Grove Street Cemetery was the Danville’s first city-owned graveyard and is where many former prominent citizens are buried, such as members of the families of Dame, Cabell, Craghead, Ross, and Patton. It is also the final resting place of Confederate soldiers and everyday people. The oldest markers are from the 1830s when the area was still part of Pittsylvania County and the last interment in Grove Street was in 1920. The area was once a thick forest of a variety of trees, hence the nickname, “The Grove.”
George Price was born December 25, 1788 and died Feb. 20, 1880 and was by at least one account one of the wealthiest residents of Danville. He was a tinner and a businessman/merchant. His first wife, Mary Ann Palmer Price of Caswell County, North Carolina, died in 1852. The couple had four children: William Price, John R. Price, Mary Ella Price, and Catherine Price Law. He and Henrietta Reid were married in 1855 and Henrietta died in 1868 with “lingering” written in the coroner’s notes. The two had no children. Information compiled by one of Henrietta’s relatives describes her as, “… small, black hair and blue eyes, fine complexion, distinguished appearance…”
George Price married again, even though wedded bliss was short-lived. At the ripe old age of 84 he married 19-year-old Florence Faulkner. Not long after the marriage began, Florence moved back home to live with her father in Charlotte County, NC.
|Mary Ann Palmer Price’s marker|
Sallie, another one of Catherine’s daughters, died in November 1849. It looks like the inscription might indicate that she was 5 years old.