States: Virginia: Henry
Dee - Put briefly, I don't know for sure. But a Baptist Church cemetery probably doesn't date back to the early 1800s. About 10-15 years ago I spent a few hours looking at cemeteries in the vicinity of the Grassy Creek community (GCC) marked on USGS maps south of Martinsville. I recall seeing several cemeteries in the GCC but most (including one at a church in the GCC) seemed newer (e.g., started after the Civil War). However, one cemetery, about 1500 feet southeast of where US58 passes over Grassy Creek, seemed older and/or poorer, for it mostly had fieldstones and I don't recall seeing any stones with dates on them. A similar cemetery was located just south of Dug Mountain adjacent to route 781. They could be old but I don't know anything more about them. Someone in the county Historical Society surely must, though. On USGS maps there are also marked cemeteries to the northwest of the GCC, about where Grassy Creek itself turns from flowing northwestward along US220 to flowing eastward into the Smith River; the cemeteries there are about 1000 feet to the west of the turn in the creek. I never got around to looking in this area. Finally, since my last visit I ran across a book of Henry County burials (title and author now forgotten) but page 86 mentions a Bouldin Cemetery located "Grassy Creek 58 west on 829(R)". This cemetery is said to contain graves of 4 Bouldins dated 1827, 1840, 1895, and 1909. So it would be a small cemetery and easily missed but Thomas Bouldin, a RW soldier, is said to be buried there. Perhaps these graves are what remain of a larger old cemetery - but I never looked for this specific cemetery and certainly didn't discover it by accident. Please let us hear if you discover anything dating before 1850! (I had a gggg-uncle William Holt who died there in 1838 and owned land along Grassy Creek and the Smith River; he surely is buried somewhere near.)
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