GREENWOOD CEMETERY


Greenwood Cemetery is located in the Dale City area of Woodbridge, VA on Old Delaney Road just West of its intersection with Minnieville Road. It is the site of the former Greenwood Presbyterian Church, which no longer stands. The cemetery is no longer used for burials. The information contained on this page was obtained from the book "100 Old Cemeteries", from decsendents of former members and others who shared this information with me. I have also taken photographs of the cemetery and some of the stones. In addition, the Manassas Presbyterian Church has some of the old church records. When my wife and I visited the cemetery a few years ago, we noticed many signs of vandalism. Some tombstones were turned over, others broken to fragments. We have not been back, but I do know that Robie Melson of First United Presbyterian Church, Dale City; led a team of Boy Soouts for his Eagle project, and they did some extensive work including steps to the site and a sign at the entrance. Access from the road is really unsafe; but, can be obtained by receiving permission from the local HOA. According to information I have gathered, the church was organized sometime around 1848 and the first structure, probably log, was completed in 1855 by Northern Emigrants! Abram Waldon, Thomas Clarke, and Oliver Chamberlain (Chamberlin) owned the property on which the site is located. These men were reported to have been Northern Cattlemen and had recently moved into the area. It is interesting to note that the organizing pastor of First United Presbyterian Church a short distance away, was William N. Clark who came originally from North Carolina and is now retired and settled in Central Virginia. Thomas Clarke coincidentally had a son named William. The church was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War who apparently left one morning without extinguishing their fires. The Chamberlain ladies saw the smoke and ran to the church and saved the Communion Pewter which had been made by the reputable Roswell Gleason and is now in the possession of Mr. Lee Hedrick of Annandale, VA. Obviously, the church was destroyed by fire. It apparently was not rebuilt until 1908. Lute Pearson, at the age of 79 in 1979, remembered his father, Marion Pearson and William Clarke, the son of Thomas, hewing the wood for the structure with a broad axe. Local rocks were used for the foundation. The families of the church saved their pennies for the stained glass windows. Dr. J. Garland Hamner, DDS, who was the minister of the Manassas Presbyterian Church from 1899-1910, came to Greenwood by horse and buggy to preach the Sunday services, staying for the traditional Sunday dinner at the Pearson home before returning to Manassas. William Clarke was elected elder from the Manassas Presbyterian Church to the Greenwood Church. In 1927, a committee was formed and an effort was made to sell the church for $1000, to no avail. In 1939, the lumber from the structure was sold for $25 and the windows and bell were sold for $135. Thomas Clarke and his wife, Mary M., are buried in the cemetery along with the names Calvert/Clarence Preston, Comstock, Turner, Frazier, Florence, Hershey, Strobert (three of whom died in the influenza epidemic of 1918), Beth Chamberlain, Augustus Mitchell Nandrassy, David Turner and others. James A. Florence 1850-1915 is supposedly buried there also. Sylvia E. Turner (probably the wife of Martin L. Turner and mother of David Clinton Turner) died on the 4th of June 1984 and David Clinton Turner on the 6th of September 1993. The stones indicate they were buried in this cemetery. Their graves adjoin that of Martin L. Turner. On the Clarke plot is a stone marker with an inscription cast in bronze which says "Mt Vernon Chapter D. A. R. REAL DAUGHTER". A stone slab lies near the cemetery. This may be the site of the church.


I have other information on the persons buried here from the book and from the remaining stones which I will share upon E-mail Request toWalt Peterman or you may consult "100 Old Cemeteries in Prince William County by E. R. Conner, III. Library # 975.527. Another good source of information is "Prince William, The Story of Its People and Its Places".


A few years ago, my wife and I visited this old cemetery. We were saddebed by the condition of the cemetert, although an Eagle project recently cleaned and did some other work at the cemetery including a walkway entrance. I have not had an opportunity to visit recently. I HAVE ATTACHED SOME PICTURES (Taken before the Eagle Project), WHICH YOU MAY WISH TO VIEW. PICTURE A--This picture shows a couple of scenes of the entrance and a concrete slab which may have been the entrance to the old church.THIS PICTURE SHOWS SOME OF THE INSIDE OF THE CEMETERY AND THE LAST ONE IS A TOMBSTONE FOR THE CLARKE FAMILY.


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