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Gen Marquis Calmes, IV

Gen Marquis Calmes, IV

Birth
Millwood, Clarke County, Virginia, USA
Death 27 Feb 1834 (aged 79)
Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 103689722 · View Source
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General Marquis Calmes was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in what was then Frederick County (and is now a part of Clark County) on February 26, 1755. He was sent abroad to be educated as was the custom of wealthy families of that period, but when the Revolutionary War broke out in October, 1775, he returned home to serve his country. In October, 1775, Marquis Calmes was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Company of Captain Alexander Spotswood. Later, he raised and equipped a company of soldiers at his own expense, and with them, served with distinction. He was Captain of his company and in 1812 was promoted to General.

Marquis Calmes had visited the Kentucky area in 1775 and purchased four hundred acres of land in what would later become Woodford County. By preemption warrant signed by Patrick Henry, Calmes received one thousand acres of land near the town which he would name Versailles. At the close of the war, he returned to this area and built a fine home three and one-half miles from Versailles. At the age of twenty-seven, Calmes married Priscilla Heale (Hale) and they had nine children. He died February 27, 1834, and his remains repose with those of his wife in a stone mausoleum at their home.

This stone mausoleum was built in family cemetery of "Caneland" plantation by Gen. Marquis Calmes, a friend of Lafayette during Amer. Revolution. Calmes (1755 – 1834), born in Va. of Huguenot ancestry, assisted in laying out Versailles and named it after French city. He and wife Priscilla Heale buried here. Tomb restored in July 1990.

Location. 38° 2.962′ N, 84° 42.052′ W. Marker is near Versailles, Kentucky, in Woodford County. Marker is at the intersection of Lexington Road (U.S. 60) and Paynes Mill Road, on the right when traveling west on Lexington Road. Marker is located with two other markers describing Buck Pond and Hemp in Kentucky. Marker is in this post office area: Versailles KY 40383, United States of America.

... According to the Woodford County Historical Society, the actual tomb is quite a distance inside someone's private property.


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  • Created by: Rodger Williamson II
  • Added: 17 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103689722
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Marquis Calmes, IV (26 Feb 1755–27 Feb 1834), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103689722, citing Calmes Tomb, Versailles, Woodford County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Rodger Williamson II (contributor 47549010) .