
Household Members:
Benjamin B Ponteaux, age 36
Catherine Ponteaux, age 35
Benjamin Ponteaux, age 15
James H Ponteaux, age 12
Ida C Ponteaux, age 10
Eliza Ponteaux, age 6
Clara Ponteaux, age 3
Horace Ponteaux, age 1/12
Ella Boles, age 21
Lizze Gadson, age 20
Phyllis Gadson, age 20

Benjamin Drake Villeponteaux was buried on the Jake Wright Place in an unmarked grave in 1886. The Jake Wright Place was initially part of 9,000 acres purchased by Zachariah Villeponteaux in 1735. It is not known how the Wrights gained possession of this place but they could have bought it even if there was no record of a purchase. The original Villeponteaux Cemetery at Parnassus was closed in 1816 when Julia Theresa DeTollenare, the granddaughter of Zachariah Villeponteaux, was buried there. The Villeponteaux family may have started a cemetery at the Jake Wright Place after Parnassus was closed. J. Benjamin Villeponteaux and Eliza Windham were, in all probability, buried there and Benjamin D. Villeponteaux was buried beside his parents. Before 1860, it had been a practice for people to be buried in their plantation family cemeteries, but this changed after the Civil War when many families lost their plantations and people began to be buried in the church cemeteries like the Berea Methodist Cemetery at Bethera, SC.

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  • Created by: Cousins by the Dozens
  • Added: 24 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101240307
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Drake Villeponteaux (1830–1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101240307, ; Maintained by Cousins by the Dozens (contributor 46904925) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a buried in Berkeley County, SC.