Whitegate (Penitentiary) Cemetery

Wheeling Intelligencer - May 2, 1992
By George Belanus

Whitegate Cemetery is located along Tom's Run, about 3/4 of a mile from the main route into Moundsville on Fourth Street. It is probably more than 100 years old and is the final resting place for prisoners, unclaimed by anyone, from the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

Some of those buried in Whitegate died from electrocution and hanging, but most died of natural causes, such as TB, during the epidemic of decades ago.


NOTE, Feb. 1, 2017: Harry Forrester has spent years investigating the Moundsville prison, and he has extensive data on most deaths that occurred there. His research indicates that the prison cemetery log lists people buried at Whitegate who are NOT buried there. His findings are supported by death records. In addition, one person is listed under the wrong name. According to Harry, the following are NOT buried at Whitegate:

Frank Stevenson b: 1884, died 2/1/1911, no location available, no death cert, not in cemetery book.

Earl Blankenship b: 1902, died 10/13/1924, buried Clarksburg, Harrison Co, WV

Samuel Nottingham b: 1904, died 2/23/1940, sent to WVU medical school

Donald Adams is wrong name. It is Donald Ables shot and killed during road camp escape. b: 8/30/1927, died 5/23/1950, buried Spencer, WV

George Sites b: 2/25/1927, died 8/24/1952 during escape attempt from road camp, buried East Oak Grove Cemetery, Monongalia Co, WV

Thomas L. Ingram b: 10/22/1922, died 3/27/1954, buried Oak Grove Cemetery, WV

George E. Pugh b: 3/27/1898, died 3/29/1961, buried Mt. Olive Cemetery, Barbour Co, WV

Moses Adams b: 5/25/1937, died 11/25/1961, buried Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, WV

Gus Crumpton b: 9/25/1897, died 10/14/1962, buried Riverview Cemetery, Moundsville, WV

Edward Lee Hall b: 5/3/1939, died 5/6/1964, buried Cook Cemetery, Lynco, WV

George McGee b: 2/1/1918, died 12/29/1966, buried Cunningham Cemetery, St. Albans, WV


Records copied by Helen S. Durbin from cemetery log.

Eugene Venable - April 9, 1938 - December 20, 1974
Hayes Stover - June 18, 1914 - June 4, 1976 - [Life without mercy - Statutory Rape. Obit states burial here.]
Fred Morgan - 1898 - September 3, 1931 [Shot thru heart by prison guard. Death rec confirms burial here as "Tom's Run"]
Gregory Johnson - January 1, 1939 - January 1, 1985
Tracy Clarence Linthicum - February 17, 1918 - June 19, 1974 - US Army, WWII - [Rape of 9 year old girl]
Walter Landreth - March 28, 1926 - March 12, 1972
William Griffith* - July 31, 1892 - July 11, 1971
Oscar Harrison - June 4, 1899 - March 12, 1971
Wilbert Emmitt - May 17, 1909 - October 16, 1970
Marshall Schwartz - 1899 - July 12, 1970
Odell Crabtree - b September 25, 1923 - ????
Frank Rigby - September 25, 1923 - November 16, 1969
John E Thomas Jr - February 2, 1942 - April 12, 1969
Dennis Mayle - July 10, 1909 - January 10, 1969
(Carl?)Harry Tolley - August 31, 1900 - October 18, 1963
Samuel Stokes - August 14, 1876 - February 23, 1964
Thurman W Standard - April 3, 1913 - February 3, 1964
Lonnie Mack - 1897 - June 27, 1964
Jesse Taylor - May 27, 1927 - July 4, 1964
Curtin James Vance - b April 18, 1924 - November 29, 1964
Wm T Settle - July 30, 1919 - April 4, 1964
Ernest Gant - April 28, 1913 - November 20, 1966
Ray Jorgensen - November 7, 1932 - November 24, 1967
Harlon Gaston - September 22, 1922 - May 1, 1967
William E Hughes - July 27, 1912 - August 23, 1967
Jess "Doc" Holliday - November 16, 1899 - October 22, 1967
Fred Smith - March 3, 1902 - July 30, 1962
Melvin Morgan - August 15, 1940 - July 20, 1962
Mathew H Hardy - March 12, 1934 - March 8, 1962
John Totan - 1877 - October 13, 1960
Nick Petrou - June 5, 1905 - June 19, 1960
Frank Gaston - Died January 7, 1970
William Slaughter - 1904 - February 1, 1958
James Truehart Lawson - 1904 - November 6, 1957
Frank Villers - February 16, 1877 - October 29, 1957
Albert Simmons - 1909 - May 10, 1957
Warren Fernatt - 1913 - March 9, 1957
Robert Bayles - 1891 - January 30, 1957
Charles H Clark - 1912 - February 6, 1957
Orico McKinney - August 7, 1907 - August 9, 1956
Mason George - February 14, 1914 - May 1, 1956
Temple Jackson - 1859 - December 14, 1948
Bud Peterson - 1892 - February 25, 1949
Thomas Austin - 1890 - July 19, 1949
Troy Peoples - 1881 - July 28, 1950
Adam Shaffer - February 11, 1883 - March 20, 1940
Charles J Miller - 1890 - March 29, 1951
Robert Cobb - December 25, 1890 - August 15, 1951
Thomas G Steele - June 4, 1929 - October 4, 1952
Ferdinand Dill - February 18, 1909 - January 8, 1953
Henry Mattox - 1910 - July 29, 1953
William D Wilson - August 31, 1898 - August 6, 1958
Henry Jackson - February 23, 1894 - August 5, 1960
Hearl Hunter - October 16, 1911 - September 3, 1961
Frank Sutherland - December 18, 1889 - May 7, 1961
W L Thomas - February 5, 1884 - June 14, 1961
John Braxton - March 2, 1872 - October 30, 1954
Morris B Hickman - February 16, 1912 - July 2, 1954
Luther Jones - 1905 - February 19, 1959
George Davis - August 30, 1899 - October 14, 1958
Michael Harvath - 1915 - October 11, 1948
William A Cox - 1894 - May 6, 1948
John Winbush - 1856 - March 5, 1948
John Ross - 1888 - February 15, 1948
Lovell Smith - November 30, 1913 - January 31, 1948
Pete Misuroca - May 31, 1886 - November 3, 1948
Bill Anderson - March 13, 1901 - December 31, 1946
James Chambers - 1913 - March 30, 1945
James Bogle - June 5, 1905 - March 14, 1945
Tom Mead - 1883 - January 10, 1950
William Bryant - August 13, 1916 - September 3, 1944
Nick Harrison - 1893 - August 12, 1944
Steve Ballas - 1880 - August 16, 1942
Richard Johnson - September 25, 1888 - June 15, 1942
Frank Clark - 1889 - February 7, 1943
John Williams - 1901 - February 16, 1943
William M King - December 25, 1900 - March 1, 1941
Frank Pauletta - 1882 - April 26, 1943
Willie Washington - February 15, 1902 - May 18, 1943
James Martin - 1902 - June 20, 1943
Willard Razor - December 2, 1921 - January 16, 1944
Herman Chambers - February 6, 1908 - February 26, 1944
Fred F Hillwig - February 13, 1895 - March 4, 1954
Clayton Dancey - March 16, 1916 - March 8, 1944
Lional Conway - November 19, 1912 - April 19, 1944
Benjamin Conrad - 1912 - May 21, 1944
Harlen Quinn - August 22, 1913 - July 2, 1944
Steve Ozanic - May 5, 1879 - July 13, 1944
Clyde Sharp - 1915 - August 19, 1942
Charles Steptoe - March 22, 1903 - July 24, 1948
George White - 1887 - March 3, 1945
John F Harper - June 7, 1873 - July 14, 1942
Washington Cantlow - April 7, 1995 - May 25, 1942
Clifford Scott - 1912 - October 23, 1932
Steve Carter - 1882 - March 31, 1942
John James - 1882 - August 2, 1932
Cora Craig - Died April 7, 1932
James Fordham - 1905 - November 22, 1941
T Morgan - 1907 - August 14, 1933
Charley Moore - 1882 - November 10, 1941
Bernie Smith - 1889 - October 10, 1941
Estil Jones - 1863 - June 13, 1941
Robert Mobley - 1914 - March 17, 1941
Milan Masinari - May 26, 1928
John Fitts - 1883 - July 18, 1933
Will Smith - 1905 - July 29, 1933
Warren Freeman - 1898 - May 28, 1937
Archie Jackson - 1901 - June 24, 1937
Dewey Ferrell - 1900 - July 14, 1937
Madie Varner - 1882 - August 19, 1937
Will Mathews - 1902 - August 27, 1937
Tom Mason - 1898 - September 5, 1937
William Cole - Died October 10, 1937
Ed Courtney - 1898 - October 23, 1937
Luther Hundley - March 3, 1939
George Brown - 1874 - October 28, 1938
Samuel Elliott - 1905 - November 4, 1938
Leroy Harris - 1891 - November 19, 1938
Robert Mitchell - 1918 - December 27, 1938
Vern Boston - 1888 - January 15, 1939
Olin Johnson - 1906 - May 23, 1933
S R Rector - 1906 - May 4, 1933
Henry Holt - 1899 - April 25, 1933
Sam Cerenze - 1874 - April 7, 1933
William Johnson - 1879 - August 12, 1932
John Saltkill - June 15, 1927
Henry Scott - 1907 - February 25, 1930
Harvey Bradley - 1911 - May 16, 1930
Willie Wayne - 1909 - May 4, 1931
Alex Coleman - 1904 - December 13, 1931
Luther Carmichael - 1905 - February 3, 1931
Henry Jackson - 1900 - April 27, 1933
W A Bowman - 1869 - May 7, 1931
John Bradshaw - 1893 - July 22, 1931
James Webster - 1895 - March 4, 1931
Lonzo Hunter - 1892 - October 24, 1930
Brady Copen - 1912 - May 9, 1933
b Leroy Brooks - ?????
Harry Seay - 1903 - October 25, 1938
Stetson Harris - 1904 - July 9, 1931
Silas Turner - 1895 - August 4, 1930
V B Bryant - 1859 - March 15, 1928
Will Lee - 1895 - October 3, 1931
Charles Hess - 1912 - December 18, 1932
Bert Devol - 1870 - December 8, 1932
Frank Welton - 1910 - December 13, 1932
Harry Powers (Real name: Harm Drenth, born in the Netherlands)** - 1893 [Nov 17, 1892] - December 18, 1932 [Hanged]
Issiac Price - 1886 - November 17, 1929
Frank Hyer - 1877 - June 19, 1927
Paul Hall - 1900 - April 4, 1933
George Meyers - 1885 - August 22, 1939
D L Smith - 1884 - September 19, 1939
Dillard Bush - 1899 - November 9, 1929
William DeJournat - 1858 - April 23, 1931
Denny Sea - ____ - August 15, 1928
Pete Shepherd - 1873 - May 10, 1929
Irvin Tolley - 1878 - April 4, 1929
Lee Neighbors - 1903 - September 14, 1928
Ollie Montgomery - 1901 - March 19, 1929
James Knight - 1869 - January 19, 1929
Harry Miller - 1892 - April 18, 1930
Craig Bennett - _____ - March 19, 1929
Millard F Morrison - 1906 - September 13, 1929
Young Robinson - 1884 - May 9, 1929
Charles Detamore - 1883 - January 2, 1929
Ben Davis - 1896 - December 21, 1931
Obe Napier - ____ - March 22, 1928
Ed Johnson - 1891 - July 13, 1927
Robert Welsh - 1902 - June 7, 1933
Howard Beavers - 1908 - July 15, 1933
Elijah Freeman - 1914 - January 20, 1939
George Cook - 1913 - February 19, 1940
Henry Aaron - 1894 - June 21, 1940
R Coleman - 1900 - June 21, 1940
Gailey Todd - 1910 - July 17, 1940
James Graham - 1904 - July 20, 1940
Cal Meadows - 1889 - November 12, 1929
Charles Crittendon - 1892 - September 6, 1929


Submitted (1998) by Joseph Frey

Donald Adams - d May 25, 1950
Reuben Adams - d May 17, 1942
Norman Anderson - d July 29, 1924
Earl Blankenship - d October 13, 1924
Lawrence Brown - d February 26, 1944
Tom Cook - d February 15, 1941
Edward Creamer - d July 13, 1926
Elridge Davis - d December 5, 1924
Will Davis - d November 20, 1924
S P Dillard - d November 22, 1924
Edward Fielder - d February 25, 1975
Edward L Hall - d May 6, 1964
Howard C Hopkins - d January 29, 1941
Samuel L Hughes - d February 2, 1963
Henry Jackson - d September 10, 1926
Lawrence Kirkendall - d March 30, 1968
Joe Long - d July 19, 1924
Ernest Murphy - d September 16, 1923
George McGee - d December 29, 1966
James Oliver - d June 1, 1941
Dave Preston - d September 7, 1940
George E Pugh - d March 29, 1961
Willie Reed - d August 22, 1940
Henry Scott - d February 25, 1930
George Sites - d August 24, 1952
Mike Stones - d November 20 1924
Silas Turner - d August 4, 1930
Robert Upperdite - d February 25, 1978
Edgar Wray - d August 7, 1940
Moses Adams - d November 25, 1961
Frank Adkins - d January 17, 1969
Hugu Banks - d December 19, 1940
Leroy Brooks - d May 18, 1933
Luther Cook - d June 26, 1927
Herman Covington - d December 27, 1940
Gus Cumpston - d October 14, 1962
Wilford Davis - d June 5, 1902
Bully Dice - d October 18, 1923
Phillip Euman - d August 20, 1926
Lonzo Foster - d March 2, 1942
Byzantine Hartman - d June 28, 1940
Taylor W Hott - d November 18, 1941
Thomas L Ingram - d March 27, 1954
Sylvestor Jackson - d March 8, 1941
Wilbur Lewis - d June 18, 1927
Gratt Mooney - d September 27, 1940
Nathan McClelland - d March 21, 1942
Sam Nottingham - d February 23, 1935
Clarence Parks - d June 1, 1923
Horace Prince - d July 26, 1926
J B Rabb - d August 11, 1940
Frank Runion - d July 19, 1942
Dewey Shrewsbury - d February 10, 1941
Frank Stevenson - d February 17, 1911
James Turner - d April 23, 1927
Alex Tyler - d November 24, 1945
Howard Wall - d June 15, 1923
George Shepherd - d September 9, 1989
John Williams - d May 24, 1992
Robert Deitrich - d May 17, 1994
Gregory Johnson - d December 1, 1985

*William Griffith was known as Holley Griffith and was the model for the book/movie, FOOL'S PARADE.
**Harry Powers (alias of Harm Drenth) was the model for the movie, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.

James Burkhammer, 68, of St. Marys Correctional Center, St. Marys, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in the center. He was born April 23, 1933, in Harrison County. He was a Protestant and a member of the United States Marine Corps. There will ne no visitation. Interment in White Gate Cemetery, Marshall County.Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, 109 Second St., Moundsville.


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