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|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 -
|Last Name:||First Name:||
|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]
|Casto||George Whitfield||1867||1913||[Husband and wife - George was the son of N.B. & M. Casto]|
|Casto||"Infant daughters of G.W. & E. Casto"|
|Casto||Homer H.||6 December 1897||18 June 1899||"Son
of G.W. & E. Casto"
"Aged 1 Y. 6 M. 12 D."
|Casto||Lewis H.||1858||1942||[Son of N.B. & M. Casto]|
|Casto||Lorenzo Dow||11 June 1860||26 August 1878||"Son
of N.B. & M. Casto"
"Aged 18 Y. 1 M. 15 D."
|Casto||Rev. Nathan B.||17 January 1822||16 October 1885||"Aged 63 Y. 8 M. 29 D."|
|Casto||Margaret Parsons||7 May 1828||29 April 1892||"Wife
of N.B. Casto"
"Aged 63 Y. 11 M. 22 D."
|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]
|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]
|Casto||M. Ethel||19 J__ 1891||"Dau.
"Aged 9 M. 23 D."
[Possibly Martha E., dau. of George and Emma Casto - more research needed]
|Unmarked or unidentified graves:|
|Grave marked by a fieldstone|
|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]|
|Harrison||Alexander||12 November 1797||ca. March 1815||[Son of Reuben and Mary Harrison]|
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).
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.
This 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.
Updated: 07 September 2012