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|Maintained by:||Not maintained|
|Date added to WVCPA register:||June 2004|
|Condition of cemetery**:||Abandoned (June 2007)|
is very poor - the
cemetery is located just off Gay Road (State Route 26). Heading
south towards Gay from Ripley on SR26, drive 6 tenths of a mile beyond
the first bridge that you cross and park just beyond the steel guard
rail on the left (north) side of the road (see photos above from WVCPA
contributor Frank Hyre). He explains that you'll need to walk about
150 yards straight ahead up the hill (see photo on the right above)
and start looking for the headstones. As John House wrote in
1904; "the graveyard was on a little point between two small
hollows and sloped sharply to the south. The older graves were
at the lower side, the cemetery, which was a private one, having been
extended up the hill. It was four by nine rods, fenced with
sawed locust posts, three barbed wires and plank at top. It stood out
in a field of fifty or one hundred acres, which was well sodded with
blue grass." At the time, he estimated the age of the first
burial there to have been in the late 1820s or early 1830s. He noted
that the graveyard, though steep against the hill, held the graves
straight in terraced fashion up the hillside. This is the family
cemetery of primarily the Rader and Smith families, their allied
family members, and yes, their slaves. There are said to be several
large monuments, many of marble, and many more of flagstone, or
The cemetery is now completely
overgrown, so dress accordingly and perhaps plan to visit at a time of
year when less likely to encounter undesirable wildlife (ticks,
snakes, etc.). There are few people living in the immediate
area, but those that do may well be able to help you find the cemetery
if your search is unsuccessful.
may not be representative of care at other times of the year
Scale: Excellent - Good - Fair - Poor - Abandoned
|Last Name:||First Name:||Born:||Died:||Inscription:||Photo:||Source:|
|Allen||William||[Father of Hannah Allen Rader - aged ca. 60 years]|
of H.B. and S.E. Bord"
[Dau. of Hart Rader, wife of Henry B. Bord - shares a tombstone with her daughter Sarah]
|Bord||Sarah Elizabeth "Sally"||1842||1875|
|Clifford||William||3 August 1842||6 May? 1879||[Husband of Emma Jane Rader, dau. of Hart and Ruanna Rader]||
|Hyre||John A.||20 December 1812||29 January 1852|
|Hyre||Miriam Rader||1 August 1816||4 June 1850||[Daughter of James and Hannah Allen Rader, wife of John A. Hyre]|
|R.||L.||29 April 1838||[Located near the lower side of the cemetery, headstone of sand stone and hand carved "April 29, 1838 L.R."|
|Rader||Catherine Long||[Wife of Michael Rader]|
|Rader||Edward Hart||14 April 1819||31 October 1909|
|Rader||Everett||1860||[Son of W.A. and L.M. Rader]|
|Rader||Hannah G. Allen||19 January 1781||27 April 1861||[Dau. of William Allen, wife of James Rader]|
of M.C. and R. Rader"
[Grandchild of James and Hannah Rader]
|Rader||James||28 January 1782||12 June 1839||"Aged
57 ys 4 ms 14 ds"
[Son of Michael Rader, husband of Hannah Allen Rader]
|Rader||James M.||3 December 1824||28 April 1842||[Son of James and Hannah Rader]|
|Rader||Dr. John||26 November 1810||15 April 1887||[Son of James and Hannah Rader, husband of Polly Ruddle Rader]||
|Rader||Julia D.||12 July 1853||[Aged 1 year, dau. of J. and M. Rader]|
|Rader||Mary I.||14 April 1855||"Dau. of E.H. & R. Rader" "Aged 4 ___"|
|__ ____ 1860||"Son of E.H. & R. Rader" "Aged 6 ys 10 ds"|
|Rader||Lena A.||__ June 1861||"Dau. of E.H. & R. Rader" "Aged 1 y __ ms, 2 ds"|
|Rader||Dora Dove||1870||"Aged 12"|
|Rader||Lida F.||21 October 1876||"Aged 15"|
|Rader||Ferdemand F.||1876||"Son of E.H. & R. Rader" "Aged 12 ys __ ms __ ds"|
|Rader||William C.||1876||"Aged 9"|
|The above are children of Hart and Ruanna Wright Rader, each had their own marker originally, but sometime before 1904, these were replaced with a large marble one that they now share|
|Rader||Michael||8 March 1751||18 June 1839||[Married Catherine Long December 25, 1769 - he and Catherine being born near Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia - settled in the Elk Fork area of Jackson County in the early 1800s]||
|Rader||Robert||18 November 1812||14 February 1842||[Son of James and Hannah Rader]|
|Rader||Ruanna Wright||10 April 1827||3 July 1911||[Wife of Hart Rader]|
|Rader||Sandusky V.||28 September 1838||"Son of
M.C. and R. Rader"
[Grandson of James and Hannah Rader]
|Rader||William Allen||8 April 1806||23 June 1860||[Oldest child of James Rader, grandson of Michael Rader]|
|Smith||Ann||6 October 1810||20 October 1883||"Wife
of Geo. W. Smith"
"Aged 67 ys, 14 ds"
[Dau. of Jacob Staats and his wife ___ Evans Staats, granddaughter of Abraham Staats]
|Smith||George H.||8 November? 1860||"Son of George
W. and Ann Smith"
"Aged 14 Ys, 4 Ms 2 Ds"
[Died the fall of 1860 at 14 years of age]
|Smith||George W.||14 August 1814||19 February 1860||[Husband of Ann Staats Smith]|
|Smith||Nancy||4 October 1793||1 March 1852||[Possibly George W. Smith's mother]|
|Walker||Macklin||1844||[Husband of Maria Rader, dau. of Joseph Rader - they married in abt. 1832 - Maria is buried with her second husband, Levi Pickerell, in Roane Co.]||
|J. House writes of the above grave; "In the southwest corner, under the shade of the stately trees growing just across the fence, I discovered a flagstone marker at the head of a just traceable grave on which was rudely engraved the name Adam. Here, canopied by the newly fallen oak leaves, reposed the ashes of the negro, who chased the elk from which the creek took its name.|
|L.B.||30 October 1848|
|J House continues his writing of the above grave and other nearby; "Next in the row was a fallen stone when cleaned of earth and lichens seemed to read L.B. (perhaps) J. 1848, died October 30, 1848. But it was hard to distinguish the carving of man from those of nature on the rock. There were many other graves with only flagstone markers and doubtless, many more without. Even these, probably most of these lowly mounds, were the negroes last home. One, at the upper side of this section was marked with the single letter H.|
|Rader||Isador Trainer||1849||1869||[Son of Hart and Ruanna Rader]|
|Rader||Lizzie Allen||23 June 1860||23 June 1860|
|Image14||[Looks like it says "Sarah E." and perhaps "wife of" under that, and the age is 29 years and some months of age... that wouldn't be quite right for Sarah E. Bord, so not sure exact identity of this grave]||
|Image 17||[Illegible in photo]||
|Image 18||[Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is]|
|Image 19||[Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is]||
|Image 20||[Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is]||
|Image 23||[Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is]||
|Image 25||[Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is]||
Dates in Red are not inscribed on the tombstone and have either been calculated based on death date or are as a result of research on the individual.
WVCPA thanks Rader and Hyre family researcher Frank Hyre for his photos and directions to this cemetery. It is important to note that not all of the burials in this cemetery are in all likelihood listed above - these entries are a collection of what has been gleaned from various family researchers records (much from Mr. Hyre), early work from Jackson County historian John House, as well as WVCPA research in old obituary and death records for the area. If you know of someone that should be included in this roster, please contact us with the details, including the source of the information (family bible, death record, etc.).
For further information on the Michael Rader family, click here to view a family history file provided to WVCPA from Rader family researcher Jeanne M. Howell, one of his descendants. She has also generously provided 'zipped' copies of his Revolutionary War papers with which she applied for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. You may also want to visit her family history site, located at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~elyandra/revolutionarywar.htm If you would like to share information on the Rader family history, please contact Jeanne via her family history website.
Updated: 07 September 2012