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.
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.
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?