Stanton Litchfield Family Cemetery
Virginia Beach, VA
The cemetery sits just off the west side of Princess Anne Road near the house located at 1229 Princess Anne Road. There is a farm road running into the fields directly next to the plot, which is in a heavily overgrown area of vines and bushes. There are probably stones that are not visible under the vines as I found a footstone for which I did not see a headstone. There is one tombstone that was not listed in the 1970s era enumeration by Lynnhaven Parish Chapter NSDAR. There is one tombstone they found that I did not find.
In 1880 the household of this family group was headed by James E. Stanton. Living with him was his wife Margaret and her daughters, Emma & Margaret Fletcher, by a prior marriage. Emma was married to Daniel J. Litchfield and had one child Fletcher A. Although a prior cemetery enumeration indicated that Margaret Stanton died in 1907, she was not living in the household headed by Daniel J. Litchfield in 1900. A search for the Stanton name as a household head in 1900 Princess Anne County turned up nothing.
Margaret Stanton was the widow of well-to-do Elizabeth City farmer Aaron Fletcher. Fletcher's 1860 census shows her to be 30 years old, which is even older than the admitted age difference between Margaret and second husband James E. Stanton. Possibly Aaron Fletcher's sizeable estate might be the explanation for James E. Stanton's marriage to a woman so much older than himself. It also might explain the move to Princess Anne County, away from her older children.
An overhead view of the back portion of the plot reveals an area where there are probably more tombstones under the vines. The bush was probably planted as an ornamental addition. The planter probably did not realize that it would grow to a size that would threaten the shear existence of the remains. The current inhabitants of the farm appear to use the area in front of the plot as a turnaround space for vehicles and a storage spot for the City of Virginia Beach trash receptacles. There is one tombstone that is overturned with the inscribed section facing down into the dirt. This is the same condition of the tombstone as described in the mid-1970s enumeration. This family cemetery needs a clean up and some loving care.
A.F. & B.L. Litchfield
March 30, 1910
July 27, 1911
David J. Litchfield
May 1854 - December 1924
March 1862 - June 1942
1880 Enumerated in the Princess Anne Co, VA household of James E. Stanton
1900 Princess Anne Co, VA Census, Pungo Magisterial District, p. 46, Supv District 2, ED 51, Sheet 8A #148-149, Farmer, born May 1854 NC. Emma J Sept 1880 NC, Willie J Sept 1880, Mary F Oct 1882, George D Dec 1887, John C Aug 1890, David C Jun 1892
J. V. L.
Wife of James E. Stanton
1829 - 1907
1860 Pasquotank Co, NC Census, Elizabeth City, p. 357, #655-652, Farmer, Aaron Fletcher 41 NC, Margaret 30, Benj F. 19, George 12, Aaron 8, Mary 6, Laura A. 4/12
James E. Stanton
1842 - 1899
1870 Pasquotank Co, NC Census, Elizabeth City, p. 420, Salem Township, Age 26 b NC, Farmer, Margaret 38, Emma Fletcher 8, Margaret 5
1880 Princess Anne Co, VA Census, p 184D, ED 95, Seaboard District, #342-354, Farmer, 37 b NC, Margaret 47, Margaret Fletcher 15, A Daniel J Litchfield 25, Emma 18, Fletcher A 1
J.T. & Margaret A. Stanton
Born October 16, 1881
Age 9 mos
A. F. Litchfield
1878 - 1925
A. F. Litchfield was included in the mid-1970s enumeration of this cemetery by the Lynnhaven Parish Chapter NSDAR. I did not find a tombstone for him when I visited the cemetery February 26, 2005. It may still be there but not be visible because of the dense vine growth.
02/16/2007 09:36:03 PM