Stephens Family Cemetery

Stephens Family Cemetery (HM5EJ)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Country: United States of America

N 38° 17.731', W 77° 28.094'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

Buried here are eight members of the Innis, Mazeen, and Stephens families, including the most famous of them all: Martha Stephens.

Local children knew Martha Stephens as "Granny." They also remembered her ever-present apron, the pipe often clenched in her teeth, and her matronly form. But Martha Stephens was no typical "Granny." At the time when women rarely owned property, she owned no fewer than seven tracts, including a 92-acre farm in Spotsylvania County. For a time, she ran a saloon in her home. A local resident remembered her as "uneducated [and] too free and outspoken in what she said and did and how she did it."

When she died in 1888 at the age of 68, the local paper called her a "genial spirit" and recalled wartime efforts to aid the wounded during the Battle of Fredericksburg. "Her ministrations will never be forgotten by those who survive," the paper noted, "and companions of those who died will ever cherish her memory."
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HM NumberHM5EJ
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 5:33pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284152 N 4241486
Decimal Degrees38.29551667, -77.46823333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.731', W 77° 28.094'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 43.86" N, 77° 28' 5.64" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 540 Willis St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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