received this new e-mail and new photos from Will Carter on March
19, 2004. Thanks Will for your hard work!
My wife, Cindy, my first cousin on the Carter side, Martha Richardson,
her husband Larry Richardson (who is a McMullan cousin) and I returned
Patrick's grave site on Sunday for a little more exploring. We have
now located two more marked stones in the grave site in addition
to Patrick's marker.
One is marked "S. McM., 1771-1818" and is almost certainly
Patrick's first wife, Sarah Fannie Walker McMullan.
The other is marked as follows: "P. McM, S. McM., 1791".
I think this stone records the date of their marriage in Orange
County, VA although the records
I have seen indicate the marriage date to have been 1792.
Also after cleaning Patrick's marker off, the markings on the back
side and top are clear as the photo will show. The date of 1927
is marked on top of the marker
and on the side is marked " by W. J. McMullan". This is
probably William Jesse McMullan from Mississippi. According to the
note on the hand drawn map which
Jay obtained in Mississippi last year and sent to me, W. J. McMullan
originally drew the map.
I have also included pictures of our intrepid band of explorers.
The first picture is left to right, Will Carter, Larry Richardson,
and Martha Richardson. The second
picture is my wife Cindy Carter, me, and Martha Richardson. These
shots also show what the grave site looks like and you can well
see why it was not easy to
I will be taking my Uncle, Marion Jefferson McMullan, Jr. to the
site on Wednesday. Mac is 79 and has wanted to find this grave for
years so I am looking forward
to taking him there.
I also want to thank an old friend from my high school days, Bill
Seawright, who owns the property that we have to cross for easy
access to the grave. He has most
graciously allowed us to go through his property to get there as
otherwise it would be a really long walk. Thanks Bill!
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