History of Saint James’: Hadow Memorial Tablet

“No Star is Ever Lost / We Have Once Seen”

In the nave, on the right-hand wall between the first two windows, is a marble tablet in memory of Ian Lindsay Lunsford Hadow.  Placed there in October 1935, it memorializes a young boy, age 7, who was born and died in England at the home of his parents.  Ian Hadow’s short life was from 1927 to 1935.  On his mother’s side, he had roots in Virginia.

Ian’s parents, Robert Henry Hadow and Elizabeth Lindsay Lomax, were married at Saint James’ Church on June 30, 1925, with the Rev. Paul Bowden officiating.  The Parish Register shows the groom’s residence as Srinagar, Kashmir (India); the bride’s residences are shown as Washington, D. C. and Warrenton, Virginia.

Elizabeth’s father was the renowned architect Waddy Butler Wood (1869-1944), who designed many of the great houses and buildings in the City of Washington.  His wife, also named Elizabeth, (1874-1951), was a member of the prominent Lomax family of Warrenton.*  In addition to their Washington residence, Mr. and Mrs. Wood lived at Leeton Forest on Lees Ridge Road, Warrenton.  To illustrate ties with Saint James’, in 1917 Waddy Wood donated plans for a new rectory adjacent to the church, completed around 1920 – and which happily serves that purpose today.

Back to young Ian Hadow:  When he came from England to stay with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Waddy Wood, Ian was baptized at Saint James’ Church.  We can speculate that the tablet memorializing Ian, with its thoughtful verse, was designed by his grandfather, famed architect Waddy Wood.

*Following Lincoln’s assassination, an aunt, Virginia Lomax, was visiting in Washington and was imprisoned with Mary Surratt, under suspicion, owing to her brother’s high rank in the Confederate Army – Major Gen. Lindsay Lomax of Warrenton (1835-1913).

The tablet in the nave at Saint James' memorializing the young Ian Hadow.
The tablet in the nave at Saint James’ memorializing the young Ian Hadow.
  • Compiled: History Committee – Richard Gookin     February 2016
  • Sources:  Parish Register; Warrenton, Virginia – A Unique History of 200 Year, Fauquier Democrat of 10/30/35.  File: Memorial Tablet