I found a family letter that describes growing up on a farm in Fauquier Co. I will include below her words:
Recollections of a Long Life
I can only begin by relating things as they happened when I was a mere child in my father’s home, “Wilburn,” on his farm in Fauquier County, Virginia. Here, four of his children were born before the Civil War, the names of which were Maria Louisa, Columbia Elizabeth, Mary Katherine, and Meredith H. James. I can remember when my father and mother looked young and remember distinctly both of my grandmothers. I never saw any of my grandfathers as they both died before my parents were married or before they were grown. Grandmother Payne and Grandmother James both lived on farms in Fauquier County. Just before the Civil War, our family moved to King George County, Virginia, where we lived until after the close of the war. We next moved to Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near Chancellorsville. Later, we lived with my Grandmother James on her farm near Pineview in Fauquier County. At this time, Aunt Lucy and Uncle Richard Crittenden and Aunt Sally and Uncle William Crittenden (two of Father’s sisters who had married brothers) lived on his farm where we were born. This homeplace, “Milburn,” was near the Old Grove Baptist Church in Fauquier County.
I hope to visit one day. I wonder if any of these landmarks such as the church still stand?
Tina R. Cruz
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