26 JAN 1859 - Richmond, VA
14 AUG 1929 - White Stone, Lancaster, VA
Zepporah Ella HaleZepporah Hale >> Orah Lewis >> Marvin George >> Maida George
During the Civil War her father enlisted first in the Virginia Militia and later in the 15th Virginia Calvary. Her mother did not live to see the end of the war, she died in 1864.
The 1870 census shows her family still in Richmond County near the Warsaw post office. Her father's real estate is now valued at $200 and personal propery at $100. At age 11, Zepporah is marked as attending school that year.
The 1880 census shows Zepporah, age 20, living with her brother Camorite Hale. He is listed as a widower with an 8 year old son. Also living with Camorite is Fairfax Lewis, age 17. Camorite is marked as a farmer and Fairfax as a laborer. Fairfax cannot read or write.
Zepporah and Fairfax married just two years later on December 17th, 1882. He was the son of Middleton Lewis and Sarah Clark.
At some point the couple moved to Lancaster County. Their youngest son, Parren or "Cannie" as he was called, told his grand-niece, Maida Blanche George, that his father was a sharecropper and when he first moved down the Northern Neck from Richmond County they lived on Enon Hall farm in a home standing in the eastern most field.
The 1900 census does show the family near White Stone. The couple have been married for 18 years and have had 5 children with all 5 still living. Fairfax is working as a farmer and it says his home is rented. He is noted as being able to read and write this time. The next family listed are Yerby's. That would support Cannie's claim because the next farm east of Enon Hall was the Yerby farm.
The local news section of the Virginia Citizen mentioned in 1906 that F. Lewis had moved in the house of the late C.S. Dunton.
The 1910 census shows the family on the road from White Stone to Palmer. Fairfax is still marked as renter. The couple is marked as having 6 children with 5 surviving.
The 1920 census shows Fairfax as 56 years old. He is marked as owning his home mortgage free and still working as a farmer. The family still lives near White Stone. Sons Kirk and Parren still live at home and are marked as working on steam boats. Parren has a wife and young daughter that also live with them.
Fairfax died on Sunday morning, October 16th, 1921. He was buried the next day at White Stone Baptist Church. Zepporah died August 14th, 1929. She was buried beside Fairfax the following day. Her cause of death was given as chronic nephritis (inflammation resulting from urinary tract infection).
- Year: 1850; Census Place: Farnham Parish, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: M432_972; Page: 170B; Image: 339
- Year: 1860; Census Place: Richmond, Virginia; Roll: M653_1374; Page: 348; Image: 367; Family History Library Film: 805374
- Year: 1880; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: 1386; Family History Film: 1255386; Page: 461A; Enumeration District: 099
- Year: 1900; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: 1714; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0046; FHL microfilm: 1241714
- Year: 1910; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: T624_1633; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0060; FHL microfilm: 1375646
- Year: 1920; Census Place: White Stone, Lancaster, Virginia; Roll: T625_1895; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 69; Image: 703
- U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
- Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
- Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
- Richmond T imes Dispatch, 19 Aug. 1929, p. 13. NewsBank: America's News – Historical and Current, infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AMNEWS&docref=image/v2%3A135B950C9F3CF0C6%40EANX-NB-13A1856230F7910A%402425843-13A17C18ACC497CA%4012-13A17C18ACC497CA%40. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.
Spouse & Children:
- Margaret C. Hale
- Sydnor Hale
- Jepthoh Hale
- Conimerite Hale
- Obedial Hale
- Rawston Hale
- Shelton Hale
- Lily Hale