My previous post included the gravestones in Fair View Cemetery of three generations of the Staples family, from Samuel Granville Staples to Abram Penn Staples (III), plus two sons of the latter. Abram Penn Staples (III) and Jean Duncan Watts were the couple whose marriage was described three posts ago, which his parents, Abram Penn Staples (II) and Sallie Clement (Hunt) Staples attended. The first generation, Samuel Granville Staples and Caroline Harris (DeJarnette) Staples, had already died before the wedding, and the couple’s sons were not yet born. There were, however, a number of other Staples kin who attended the ceremony and who are also buried at Fair View Cemetery. They are listed here in the chronological order of the dates of their deaths.
Gravestone of Caroline DeJarnette (Staples) Daniel
Inscription: CAROLINE deJ. STAPLES / wife of JOEL W. DANIEL / MAR. 20, 1869 / AUG. 28, 1916
Joel Daniel was in the tobacco manufacturing business; at the time of the 1900 census, he and his wife were living in Martinsville, Virginia. He apparently died before 1910.
Gravestone of Samuel Granville Staples Jr
Inscription: SAMUEL G. / STAPLES / JAN. 29, 1862 / AUG. 27, 1917
Samuel Granville Staples was the son of Samuel Granville Staples and Caroline (DeJarnette) Staples. He became a physician, and married on 19 Nov 1902 at Biloxi, Mississippi, Douglas Maryon, born 18 Jul 1884 at Savannah, Georgia.
Gravestone of Samuel Hunt Staples
Inscription: SAMUEL HUNT STAPLES / MARCH 24, 1887 / NOVEMBER 4, 1918 / SECOND LIEUTENANT U. S. ARMY / HIS NAME IS NOW ON HONOR’S ROLL / AND HIS RECORD RESTS WITH GOD
Samuel Hunt Staples was the son of Abram Penn Staples (II) and Sallie (Hunt) Staples. He served in the American Expeditionary Force in Europe in World War I and died unmarried.
Gravestone of Waller Redd Staples
Inscription: WALLER REDD STAPLES / 1871-1927
Waller Redd Staples was a son of Samuel Granville Staples and Caroline (DeJarnette) Staples. He married Olivia Benson Trout, whose gravestone is shown below. After spending his early years at the family home in Patrick County, Virginia, he was educated at Washington and Lee University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was engaged in engineering work with the U. S. government for some years, part of which was in the Land Office in Washington, DC. While there, he studied law at the National University and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1899. After practicing a few years in Lynchburg, Va. and at Marysville, W. Va. he moved to Roanoke City and formed a law partnership with A. B. Hunt in 1905. Three years later, he was elected to the Corporation Court Judgeship, in Roanoke City, from which office he resigned in 1914 to resume his private practice. While on the bench, he was appointed by Gov. Mann to try the celebrated Allen murder cases in Hillsville. It was in March 1912 that Judge Thornton Massie and other officers of the Court at Hillsville were shot to death in the Court Room itself, by members of the notorious Allen gang. Under the conditions that existed, the appointment to try these cases was a high and dangerous compliment. By his conduct of the Allen trials, Judge Staples won extensive commendation, not only in Virginia but in the press of many other localities. From 1922 until his death, Judge Staples was the associate trial counsel of the N. & W. Railway.
Gravestone of Mary B. (Waugh) Staples (photo from www.findagrave.com)
Inscription: MARY B. WAUGH / WIFE OF / DANIEL D. STAPLES / APR. 22, 1853 / AUG. 23, 1938
Daniel DeJarnette Staples was a deputy clerk of the courts in Roanoke, Virginia, at the time of his death. He and Mary (Waugh) Staples had three children.
Gravestone of Olivia Benson Staples
Inscription: OLIVIA B. STAPLES / 1879-1969
Olivia Benson Trout was born 25 Oct 1879 and died in Oct 1969. She married on 21 Jan 1901 at Staunton, VA, Waller Redd Staples whose gravestone is shown above.
In addition to those who attended the wedding, three members of the Staples family who died too early to be present were also buried at Fair View, as well as one who was probably not present because he was too young.
Gravestone of Lucy Hampton Staples
Inscription: LUCY HAMPTON / STAPLES / Daughter of / SAMUEL G. AND / C. HARRIS STAPLES / BORN AUG. 3, 1866 / DIED JUNE 16, 1887 / And they shall be mine saith / the Lord of Hosts in that day / when I make up my jewels. [Malachi 3:17]
Lucy Hampton Staples died the earliest of the Staples family interred at Fair View. Her death date was in fact three years earlier than the date of the founding of the cemetery, and earlier than the approximate date for her parents’ move from Patrick County, Virginia, to Roanoke, Virginia.
Gravestone of Waller Redd Staples
Inscription: SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / WALLER REDD STAPLES / WHO WAS BORN AT / PATRICK COURT HOUSE, VIRGINIA / ON THE 24TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 1826 / AND DIED AT CHRISTIANSBURG, VIRGINIA / ON THE 20TH DAY OF AUGUST 1897 / THE MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED [Proverbs 10:7] / IT WAS THE MIND WHICH MADE THE MAN / BUT HIS VIGOR WAS IN HIS IMMORTAL SOUL / STAPLES
Waller Redd Staples was the son of Abram Penn Staples and Mary (Penn) Staples. He was educated at the University of North Carolina, and at William and Mary College. For a short time he was in the law office of Judge Taliaferro, in Rocky Mount, after which he formed a partnership with William Ballard Preston, of Christiansburg, who was afterwards Secretary of the Navy under President Tyler. Waller Staples served as representative from Montgomery County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1853-54, and was a member of the Confederate Congress. After the war, he was elected to the first Court of Appeals under the new constitution, and served on the Court, 1871-1882, After retiring from this position, he formed a partnership with Beverly B. Munford of Richmond, and there remained until his death. In 1887, Judge Staples, Judge Edward C. Burks and John W. Riely revised the Code of Virginia.
Gravestone of Mary Huldah (Staples) Moir
Inscription: MARY HULDAH STAPLES / WIFE OF / E. L. MOIR / BORN / AT PATRICK D. H. VA / SEPT. 14, 1864 / DEPARTED THIS LIFE / AT ROANOKE, VA / AUG. 1, 1897 / [A seven-line inscription, probably from the Bible or a religious poem, follows; it is probably readable in the cemetery, but it has weathered too much to be legible in the photo.]
Mary Huldah Staples was the daughter of Samuel Granville Staples and Caroline (DeJarnette) Staples. Her husband, Edwin L. Moir, was a wholesale merchant. They had five children. After Mary Huldah’s death, Edwin remarried to Kathleen Maryon, a sister of Douglas Maryon, the wife of Samuel Granville Staples Jr, whose grave is shown above. There are numerous gravestones of the Moir and Maryon families in Fair View Cemetery.
Gravestone of William D. Staples
Inscription: WILLIAM D. STAPLES / 1907-1959
William D. Staples was the son of Waller Redd Staples and Olivia (Trout) Staples. He returned from Europe in 24 Oct 1945 as a Major in the U. S. Army. On 17 May 1931, he returned from Cherbourg, France, and gave his address as Scarsdale, New York. He married 23 Nov 1937 at Roanoke, Virginia, Mary Elizabeth McDowell, but the family records have no further information about him or his family.