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Re: BANISTER MOOREFIELD B.1804,HALIFAX CO, V
Posted by: bill moorefield Date: March 18, 2001 at 20:53:48
In Reply to: Re: BANISTER MOOREFIELD B.1804,HALIFAX CO, V by Reginald L. Vassar of 264

Hi Reginald, I e-mailed you earlier that I planned to go to Halifax Co. today, and I got lucky on the weather and had a beautiful day there; wish you could have been with me. I'm posting on this forum in case someone else may be looking for some of the following. I did go to Roger's Chapel but not initally. I left Martinsville about 10:00 A.M. and drove to Scottsburg, after driving through the church my father and stepmother attend on Rte. 360 near the South Boston racetrack . I saw his car in the parking lot, but as it was 11:10, and church had started, I did not stop. My father had made plans to go to the race there this afternoon, so I did not get by his house today, but I am going back down there tomorrow to search out the clerk's office. My next stop was the thriving metropolis of Scottsburg, ( one store and a gas station these days). My grandfather, William Frank Moorefield, Sr. opererated a small store there after he quit raising tobacco, and I just walked around and reminisced about the "good old days". I'm still amazed at how much smaller it is than it used to be. Next stop to Oakland Cemetary, up the road a couple of miles. CaCa (as us grandkids used to call him) and Gramma (Stella Wilmouth) are resting there now and I walked around for a good hour and a half looking at the sites of other relatives and other familiar names from my childhood. If anyone reading this has ever been to this cemetary, the property directly across the road was my grandparents, I think about 120 or so acres. You go out of the cemetary to the left, go down the road about 1/2 mile, take the first right, and down the road about another 1/2 mile to their house on the right, back off the road a couple of hundred yards. I did not go down there as new owners have "modernised" things, and I'd rather remember the place as it was. Next to Clover, Va., which following the same road and directly across Hwy 360, is about 8 or 9 miles away. After riding around a while, I ended up at Clovertown Cemetary, more visits with other relatives, (maybe another message), and had the good fortune of meeting the wife of my father's first cousin, Becky Wade Moorefield, whom I did not know until today. We chatted for about 1/2 hour getting to know each other, me finding out she knows all my relatives in the area, Moorefield and other. Her husband, Aubrey, is the son of Carl, my grandfather's brother. She told me about the Moorefield - Guill - White (all related, of course) reunion to be held in Scotsburg, the second Sunday of July. The gathering will begin about 11:00, covered dish lunch at 1:00, come on down. She gave me directions to the Rogers Chapel Baptist Church, about 4 miles away as the crow flies, and away I went after bidding farewell to my relations. If someone were to want to go there, if you were at Hwy 58 in Riverdale, just outside South Boston, Va., you would turn onto Hwy 360 as if heading toward the So. Boston racetrack and on to Richmond, Va. After going about 11 miles, you would turn left (north) onto Rogers Chapel Rd. (Hwy 607), and go 3.5 miles and find a very neat, small white church, with the cemetary to the right if facing from the road. I did not count, but there are 40 to 50 graves that you can see. A few have small metal markers that have either rusted beyond recognition, or disappeared entirely, so I wonder who else might be there. I am now going to relate what I saw, verbatim on the headstones, and will follow with an explanation of what is there.

Several Moorefield graves are centered in the cemetary, and I will start from left to right.
First is a grave marked "T. Moorefield
Bruces Co. Va Arty CSA"

Second, and to the right, is the grave of "Lucus B. Moorefield, Born August 28, 1875 Died March 24, 1894"

Third is "Sally Nichols Moorefield Died June 1899"

Fourth is " Martha Susan Comer
wife of Banister Moorefield 1798 - 1902"

Fifth is "Mastin A. Moorefield Coa 53 REGT VA INF CSA Jan 1 1828 April 4 1906"

Sixth is "Sallie Jane Moorefield
Jan 1, 1852
Oct. 18, 1934"

In front of those sites, one headstone set in the center of a rectangular shaped cement wall, about 8" to 9" high and about 4' by 8' is the following:

"Corina Moorefield
Aug 9, 1904 - May 19, 1913

Lonnie Moorefield
May 31, 1906 - July 10, 1966
In God's Care"

At the rear and to the right of the cemetary is one more reading,

Signora Moorefield Crowder
Dec. 16, 1879
Aug. 9, 1905"

I'm sure you know the following, but I'll state it for the benefit of other readers.

T. Moorefield is Theophilus Moorefield, 1840 - C1918, son of Banister and Susan.

Lucus is Lucus Banister Moorefield, son of Theophilus and Sallie Nichols.

Sallie Nichols is Sallie A. Nichols c1835 - 1899, second wife of Theophilus.

Mastin A. is son of Banister and Susan and brother to Theophilus.

Signora is the daughter of Charles Henry Moorefield, B. 3-1-1857, son of Elizah D. Moorefield, b. c. 1839, son of Susan R. Moorefield, b. c. 1805, husband unknown to me, but I suspect Leroy Moorefield who married Susannah Throckmorton 0n 10-31-1827.

Sally and Susan's sites have flat headstones, about 4" tall, while all others are vertical and upright, and much older looking. I had to get on my knees to read some of the writing on Lucus' headstone. Theirs are obviously not the original stones, judging from their appearance; very clean and easily read. Also, they have exactly the same design, looks like marble with all letters and numbers written in the same style on both, and with all writing boardered by a rectangular groove 1" inside the four sides of each.

After looking around there a while, and stopping for some lunch, I went down to my Aunt Helen's in Scottsburg and chatted with she and R.D. (Snead), her husband, for about 1/2 hour. I've compiled quite a bit of info on Halifax Moorefields and, when I go back tomorrow, I'm goin to leave my binder full of Moorefield pages so she, R.D. and my Dad can go over it and fill in some of the missing info on last century's family and relatives (some of whom they have told me, "Oh, we're not kin to them"). Are they in for a surprise.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this, I promise I'll take a camera before too long and send you some pictures. If you or anyone can add any info to this, please do so, especially about Banister's parents and Susan R. of 1805's husband. Bill


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