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Watoga (#47498391)
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Bio Photo My husband and I formerly lived in Pocahontas County, WV. We moved in 2013 to the Northwest to be closer to children and grandchildren. My parents were from Summers County, WV. Before that, they came from Virginia. His parents were from Monroe & Greenbrier Counties. Prior to that, his family line goes back to Virginia and before that to Pennsylvania. He is directly descended from Squire BOONE II, Daniel BOONE's brother. He also has Mingo and Cherokee Native Americans in his line. On my father's side, an ancestor, John WEBB, married one of Hubby's ancestors, Nancy MORGAN, in the late 1700s in a valley of what is now south-western Virginia.

We have two sons who are married w. young children. One lives in Wyoming and the other lives in Montana.

Two of my direct ancestors (who died in the North's Elmira, NY prison) and one of my husband's direct ancestors joined & fought in the 26 Regt VA Inf Confederate States Army. I know that they all fought in the Cold Harbor, VA Battle. My ancestors were captured & sent north to the Elmira Prison in NY where they died. My husband's ancestor was shot in the neck, but recovered.

I know that I and my husband also had ancestors that fought for the North. In fact, two of my husband's ancestors were on opposite sides in the Battle of Droop Mountain, Pocahontas County, now West Virginia.

I don't think that any direct ancestors fought in WW I. In our fathers' generation, all the men fought in WW II (Army & Navy). My husband volunteered for and served in the US Marine Corps at the age of 18 during the Vietnam War.

NOTE: My profile pic was taken in 1985 by my husband as we hiked & viewed Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska.


article from "The Pocahontas Times"

"Who's in that Cemetery?"

By Gail Hyer
May 30, 2011

"Genealogists and family researchers have a good friend in Pocahontas County, West Virginia in the Genealogy Group. Founded more than 7 years ago, the small group continues to work away at the overwhelming job of performing a physical inventory of every cemetery in the county. At last count they had identified 330 cemeteries that they know of but are also quick to say that the public helps them new cemeteries regularly.

The newest book the group has published is the Little Levels area and the book is chocked with over 200 pages of information taken directly from head stones in the Little Levels area. Each book has a complete index at the back which lists last names of people plus their first names also, which makes it much easier to find kin that researchers are in search of. A sampling of family names in the books include: Gladwell, Dean, McNeel, Hill, Dilley, Cochran, Cutlip, Bruffey, Clark, Anderson, Kellison, Jackson, Morrison, Nottingham, Pritt, Ruckman and dozens more.

The book also includes a listing of what certain markers on cemetery stones reveal. For instance, did you know that on a cemetery stone the birds flying means the resurrection, oak leaves and acorns mean maturity and ripe old age, and shells stand for pilgrimage of life?

To order the Little Levels Cemetery Book, contact the Genealogy Group of Pocahontas County at 304.799.2228."

The Genealogy Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at the McClintic Library in Marlinton, WV.

Six (6) "In Loving Memory" Pocahontas County, WV CEMETERY and GRAVESITE BOOKS have been printed and are for sale.

To order any of the books, contact the Genealogy Group of Pocahontas County at 304.799.2228 or


The Pocahontas Times
206 Eighth Street
Marlinton, WV 24954
Phone: 304-799-4973
Fax: 304-799-6466

Other cemeteries & volumes are still being researched. Those volumes will be available at a later date. (Prices inc. WV tax, but *not* shipping.)
The following are available now:

Volume I.....$12.72
Northern end of Pocahontas County

Volume II.....$12.72
Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro

Volume III.....$26.50
Mountain View Cemetery, Marlinton

Volume IV.....$12.72
Back Mountain Road - Durbin to Cass

Volume V.....$12.72
Frost to Dunmore

Volume VI.....$21.20
Little Levels area

These are our Pocahontas County, WV genealogy sites which might be of help to you, if you need it:

Unfortunately, the VanReenan Funeral Home (304.799.4553) in Marlinton,WV lost all its records in the November 1985 flood. Therefore, for burials prior to that, they can't be of any help for individual gravesites.

However, for burials in the Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton (almost 3,000 gravesites) besides looking up a grave location in one of the genealogy books at the library, you can call the Marlinton Town Office (since it is a town owned/operated cemetery) for assistance. That # is (304) 799-4553 Their address is: Town of Marlinton, 709 Second Avenue, Marlinton, WV 24954 Their records are listed by owner of the lot deeds, so having that info would expedite the search.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Homes ( in Arborvale 304.456.4737 and in Lewisburg 304.645.2060; the new (2011) Kimble Funeral Home on Rt 219-N in Marlinton, 304.799.2500; the new (2012) Lantz Funeral Home on Rt. 219-S in Buckeye,WV 304.799.4171; the McCraw Funeral Home in Frankford, WV 304.497.2996; and the Shanklin Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs, WV (304.536.1313) are the other funeral homes that most often serve the Pocahontas County, WV area.
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Carol L.
Memorial #73942439
I see you left a couple photos on this memorial. I do not know if this is a relation of your but I wanted to let you know I added his picture.
Added by Carol L. on Aug 12, 2016 9:11 PM
Sandra Haslip
RE: Isiah P. LeMasters, # 31358725
Did you happen to find Isiah LeMatesters grave in the cochran cemetary?
Added by Sandra Haslip on Oct 16, 2015 5:59 PM
Cheryl Rogers
RE: pics for John Roberts
I had contacted you before, you helped me get a phone number of my cousin Coreina Jordan. I had lost it as my phone had to be replaced and I was wondering if you could get that phone number for me again? I still have her address however but didn't write her phone number down. I did talk to her a while back. I am still doing genealogy research for that side. Thank you so much! Cheryl Rogers or

I appreciate all your help!
Added by Cheryl Rogers on Mar 25, 2015 1:04 PM
Bobbi Keefe Rollins Johnson
Hunter McGuire Bragg #70071253
Hi there...just found this memorial & the death index. Thought you would like to update his birth/death dates. (Wm L Bragg Sr was my grandfather).

West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973
Name: Hunter M. Bragg
Birth Date: 30 Apr 1884
Birth Place: West Virginia
Death Date: 2 May 1939
Death Place: Hinton, Summers, West Virginia
Burial Date: 5 May 1939
Burial Place: Greenbrier
Death Age: 55 years 2 days
Occupation: C & O Machinist
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Gender: Male
Father Name: Wm Bragg
Father Birth Place: Virginia
Mother Name: Mollie Crenshaw
Mother Birth Place: Virginia
FHL Film Number: 589345
Source Information: West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Added by Bobbi Keefe Rollins Johns... on Jun 02, 2014 10:26 PM
Brittiny Roberts
Rebecca Cogar Riddle
I am seeking information about my great grandmother Zonie's mother, Becky Cogar. I am looking for proof of her birth parents, A H and Dicey. Anything else you could provide would be awesome!
Added by Brittiny Roberts on Oct 06, 2013 9:01 PM
Cheryl Rogers
Mullins Cemetery
I noticed you are the one who took the photo for the Mullins Cemetery. You helped me in the past with a person in Cochran Cemetery ( not sure if you remember). John F Roberts ( my great great uncle). I am trying to find out what happened to my great great grandmother's grave, Mary Ellen Hammons Roberts, who was mother to John F Roberts. She was buried by the Williams River my grandmother told me of her grandmother,and was not sure her body was still in that location. and then I heard that the graves in Mullins Cemetery may have been moved or worse maybe plowed through. She died around 1930.She was married to Jessie Roberts who is buried in Cochran cemetery. Is there anything else available to verify if she might be in this cemetery? If you cannot help that is fine but if you get a chance could you tell me if you are aware of anything that will lead me to the answer?

Thank you so much,
Cheryl Rogers
Added by Cheryl Rogers on May 10, 2013 5:35 PM
Sandra Haslip
RE: Isiah P. LeMasters, # 31358725
Did you ever find a Isiah Lematers in the Cochran cemetary?
Added by Sandra Haslip on Mar 13, 2013 11:31 AM
Sandra Haslip
RE: Isiah P. LeMasters, # 31358725
Thanks so much :)
Added by Sandra Haslip on Nov 16, 2012 4:44 PM
Krewe of Neighbors
Almedia Riner
Thanks for sponsoring our memorial Watoga! Really special :)

Take care,
Added by Krewe of Neighbors on Aug 01, 2012 3:35 PM
Just transferred your great-grandparents to you since I am not related. Thought you would want them.
Added by historianne on Aug 01, 2012 9:41 AM
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