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Wood County, WV Genealogy

"Some Pioneer Cemeteries of Parkersburg
And Wood County"

CREEL CEMETERY (Thomas Creel Cemetery)

There is another little cemetery, probably private to the
family of Thomas Creel, by the side of the lane between
Bacon Hall and the Davisville road.
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CREEL GRAVEYARD (Old Creel Graveyard)

The Old Pioneer Creel graveyard was a narrow strip lying
above the railroad, and below the old Southern Methodist
Church at Davisville.  Possibly it once included ground cut
away in building the railroad.  I visited it first in 1917, and
found it in a deplorable condition.  There were only six
headstones standing or lying near, and only one of these
had a legible inscription.

"In memory of Anna W. Creel, consort of John B. Creel, who
departed this life February 24th, 1824, aged twenty-one years."

The grave by her side was doubtless that of her husband,
Major John B. Creel.  He was the oldest son of George Creel,
Jr., she a daughter of Daniel Kincheloe.  He was born in 1779,
died in 1838.

One of the headstones four inches thick, is crumbed to an
edge of one and a half or two inches at the top.

When visited again, October, 1924, the graveyard was still more
forlorn in its appearance.

The old church is long since gone.
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The Creel Graveyard lies on a flat point just above Spring
Run, or a tributary of the same, and is perhaps a quarter of a
mile from the church at the old Claysville road.  It covers over
an acre of ground and was - when I was in it, about 1917 - 
perhaps, neatly fenced in with plank.  There were many fine
monuments, but the grounds were badly grown up with
weeds, burrs and brush.

It being October 5th, there were great patches of blue
ageratum in bloom.

The graveyard lies out in an extensive field of bottom land,
and is reached through a gateway.  Across another flat, up
the run, are two large cedar trees which have grown in the
yard of somebody's house in years gone by.  This is a
comparatively recent graveyard.

Of the Creel graves, I noted -
Bushrod Washington Creel, February 10, 1805 - June 11th, 1875.
Alcinda Kincheloe, his wife, March 4th, 1857, forty-four years,
eight months.
Of the children of B. W. and A. Creel, I saw -
Bushrod W. - 1841.
Alcinda - 1852.
Then there is Catherine, wife of George R. Creel, born August,
1860, died July, 1895.
By her was the grave of George R., Jr., 1881 - 1905.
Lawrence Victor, his child, died 1905.
(Mr. Gibbens notes in his book, Jeptha Kincheloe, born May
17th, 1778, died November 25th, 1857, aged seventy-nine years,
six months.  Clara, his wife, born January 8th, 1778, died March
9th, 1858, aged eighty-six years, two months.)
The first inscription must be on the farther side of a large
granite monument, the other I copied as Clara Kincheloe, died
March 3rd, 1858, born January 8th, 1779, eighty-nine years,
one month.  One or the other was mistaken.  Clara Kincheloe
was the daughter of Anthony Buckner, and widow of George
Creel, Jr.
Other inscriptions are -
Hug, son of H. W. and Emma Pahl, 1887 - 1905.
David Fowler, 1865, child of T. and E. Fowler.
Thomas Fowler, child of T. and E. Fowler.
Same row, Mary E., wife of S. Porter, died 1865, age twenty-seven.
Then, Francis Lang, October 1st, 1862, sixteen years old.
A daughter of M. V. and C. Cundiff, 1863.
Children of Marcellus Clark.  His wife was a daughter of B. W.
Children of Dr. W. C. Bond.  Elizabeth, a daughter of Bushrod
Creel, married Dr. E. D. W. Bond, a brother of the above Dr. Bond.
Carl, son of W. E. Duskey, date 1905.
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DILS GRAVEYARD (Old Dils Graveyard)

They came and found a wilderness.
They strove, they forged, they wrought,
An lo, from out their cares and stress
Left monument, by gold ne'er bought.
(R. H.)

The Old Dils Graveyard lies over two miles from the uttermost
limit of the Parkersburg of one hundred years ago, yet it is now
inside its eastern suburb.  On my first visit to this burying ground,
soon after coming to Parkersburg, in December, 1913, I wrote:

"The graveyard encloses about one half acre on a flat, one
corner (the southeast) sloping over, so as to be intersected by
two steep hollows, three or four rods long, with graves on the
point between.

The southwest corner has the oldest graves, dating back to the
Twenties and Thirties (and earlier), with the name of Dils most
common.  Creel and Foley seem connected with the Dils family,
who lived about one fourth mile north."  (It was less than a fourth
of a mile, and east to the old Dils homestead or farm.)

The farm was approximately a mile wide, and reached from the
north of Holmes Run to the Kanawha River.  Many of the bodies
have been removed from the graveyard, and most of the graves
have no name, simply flagstone markers.  (Frequently, even that
is absent.)

The Dils graveyard is one of the very old cemeteries of Wood
County, but not the oldest, even of the Parkersburg settlement.
The oldest marked grave I found here is that of "James Foley,
July 8, 1808."

There was a burying ground here several years prior to that
date, however, but nothing to show the date of the first grave.

Philip Dils (Dilts, they first spelled it, Dilz would be correct) was
buried here in 1801.

He was the owner of the surrounding hills and valleys, and made
the first improvement on lower Worthington Creek, unless there
were squatter cabins before him.

There is no way of fixing the date of Dils' coming, but it was
probably not far from 1797.  He bought fourteen hundred acres
of land of Thomas Clare, and gave farms to each of his six
children, five of whom came with him, and four settled on the
land before Wood County was organized, in 1800.

The Dils graveyard was at first (probably) a family burying
ground, used later also by the Foleys, who intermarried with
the Dilses, and to some extent by other neighbors.

Later, the boundaries were extended, and the spot became a
public cemetery.  After the building of the Northwest Turnpike,
in 1837, the grounds were enlarged so as to reach its line.

There was no legal title for the ground, however, until March
24th, 1870, when James M. Stephenson, the then owner of
that part of the old Dils farm, deeded to David H. Dils,
William M. Evans, Andrew Murdy, and K. B. Stephenson,
a tract of land which was - as described in deeds for lands
adjacent -
S. 12. 29 W. 269 feet.
S. 83. 05. E. 147.3 feet.
N. 12. 29 E. 187 feet.
N. 63. 09 W. 150 feet with Northwest Turnpike.

The boundary now "occupied by sufferance of said J. M.
Stephenson and parties he purchased from for many years as a
graveyard", one acre on the Northwestern Turnpike, near the
Catholic Burying ground, and known as the Dils graveyard.

Reserving the use of twenty-five feet next the Catholic cemetery
and running in the back line as a private burying ground.

The surface of the ground is smooth, sloping gently from east
of the middle to the western line.  The northern end of the
Stephenson reserve strip is nearly level.  The southern half is
cleft by the two steep hollows mentioned, at the junction of
these hollows is a spring.

Philip Dils came to Worthington from Fayette County,
Pennsylvania.  He is said to be from Bavaria, perhaps himself
born in that country.

He had six children, all of whom were married before he came
to Wood County, and some of whom had children from six
to ten years old.

Dils deeded each of these children a part of his land, and
also left some by will.

The all built on these farms.  They built cabins and cleared
ground before receiving deed for the same, except Anna
Lyons, who would appear to have remained east, and
Elizabeth Stephenson, who was but a temporary resident
on her land, if indeed she ever lived on it.

Dils was building a mill near his residence at the time of
his death, in 1801, and he left the place to his wife, under
supervision of his three sons, William, Henry, and John.

Philip Dils died in 1801.

Mary Dils, his wife and widow, afterward married a man
named Ruble.  She willed her property to her children.
(Her maiden name was Hoffman, says one record.)  No
doubt she was buried in this graveyard.

William Dils was born in 1761.  He died in 1910, aged
forty-nine years.

By his side is the grave of his wife, Ariantha Dils, died
July 26th, 1843, in the eighty-sixth year of her age (so
born about 1757).

They had been married several years before coming to
Wood County, and lived on the "Snakeville Road", on
what is known as the "Little farm" for several years,
either down next the "Big Spring", where the house is
now, or up on top of the hill above.

The farm was later divided between the twelve heirs,
and by them sold to Moses Pilcher and Hugh Dils.

Philip W. Dils - a son of William above - was born
September 17th, 1788.  He died November 7th, 1849,
sixty-one years and one month old.  He married Lucy
Foley in 1810.  They were the parents of Milan, Barcum,
and W. Smith.

Smith Dils, son of Philip W., was born about 1816, and
died July 8th, 1876, aged sixty years.  His wife was
Belinda J. Dils, who died June 2nd, 1896, aged seventy-
one years, three months.  Smith Dils was married, I think,
in Kentucky.  He served in the Union Army.  Was in Co.
A., 35th, Kentucky.  William Smith Dils had a one third
interest for a time in the Claysville mill, which he sold
in 1866.

Samuel P. and Mrs. M.E. Fleming were their children.

William Dils, Jr., son of William Dils, was born November
1st, 1797, died May 21st.

(There are two unmarked graves between these two
William Dils graves.  Are they those of Philip and Mary

A William Dils, born November, 1792, died August 29th,
1817, monument by Dryden Parker, grave at south end.

Hugh P. Dils, one of the younger of William Dils' children,
was born December 26th, 1802.  He died September 30th,
1868, at the age sixty-five years, nine months.  He was
married in 1825, to Susan Logan, a daughter of Henry
Logan, Sr.  She was born September 29th, 1807, died
February 29th, 1884, aged seventy-six years, five months.

He was prominent in the affairs of Wood County, both as
to business, and political matters.  He built the brick house
by the Catholic graveyard.  He divided his many lands
among his children, two sons, two daughters and a grandson,
the heir of Hugh P. Dils, his son.

In the plot in the Dils graveyard, by Hugh P. and Susan Dils,
are buried their children -
George Dils, 1836 - 1839.
Sarah Dils, 1839 - 1840.
Albert L. Dils, 1834 - 1843.
Hugh P. Dils, 1843 - 1863.

Henry Dils died July 25th, 1865, in his sixty-sixth year.  He
was married to Catharine Pilcher, daughter of Moses
Pilcher, in 1815.  He lived for some years on that part of the
old "Mill Lot", beyond the bridge, and later on land above
the mouth of Holmes Run, willed to his wife by her father.

Henry Dils grew quite wealthy for a farmer of his day.  He
used to drive hogs to the market at Baltimore, before the
building of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and was known
by the name of "Hogs Henry" to distinguish him from other
Henry Dilses of the vicinity.

Peter E. Dils, a Lieutenant in Company F., 6th West Virginia
Infantry, born December 8th, 1831, died June 4th, 1881, is
buried in the fourth row of the cemetery, beyond the middle.

This Henry and Peter E. Dils were brothers, and were sons of

(Mrs. Fleming said John Dils married a Radcliff.)

Samuel P. Dils died August 1st, 1890, aged thirty-seven
years.  He was born in 1853, and was a son of Smith Dils.

William Diles died in 1840, aged nineteen.

James Dils died March 9th, 1853, aged thirty-nine years,
eleven months.  He, it is said, married Sophronia, daughter
of Mason Foley, in 1837, and to have died from injuries
received in a fall from a cherry tree.  He is buried in the
Creel lot.

Lieut. Peter E. Dils, Company G., 6th West Virginia
Infantry, was born in 1831 - died in 1881 (must be in some
other graveyard, perhaps the Odd Fellows).

Arthur Alonzo Dils, a child, died in 1853 (son of P. & E.
Louisiana Dils, child, died 1840.

Louisiana, Stephen P., Moses P., Sarah Ann Hill, Lorene
Dils, are buried in the third row, and at the foot of the
Pilcher grave.  Mrs. Sutherland says are all children of
Henry and Catharine Pilcher Dils.
Stephen P. Dils is the grave next the fence, in the third
row at the foot of the Pilcher graves.

William Dils, born November, 1799, died August 12th,
1817, is buried near the southern fence, in same row
with Ariantha and William Dils.  Is he their son?  His
slab was "erected by Dryden Parker".  Was he son of
William, and name duplicated, or a son of Henry or John?
There is a sandstone marker at foot of grave, south of
Ariantha Dils, with letters "W. D.", but headstone is gone.

Others of the name buried in the old graveyard are -
Sarah An, wife of Alf Hill, 1819 - 1846.
Moses P. Dils.
Lorena Dils, 1829 - 1831.

Henry Dils, son of Philip, and brother of William, Sr., sold
his farm on Worthington, which included all between
Twenty-third Street and the creek, and between Laurel Oak
Run at the bridge and Putnam Street, as also the top of the
hill to Park Avenue, and the City Park, to Moses Pilcher,
and he went to Indiana, but some of his children may have

John Dils, I think, went to Rising Sun, Indiana.  I have
nothing as to his family.

John Sotherland, died September 4th, 1836, aged sixty-five
years, ten months.
Mason Foley, February 24th, 1876, aged nine-five years,
one month.  Born June 21st, 1771.
Hannah Foley, June 9th, 1866, seventy-four years, five months.
Hugh P. Foley, April 4th, 1862, forty-eight years, one month.
Priscilla (wife), born December 25th, 1819 (no date of death).
Olivia, wife of J. H. Rose, May 20th, 1872, aged twenty-eight
years, six months.
Bushrod W., August 17th, 1862, aged thirty-two years, five
Mary, wife of Barnett H., Jr., November 11th, 1870, aged
thirty-nine years, eleven months.
James, about 1727.
Mary Langfitt, 1763.

James Foley was an old man when he came to Wood County
and bought land.  The Foley family came from Virginia to Wood
County, in 1802.

James Foley died January 8th, 1808, in the eighty-first year of
his age.  This would make his birth about 1727.  His grave is at
the southern end of the graveyard.  When I first visited the
graveyard, in December, 1913, the large old fashioned headstone
was lying on the ground, by the fence, under a cherry tree.  I
think it has been reset at the grave since.

It bears the oldest date I have seen.

A broken marble slab lying nearby has the inscription -
Mary, wife of James Foley, died March 12th, 1835, in the
seventy-second year of her age.  This makes her born in
1763, and about thirty-six years younger than her husband.
This is a wide variance in the age of husband and wife.  Her
maiden name was Langfitt, and she had two brothers, Francis
and Philip, who, as well as her husband, were soldiers in the
American Army in the Revolution, say their descendants,
Mary Foley's father and two brothers were also in the army.

Mason Foley, born March 16th, 1782, died February 24th,
1876, aged ninety-five years, one month.
Hannah H. Foley, daughter of Hugh Phelps, died June 9th,
1866, aged seventy-four years, five months.  (This would
make her birth May 13th, 1791.)  They lived on the upper side
of the John Dran farm, and above the Big Spring.
Hugh P. Foley, their son (?) died April 4th, 1862, aged forty-
eight years, one month.  His wife, Priscilla, daughter of
Thomas Creel, was born on Christmas Day, 1819.  Date of
death not inscribed.
A child of Mason Foley was buried here, 1839.
Barnett H. Foley, Jr.
Mary, wife of B. H. Foley, died November 11th, 1870, aged
thirty-nine years.
Bushrod W. Foley, son of Mason, died August 17th, 1862,
aged thirty-two years, five months.
Olevia, wife of J. H. Rose, May 20th, 1872, aged twenty-eight
years, six months, is buried in Mason Foley lot.  (Probably a
daughter of Mason Foley.)

A stone - a plain marble slab lying under a tree by the southern
fence, reads -
Hannah, wife of Thomas Brown, died May 7th, 1818, in her
seventy-sixth year.  (Who was she?)

Away out near the southeast corner of the graveyard are some
children's graves, with iris growing around them, among the
weeds and brush.  One is marked -
Esther, daughter of H. E. and M. E. Marr, 1898 (an infant).

In the southwest corner of the graveyard, in the first row, are
the graves of -
Joseph Lyons, November 15th, 1824 - October 11th, 1874.
Margaret Lyons (daughter of Henry Dils) 1827 - 1909.
Joseph Lyons, Jr. 1855 - 1899.
Next, a Lyons child, and then H. P. Foley.

Second row, Henry Dils ("Hog" Henry, as above).
Then an unmarked grave, probably his wife, who was
Catharine Pilcher.
Next, Moses Pilcher, April 13th, 1771 - August 13th, 1822,
fifty-one years old.
Sarah Pilcher, December 10th, 1771 - April 20th, 1835.
Next, a grave without a headstone, then that of -
Zachariah Taylor Lyons, born April 9th, 1847, died June 4th,
1910.  He was the oldest son of Joseph Lyons, and was a
soldier in the Union Army.  There is no marker to his grave,
but his brother, the late Lyman Lyons, kept this corner of the
cemetery clean, and planted a flag at the grave on Decoration
Day.  I got the dates from the family record.

Joseph Lyons was from Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  His
father, James Lyons, who came to Wood County, was a son of
William (and probably of Ann Dils Lyons).

James Johnson, 1798 - May 6th, 1844.
James N. Johnson, 1827 - 1853.

James Johnson came from near Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
bought a part of the Griffith land, and settled at the mouth
of Johnson's Run, in the early thirties.  He was killed in a
clearing, a limb falling from a burning tree, knocked him down.
He fell into a log heap and was burned so, he died.

James N. Johnson, the oldest son, died of typhoid fever.  His
grave was unmarked.

A child of Ebenezer and Ann Lyons Johnson was buried in
the Dils graveyard in 1847.

In another part of the graveyard is the grave of Reta Inez
Johnson, born 1874, did 1887.

Near this is a plot formerly hedged with arbor vitae, four or
five feet high, which enclosed several graves.  The hedge has
been destroyed, as has many of the flowers and shrubbery,
by burning over the ground.

In the plot formerly hedged, I noted -
Franklin B., son of H. C. and R. L. Bosley, 1876 - 1897.
William A., son of W. C. and R. L. Bosley, 1876 - 1897.

A nearby monument marks the grave of -
Sivilla, wife of John Nofsinger, born in Belmont County,
Ohio, 1829 - died 1902, and
John Nofsinger, born in Belmont County, Ohio, 1827 - died
1903, aged seventy-six.

Other headstones are for -
Dudley Robinson, 1841 - 1889.
John A., son of J. and C. Earl, died September, 1877, aged
Neil McComas, born in the Parish of Bellecastle, County of
Antrim, Ireland, died August, 1870, aged forty years.
John Sotherland, died September 4th, 1836, aged sixty-five
years, ten months.  (Born November 1st, 1770)

There are no marked graves by this, but it is near that of
James Foley, who was the father of Sotherland's wife, Nancy
Foley.  They came from Prince William County before 1805,
and were married before 1800.  He lived on the east side of the
Old Lyons farm, and built a house, still used as a residence.

John J. Sotherland, his son, lived at the old house after him,
and he was succeeded by Jesse Sotherland, who died there.
John J. Sotherland married first Delila Phelps, 1826, and second
Mary Kincheloe, daughter of Jesse.  He was born April, 1803.
His wife, Mary Kincheloe, died May 5th, 1883, aged seventy-four
years, two months.

David Hopkins was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, September
27th, 1798.  He died at his residence on the Berry farm, at the mouth
of Berry's Run, December 14th, 1862, aged sixty-four years, two

Hopkins bought the farm of William Rice, in 1839.  He lived on it,
built a good frame house, cleared nearly all the land, much of which
has gone back into a second growth woodland.  He was a well-to-do
farmer, an influential citizen, and had slaves to do his work.  He sold
the land to William H. Smith in 1860.

Francis C. Hopkins, born March 2nd, 1799, died March 31st, 1882,
aged eighty-four, wife of David Hopkins.
A child, David Hopkins, died July 1st, 1837, aged five.

In the north east part of the graveyard were many graves, several
broken headstones, probably the result of the cutting of oak trees
several years ago.  The uprooting of a nearby cedar tree may well
be from the same cause.

I note Catharine, wife of Montraville Allton, died October 17th,
1855, in her twenty-third year.
Mary, daughter of A. and E. Murdy, died June 4th, 1852, aged
Jonah F. Smith, died June 23rd, 1872, aged twenty-nine.
Maria Smith - Tombstone broken, balance of inscription gone.
James Thompson, who was born near Lesburn, Ireland - balance
of inscription gone.

Other inscriptions are -
Virgil O. Tucker, a child of L. M. and S. L. Tucker, died 1898.
Mary Katheryn, daughter of A. N. and Bertha V. Headley (an
infant) died 1901.
Joseph P. D. Watkins, son of J. and E. J. Watkins, died 1860,
aged three years.
Emma Florence, wife of W. N. Lucas, born 1866, died 1903.  (grave
in northeast corner)
William H., son of William H. and Ellan Seargeant, born June 1858,
died July, 1862.
Nancy, wife of Samuel Lenhart, died November, 1877, aged sixty-
five years, seven months.  (Born about 1811)
Sgt. McCully is buried in the next grave north of hers, and a
McCully child on her other side, so she must be of the family.

Jeremiah Willis buried about the middle of the seventh row of
graves.  Some say he was a Union soldier, some that his son,
Henry was, and Jesse Sotherland told me once that Jeremiah was
not a soldier, but that his wife received a pension for a son killed
in the Union Army.  There is a large monument by a row of graves,
and inscribed for -
Jeremiah Willis.

Henry Willis, June 21st, 1848 - May 18th, 1877.
John T. Willis, 1856 - 1877.
Martha M. Willis, 1863 - 1878.
Margaret, 1861 - 1879.
George, 1858 - 1882.
Maggie, 1876 - 1877.
Samuel Kibler, born July 9th, 1802, died May 17, 1896.
Leannah Kibler, September 18th, 1803 - April 12th, 1896.
Same row, Leannah, wife of Richard Ward, died 1851, aged
sixty-one (an aunt of Mrs. Kibler?)
Thomas Kibler, 1833 - 1852.
Samuel Kibler, 1837 - 1862.
Sarah A., wife of D. J. Kibler, May 1st, 1845 - December 2nd,
1899.  Grave under a black oak tree, on a point between two
Charles W., son of D. J and S. A. Kibler, died a child in 1868.
Charles Fornash, born 1846, date of death not inscribed.
On his left, Debby, wife of Charles Fornash, born 1846 - died
On his right, M. C., wife of Charles Fornash, born 1848, date
of death not inscribed, perhaps 1922.
Hugh P. Creel died April 4th, 1862, aged forty-eight years, one
month.  He was a son of Thomas and Priscilla Foley Creel.  Was
in the Union Army.
Edwin, son of H. P. and D. E. Creel, November 3rd, 1866, aged
thirteen years, five months.
James B., son of H. P. and D. E. Creel, March 26th, 1857.
William, son of H. P. and D. E. Creel, died April 2nd, 1874, aged
twenty-four years, five days.
Robert K. Creel, son of H. P. and D. E. Creel, died in 1856, aged
seven years.
James Dils is buried in same part of graveyard, aged thirty-nine
years, eleven months.

James M. Stephenson, a son of Edward and Elizabeth Dils
Stephenson, was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, November
4th, 1796, died April 16th, 1877, aged eighty years.  He and his wife,
Agnes Boreman Stephenson, were buried in the northeastern part
of the cemetery, but later were removed to Mount Olivet.

There are so far as I can find, thirteen Union soldiers buried in the
Dils graveyard -
J. M. Barnes, Co. F., 4th W. Va., third row, about middle.
Hugh P. Creel, Jr., second or third row.
Hugh P. Dils, Jr., nearby, first or second row.
Leiut. P. E. Dils, Co. F., 6th W. Va., fourth row beyond middle.
Charles Fornash, Co. D., 15th W. Va., sixth row, near gate.
Sgt. James McCulley, Co. D., 4th W. Va., sixth row, near middle.
W. S. Dils, Co. A., 39th Ky. Inf., sixth row near middle.
Silas Riley, Co. D., 10th W. Va., by fence, about fifteenth row.
Samuel McHenry, Co. K., 1st W. Va., tenth row, near the middle,
and over next eastern line.  (U. S. stone)
Zachariah T. Lyons.
The grave of Jeremiah Willis about the middle of seventh row,
is decorated as a soldier's.  Some say he was in the Union Army,
others that it was his son, George, buried at his side. 
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Weep not for those who lie beneath the sod.
Others will carry forward the banner they unfurled
Whose feet tread the path which they have trod,
Will hold aloft the torch they lighted, a beacon to
the world.
(R. H.)

During the fall of 1927, I visited four graveyards on
Washington's Bottom, below Blennerhassett Island.

The Old Edelen Graveyard is situated on the upper end of
the Bottom, a few rods back from the Ohio River, opposite
the lower end of Blennerhassett Island, and off from the
opening in the hills caused by the Edelen Run.

It is five or six rods, perhaps, above, and back of the old
Lewis house.  *Lewis marked out and Edelen penciled in.
The grounds are unfenced, but well sodded with grass,
closely mown, clean and neat, but a Mr. Bartlett, who lives
in the Edelen house, tells me that when he came there, seven
or eight years ago, the brush and briers were higher than his
head, and so thick a rabbit couldn't run through them.

This grassed spot is about one half filled with marked or
discernable graves - probably it is all used.

The grounds were deeded to the public for a burial ground,
in August, 1841.

I copied names and dates:
Benjamin Butcher, died October 6th, 1888, aged seventy-four.
Nancy, wife of Benjamin Butcher (no dates).

These are in the upper side of the plot:
Harrie, son of William and Bettie Stout, died 1876, age one year.
*The B in Bettie was marked out and changed to an R.
Lawrence Albert, first son of J. W. and H. B. Mitchell,
February 25th, 1856 - December 31st, 1865.
Henrietta Beck, only child of J. H. and S. Harwood (second
wife), born January 21st, 1827 - died November 19th, 1865,
thirty-eight years old.

There is in this, the upper row of graves that shows across the
lot, an old ornamental slab of native sandstone, about three
feet high, and three inches thick, on which is inscribed:
"In Memory of George Lewis who departed this life November"
(balance shelled away).

George Lewis was born in 1743, and died in November, 1811,
when about sixty-eight years old.

At the left of this marker is another like it in pattern, but still
sound and plainly legible, with the inscription:
"In Memory of Violet Lewis, wife of George Lewis, who departed
this life, 1817, aged sixty-five years".  She was Violet Guest, of
Loudoun County.  *Guest marked penciled in with:  Gist daughter
of Christopher Gist II.

The Lewises bought the upper share of the Washington's Bottom
land, as early as 1804, of the Carters, Charles and Betty, of Culpepper
County, heirs of George Washington.

Lewis did not get a deed for same until in October, 1806, and moved
to the land sometime the next year.

Though George Lewis did not receive his deed until 1806, he had
possession of the land, and had sold one hundred twenty-five
acres near the upper end, to his son-in-law, Robert Edelen, who
held same under "title bond", or similar agreement, and had moved
onto it in 1805.

Lewis sold all the remainder of his tract, except one hundred seventy-
five acres, to other parties, as below:

The deeds were made:
William Lewis, two hundred acres, March 28th, 1806 (?).
John H. Harwood, one hundred acres, March 28th, 1807.
Robert Edelen, one hundred six and three-quarter acres, March
28th, 1807.
George Neale, October 3rd, 1808.
Jonas Lewis, two hundred acres, March 8th, 1809.
Francis Keeene, two hundred acres, September 24th, 1811.
The wife of Keene may, or may not, have been a daughter of
Lewis.  The other parties named were all sons or sons-in-law.

Next north of Mrs. Lewis lies:
Ann Matilda, daughter of Robert and E. Edelen, and wife of
A. G. Leonard (no dates copied).
Next is an ornamental sandstone slab, with the face all shelled
Then a marble slab about four feet high, eighteen inches wide
and tow and a half inches thick, which reads Robert Edelen,
Esq., a native of Maryland, emigrated to Wood County,
Virginia, in 1805.  Died at Washington's Bottom, seventh of
May, 1819, aged sixty-seven years, one month.  (Born March
10th, 1751.  He might have served in the American Army.  Did he?)
By the died of Edelen rests:
Mary, wife of Francis Keene, born April 9th, 1820 - died May 16th,
1900, eighty years, one month.  (Probably a daughter of Edelen,
and wife of F. Keene, Jr.)  *second penciled in between Mary, and
wife and Edelen written in margin.  *M penciled in between F. and

There are two graves in a row, east of the one we have been
following - a row which does not appear to run across the
One at the foot of Robert Edelen's grave is inscribed - Mary Ann,
wife of Francis M. Keene, died February 8th, 1837, in her thirty-
third year.  *Harwood first is penciled in above Mary Ann.
On her right is an old crumbled sandstone with lettering all shelled
off.  On the footstone, I copy letters "F. M. L.".  (Perhaps a mistake
and should be "F. M. K.")

In the second whole row from the east, at the head of Edelen's grave
is a perfectly sound ornamental sandstone slab, which reads Lucy
Kincheloe, wife of John Kincheloe, who died May 17th, 1840, aged
thirty-three years, five months.

She was a daughter of Robert Edelen, and granddaughter of George
Lewis, and married a son of Robert Kincheloe, in 1826.

By the side of Lucy Kincheloe rests a sister whose grave is marked
with well preserved sandstone slab - Violet Elizabeth, daughter of
Robert and Elizabeth Edelen, died March 11th, 1836, in her twenty-
fifth year.  (Born about 1811).

Next, going south - John H. Harwood, October 7th, 1858, aged
eighty years, two months.  (Say born about July 24th, 1778).
By his side, Susan, wife of John H. Harwood, October 27th,
1817, aged sixty-two years, seven months (January 20th, 1755).
*Beck second penciled in between Susan, and wife.
Next, a child, Richard (balance illegible).
A very coarse grained marble slab tells the world that there
reposes - James Harwood, born February 10th, 1810 - died
November 9th, 1878.
There are no more gravestones in this row, but some twelve
feet to the south stands a cedar cross, probably to mark a grave.

An old broken slab leaning against a big cedar stump bears the
inscription - Nancy, wife of John H. Harwood, died February
7th, 1821, aged thirty-eight.  (Born 1783.  Was Susan, as above,
mother?)  *No - Susan sec wife of J H Harwood penciled in.
Francis Marshall Keene, born February 14th, 1808 - died June
20th, 1880.
Mary, wife of F. M. Keene, died February 8th, 1837, in thirty-
eighth year.
These are all the names in the third row.

In the fourth row (from east):
Infant J. and M. E. Edelen, September 1st, 1847.  (John Edelen
married Mary Timms in 1843.)
Annie C. Edelen, their daughter "died on Washington's Bottom,
April 22nd, 1873, aged twenty-four years, seven months.
Mary Elizabeth, wife of John Edelen, September 30th, 1819 -
March 3rd, 1866, aged sixty-three years, eight months.

In the fourth row, going south:
Richard Henry, third son of B. and S. Edelen, June 13th, 1845 -
March 3rd, 1868, aged twenty-two years.
Chester S. (same as above) August 5th, 1854, thirteen years old.
Mary, third daughter of B. and S. Edelen, August 9th, 1850,
thirty-seven days.

The only granite monument in the cemetery bears the legend:
Benjamin, son of Robert Edelen, born July 19th, 1808 - died
September 8th, 1889.
Susan A., wife of Benjamin Edelen, born May 20th, 1811 - died
February 19th, 1899.
(Marriage records say Benjamin Edelen married Sarah Ann Clark,
By his right, with a broken marble stone -
Jane, wife of Allen Davis, died September 9th, 1817, in her thirty-
fourth year.  (Date of death wrong - she was married in 1832 -
probably 1847 is correct reading.)

In fifth row:
Eliza Jane, daughter of Thomas and Prudence Chancellor, and
wife of William Harwood, born at Harrisville, October 15th, 1829.
Died at Parkersburg, February 28th, 1872.
William Harwood, 1869 (1819?) - 1887.  (Father or son?)
A child, William Harwood, died 1856.
Levin, son of G. L. and E. Harwood, May 1854, aged sixteen
years.  *moved to Masonic Cemetery penciled in.
George L. Harwood, born April 11th, 1812 - died June 4th,
1877.  *moved to Masonic Cemetery penciled in.
"Guarded by Him, I lay me down
My sweet repose to take,
For I through him securely sleep,
Through him in safety wake."
On a broken stone:
E., daughter R. H. and M. A. Lewis, October, 1858 - November,
George W., son (same), 1866, a child.

Sixth and last row:
Five graves at Southern end, no markers.
There is a large cedar tree between three and four feet in
diameter, which has been cut away.
Then, D. M. Edelen, June 12th, 1887, fifty years, seven months.
Then, three children of D. M. and S. E. Edelen.
Then, at the end of the row -
Stephen W. Edelen, April 20th, 1847 - January 13th, 1898.
*This note penciled in:  Charles W. Butcher buried in grave
beside that of Benj Butcher & Nancy (their son)
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There is glamour round the story
How they clothed themselves with glory,
Settlers on these wild frontiers,
Planted homes and laid foundation
For the building of a nation,
Those hardy backwoods pioneers.
(J. A. H.)

One clear, bright day in mid-autumn, I visited the old
Flinn graveyard, on Pond Creek.  It was the 12th of October,
and the hills aflame with the different shades of crimson,
pine and yellow of the leaves, contrasting harmoniously with
the yet vivid green of some trees or branches.

The cemetery embraces a knoll lying by the creek bank, out
in the bottom from the road, which here follows the foot of
the hill on the right side of the stream.

This is one of the oldest graveyards in the Pond Creek section.
The burial ground has been a sort of private enclosure for the
Flinns, of Middle Pond Creek, and the Cross family of Cavin
Fork.  But many others of the pioneer families, and many
"outsiders" are resting inside its fence.  The Levi Cline of my
boyhood recollection, on Jerrie's Run, is buried here, but I
failed to find anything to show where his grave was.

The surface of the cemetery is fairly level, and occupies all that
is available of the top of the small section of land on which it
is located.

The second row in the southern end is Flinn and Buckley.  The
third row is the Cross family.  I noted the following names in
the cemetery:

Solomon Flinn, died October 6th, 1878, aged twenty years.  He
was a son of John and Phoebe Flinn.
Mary, wife of John Flinn.  Born May, 1849, died in her seventy-
fifth year.  (She was probably a second wife.)
Phoebe, wife of John Flinn, was born April 20th, 1816.  Married
in 1830 (says the marriage record) and died December 21st,
1861, at the age of forty-six years.  (From date of birth given
above, this would make her only fourteen years old when married.)
Solomon Cross was her father.
John Flinn died April 25th, 1893, at the age of ninety-two years.
This was "Old Johnny" Flinn of my knowledge.
John Flinn, 1840 - 1920.
Elizabeth Flinn, 1804 - 1911.

There is, at the south end of the Flinn row, and old blackened
marble slab, some three feet high, which has become loosened,
and has been reset.  Thus obscuring date of death.  Birth
October 26th, 1809.  In seeking the date of demise, I find I
neglected to copy the name, but think it was George W. Flinn.

Cross row, beginning at the north end:
Louisa M., wife of John Cross, died August 12th, 1872, thirty
years of age.  She was a daughter of George W., who was a son
of John Flinn, Sr.
Isaac Cross, Jr., 1842 - 1927.  He was a brother of John Cross.
Anna D., wife of Isaac Cross, died November 6th, 1874, age
thirty years.
Amanda J. Allen, daughter of Isaac Cross, June 30th, 1858.
(She was the wife of Major Allen.  *30th marked out and 5th
penciled in above it.
George W. Cross, child of I. and M. Cross, June 4th, 1854 age
two years.
Solomon Cross, April 17th, 1877, aged ninety-seven years.  Born
January 7th, 1780.  An obituary notice in the Ravenswood paper
gives his age as ninety-nine years.
Lovina, wife of Solomon Cross.  Born 1774 - died September
20th, 1850, aged seventy-six years.  (She was the first wife of
Solomon, and was mother of Isaac, Sr.)
Caleb Cross, born September 28th, 1817 - died December 22nd,
1848, in his thirty-second year.  He was a son of Solomon Cross.
Isaac Cross, born February 1st, 1809 - died June 12th, 1854,
age forty-five years.  He was also a son of Solomon.  Isaac Cross
married Morfana M. Bailey, of Little Pond Creek, in 1831.
Isaac Cross, June 5th, 1858.
Corintha, child of John and Mary Cross Clemons (Clem?).
Levi T. Gandy, March 12th, 1860, aged twenty-six years.  He may
have married into the Cross family.

Then I noticed other names:
Amanda, wife of T. H. Burche, December 9th, 1856, aged sixty
years.  I wonder if she might have been the mother of Theodore
and Martin Burche, of my Jerry's Run days.
Mary C., daughter of S. T. Riel, born February 7th, 1862, died
in 1880.  Riel was raised on the south fork of Lee Creek, and
married a widow Buckley, getting, or getting the use of, a part
of John Flinn's farm.  "Tus" Riel was a local politician and office
John B. Buckley died September 8th, 1856, aged twenty-seven
years.  Probably this was the John Buckley who was married to
Charity Flinn, in 1849.  Their oldest son, Solomon Buckley, has
been named for her grandfather, Solomon Cross.
Mary, daughter of William Buffington, December, 1878.
Samuel B., son of S. and E. Smith, August 8th, 1852, age eleven
Dekalb, son of S. and T. Smith, January 27th, 1866, aged twenty-
seven years.
Isaac Smith, Co. I, 11th W. Va. Inf.  Both Isaac and Dekalb were
in the Union Army.
Solomon Buffington died May 21st, 1865, age fifty-six years.
(Born December 25th, 1808)
Mary, daughter of Solomon and Matilda Buffington, December
26th, 1852, aged seventeen years.
Elizabeth Jane, wife of John Folwell, July 20th, 1874, age twenty-
five years.
Sarah Lucretia Buffington, 1874 - 1911.
Emily, wife of R. Pryor, 1902 - aged forty years.
W. Eaton, May 7th, 1877, age twenty-eight years.
Mary Catherine, wife of Franklin Eaton, and daughter of William
and C. Beckett.  February 11th, 1884.

There is a graveyard and church on top of the point back of
Lucky's house, also, it is said, a graveyard on the Braham place
somewhere up the point from the schoolhouse.  A church
building was started here, but abandoned, and built a short
distance below Lucky's.

I did not visit the cemeteries.
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Down the wide mysterious river
Flowing westward through the forests,
Ever westward toward the sunset
With its ripples all aquiver
In the sunset's latest glow,
Drifting, steering for the planting
Of cabin homes in vales enchanting
'Midst the wide unbroken forest;
Among the clustered hills of Wood.
(J. A. H.)

The "Old Foley Graveyard" I visited in 1917, and again perhaps
about 1920 or 1921.  It is about five rods square and is on the
hill back of Tavennersville, and at the head of a run.

When I saw it, it was all a tangle of bushes, burrs and weeds of
one of two years' growth, wound round and round together with
graveyard honeysuckle and blue myrtle, in the older parts.

A tombstone bears the inscription -
Harriet, the wife of John Davis, died May 29th, 1857, aged thirty-
one years, seven months.  She was a daughter of Scarlett Foley.
By her side lies her mother "Aunt Polly" Foley, the youngest
child of Captain Neal, and it is said "the first white child born in
Wood County".
By her, the grave of her husband, Scarlett Foley.  They were
married March 25th, 1811.
Martha L., daughter of J. H. and H. H. Foley.
Hannah H. Foley, daughter of Mason Foley, and wife of her
cousin, John H., son of Scarlett Foley, died October 6th, 1861,
aged forty-two.
Martha L., her child, died January 12th, 1842, when between
one and two years old.
George Foley was a son of John H. and lived in the same old
cabin his father had built.  (I think he is buried here.)
Elizabeth, widow of George Foley, died in July, 1921.  She was
seventy-seven years old.
"Aunt Jemima" - nee Wright - for years widow of John H. Foley,
died January 29th, 1922.  She was second wife of J. H. Foley, and
was buried at the Foley graveyard.
Other tombstones noticed read -
Isaac S. Ray, 1859 -1893.
Jasper N. Haddox, 1858 - 1908.
Bird E. Haddox, 1863 - 1908.
There is a flag rock rudely chiselled with the letters C. P. W.
Ninna, wife of Abraham Bradford, 1853 - 1904.

There is a cedar tree eight inches in diameter, and over twenty-
five feet high stands in one corner of the lot, and a white birch
near another.

The old part of the graveyard was a knoll.  Beyond the old
fence, the graves are unmarked, and continue down to the line
fence, between George Foley and Lawyer Merrick, which is
about twenty-five feet from the old grave lot.

Along a fence south of this graveyard is a row of graves
extending along the fence for quite a ways.
One is a child named Yoho, one a soldier's grave, but no name.

At the Scarlett Foley graveyard, on September 11th, 1926, I
noticed these names -
Michael Peters, Co. D., 185, O. V. I. 1842.
Catherine, his wife, 1850 - 1923.
Samuel L. Black, Co. D., 14th W. Va.
John Patterson, Co. E., 11th W. Va.
Obadiah Gates, Co. K., 3rd W. Va. Cavalry, May 29th, 1844 -
March 18th, 1916.
Elmore Tichnell, 1860.  He has a flag.
Amanda, his wife, 1853 - 1924.
Two graves in southeast corner, no names, have flags.
Bessie, wife of Andy Miller, 1853 - 1921.
Elvira Elmira Welch, 1844 - 1924.
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Quietly on the river bank they lie,
And care not what passes by.
Yet had they not led the way
Others would not have come to stay,
To build a street, a bridge, a steeple,
A place with home for many people.
(R. H.)

What is known as the Holliday Cemetery, formerly "Graveyard"
in pioneer days, lies near the Kanawha River just above the
mouth of Silver Run.  It was a little less than a quarter of a mile
from Parkersburgh, as first incorporated in 1810.  It lies on a high
bank a few rods back from the river and opposite the end of the
ridge Prospect, to the settlers "Polecat" Hill.

Harris Street, if continued, would pass through it west of the
middle and Sixth Street, East of Gale avenue, is its northern

The graveyard is irregular in form and contains about an acre
and three quarters, much of which is, however, unfit for burial
purposes, being the steep banks of a deep hollow, a branch of
Silver Run, which passes through it.  Why the cemetery should
have been called Holliday Graveyard is not just apparent,
probably, it grew into use from the fact that Holliday was long
the only resident land owner near the spot and was a man of
local prominence, but he did not come to the neighborhood for
some years after the place was used as a burying ground and
never owned any part of the grounds it occupies.

William Holliday was a Virginian, who settled here between the
date of his marriage, December 1808 and the Sixteenth of February,
1811.  He was from Fairfax County.  His wife, who was quite
wealthy, was from Prince William County, and her maiden name
was Ann Morton.

These grounds were part of the four hundred acres entered by
Robert Thornton.  Thornton's claim was transferred to, and
perfected by Alexander Parker, (there is a tradition, probably
without foundation, that Thornton traded his claim to Parker for
a "rifle gun" and a jug of whiskey).

At Parkers death, the title, or claim, for there was a long and
stubborn controversy in the courts, descended to his daughter,
Mary and her husband, William Robinson, of Allegheney
County, Pennsylvania.

In 1833, three or four of the Robinsons transferred the residue
of these four hundred acres to a company consisting of John J.
Jackson Sr., James M. Stephenson, John R. Murdock, John F.
Snodgrass and William S. Gardner (later Beverly Smith).

The place had been used for burial purposes several years before
the Robinsons acquired full title to the land.

For a long time, I had little success in tracing a deed to this
land, setting it apart as a burial place.  Later, about November
1925, I stumbled upon the old time deed while searching the records
for something else.

The deed is dated August, 1853 and conveys land bounded by
Washington Street, lands of James Cook, formerly William Berry,
lands of Henry Logan and lands of Samuel Warren.  The deed
was made by the five purchasers of the Robinson estate to:
Henry Logan, Jr., Harden Neal, S. Warren, Kenner I. Boreman,
H. H. Phelps and Milan Dils, trustees.

It provided that new trustees were to be appointed as vacancies
might occur, by a majority vote of the board also that "whenever
the said land shall cease to be used as a graveyard, or when it
may be deemed necessary to remove the dead buried there the
said piece of land shall revert to the parties of the first part or their
heirs or assigns."

The deed was not a general warranty deed.  It was signed by
Beverly Smith, J. M. Stephenson Jr., J. J. Jackson, John F.
Snodgrass and John M. Murdock.  (See deed book 17, page 249.)

The cemetery is completely divided by a steep hollow, possibly
in the early days, access was from the river side to each part

A writer speaks of the Holliday Graveyard as the earliest
pioneer cemetery in this vicinity, but I think he is mistaken in
his conclusion.

There had been many graves in all of them before those
bearing markers with dates were marked and many of the old
tombstones, if they ever had inscriptions are illegible.

The first graveyard of the colony was on the south bank of
the Little Kanawha River, just below the block house at Neal's

A reliable witness told me that in making excavations for the
pier of the East Street Bridge, the workmen unearthed human
bones and a cedar post.

Possibly the Neal Graveyard was not used long after the Indian
War closed and the country had become more settled.

The "Tavenner Graveyard" on Hugh Phelps Place may well
have been the next oldest on the lower side of the river, but
there are older inscriptions than it contains.

The Holliday Graveyard may have been the first on the upper
side of the Kanawha, although the Dils Graveyard near
Worthington Creek dates back, at least to the burial of Philip
Dils, the founder of the family, the spring of 1801.

The Cook Graveyard, now known as the Riverview Cemetery,
lies about a mile up the Ohio River from the early town and on
the border of the flats, nearly three quarters of a mile from the
stream.  It was probably opened soon after the coming of Joseph
Cook and family from Washington County Ohio in April 1804.

The earliest dates I have found among the crumbling stones are:
At Dils Graveyard;  James Foley, July 8, 1808;
At Cooks Graveyard;  John James, 1809.
At Holliday's:  Rebecca, wife of Isaac Heaton, November, 1811.
At Tavenner's:  Alexander Tavenner, February 10, 1816.

There is a tombstone at the old cemetery on the Spencer farm
above the city, that bears the date of 1802.

There were, however, many graves at these burying grounds
before those mentioned were made.  Doubtless there are graves
in most of them that were made before 1800.

Jim Smith once told me that while working with a group of men,
grading or laying a sewer, they found bones in Juliana Street,
somewhere below the Post Office (and above Third Street).
These were probably Indian bones, since many Indian relics
were found in this section during excavations for buildings.

The Holliday Cemetery lies on the south side of Sixth Street,
on which it has, by the map in the late Atlas of Wood County,
1886, a frontage of three hundred and ten feet.

There are six other lines given in Berry's deed, as first, South
twelve and a half, W. ten poles and ten links.  Second, South
seventy-nine and a half, W. Fifteen poles, twenty-one links,
"to a flat rock on the east side of a drain."  (Silver Run)

The last call extended across the Silver Run bottom beyond the
cemetery corner, which was on a high bank.  This was a straight
line, but has been infringed upon by the railroad and is now
curved with the top of a steep bank by the track.  At least one
grave is over the run and being washed away.

Three other short lines skirt the margin of the flat, cutting off
the bank and the bottom land along Silver Run, and another
joins Sixth Street at the corner of Gale Avenue.

All the land, except the steep slopes of a hollow dividing the
grounds into two unequal parts, is ideal for a graveyard, and is
thickly studded with magnificent trees, most of the primeval

There are eleven large elm trees, and the stub of another which
has died, as also several elms and other trees, not more than
two feet in diameter.  Some of those on the upper point may
have been planted, as probably was a large yellow willow, of
some four feet in diameter, but is fast decaying, the top of all
three of its forks being broken out, some twenty to thirty feet
from the ground.

The largest elm stands over the grave of James H. Neal and

It is five or six feet through at stump height, and the branches
have a spread of probably one hundred and twenty feet.

There are no doubt graves dating back to the first years of
the last century.

The cemetery appears to have been in common use until thirty
or forty years ago.

The later graves are mostly of those whose relatives were
buried there earlier.

Many have been taken up and removed to other cemeteries in
recent years, and the grounds have been neglected.

When I first knew the spot ten years ago, it was in a most
deplorable condition, but was cleaned up a few years ago, and
an iron fence put along the front.

It is mowed off in the spring, before Decoration Day, but by
midsummer, is over grown with weeds, grass, blue myrtle, and
graveyard honeysuckle.

There is small attention paid to keeping the graves dressed up
or planted with flowers.

The Holliday graveyard was thoroughly cleaned up during the
summer or fall or 1934 by the City Administration and Relief
Work.  A stone wall built along two sides, steps put in and graves
dressed, the grounds to some extent graded (and presumably
seeded to grass), much filling was done in the hollow and --
strange to say -- only one tree appears to have been removed,
and it was badly decayed at the ground.

There were standing in February, 1935, thirty-five trees, of which
thirty were elms.

There is no fence along the railroad bank, and the place is in
common use as a near cut from the river and railroad, as is
attested by the numerous paths crossing and recrossing through
the weeds and through, by, or over, the graves.

I noted names of:
Rebecca, wife of Isaac Heaton.  Died November, 1811, aged
thirty-eight years.
Charles R. Brown, March 9th, 1815, a child of two years.
Jane A., consort of William Derby.  Died November 13th, 1813,
aged twenty-eight years.
In the Holliday plot, which is enclosed in iron railings, and has
what has once been a costly and imposing monument, a marble
shaft eight to ten feet high, are inscriptions for -
William Holliday, September 27th, 1823, age forty-four years.  It
is difficult to realize he was so young a man at his death.  (He
has been born in 1779.)
Ann, relict of William Holliday, December 27th, 1834, aged
fifty-two years.  After the death of her husband, she was married
to Robert Polland (May 30th, 1830), but was buried as a relict of
William Holliday.  (Later information says it was a daughter who
married Pollard.)
He came from Fairfax County, Virginia, the county lying across
the Potomac River from Washington.
He lived on Outlot Fifteen and a part of number Eighteen, and
built, owned and operated the -- first probably -- brickyard at
"the point".
By them are buried two of their children -
Daniel Archibald, September 4th, 188-, at the age of two, and
Morton E. Holliday, died April 10th, 1862, aged forty-nine years,
three months.  Hence, I make it, born January 1st, 1811.
There is a face of the monument, which has probably been put
up by Morton Holliday's widow, after his death, she herself
either remarrying or going elsewhere before she died.
Probably the most prominent man buried in this graveyard was -
James H. Neal, born December 28th, 1784, died March 24th, 1850,
aged sixty-six years.
By him lies -
Ann I. Neal, his third wife, died August 25th, 1843, aged forty-
five years.
Mary Ann Neal (born Wells), his second wife, died December
21st, 1827, aged thirty-two.  She married Neal January 21st, 1823.
She was a daughter of Robert Wells, a pioneer settler of the
upper end of Wood County, below Waverly.
Neal was the youngest son of Captain Neal, and a child at the
time of the settlement.
He was appointed a Justice of the Peace, was made Clerk of the
County Court in 1806, and served until 1831.
He built the yellow brick house, still standing, on Ann Street,
in 1821.
John Neal, an older brother of J. H., was buried here.  He was
born May 10th, 1776, and died October 13th, 1823, hence only
forty-seven at death.
His wife was -- as given on tombstone --
Eve Elizabeth Hook, born October 29th, 1779, died January 1st,
1852, aged seventy-two.  The correct name was Ephlis Hook,
and is so given in marriage license and signed to deeds.  She
was probably of the New England Hooks, who lived at Marietta.
John Neal was the fifth sheriff of Wood County, serving from
1807 until 1809.  He was a Delegate to the General Assembly from
Wood County.
He owned a farm on Neal's Run, probably given him by his father
-- when Wood County was organized.  He sold this land, which
lay at the mouth of the run, to Hugh Phelps, in 1814.
He also owned property in Newport, on Burr Street, which he sold
to John Stewart, the tanner, in October, 1803.
In 1812, he paid taxes on three lots in Parkersburg, one of which
Outlot number Seven, he sold to his brother, James H. about
1815.  He was in the mercantile business in town later, owning one
half of Outlot number Fifty, perhaps including the old (so called)
Bell Tavern stand.
He is described as "a man of medium stature and great physical
energy and activity and of athletic tactics and pursuits".
His death in October, 1823, was in an epidemic.  A writer says the
summer was known as the "sickly season".  (Is the date identical
with the "sickly season" of the Marietta colony?)
Neal seems to have lost in business.  It is claimed his failure came
through friends and business agents he trusted.
John Neal raised a large family.  His sons were among the foremost
business men of Parkersburg, and many of his descendants are here
He and wife were first buried at Hollidays, but years later removed
to Mount Olivet.
Henry Logan died May 26th, 1845 in his sixtieth year (born 1785).
Sarah Logan died April 15th, 1842, in her fifty-fifth year (born
Logan came from Fairfax County to Parkersburg, in October, 1816.
(One account says 1817, but the first date is given by a descendant,
in a family sketch).  He located on Market Street, near Fourth, and
had a tannery on Rifle Run, back of the Blennerhasset Hotel.
He was a shoemaker by trade, and later a merchant on Court Square,
and was a -- perhaps the -- leading member of the Methodist Church
in Parkersburg.
He married Sarah Skinner, and they raised eleven children, five of
whom were born before they crossed the mountains.
Perhaps the Logans followed Holliday to the new colony, as
Holliday may have followed Henderson.
The Logan graves are under an elm tree, by the side of Sixth Street,
and just east of where Harris would cross, the steep hollow runs
diagonally in the rear.
The plot has been fenced by an iron chain supported by stone
pillars, but the chains are gone.
Logan grew to be wealthy, and dealt in real estate to some extent.
His son, Henry, Jr., was known as Boss Logan, was in merchandise
and real estate.  He was a philanthropist, a friend of the colored
people, and said to be a conductor on the "Underground Railroad".
He married Lavina Holliday, and is buried at the Cook cemetery.
Another monument marks the last resting place of -
John Taylor, born at F.... Hill, January 23rd, 1779, died October 18th,
1856 (seventy-seven years old).  (Part of the birthplace I could not
make out.)
By his side is Martha J. Taylor, his child.
If the wife is buried here, she has no tombstone.  He was not
married in Wood County, so far as I can trace, and I think was
not an ancestor of either Reuben B. or Miss Anna Taylor.  My
impression is that he was from Virginia.  John Taylor was
prominent in local political matters, in later years, at least, a Whig,
being a participant in the Harrison Campaigns of 1836 - 1840.
He was Assessor of Wood County in most of the years from
1814 through 1841 (from a part of that years records the name is
gone and I have based my statement on the handwriting for
those years.)
A sandstone bearing the name Adam -----, the remainder crumbled
away, proves on reference to copy made six or seven years ago,
to be -
Adam Deem, December 15th, 1835.
(If age was given, it was not copied.  I have nothing to show
whether this is the grave of the head of the Deem family who settled
at the mouth of Goose Creek, probably before the organization of
Wood County, or if it be a descendant of the same name.)
There was an Adam Deem, Junior.
John L. Bartlett, died August 24th, 1833, aged twenty-six years.
By his side lies the remains of -
Lydia, wife of Benjamin Butcher, died November 21st, 1875 (aged
eighty-four years, three months).  She was his sister.
Moses Baynes.  Slab broken and defaced bears a lodge emblem.
Died in 1840, aged forty-five.
Joseph Burke, December 30th, 1831, aged thirty-three.
His widow, Nancy, daughter of William Dils, Sr., to whom he was
married in 1819, was again married, to Samuel Stone.
Abbott Carder, 1847, aged twenty years, six months.
John G., son of J. W. Coffman, 1831 - 1850.
Sarah, a daughter of H. H. Dils, who was a son of William, brother
of Hugh P., one time Sheriff of Wood County, was born in 1826
and died in 1838.
William Dils, born December 25th, 1819, died August 17th, 1864,
and his wife Margaret, daughter of Henry and Sarah Logan, died
February 7th, 1862, aged thirty-seven years eleven months, are
buried here also.
Probably he was a grandson of William Dils, Sr.
Margaret, wife of T. M. Butcher, May 7th, 1849, aged twenty-two
years and nine months, daughter of T. and M. Franklin.
T. M. Butcher, September 1st, 1850, aged thirty-two years and
six months.  They were buried side by side.
John Maddox, February 22nd, 1850, in his twenty-fifth year.
Anna Emma Maddox, child, September 14th, 1850.
Nancy, wife of T. J. Tavenner, 1853, aged twenty-seven years,
eight months.
The above all together in a row.
Lydia A. Wolfe died 1843, aged twenty-five.  She was a daughter
of an E. E. Smith, living in New York.  She married Daniel N., a son
of Reece Woolf, the eccentric Methodist preacher.
Daniel Woolf was born on the Little Kanawha, above the Station,
in 1806, married in 1834, taught school in the little brick meeting
house on Avery Street, at the end of the point, near where Devlin's
Transfer establishment now is.
W. H. Wolfe, who married a daughter of Tillinghast A. Cook, was
his son.
Rev. Lemuel Maston, January 22nd, 1884, aged thirty-three years
and nine months.
By his side, Fieldon Julions, January 4th, 1815 - March 13th, 1891.
Under same elm tree with Major Morrison -
Rhoda, wife of John Bloomer, February 22nd, 1867, in her twenty-
second year.
A red granite block, a monument of recent years, is in the best
state of preservation of any in the country.  It bears inscriptions
for -
Hiram Perry Farrow - 1824 - 1900.
Sarah Newbanks Farrow - 1822 - 1861.
Virginia Foster Farrow - 1837 - 1870.
And some of their children.
It would seem this Hiram Perry Farrow might be identical with a
H. P. Farrow who married Sarah Newbanks, in 1848.
Rezin Phelps, died July, 1850.  Slab broken, is near Sixth Street.
Jane A. Berry, Consort of William Berry.  (The rest is crumbled)
On another crumbling monument, years of age, which has been
a fine stone when placed there, I can read only -
Eleanor -------nay.  The rest is shelled off and gone.
Mary, wife of John Foster (dates gone).
Ann A., daughter of J. and B. Stewart, June 20th, 1818.
Hamilton Morrison, June 6th, 1803 - December 14th, 1871.
He married Nancy, daughter of Richard Lee.  His mother was a
daughter of Jeptha Locke, also William and David Morrison his
children.  His father, Hamilton Morrison, came from Ireland, and
was living on Big Run when Wood County was organized.
A wide headstone with name gone was decorated with a
Confederate flag.  A grave by the side reads -
Zilpha, daughter of Thomas and Mary Marr, born April 30th,
184-, died September 29th, 184-, one figure or letter in each case
being missing.
A broken down slab bears the name Regen Phelps, died 1851
(balance gone).  *Rez penciled in under Reg.
By the Sixth Street side, in northwest corner, a modest stone
"erected by the Wood County Bar" bears the inscription -
In memory of an obliging officer, William Henry Hatcher, born
in Christian County, Kentucky, July 10th, 1828, died November
8th, 1899.  He was Clerk of the County Court from 1858 to 1863,
and Recorder from 1873 to 1876.
Susan M., wife of E. R. Lowther, died January 19th, 1881, aged
eighty-three.  The grave was near the Riley lot.
Rebecca, wife of Isaac Jackson - 1814 - 1832.  There is no record
of marriage in this county.  Perhaps he was one of the Jacksons
below Tygart's Creek.
Near the top of the east bank of the dividing hollow, and well
out on the point toward the mouth of Silver Run, is a lone grave
marked -
Absline Connell, died June 27th, 1841, in his forty-fourth year.
Malinda J., wife of J. P. Kiger, 1884, aged twenty-three.
Andrew, a son of Robert and S. Simmons, died in 1845.  (I take
it this Robert is the colored barber whose daughter, Pocahontas
Simmons, became a teacher in the city schools.
Maria W.
John W. died 1850.  (Simmons presumably, both children died in
1850.  All these together on Middle point.
In 1872, Mary, wife of John Harris.  Perhaps this was the John
Harris who laid out the village adjoining the grave yard.
In 1877, Virginia, wife of S. Warthen, aged thirty-six, and Mary,
wife of Thomas Warthen, aged seventy-three.
There is a marble shaft on the upper point, over next the south-
east corner of the grounds, with cut in lettering, which has
become so rotten the letters have crumbled until the inscription
is illegible throughout.  I at first took it to be the work of some
vandal's chisel, but it is the inferiority of the stone which is to
be blamed.  The place is not especially shaded.
Among the very many graves in the Holliday cemetery bearing
later dates, I noted one over which proudly floated the flag of
our country.
The markers show them to be -
W. K. Conrad, Co. B., 11th W. Va. Inf.
Robert Elson, Co. D., 4th W. Va. Inf.
H. F. Jackson, Co. G., 6th W. Va.
Samuel Hughes, Co. E., 6th W. Va.
John Haddens, Co. K., 3rd W. Va. Inf.
William Grandon, Co. C., 1st W. Va. Cav.
C. W. Marple, Co. K., 15th W. Va. Inf.
Samuel Pool, Co. D., 33rd M. O. V. I.
William Roberts, 15th W. Va. Inf.
Polser Ruble, Co. A., 15th ----
G. W. Tumpover, Co. H., 3rd W. Va. Cav.
T. F. Dorsey, Co. F., U. S. C. T.
Conrad died in 1863, during the war.
I saw the names William Armstrong and Henry Clark, the stone
marked with names and letters C. S. A., with a Confederate flag.
A crumbled stone by the grave of Zelpha, daughter of Thomas
Marr.  Thomas Marr, aged sixty-two, was buried at the old 
Baptist Church, at Bethel, on the head of Rowell's Run.  Probably
this was his daughter, and the crumbled stone and flag for a son.
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