The Descendants of Guillaume Fouquet

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    17.  Joseph Fuqua (Ralph2, Guillaume1 Fouquet) was born May 14, 1756 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, and died May 04, 1829 in Bedford County Virginia.  He married Celia Bondurant November 13, 1782 in Bedford County, Virginia, daughter of Richard Bondurant and Celia Hall.  She was born December 23, 1762, and died March 28, 1847 in Bedford County, Virginia.

Notes for Joseph Fuqua:

Joseph_Fuqua.JPG (12375 bytes)The settler who  gave the town of Liberty his land, and Texas his sons.  Born on May 4, 1756 and dying May 4 seventy-three years later, Joseph Fuqua led a generally quiet life as a farmer and family man.  He is remembered in Bedford  today for an outstanding act  of generosity he shared with another man who went on to obscurity.  Joseph Fuqua and William Downing donated the 100 acres that became the site of the town established in 1782 as Liberty.  He had fought in the Revolutionary War before settling in  this area, enlisting Feb.22, 1776 and fighting in the battles of Cowpens and Brandywine.  He was discharged in 1778.  His father Ralph Fuqua had also been a Revolutionary War soldier.  In 1782, the same year he donated the land for Liberty, he married the former Celia Bondurant, and they had six sons and five daughters, most of whom eventually moved to Texas.  

Timber_Ridge_Baptist_Church.JPG (54163 bytes) The Fuqua's were Baptist     (Joseph Fuqua was the first deacon at Lowry Meeting House, now Timber Ridge Baptist Church).  The family was renowned for its hospitality.  The cemetery off Orange Street in Bedford, where Joseph Fuqua is buried, was uncovered a few years ago by Mrs. R. N. Krebs, who was curator of the Bedford City/County  Museum.  When it was found Joseph's will provided the cemetery should never be sold , the company that had purchased it, deeded the site to the city, which maintains it today.  Joseph Fuqua is also appreciated in Texas, where so many of his descendants settled.  A grandson of his, 16-year old Galba Fuqua, was the youngest soldier to die at the battle of the Alamo.  

BedfordCourtHouse.jpg (13925 bytes)Coincidentally, another one  of  Joseph's descendants was instrumental in providing one of  Bedford's  best - known landmarks.  Fred Fuqua of Lynchburg, Virginia,  a direct descendant of Joseph's son Abraham Fuqua, who stayed in Bedford County, was the contractor who built the present courthouse in 1930.  It was Fred Fuqua who formally presented the  Fuqua Cemetery to the city in the dedication ceremony, that took place in 1975.

Children of Joseph Fuqua and Celia Bondurant are:

+    49    i.      Silas Fuqua, born August 17, 1784 in Bedford County,  Virginia.

+    50   ii.      Jacob Fuqua, born December 24, 1785 in Bedford County,  Virginia; died in Alabama.

      51  iii.      Sally Sarah Fuqua, born October 24, 1786 in Bedford County,  Virginia.  She married James Stone March 13, 1806 in Bedford County, Virginia.

+    52  iv.      Abraham Fuqua, born August 02, 1788 in Bedford County,  Virginia; died July 17, 1873 in Bedford County,  Virginia.


      53  v.      Ephraim Fuqua, born June 13, 1790 in Bedford County,  Virginia; died in Texas.  He married Patsy Hewitt September 15, 1815 in Bedford County, Virginia.

      54  vi.      Mary Fuqua, born March 01, 1792 in Bedford County,  Virginia; died 1838.  She married William B. H. Leftwich, Jr. Capt. August 22, 1826 in Bedford County, Virginia; born March 10, 1768 in Bedford County,  Virginia; died June 16, 1848.

      55  vii.      Benjamin Fuqua, born December 23, 1793 in Bedford County,  Virginia; died in Texas.

+    56 viii.      Mildred Fuqua, born November 08, 1795 in Bedford County,  Virginia; died 1829 in Bedford County,  Virginia.

      57  ix.      Frances Fanny Fuqua, born January 04, 1800 in Bedford County,  Virginia.  She married Samuel Ritchey March 07, 1822 in Bedford County, Virginia.

      58   x.      Hezekiah Fuqua, born December 15, 1801 in Bedford County,  Virginia.

      59  xi.      Noah Fuqua, born September 03, 1803 in Bedford County,  Virginia.

      60 xii.      Elizabeth Fuqua, born November 22, 1805 in Bedford County,  Virginia.  

A Report on Joseph Fuqua