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Cemetery Name:

Zearley 

Zearley Cemetery, Foster Ridge, Jackson Co., West Virginia Photo was taken near the trail leading to the Zearley Cemetery, Foster Ridge, Jackson Co., West Virginia

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County: Jackson
USGS Quad: Cottageville
Coordinates: near 38.7561N  81.7903W
Maintained by: not maintained
Land owner: unknown
Date added to WVCPA register: May 2007
Condition of cemetery**: Poor (May 2007)
Accessibility: The cemetery is located just a little over a half mile west of Foster Chapel down the Picklebean Road, down a lane to the right, then up a path and on the left. Not easily accessible unless on foot or in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Exact map coordinates still needed, so use the coordinates above with a "grain of salt". The cemetery is in an overgrown wooded area, and there are many graves marked only with fieldstones.

** 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:

Williams John L. 1847 1902     Source: WVCPA volunteer and local family researcher, Alice Click
Zearley James 1877 1892     Source: WVCPA volunteer and local family researcher, Alice Click
Zearley Mary 1879 1893     Source: WVCPA volunteer and local family researcher, Alice Click
Zearley Susan Woodall 1852 1893   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer and local family researcher, Alice Click
Many additional graves marked only with fieldstones  Source: WVCPA volunteer and local family researcher, Alice Click

 

Comments: 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.

This cemetery is known to some as the Hoschar Cemetery, though no Hoschar's are known to be buried here.

WVCPA volunteer Alice Click has provided the latest access conditions for getting to this cemetery, based her recent trip there. She also provided the photos on this page. In her email, Alice writes:

"Susan Woodall Zearley is believed to be the daughter of Jacob and Caroline Zearley from Fayette County, PA, who lived in Iowa for a while and came to Jackson County. Her name is listed in a Zearley Family Sketch  (Jackson County Past and Present) on page 509 from information submitted by Ray K. Cadle. The cemetery located in a cedar thicket not far from the Foster Chapel Church along an ATV trail. Two monuments flank the Susan Woodall Zearley monument:  Mary 1879-1896 and James 1877-1892. Another monument is among the stones John L. Williams 1847-1902.

John L. Williams is believed to have been born at Plymouth, Mercer County, Virginia in 1847 and died in 1902 at Danstown, Jackson County, West Virginia (WVCPA note: Danstown is located just east of the cemetery, down along a creek bottom - see topo maps of the cemetery location for more information).  Also, it is believed he married Louisa Frances Cadle in 1861.  She was born 10 June 1842 in Mercer County, Virginia, and died 24 April 1902 in Danstown, Jackson County, West Virginia.  Children of this union may be:  Albert Lee b.1862; John A. b.1865; William Andrew b. 24 July 1867; Allen Larkin b.1869; Geo. R. b.1871; Charles Otmer b.1873; Bellezora Luella b.1875; Rufas Tilden b.1877; Augusta Valentine b.1880; and Thomas b.1882.   Information given by someone who grew up in the Danstown area.  It may or may not be correct." 

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