Thatcher Family Cemetery

Submitted by Phyllis Slater.

Small cemetery on Benwood Hill.

From HOW OUR LITTLE FAMILY GREW, by Mary Margaret Warrell.

Jonas Thatcher, Uncle of Delilah Little, settled on a farm in Marshall Co., W. Va. on what is now Benwood Hill. In a corner of an alfalfa field along the road is their family burial plot. Most the stones are grown over with sod & weeds but enough was uncovered of a large flat stone to read part of the inscription:

____, wife of Jonas Thatcher, born May 22, 1818; d. Mar. 13, 1854
[Courthouse record: Sarah Thatcher d. Mar. 13, 1855 of consumption, age 37; Boggs Run; husband Jonas; reported by husband.]

Dorcas M. Thatcher, Infant, b. Mar. 3, 185-; d.---
[Courthouse record: Dorsey M. Thatcher d. July 27, 1854, age 4 months; Boggs Run; s/o Jonas; reported by Jonas.]

Jonas Thatcher, d. June 10, 1861 of consumption; Boggs Run; death reported by Jonas Thatcher (presumably, the son)

Jonas Thatcher was one of the founders of Pleasant Hill Methodist Church. He owned considerable acres & must have been quite a farmer; he was also in business in Wheeling. Lillian Parsons said that he & her g grandfather, Wm. A. Smith, were partners. From papers of Etta Phoebus, a note from the Wheeling Gazette dated Sat. Feb. 22, 1834, entitled "Chair Factory" - Jonas advertized that after this date his business would be conducted under the name of Thatcher & Smith as he had taken A. Smith as Partner. Wm. Smith evidently used his middle name, Alexander. This business was on site of McClure Hotel & in 1837 it was Mendel's Furniture Factory.

The Will Abstract of Jonas Thatcher can be found on the WILLS page.


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