Located on the old Francis Marion Pfost farm on Grasslick. Fairplain
Photographs and transcription by Clement Matheny, taken 10/15/2006.
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Above are an overview and the entrance to the Pfost-Green cemetery off of Grass lick road. It is about 4 miles from Fairplain. Grasslick Road (Rt 21) is on the left side of I-77 going toward Charleston as you leave Fairplain, then go 4 miles south to the cemetery. The cemetery can not be seen from the road and is about 200 yards up the hill, a very easy walk as it is mowed and in very good shape.
The following is transcribed, with permission, from "Jackson County Cemeteries, Vol 1" by the Jackson County Historical Society.
The following is a newpaper article about the murder.
Sioux County Herald
Murders Three for $58.
Mrs. Mary Green, a widow living with two unmarried daughters and a son about 18 years of age, on a farm on Grass Lick, eight miles from Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia, sold a home Wednesday for $58. Early in the night the family were awakened by a rap at the door by John Morgan, an adopted son. As soon as Mrs. Green opened the door Morgan struck her with a club and beat her brains out. He then killed the eldest daughter with one blow and, as he thought, killed the younger one in the same way. The son hid in a corn crib, where he was soon found and beaten to death by the assassin. The youngest daughter revived, escaped to the woods and gave the alarm. Morgan took what money he could find and fled. Morgan was found and confessed.
For more information about the murders: click here
Les Shockey and Betty Briggs, Co-Coordinators of the Jackson County WVGenWeb page.