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Dr William Henry Fairfax

Dr William Henry Fairfax

Birth
Comorn, King George County, Virginia, USA
Death 3 Apr 1907 (aged 71)
Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA
Burial Kinsale, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 73542517 · View Source
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The son of Ferdinand and Mary Anne Jett Fairfax married Eleanor Griffith in February of 1866. He entered the Confederate Army on 25 May 1861 as a First Sergeant in Company A of the Fortieth Regiment of Virginia Infantry at Hague, Virginia. When his one year enlistment expired, he accepted the bounty and signed for two more years. Early in 1862 he was made a Second Lieutenant. On 25 July 1862 he was promoted to Assistant Surgeon and assigned to the Fifth Virginia Cavalry.


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William H. Fairfax was born in Cameron, King George County, Va., December 10, 1834; and died at his home, La Grange, one mile from the Hague, April 3, 1907. He was the son of Ferdinand Fairfax, M.D., and Mary Jett Fairfax.
Dr. Fairfax sprang from generations of soldiers and statesmen.
Dr. Fairfax was educated at Rappahannock Academy, in Caroline County, and William Mahone, afterwards a Major General, was one of his instructors. He studied medicine with his father, and later at the Medical College of Virginia, from which he graduated in 1853, and entered at once on the practice of his profession.
He enlisted for the war as a Private in the "Potomac Rifles," afterwards Company K, 40th Virginia Infantry.
Early in the contest he was promoted to Surgeon in the army, as which he served to the close of the struggle.
Dr. Fairfax was married soon after the war closed to Miss Eleanor Griffith, the devoted wife who survives him, and moved to Tennessee to join his father, who had preceded him. He remained but a year in Tennessee, and upon returning to Virginia continued the practice of medicine. Later he was elected Treasurer of the County, holding the office for eight years. He later settled in the lower part of the county, and practiced his profession to within a few weeks of his death.
Dr. Fairfax had held the position of Surgeon of Westmoreland Camp
since its organization, and his fellow-members sadly miss his genial presence and wise counsel.
True to the virtue of his ancestral lineage, he was a lover and follower of all things high and noble, measuring up to his full duty as a citizen.
As a soldier, his true courage quailed not in the face of difficulty and danger; as a husband and father, he was gracious, gentle, and loving; as a friend, his memory will ever remain as a treasure to all who knew him. Faithful to every trust, honorable in his dealings with all mankind, he was a man among men.
Of such as these the world is made better. They richly deserve the highest commendations of their fellow-men, and especially of those who fought for Southern rights and constitutional liberty.
Confederate Veteran , Vol. XV, p. 561. [Above info provided by BigFrench (#46554304).]


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 18 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73542517
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr William Henry Fairfax (10 Dec 1835–3 Apr 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73542517, citing Yeocomico Episcopal Churchyard, Kinsale, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .