Wilkes Family Cemetery - Charlie Hope
The cemetery is approx. 75 ft. east of Grandy Road and approximately 2 miles north of Gov. Harrison Pkwy, (Hwy 58). It is directly across the road from the driveway of a home bearing the address of 1935 Grandy Road, Brodnax, VA. This old Wilkes family home is said to be the oldest inhabited house in Brunswick County, VA. This cemetery measures approx. 60 ft x 30 ft and is enclosed by a brick wall ranging in height from 2 ft to 4 ft with no opening for an entrance. Fourteen marked graves are here and a few others, unmarked, may be. The transcription of this cemetery was published as “Wilkes Burial Ground - 'Charlie's Hope,' Brunswick County, Virginia,” The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 15, pp. 135-36 (1971).
Latitude:36º 45' 6.2" N   (36.751722)
Longitude:77º 55' 13.0" W   (-77.920278)
Transcribed:1971, 2001

Burwell Wilkes4 Jun 1757 —31 Mar 1815This spot contains the ashes of the just
Who sought no honors and betrayed no trust
This truth be proved in every path he trod
An honest man the noblest work of GOD
Davidson, Fecit.
Wilkes was a sergeant in the 11th Regiment, Continental line, at Hillsborough, N.C., in November 1779. “Davidson, Fecit” is the Petersburg, Virginia, stonecutter's mark, fecit being Latin for make or construct.
See CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Elizabeth Gunn Wilkes —1846Widow of Burwell B. Wilkes
Wife of Maj. Phil. Claiborne
Died 1846, Age 72 years
Elizabeth Gunn married Burwell Wilkes 3 December 1787, CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Lucy S. Claiborne —30 Aug 1844Died August 30, 1844, aged 38
Lucy Simms Claiborne, daughter of Maj. Philip Claiborne who married Burwell B. Wilkes widow, Elizabeth Gunn, CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Burwell Bassett Wilkes21 Apr 1805 —14 Aug 1878
See CWS f BCV, pp. 22, 120, 163, 203, 349, 605.

Martha Simmons Wilkes24 Sep 1807 —7 Jan 1829Wife of Burwell B. Wilkes
Martha Crawley Simmons, first wife of Burwell Bassett Wilkes, CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Lucy Gray Field Wilkes29 Jul 1810 —11 Feb 1897Wife of Burwell B. Wilkes
Lucy Gray Field, second wife of Burwell Bassett Wilkes, CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Sarah Elizabeth Wilkes31 Mar 1833 —18 Oct 1915Daughter of Burwell B. and Lucy Feild Wilkes
See CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Burwell Bassett Wilkes28 Jan 1838 —21 Apr 1895CO H 53RD REGT VA VOL CSA
Son of the elder man of this name. Dates on stone are apparently wrong, CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Lieut. Charles Wilkes28 Jun 1838 —25 Nov 1862CO H 53RD REGT VA VOL CSA
Charles H. Wilkes, son of Burwell B. Wilkes, CWS f BCV, p. 605.

Allen B. Drummond No Dates On Stone
His son Pvt. John B. Drummond married Mary B. Wilkes, daughter of Burwell Bassett Wilkes. Mary is reported to be buried here, too, CWS f BCV, pp. 163-164.

Elizabeth Gunn Lewis —Jun 1892Wife of F.A. Lewis
Died June 1892 Aged 68
Elizabeth J. Gunn, third wife of Frederick A. Lewis, CWS f BCV, pp. 228, 326, 328, 330, 585.

Almira B. Lewis14 Feb 1805 —24 May 1861Wife of Frederick A. Lewis
Almira B. Kelly, second wife of Frederick A. Lewis, CWS f BCV, p. 326.

William Davis No Dates on Stone

Laura Davis No Dates on Stone


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