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Bedford Museum Cemetery Records
Posted by: Charlie Leighton Date: August 04, 2000 at 23:32:41
  of 1954

Has the cemetery records at the museum been updated since 1997?
I searched them in Oct of 1997 and did not find records I was looking for.
I have the record of John Henry Austin's death in 1876 but have not found his burial.
The following is other areas that have been eluding me for years!
Archibald "Bear" Tolley was married in 1845 and lived in Bedford Co. until sometime after 1800 when he moved to Botetourt Co.
His first wife, Susan F. Worley, was his wife in the Bedford Co. Census from 1850 until 1880.
Apparently Susan died after the 1800 census and Archibald remarried before 1900. (Wouldn't that 1890 Census be GREAT?)
I have not found any record of Susan's death or burial and do not know if she died in Bedford or Botetourt Co. (I have searched the cemetery records at the Bedford Museum and the Bedford C. H.)

The 1900 Botetourt Co. Census has his wife listed as Rachel.
I have been trying for over 4 years to find the maiden name and a marriage record of his second wife, Rachel. She died in 1918 and is buried with him in the Fairview Cemetery at Buchanan, Va.
I feel the move from Bedford to Botetourt Co. was probably associated with Susan's death or his marriage to Rachel.
An article in the Virginia Wildlife magazine said, "He was given 10 Acres of land and a cabin on Purgatory Mt., located between the Peaks of Otter Mt. and Buchanan, by Miss. Bertha Pectin. She also was reported to have given him a repeating rifle when he was 80 Years old."
This makes a good story but in fact, Purgatory Mt. is west of Buchanan and the Peaks of Otter are east of Buchanan. Archibald was born in 1824, according the census records, so he was only 78 or 79 when he died.
No record of the 10 acre gift has been located at the Botetourt Co. C.H.

None of the Tolley researchers, that I have contacted, have came up with:
The death or burial record of Susan.
The maiden name or marriage record of Rachel.
Any land record RE: the 10 acres on Purgatory Mt.

Another cemetery or burial record, related to Archibald, is that of his son in law, John Henry Austin whom Archibald accidentally shot and killed in July 1876.

Any information will be appreciated.


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