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FRANKLIN CEMETERY.

This cemetery is located approximately 4 1/2 miles east of Wellsburg, West Virginia on Washington Pike, (Route 27). The ground for the first cemetery to be located here was donated to the public by Doctor Edward Smith in 1830 for the use of "a public burying ground and a place for a meeting house". The church records show that the log meeting house was built here in 1832 in the southeast corner of the ground. The present church was built in 1904.

In 1889 it was felt that more ground for the graveyard was needed. Franklin Cemetery was incorporated December 19, 1889 by: J.C. Gist, John Reeves, Theodore Dare, Love Douglass, G.B. Hudson, James F. Cree, J.W. Gist and C.H. Beall. The land for this new cemetery was purchased from William Magee and adjoined the old burying ground. This new section was laid out by J.W. Creigh of Washington, Pennsylvania and an iron fence surrounded the plots. The first interment in the new section was made September 20, 1890.

The oldest interment November 20, 1817 Mrs. Jane Strickler. November 3, 1819, Rachel Hunter.

The following is a list of the early burials.
  • Liggett, Lemuel.............d May 3, 1875 ..age 68
  • Kemp, Eliza.................d March 27, 1856
  • Dimit, Jacob.....b 1790.....d 1883...........age 93
  • Dimit, Sidney....b 1802.....d 1876...........age 74
  • Dimit, Mary Ann..b 1840.....d.1905...........age 65
  • One Fallen Down..................................
  • Nunamaker, Daniel...........d March 3, 1865 age 75
  • Twinan, Samuel..............d March 30, 1846 age 20
  • Old sandstone unreadable...........................
  • Ray, Jane (Dau Jas & Margt).d Feb 17, 1875...age 25
  • Starr, James................d Nov 2, 1856....age 33
  • Starr..............................................
  • Horn, Elizabeth (Dau Rev Webb) d March 2, 1857 age 67
  • Owen, Laria.................d Jun 12, 1856 age 23
  • McCreary, James.............d Oct 5, 1866......age 68
  • Hanna, Richard...b 1790.....d Jan 15, 1872.....age 82
  • Hanna, Mary (wf of Richard).d Sep 5, 1876......age 78
  • McKee, Mary E. (wf of William) d Dec 25, 1862..age 26
  • Sitherwood, John............d Sep 23, 1852.....age 35
  • Strickler, Jane (wf of John)d Nov 20, 1817.....age 53
  • Creacrafts, Charles.........d Feb 27, 1850.....age 59
  • Miller, Sisscelia...........d Apr 1, 1863......age 28
  • Bowman, Henrietts (wf of A.)b Aug 28, 1802 d Aug 2, 1882 age 80
  • Craft, Rebecca (wf of Chas).d Sep 5, 1858......age 53
  • Robinson, William...........d Dec 22, 1855.....age 24
  • Henderson, Thomas b 1816 d ........1881.....age 65
  • Henderson, M........b 1817..d.........1855.....age 38
  • Henderson, J........b 1810..d.........1877.....age 67
  • Henderson, Arthur...b 1779..d.........1850.....age 71
  • Henderson, Catherine (wf of Arthur) b 1781..d 1862 age 81
  • Scott, Jane.........b 1807.........d 1847...........age 40
  • Scott, Kate H.......b 1842.........d 1870...........age 38
  • Henderson, Ann......b 1807................................
  • Henderson, Mary.....b 1809................................
  • Smith, Dr. Edward...b Jan 17, 1796.d Mar 31, 1874...age 78
  • Smith, Catherine (wf of DrEdw).....d Jul 19, 1845...age 48
  • Smith, William.....................d Jun 13, 1852...age 26
  • Boring, Eli........................d May 1, 1852...age 58
  • Boring, Ciscelia B.(wf of Eli).....d Mar 22, 1878...age 78
  • Russell, Lizzie (wf of C.G.) b 1828 d 1853...age 35
  • Hodgson, Laura Beal (wf of Rev T.S.) b 1841..d 1880.age 49
  • McConnell..........................d Jan 23, 1869...age 85
  • Herecan, Druscilla.................d Jun 6, 1873...age 36
  • Davis, Amelia.......b Oct 14, 1811 d Jan 29, 1875...age 64
  • Fisher, Mary E. (wf of W.W.).......d Feb 21, 1861...age 25
  • Fisher, Bethann(wf of Hilary)......d Nov 8, 1849...age 58
  • Fisher, James......................d Jan 27, 1848...age 25
  • Hunter, Harriett (wf of Nathaniel) d Oct 12, 1855...age 41
  • Hunter, Harriett b Sep 16, 1853 d Jan 11, 1872...age 19
  • Hunter, Catherine (wf of Nathaniel)d Nov 8, 1843...age 38
  • Hunter, Nathaniel..................d Dec 27, 1878...age 77
  • Smith, Andrew......................d Oct 13, 1882...age 82
  • Smith, Jane (wf of Andrew).........d Nov 29, 1876...age 76
  • Smith, William.....................d Mar 3, 1848...age 86
  • Smith, Susannah (wf of William)....d Jul 11, 1846...age 83
  • Buxton, Amos.......................d Nov 18, 1898...age 87
  • Buxton, Mary Buckey (wf of Amos)...d Sep 30, 1882...age 75
  • Miller, Richard....................d Feb 18, 1852...age 33
  • Miller, Christianna (wf of Richard)d.........1876...age 56
  • Buckey, Elizabeth b 1761.........d.........1843...age 82
  • Buckey, John........b 1813.........d ........1892...age 79
  • Buckey, Eliza (wf of John) b 1819..d.........1866...age 47
  • Shrimplin, Eliza (wf of John) b 1800 d Jun 1, 1884..age 84
  • Green, Obed........................d Apr 4, .1857...age 80
  • Green, Sarah (wf of Obed)..........d Nov 17, 1842...age 70
  • Buxton, Martha Ellen (wf of Jacob) b May 2, 1842 d Aug 17, 1882 age 40
  • McCleary, Mary Ann..b Dec 12, 1832.d Nov 24, 1861...age 39
  • McCleary, Ewing.....b Dec 27, 1810 d Jan 13, 1895...age 83
  • Robinson, Elbert....b.........1836.d.........1910...age 74
  • Robinson, Eliza Fleming (wf of E.) b 1845 d 1879...age 34
  • Gist, Cornelius....................d Feb 11, 1877...age 70
  • Gist, Isabela (wf of Cornelius)....d Oct 23, 1845...age 23
  • Gablendine, Henry...b May 3, 1799..d.Mar 8, .1882...age 83
  • Dare, James.........b Dec 31, 1814.d.........1904...age 90
  • Dare, Hannah (wf of Jas) d Mar 17, 1816 d Mar 29,1888 age 72
  • Dare, Mary E. (dau).b Apr 3, 1842..d Jan 4, 1887....age 45
  • Clayton, Stephen....b Jan 29, 1817.d Jan 29, 1870...age 53
  • Clayton, Elizabeth(wf of Stephen) b 1783 d Sep 15,1869age 85
  • Clayton, Stephen....b Jun 7, 1778..d Jan.....1832...age 54
  • Clayton, Richard....b Jan 26, 1813.d Mar 27, 1853...age 40
  • Robinson, Elizabeth................d Mar 7, .1873...age 30
  • Robinson, Maria (wf of Aaron.......d Jul 10, 1862...age 58
  • Adams, Richard.....................d Aug 22, 1828...age 67
  • Adams, Catherine (wf of Richard)...d.........1849...age 39
  • Adams, Matilda(wf of Richard bJan 8,1843 d Mar 26,1879age 36
  • Merryman, John......b Jan 28, 1799 d Dec 28, 1844...age 45
  • Merryman, Catherine................d May 13, 1830...age 74
  • Heeges, Mary (wf of Greenberry)....d Jan 28, 1849...age 18
  • Cyrus, Nancy.......................d Aug 21, 1869...age 75
  • Green, William E...................d Oct 27, 1879...age 78
  • Green, Eliza (wf of Wm) bOct 26, 1806 d Oct 26. 1893.age 87
  • Green, Joseph......................d May 27, 1862..........
  • Carter, Joseph.....................d Aug 31, 1857....age 73
  • Carter, Catherine..................d Mar 30, 1859....age 73
  • Fowler, John.......................d Mar 4,. 1873....age 77
  • Fowler, Hiram......................d Dec 27, 1865....age 32
  • Stone unreadable - down....................................
  • Douglas, William A. b Jun 20, 1853.d Oct 30, 1882....age 29
  • Douglas, Belle (wf of Wm) b Oct 2, 1856 d Feb 8, 1884 age 28
  • McGee, Alexander....b 1782.........d.........1863....age 81
  • McGee, Ruth (wf of Alexander) b 1789 d.......1881....age 92
  • Liggett, Jesse......b May 13, 1813.d Aug 8, 1887....age 74
  • Liggett, Hannah(wf of Jesse)b Mar 17,1811d Jul 13,1881age 78
  • McCreary, William..................d Jul 13, 1881....age 78
  • McCreary, Nancy (wf of Wm.)........d Aug 6, 1878....age 80
  • McCreary, Actlous(wf of Wm)........d May 7, 1852....age 52
  • Douglass, Robert...................d Jan 26, 1884....age 63
  • Douglass, Mary (wf of Robert)......d Jan 21, 1892....age 61
  • Hunter, Nathaniel...b 1821.........d.........1863....age 42
  • Hunter, Sarah (wf of Nathaniel) b 1829. d....1918....age 89
  • Hunter, Harrie......b 1858.........d ........1863....age..5
  • Hunter, William.....b 1806.........d.........1885....age 79
  • Hunter, Mathew.....................d Jun 5, 1848....age 75
  • Hunter, Rachel.....................d Nov 3, 1819....age 63
  • White, Rebecca.....................d Mar 4, 1880....age 65
  • Carman, Jahiel.....................d Aug 17, 1855....age 86
  • Dixon, Susannah....................d Feb.....1840....age 30
  • Dixon, Samuel......................d Feb 15, 1830....age 92
  • Garman, Rebecca (wf of J.).........d Mar 6, 1837....age 63
  • Scott, Robert......................d Mar 13, 1847....age 27
  • Scott, Martha Ellen................d Aug 14, 1849....age 28
  • Scott, Robert C....................d Apr.....1849....age 25
  • Scott, Robert......................d Sep 8, 1849....age 76
  • Scott, Rachel (wf of Robt).........d Jan 22, 1852....age 60
  • Kelly, Thomas......................d Apr 10, 1855....age 65
  • Kelly, Casander (wf of Thos.)......d Mar 19, 1840....age 39
  • Clemens, Jacob.....................d Sep 10, 1874....age 65
  • Clemens, Jane (wf of Jacob)........d Mar 31, 1874....age 62
  • Jones, Samuel......................d Jun 20, 1837....age 55
  • Jones, Nancy (wf of Samuel)........d Mar 13, 1861....age 70
  • Jones, Martha......................d Jun 31, 1866....age 51
  • Gist, Cornelius....................d Jan 4, .1830....age 60
  • Gist, Clara Reinicki (wf of Cornelius) d Dec 20,1858 age 83
  • Colver, Dr. Samuel.................d Oct 15, 1876....age 76
  • Colver, Rachel.....................d Jul 16, 1875....age 96
  • Beal, Basil.......b Jul 14, 1799...d Nov 26, 1871....age 72
  • Beal, LouisAnna...b Jan 26, 1804...d Jul 26, 1881....age 77
  • Newton, Joshua.....................d Jul 6, 1835....age 21
  • Hamilton, William..................d Nov 5, 1835....age 21
  • McGuire, Francis...................d Nov 9, 1879....age 78
  • McGuire, Catherine (wf of Francis).d May 14, 1870....age 78
  • Hudson, Rachel Ann(wf of Rev.G.E.) d Feb 6, 1879....age 44
  • Hudson, Jane Evit(wf of Rev.T.M.)..d Dec 15, 1866....age 60
  • Hudson, Rev. Thomas b Nov 20, 1799 d Dec 16, 1881...age 82
  • (Pittsburgh Conference M.E. Church)
  • Hudson, Rebecca E.D...b May 11, 1827..d Sep 15, 1883.age 56
  • Hedges, Nancy (wf of Olis) b 1807 d 1892...........age 85
  • Magee, John.........b Oct 12, 1791.d Jan 1, 1877...age 86
  • Magee, Amy (wf of John) ...........d Sep 28, 1866...age 68
  • Fleming, Leander....b Nov 9, 1847..d Jun 17, 1874...age 27
  • McGee, John........................d Jul 5, 1866...age 46
  • McGee, Nancy.......................d Jun 12, 1881...age 52
  • Unreadable Nancy ??................d.........1873
  • Churchman, Joseph..................d Feb 25, 1884...age 57
  • Churchman, Margaret................d Aug 9,..1885...age 62
  • Churchman, Elizabeth...............d Aug 15, 1880...age 64
  • Churchman, George..................d Dec 2, 1888...age 75
  • McCreary, Mary G...................d May 31, 1879...age 19
  • Smith, Susan B.....................d Jun 23, 1870...age 40
  • Smith, Lizzie (wf of C.W.).........d Jul 2,..1861...age 26
  • Hudson, Flora (wf of T.M.)b Aug 21, 1849 d Feb 4, 1875age 26
  • McCreary, Lizzie (wf of G.W........d Oct 20, 1873...age 26
  • Hunter, Edward.....................d Aug.....1877...age 86
  • Hunter, Mary (wf of Edward)........d Feb 5, 1876...age 69

THIS CONCLUDES THE EARLY BURIALS AT FRANKLIN CEMETERY. THIS CEMETERY IS STILL IN USE TODAY.

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