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Burton Cassell Jenifer Medley Plecker Smoot

Obituary of Frances Burton Smoot Plecker, Madison County, Virginia.

Mrs. Frances Burton Smoot Plecker died at her home, in Staunton, Va., on January 11, 1915. She was born September 22, 1833, on her father's plantation in Madison County, Va. She was the daughter of Daniel Jenifer Smoot and Harriet Medley, a granddaughter of Ambrose Medley and Frankey Burton and a great-granddaughter of Maj. May Burton, a soldier of the Revolution.

The late Bishop Meade, in notes on St. Thomas Parish "Old Churches and Familes of Virginia," makes mention of Major Burton, Sr., as a staunch patriot and a staunch churchman, who served his country in the Revolutionary War and in the absence of the minister, served as layman in the little historic church of Ruckersville, eighteen miles from Orange Courthouse.

On her paternal side Mrs. Plecker was the granddaughter of another gallant soldier of the Revolutionary War and also of the War of 1812, John Smoot, who married Elizabeth Jenifer, daughter of Dr. Daniel Jenifer, a distinguished surgeon in the War of the Revolution. She was desceneded from patriotic stock on all sides, her father having rendered service in the War of 1812. A few years ago the National Society of the Daughters of 1812 bestowed upon her a "Real Daughter" pin. Mrs. Plecker came from a lineage that was influential in the history of both the commonwealth and the Virginia colony.

She was the widow of Jacob H. Plecker, of Augusta County, who served in Company F, 62d Virginia Regiment. While her husband was away fighting she and her faithful slaves spun and dyed the yarn, and made the clothing for him and his fellow soldiers.

She was laid to rest by the side of her husband and five children. Two children survive her-a daughter, Mrs. J. F. F. Cassell, of Staunton, and a son, Dr. Walter A. Plecker, State Registrar of Vital Statistics, of Richmond.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazone, June, 1915.

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