Thursday at the Cemetery ~ Judith Armistead

Judith Armistead tombHave you ever gotten so excited over finding a really unique, old, Tomb/Tombstone? Then you get even more excited to realize that it belongs to one of your ancestors. This beautiful one belongs to my 9x Great Grandmother, Judith Armistead born about 1665 in Virginia. She was the daughter of John Armistead, Esquire and Judith Robinson. In 1688 She married Robert King Carter when she was 23 years old. Both Judith and Robert came from wealthy landowner families. After their marriage, they built a large home called “Corotoman Plantation” in Lancaster, Virginia.

According to the slab placed by her gravesite, she and Robert had 5 children, 4 Judith Armistead HSdaughters, and a son. I have been able to find information about 2 of the daughters, Sarah and Judith but nothing on the other 3. Sarah was born in January 1694 and Judith was born in December that same year.





Judith passed away on February 23, 1699, at the age of 34. The tombstones of the “King” and his wives in the churchyard were described in 1838 by Bishop Meade as” probably the largest, richest, and heaviest in the United States”. 


Judith Armistead PlaqueShe was buried at Christ Church Cemetery in Weems, Lancaster County, Virginia. Her tomb is ornately decorated with flowers and angels. The top of it has her epitaph, but over the years the words have been worn away to where it is almost illegible. A plaque has been placed by the large tomb with the words from the tomb on it.


Here lyeth the body of Judith Carter the wife of Robert Carter, Esq., and oldest daughter of the Honorable Jno. Armistead, Esq., and Judith his wife. She departed this life the 23rd. day of February Anno 1699, in the [34]th year of her age, and in the eleventh year of her marriage having borne to her husband five children, four daughters and a son, two whereof Sarah and Judith Carter, died before, and are buried near her. Piously she lived, and comfortably died, in the joyful assurance of a happy Eternity, leaving to her friends the sweet perfume of a good reputation.



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