I have two Thomas Pilchers in my direct line, my GG and GGG grandfathers. I have just copied an obituary from the Virginia Herald - Fredericksburg: Wednesday, February 1, 1832, page 3, column 3:
At Tappahannock, during the present month, THOMAS PILCHER, Esq. The deceased was a native of Stafford County, and spent much of the early part of his life in this town. We are far from intending the usual encomiastic notice of the dead; when we say, that wherever Mr. P. was known, he possessed the confidence and respect of the public. Born in indigent circumstances he was deprived of those means accecsary [sic] to the attainment of many of the blessings of this life -- no patrimonial influence marked his birth -- no influential family connexions blazoned his worth -- his heraldry was a name untarnished, and a sense of moral propriety enforcing honesty of purpose and active and efficient enterprise -- with these, he went forth into life -- with these, Fortune's smiles were sought and won -- at the early age of 45, he left this, with every prospect of a better world.
"No marble marks his couch of lowly sleep,
But living statues there are seen to weep,
Affliction's semblance bends not o'er his tomb
Affliction's self deplores his fated doom."
Does anyone know to whom this Thomas belongs? If he was 45 when he died, he was born about 1887, in Stafford County.
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