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|Land owner:||Upton family|
|Date added to WVCPA register:||August 2005|
|Condition of cemetery**:||Excellent (February 2007)|
|Accessibility:||Relatively accessible - when the gate is unlocked. The driveway is well-laid with gravel and maintained by the local water department (there is a large water tower adjacent to the cemetery on the top of the hill). If the gate is locked, there is enough space to park one car between the gate and the road, and it is a bit of a hike (steep at times) up the hill that should not be attempted if you have a serious heart or breathing condition, or if you have difficulty walking on rough gravel and steep terrain. If able to drive in, the last little stretch of the road is quite steep, and there is ample room at the top of the hill to turn around.|
** Condition of cemetery as
observed on the given date -
|Last Name:||First Name:||
|Henry H.||April 1812||September 1828||[Apr. AD 1812 - Sept. AD 1828]|
|H.H.H.||[Footstone - headstone gone per 1970 reading]|
|Alexander||Anita||[Dau. of St___ and Bon___ (broken - no longer legible]|
|Alexander||J.M.E.T.||[Son of S.T. Alexander]|
|Alexander||Mathew T.||[Son of Elizabeth - aged 7 mos (broken - no longer legible]|
|Alexander||Saml||17 May 1784||6 November 1874||[Samuel
"Aged 90 ys. 5 mo. 20 ds"
[Husband and wife - shared stone]
"To the memory of our parents"
"Wife of Saml Alexander"
"Aged 70 years"
|Alexander||Elizabeth||1791||29 July 1861|
and wife - shared stone]
|Beatty||Mrs. Jane Ann||8 November 1812||27 June 1853||"Wife
of James Beatty, M.D."
"Aged 40 Ys 7 mo. 19 days"
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth, Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Rev. 14:13"
|Kimberling||Davis||30 April 1809||5 December 1869||[His
wife is buried at Jesse Hill Cemetery, on the other side of the Kanawha at
Southside in Arbuckle District]
"Farewell dear husband"
"Aged 60Ys 7Ms 5Ds"
|Mallory||E.J. Marvin||1870||26 October 1872||[Inscription barely visible - can almost only make out the "v" in Marvin at Feb. 2007 reading of the cemetery]|
|Patchell||John||26 March 1870||20 February 1871||"Son of J. & M.
"Aged 10 Mo & 25 Ds."
"Err sin could blight or sorrow ___, Death came with friendly care, The sweet little babe to heaven conveyed, And bade him blosom there"
|Patchell||John||26 November 1874||"Fare
"Aged 32 Ys 7 Mo. 4 Ds."
"He has gone to a starry world above, and to a home of endless love. Yet oft I fancy he is nigh, and his voice comes quick on the ____ sigh, And I see his form in the ___ of night, arrayed in a garment of spotless white."
|Payne||Elizabeth J.||29 August 1862||"Wife
of Mat'w. T. Alexander, and afterward Wife of Jas. A. Payne"
[Mother and son - shared stone? Possible they are separate stone, as both are broken]
"Aged 1 yr. 8 mos. 1 d" ?
"Err sin could blight or sorrow bear, Death came with friendly care, The opening bud to heaven conveyed, And bid it blossom there"
|Payne||Joseph M.||September 1862 ?|
|Payne||James A.||16 June 1802||8 December 1880||"In
"Our dear father"
[Capt. James A. Payne, first blacksmith at Red House Shoals in Putnam Co., and captain of the "Enterprise", the first tow boat on the Kanawha River - See Charles Harper's account of Capt. Payne and other history of Red Rock and the Red House area at http://www.putnamlive.com/HISTORYRedRock.html]
of James & Elizabeth Payne"
"Aged 6 years 4 months 13 days"
|Perry||David P.||27 April 1859||21 February 1860||"Son of P. &
"Age 9 Mo 25 ds"
"In life beloved, In death lamented"
|Pickens||John R.||12 December 1876||27 December 1880||[Siblings - shared stone]|
|Pickens||Nellie M.||21 August 1879||15 January 1881|
|Runnion||Margareat Bias||[Wife of Robert Runnion - unmarked grave]|
|Sterrett||S. Alexander||3 April 1880||2 January 1888||[Son of S.A. & A.H. Sterrett - rest of inscription illegible]|
|Sterrett||George W.||20 December 1873||12 February 1880||"Son of
S.A. & A.H. Sterrett"
"Aged 6 Y. 1 M. 23 D."
[on lower right corner of stone face, a maker's mark from a monument company in Gallipolis, OH]
|Sterrett||Rhoda||16 October 1866||16 October 1866||"Our Little Rhoda"|
|Timms||Charles W., M.D.||21 May 1839||22 October 1866||"Assistant Surgeon F.A.C.S."|
|Timms||Jesse||31 May 1810||25 April 1868||"Aged
57 Ys 10 Ms 25 D"
[Husband and wife - shared stone]
"Wife of Jesse Timms"
" Aged 75 Ys. 10 M. 3 Ds."
|Timms||Mary A.||21 January 1820||24 November 1895|
|Timms||Mary Ethel||26 February 1826||3 November 1826||[Aged 8 mos. 8 ds - dau. of J. & C. Timms]|
|Wears||George||11 February 1853|
|Wilson||Isabella Chilton, PH.D||21 September 1893||26 June 1971|
and sons - shared
|[One slave burial to left of Wilson graves - unidentified]|
|[One row of unmarked, unidentified but obvious graves, per 1970 reading]|
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Dates or names 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 is a very well-kept little cemetery
located on the top of the hill just off Tribble Road overlooking the Kanawha
River and the Leon airstrip. It sets just to the right and behind the tall
blue water tank at the crest of the hill (before the pine trees grew up so
large, there must have been a glorious view up and down the Kanawha River from
here - you can catch glimpses of what it must have been like between the
When inquiring of this cemetery locally, you may find that folks in the neighborhood know of it as the "Upton Cemetery", though no Upton's are buried here (they are, however, the landowners per Feb. 2007). Apart from the burial of record for Geo. Wears in 1853, the earliest burials are those of the extended Samuel Alexander family, lending to the probably more common early name of the cemetery being the "Samuel Alexander Cemetery", rather than the more recent Armstrong and/or Wilson family name of the 20th century. Samuel Alexander's wife was Elizabeth Arbuckle, daughter of William and Catherine Madison Arbuckle who, along with at least three of their daughters and many of their descendants, are among the earliest buried in the Douglas-Craig Cemetery at the bottom of the hill between the railroad tracks and the river.
Updated: 07 September 2012