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Cemetery Name:

N.B. Casto


N.B. Casto Cemetery, Putnam County, West Virginia N.B. Casto Cemetery, Putnam County, West Virginia N.B. Casto Cemetery, Putnam County, West Virginia

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County: Putnam
USGS Quad: Kenna
Coordinates: 38.6610N  81.7463W
Maintained by: unknown
Land owner: unknown
Date added to WVCPA register: April 2004
Condition of cemetery**: Fair (April 2004)
Accessibility: The cemetery is located on a hill above 18-Mile Creek. Accessibility is somewhat limited, in that there is barely room to park one car along the road at the gate, then you'll need to cross the field (at times inhabited by livestock), then walk across 18-Mile Creek (no bridge), then up an often muddy, pretty rough and steep jeep trail up along the cliff face to the cemetery. When we last visited the cemetery in April 2004, the grass was high and ground uneven. Use caution if you are at all unsteady on your feet.

** 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:

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Died:

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Source:

Bowles Cansadia O. 26 February 1876 24 October 1878 "Dau. of J.W. & L. Bowles"
"Aged 2 Y. 7 M. 28 D."
[Dau. of James & Lieucetia (Casto) Bowles - granddau. of N.B. Casto]
  Source: WVCPA research
Casto George Whitfield 1867 1913 [Husband and wife - George was the son of N.B. & M. Casto]   Source: WVCPA research
Casto Emma Jividen 1869 1939   Source: WVCPA research
Casto       "Infant daughters of G.W. & E. Casto"   Source: WVCPA research
Casto Homer H. 6 December 1897 18 June 1899 "Son of G.W. & E. Casto"
"Aged 1 Y. 6 M. 12 D."
  Source: WVCPA research
Casto Lewis H. 1858 1942 [Son of N.B. & M. Casto]   Source: WVCPA research
Casto Lorenzo Dow 11 June 1860 26 August 1878 "Son of N.B. & M. Casto"
"Aged 18 Y. 1 M. 15 D."
  Source: WVCPA research
Casto Rev. Nathan B. 17 January 1822 16 October 1885 "Aged 63 Y. 8 M. 29 D."   Source: WVCPA research
Casto Margaret Parsons 7 May 1828 29 April 1892 "Wife of N.B. Casto"
"Aged 63 Y. 11 M. 22 D."
Click for photo of tombstone Source: WVCPA research
Casto Effie Bernice 11 June 1882 2 August 1883 "Dau. of W.M. & L.J. Casto"
"Aged 1 Y. 1 M. 2 D." 
[exact age from research - dau. of Wm. Mack and Levisa (Parkins) Casto, granddau. of N.B. Casto]
  Source: WVCPA research
Casto Infant Son 25 November 1895 25 November 1895 "Infant son of C.O. & M.J. Casto"
[Charles and Melissa Jane (Jividen) Casto - grandson of N.B. Casto]
  Source: WVCPA research
Casto M. Ethel   19 J__ 1891 "Dau. of _____"
"Aged 9 M. 23 D."
[Possibly Martha E., dau. of George and Emma Casto - more research needed]
  Source: WVCPA research
Unmarked or unidentified graves:
        Grave marked by a fieldstone   Source: Earlier reading by Leanna Graley & Crystal Clark for the Upper Vandalia Historical Society
        Unmarked grave   Source: Earlier reading by Leanna Graley & Crystal Clark for the Upper Vandalia Historical Society
Buried nearby in unmarked graves: 
Greene John*   ca. March 1815 [*Some historians name him as Ed Greene and the death year as 1817 - research is ongoing to determine his exact name, and from WVCPA research, the event more likely occurred in the spring of 1815]   Source: WVCPA research
Harrison Alexander 12 November 1797 ca. March 1815 [Son of Reuben and Mary Harrison]    Source: WVCPA research

 

Comments:

N.B. Casto Cemetery, Putnam County, West Virginia

Above is a photo from the road and the first gate - the Casto Cemetery is seen at the top of the hill (see the taller, brown grass within the fenced area), and almost directly below it in the photo on the far bank of the creek is the rock that fell and pinned John Greene and Alexander Harrison (click on photos to enlarge). 



Below is a closer shot of the rock fall - note the somewhat level area directly above the rock ledge - it may be here that John and Alexander have their graves, or they may actually be farther up on the hill, closer to the location of the Casto Cemetery.

Fallen rock along the banks of Eighteen Mile Creek - where Ed Greene and Alexander Harrison lost their lives Fallen rock along the banks of Eighteen Mile Creek - where Ed Greene and Alexander Harrison lost their lives

Dates 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.

Eighteen Mile Creek - looking upstream from near the ford that crosses the creek on the way up to the cemeteryThis little family cemetery is located on the hill above a rocky outcropping along 18-Mile Creek that was the location of a historic hunting tragedy in the region that occurred in March of 1815. It was here that early settler John Greene and Alexander Harrison (the son of Reuben H. Harrison) met with a slow and painful death on the banks of the creek as they were pinned beneath a large slab of rock that had broken away above them as they camped there. Though John's son Ned and Alexander's younger brother Zebulon were with them (and were fortunate to have not been pinned by the rock fall), there was little the two young men could do for the dying men. Ned (only a young lad of 10 or so) was suffering from a broken leg, and young Zebulon (he was only 12 at the time) did what he could to make the three injured men comfortable. Sadly, Alexander died soon after from his injuries, and John would die three days later after a search party led by Alexander and Zebulon's brother Josiah was able to free him from under the slab of stone.  It is told that the search party buried Alexander and John above the cave-in on a flat piece of ground above the rock ledge, not far from the present-day Casto cemetery. When you look at the hillside above the rock fall, you can picture where their burial location may be.  

While John and Alexander are not known to be buried in the Casto Cemetery proper, we felt it appropriate that their names be listed here.

 

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