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Cemetery Name:

Rader 

 

  Rader Cemetery, Jackson Co., WV

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County: Jackson
USGS Quad: Ripley
Coordinates: 38.80760N  81.62520W
Maintained by: Not maintained
Land owner: Unknown
Date added to WVCPA register: June 2004 
Condition of cemetery**: Abandoned (June 2007)
Accessibility/
Background:

Rader Cemetery, Jackson Co., WV

Rader Cemetery, Jackson Co., WV

Rader Cemetery, Jackson Co., WV

Accessibility 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 unmarked altogether. 

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.  

** Condition of cemetery as observed on the given date -
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]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Bord Sarah     "Dau. of H.B. and S.E. Bord"

[Dau. of Hart Rader, wife of Henry B. Bord - shares a tombstone with her daughter Sarah]

  Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
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] Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Hyre John A. 20 December 1812 29 January 1852     Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Hyre Miriam Rader 1 August 1816 4 June 1850 [Daughter of James and Hannah Allen Rader, wife of John A. Hyre]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
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."   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Catherine Long     [Wife of Michael Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Edward Hart 14 April 1819 31 October 1909   Click for photo of the tombstone Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Everett   1860 [Son of W.A. and L.M. Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Hannah G. Allen 19 January 1781 27 April 1861 [Dau. of William Allen, wife of James Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Infant   1833 "Infant of M.C. and R. Rader"
[Grandchild of James and Hannah Rader]
  Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader James 28 January 1782 12 June 1839 "Aged 57 ys 4 ms 14 ds"
[Son of Michael Rader, husband of Hannah Allen Rader]
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader James M. 3 December 1824 28 April 1842 [Son of James and Hannah Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Dr. John 26 November 1810 15 April 1887 [Son of James and Hannah Rader, husband of Polly Ruddle Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Source: WVCPA research
Rader Julia D.   12 July 1853 [Aged 1 year, dau. of J. and M. Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Mary I.   14 April 1855 "Dau. of E.H. & R. Rader" "Aged 4 ___"

Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone

Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Edmund G.
(Edward?)
  __ ____ 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]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Source: WVCPA contributor and Rader descendant, Jeanne Howell
Rader Robert 18 November 1812 14 February 1842 [Son of James and Hannah Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Ruanna Wright 10 April 1827 3 July 1911 [Wife of Hart Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader Sandusky V.   28 September 1838 "Son of M.C. and R. Rader"
[Grandson of James and Hannah Rader]
  Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Rader William Allen 8 April 1806 23 June 1860 [Oldest child of James Rader, grandson of Michael Rader]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
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]
Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
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]
Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Smith George W. 14 August 1814 19 February 1860 [Husband of Ann Staats Smith] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Smith Nancy 4 October 1793 1 March 1852 [Possibly George W. Smith's mother] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
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.]   Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
Source: WVCPA research
  Adam         Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
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     Source: John A. House - Some Early City, Village and Country Burying Grounds
  H.      
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.
Possible Burials:
Rader Isador Trainer 1849 1869 [Son of Hart and Ruanna Rader]   Source: WVCPA research
Rader Lizzie Allen 23 June 1860 23 June 1860     Source: WVCPA research
Unidentified Markers:
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] Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA contributor and family researcher
Image 17 [Illegible in photo] Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA contributor and family researcher
Image 18 [Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA contributor and family researcher
Image 19 [Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is] Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA contributor and family researcher
Image 20 [Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is] Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA contributor and family researcher
Image 23 [Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is] Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA contributor and family researcher
Image 25 [Unidentified - not enough legible clues to identify whose marker this is] Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA contributor and family researcher

 

Comments: 

Rader Cemetery, Jackson Co., WV

     

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.

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