Photo by Gerald Bills, 7/2000.
Submitted by Gerald Bills.
DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of State Route 2 and State Route 16 in St. Marys, WV , proceed north on State Route 2 to Raven Rock. Turn Right onto Java Run Road (County Road 2/2) for 1.6 miles to the intersection with Mt. Carmel Ridge Road (County Road 26). Turn right on Mt. Carmel Ridge Road for 0.1 mile to the first intersection on the left (County Road 26/3). Turn left on County Road 26/3. Proceed to the bottom of the hill to a farm house just above Middle Island Creek. The cemetery is just below the old county road and above a lane which goes into a creek bottom meadow. The current property owners (Smith Family) was erecting a fence around the cemetery in 4/2000. This cemetery can also be reached by going out Mt. Carmel Ridge Road from State Route 2.
This is a small family cemetery established by the family of Jesse M. Bogard in 1856 and contains four graves per Roy Smith who grew up in the house across from the cemetery. There are still two stones visible.
1. Mary Wife of Jesse Bogard Died Jul 8, 1856 Aged 50 yrs 2. Christina Dau of Jesse and Mary Bogard Died Aug 18, 1856 Age 15 yrs
The following has been contributed by Connie S. Virden Loy (Daughter of Edward Warren Virden, the son of David Williamson Virden -- served as a Judge in Tyler Co. -- and Mary Rosalie Bogard, the daughter of Jesse M. Bogard and Mary Custer Bogard who were early settlers in Pleasants County, Virginia) ConLoy@aol.com. The Bogards log house was still standing in the 1940s not far from the cemetery site.
3. Jesse M. Bogard, died October 14, 1880 at the home of his daughter Mary Rosalie Bogard Virden in Tyler Co., and is buried beside his wife Mary Custer Bogard. His second wife Elizabeth Mary Williamson Virden Bogard died September 03, 1870, and is buried beside her first husband John Virden in the Zion Cemetery at Friendly. (Jesse's stone marker is no longer visible-GEB).
4. Probably Mary Custer Bogard's mother Margaret Kimble Custer. She died before 1850 and was buried with the family in Pleasants County. Mark Custer Sr., and was buried in Jackson County, WV. (MargaretKimble Custer's marker is no longer visible-GEB).
1850 Tyler County Census:
Bogard, Jesse 44 PA Mary 44 PA Margaret 18 PA Sarah 16 PA Ann 13 PA Christina 9 VA Mary 6 VA Mark 2 VA
Margaret Bogard married John Virden and is buried in a cemetery (Williamson #2 ) at the top of Friendly hill. John was a brother to Thornton Virden who married Ann Bogard.
Sarah Bogard married George Watson.
Tyler County Marriage Records:
Virden, David W. 23 Tyler Co. VA John and Elizabeth
Bogard, Mary 21 Pleasants Co. Va Jesse and Mary - 10 Feb 1867
Bogard, Mark L. 21 Pleasants Va Jesse and Mary Williamson, Maria E. 21 Monroe Co. Ohio Isaac - 24 April 1870
Pleasants County Marriages:
Virden, Thorton 22 Tyler Co.
Bogard, Anne 16 Pa.
J. M. and M. Bogard 1 Feb. 1857
Bogard, Jesse M. 52 (w) Green Co. Pa.
Virden, Elizabeth 52 (w) Tyler Co.
Jesse & E. Bogard
Thomas & E. Williamson 10 Oct 1856
Elizabeth (Williamson) (Virden) Bogard is buried in the Zion Methodist Church Cemetery located on the Friendly Little Road about 1 mile from Friendly, Tyler County.