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William Letcher

Birthdate: (30)
Birthplace: Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
Death: August 2, 1780 (26-34)
Laurel Hill Farm, Ararat, Patrick County, Virginia, USA (Murdered by a Tory)
Place of Burial: Ararat, Patrick County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Giles Letcher and Hannah Letcher
Husband of Elizabeth Letcher Hairston
Father of Bethenia Pannill
Brother of Sarah Hannah Mitchell; Stephen Giles Letcher; Elizabeth Letcher; Thomas Letcher; Nancy Letcher and 1 other

Managed by: John Roger Tyler Moore
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About William Letcher

  • A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA with the rank of COLONEL .
  • DAR Ancestor #: A069559
  • Death: A 9- -1780 HENRY CO VIRGINIA

From the Find A Grave page on William Letcher:


Birth: 1750

Death: Aug. 2, 1780

William Letcher was born about 1750 and lived in the Ararat Area of Patrick County, Virginia. He served as an officer in the local militia while living in the remote area of Patrick County. On the night of August 2, 1780 a British Sympathizer known only as "Nichols" murdered William Letcher is his home. Lord Cornwallis was making his march through the Western Carolinas and the presence of Bristish Forces served to encourage sympathizers to murder members of the local militia. Letcher as a perfect target living in the remote frontier. William Letcher is buried in a lone grave on property that was once owned by his family. William Letcher is the Great-Grandfather of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart who was born less than a mile away at Laurel Hill.

William Letcher moved to the land along the Ararat River in the late 1770s with his wife Elizabeth Perkins. In the spring of 1780, their only child, Bethenia blessed the family with her arrival. Later that year pro-British Tories killed William during the American Revolution. Letcher lies today in the oldest marked grave in Patrick County.

He is commemorated each year at a Revolutionary War encampment on the property.

Burial: William Letcher Single Gravesite, Ararat, Patrick County, Virginia, USA

Created by: CA Croft

  • Record added: May 21, 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 19477364


From the English Wikipedia page on Laurel Hill Farm:


Laurel Hill Farm is a private park in Ararat, Virginia. The birthplace of James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart, 75 acres of the 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) owned by the Stuart Family was saved in 1992 by the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust. This organization founded by Historian and Author Thomas D. "Tom" Perry is a non-profit corporation that has interpreted the site and holds events on the property.[2]


History of the Laurel Hill Farm

The Laurel Hill Farm has a varied history told from archaeology completed by the College of William and Mary, which found the house site along with Native-American artifacts. Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson, surveyed the southern boundary of the property. The first member of J. E. B. Stuart's family to live on the property was William Letcher (1750–1780), who was killed on the farm in August 1780 by a Tory during the American Revolution. Letcher's grave on the property is the oldest marked grave site in Patrick County.


2. ^ Perry, Thomas D. J. E. B. Stuart's Birthplace: The History of the Laurel Hill Farm, 2008, ISBN 1438239343, ISBN 978-1438239347.

From "The Cabells and Their Kin" by Alexander Brown, D.C. L. He was the first husband of Elizabeth Perkins who later married Colonel George Hairston

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William Letcher's Timeline

Province of Virginia, (Present USA)
March 21, 1780
Age 30
Halifax County, Virginia, United States
August 2, 1780
Age 30
Ararat, Patrick County, Virginia, USA
Ararat, Patrick County, Virginia, United States