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MASSEY FAMILY CEMETERY (Removed)
(Fairfax County)
Was at “Bradley,” an estate on the west side of the Mason Neck peninsula, near Massey Creek
Mason Neck, Virginia USA
Original Information from Volume 5 of the Gravestone Books
 
The Reverend Lee Massey and his wife Elizabeth Bronaugh made their home at “Bradley,” an estate on the west side of the Mason Neck peninsula, near Massey Creek, overlooking Belmont Bay.  Mr. Massey was an early rector of Truro Parish.  His gravestone and remains* were removed from the family cemetery at Bradley and reinterred beneath the pulpit at Pohick Church (q.v.) in 1908, the first of several reinterments at Pohick of the remains of persons associated with the early years of Truro Parish, according to Points of Interest in the Pohick Cemetery and Churchyard by the Reverend James T. White.
 
The house at Bradley was gone by 1892, when Kate Mason Rowland wrote about the area in The Life of George Mason:
 
The graveyard here is all that remains to remind one of [Bradley’s] former associations.  This little plot of ground is beautifully situated on a slope of the hill overlooking Occoquan Bay, and marble tombstones here mark the graves of the good pastor and his wife Elizabeth.
 
Elizabeth Massey’s gravestone and remains were removed from the Bradley Cemetery and reinterred at Pohick Church in 1912.  The Reverend Everard Meade, Rector of Pohick, made the following notes as an addendum to the Easter meeting in 1913, as quoted by White in Points of Interest:
 
The fence around the stones in rear of Pohick Church was given by the Ladies Association of Mount Vernon.  Its history is that it was put at Mount Vernon to protect the English oak, planted by the Prince of Wales in 1860.  Within the fence on Oct. 5th 1912 were placed:
 
First, Tombstone and dust of the second wife of Parson Massie (sic) and the dust of Mrs. Hannah Triplett (née Massie).  Both were brought from Bradley (the home of Parson Massie, five miles from Pohick Ch.)  The money was furnished by Mrs. Dr. Clarkson of Haymarket, a great grand-daughter of Parson Massie and by his many descendants.
 
(White notes that Elizabeth Bronaugh was Mr. Massey’s third wife.  He also says that the identity of Hannah Massey Triplett is unknown, but that Massey did have a daughter Ann who married Thomas Triplett in 1825.)
 
Second, the stone of Susannah Mills, which for years has leaned against the back wall of the Church.
 
Third, the tombstone of Jeremiah Bronaugh, who died in 1749, a cousin of George Mason.  Said stone was found on lower Gunston and was given by Colonel Daniels.
 
(White speculates that this gravestone may be from the cemetery on the Bronaugh estate “New Town.”  See Mason Family Cemetery at Newtown.)
 
Lee Massey’s marble gravestone has been mounted beneath the wineglass pulpit in the sanctuary.  The inscription about his service to the church has been added to his gravestone in more recent times.
 
In memory of the
Reverend
Lee Massey
who was born
September the 22d. 1732.
and departed this life
September 23d. 1814.
Second Rector of Truro
Parish, Ordained by the
Bishop of London on the
recommendation of the
Vestry.  1766.
This dust was removed from
Bradley  1908
 
Elizabeth Massey’s gravestone stands within the iron fence in front of the vestry house.  The inscription reads:
 
In memory of
Elizabeth Massey
wife of the Reverend
Lee Massey
who departed this life, the
3d of February 1805, aged
66 years, 8 months and 6 days
 
No Updates from Volume 6 of the Gravestone Books
 


*There is some question as to whether Lee and Elizabeth Massey’s remains were actually removed from Bradley and reinterred at Pohick.  In the 10 October 1920 issue of the Washington Star, the Rambler states that Massey’s gravestone “and some of the grave earth” was removed to Pohick.  In Washington and His Neighbors, Charles W. Stetson writing in 1956 says, that Massey was buried in a private graveyard on his estate, Bradley on Belmont Bay.  “The house is gone,” Stetson wrote, “but the old family graveyard remains, except that certain tombstones have been removed to the present Pohick Church.”