I took a fairly short trip this morning to find the grave of one of my ancestors. It was fun and, for me, emotionally moving.
This ancestor is not on my y-dna line, and I don't know what his y haplogroup is. Chances are good it is R1b of some kind, but I don't know. Anyway, I knew he was buried near his old homestead/estate of Port Micou in Essex County, Virginia, which is only about 30 miles south of where I live. So, this morning my wife and daughter and I drove out to the Essex County Museum and Historical Society in Tappahannock to see if someone there could point us in the right direction.
First off, the Essex County Museum and Historical Society, especially for a small town operation, is very cool. They have all kinds of neat artifacts there, including the actual old clothing of people from the colonial period and shortly after, and lots of Civil War stuff.
Well, I thought my ancestor, Dr. Paul Micou, was kind of famous, so I expected the lady at the museum to know right away who he was and where he is buried. To my chagrin, she had never heard of him. Nevertheless, she pointed me to a book of old Essex County burials and cemeteries and within five minutes I found out where he is buried:Vauter's Episcopal Church
, conveniently located right on our route home.
We stopped and had lunch and then drove out to the church, which is about 18 miles or so north of Tappahannock, Virginia. It's a beautiful spot, very green and shady, with lots of big trees. The old church is a beautiful piece of old brick work. My wife found my ancestor's grave on the north side of the church, in the shade of a holly tree. The stone is old and very worn, but it can still be read:Here Lies the Body of Paul Micou who Departed this Life the 23 of May 1736 in the 78 Year of his Age
There is a bronze plaque at the foot of the old gravestone. It was placed there in 1969 by the Huguenot Society. It reads:[Huguenot Society emblem and cross]/To honor the memory of/Dr. Paul Micou/Huguenot Immigrant/from Nantes, France, 1690./Placed by the Huguenot Society/Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, 17 May 1969
That bronze plaque makes it a lot easier to find his grave than it would be without it.
I took some photos, which I have since uploaded to my family tree at Ancestry.com.
Paul Micou is a pretty distant ancestor of mine on my father's side, but it was still very moving to me to find his grave and photograph it. It's also very cool to know it's not all that far from where I live.