These fourteen inscriptions are taken from Lyon G. Tyler’s 1894 article in the William and Mary Quarterly.
There is some confusion about the tombs, since Mildred Reade Warner has no legible inscription, and the stone of James J. McClanahan was moved to Abingdon Parish Church.
Included in our book, Warner Hall: Story of a Great Plantation, by Dave Brown and Thane Harpole, images of the stones, the layout of the graveyard and these inscriptions. We’re sharing the inscriptions here, too. Enjoy the history (and when you come to visit, let us know if you’d like a copy of the book, which we gladly sell on site).
Mary Warner ye wife of Augustine Warner Esq. was
Born the 15th of May 1614 And
Dyed ye 11th Day of August 1662.
Augustine Warner Deceased
ye 24th of December 1674,
Aged 63 Yeares 2 Mth 26Ds.
Thos dead whilest most men live he canot dy
His name will live fresh in their memory
True worth is highly shown in liveing well
When future ages of his praise sheall tell
Here Lyeth the Body of
Coll Augustine Warner
who was born ye 3d of
June 1642 and Died
Ye 19th of June 1681.
Mildred Reade Warner.
Here Lyeth interred
Son of Coll Augustine &
Mildred Warner born ye
17th of January, 1666/7, And
deceased ye 17th of March, 1686-7.
Here Lyeth Interr’d ye Body
of Elizabeth Lewis the
Daughter of Col Augustine
Warner and Mildred his
Wife and late wide of John
Lewis Esq She was Born at
Chesake the 24th of November,
1672 Aged 47 yeas 2 Months
And 12 Days, and was a Tender
Mother of 14 Children. She
Departed this Life the 5th
Day of February 1719/20.
Here Lyeth Interred
The Body of Collo John Lewis
Son of John and Isabella Lewis,
and one of his Majestys Honble
Council for this Colony who was
born ye 30th of November 1669 &
this Life on ye 14th of November 1725.
Mary Lewis first Wife of Warner Lewis Esq
Daugher of John Chiswell
and Elizabeth Randolph
of Turkey Island
Died the first of November 1776.
Aged 28 Years.
Eldest son of Warner Lewis Esq
and Eleanor Gooch
Widow of William Gooch
and Daughter of
James Bowles Esq od Maryland.
Died the 30th of December 1791
Aged 44 years.
Here Lyes the Remains of
Juliana Clayton ye only Daughter
of Thomas Clayton and Isabella his
Wife She was born May ye 17th 1731
*****ye 12th of May 1734
Here Sleeps the Body
of Isabella Clayton While
her Soul is gone in Triumph to
meet the best of Husbands
and never more to be Devorced
by him to be taughter to Sing
Eternal Praises of God & ye Lamb
Hic Subter Suae Sunt reliquae D.
Thomas Clayton M.B. Johannis Clayton
Arm. Filii natu minimi Aulae pembrochianae
Cambrigiensis olim Alumni qui studiis
et labore professions fractus postquam
aetatis suae annum XXXVIII attigisset XVII
die Octobris anno nostrae salutis a Christo
MDCCXXXIX pie et suaviter in Domino
Obdormivit cujus vidua Isabella pientissima
hoc marmor pro munere extreme uberibus
cum lachrymis devotissime posuit.
Magnificas nullas cernes his suae columnas.
Saxa nec artifices vivere jussa manu
Pyramides celsa laetor nec surgere in
illis in campis Isidis arter pares.
Scilicet hanc speciem mentorum quaerat
Famam qui metitus conciliare nequit.
Sacred to the Memory
of Caroline Barret wife of Charles Barret
Esq and eldest
Daughter of Warner Lewis by his
Second wife Mary Flemming.
She was born June 28 1783,
and Departed this vale of tears April 6th
No language can explain what she was
Her Eulogium is where she liveth,
In the heart of her sorrowing h**.
This is to the Memory of
James J. McLanahan
Eldest son of
John and Elizabeth McLanahan
of Franklin County
Pennsylvania Born November 15, 1791
Died October 16, 1838.