Something You Do Not See Every Day

At the end of March, I packed up the husband and kids for a trip back East to Virginia.  One of the many fun things we did was the walking portion of the Historic Loudon County Scavenger Hunt.  The Mosby Heritage Area Association (MPAA) is a group whose mission is “Preservation through Education.”  The scavenger hunts they have available on their website are a great way to educate while having fun!

The Loudon County Scavenger Hunt is split into three portions.  With small kids in tow, we tackled the walking portion of the hunt in Leesburg, Virginia.  One of the very first stops is the Old Leesburg Presbyterian Church.  It is the oldest standing church in town.

Leesburg Presbyterian Church from Google Maps
Leesburg Presbyterian Church from Google Maps

Just to the right of the church is an old cemetery.  My older daughter asked me to read her some of the names.  As I was looking a the headstones, I found one you don’t see everyday.  Not only does this man have an interesting name, he had an incredible job history engraved on his stone.

Col. charles M. Fauntleroy
Col. charles M. Fauntleroy


In Memory of

Col. Charles M. Fauntleroy, son of Gent. T.T. & Anne Magill Fauntleroy.

Born Aug. 21, 1822

Died July 28, 1889

He served with distinction both in the United States Navy and in the Confederate States Army and Navy and was above all a valiant solider of Jesus Christ.

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.


A quick google search of Charles Fauntleroy found that he descends from a man named Moore Fauntleroy who arrived in the American Colonies in 1642 and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses. There is a great blogpost about the family at Captain James Davis/Davies Genealogy.  There is also information about the families in “Some Prominent Virginia Families, Volume 4” available on Google Books starting at page 294.

I wonder what I will want written on my gravestone?


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One Reply to “Something You Do Not See Every Day”

  1. What a fascinating stone and a great trip for your family. Thank you for sharing. What do I want on my gravestone? Sadly, I don’t want a stone. I know. I know. As a genealogist, a stone would be awesome for my posterity. However, I want to have my name inscribed on a brick in the fundraising program from one of my favorite places on earth Texas A&M University. That way,I can still inspire my family to go to the great college, even if it’s to visit my brick!

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