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Cemetery Name:

Samuel Alexander
(a.k.a. Armstrong - Wilson or Upton)

Saml. Alexander Cemetery, Mason Co., WV - water tower to the left  Saml. Alexander Cemetery, Mason Co., WV

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County: Mason
USGS Quad: Robertsburg
Coordinates: 38.7041N  -81.9465W
Maintained by: unknown
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 -
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:

  Henry H. April 1812 September 1828 [Apr. AD 1812 - Sept. AD 1828]   Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
  H.H.H.     [Footstone - headstone gone per 1970 reading]   Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Alexander Anita     [Dau. of St___ and Bon___ (broken - no longer legible]   Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Alexander Henry H.         Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Alexander J.M.E.T.     [Son of S.T. Alexander]   Source: From research done by the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society
Alexander Mathew T.     [Son of Elizabeth - aged 7 mos (broken - no longer legible]   Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Alexander Saml 17 May 1784 6 November 1874 [Samuel Alexander]
"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"
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Click for photo of the tombstone
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Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Alexander Elizabeth 1791 29 July 1861
Armstrong John 1828 1900 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: From research done by the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society
Armstrong Sallie Hall 1830 1901
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"
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
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"
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
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] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Source: From research done by the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Patchell John 26 March 1870 20 February 1871 "Son of J. & M. Patchell"
"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"
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Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Patchell John   26 November 1874 "Fare Well"
"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."
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Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
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"
Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Payne Joseph M.   September 1862 ?
Payne James A. 16 June 1802 8 December 1880 "In Memory"
"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]
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Payne Little Jimmie     "Son of James & Elizabeth Payne"
"Aged 6 years 4 months 13 days"
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Perry David P. 27 April 1859 21 February 1860 "Son of P. & L.G. Perry"
"Age 9 Mo 25 ds"
"In life beloved, In death lamented"
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Pickens John R. 12 December 1876 27 December 1880 [Siblings - shared stone] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Pickens Nellie M. 21 August 1879 15 January 1881
Runnion Margareat Bias     [Wife of Robert Runnion - unmarked grave]   Source: From research done by the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society
Sterrett S. Alexander 3 April 1880 2 January 1888 [Son of S.A. & A.H. Sterrett - rest of inscription illegible] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
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]
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Sterrett Rhoda 16 October 1866 16 October 1866 "Our Little Rhoda"   Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
Timms Charles W., M.D. 21 May 1839 22 October 1866 "Assistant Surgeon F.A.C.S." Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Timms Jesse 31 May 1810 25 April 1868 "Aged 57 Ys 10 Ms 25 D"
[Husband and wife - shared stone]
"Our Parents"
"Wife of Jesse Timms"
" Aged 75 Ys. 10 M. 3 Ds."
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Click for photo of the tombstone

Click for photo of the tombstone
Click for photo of the tombstone
Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
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]   Source: From research done by the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society
Wears George   11 February 1853     Source: From research done by the Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society
Wilson Isabella Chilton, PH.D 21 September 1893 26 June 1971   Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Wilson John Robert 1896 1944 [Mother and sons - shared stone]

 

"Mother"

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Source: WVCPA reading of the cemetery
Wilson Joseph Blackwell 1899 1914
Wilson Isabella Armstrong 1869 1965
        [One slave burial to left of Wilson graves - unidentified]   Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)
[One row of unmarked, unidentified but obvious graves, per 1970 reading]   Source: WVCPA research and Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions (Machir & Burdette)

 

Comments:

Saml. Alexander Cemetery, Mason Co., WV
Above: The view up the road, about a third of the way up the hill from Tribble Road

Saml. Alexander Cemetery, Mason Co., WV
Above: The view east from the top of the hill at the water tower

(Click on the photos to see a larger image)

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 branches).

At the 2007 reading by WVCPA, the gate on the cemetery fence looked fairly new, and the fence itself had been recently repaired with a new run of barbed wire along the top.  In addition to the relatively intact stone markers, there were many broken ones and a handful of simple fieldstone markers. All stones with any visible inscriptions are listed above with photos. While earlier published readings of this cemetery indicate that there were a number of unmarked graves, few to none were clearly visible in 2007, having been apparently filled in over the years as the cemetery was tended.  There are, however, a number of open spaces that do not have markers (anymore?) that could well be additional graves.

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.

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