28 JAN 1852 - Lancaster, VA
25 SEP 1890 - Irvington, Lancaster, VA

Luther H. George

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Luther was a farmer and waterman in Lancaster County. He is said to be the first person buried at Irvington Baptist Church.

According to his tombstone Luther H. George was born January 28th, 1852. According to Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940 he was born in Lancaster County and his parents were Z.H. George and Harriet A. His mother seems to be a Wilder and it appears she died before 1860.

On the 1860 census Z.H. George and Luther appear near the Litwalton post office in Lancaster County. Z.H. aged 33, is a oysterman. He does not own any property, and his personal property is valued at $125. He was unable to read or write. Luther, age 9, is attending school. In Grandaddy's scrapbook he suggested that in Luther's later childhood years he may have been raised by his mother's brother, Michael Wilder, III and his wife Emma. He also thought there could have been a Wilder connection to the village of Foxwells, but I do not know what evidence he was basing that on.

During the Civil war Luther's father was able to claim a medical waiver for epilepsy. He was declared unfit for military service.

A slip of paper was written as a receipt to Zamouth George for the July 1870 tuition payment for Luther and signed by R.R. Dunaway. The amount was $1.50.

The 1870 census was taken in August of that year. The best match I have found for Luther H. George is listed as 'Harrison George,' age 18, living with a Nancy George, 54, and her three sons near White Stone. A possible entry for Zamouth shows him also living near White Stone with Alonzo James who may have been a cousin.

Luther appears in the 1880 census and the 1880 Agricultural Schedule near White Stone working as a sharecropper. He has 80 tilled acres with 75 wooded acres as part of the farm. Cash value of the farm is $2,000, cash value of Luther's farming tools is $15. A note says that he was not in cultivation in 1879.

In April of 1885 Luther purchased from James H. Wiley .94 of an acre of land near the public road leading to Carter's Creek Wharf (today called Irvington) for $97.

He married Alice Columbia Jett on May 18, 1885 in King George county. They had two sons, Lloyd Harrison in 1886 and Gordon Douglas in 1888.

Luther may have taken up working on the water instead of farming when he moved to Irvington. He received an Oyster Tonging License on September 1st 1890. He contracted malarial fever and died later that same month at age 37. Luther is buried at Irvington Baptist Church, and is said to be the first person buried there.

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  • Year: 1860; Census Place: Eastern District, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: M653_1357; Page: 655; Image: 237; Family History Library Film: 805357
  • Year: 1870; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: M593_1658; Page: 228A; Image: 39993; Family History Library Film: 553157
  • Year: 1880; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: 1375; Family History Film: 1255375; Page: 151C; Enumeration District: 045
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940

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Last Updated: 9/29/2019