Role in Ravensworth: Owner Parcel

Richard P. Newman was born about 1841 in Fairfax County into slavery. He was listed on the 1856 Estate Inventory of Richard Fitzhugh. He was listed as Richard, value $600.

Richard married Fannie Brown with whom there were no known children. He purchased three acres of land (Parcel from Meade Battaile in 1886. Within this land he erected a church and set aside 1/2 acre as a burial ground for his relations and church members.

Richard died on July 12, 1891. In his will, written a month earlier, he bequeathed his property to Fannie, except for the church and cemetery.1 2


  1. Fairfax County Will Book F2-321
  2. Before and After Emancipation: African Americans in the Oak Hill Community, unpublished document presented at Oak Hill History Day, October 16, 2010, by Maddy McCoy, developer and curator of Fairfax County Slavery Inventory database, and John Browne. African American history and biographical information by Maddy McCoy; maps and landownership analysis by John Browne.