Lucy Maria Johnson was born on November 29, 1775, in Orange County, the eldest of one son and two daughters of Benjamin Johnson and Elizabeth Barbour Johnson. As a child she was surrounded by exemplars of public service. Her father was an influential planter and member of the county court, and her uncle Thomas Barbour served Orange County as a burgess and as justice of the peace. On October 20, 1795, Lucy Johnson married her first cousin James Barbour, a young lawyer and planter whom she had known since childhood, and the couple lived in Orange County.
Lucy Barbour died shortly thereafter at Barboursville, on November 25, 1860, and was buried in the family cemetery there.
November 29, 1775 - Lucy Maria Johnson is born in Orange County.
October 20, 1795 - Cousins James Barbour and Lucy Maria Johnson marry.
June 7, 1842 - James Barbour dies of prostate cancer at his home, Barboursville, in Orange County.
November 17, 1844 - Lucy Barbour writes to the Richmond Whig urging Whig women in Virginia to establish a memorial to Henry Clay.
December 4, 1844 - In a letter to the Richmond Whig, Lucy Johnson Barbour defends her political activism.
December 9, 1844 - A group of Richmond women establish the Virginia Association for Erecting a Statue to Henry Clay.
November 1845 - A group of Richmond women commission Joel Tanner Hart to make a sculpture of Henry Clay.
1859 - After fourteen years Joel Tanner Hart finishes his sculpture of Henry Clay, commissioned by a group of Richmond women.
April 12, 1860 - A memorial statue of Henry Clay is unveiled in the State Capitol. B. Johnson Barbour delivers the dedicatory oration. The project's fund-raising was led by his mother, Lucy Johnson Barbour.
November 25, 1860 - Lucy Johnson Barbour dies at Barboursville, in Orange County.
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Varon, E., & the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. Lucy Johnson Barbour (1775–1860). (2017, February 23). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Barbour_Lucy_Johnson_1775-1860.
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First published: January 11, 2017 | Last modified: February 23, 2017
Contributed by Elizabeth Varon and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography.