MARYE - Luray VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 39.878 W 078° 27.301
17S E 721427 N 4282635
Quick Description: An obelisk stands tall in an old cemetery in Page County VA marking the grave of the founder of Luray.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 10/23/2011 3:48:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMCXPG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member geobwong2k
Views: 2

Long Description:
A 12' obelisk marks the MARYE grave in the Green Hill CemeteryClick for related waymark to open in new window in Luray, VA. The monument stands in the center of a stone curb circle.

Inscription at the base:

WILLIAM STAIGE MARYE.
BORN FEBRUARY 15, 1775.
DIED SEPTEMBER 28, 1837.


_________________

MARY RUFFNER.
WIFE OF
WILLIAM STAIGE MARYE.
BORN APRIL 25, 1785.
DIED DECEMBER 26, 1852.

There are three other graves with headstones and footstones within the circle -- the inscriptions are worn and one headstone is broken.

William was born in Culpeper County, VA. He moved to Shenandoah County when he was 19 and lived in Mundlesville, about one mile south of present-day Luray. He was a graduate of William and Mary and became a well-known scholar in languages and mathematics. He married Mary Elizabeth Ruffner in May 1802.

William served as a member of the legislature in 1831 and helped organize a new county -- Page, where Luray is located today. William is considered the founder of Luray which was located on Peter Ruffner's, his father-in-law, land.

Interestingly, William's grandfather, James Marye, was the first of the family to settle in America and he built his home on the Rappahannock River where Fredericksburg was founded in 1729. Marye's HeightsClick for related waymark to open in new window would later become an infamous battlefield during the Civil War.

Reference:

Date Created/Placed: circa early to mid 19th century

Address:
Green Hill Cemetery
E. Main St and Dedford Ave
Luray VA


Height: 12'

Illuminated: no

Website: Not listed

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