Cemetery History

 

 

History of Arlington Co. Graveyards 
(excluding Arlington National Cemetery)

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Abbey Mausoleum
Current Location: 7/10 acre surrounded by Henderson Hall Marine Base in Ft. Myers and Arlington Cemetery.
Mausoleum dedicated March 26, 1926
Burials continued to 1960
Historic note: This mausoleum has been owned and lost by a few corporations. Obtaining a complete list of burials in impossible. Mausoleum has been subjected to neglect and vandalism.

See news articles:

  • Evening Star, 5/18/1964 & 10/28/1969
  • Northern Virginia Sun 8/7/1969 & 2/15/1985
  • Arlington Historical Magazine 10/1984

Calloway United Methodist Church (Small cemetery next to church)
Current Location: 5000 Lee Highway
ME Church 1904
Calloway U.M. Church 1940
Remodeling done 1979
Historic Notes: No records of burials in the church office, but the church's cemetery committee is working to compile them. Many gravestones toppled or hard to read;12 grave markers have no inscription, 6 stone graves are illegible, probably many graves unmarked. Some graves moved to Colemans Cemetery (1900 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA) when Lee Highway was widened. Persons moved is undetermined.
Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church
Current Location: 2706 24th Road, S. (Between S. Glebe & Shirlington Rd)
Organized in 1866 as Wesley Zion Church located in "Freedmen's Village"
Purchased land for permanent site 1874
First church was reassembled & moved from "Freedmen's Village"
Church renamed for bishop T.H. Lomax in 1876
Lomax Chapel built 1887-1889
Brick Structure built 1922
Education building addition 1966
Now part of Arlington Cemetery.
Historic Note: May 29, 1983 sign posted "Closed to all new interments"
Mt. Olivet United Methodist
Current Location: 1500 N. Glebe Road
Land conveyed in 1855
Present structure (4th church on this site) erected 1948-49
Historical Notes: Land conveyed by William & Ann Marcey and John B. & Cornelia Brown (of which Brown's Bend Road was named after; current day name 16th Street North). During civil war, the church was used as a hospital and stable. Subsequently it was destroyed. All records of early burials are missing, but it is likely that many civil war soldiers are buried here.
Mt. Salvation Baptist Church
Current Location: 1961 N. Culpeper Street
Organized in 1872
Erected in 1892
Rebuilt 1942
Additions 1951 & 1974
Stevens Lodge #1435, Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery
Current Location: Near Washington Blvd & Columbia Pike. Site of Sheraton Hotel. Cemetery gone.
Founded in 1870
Last burial 1959
Historical Notes: Founded by 12 Arlington Negroes, some former slaves. Identifyable graves were moved to Coleman Cemetery (1900 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA). Unidentified graves moved to Coleman Cemetery "Unidentified and Unknown Persons" section. Some families opted to move the graves elsewhere (some to Lincoln Cemetery in Suitland, MD; some to Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Annandale, VA) Surnames of those families included: Smith, Dyson, Green, Taylor, Jones, Dobbins, & Douglas.
Walker Chapel United Methodist
Dedicated July 18, 1876
New church built nearby 1903
Old Church used as Sunday School until 1930 demolition
Present building dated 1959
Earliest burial record in adjacent cemetery: David Walker 1848
Historical Notes: Church named after the Walker family who donated the Walker Graveyard as a site for the church.

 

Intact Family Graveyards

Destroyed Family Graveyards

Philips
Travers/Whitehead/Dyer
Ball/Carlin
Winslow/Whiting/Wilson
Birch/Campbell
Birch/Payne
Hicks
Ball
Shreve
Syphax
Custis
Mary Randolph
Robert Ball
Southern-Shreve
Deuterman
Fraser
Summer Hill
Preston
Mills
Donaldson
Harrison
Wunder
Shelley
Berry/Whitehead
Corbett
Hall
Birch
Pelham
minor
Marcey
Donaldson


For more information  (including headstone inscriptions, maps, plats, & historical markers)
see publication (click on the NGS link for information about ordering):

Graveyards of Arlington County, Virginia
Compiled by the Arlington Genealogy Club, published by National Genealogy Society, 1985,
Special Publication #54, Selling for $18.00 non-member/ $15.50 members.

 

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