Mt Olive Church Cemetery

Located just south of Rt 33 on Gay Road.

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

Transcribed, with permission, from "Jackson County Cemeteries, Vol 1" by the Jackson County Historical Society. Information not found on the markers has been added by the person reading the cemetery, and may not be accurate. This transcription follows the House transcription



The Mount Olive Graveyard

All was ended now, the hope and the fear and the sorrow,
All the aching of heart, the restless unsatisfied longing,
All the dull, deep pain and the constant anguish of patience.
"Longfellow"

It was the sixteenth of September 1904, the mellow sunlight lay tenderly and caressingly on the grassy mounds of the Mount Olive burial ground where sleeps the dust of many of the patriarchs of Mill Creek's Pioneer days. The laced filagree of shine and shade, where it fall through the tops of the massive oak trees which grow thickly along the outer boundary shimmered and glanced as the massive boughs swayed in the wind. Giants, they were indeed, in girth, but not in stature, having, like black and red oaks will when growing in the penetrating sunshine in the open, limbed well to the ground and throw their gnarled and many forked branches out laterally to a great distance. I stopped here and fed my horse and rambled for a half hour anyway among the graves.

Some workmen were building a school house just across the road and it was near the noon hour and the men had stopped to prepare their mid-day meal on a stove they had set up under a rude shed under some oak trees. One of them left this important occupation to wander with me through the graveyard, pointing out the different headstones and monuments and the detailing scraps of history from the lives of those who were buried by them. He also showed me bullet holes through the walls of the old grey church, which stood on one corner of the lot, made forty years ago during the War of the Rebellion.

Mount Olive graveyard is twenty-five by thirty-five fence panels and is on a flat on top of a low ridge, sloping very slightly to the east. It lies on the eastern side of the Ripley and Spencer Pike, five miles out from Ripley at the intersection of the Elk Fork Road. It has a board fence on two or three sides at least and there is a fine grove along the roadside and on the school lot opposite. At the junction of the two roads, stands the Mount Olive Southern Methodist Church, built in 1858. A German, named George Wolhaver was one of the builders. Over the door are four holes made by the musket balls of passing soldiers during the war and the building is grey and weather stained. Near it stands a white oak tree, a part of the forest primeval, which was smitten and shattered by lightning a few summers since. There are some costly monuments in the cemetery and a few old fashioned marble or sandstone slabs which, to my mind, are the most appropriate. Many of the graves have no names only a simple flagstone standing the head and foot or perchance not even that. The grounds are well kept for a country burial place, and though all the noise of passing traffic and the shouts of gleeful children turned out of school pass over it, it disturbs not the slumbers of those resting so peacefully here.

In one corner, so near the outer boundaries, as to be in the shade of the oak trees, lying in nameless graves, is a whole family sleeping side by side. "In death, they were not divided."

Leonard King settled on the old King farm, lying on the ridge between Station Camp and Sycamore. A pretty place, indeed flat, glat, but Oh! so poor and all grown up with sassafras and persimmon bushes and over run with dewberry and white briars and all gone to rack and ruin.

Leonard King may have been related to the Wolfes, as his father came with them from Hacker's Creek to Mill Creek in August 1821. He was the son of Francis King, who settled at the mouth of Cow Run. Leonard married Elizabeth Hughes. Her father's name was said to be Bill Hughes and he was probably kin to Jesse.

One headstone near the church reads: "James G. Wolfe, died December 26, 1889 aged sixty-three years ten months and sixteen days and was born February 10, 1826 on Mill Creek, near where his body moulders into dust. He married Lizzie Straley and settled on Station Camp where he lived and died. His widow still lives at the same place with one of her children. She was a daughter of George Straley and born on Hacker's Creek in Lewis County, on the same farm the Fort was on, in December 1825. She said that the ruins of the fort were still to be seen when her father moved away.

James Wolfe, Sr., the father, came to Mill Creek in August 1821 from Hacker's Creek and first settled at the Rader place, below the mouth of Joe's Run, according to one account. Another says at the Charley Shinn place on Station Camp. He soon removed to the first farm below the mouth of Elk, now occupied by Mr. Thomas. There is an old graveyard up on the point of this farm where he and a few others are buried. I am told that there are no tombstones and a part of the graves were plowed over some years ago by the occupant of the farm, but upon consideration he was overcome by a superstitious fear of ghosts and desisted. This James Wolfe was a brother of Jonathan Wolfe, who lived under the rock at Spencer in 1812. His wife was Frances Beath.

Among the other graves at Mount Olive are two children of Jacob and Louise May.

John H. Young, born Sept. 20, 1808 died Sept. 16, 1879, aged seventy years eleven months. Catharine, wife of John H. Young died February 8, 1874, aged sixty-one years. They came to the Koontz farm at the mouth of Elk long enough ago to be old citizens if not pioneers. Monument bears the inscription: William Young, born June 2, 1834, died February 16, 1908. Elizabeth Young, born December 11, 1836.

Sarah Belle, daughter of John and Sarah Matson, died May 19, 1875, aged thirty-one years three months. Mary, wife of N.O. Matson, died June 24, 1895 aged sixty-six years five months. The wife, son and daughter of William Matson.

Rachel Matson Hargrave, wife of John Hargrave, born on Short Creek, Harrison County, July 12, 1842 died near Ripley August 7, 1898 aged fifty-six years and twenty six days. There are the representatives of the Matson family buried here. They lived on the hill east of Ripley.

Ashbel Sheppard, born 1804 died 1885, had two faded Union Flags on his grave, September 1904. His wife, Margaret Sheppard was born at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1811, died 1883. He was born in Orange County, Virginia (or Vermont).

There is one government headstone, inscribed, "John Wimer, Co. I, 15th Pa. Can." Mr. Wymer lived on the Ripley Ridge, perhaps a mile and a half from Mt. Olive and died later.

Cynthia, daughter of W.S. & N. Carpenter, died 1877.

Mary E. wife of M.S. Waybright, born 1842, died 1896.

A daugther of Osborn Rowley, born February 14, 1834.

George W. Rader, his wife and daughter are enclosed in a wall of masonry, near the church. He was a son of Michael Rader, No. 2. Lived on the Charley Shinn Farm and was the first person to sell goods at the Reedy, being Clerk for N. Smith at that place. He was born July 9, 1814 and died September 18, 1868, aged fifty-four years two months. His wife was Nancy Miller, a daughter of Kitts Miller and an Aunt of Judge Warren Miller. The inscriptions are on marble tablets set in the wall at the heads of the graves. The daughter was Mary Sarah A. C. Rader, died October 7, 1859, aged three years six months. Samuel B. Rader, born about 1849 or 50 died 1888 aged thirty eight years seven months. Sarah A., wife of S.B. Rader, died in 1879, aged twenty foru years two months.

Amanda Staats, daughter of Jonathan Hyre, was born 1839 and died 1872. Augustus Hyre was born 1841 died 1861. Elizabeth Hyre born March 31, 1822 died February 1901 nearly seventy nine years old. The latter was wife of Jonathan Hyre. Inscriptions are on the monument of Jonathan Hyre. It is by the side of a long grave and perhaps at end of two small ones, dates not cut on monument.

Jonathan Hyre was a son of Jacob Hyre, who came to Mill Creek in 1815, settling first on the Keenan place, but in two or three years moved farther up the creek. Jonathan Hyre was born March 17, 1812 and died July 10, 1860. Jacob Hyre, Jonathan's father, was born in January 1784. His parents came from Germany. He lived on Hacker's Creek and married a Beath. John A. Hyre, who married Miriam, daughter of James Rader, was a first cousin of Jacob Hyre.

There is a short grave, the head and footstones not more than four and a half feet apart, with inscriptions: Catharine, daughter of L.R. King, died June 15, 1871, aged thirty five years five months.

Michael Rader, II, was the second son of Michael Rader, who settled on Elk Fork about 1816. He located on the Rader farm in the bend of the creek below Joe's Run. He married Catharine Roush of Mason County. He was born February 12, 1788, died March 18, 1867 aged seventy nine years one month. Catharine, wife of Michael Rader was born June 27, 1792 and died July 6, 1886, aged ninety four years. William Rader, born January 27, 1827 and died April 14, 1891, aged sixy four years two months. Mary S. wife of William Rader, born May 11, 1828.

Asher E. Hogsett died April 17, 1891 aged sixty nine years one month. Ellinor, wife of A.E. Hogsett, born September 24, 1818 died May 18, 1880, aged sixty one seven months.

Charles M. Connoway, born January 27, 1819, died February 26, 1895, aged seventy six years, one month. Sarah H. Connoway born October 12, 1834 - no date of death.

In the north east corner, under two spreading black oak trees growing outside the fence, are two humble mounds with rough flag markers on which are rudely carved the letters W.S. and C.P.

O. Rowley was born February 14, 1834. Mary E., wife of O. Rowley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 30, 1836, died September 9, 1882.

Rachel Matson, wife of John Hargrove born 1848 died 1898.



  • Bayer, Herbert Dean      Died Aug 3, 1899, Aged 1 year 11 months 2 days,     son of J. W. & C.R. Bayer

  • Bayer, James Wilmer      Died June 29, 1902 Aged 9 months Son of J.W. Bayer

  • Anderson, Rachel      May 29, 1851 - January 30, 1922

  • Burnem, Arthur      Died June 14, 1900 Aged 18 years 11 days

  • Burnem, Fleet      Sept 8, 1897 - Dec 12, 1902 Son of Horace & Phebe Burnem

  • Burnem, Fay      Aug 12, 1900 - April 15, 1969

  • Burnem, Alfred C.      Aug 16, 1891 - Sept 9, 1962 PFC 314 Field Hospital WWI

  • Burnem, Phebe      April 4, 1856 -

  • Burnem, Horace      March 27, 1852 -August 31, 1922

  • Carder, Emma Florence     Died Sept 10, 1879 Aged 8 days Dau of Ephraim D. Carder

  • Carpenter, Cynthia      Dec 24, 1877 - Oct 28, 1899 Dau of W.S. & M. Carpenter

  • Carpenter, Icy Gay      July 15, 1894 - Mar 7, 1902 Dau of W.S. & M. Carpenter

  • Conway, Sarah A.      Oct 12, 1834 -

  • Conway, Charles M.      Jan 27, 1819 - Feb 26, 1895

  • Carpenter, Winfield Scott      1855 - 1933

  • Carpenter, Martha (Burroughs)      1856 - 1933

  • Comer, Orena J.      1888 - 1962

  • Comer, Homer W.      1886 - 1964

  • Comer, Eula E. (Waybright)      no dates

  • Cox, Robert      Died March 14, 1942

  • Cunningham, U.J.      Aug 15, 1852 - Jan 13, 1936

  • Cunningham, J.W.      Oct 25, 1848 - Aug 21, 1916

  • Cunningham, Mary Ethel      July 19, 1922 - Aug 11, 1927

  • Cunningham, Phoebe      1896 -

  • Cunningham, Paul      1889 - 1944

  • Cunningham, Charles A.      Apr 4, 1911 - Feb 11, 1979 (moved to Parsons Cemetery at Gay)

  • Dickens, Esther W.      1912 - 1973

  • Grady, Aaron M.     1881 - 1968

  • Grady, Clara L.      Aug 29, 1889 - Oct 5, 1912 Wife of Aaron M. Grady

  • Harmon, Esta Collene      1958 - 1958

  • Harmon, Mary M.      Died Jan 20, 1888 Aged 3 years 3 months 1 day Dau of Thomas Harmon

  • Harmon, Thomas E.      Died Mar 9, 1881 Aged 3 years 9 months 10 days Son of Thomas & Clarissa J. Harmon

  • Harmon, Clarissa J.      1845 - 1931 Wife of Thomas Harmon

  • Harmon, Thomas      1841 - 1905

  • Harmon, Joseph F.      1869 - 1953

  • Harvey, Addie      1889 - 1959

  • Harvey, George Aaron      1886 - 1979

  • Harmon, Leona (Casto-Pfost)      1913 - 1972

  • Cunningham, Cordelia      Nov 26, 1872 - Apr 19, 1892 Wife of Okey J Cunningham

  • Keenan, Pete      Died Dec 10, 1897 Aged 71 years Born Ireland

  • Keenan, Margaret      Died Jan 25, 1907 Aged 87 Years Wife of Peter Keenan

  • Hickman, Biglard W.      Died June 9, 1879 Aged 3 months 24 days Son of John Hickman

  • Hickman, Susan E.      Died Oct 12, 1881 Aged 23 years 1 month 9 days Wife of John Hickman

  • Hyre, Jonathan      Mar 17, 1812 - July 10, 1880 Son of Jacob & Mary (Beath) Hyre

  • Hyre, Elizabeth (Wright)      Mar 31, 1822 - Dau of Daniel & Sarah (Woodruff) Wright Mar Jonathan Hyre Sept 27, 1838

  • Hyre, Augustus      Jan 6, 1840 - Dec 10, 1861 Son of Jonathan Hyre Pvt Co B 22nd Virginia Infantry (Border Rifles) CSA Died in service

  • Hyre, Elda      1880 - 1931

  • Hyre, Infant Son of O. & F. Hyre Died July 1, 1916

  • Hyre, Infant Son of O. & F. Hyre Died Jan 18, 1914

  • Hyre, David F.      1849 - 1940 Son of Jonathan & Elizabeth (Wright) Hyre

  • Hyre, Sarah A. (Roush)      1847 - 1940 Dau of George & Elizabeth (Fife) Roush Mar David F. Hyre Dec 22, 1874

  • Hyre, Hester E.      Died Sept 1886 Dau of David F. Hyre

  • Harmon, Esta (Waybright)      Born Aug 10, 1864 - Wife of H.F. Harmon

  • Harmon, Bettie (Johnson)      Nov 20, 1883 - June 7, 1914 Wife of H.F. Harmon

  • Keenan, Andrew E.      1854 - 1898 Son of Peter & Margaret Keenan

  • Knopp, George      1888 -

  • Knopp, Nora F.      1889 - 1946 Wife of George Knopp

  • Johnson, Infant      Died May 29, 1947

  • Johnson, Robert M.      1873 - 1939

  • Johnson, Flaretta      1887 - 1977

  • King, Catherine      Died June 15, 1871 Aged 35 years 5 months 9 days Dau of Leonard R. & Elizabeth (Hughes) King

  • Hogsett, Everett H.      1920 - 1922

  • Hogsett, William H.      1857 - 1924 Son of Asher F. & Ellen (Cochran) Hogsett

  • Hogsett, Minnie B.      1879 - 1954

  • Hogsett, Maggie      March 11, 1855 - April 4, 1909 Wife of H.F. Hogsett

  • Hogsett, Asher F.      Died April 17, 1891 Aged 69 years 1 month 4 days

  • Hogsett, Eleanor (Ellen) (Cockran)      Sept 24, 1818 - May 18, 1880 Wife of Asher F. Hogsett

  • Jewell, Okey J.      July 8, 1913 - Jan 11, 1914

  • Jewell, Freda M.      Jan 22, 1896 - May 19, 1896 Dau of C.A. & Exey Jewell

  • Jewell, Exey      April 11, 1864 - July 27, 1896 Wife of C.A. Jewell

  • Jewell, 3 Infants of C.A. & Exey Jewell

  • Hosey, Roy      June 10, 1896 - Mar 13, 1964 Pvt US Army WWI

  • Hosey, Mary      Wife of Roy No dates

  • Matson, George C.      Died April 30, 1884 Aged 27 years 7 months 14 days

  • Matson, Sarah Belle      Died Mar 19, 1875 Aged 11 years 9 months Dau of John Matson

  • Matson, Mary N. O.      Died June 24, 1879 Aged 66 years 5 months 13 days

  • Matson, Rachel      July 11, 1842 - Aug 7, 1898 Wife of John H.

  • Matson, Josephus      Died Mar 22, 1881 Aged 4 years 11 months 19 days Son of William

  • Matson, Frances H.      Died Mar 6, 1881 Aged 25 years 11 months 7 days Wife of William Matson

  • Matson, Frances      Died Mar 8, 1881 Aged 14 days Dau of William & Frances

  • Merrill, Susan E.      1872 - 1951

  • Merrill, John N.      1866 - 1950

  • Parsons, Nada Marie      1925 - 1925

  • Parsons, Mabel     1902 - 1928

  • Pickens, Ira Lee      1936 - 1936

  • Cunningham, Addie Pauline      Jan 13, 1917 - Aug 1, 1969

  • Randolph, Cora B.      1885 - 1962

  • Rader, Alonzo G.      1853 - 1940 Son of Michael Rader Jr.

  • Rader, Margaret E. R. (Gabbert)      1851 - 1915 Dau of Archibald H. Gabbert Mar Alonzo G. Rader Apr 4, 1876

  • Rader, Theckla M. 1878 - 1896

  • Rader, William A.      Died Dec 22, 1882 Aged 1 tear 8 days Son of Alonzo G. Rader

  • Rader, James E.      Son of Alonzo G. Rader no dates

  • Rader, George W.      Died Sept 18, 1868 Aged 54 years 2 months 9 days Son of Michael & Catherine (Roush) Rader

  • Rader, Mary Sarah R. C.      Died Oct 7, 1859 Aged 3 years 6 months 2 days Dau of George W. & Nancy J. (Miller) Rader

  • Rader, Mary E.      Died Dec 18, 1898 Aged 41 years 11 months 21 days

  • Rader, Sarah A.     Died May 25, 1879 Aged 24 years 2 months 2 days Dau of David Cole Mar Samuel B. Rader Mar 22, 1877

  • Rader, Samuel B.      Died April 24, 1888 Aged 38 years 7 months 11 days Son of Michael Jr & Catherine (Roush) Rader (note: grandparents were William A. & Elizabeth F. (Allen) Rader)

  • Rader, Thomas J.      1855 - 1914 Son of William A. & Elizabeth F. (Allen) Rader)

  • Rader, Sarah F.      1854 - 1926

  • Rader, Glen M.      1892 - 1906

  • Rader, William A.      Jan 27, 1827 - Apr 14, 1891 Son of Michael Jr

  • Rader, Mary E.      May 11, 1828 - Apr 24, 1925

  • Rader, Michael Jr      Died Mar 18, 1862 Aged 79 years 1 month 6 days Son of Michael Rader Sr, a Revolutionary War Veteran

  • Rader, Catherine (Roush)     June 27, 1792 - July 6, 1886 Wife of Michael Rader Jr

  • Rowley, Holley O.      Nov 17, 1878 - May 23, 1898 Son of O. & M.E. Rowley

  • Sheppard, Ashbel      Dec 23, 1804 - Jan 11, 1885

  • Sheppard, Margaret      Dec 8, 1811 - Apr 18, 1883 Wife of Ashbel

  • Steinhoff, Jane      Oct 11, 1873 - Jan 16, 1936

  • Steinhoff, Eva P.      May 30, 1916 - May 28, 1918 Dau of G.W. & E.J. Steinhoff

  • Starcher, Jason Elwood      Died Feb 10, 1977

  • Stanley, Jackson C.      1934 - 1970

  • Stanley, Patsy A. (Casto)     1936 -

  • Stanley, Edward      Feb 23, ___ - May 20, 1946

  • Stanley, J.E.      Apr 20, 1856 - Oct 14, 1940

  • Stanley, Liza D.      May 6, 1868 - Feb 16, 1943

  • Vannest, Emma     1871 - 1949

  • Vannest, David      1869 - 1947

  • Shinn, Infant Son of Charles P. & Elizabeth A. Rader Shinn Died Dec 9, 1866

  • Shinn, Retta M.R.      July 17, 1884 - Oct 2, 1891

  • Shinn, Charles P.      June 6, 1843 - Aug 3, 1921 son of Samuel J. & Aroly (Carney) Shinn

  • Shinn, Elizabeth A.E. (Rader)      Nov 13, 1846 - Mar 11, 1928 Dau of George W. "Wash" Rader Mar Charles P. Shinn Feb 2, 1866

  • Spears, Anna Laura      Aged 3 months No year

  • Spears, Una A. (Hyre)      Aug 24, 1887 - May 23, 1913

  • Poling, Kidwell      Died Jan 21, 1873 Son of A.S. & F.E. Poling

  • Rowley, Osburn      Born Feb 14, 1834 - Son of Isaac & Rachel Rowley

  • Rowley, Mary E.      (Sheppard) Dec 30, 1836 - Sept 9, 1882 Dau of Ashbel Sheppard Mar Osburn P. Rowley, Aug 6, 1857

  • Rowley, George O.      Oct 8, 1875 - May 29, 1894 Son of Osburn P. Rowley

  • Rowley, Jessie      Died Dec 2, 1970 Aged 1 year 1 month 23 days

  • Rowley, Ellen L.      Apr 23, 1835 - Oct 12, 1896

  • Waybright, Mary E. (Hyre)      1842 - 1896 Dau of Jonathan Hyre, Mar Michael S. Waybright

  • Waybright, Michael S.      1836 - 1919 Son of John & Nancy (Rader) Waybright Mar Mary Elizabeth Hyre, Mar 26, 1879

  • Waybright, Nathan John      Apr 23, 1975 - Nov 5, 1975

  • Waybright, Millie M.      1892 - 1972

  • Waybright, William H.      1885 - 1949

  • Waybright, Thomas Edward     Dec 24, 1932 - Feb 18, 1934

  • Westfall, Vertie G.     Nov 1, 1900 - Sept 26, 1915

  • Westfall, J.H.     1856 - 1949

  • Westfall, Barbara E.      1861 - 1948?

  • Wiblin, Nancy A.      Died Apr 18, 1875 Wife of William H. Wiblin

  • Staats, Amanda V. (Hyre)      June 22, 1839 - Sept 21, 1872 Dau of Jonathan Hyre, Mar Jacob Staats Jr, Son of Jacob Staats Sr, Apr 6, 1856

  • Windon, James P.      Jan 31, 1866 - Sept 24, 1897 Son of Thomas & Patsy Windon

  • Windon, Thomas W.     1847 - 1918

  • Windon, Patsy (Hogg)      1847 - 1912 Wife of Thomas

  • Windon, Thomas      1871 - 1943

  • Wimer, Virgil W.      Sept 13, 1896 - Apr 27, 1901 Son of J & M Wimer

  • Wimer, John I.      Pvt Co I 16th Penna Cavalry Civil War

  • Wolfe, Lucy M.     Died June 10, 1901 Aged 38 years 7 months 23 days

  • Wolfe, John S.      1862 - 1927

  • Winter, Gay     1900 - 1974 Son of Ab Winter

  • Wolfe, James C.      Died Dec 26, 1889 Aged 63 years 10 months 16 days

  • Young, Hiram      Died Sept 19, 1890 Aged 54 years 7 months 29 days Pvt Co G 17th VA Cavalry CSA Son of John H. & Catherine (Slack) Young

  • Young, John H.      Sept 26, 1808 - Sept 16, 1879

  • Young, Catherine (Slack)      Died Feb 8, 1874 Aged 61 years 20 days, Mar John H Young, Kanawha Co, Mar 1, 1830

  • Young, Elizabeth (Conley)      Dec 11, 1836 - Aug 1, 1920 Dau of George, Mar William Young

  • Young, William R.      Jan 12, 1869 - Mar 26, 1908 Son of William & Eliza (Conley) Young

  • Young, Infant Daugher of W.H. & Lucretia Young Died Nov 21, 1907

  • Young, Michael Lee      Died June 16, 1873 Aged 14 days Son of Henry & Sarah Elizabeth (Waybright) Young

  • Young, Otmer Dewey      Mar 1, 1899 - Jan 12, 1972 Pvt AAF World War II

  • Young, George B.      1866 - 1945 Son of William & Eliza J. (Conley) Young

  • Young, Alice L.      1864 - 1939 Wife of G.B. Young

  • Young, Erga H.      Dau of O.F. & C.N. Young Died Apr 28, 1897 Aged 3 months 19 days

  • May, Mary C. J.      Dau of Jacob & Louisa May July 1858 - Oct 19, 1861 Aged 3 years 2 months 28 days

  • May, George W.      Son o f Jacob & Louisa May Died Oct 28, 1861 Aged 1 year 8 months 6 days

  • Doolittle, W.J.      No dates

  • McColaugh, Edra V.      No dates

  • Cunningham ?, Addie Pauline      Jan 15, 1917 - Aug 1, 1969




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