Returning to Yorktown for one last stop, there is a small private graveyard near the Augustine Moore House, where the surrender terms between the Americans and the French on the one side and the British on the other were negotiated back in 1781. It’s a very pleasant little graveyard, contained within a white picket fence under a large tree, with a fine view of the nearby York River.
But the important part to me, of course, and the reason I’m writing about it here, is the grave of Mildred (Smith) Jameson (d. 10 December 1778), the wife of David Jameson, a prominent merchant born in Scotland who was Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 1781 and lived nearby. (Of course, Yorktown is really a pretty small place, so everyone “lives nearby.”)
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