Kelleys Creek Road Near Cedar Grove
Kanawha County, West Virginia
INFORMATION FOR GENEALOGISTS AND OTHER RESEARCHERS
It's not safe to assume someone is buried in Ward Cemetery if the death certificate says only burial at Ward, West Virginia, or Cedar Grove, West Virginia, as the location without naming a specific cemetery.
Ward Cemetery is not the same cemetery as the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The Ward, WV, post office has been closed since 1969 and the mailing address for this area is now Cedar Grove, WV. There are currently four separate cemeteries in what is now the Cedar Grove mailing address area.
Death certificates found on the West Virginia Culture and History website for cemeteries in this area of eastern Kanawha County may say burial at Ward, Cedar Grove, or Mammoth, without naming a specific cemetery, so it can be hard to figure out the correct cemetery. Virginia's Chapel Cemetery is listed in Kanawha County tax records as the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Ward, West Virginia, was once a large coal mining town located in an unincorporated area on Kelly's Creek in Eastern Kanawha County, West Virginia. There are two cemeteries located in the vicinity of Ward, WV.
These two cemeteries are:
(1) Ward Cemetery
(2) Mount Lewis Cemetery (also known as the Mammoth Cemetery)
Both cemeteries are located on Kelly's Creek outside of the Cedar Grove town limits. They are within 0.3 miles (walking distance) of each other.
The location on death certificates for people buried in Ward Cemetery may say Ward or Cedar Grove, WV.
The location on death certificates for people buried in Mount Lewis Cemetery may say Ward, Mammoth, or Cedar Grove. Mount Lewis Cemetery was once associated with the Mount Lewis Church in Mammoth, but the cemetery is located at Ward.
Cedar Grove is an incorporated town in Eastern Kanawha County, West Virginia. There are two cemeteries that are located within the Cedar Grove town limits right across the road (US Route 60) from each other:
These two cemeteries are:
(1) Woodland Cemetery
(2) Virginia's Chapel Church Cemetery -with white residents buried in one section and slaves buried in another section. Virginia's Chapel Cemetery is called the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Kanawha County Tax Records.
The location on death certificates for people buried in Woodland Cemetery and Virginia's Chapel Cemetery will say Cedar Grove, WV.
So if only a burial place is listed on the death certificate without the name of a specific cemetery, then additional research (such as obtaining a headstone photo or obituary) would be necessary to confirm the correct burial location.
Charlotte Shifflett - Death Certificate states burial PLACE as Ward - DEATH CERTIFICATE
Burial was in Mount Lewis Cemetery, located in Ward, WV.
Photo of Headstone in Mount Lewis Cemetery, not Ward Cemetery - HEADSTONE PHOTO
To add to the confusion, many years ago some families also buried loved ones in their yards in the town of Ward and not in any established cemetery.
Ward Cemetery (left) and Mount Lewis Cemetery (right)
Virginia's Chapel Cemetery (left) & Woodland Cemetery (right)
Topo maps courtesy of USGS www.usgs.gov
Cemeteries in the Ward and Cedar Grove Area
Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens is a modern perpetual care cemetery located in Glasgow, WV, less than a mile from Woodland Cemetery and Virginia's Chapel Cemetery in Cedar Grove, WV.