Fairview Cemetery

Location: South of Garfield

Transcription from "Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds" by John A. House

The Fairview Graveyard (Sandy)

‘Tis a bleak wild hill, but green and bright
In summer's warmth, and mid-day light,
There's a hum of the bee, and a chirp of the wren
And the dash of the brook from the
Mountain Glen.

On a high windy point, which is well sprinkled with limestone rocks and which rises where the ridge next below Falling Timber Run unites with the longer ridge dividing Turkey Fork from Main Sandy and overlooking the valleys of Falling Timber and Five Mile Run and another branch of Turkey Fork, is a cemetery, which, while of recent date, contains the graves of many old citizens, mayhap some of them pioneers of Jackson County.

The soil is clay and rolling on top of the point, to the east and west, while there is a steep bank on the eastern side within the bounds of the fence.

To say fence, is not exactly correct, at the time I visited the spot because though there were posts set, there was at that time, no fencing up. Probably, the intention was to fence with wire.

Down at the foot of the slope a little north of east and at the forks of the county road, where the road out the Turkey Fork Ridge leaves the Leroy and Garfield road, stands the Fairview Schoolhouse, and hear. On the opposite side of the road is the Fairview M.P. Church, and Fairview is surely an appropriate name as the church, schoolhouse and a few of the neighboring farm houses can be seen shining white and glistening for miles to the south and southwest, being visible half way to Ripley.

The graveyard is about six by twelve rods and although probably not year twenty five years since the soil was first broken for burial purposes (the oldest dates I saw were in the eighties) it is already filled with the turf heaped tenements, many of which have markers of white limestone.

There is an imposing granite monument inscribed to:

George W. Smith, born 1823 died 1902.

There is one of the numerous Smith Family (probably they are represented in every cemetery, in all the county) lived near the Red Rose Schoolhouse and was, I think, from Noble County, Ohio.

There were other graves of Smiths and several of the Nuzum family, who came from Marion County, about thirty years ago.

Sophronia Nuzum, born April 6, 1827, died September 1, 1892, aged sixty five years four months.

Sarah Jane Nuzum, born December 11, 1837, died May 19, 1894, aged fifty seven years five months.

John J. Anderson, born May 15, 1825, died January 17, 1787 (sic), aged sixty one years eight months. Elizabeth, wife of John J. Anderson, died January 17, 1787(sic) aged sixty two years three months.

There was an odd conceit of a headstone in fashion of a double portal at the graves of A.J. and A.J., twin children of A.J. and M.A. Bord. They were son of daughter of Jack Bord who was a son of Andy and grandson of Patrick Bord.

Then, there was another old man, Jonathan Balderson, born May 6, 1823 died June 14, 1886 aged sixty three years one month.

The grave of a child was marked Ralph Smith. This may have been the child of Jasper Smith, said to be a kin of the Smiths on Reedy, but I think probably he was a son of G.W. Smith and the name a coincidence.

There was no shade trees in the cemetery, but some locust trees and several cedars have been planted for ornament.

This cemetery is also transcribed on the WVGenWeb http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/jackson.htmTombstone Transcription Project.

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