Original Information from Volume 5 of the Gravestone Books
Martin Cockburn’s home “Springfield” was still standing when Kate Mason Rowland wrote about it in 1892 in her account of The Life of George Mason. According to notes by historian Edith M. Sprouse on file in the Virginia Room of the Fairfax City Regional Library, Martin Cockburn married Anne Bronaugh in about 1763, and built Springfield soon after.
Rowland described Springfield as “a long, low frame building.” Cockburn, she said, had lived in the West Indies, and built his home all on one floor in a style like those found there. “In the little graveyard at ‘Springfield,’” Rowland wrote, “are two unmarked mounds which tradition points out as the last resting-places of Martin Cockburn and his wife. On the death of the childless pair ‘Springfield’ was left to Mrs. Cockburn’s relatives, the Masseys; and Mrs. Nancy Triplett, a daughter of the Rev. Lee Massey, was the last one of the family to live at ‘Springfield.’”
Mrs. Sprouse says that the Cockburns “were buried, as was the custom, in their garden. Until 1851, when the house was sold out of the family, the bodies undoubtedly remained there.” Edith Sprouse reports that the owner of Springfield in 1964 said that the Cockburn graves had been removed to Pohick Church (q.v.).
Although the exact location of Springfield is not known, it is very likely near Springfield Drive on Mason Neck which intersects Gunston Road (Route 242) just west of Gunston Hall (q.v.).
No Updates from Volume 6 of the Gravestone Books