Blandford Cemetery | Gilliams of Virginia

Gilliams of Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA
Updated March 10, 2016



Background:
In 1737, a new church building, situated in present-day Petersburg, Virginia, opened in the Anglican Church's Bristol Parish. Originally called the Brick Church on Wells's Hill, it came to be known as Blandford Church by the early 1760's. Approximately seventy years after its construction, the building was abandoned and left to years of neglect. On 8 March 1819, the Town of Petersburg purchased it and the adjoining graveyard for use as a burial ground. The Church itself was left to fall further into disrepair for the time being. It came to be appreciated by some as picturesque ruins with symbolic significance, and was referenced in several works of poetry, art, and music.

After the Civil War, Blandford became a focal point for Petersburg's determination to honor its war dead. Memorial events such as "decoration days" were routinely observed, and have been credited as the inspiration for the national Memorial Day. Concerned by the fact that many soldiers' remains were left in hastily-dug graves on the battlefield, the Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg was formed in 1866. The organization quickly got to work raising funds and other assistance to reinter the bodies at Blandford. Their work focused not only on the men who died fighting in and around Petersburg, but also on Petersburg natives who had fallen at more distant battlefields.

Some basic restoration work was performed on Blandford Church in 1882. Later, it became another project of the Ladies Memorial Association. In 1900, the group petitioned Petersburg for the right to convert it into a "mortuary and memorial chapel." Over the course of 1904-1912, fifteen original Tiffany windows were installed, including eleven donated from the states of the former Confederacy, one each from Maryland and Missouri, one from the Ladies Memorial Association, and one from Lewis Comfort Tiffany called the "Cross of Jewels." Over the years, the Association also directed its energies to the building of an iron bandstand (dedicated in 1908) and of a granite arch marking the entrance to Memorial Hill (dedicated in 1914), among other things.

Blandford Cemetery has further benefited from the care of the Cockade City Garden Club, which, beginning in 1945, undertook restoration of some of the deteriorating ironwork and tombstones. The non-profit Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation, which sprung from the Cockade City Garden Club, formed in March 1987. Determined to counteract both the wearing effects of time and a growing problem of vandalism at the Cemetery, the Foundation has the stated mission to "promote the restoration, rehabilitation, preservation, and interpretation of [Blandford Cemetery's] ironwork, tombstones, landscaping, brickwork, masonry and funerary art."

Greatly assisted by this outside help, the City of Petersburg continues to own and operate the Cemetery. Through multiple land acquisitions, it has grown the property from just over four acres (the size at the time of the 1819 purchase) to some 189 acres. The part of the cemetery dating from its 18th-century origins to a twenty-acre addition made in 1854 form the Cemetery's "Old Ground." The land added from the next addition, purchased in 1866, and beyond make up the "New Ground."

The survey records that constitute the greater part of this collection were created by the Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation from 1987-1992 as part of the nomination procedure for addition to the National Register of Historic Places. The Cemetery was added to the register in 1992.


Overview:
The Gilliams of Blandford Cemetery include the descendants of Robert Gilliam and Lucy Skelton, his wife. Of particular interest are those found in Ward Y-NG, Section 10. These African American Gilliams are descendants of Reuben Meriwether Gilliam.



Sorted by Name
Last Name
First Name
Ward
Squ
Sec
Birth Date
Death Date
Photo Y/N
Bernard
Mary Cauthorn Gilliam
O-NG
4
5
25 Mar 1883
28 Dec 1963
N
Bolling
Anne F. Gilliam
C-OG
8
7
28 Mar 1796
28 Aug 1882
Y
Butcher
Nannie Gilliam
H-NG
10
2
23 Aug 1869
3 Apr 1953
N
Crockford
Isabella Cuthbert Gilliam
V-NG
7
6
11 Jan 1880
7 Oct 1957
N
Dunlop
Eliza Shore Gilliam
R-NG
2
8
6 Oct 1835
23 Feb 1907
N
Friend
John Gilliam
D-OG
50
4


Y
Gilliam
(Infant son of A. C. and L. E.)
R-NG
8
4a

14 Jun 1938
N
Gilliam
Ada C.
P-NG
8
7
5 Oct 1857
16 Dec 1931
N
Gilliam
Agnes B. Stringfellow
A-NG
11
2
24 Mar 1847
22 Apr 1923
Y
Gilliam
Allen Carlisle
U-NG
4
1a
1873
1931
N
Gilliam
Bathurst
R-NG
8
4a
13 Feb 1893
1 Mar 1893
N
Gilliam
Blanche S.
D-OG
1
4
31 Jan 1870
7 Jan 1960
Y
Gilliam
Capt. George W.
Y-NG
10
1
22 Feb 1873
6 Jun 1941
N
Gilliam
Charles A.
Y-NG
10
1
1875
1926
N
Gilliam
Charles M.
D-OG
1
4
21 Jan 1860
26 Dec 1941
Y
Gilliam
Charlotte
H-NG
7
7
5 Apr 1890
23 Nov 1974
N
Gilliam
Charlotte I.
H-NG
7
7
7 Jan 1846
24 Dec 1934
N
Gilliam
Charlotte Isabella Sanxay
H-NG
7
7
15 June 1819
11 Nov 1904
N
Gilliam
Dr. Joseph Peterson
K-NG
5
8
22 Feb 1837
17 Mar 1912
N
Gilliam
Edward McEnery
U-NG
4
1a
1881
1956
N
Gilliam
Eliza Shore
A-OG
114

9 Sep 1877
12 Sep 1913
Y
Gilliam
Elizabeth
R-NG
8
4a
30 Oct 1909
9 Jun 1910
N
Gilliam
Elizabeth E. Massenburg
N-NG
5
5a
9 Feb 1827
28 Nov 1909
N
Gilliam
Elizabeth Fort
I-NG
9
2
2 Oct 1911
4 Jun 1981
N
Gilliam
Ellen
H-NG
7
7
2 Jan 1858
10 Sep 1941
N
Gilliam
Grizzelle Mullen
J-NG
5
1
23 Oct 1881
8 Oct 1931
N
Gilliam
Harvey Lee
P-NG
8
7
7 Mar 1895
24 Aug 1920
N
Gilliam
Irene Jones
R-NG
8
4a
27 Nov 1864
21 Apr 1926
N
Gilliam
James Skelton
U-NG
4
1a
7 Oct 1838
16 Jul 1916
N
Gilliam
Janet Colquhoun
A-OG
211

23 Jan 1806
21 Jun 1860
Y
Gilliam, MD
John
A-NG
11
2
25 Jan 1870
9 Apr 1900
Y
Gilliam
Joseph H.
P-NG
8
7
14 Oct 1842
26 Oct 1911
N
Gilliam
Joseph Peterson
I-NG
9
2
1 Aug 1904
31 Mar 1976
N
Gilliam
Katharine Gray
U-NG
4
1a
1873
1929
N
Gilliam
Lizzie
A-NG
11
2

10 Sep 1877
Y
Gilliam
Mable J.
Y-NG
1
3a

15 Oct 1957
N
Gilliam
Mary Hargrave
O-NG
9
6,7
3 Mar 1889
21 Feb 1983
N
Gilliam
Mary Louisa
R-NG
2
8

20 Jan 1895
N
Gilliam
Mary Love Bragg
H-NG
7
7
29 Apr 1858
3 Jul 1923
N
Gilliam
Mary Poythress Eppes
R-NG
2
8
17 Jan 1846
19 Aug 1930
N
Gilliam
Mattie Boisseau
C-OG
3
2
31 Jul 1839
9 Feb 1917
Y
Gilliam
Octavia W.
Y-NG
10
1
11 Aug 1850
22 Apr 1924
N
Gilliam
Pearl O.
P-NG
8
7
27 Jan 1886
28 Mar 1976
N
Gilliam
Richard
R-NG
8
4a
11 Oct 1886
23 Apr 1887
N
Gilliam
Richard Davenport
R-NG
8
4a
14 Aug 1855
19 Jul 1935
N
Gilliam
Robert
H-NG
7
7
17 Sep 1796
9 Jul 1884
N
Gilliam
Robert
H-NG
7
7
27 Jan 1847
27 Dec 1934
N
Gilliam, Jr.
Robert
J-NG
5
1
6 Oct 1881
13 Feb 1955
N
Gilliam
Ruby Prince
P-NG
8
7
28 Jul 1887
21 Apr 1976
N
Gilliam
Samuel Yates
I-NG
9
2
18 Jan 1849
22 May 1908
N
Gilliam
Sarah W.
Y-NG
10
1
Dec 1881
12 Feb 1928
N
Gilliam
Sue T. Beckwith
H-OG
1
1-4
12 Sep 1846
5 Jul 1877
Y
Gilliam, MD
Theophilus Field
R-NG
2
8
24 Nov 1830
29 Nov 1904
N
Gilliam
Thomas Shore
A-NG
11
2
7 Jul 1827
6 Nov 1885
Y
Gilliam
William Claiborne
O-NG
9
6,7
6 Oct 1887
10 May 1976
N
Heath
Emily Gilliam
O-NG
6
1
1891
1978
N
Johnston
Albenia Gilliam
I-NG
4
8b
12 Mar 1839
30 Dec 1928
N
Neblett
John Gilliam
K-NG
5
8
1891
1973
N
Pilout
Rebekah Gilliam
U-NG
4
1b
4 Nov 1876
15 Aug 1970
N
Porter
Mary Epps Gilliam
D-NG
1
10b
6 Aug 1840
4 Mar 1926
N
Shippen
Jane Gray (Gilliam)
A-OG
114

11 Dec 1823
5 Aug 1875
Y
Tennent
Lucy S. Gilliam
H-NG
7
7
16 Apr 1843
17 Mar 1924
N
Willson
Samuel Gilliam
C-OG
1
1
1873
1935
Y
Young
Mary Love Gilliam
V-NG
7
6
2 Jul 1888
15 Jan 1959
N

Sorted by Ward, Square and Section

Last Name
First Name
Ward
Squ
Sec
Birth Date
Death Date
Photo Y/N
Gilliam
Agnes B. Stringfellow
A-NG
11
2
24 Mar 1847
22 Apr 1923
Y
Gilliam, M. D.
John
A-NG
11
2
25 Jan 1870
9 Apr 1900
Y
Gilliam
Lizzie
A-NG
11
2

10 Sep 1877
Y
Gilliam
Thomas Shore
A-NG
11
2
7 Jul 1827
6 Nov 1885
Y
Shippen
Jane Gray (Gilliam)
A-OG
114

11 Dec 1823
5 Aug 1875
Y
Gilliam
Eliza Shore
A-OG
114

9 Sep 1877
12 Sep 1913
Y
Gilliam
Janet Colquhoun
A-OG
211

23 Jan 1806
21 Jun 1860
Y
Willson
Samuel Gilliam
C-OG
1
1
1873
1935
Y
Gilliam
Mattie Boisseau
C-OG
3
2
31 Jul 1839
9 Feb 1917
Y
Bolling
Anne F. Gilliam
C-OG
8
7
28 Mar 1796
28 Aug 1882
Y
Porter
Mary Epps Gilliam
D-NG
1
10b
6 Aug 1840
4 Mar 1926
N
Gilliam
Blanche S.
D-OG
1
4
31 Jan 1870
7 Jan 1960
Y
Gilliam
Charles M.
D-OG
1
4
21 Jan 1860
26 Dec 1941
Y
Friend
John Gilliam
D-OG
50
4


Y
Tennent
Lucy S. Gilliam
H-NG
7
7
16 Apr 1843
17 Mar 1924
N
Gilliam
Charlotte
H-NG
7
7
5 Apr 1890
23 Nov 1974
N
Gilliam
Charlotte I.
H-NG
7
7
7 Jan 1846
24 Dec 1934
N
Gilliam
Charlotte Isabella Sanxay
H-NG
7
7
15 June 1819
11 Nov 1904
N
Gilliam
Ellen
H-NG
7
7
2 Jan 1858
10 Sep 1941
N
Gilliam
Mary Love Bragg
H-NG
7
7
29 Apr 1858
3 Jul 1923
N
Gilliam
Robert
H-NG
7
7
17 Sep 1796
9 Jul 1884
N
Gilliam
Robert
H-NG
7
7
27 Jan 1847
27 Dec 1934
N
Butcher
Nannie Gilliam
H-NG
10
2
23 Aug 1869
3 Apr 1953
N
Gilliam
Sue T. Beckwith
H-OG
1
1-4
12 Sep 1846
5 Jul 1877
Y
Johnston
Albenia Gilliam
I-NG
4
8b
12 Mar 1839
30 Dec 1928
N
Gilliam
Elizabeth Fort
I-NG
9
2
2 Oct 1911
4 Jun 1981
N
Gilliam
Joseph Peterson
I-NG
9
2
1 Aug 1904
31 Mar 1976
N
Gilliam
Samuel Yates
I-NG
9
2
18 Jan 1849
22 May 1908
N
Gilliam
Grizzelle Mullen
J-NG
5
1
23 Oct 1881
8 Oct 1931
N
Gilliam, Jr.
Robert
J-NG
5
1
6 Oct 1881
13 Feb 1955
N
Neblett
John Gilliam
K-NG
5
8
1891
1973
N
Gilliam
Dr. Joseph Peterson
K-NG
5
8
22 Feb 1837
17 Mar 1912
N
Gilliam
Elizabeth E. Massenburg
N-NG
5
5a
9 Feb 1827
28 Nov 1909
N
Bernard
Mary Cauthorn Gilliam
O-NG
4
5
25 Mar 1883
28 Dec 1963
N
Heath
Emily Gilliam
O-NG
6
1
1891
1978
N
Gilliam
Mary Hargrave
O-NG
9
6,7
3 Mar 1889
21 Feb 1983
N
Gilliam
William Claiborne
O-NG
9
6,7
6 Oct 1887
10 May 1976
N
Gilliam
Ada C.
P-NG
8
7
5 Oct 1857
16 Dec 1931
N
Gilliam
Harvey Lee
P-NG
8
7
7 Mar 1895
24 Aug 1920
N
Gilliam
Joseph H.
P-NG
8
7
14 Oct 1842
26 Oct 1911
N
Gilliam
Pearl O.
P-NG
8
7
27 Jan 1886
28 Mar 1976
N
Gilliam
Ruby Prince
P-NG
8
7
28 Jul 1887
21 Apr 1976
N
Dunlop
Eliza Shore Gilliam
R-NG
2
8
6 Oct 1835
23 Feb 1907
N
Gilliam
Mary Louisa
R-NG
2
8

20 Jan 1895
N
Gilliam
Mary Poythress Eppes
R-NG
2
8
17 Jan 1846
19 Aug 1930
N
Gilliam, M.D.
Theophilus Field
R-NG
2
8
24 Nov 1830
29 Nov 1904
N
Gilliam
(Infant son of A. C. and L. E.)
R-NG
8
4a

14 Jun 1938
N
Gilliam
Bathurst
R-NG
8
4a
13 Feb 1893
1 Mar 1893
N
Gilliam
Elizabeth
R-NG
8
4a
30 Oct 1909
9 Jun 1910
N
Gilliam
Irene Jones
R-NG
8
4a
27 Nov 1864
21 Apr 1926
N
Gilliam
Richard
R-NG
8
4a
11 Oct 1886
23 Apr 1887
N
Gilliam
Richard Davenport
R-NG
8
4a
14 Aug 1855
19 Jul 1935
N
Pilout
Rebekah Gilliam
U-NG
4
1b
4 Nov 1876
15 Aug 1970
N
Gilliam
Allen Carlisle
U-NG
4
1a
1873
1931
N
Gilliam
Edward McEnery
U-NG
4
1a
1881
1956
N
Gilliam
James Skelton
U-NG
4
1a
7 Oct 1838
16 Jul 1916
N
Gilliam
Katharine Gray
U-NG
4
1a
1873
1929
N
Crockford
Isabella Cuthbert Gilliam
V-NG
7
6
11 Jan 1880
7 Oct 1957
N
Young
Mary Love Gilliam
V-NG
7
6
2 Jul 1888
15 Jan 1959
N
Gilliam
Mable J.
Y-NG
1
3a

15 Oct 1957
N
Gilliam
Charles A.
Y-NG
10
1
1875
1926
N
Gilliam
Capt. George W.
Y-NG
10
1
22 Feb 1873
6 Jun 1941
N
Gilliam
Octavia W.
Y-NG
10
1
11 Aug 1850
22 Apr 1924
N
Gilliam
Sarah W.
Y-NG
10
1
Dec 1881
12 Feb 1928
N



Sources
  • Blandford Database. Library of Virginia.
  • Tyree, Jessica. A Guide to the Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation Survey Records, 1987-1992. Library of Virginia, 2007. Accession Number 41780