Directions:From Ripley, drive east to Joe's Run Road, turn left and park. The cemetery is on the hill on the right.
The full text of John House's article about this cemetery can be read here
Photographs by Clement Matheny, transcription by Betty Briggs. For a higher quality copy of a picture, contact Betty Briggs
The Ben Bord, or more correctly, M. Rader Graveyard, lies on a gentle slope on the point above Joe's Run, and up a steep bank from the Ripley and Spencer Pike. It is four rods square and inclosed by a tumble down old board fence. The ground is sodded with blue myrtle and there is a double beech tree near the middle and a spruce pine in the south west corner.
Three sides of the inclosure are lined with brush and on the west is an old grown up pasture field. A dead beech stub stands on the south side next to the road and a dry mulberry lifts its naked branches from the thickets on the east.
A few cedar bushes, stunted and scraggly stand among the mounds.
The inscriptions on the grave markers are:
M.C. Rader, born November 29, 1807, died April 14, 1880. Aged seventy-two years four months.
Rebecca, wife of M.C. Rader, born August 26, 1813, died May 11, 1882, aged sixty-eight years eight months.
Michael Campbell Rader was the second son of James Rader and was born NOvember 29, 1807, somewhere in Mason County. The Raders moved to Elk Fork when he was a year or two old.
In 1832, he married Rebecca Hyre, daughter of Jacob Hyre, Sr., and in 1833 or 4 moved over the hill onto Mill Creek, where he owned 1000 acres of land, including the Bord and Hamp Parish Farms.
He built a little cabin at the turn of the road where the sand lies so thick. He put up a water mill by the steep rocky hillside opposite. The mill was washed out and rebuilt several times.
There are tow of M.C. Rader's children buried in the Rader Graveyard.
Nancy Ann, daughter of M.C. and R. Rader, was born March 21, 1841 and died January 9, 1848, aged seven years two months old.
Mary M. Hinzman died in 1875, aged fourteen years.
A large marble slab, about four feet high, twenty-two inches wide and two inches thick on which is engraved a spread eagle with sweeping wings bears this legend:
"Jacob Hyre, born January 1, 1784, died December 18, 1858, aged seventy four years, eleven months."
Another similar headstone, only more appropriately marked with a weeping willow tree reads:
"Mary, wife of Jacob Hyre, died April 11, 1859, aged eighty years and five months."
Jacob Hyre came from Hacker's Creek, Lewis County, to Mill Creek in 1815, settling in a little cabin on the Keenan Farm. After two or three years, he built farther up on yon side of mill Creek from the Jonathan Hyre house. His wife was a Beath before marriage.
A long row of small uniform marble markers with shaped tops and sat in stone bases tell of :
Jefferson Carder, died 1851.
Minerva Carder, died 1852.
Elvira Carder, died 1858.
Joseph Carder, died 1858.
Daniel D. Carder, died 1862.
William Carder, died 1863.
Infant Carder, died 1866.
William B. Carder, died 1846.
Infant Daughter Carder, died 1871.
These children were all of the family of J.S. and H. Carder and under two years old.
Les Shockey and Betty Briggs, Co-Coordinators of the Jackson County WVGenWeb page.