St. Marys Pioneer Cemetery



Photos by Gerald Bills Oct 2007; edited and presented by Linda Fluharty.

This cemetery record appeared in the "West Virginia Echoer," which was published monthly in Wheeling, WV by Mary Freese Worrell.

In St. Marys Pioneer Park off State Route 2, cemetery has 13 headstones in fenced area.

Large stone inscribed:
"In memory of the 5 pioneer families of Pleasants County, West Virginia

Bills 1840; Reynolds 1790; Larue 1790; Brown 1849; Ruckman 1849

William Bills - ____ - 08/26/1814 - War of 1812; Corp. 6 VA Mil.
Lillian Bills - ____ - 10/11/185_
Thomas J. Brown - ____ - 02/21/1854 - s/o Thomas & Ruth; aged 4y 10m
Elizabeth Larue - ____ - ____ - w/o Jacob; "In Memory of"
Jacob Larue - ??-28-1812 - d 1815 - s/o H. & R. Larue
Jacob Larue - ____ - 1845 - s/o Perry & Rebecca (Bills)
Susanna Larue - ____ - 12/__/1810 - d/o Jacob & Elizabeth; aged 25y 10m 9d
___ J. Reynolds - s/o C. W. & E. Reynolds - Died Aug 28 1819? - Age 2 yrs 11 mo 1 da
Illegible ----- - Died -- 22, 18-- In his 7 year


Isaac and Jacob Larue appear in the 1810 census of Ohio County, Virginia of which this section of Pleasants was then a part. Local histories state that Isaac Larue, grandfather of Isaac and Jacob (and perhaps Abraham) devised land to the four sons of Peter and Elizabeth (Larue) Larue. Elizabeth was Isaac's daughter and Peter Larue was her cousin. Land grant records show Abraham Larue, et al, were granted 2,000 acres on Middle Island Creek and 245 acres on Middle Island in 1800 (Ohio County Deed Book 3, pages 234 and 235).

In the 1810 Ohio County Census, Isaac and Jacob Larue were both listed as being "at least 26 years of age and under 45 years of age." They were both at least 35 years of age as the 1820 Census of Tyler County lists them "45 years of age and upwards". Isaac appears to have been the elder due to the ages of his children. Their wives were listed in the same age range in 1810.

Household of Isaac Larue (other than head of family and wife): 1 male; 1 female, at least 10 years and under 16 years; 1 male; 4 females, all under 10 years of age.

Household of Jacob Larue: 4 females, all under 10 years of age.

The 1810 Census of Ohio County lists William Bills with household of 1 male, at least 16 years and under 26 years; 1 female, at least 16 years and under 26 years; and 2 males under 10 years. William Bills was married in Monongalia County, as indicate by a marriage bond dated September 8, 1805: "William Bills and Phoebe Hoskinson, dau of Bliss Hoskinson; surety, John E. Bills". William and Phoebe were married October 3, 1805 in Monongalia County by John Patterson.

John E. Bills was probably William Bills father by a marriage prior to his marriage to Ruth Reel in Hardy County in 1818. John E. Bills was born in 1760 and died in 1852 at Bull Creek.

Other early settlers included Christain Schultz in the Jefferson district by 1806 when he was granted 25,000 acres of land; James Ruckman, listed in the 1830 Tyler County census; and Moses Ruckman who was probably listed in the 1830 Wood County census. The Morgan family was in the Pine Grove area in Lafayette District as early as 1830 as proven by death records and cemetery headstones.

Excerpted From "Cemetery Records of Tyler and Pleasants County, WV," by Mary Davis Atkinson.