West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association

Cemetery Reading

Cemetery Name:

Somerville (off Rt. 62 N.)

Somerville Cemetery, Mason Co., West Virginia

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County: Mason
USGS Quad: Cheshire      Map
Coordinates: 38.9292N  -82.0942W
Maintained by: maintained on a limited basis
Land owner: C. Dallas Kaiser
Date added to WVCPA register: December 2007
Condition of cemetery**: Fair (September 2009)
Accessibility: The cemetery is located in Robinson District not far from the Mason Co. Fairgrounds. WVCPA volunteers provided the following directions they took to get to the cemetery:
"We went to Grandview Heights (just off the Fairground Road) went to the end of the circle on Grandview and then down over the hill through the wilderness...down through the creek bed and then up the hill (still in the wilderness) to the cemetery.   A resident on the street showed us a deer path.  Then, we figured out how we could have found it if we had found the right lane to turn down from Rt. 62."
 
The coordinates listed above are to what WVCPA contributor G. Dale McClain refers to as an "easy entrance". At one time there was a "formal entrance" which can still be found. It is marked by two upright 4X4 posts (not railroad ties), along the southern line of the plot.
Additional commentary from Mr. McClain on the location and current status can be found in the Comments section at the bottom of this page.

** 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:

[Illegible] Mrs. Vera     [Aged 83 Ys 11 Ms 27 Ds]
[Rest of inscription illegible per 1959 reading]
  Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Allen Alexander 7 February 1813 20 May 1883 "Born in Scotland"
"Aged 70 Yrs 3 M's 13 D's"
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Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Boyles Simeon Howard   27 July 1888 [Aged 3 M. 18 Ds] [Marker not found in 2009 reading - poss. buried with his mother Sophia with no separate marker]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Boyles Sophia J.F. 24 February 1867 11 July 1888 "Wife of Simeon A. Boyles"
"Aged 21Y. 4M. 17D."
[Rest of inscription illegible]
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Brown Mary 14 February 1802 30 June 1887 "Thy trials ended They rest is won" Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Brown James   15 October 1845 [Aged 20 years]
[Marker not found in 2009 reading]
  Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Bumgarner Jeremiah B. 1854 1916 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
"Gone To Rest"
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Bumgarner V.J. Johnson 1856 1940
Clendenin Arnold L.   31 March 1915 [Aged 1 year - son of B.T. Clendenin - no marker]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Clendenin Catherine 1854 1925   Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Clendenin Joseph 15 July 1841 9 May 1918 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
"At Rest"
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Clendenin Frances Edwards 16 October 1842 30 August 1924
Clendenin Kathleen 1854 1925 [Marker not found in 2009 reading - may be on the reverse side of Samuel A. Clendenin's stone?]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Clendenin Samuel A. 1850 1925 [Husband and wife - shared stone] Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Clendenin Martha E. Stevens 1856 19__
Clendenin Thomas B. 1869 1935 [Husband and wife - shared stone] Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Clendenin Alberta I. 1873 1919
Gabbert John S. 3 February 1886 2 February 1891 "Son of P.M. & M.E. Gabbert" Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Gabbert Perry M. 1841 19__ [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Gabbert Mary E. 1844 1909
Gardner Don Everett 26 November 1878 8 May 1941 [Son of J.W. & Lucy Gardner - last recorded burial in this cemetery] [No marker found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Gardner John Weaver 7 March 1857 19 October 1920 [No monument per 1959 reading - husband of Lucy Knopp Gardner]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Gardner Lucy Knopp 27 September 1863 April 1933 [Dau. of Jacob & his second wife Betty E. Hogg Windon Knopp] [No marker found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Gardner Walter Dean 1881 1909   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Hawkins Annie L. 26 November 1886 29 April 1892     Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Hawkins Mary F. 23 December 1855 18 December 1888 [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Hawkins Robert S. 26 May 1847 12 December 1908 [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Hogg Lucy   20 September 18_2 [Aged 62 Ys 10 Ms 4 Ds - wife of T.G. Hogg]
[Summer 2009: this stone fallen face down, within an ornate 15'x15' wrought iron fenced plot along with Thomas Hogg's stone. According to the 1850 Census, this couple lived near John & Nancy Somerville who set this land aside for a cemetery (G.D.McClain)]
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Hogg Thomas G. 7 August 1800 19 October 1873 "Aged 73 Yrs. 2 Ms. 12 D." Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Hopkins David A. 1856 3 December 1881 [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Hopkins Hattie M. 6 February 1860 16 April 1887 [Dau. of Samuel T. & Arabella Windon]
"Wife of D. A. Hopkins"
"Aged 27Y. 2M. 10D."
Click for photo of tombstone
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Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Humphrey Catherine   27 August 1878 [Aged 26 Ys 2 Ms 23 Ds] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Humphrey Edward G. 1888 1928   Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Johnson       [4 old funeral home markers bearing the surname "Johnson"- no longer legible per 1959 reading] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Johnson Arthur 2 September 1824 13 June 1889 [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Johnson B.T. 1856 19__     Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Johnson David Lewis   1931 [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Johnson John 1824   [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Johnson M.J.   13 June 1899 [Aged 64 Ys 11 Ms] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Kirby Lucien 28 January 1854 16 November 1855 "Son of J. E. & M. Kirby"
[Rest of inscription illegible]
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Knopp Jacob 11 October 1815 19 September 1900 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His wife"
[Dau. of Thomas G. & Lucy Ball Hogg, wife of Francis H. Windon, then Jacob Knopp]
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette

Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Knopp Bettie 1830 1897
Knopp Thomas M. 21 March 1865 9 July 1890 "Son of Jacob & B.A. Knopp"
"Aged 25 y 3m 18 d"
Click for photo of tombstone
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Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Knopp William T. 13 July 1866 29 October 1888 "Aged 22 ys 3 ms 16 d" Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Lee Caroline 4 June 1850 27 August 1878 "Aged 28 ys 2 m 23 ds"
[Most likely the wife of F.J. Lee]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Lee Felix M. 1819 1896   Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Lee Julia F.   17 March 1882 "Dau. of C.W. & F.J. Lee"
"11Y. 3M. 11D."
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Lee __EA Della   9 July 1875 "Dau. of W. & F.J. Lee"
[Rest of inscription illegible]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Long Rebecca S. 27 March 1824 23 March 1879 "Daughter of Mary Brown"
"Sleep Mother dear..."
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Mitchell [Baby]   14 September 1918   Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Neal Alice B. 20 November 1909 20 November 1909 "B & D Nov. 20, 1909"
[Immediately to the right of this grave, an unmarked adult size grave]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Noble [Son]         Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Noble Ernest Edward 27 October 1899 26 September 1901 "Son of W.T. & L.E. Noble"
"Baby"
[In front of this marker is a small stone with no inscription - likely his footstone, per summer 2009]
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Click for photo of tombstone
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Noble William     [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Proffitt       [Nothing further was inscribed on this stone (as seen in Summer 2009), and no other similarly named monuments were located nearby] Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Proffitt John H. 1832 1913   Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Proffitt Laura 1830 1877     Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Rayburn Maxwell 1829 1907 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
[Adjacent to this stone, in Summer 2009, was a stone fallen face down, possibly that of Joseph Windon]
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Rayburn Mary J. Windon 1831 1886
Rayburn Mazella B. 18_0 1923 [Son of Maxwell Rayburn]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Somerville Edward Green 16 June 1834 27 August 1914 "Our Parents"
[Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
"At Rest"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Somerville Sarah Lavena Ball 23 September 1846 1909
Somerville James 1834 1914 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Somerville Frances E. 1839 1916
Somerville John 26 March 1807 24 April 1895 "Aged 88y 29d"
[Husband and wife - shared plot]
"Aged 62y 11m 10d"
"Father and Mother now farewell, A short time it will be, Till one by one we'll gather, To tune our harps with thee"
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Somerville Nancy 5 December 1806 15 November 1869
Somerville Lewis Edgar 1867 1922 [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Somerville Margaret J. 4 January 1840 3 March 1900 [Dau. of John & Nancy Somerville] Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Somerville Mary E. 1848 1893  [Marker not found in 2009 reading] Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Somerville Robert W. 1842 1919 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Somerville Jane Catherine 24 December 1854 29 April 1915
Somerville Samuel 1841 1908   Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Somerville Thomas   6 April 1852 "Son of John & N. Somerville"
"Aged 19 years 2 Ms"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Somerville Weston D. 20 December 1832 25 October 1892 "Our Parents and Sister"

[Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"

"Our Dau."

Click for photo of tombstone Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Somerville Margaret 6 March 1837 27 December 1912
Somerville Inez E. 15 August 1876 5 October 1911
Stevens Martha E. 1856 19__ [Two unmarked footstones resting against this headstone]   Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Swon Edward E. 8 November 1860 25 September 1899   Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Tooly Polly   11 September 1825 "In Memory of..."
"Daughter of Reuben & Hannan Tooly, who died Sept. 11, 1825, Aged 6 yrs 6__"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Troeger Sarah Jane 1 August 1840 21 November 1894 "Aged 54 Ys 3 Ms 20 D" Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon Ann Eliza 11 August 1849 28 April 1863 "Dau. of S. & A.J. Windon"
"Aged 13 ys 8 ms 17 da"
[Rest of inscription illegible]
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon Caroline H.   30 November 1855 "Wife of Francis H. Windon"
"Aged 30 years 9 mos 11 dys"
[Rest of inscription illegible]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Windon Francis A.   19 April 1865 [24 years of age - son of S.& A.J. Windon - 1st soldier of Co. C. 13th W.Va. Inf.] Click for photo of tombstone Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Windon Francis H. 9 May 1822 24 May 1859 "Aged 37 yrs 15 ds"
[Rest of inscription illegible]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon James H. 2 September 1850 21 July 1854 "Son of F.N. & C.H. Windon"
"Aged 3 years 10 mo 19 ds"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon John Harry 1862 1918 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
"At Rest"
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon Estella M. 1866 19__
Windon Joseph B.   29 October 1884 [Aged 78 Ys 6 Ms 2 Ds] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Windon Laura Blanch 1867 1886 "Dau. of J.H. & R.J. Windon"
"At Rest"
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon Lucy Irene 1891 1891 "Dau. of J.H. Windon & Wife" Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon Rhonda J. 13 December 1845 5 March 1878 "Wife of J.H. Windon"
"Aged 32 ys 2 m 20 d"
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon Robert   18 December 1855 [Aged 1 M 25 Ds - son of Francis & Caroline Windon]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Windon Samuel 1814 1868 [Husband and wife - shared stone]
"His Wife"
"Our Parents"
[Dau. of Peter Hogg]
Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Windon Arabella Jane 1820 1888
Windon Susan 25 December 1804 17 June 1891 "Aged 86 Y 5 M 23 D" Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Windon William   12 August 1872 "Son of S. & A.J. Windon"
[This stone was seen alongside Samuel & Arabella's graves, but mostly illegible, in Summer 2009 ] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]
  Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Yeager Joseph 4 January 1790 4 May 1860 "Aged 70 yrs 6 months" Click for photo of tombstone Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Yeager Mary   25 July 1864 "Wife of Joseph Yeager"
"Aged 72 yrs ___ 10 m"
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: Family researcher and WVCPA contributor
Unidentified Graves/Tombstones: 
Image 04       [Inscription illegible] Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA volunteer reading of the cemetery
...and at least 16 additional unmarked graves noted in 1959 reading, as published in 'Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions'   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Probable Burials: 
Clendenin Thomas Barton 31 December 1869 1935 [Son of Charles & Charlotte Ripley Clendenin] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Neal Gordon   11 February 1941 [Aged 89 years - son of Charlie Neal] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Noble Mark   19 September 1884 [Aged 84 Ys 10 Ms] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Yeager Susan   February 1869 [Aged 20 years - dau. of J. & S. Yeager] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette
Yeager William V.   3 February 1867 [Aged 31 Ys 4 Ms - son of Jacob & Sarah Yeager] [Marker not found in 2009 reading]   Source: Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions - Machir & Burdette

 

Comments:

 

 

Somerville Cemetery, Mason Co., West Virginia

Dates in Red above 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.

The following comments were provided by WVCPA volunteers that visited the cemetery in Autumn 2007:

"Today, we found the Somerville Cemetery located off Rt. 62 in a wilderness... There are some monuments that are no longer there that were listed. Also, found a few names that were buried there (through research).  Many of the huge, huge monuments are down. Trees from the ice storm did a number on the cemetery and there has been NOOOO maintenance for many, many years. Briars have taken over. It is a true wilderness. An elderly gentleman (who lives in the area) told us there had been a dispute about the cemetery one time and he believed there were cattle allowed to roam among the monuments at one time by a landowner.  Now there are NO fences and no cattle. Several monuments are broken. Could be a number of reasons. One horrible sight--a groundhog has burrowed down into one of the old coffins. We took pictures the best that we could."

A subsequent project, single-handedly taken on by Somerville descendant G. Dale McClain, has helped to bring this cemetery from the brink of total abandonment, to that of a cemetery in definite rescue.  When Mr. McClain worked on the cemetery the summer of 2009, he also provided an updated/corrected reading of the stones, along with this commentary:

"The attached alphabetical list indicates the grave markers located, as of 2009, in the Somerville Cemetery just east of Rt. 62 north of Point Pleasant. This slightly larger than 2 acre tract of land is located near the coordinates of North 38 Degrees 55.753 Minutes , West 82 Degrees 05.653 Minutes. Surrounding ownership on three sides is C. Dallas Kayser. Access to this location, which requires crossing farm ground, should be requested before entry.  

This Cemetery has been previously inventoried, and discrepancies occur between the following list and previous inventories. Differences are attributed to the lack of care of the Cemetery since it was first established in the 1800s.  From July through September, 2009, brush and smaller trees were cut from a portion, but not all, of this tract of land.  Additional clearing may result in the discovery of additional markers.

Markers found, and hereby recorded, were cleaned only to the extent of being able to read the inscriptions. Listing in alphabetical order does not correspond to any specific location, or adjacency to other markers in the Cemetery. To find a specific marker will require a visit to the entire plot. The boundaries of this Cemetery have not been precisely identified   Further research and work on site will undoubtedly modify this list. Additional inscriptions were recognized on some markers but were too worn to fully transcribe. Digital photographs were taken of markers recited below.

This inventory was taken by G. Dale McClain. His Somerville and Yeager ancestors rest at this location.  He currently resides in Ohio. Cellular telephone 614-286-0770, or email mcclainswheels (at) yahoo.com."

WVCPA sincerely thanks Mr. McClain for his hard work and dedication in honoring the memory of those buried here by rescuing this cemetery, and for providing us with additional information for the permanent documentation of Somerville Cemetery. 

 

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