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Gibson and Lightfoot Cemeteries of Charles City County
Posted by: Barbara Bland (ID *****9101) Date: September 02, 2012 at 03:20:23
In Reply to: Gilbert Gibson of Charles City County by Kathy Gallegos of 13740

Thanks very much for posting the location of these cemeteries as we have recently received a request through Findagrave to photograph the Lightfoot markers. I am disheartened, however, to realize that so many families are unaware of their right to access the private cemeteries of their ancestors. Below is a link to a Virginia gov't website dedicated to the rights and duties of landowners, researchers and family members of those buried. Old home farm/plantation cemeteries like these are scattered all over Virginia, quite literally on/under every old homestead dating from the early 1600's up through the Civil War. That's 250 years worth of bones, folks. Please be aware of your rights as a descendant and help us document these sites. Several counties have ongoing programs to find and document these sites and Findagrave is a great tool for broader dissemination of details. I would, however, caution that photographs showing valuable artifacts, like old iron fences, may create a risk of theft, so please keep this in mind. Happy hunting! http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/homepage_general/faq_cem_presv.htm#C


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