On March 23rd and March 24th, 1997, I went to the town of Sedley, Virginia on a "field trip" to discover whatever I could about the town and our family history.
On March 24, 1997 I visited with two cousins who I had never met. Both of them are life long residents of Sedley, Virginia. Joseph Elton McClenny, Jr. (known as Elton) and James Docie McClenny, Jr. (known as "Red" and I have three separate grandfathers and share the same great grandfather in James Madison McClenny. All three of us are about the same age and we had a terrific time during our first meeting.
The following information was learned and/or observed while in Sedley:
The McClenny Plantation encompassed what is known today as Sedley, Virginia. On the plantation was a private, family cemetery with a few graves.
The plantation home was destroyed by fire in the early 1900's and the
Baptist church now sits on the property next to the cemetery. Some say there are fourteen graves in the cemetery, but the stones for many are missing.
The original plantation was quite large in the late 1800's and early 1900's. When the railroad came through the plantation in 1907, they were granted the right of way to cross three (3) miles of the McClenny property.
I attempted to locate the tenant house into which Marietta Rowe McClenny moved when the McClenny Plantation Home burned. Her relative, Harvey Rowe, lived in the house for several years following her death. The house burned down during the night in the early 1990's and Harvey died in the fire.