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Cemetery Name:

Belcher Family

 

Belcher Family Cemetery, Pocahontas Co., WV - cemetery located on this hill

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County: Pocahontas
USGS Quad: Hillsboro
Coordinates: 38.1390ļN  80.1530ļW
Maintained by: Belcher family
Land owner: Unknown
Date added to WVCPA register: October 2006
Condition of cemetery**: Fair (August 2006)
Accessibility: This cemetery is located on a wooded knoll adjacent to Watoga State Park in the Monongahela National Forest.  It is not easily accessible. See the Comments section at the bottom of this page for details on how to find the cemetery, after receiving direction from Park Rangers as to how to get to "Chicken House Run", located near the cemetery. For a topographic map locating Chicken House Run and the area of the cemetery, Click Here (the coordinates listed above correspond to the red "x" on this map).
** 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:
Belcher Daniel Shockey 1847 1902 [The second photo shows Daniel's grave as it was initially found] Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
Source: WVCPA contributor and Belcher family researcher, Judy Long
Unidentified Stones:
Workman       [Child of Reece & Peggy Workman, grandchild of Daniel Belcher]   Source: WVCPA contributor and Belcher family researcher, Judy Long
Workman       [Child of Reece & Peggy Workman, grandchild of Daniel Belcher]   Source: WVCPA contributor and Belcher family researcher, Judy Long
Workman       [Child of Reece & Peggy Workman, grandchild of Daniel Belcher]   Source: WVCPA contributor and Belcher family researcher, Judy Long
Workman       [Child of Reece & Peggy Workman, grandchild of Daniel Belcher]   Source: WVCPA contributor and Belcher family researcher, Judy Long

 

Comments: 

(Click on the photos below to enlarge)

The cemetery is located just through the gate and up this hill...
The cemetery is located just through the gate and up this hill

Site of Daniel Belcher's homestead across the road
Site of Daniel Belcher's homestead across the road (note the new road construction in foreground)

The cemetery in the condition it was first found
The cemetery in the condition it was first found

Fencing the cemetery to preserve it's boundaries & protect the graves
Fencing the cemetery to preserve it's boundaries & protect the graves 

Dates or text 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.

Check in at the Watoga State Park Administration Building to get directions on park roads to Chicken House Run.  Once you've gotten onto the road they direct you to, the following directions from Daniel Belcher descendant, Judy Long (contributor of all the information provided on this page), should apply. Judy writes:

"From the Administrational Building we took the road out of the park that we were directed to take and traveled along it until we reached a fork in the road.  At that point you take the LEFT FORK (not right).  You then drive approx: Ĺ mile until you see a large gate on your RIGHT - park here along the road way.  Iím including a picture of that gate. (If you drive until you pass a red building on the left then you have went too far - BACK UP to the red gate on the left).  You must then walk around the gate and go up the knoll that is behind it.  There is a line of tall fully grown trees at the top of the knoll.  Also, some newly planted trees that were protected by wire cages were on the hill at the time I was there.  Walk past these new trees and entering into the line of older trees you will need to walk about ? feet.  Searching around this area you should easily find the site that I placed wire fencing around. Inside this fenced enclosure will be visible a metal marker in the ground (by a rock) which is the grave of Daniel.  There are other rocks placed here that I was told are other members of his family.  Upon reviewing my files, I seen reference made to (4) children buried here and I found a place that told me that Reece & Peggy Workman had lost (4) children to typhoid fever.  These would have been Danielís grandchildren and it would make sense that they may be buried here.  Iím including pictures I took so that you will better understand exactly what you will be looking for.  I have found no evidence of this small cemetery ever having a name.
     There was (at the time of my visit) a trail made across the side of this hill that was made by some heavy construction equipment.  This would suggest to me possible pending DEstruction.  It seemed evident that something is pending.
      As regards ownership of the land, I do not know at this point.  I can tell you that the courthouse in Marlinton had the original records starting with Daniel. It appears that it was then sold to Reese Workman and then sold to Vernon Dean. Some of Daniels property was retained by another daughter (I believe).  I am not a surveyor so I cannot determine who had what.  But, I believe the property that the site is on WAS OWNED by Vernon Dean.  I do not know much more, other then a man in Michigan (or Minn.) owns it now.  I do not know his name. (Perhaps __?____ Paul ).  Albert Dean is the only one I know of that would probably be able to tell you more about him."

The family, many of whom live out of state, are currently seeking protection of this cemetery.  If you would like to help them in this effort, and would like to contact them to that end, please email us at , and we will forward your email to them.

Fencing in progress...
Fencing in progress...
Daniel Belcher's grave, now marked with a metal funeral home marker
Daniel Belcher's grave, now marked with a metal funeral home marker.
Judy Long at the cemetery in Aug. '06
Judy Long at the cemetery in Aug. '06

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