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Cemetery Name:

Williams

Williams Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia  Williams Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia

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County: Mason
USGS Quad: Robertsburg   Map
Coordinates: 38.7109N  -81.9057W
Maintained by: not maintained
Land owner: Eblin family
Date added to WVCPA register: April 2009
Condition of cemetery**: Abandoned (April 2009)
Accessibility: The cemetery is located on Calispel Ridge on the old Milton Sayre farm, on a high knoll directly west of the old Williams homestead (see map for exact location) - very difficult access, and then only on foot. Easiest route is from the east side of Calispel Ridge.

** 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 Allen Larkin 1 November 1852 2 December 1929 [Son of John and Celia Williams - from death record]   Source: WVCPA research and reading of this cemetery
Williams John 22 August 1825 1880 [Severely broken stone - based on its general shape and location next to Celia's, the photo is assumed to be of John's tombstone] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and reading of this cemetery
Williams Ceala M. 5 July 1827 11 February 1887 "Wife of John Williams... was born July 5, 1827 died Feb. 11, 1887"
[While her tombstone writes her name "Ceala", her son Allen's death record indicates that her maiden name was Celia Petry]
Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and reading of this cemetery
Williams James H. 13 December 1820 19 September ___ [Stone is broken and mostly sunken into the ground - dates here as recorded in 1969 in "Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions" by J. Burdette] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and reading of this cemetery
Williams General Washington 1858 1913 [Husband of Nancy Kimberling Williams, who is buried in Sugar Creek Cemetery in Washington Court House, Ohio] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and reading of this cemetery
Probable Burials
Williams James M. 22 February 1849 18 May 1859 [Son of John and Celia Williams]   Source: Mason Co., W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III - J. Burdette
Unidentified Graves
  [Small stone approx. 15 feet east of James Williams' grave - other sunken graves alongside, though unmarked - possibly Allen Williams' grave?] Click for photo of the tombstone Source: WVCPA research and reading of this cemetery

 

Comments: 

Williams Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia

Above: Joel & our guide, Dennis Little, on the climb up the hill behind the ruins of the Williams' cabin

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.

John and Celia Williams were the parents of eleven known children, others of whom may be buried in the unmarked graves in this cemetery. John Williams is recorded as being one of the founding members of Wolfe Valley Baptist Church, located east of Calispel Ridge near the junction of Poplar Fork and Thirteen Mile Creek on Tribble Road.

The cemetery is located on a high, flat knoll with sweeping views through the trees of Calispel Ridge. When WVCPA founders Joel and Donna Duprey visited the cemetery on Easter Sunday in 2009, despite many trees and branches that had fallen across the cemetery and the trail up to it, it was still relatively clear of undergrowth and covered in a beautiful blanket of Forget-me-nots that had spread well outside of the old cemetery's fence line. 

Williams Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia

Williams Cemetery, Mason County, West Virginia

Above: The ruins of the Williams' cabin - note the tremendous size of the hearth stones in the top photo when compared to Joel & Dennis who are both about 6' tall.

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