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Cemetery Name:

Greenlee (Lewis)


Greenlee Cemetery, Union Dist., Mason Co., WV Greenlee Cemetery, Union Dist., Mason Co., WV

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County: Mason
USGS Quad: Robertsburg
Coordinates: 38.6624N  -81.8979W
Maintained by: not maintained
Land owners: unknown
Date added to WVCPA register: April 2006
Condition of cemetery**: Abandoned (April 2006)
Accessibility: The accessibility to this cemetery is very poor, only because of the very overgrown briars that cover it.  It is located adjacent to the road along Thirteen Mile Creek, north of Tribble Road about mile, with a short run of sturdy wooden stairs crossing the ditch and climbing the slope to the cemetery gate.

** 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:

Clifford Ida Bell   10 March 1866 [Aged 2Yr 9Ms 21Ds]   Source: Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions
Dunn Bertha     [No marker - "end of second row to left"]   Source: Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions
Dunn Infant     [Buried with its mother Bertha]   Source: Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions
Fenimore Samuel D.   16 January 1870 [Aged 84Yr 11Ms - father of Ingaba Greenlee, 2nd wife of Clark Greenlee] Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Graham     aft. 1909 [Dau. of Joseph and Rosa Graham - died as a child]   Source: WVCPA, volunteer researchers and 'Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions' (Machir & Burdette)
Graham Emma Rosa Grimm 4 March 1877 28 December 1909 [Aged 32Yr 9Ms 24Ds - wife of Joseph Graham, dau. of Peter and Judah Grimm?]   Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Annie Laurie February 1811 31 August 1845 "In memory of Annie Laurie consort of Clark Departed this life August the 31st 1845, aged 34 Y 5 M" Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Greenlee Clark 28 December 1816 11 September 1858 [Aged 41 years - son of Morris and Nancy Kimberling Greenlee, husband of Annie L. and Ingaba Brown] Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Greenlee Clayborn 11 January 1852 25 August 1925 [Son of Lewis and Mary Greenlee - despite spelling of his name with a "u" on the tombstone, family researchers widely spell his name "Clayborn"]
[Husband and wife - shared stone]
[Dau. of Elisha and Sarah Kimberling]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Greenlee Maria 1854 1926
Greenlee Eva 5 November 1877 28 December 1903     Source: Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions
Greenlee Grace 14 May 1888 22 August 1916 [Dau. of Clayborn and Maria Greenlee]   Source: WVCPA, volunteer researchers and 'Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions' (Machir & Burdette)
Greenlee Infant 1890 23 March 1890 [Likely the child of George and Sarah Greenlee - buried beside Sarah]   Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Ira Moss 24 March 1886 19 November 1915 [Son of Clayborn and Maria Greenlee]   Source: Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions
Greenlee Lewis 29 March 1825 8 October 1892 "Aged 59Yr 4Ms 11Ds"
[Son of Edward and Margaret Greenlee, husband of Mary Thornton Greenlee - he was one of the founders of Wolfe Valley Baptist Church]
  Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Mary Lovell 17 April 1825 15 September 1895 [Aged 59Yr 4Ms 11Ds - dau of Edward and Elizabeth Thornton]   Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Miriam Good     [Wife of Thomas E. Greenlee]   Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Sarah A. 29 March 1866 29 April 1896 [Aged 24Yr 1D - thought to be dau. of Spencer and Margaret Pickens, and wife of George Wm. Greenlee whom she married May 26, 1889 per Mason Co. Marriage records, George was the son of Lewis and Mary Greenlee]   Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Sarah Eliza 2 July 1861 30 July 1884 [Dau. of Lewis and Mary Greenlee]   Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Thomas E. 22 May 1853 29 September 1941 [Many family researchers indicate his middle name to be Edward, rather than Edgar (as is sometimes seen) - buried here with his wife Miriam Good Greenlee]   Source: WVCPA research
Greenlee Virginia 5 December 1866 1 July 1874 "Aged 7Yr 6Ms 26Ds"
[Dau. of Lewis and Mary Greenlee]
  Source: WVCPA, volunteer researchers and 'Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions' (Machir & Burdette)
Grimm Judah? abt 1852   [Mother of Rosa Grimm Graham, wife of Peter Grimm?]   Source: WVCPA research
Hart Calvin 7 March 1832 2 September 1926 [Unmarked grave - son of Alonzo and Sophia Tillis Hart]   Source: WVCPA research
Hart Eliza 9 August 1828 19 October 1888 [Elizabeth Jane Higginbotham Hart - aged 60Yr 2Ms 9Ds - wife of Calvin, dau of John and Mary Tucker Higginbotham - uncertain if there is a marker for her here either]   Source: WVCPA research
Hart Matthew 16 October 1859 23 February 1890 [Aged 29Yr 1M 7Ds - son of Calvin and Eliza Hart]   Source: WVCPA research
Smith Elizabeth 28 August 1825 8 May 1895     Source: Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions
Thomas Emma 1860 19__ [Wife of George Thomas]
[Mother and son - shared stone]
"Her Son"
[Son of George and Emma Thomas]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Thomas Edgar D. 1880 1920
Unidentified Markers:
Image06       [Not certain whose marker this is - it looks like it says the 28th of something as the death date. If so, it could be Rosa Graham or Eva Greenlee's marker. It was too overgrown to get closer to clear - this photo was taken on a zoom setting to get as close as possible] Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery

 

Comments:

Greenlee Cemetery, Union Dist., Mason Co., WV

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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.

Of historical note for the area, it has been recorded that Lewis Greenlee, along with his contemporary Rev. William Getchell, founded the nearby Wolfe Valley Baptist Church in 1852. The congregation thrives to this day, and is the home church of the founders of WVCPA, Joel and Donna Duprey. It is partly because of this relationship with the congregation, and out of respect for one of it's founding fathers, that WVCPA is especially dedicated to doing everything possible to bring this cemetery back from the clutches of neglect.

Per this writing in October of 2006, this cemetery is sorely in need of some tender loving care - the briars are thick and the trees are growing larger year by year, but certainly clearable with the right equipment, some thick leather gloves and dogged determination! WVCPA research has found that nearly all of the persons buried here are related to Lewis Greenlee or Clark Greenlee, though we have yet to understand all of the relationships (even that between Lewis and Clark Greenlee, if there is a familial connection).  We have fair expertise with the Kimberling, Pickens and Higginbotham family members buried here, but our knowledge of the Greenlee, Grimm and Thomas families is not complete.  Are there any family researchers out there that can help us clarify the identities of those buried here in Greenlee Cemetery? Email us!

More photos are hoped to be taken after the cemetery is cleaned up - many of the stones were just too blocked by the briars to get close enough to photograph.

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